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4/30/2007 Cypress Canyon aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 40' - 60' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 44F - 48F Surge:  
Scooter: Gavin Short Burn Time: 0:20
Max Depth: 180FSW Avg Depth: 130FSW
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 18/55Deco Gases:50/25,O2
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
6,4s, 18 up
 
Susan and I went out for our first dive at the newly created Point Lobos SMR :-). We're so happy to see most of our favorite dive sites in this area now protected as a marine reserve.



To celebrate this occasion we wanted to dive a pinnacle called K2 which is part of the large structure Mt. Chamberlin out of Yankee Point. However, the wind was a little bit too strong to venture south of Point Lobos, and there was a fog bank lurking in the distance.

We altered the plan to dive Cypress Canyon on the north side of the Park. This area is composed of a series of parallel walls running south to north. We anchored at the top at about 80ft and scootered down to the most northeast edge. Visibility was at least 60-70ft and we really enjoyed the view on the way there.




We continued west to another wall while looking for GPO. We saw a big one there last year and we were hoping for another encounter. Unfortunately we didn't see any. We did see a lot of nice rockfish and some cool nudibranches.

As we made our way back we were surprised to see a large percentage of the gorgonians infested by zooanthids. We have seen this before but never in such a large number. The farthest east wall was a perfect gorgonian garden but now 50% of the colonies are infected by yellow/cream colored animals.

I'm wondering what's going on?

After 20min at about 170-180ft we moved up shallower and motored back to the main pinnacle where the anchor was located. At 140ft we found a nice juvenile yellow eye, about 6 inches long. This one was very bold because it was hovering away from its crevice and allowed a close approach by us. Maybe with the new reserve we will start seeing some adults. Of course, we need to wait 10 or 20 years for them to grow :-0.

We spent about 10min btw 120ft to 70ft while looking at all the hydrocorals and lingcod at the top, plus we found several chestnut cowries.

The water was clean but cold. The bottom was btw 44-46 and the deco (from 70' up) was done at a balmy 48 degrees.

Great first dive at the SMR and looking forward to many more :-)

4/29/2007 Breakwater by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Dionna House, Robert Lee
Visibility: 5' - 15' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 50F - 52F Surge: 5'
Max Depth: 64FSW Avg Depth: 48FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:43
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
Minimum
 

After practicing on Saturday with some BAUE members, Robert Lee and I went out Sunday for a FUN dive. The goal was to get out to the Barge and look for critters along the way. It was a lot cooler top side and sea conditions look liked it calmed down from yesterday. The Cruise Ship had sailed out to higher seas. After our GUE EDGE, we trudged in to the waters at the Breakwater. Along the wall, there seemed to be lots and lots of tube anemones with Dendronitis Iris eggs attached. We did see several Dendronitis Iris nudes. We found the cinder block and I tied off and ran a spool to the line. Vis was about 10ft. While following the line, Robert and I visited his Sarcastic Fringehead friend. He had big eyes, like a bug!!! We got to the end of the line and saw two Hermissenda Crassicornis. Robert tied off his reel and we kicked out to the Barge. We took turns with the reel. While on the Barge, we saw Four Triopha Catalinae, three of them were on top of eachother and the fourth one off to the side. Survival of the Fittest in action. There were some Rockfish, but, not the schools that like to hang vertical in the water column. There was a slight current pushing us south west. It was noticeable when we stopped kicking. We hung out for awhile and looked into cracks and crevices. Saw the usual suspects. It was time to head back. On our way back on the line we saw three divers kicking out with stages and split fins. After we passed them, visibility went from 10ft to 3-5ft. We had the line and compass as our guide. We arrived at the spool that took us back to the cinder block. Once on the wall, I saw a Chestnut Cowry. We usually see them in Carmel. Also saw a pretty good size Octopus that didnít want to come out of his den. Next time I wonít shine my light on him to much. We cruised back on the wall at 30-40ft looking for critters. I invested in a VEST for warm and wanted to do a weight check. Felt good to be WARM again. Max depth was 64 feet. Average depth was 48ft. Total dive time was 103minutes. Thanks for the dive Robert.
4/22/2007 Pt Lobos by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Harry Wong, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 5' - 30' Time:11:00 AM
Temp: 48F - 50F Surge:  
Max Depth: 120FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 1:20 Total Time: 1:50
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Back to Point Lobos after some Huevos Rancheros at
FirstAwakenings (It's so nice to stay in Monterey
for a weekend as you have time for a nice breakfast)

The plan was to scooter to the Crossroads pinnacle for Harry to get to know the area, and hang there for a while looking at the marine life.

Just as we descended a young harbour seal came towards use and spend several minutes playing with us. It was really close and really cute. I was done for the dive what else do we want... ok we still went for divng ;-).

While at the CrossRoad we found a red gorgonia that was cover with esqueleton shrimps. We got really close to it and looked for the big mother. We eventually found her and it was great to see her defending the little shrimp. I wish Clinton was with us with his macro lens. It would have made for a great macro subject.

On the way back we spent the deco doing survey of the hole in the wall reef.

Second dive we played around lone metridium and the shallow reef around. We hanged around the kelp
bed south of the metridium and it was a beautiful experience with the light coming th the kelp, blue water and many rockfish.

what a fun weekend!!!

Did I ask about warming the water already? ;-)



4/21/2007 Thumbs Up by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Anibal Mata-Sol, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 5' - 30' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 48F Surge: 3'
Scooter: Gavin Long Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 90FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 1:20 Total Time: 2:00
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:O2
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
 
It has being a long time since I was able to do a scooter dive at Lobos. A lot of teaching and a lot of travelling so I was finally free for fun diving this weekend :-)

Anibal was nice enough to offer to take me for a Lobos refresher. I was hoping the rocks and cayons were still in the same place but it was always good to have a experience diver with me.

The plan was to go to Thumbs Up. This is locate at the fartest North-East corner of the park. I have always gone there by scooter to the cross-road pinnacle at then up from there. The only problem with this route is that it gets to about 120ft so it's not good for people breathing 32%, 30/30.

For that reason we decided to try a shallower route no deeper than 80ft. We scooters to Granite Point pinnacles and from there we took a 60 degrees heading to the end of the rocks. From there we use the reel to cross the sand channel and make a easy mark for the return trip. We left the reef at about 70ft and headed 330 to Thumb Up. We got to the farest point after about 25min. We hang there while looking at the hydrocoral and rockfish. Really nice terrain :-)

Vis was about 5ft on the shallow and about 30 outside the cove.

Our plan was to call the dive at 40min but both Anibal and myself looked at each other at about 35 minutes and thumb the dive at thumbs Up ;-). The water was about 46-48 degrees so let's go home..

We saw some nice lincods and shipheads as well as some freindly seal lions on the way back.

Great way to get back diving at Lobos. Now can somebody heat the water a litte bit, please....

Back tomorrow for more fun :-)

P.D. I noticed an interesting changed on the scooter diving. The scooters now have those nice lobos mapS attach on the top. At the beggining I was not very excited about it, but once we go on the way it was nice to be able to share with your buddy your location on the maps. I kept asking Anibal for his scooter to see the map ;-) Maybe I'll tape one of those maps in my scooter after all ;-)





3/31/2007 Granite Pt Wall by Ben Villao -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Ben Villao, Robert Lee
Visibility: 30' - 40' Time:9:00 AM
Temp: 40F - 51F Surge:  
Max Depth: 68FSW Avg Depth: 60FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Dive Report 31 Mar 07

Drove down early and snagged breakfast and hung around the Breakwater for a little while. Found the wall full by 0730... I guess it's warmed up enough for the classes. Chatted with Chuck and Glenn for a little bit and admired the huge aluminum dive boat someone hauled out...

Pt Lobos

Dive 1 Granite Pt Wall: Rob Lee and I buddied up and decided on Granite Pt wall. http://pt-lobos.parks.state.ca.us/scuba/granitewall.html

Neither of us have every been there and we felt like exploring so off it was... made it out to the far side of the cove and then dropped to 60 fsw and followed the wall to the North... ducking in and out of canyons... Amazing vis with Hydro coral and sheer walls. The vis was about 40... vertically I could see the waves above... I could also see about 40 below to the sand... at 30 mins we turned and kicked back toward our start point... on our return we thumbed it at 50 mins... taking 10 mins to hit the surface... We were fooled by the "Sand Channel" on the other side thinking we were closer to the parking lot than we were... but what the heck it was a nice day out and the kick back thru the not so think kelp wasn't so bad.

Dive 2 was skills at 20 ft inside Whalers


Pictures from dive 1 here:
http://www.baue.org/images/galleries/album111
3/24/2007 Pt Lobos by Harry Wong -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Dionna House, Harry Wong
Visibility: 10' - 15' Time:11:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 53F Surge: 10'
Scooter: Gavin Short Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 92FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
1,3,3
 
Wonderful dive today at Point Lobos on the Gavin Short!

After printing out the various maps of Point Lobos and studying them whenever I could, I felt pretty comfortable leading this dive with Dionna. My agreement with Dionna was that if I started leading us someplace where she wasn't sure. I used Gary Banta's maps and they were perfect! Funny, during the dive I never referred to the map. The only time I referred the map taped to my scooter was to show Dionna where we were.

We got into Pt Lobos a little later than usual. This had something to do with me fanagling my way in. ;-). The conditions didn't look all that great, but as long as we could see far enough to change course before colliding with any hard objects I'd be happy!

So after doing our GUE EDGE, we surface scootered towards the end of Middle Reef where we descended and went North. We hit Granite Point Wall and continued and followed the 90 foot contour. The use of the underwater maps are great! Staying at 90 to 100 feet I knew I was at the Granite Point Pinnacles. I then led us a bit East and just started exploring the various small pinnacles. Very interesting and deserving of many more dives to explore the area! At one point Dionna stopped us to look at the map to get oriented. It was pretty clear where we were.

This was a particularly comfortable dive for me as I finally got happy with my last bit of tweeking of the battery location on the Gavin. I got the batteries set just right to counteract all the torque effect and the handle was perfectly neutral at 12 or 1 O'Clock! Quite effortless!

When it was time to turn the dive, we headed back to Granite Point Wall and came in the East side of Middle Reef. We took the long way back home playing around the South end of Middle Reef! What a fun dive! Viz was about 10-15 feet.

Thanks Dionna for being patient with me while I was learning to scooter. Now I'm off and running with lots more to learn!
3/23/2007 Breakwater by Ben Villao -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Ben Villao, Dionna House
Visibility: 5' - 15' Time:3:00 PM
Temp: 51F - 53F Surge:  
Max Depth: 65FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 1:10 Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80,LP95Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Got seduced into an afternoon dive by dive buddy Dionna.... The surface conditions didn't look too good... the wind was blowing pretty hard and was blowing spray onto the wall.... vis didn't look too promising either... But for therapeutic purposes we pushed thru...

We got in the water and scootered out along the wall... hitting the landmark at 10 mins... did a quick S-drill (did I mention vis was bad when we entered?) then pushed to the barge... At the barge the usual characters were present a couple of Clown Nudibranch (Triopha catalinae) and a Diaulula sandiegensis (uhmmm white O's nudi)... a gang of rock fish also kept us company.

After kicking around a little bit I used my not so superior navigation skills to miss the Metridium fields and end up in no mans land between the Met fields and middle reef. The Large square moorings gave me a not too comforting feeling that we were a bit off... I knew we were close to the "Canon" and the geocache that we usually hit on the way back... pretty soon middle reef and then the upslopping sand into the student area.

We finish off the dive with Valve drills at 20 and at 15... (What good mentor doesn't set challenges)... I muddled thru mine okey... we then surfaced, debriefed and then scootered in.

I would have opted for a night dive also if didn't have to drive back. Oh plus I had a leak in the DS so I was sloshing around in the boots and starting to get cold.

With the loss of Kawika everybody is feeling pretty down...so it was good to get out and enjoy a nice relaxing dive with a good friend.

Go call your buddies up and go diving!
3/17/2007 Pt Lobos by Harry Wong -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 10' - 15' Time:2:00 PM
Temp: 52F - 57F Surge: 5'
Max Depth:   Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
Min Deco
 
What a wonderful recreational, slow motion, relaxing dive!!!

I was No. 1 with Susan and Beto. The plan was to swim a bit North East and just have a fun relaxing time. So off we went....nice and slowly. It was so relaxing. When I found some nice reef structure, we just slowly checked things out. We ran into some very nice minatue small caves. Peaking in we could see some good size fish! Beto spotted some very interesting Pipe Fish. They swam pretty slow, so we would hold them in our hands for a bit...cute!

Anyway, diving with Susan and Beto was such a cool experience. They are so relaxed that I felt no pressure to go fast, to make some distance. I actually didn't mind gently frog kicking my way around! And this was just after a wonderful scooter dive with Paul Lee.

What an incredible way to end the day with such a dive! Thanks Susan and Beto!
3/17/2007 Pt Lobos by Harry Wong -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Paul Lee, Harry Wong
Visibility: 10' - 15' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 49F - 53F Surge: 5'
Scooter: Gavin Short Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 105FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:O2
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
 
Awesome day of scooter diving.

Arriving at the Point Lobos parking lot seemed like a BAUE conference! Clinton was busy organizing the Nudi Project of Middle Reef.

Gary Banta was there with hus son. He had has scooters there but wasn't diving them so he offered one to me to tow along as an extra, which I did. This allowed us to modify our dive plan. Since Paul had his 26 AH scooter and I was towing a backup, we decided to get out past Granite Point Pinnacles and get out to Thumbs Up!

Our plan was to stay above 100' and travel along that depth to Thumbs Up. Leaving the North edge of Middle Reef, Paul went North and we were traveling across a good amount of sand. I kind of wanted to go a bit more east to hit the pinnacles faster and follow the pinnacles out to 100 feet and then East to Thumbs Up. But alas, he was No. 1 and I'll just follow! We got there and turned around. It's a pretty steep straight up wall!

Coming back, Paul's trigger wire malfunctioned and he had to manually ride the magnet. He finally got tired of it so I gave him Gary's scooter which I was towing and off we went again. I was free and no longer towing another scooter and was able to manuver easily in and out of crevices! Coming back we were at the West side of Middle Reef and got Paul to agree to go over the top of it and come in on the East side. It's so much more interesting! Somewhere along the way we switched to O2 at 20 feet and came in on that!

Man, I can get used to this scooter diving! I'm hopelessly addicted! ;-)

Thanks Paul for taking me out to Thumbs Up!
3/10/2007 Pt Lobos by Robert Lee -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Allison Lee, Robert Lee
Visibility: 20' - 40' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 49F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 80FSW Avg Depth: 60FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:10
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single,Double HP100Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
min deco
 
We rolled into Lobos around 10 and almost couldn't find parking. That's the mixed blessing of having nice topside weather I suppose :P
We met up with Suzanne, Gary and Kevin in the parking lot who were planning on doing some skills and then go play with the scooters. Our plan was to do a short dive working on some skills and then putter around the north end of middle reef.
For dive 2, we planned a longer run out to the end of Cannery Pt. Wall via hole in the wall and the lone metridium. The goal was to take some hydrocoral photography and perhaps another glamour shot of Allison for the company directory :P
It was surprisingly surgy along the wall even at 80' depth. Out near the end of the wall, near the edge of visibility, we saw a monster (terminal phase) sheephead. He was too far away for me to estimate his size, but he was big. We surfaced 100 yards from the ramp or so, and hailed the scooter-taxis :P I think I'm really beginning to see the virtues of scootering, though the towing position is, well, how should I put it... intimate.
All in all, a nice day of diving. Some pictures here


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