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11/25/2012 Kawika's Gorgonian Garden aboard Escapade by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Kevin Dow, John Heimann, Nick Radov
Visibility: 15' - 40' Time:9:22 AM
Temp: 55F Surge: 3'
Max Depth: 128FSW Avg Depth: 82FSW
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:17
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double LP104,HP100Deco Tanks:AL40,AL30
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We were on the BAUE Tech 1 charter. Swells, wind, and fog prevented us from going south so given a choice between Mile Buoy and Kawika's we picked the latter. Pictures are in the album linked below.

http://baue.org/images/galleries/v/local/T1_20121125/
11/17/2012 Aumentos aboard Escapade by Allison Lee -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Allison Lee, Ian Lee, Jim MacDonald
Visibility: 40' - 50' Time:12:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
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Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
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The BAUE rec boat stayed in the bay at Aumentos and Hopkins Deep. We had some great conditions and sea life encounters, so I just wanted to share the photos and videos from the dives. The viz at Aumentos was excellent, though there was a stiff current that kept us all warm. Rob and Clinton posted some great pictures. We retreated to Hopkins Deep for dive 2, in hopes of avoiding the current, which we did. The viz there was not quite as good; it was clear on top but somewhat murky near the bottom. On the bottom, we saw two molas, one of which let us hang out with him for a while, and the other was on the big end of the molas that we see around here. During our ascent, we were visited by a group of curious sea lions, which stayed with us for pretty much the entire ascent. I posted a video of this dive. It just goes to show you can have some awesome dives even when the weather is not great! My full dive report is here.
11/10/2012 Wharf #2 by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Carol Cohn, Dionna House, Larry Cohn
Visibility: 10' - 30' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 51F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 30FSW Avg Depth: 20FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single Deco Tanks:
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There were surfers at the site, but, we still managed to prevail and get underwater.

Great day diving under the Wharf. Lots of Critters

Thanks to John Heimann and Carol Fields for organizing the event.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWWSueMKfLc

11/3/2012 Yankee Point aboard Escapade by Allison Lee -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Robert Lee, John Heimann, Kevin Dow
Visibility: 100' - 100' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 53F Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 200FSW Avg Depth: 140FSW
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:40
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:AL40,AL30
Deco Profile:
 
Saturday's tech boat made it down to Dos Gatos, where we found amazing viz, insane fish encounters, and beautiful surface conditions. We also did a second dive at Flintstones, where I saw more of the site at once than I've ever seen. Erik and I were videoing, and Rob was taking pictures (macro, sadly), so I just wanted to share them with everyone.

Erik's
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10/27/2012 Lunaticos Annex aboard Escapade by Mark Lloyd -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Jim Capwell, Mark Lloyd
Visibility: 80' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 54F Surge:  
Max Depth: 198FSW Avg Depth:  
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Bottom Gases: Deco Gases:
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The weather was looking great for once and I could finally get rid of the helium mix sitting in my 130s. Unfortunately John H. teased the weather gods by guaranteeing good weather. The very next day the weather report turned nasty and we were all cursing John. The call was made to go anyway and see for ourselves. Down at the dock things looked good so we set out with Erik, John, Allison, Jim, Doug, and myself. It was a bit rough getting out of the bay but once outside things calmed down all the way to Lunaticos. The teams jumped in and Jim and I decended down with my left ear complaining all the way to about 120. There I had to stop and persuade it a bit before continuing down to 200. The water clarity was very good with about 80 feet all over at the bottom. We scootered around following the ridges north and south which were richly covered in gorgonians, 20 or 30 vase sponges, schools of juvenile rockfish, and hydrocoral. After what seemed like minutes we ascended to our second level and spent another short interval scootering around the structure and enjoying every second. Deco was uneventful till we reached the 20 foot stop and had to avoid the monster sized jellies. Once on the surface the crew grabbed our bottles and the chicken massacre began. Trying not to push our luck we headed back to the bay and some did a second dive near Shale Island. All in all a great day and we were all glad we called the weather gods bluff.
10/20/2012 Shale Beds by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Carol Cohn, Dionna House, Larry Cohn
Visibility: 5' - 50' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 51F - 52F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 70FSW Avg Depth: 60FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:45
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
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I was originally signed up on the BAUE tech boat, but, due to conditions it was cancelled. Fortunately I was able to hook up with Carol and she had room on XT SEA. We gathered at the Breakwater dock and chatted with old friends and then off we went. Our first dive was at Outer Lovers. After Carol practiced some skills for her check out dive, we meandered around until it was time to ascent. After a nice lunch we decided to go to the Steam Engine on the second dive. A few weeks ago we were there. I videoed the steam engine. I was also able to video a sweet family of Juvenile Canary Rockfish. I was told there was a propeller near by, so todays goal was to dive the Steam Engine and locate the Propeller. We dropped down past the initial mucky waters and the vis opened up to about 40-50ft. Carol ran line from her anchor to the Steam Engine and Propeller and to the deep shale beds. Along the way were about 4 Lingcods, many Blue Rockfish, Juvenile Canaries, Black Rockfish, Olive Rockfish, Vermillions,Kelpfish, Copper Rockfish, Black Perch and many more. You can say it was Rich in Diversity..

Here is some video. The GoPro is fun. Some camera shake, but, still fun to show what is on the dives.

Juvenile Canary Family
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcKn3RlR_ro

Steam Engine/Propeller/Many Fish
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h84u_dUScQM

Thanks to Carol, Larry and Dan for a fun day.


10/15/2012 Pt Lobos by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Gary Banta, Nick Radov, John Heimann
Visibility: 5' - 80' Time:10:36 AM
Temp: 52F - 57F Surge:  
Scooter: Halcyon T16 Burn Time:  
Max Depth:   Avg Depth: 58FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 2:28
Bottom Gases: Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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After the last BAUE Tech 2 charter on 09/09/2012 was cancelled John and I reserved this day to dive off Phil Sammet's boat so we could use up our full doubles of 15/55. But then Phil's boat trailer lost a wheel so we had to change plans again and decided to do a shallower scooter dive with Gary. Water in the cove was silty but visibility opened up beautifully out in deeper water. Gary led us on a long tour out through Bluefish Cove. This ended up being one of the longest run times I've ever done but fortunately the water wasn't too cold.

I posted a new album with the pictures.
http://baue.org/images/galleries/v/local/Pt_Lobos_20121015/

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