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6/29/2003 Monastery North by John Heimann -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Isaac Callicrate, John Heimann
Visibility: 5' - 40' Time:2:00 PM
Temp: 52F - 56F Surge:  
Max Depth: 210FSW Avg Depth: 200FSW
Bottom Time: 0:30 Total Time: 2:00
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
deep stops,15,3,3,3,3,17,slow swimming ascent
 
Isaac had never dived North Monastery and I always wanted to do it on mix, so we took advantage of the super calm conditions.

The canyon wall has much less life than, say, the outer pinnacles or Lobos, but there were some interesting sights. E.g., we saw a small octopus down around 190, and some of the largest metridians I have ever seen, clustered down in the 180-210' range. There were also a few (but only a few) examples of the typical deep water species - gorgonians, glassy tunicates, a sponge ot two. Vis was relatively green and poor, so we didn't see too much of the canyon structure other than the side we dropped down; where we stopped it was still sloping down fairly rapidly to 250'+.

The dive overall was fun but exhausting, especially since I had just finished an open water class and we didn't get started until mid afternoon. With hiking tanks around, swimming them out to a float, and surface swimming out to the canyon, and back, the whole process took us five hours - definitely a dive to do once and say you did...
6/29/2003 Outer Outer Pinnacles aboard Baby-Back by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Pete Gelbman, Nick Radov
Visibility: 6' - 25' Time:11:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 158FSW Avg Depth: 145FSW
Bottom Time: 0:27 Total Time: 1:10
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
 
Ian just had his boat serviced and wanted to test it out. With four divers and full sets of gear it was a bit overloaded but we didn't have far to go. All the commercial dive boats were clustered around the Outer Pinnacles area and reported bad visibility so we motored out a bit further. Found a pinnacle coming up to about 105ft so we dropped anchor there and Ian sent Pete and I in to have a look. Visibility was horrendous down to about 80ft but it opened up fairly well at depth. It was a nice nudibranch dive: Flabellina iodinea, Hermissenda crassicornis, and Tritonia festiva. Also saw some schools of rock fish. On the pinnacle itselft was some nice clusters of hydrocoral and red gorgonians. Since Pete was running a reel we made it back to the anchor and started to ascend along the line, but as we got up off the pinnacle the combination of bad visibility and a slight current made it tough to keep the line in sight. We decided to drift the rest of the deco under our marker buoy so Ian and Devin on the boat cut loose from the float ball and picked us up. The plan had been for everyone to do a second dive but with the bad visibility we decided to call it a day.
6/29/2003 Outer Outer Pinnacles aboard Baby-Back by Ian Puleston -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Ian Puleston, Devin MacKenzie
Support Team:Nick Radov, Pete Gelbman
Visibility: 6' - 25' Time:12:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 150FSW Avg Depth: 140FSW
Bottom Time: 0:20 Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
deep-stops from 90,
5,2,2,2,3,7,2
 
Launched from Pebble Beach to dive the Outer, Outer Pinnacles - the hot sunny weather had caused an algae bloom and we got bad vis reports from the other boats everywhere so no point going too far. With 4 divers, 4 sets of double 104s and 5 stage bottles in my 50HP 14' boat we weren't going far anyway!


I had no GPS location for the site so we motored around until we found a pinnacle topping at 105' and dropping to 170'. GPS N 36 33.188, W 121 58.364. We dropped the anchor on top as a descent line, but it ran as a live boat.


Pete and Nick went first and came back to say that vis was terrible shallow, but opened up to 25' or so below about 100'. Then Devin and I went down to find a very nice big pinnacle with sheer walls with lots of white Elephants Ear sponges and Red Gorgonians and a little Hydrocoral. The gorgonians were all open, presumably feeding on the algae dropping from above. We also found a young Wolf Eel in a hole and a big EE sponge that had become home to a colony of brittle stars that were swarming all over it. The upper half of the pinnacle was totally carpeted in red Coynacis.


Devin is an ex-WKPP diver from Florida who's just moved here, and since most of his dive gear is in-transit he was wearing his Florida 200g jumpsuit and getting cold. Hence we cut the dive short and cut loose from the top of the pinnacle for a drift deco rather than continuing back to the ascent line. Got to the first deep stop at 90' and drifted straight into the line - back to plan A! Opted to do the deco on the line gently kicking against the mild current as the best way to keep Devin warm.


Lots of small jellies and many Moon jellies in the murk in the shallows. I took one Moon jelly in the face and discovered that they do have a very mild sting!

6/22/2003 Mile Buoy aboard Escapade by John Heimann -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, Isaac Callicrate, John Heimann
Visibility: 2' - 50' Time:2:00 PM
Temp: 46F - 56F Surge:  
Max Depth: 153FSW Avg Depth: 145FSW
Bottom Time: 0:25 Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
deep stops,
5,2,2,2,3,10,5
 
We did an afternoon charter on the Escapade. We decided to check the point with Mile Buoy as a fallback; seas were very snotty so we turned around and did our favorite fallback. As usual, the top 50 feet or so looked like a layer of green vomit, but the bottom was very clear (well over 50') but dark - almost like diving in a large cave.


Highlights included lots of large lings, several nice vermillion rockfish, our own personal squid to keep us company during the deco and a small wolf eel.




6/21/2003 Bluefish Cove by Ian Puleston -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Ian Puleston, Mark Lanett
Visibility: 6' - 70' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 48F Surge:  
Scooter: Gavin Short Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 100FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:50 Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Where did we go on this dive - I have no idea, but it was superb!

Mark wanted to see the Cannery Point wall area on the outer left side of Whalers Cove. The last time I did the same route it was on scooters with JT leading, and he led us way too far over to the right, ending up in the back of Coal Chute Cove! I wasn't going to make the same mistake this time :-)

We dropped in at the back of Whaler's Cove in brown murk, but as we headed out on the Gavins it soon cleared up to nice blue water.

I was leading and my plan was to pass Cannery Point and then veer left towards the Cannery Point Pinnacles, but I must've started veering left a little too much and apparently crossed to the left of the pinnacles into Bluefish Cove.

I kept trending left hoping to pick up the wall and so we crossed somewhere out into the middle of Bluefish cove. Eventually we came to the outer edge of the kelp bed in about 80' of water, by which time it was obvious that we were way too far to the west. So we followed the kelp edge further west to where it led to a group pinnacles.

And when I say pinnacles I mean Pinnacles. These were very pretty pinnacles of the classic pinnacle-shape (tall, thin and pointy) covered in Corynactus, Hydro-Corals and all the other colourful stuff. As we scootered out through them we reached 100' depth with the bottom down below us probably at about 120'. Visibility here was stupendous - probably 60-70' of clear blue water.

Were we still in bounds? - I have no idea, but it was great.
6/16/2003 Bluefish Cove aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Pete Gelbman -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Pete Gelbman, Nick Radov
Visibility: 3' - 20' Time:12:22 PM
Temp: 50F Surge: 10'
Max Depth: 82FSW Avg Depth: 60FSW
Bottom Time: 0:37 Total Time: 0:46
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
1
1
2
2
3 slow up from 20
 
Wanted to dive Bluefish Cove because I had never been there before. Bad day for it, surgy mess. Dropped on the east wall of the island on west side of the cove, swam north for a while, couldn't see jack, then swam east to a small pinnacle in search of deeper water and better vis, things got a little better but not much. Mostly an excersize in navigation (I'm getting better - really! ;-) Best part of this dive was we surfaced quietly near the boat without Phil noticing us, snuck up behind him while he was reading a book - then suddenly hollered and pounced on rear of the boat - scared him out of his skin. Muuuahahahaha...!
6/16/2003 Great Pinnacle aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Pete Gelbman -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Pete Gelbman, Nick Radov
Visibility: 5' - 40' Time:10:05 AM
Temp: 50F Surge: 5'
Max Depth: 154FSW Avg Depth: 140FSW
Bottom Time: 0:25 Total Time: 1:06
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
deep stops from 100
5
2
2
2
2
5
3 slow up from 20
 
Nick and I played hooky from work today to get some pre-T1 practice in together. I'm learning that Phils's axiom "deeper is better" is pretty much true around here. Despite rough sea conditions the night before that left things stirred up at beach sites and a murky surgy layer to about 50', from 60 down to 150 things settled down and vis opened up BEAUTIFULLY. Phil dropped anchor on top of the pinnacle at about 60', Nick ran line from it down a sheer wall straight down to 140' and we had a leisurely swim along southeast side of the pinnacle. Lots of areas to explore if you wanted to go deeper, we just hovered and took in the big picture. Usual suspects plus lots of nudibranchs everwhere, notably a large Dirona Albolineata and small Spanish Shawl (I love those), (ID courtesy Metridium.com, thanks Clinton!), also some pretty red Gorgonians. Had some adventures at our gas switch. As Nick was about to shoot the bag, his primary reel started spewing line everywhere. It got to be a mess and we ended up have to cut the line just to button it down. We manged to deal with this SNAFU in good trim, get bag off smoothly in good team formation and stick to schedule so we felt pretty good about things.
6/15/2003 Breakwater by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Pete Gelbman, Nick Radov
Visibility: 4' - 15' Time:4:00 PM
Temp: 51F Surge:  
Max Depth: 65FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:21
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Pete and I had some time to kill so we stuck around for another shore dive. The Carmel sites were blown out so we ended up back at Breakwater and decided to try and navigate out to the barge. On Delia's advice we swam at 50 degrees from the beach until we got to 60ft deep, then ran a search pattern with a reel looking for it. Didn't find the barge, but we did surprise a rather large halibut and found a small dive light that someone had lost. Turned around and swam back in along the wall. Visibility was sort of OK out deep but really deteriorated in close to shore.
6/15/2003 Aumentos aboard Escapade by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Gary Banta, Pete Gelbman, Nick Radov
Visibility: 10' - 30' Time:9:45 AM
Temp:   Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 58FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:39
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80,LP104Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
The boat had to anchor broadside to the swell so we were getting tossed around pretty well on the surface. And there was a surface current running so we just did a free descent off the stern instead of swimming up to the anchor line. This dive was mostly skills practice: more gas sharing, some no mask work, and then staying in team formation while ascending under a lift bag.
6/15/2003 Hopkin's Deep Reef aboard Escapade by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Gary Banta, Pete Gelbman, Nick Radov
Visibility: 10' - 30' Time:7:45 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 90FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:51
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80,LP104Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Surface conditions were too rough to go around the point so we did both dives in Monterey Bay. Visibility was terrible at the surface but opened up to be reasonable at depth. At the bottom we tied in a reel and headed out toward the north along the reef. Lots of metridiums. Coming back to the anchor line we ran into some of the other divers so we hung around waiting for them to pass and did some more gas sharing practice. Even though we came back to the anchor line we sent up a marker buoy for practice.

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