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3/13/2011 Flintstones aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Jim Capwell, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 30' - 40' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 46F - 51F Surge: 12'
Max Depth: 150FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 1:00 Total Time: 1:20
Bottom Gases: Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Yesterday we had several folks on the Escapade for our first R3 trip of the year. We're gearing up to create a new type of charters on the Escapade. This will sit in between our tech trips and our basic recreation diving trip. The goal is to visit sites that are not deep enough for the "tech" trips but a title too adventures or deep for the rec boats, with access to deep water in the 120-130ft.

We had several sites in mind but the swells where large enough yesterday that the only sensible diving range was away from shore. After a little bit of deliberation we settled for Flintstone rock. This is the perfect R3 site as the top of the pinnacle is a 40ft and it has access to a first deep section at 130ft.

We descended to find clear water, not as clear as last week, but still good 40ft of vis. We followed the north-south crack at Flintstone while looking for a rat fish that Clinton and Allison saw a little bit before. We did not find it but we traveled through the top of some nice pinnacles while watching large school of rock-fish, and tons of gorgonias on the north site. We payed a visit to the only left O2 bottle at the sand patch. The bottle is been there for about 10years and although it's
still full it's showing a lot of deterioration :-0. We also checked an old crab trap that's a the base on the main wall.

We finished our dive moving through the main crack on the structure. It goes from 120-100 ft and there are some nice hydrocoral, bryozoan and metridiums making it the perfect photo area on the site.

After some 30min at the base we moved to 70ft and switched to our deco gas. Here is where the fun part of the dive is as you can still dive while conducting part of your decompression stops. We move around the pinnacle at 70, 60, 50ft, while enjoying the view and swim around large school of rock fish. We found a very large cabezon with very green coloration. It was a beautiful fish.

Toward the top of the pinnacle we could really feel the large swell going over us. I love hovering near the kelp with the gentle back and forth movement as the swells go by. This is probably one of my favorite dive site!

After another 30min at the shallow part of the the pinnacle we head for the down-line/up-line and finish the top part of the deco on the line.

Here are some images from Clinton.

Great day of diving!