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4/15/2012 Twin Peaks by John Heimann -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Matt Vieta, John Heimann
Visibility: 10' - 50' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 46F - 50F Surge:  
Scooter: Halcyon T16 Burn Time: 0:40
Max Depth: 174FSW Avg Depth: 150FSW
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:44
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
6,4,4,4,4,20,6up
 
Matt and I dove Twin Peaks today. Conditions weren't very promising as there was a good sized swell rolling into Monastery in the morning, and seas at Lobos had been so large Saturday that no diving was allowed. Viz wasn't great at the boat ramp, and we put our bottom stage and deco bottles and scooters on the float knowing that we might just have to turn around pull them out again if viz at the Lone Metridium was low. After scootering out to Hole in the Wall on the surface, however, the water temp dropped to 48F, viz opened up and we knew we were in for a good dive. We scootered out along the ridgeline in increasingly cold water and increasingly good viz, and while the water was a painfully cold 46F at the end of Twin Peaks, we had at least 50' of visibility. The difference in conditions from the last time I did this dive was striking - the encrusting barnacles were all gone, replaced with the usual beautiful anemones and sponges. As we had brought bottom stages in addition to our 85s, we were able to spend 25 min or so just swimming around and enjoying the marine life and scenery, before turning the dive and scootering back along the ridgeline, through schools of fish and krill. Especially considering that our expectations for the day were low, we had a really great dive.