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REEF SEEKERS REPAIR DEPARTMENT
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Want to travel??? Upcoming 2018 vacation trips:
• June 8-20 - Yap Immersion (7 going - room for a few more)
• August 18-25 - Isla Mujeres (Whale Sharks, Cancun Underwater Museum, Cenotes)
• October 27 - November 3 - Roatan at Anthony's Key (3 SPOTS LEFT)
GET MORE INFO ON ALL OF OUR VACATION TRIPS HERE: http://www.reefseekers.com/foreign_trips.html
Upcoming local dives & classes:
• Thu., May 24 - CLASS - NAUI Nitrox ($25)
• Sat., June 2 - Redondo (Vets Park) - Beach dive (single tank - $25)
• Sat., June 30 - Catalina Express - Avalon Underwater Park ($150)
To sign up for any of these dives, either call us at 310/652-4990 or e-mail us at email@example.com
It was a fabulous weekend for lots of reasons . . .
GREAT DIVES IN AVALON - Despite "May Gray" skies, we had a fabulous day Saturday diving the Avalon Underwater Park. Our hope was to spot some Black Sea Bass (aka Giant Sea Bass) and we were not disappointed, seeing them on each dive. My best guess based on the pictures is that we saw five different ones over the course of three dives. A couple were medium-sized but one was quite large. I'd estimate about 4-5 feet long easily, and just hanging in the kelp chilling out. There was one who was loaded with those parasites that the BSBs get all over their heads. And there was another one who had a large hook in his mouth with a long stringer trailing. The instinct is to try to free him of it but he always moved away if I moved in. And there was plenty of other stuff to see as well. There were many Sheephead plus a couple of females (as you'll see this in the pix) with a coloration pattern I've never seen before. Blacksmith and Halfmoons were everywhere, usually chasing after female Senoritas trying to get cleaned. There were a lot of Salp floating through the Park. And we ended the third dive with a wonderful (and large) Bat Ray who was minding his own business, tucked into a corner. Oh yeah: We even saw an abalone!!! Water temp was 56º below 50 feet or so and 59º above that. The viz was nothing to write home about, running maybe 30 feet or so with a lot of particulate in the water. But the place was busy, with easily 100 divers but you just watch the ebb and flow of who's going in and who's coming out and you can time your own entries and exits so that it's no big deal. I've got a bunch of the pix posted at this link: https://kenkurtis.smugmug.com/DIVE-TRIP-PHOTOS-ALL/2018-DIVE-TRIPS/AVALON-UW-PARK-May-19-2018/ .
ALKA-DAVE - We also had an interesting thing happen on the first dive where we noticed an impending hose failure and it's something worth passing on to you. It seems that Dave Cooley's low-pressure hose feeding his primary regulator is starting to fail. The way you can tell is that the hose itself starts fizzling like an Alka-Seltzer. (High-pressure hoses will do the same thing. This is the way they're both designed.) There were numerous tiny bubbles coming out of five or six places on the hose and this is a very graphic indication that it needs to be replaced. It's not necessarily an emergency right then and there, but you should definitely get replaced ASAP. In Dave's case, we finished the dive - keeping a very close eye on his gauge at all times - and then he sat out the rest of the day. Here's what it looks like for future reference should this happen to you:
NITROX ANYONE??? - We've got a NAUI Nitrox class on the books for this Thursday, although we'll likely have to shift the date since I'm flying to NYC early Friday morning. But there are already five people or so interested and if you'd like to join us, you should shoot me an e-mail or give a call to 310/652-4990. Not sure exactly when we'll re-sked but it will be relatively soon.
And that'll do it for now. Have a great week and let's go diving soon!!!