Sunday, September 03, 2006

USA - California - Monterey - North Cypress

Operator: Monterey Express
Site: North Cypress - Open water, not in the bay
Gear: Full oceanic setup, 7mil jump + 7mil hooded shorty, 30lbs (perfect!), lp steel 80s
Highlights: The Jelly! And my first Monterey dive
Lowlights: How sick can you get on one trip?

Monterey Sep 3 2006
Aug 5, 2006 - 17 Photos
The blog (or should it be dlog?):
I was already a bit woosy going in, reminder to self: sit at the back of the boat. Once down, as always, things went great. Vis was poor to start, but as we left the boat area, it cleared up to probably 30 feet or so. The kelp was surprising; I expected "forests" of kelp, especially as it's seen from the surface. Kelp, however, grows up, then continues to grow along the surface of the water. More often than not, there is a single kelp stalk rising up to the surface. We did see one rock near the end where there was a veritable "forest" of kelp, but that was still a 10x10 area, max.

The safety stop went fine; however, when we rose to the surface, we were a good 100-150m away from the boat. I went down 10' to go swim below, but Josh was having problems coming down. Were it not for the viz, it would have been no problem swimming 10' apart, but here, I didn't want to separate for that long. So I went to the surface, too. Needless to say, we both got very seasick. So seasick in fact that we skipped the second dive all together. No harm, though, it was a great day!

1 comment:

Diane Butler said...

It seems like you're having a great time in life Robbie. I'm so happy for you.