Location: Shaws Cove, Laguna Beach CA
Time in: 10:54 am
Time under: around 25 minutes total, don't ask
Max depth: 26 ft
Min temp: 64 F
Vis:5-10 ft, murky
Waves: 1-2 feet
A few photos to prove I lugged a camera up the Shaws stairs:
Highlights: More learning opportunities. Camera housing didn't leak. Rain was really cool.
My DSLR housing made its way back to me this week and I really wanted to get back underwater and using it. So we decided to head to the same spot where it flooded... :)
Juvenile Garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus)
Good news is that the camera housing didn't leak and we made it out through the occasional wave just fine. But we still had a ton of issues. Carolita's mask was leaking non-stop. First it seemed to be too tight after using it without a wetsuit. Loosening it helped, but it still leaked. Then somehow we both got cold in 64F water (hands went numb). Upon surfacing to fix the mask issue, we dropped back down again and I started having ear clearing trouble. We spent most of the 'dive' dropping down, coming back up and going back down again. I got to take about 5 pictures under water.
Island Kelpfish (Alloclinus holderi)
Near the end (ie the point of giving up), with plenty of air left and after being in the water for about an hour, the rain started and made everything all right. We swam back in, encountering a small rip and exited through the surf without any issues.
Carolita Ines enjoying the rain.