Dive #60 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

46h
21m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
11:00AM

Bottom Time:
52 minutes

Maximum Depth:
73 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
500 psi

Weather Conditions:
Sunny chilly 65F

Surface Conditions:
1' swells

Surface Water Temperature:
84F

Bottom Water Temperature:
81F

Visibility:
40-60 feet
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TITLE
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Oct. 21,
2000
SOUTH OF PUNTO PERICO
SOUTH OF LA PAZ - B.C.S.,MEXICO
BOAT DIVE
 
Divemaster, Linda (buddy)
Vista Sea Sport
Buena Vista, BCS
http://vistaseasport.com
Photo
Johnny and Janel are tidepooling near Puerto Penasco.
Photo by Lynn Dray in Mexico 1996  
Dive Journal: Our surface interval is spent south and west of the point, and the winds make us both cold as we wait out 45 minutes or so on the boat. Ive got nothing more than a towel to wrap up in. We cant wait to get back in the water, and it feels great when we do.

South of the point, we submerge to around 45 feet and then slowly swim east. As we swim, I notice that our depth increases quickly to over 70 feet, and my computer is telling me that, with the residual nitrogen from last dive, we are very quickly approaching no-decompression limits.

Fortunately, our divemaster realizes this as well, and makes a slow sweeping turn to the south and then west, swimming upwards into mid-water. We follow him and unfortunately end up swimming almost 20 minutes at 40 feet in mid-water, with only a cloudy view of fishes and features on the bottom at 70 feet. It is blown navigation by the divemaster, but he says nothing about it on exit. Neither do we.

A few huge green morays are seen. The coolest sighting is a leopard patterned eel. I will have to invest in a Baja fishes book soon. The divemaster picks up a big spiral shell, which we later learn is for eating.

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Info:
Fins:
Mares Avanti Quattro
Computer:
U S Divers Matrix
Tank:
80 ft3 Al
BCD:
SeaQuest Spectrum 4
Dive Type:
BOAT
Body of Water:
Sea of Cortez
Mask:
U S Divers
Protection:
3mm shorty
Regulator:
SeaQuest
Spectrum XR2
plus Oceanic
Slimline octopus
Weight:
8 lb
Water Type:
Salt
Video Equipment:
None