Dive #253 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
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Bottom Time to Date:

221h
50m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
12:30PM

Bottom Time:
68 minutes

Maximum Depth:
36 feet

Safety Stop:
n/a

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
600 psi

Weather Conditions:
Sunny 94F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
82F

Bottom Water Temperature:
82F

Visibility:
30-40 feet

Gas:
Air
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October 11,
2006
VINA DEL MAR
PUERTO PENASCO, SONORA, MEXICO
SHORE DIVE
 
Linda (buddy)
Sun 'N Fun Dive Shop
www.sunandfundivers.com
Rocky
Las Conchas beach
Photo by Rich Torkington in Mexico 2007 
Rocky
Las Conchas beach
Photo by Rich Torkington in Mexico 2007 
Dive Journal: Diving at Rocky Point is always interesting - you never quite know what you're going to get.

Today the water is glass smooth and there is very little tide change. While renting our gear, we talk with one of the owners of Sun 'N Fun dive shop about this dive, and she suggests that we swim straight out at 90 to the shore, reach the sand flats, then follow them in about a 15 foot zig-zag pattern towards the point. This pattern is designed to explore the farthest reach of the rocks that always remains below water at low tide.

Weather and water temps are perfect, and we soon find the visibility is comparitively excellent, maybe 30-40 feet. There are tons of fish everywhere, starting with huge vibrant schools of sergeant majors in the shallows. We then begin seeing many small groupings of Cortez angels, always a treat.

At the sand flats, there are hundreds of unafraid cabrilla peppering the floor, rolling there eyes at us. We examine a number of starfishes, and then study a very cool nudibranch with a twirly back, which I never could identify later.

The suggested dive plan was great. Without question, this was our best ever dive at Rocky Point.
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Info:
Fins:
Mares Avanti Quattro
Computer:
U S Divers Matrix
Tank:
80 ft3 Aluminum
BCD:
SeaQuest Spectrum 4
Dive Type:
SHORE
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