Dive #256 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

224h
22m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
11:00AM

Bottom Time:
42 minutes

Maximum Depth:
36 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
1200 psi

Weather Conditions:
Sunny 74F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
65F

Bottom Water Temperature:
62F

Visibility:
40 feet

Gas:
Air
256
TITLE
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August 8,
2007
UNDERWATER ARCH
ANACAPA ISLAND, CHANNEL ISLANDS, CA USA
BOAT DIVE
 
Janel (buddy)
Ventura Dive and Sport
Raptor Dive Boat
www.raptordive.com
Janel
Janel warming up after our dive at The Arch
Photo by Rich Torkington off Ventura, CA 2007 
The
The craggy shoreline of Anacapa Island
Photo by Rich Torkington off Ventura, CA 2007 
Dive Journal: The Raptor serves up great eats, and Janel and I enjoy oranges, watermelon, and especially some big Thompson seedless grapes between dives. The next site is only 5 minutes away, and we cut our post-dive chatter short to get ready for it. With the shallow depth of last dive, practically no surface interval is required.

This site is further up the ocean-side of Anacapa, roughly in the middle of the island. We again see a patch of kelp and are told there is an underwater rock arch formation parallel to the island to explore. The dive site is small but we are told it is a pretty one that is infrequently visited, again due to the usual current and wind patterns.

Janel and I are in the water and finning for the kelp soon enough. We edge into the forest, and find the sea lions are continuing their playful approaches to us, appearing suddenly from the murky distances. We first enter into a dense part of the kelp, explore the fish schools and urchins for a while, then start along a ridge that defines the edge of the forest, where we can duck into and out of the trees. We are again enchanted by our surroundings and choose often to simply find a comfortable repose and meditate some minutes away.

The frequent visits by the sea lions grab our attention, and we see another batwing ray along the way. After about 40 minutes of exploration, it is starting to get a little bit cold. We spy some of the other divers headed back to the boat and decide to tag along.

Back on board, several of the other divers are discussing the dive and ask if wed found the arch. I guess we never even tried to look for it! We are still grinning about the dive experience, however. The viewing was excellent and the diving very comfortable. I would return to the Raptor any day.

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Info:
Fins:
Mares Avanti Quattro
Computer:
U S Divers Matrix
Tank:
72 ft3 Steel
BCD:
SeaQuest Spectrum 4
Dive Type:
BOAT, Raptor
Body of Water:
Pacific Ocean
Mask:
U S Divers
Protection:
7mm full suit plus hood & gloves
Regulator:
SeaQuest
Spectrum XR2
plus Oceanic
Slimline octopus
Weight:
20 lb
Water Type:
Salt
Video Equipment:
None