The weather is going great this summer for diving. On this beautiful day we picked Cathedral Rocks. We are a little scaredy and lazy bunch that we don’t do Cathedral as often, we wait for the conditions to be perfect, as in flat calm seas and high tide. And finally those conditions were satisfied today.
Getting to the water and back was not horrible. The big rock had moved again so the path to the lower level opened up for an easier walkway. And the rocks are covered with lots of barnacles, making it a safer entry.
Under the surface the visibility was great and got even better below the first thermocline. We passed through two thermoclines, one at 19ft and one at 34 ft. Bottom was cold. We took 120 degree bearing to get to the depths of 80 ft. As we were swimming we noticed that we were also being dragged by a quite strong current. After going along with it for a while we all agreed that we should make a ~90degree turn to avoid horrible swim back against the current. Funny thing was almost as soon as we changed our route the current also changed along with us. With that we ended up overshooting the exit point but wasn’t too bad.
There were few pollock, flounder. Saw two northern reds, open, feeding. I took one or two photos out of courtesy, as I really don’t like them as my photo subjects. To my surprise found two tiny doto nudis. Too bad I had left my macro lens in the car. We also saw the sea lemon nudi, which really doesn’t require a macro lens 🙂
We had come for a single dive but luckily divers Doug and Ben were also at the same site and they were planning to do a second dive. So I changed my tank and my buddy group and went in for a second dive. This time we hit straight out (I think 60 degree). This course is more flat around 40-50 ft, does not get too deep. Throughout the dive we were kept company by school of pollock, which was really cool.
While seeing nothing too crazy we all had great dives. The conditions were beautiful. Hopefully we will get more days like this…
Buddies: Todd & Jason (48F, 52ft,65min)
Buddies: Doug& Ben (46F, 46ft, 51min)