4th and 5th
Trip Report and Photos
San Miguel Island, Talcott, and Santa Cruz Island
with the Sea Divers on the Peace
and Photos ©
Elaine Jobin, may not be reproduced in part or whole without advanced
I started my dive trip
with a stop at the Peace
Scuba Center. I had to check out this new dive shop. It is a pretty
neat place. It is directly on the route between the freeway and the
boat so it is very convenient for last minute dive supplies. In my
case, I had a high pressure hose that was showing signs of wear. They
replaced it and had me back on my way to the boat in no time.
Captain Eric is smiling in the photo
above. Would he still be smiling when he arrived at the dock to find that the
Peace had been boarded by a pack of Reindeer?
No sweat! He started the engines
and we were off on an ultra smooth overnight glide to San Miguel Island.
Saturday morning we were greeted
with sunshine and almost 70 degree weather. Wow!!! This was winter diving in
California at its best.
Our day started at the Pinnacles
Boomerang and Skyscraper followed by an afternoon at Talcott shoals. The water
was a nippy 55 degrees and the visibility was holding at around 60 feet. The
Sea Divers got right into lobster hunting, spear fishing, scallop shopping,
and underwater photography.
Some Sea Divers spent a good part
of their surface intervals cleaning their abundant catch.
Some also added a touch of topside
As is customary, the bubbling hot
tub was a popular post dive gathering site. Actually, when you are cold it is
like that thing is filled with holy water.
It seemed this trip was going to
be a winter nirvana of great weather, beautiful sunsets, Jacuzzi evenings ,and,
pristine diving conditions.
Late in the afternoon, however, Captain
Eric made the announcement that he expected the weather to turn a little "ugly"
overnight. He wanted us to "be prepared". Some suggested that we might want
to hang it up and head back for an easy day of "Bar Diving" on Sunday.
What!!!!! Loose a day of diving?
This was a Sea Diver trip. We may look like softies but donít let appearances
Just as the Weather Grinch was threatening
to steal our beautiful winter diving, the group began their magical transformation.
Come morning, we showed that we were
ready for whatever environmental hardship we might face.
The crew met our determination with
smiling faces and a display of their finest foul weather gear. They braved a
nasty day of tank filling and fin service with not so much as a whimper.
We completed four dives at Santa
Cruz in wind and rain and even some hail.
A hearty group of divers we were
How did everyone keep those hats
Next we settled in for a really rough
Many thanks to the Captain and to
the Crew of the Peace for another job well done. It doesnít matter what comes
your way - you always shine. This was a great dive trip and it will be one that
we will always remember. Among other things, how many people can say they have
been diving in a hail storm? Please accept the sincerest wishes from the Sea
Divers for a totally terrific holiday season.
Until next time: