Trip Report and Photos
San Clemente Island with the
Sea Divers on the Great Escape
and Photos © Elaine
Jobin, may not be reproduced in part or whole without
advanced written permission.
Twenty seven Sea
Divers boarded the Great Escape
on the evening of Friday February 4th, 2005 for a
one day trip to San Clemente
Because the weather
has been so stormy we werenít sure if we would make our planned
destination - the backside of San
Clemente Island. Making matters more complicated, the entire
front side of San Clemente
Island was on Naval closure. Our captains charted a fairly
smooth overnight course around the backside of Catalina and
woke us up to a beautiful sunrise right where we were hoping
to go. The Sea Divers have an awesome record of making their
destinations and thanks to Capts. Tim and Kim, this trip was
to be no exception.
The visibility at
our first dive site was an incredible 80+ feet. The water temperature
was in the high 50ís. I donít know why, but when visibility
is good no one complains of being cold. The kelp and the rocky
terrain were beautiful. Many small schools of fish made the
dive site picture perfect. The visibility on the backside of
San Clemente Island can be legendary and I think that we were
treated to the best of it. These are some of my photos from
were filled with comments on the terrific visibility, quick
naps, and a great snack buffet.
Our second stop was
a shallower kelp covered rocky reef. Once again the visibility
was terrific. While searching the nooks and crannies for photo
subjects I found some of the smallest lobsters that I have ever
seen. Some divers had bat
ray and abalone
During this dive
I watched Joe do a photo session with a "stone fish". The fish
was in a perfect photographic pose on the top of a rock. When
Joe was finished, the fish was still sitting there, so I fired
off a few shots of my own. Actually a line formed to photograph
this fish. These are two of my photos.
Our third and fourth
dives were done at a set of pinnacles a short distance away.
I thought that the gorgonians and invertebrate life made this
the most beautiful dive site of the day. The photo of the bottom
of the Great Escape was taken from 90 feet.
I could only do a
quick dip on the last dive because I was just about out of bottom
time. I wanted to get some photos of the beautiful purple hydrocoral.
There was a lot of it at this site.
The first two hours
of the trip home were an adventure in rock and roll but after
that it was pretty smooth sailing. We enjoyed a great lunch,
followed by naps, some wine and beer, and relaxed socializing
- Sea Diver style.
It was another successful
Sea Diver trip. Special thanks to Capt. Kim, DM Steve, deckhand
Kendall, and our beloved Mikey in the galley. Oh, and of course,
special thanks to Captain Tim, who once again put all of the
"behind the scene" details together without a flaw.
This was our great
sunset on the trip home