Report and Photos
Redondo Canyon Daytime Dive
February 1, 2009
and Photos © Elaine Jobin,
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Shaw (AKA "evil Jeff", "eJ", etc.) and I went
out for a daytime dive at Redondo Canyon. Jeff was decked out in his
replacement scuba gear - most of his old stuff had been stolen from
his garage a couple of weeks ago.
We went to
this night time hot spot during the day because I had never done "The
Canyon". I wanted to get a feel for the lay of the land before
I wandered here at a future time to do a famous Redondo Canyon night
In the parking
lot we saw Phil Garner - cast, crutches and all.
As well as
some of the "Dive Vets" regulars.
This is a great spot to
dive as far as facilities are concerned because there are bathrooms
and showers. I've been fighting some worn out cartilage in a major
joint, but I thought that the walk from the parking lot, down the
stairs, and across the beach was fairly easy. The waves during entry
were small. Not as small as they had been over the past several days,
but still very manageable.
We did a short surface
swim to gain some distance from the beach and dropped down at about
11ft. I couldn't wait to see what Redondo Canyon was all about.
The first thing I noticed
was a lot of sand. Then a field of sand dollars.
As we headed out to sea,
the next thing I noticed was a lot of, well, I'm not sure exactly
what it all is. Bottles strung up as markers, Lines traversing the
sand, Small kelp plants seeming to grow from semi suspended man made
As Phil Garner pointed
out (just from looking at the photos), there was an octopus in one
of the bottles above. This is an enlargement of the bottle.
And, One of the markers
had a large crab on it.
darted in front of us as we continued deeper into the canyon. A sarcastic
fringehead jumped out of the shelter of an empty shell to inspect
the sand disturbed by a near by fin kick. A pink starfish crawled
by. Sea Pens dotted the deeper landscape.
There were lots of larger
Jeff found a baseball cap
that had become a home for brittle stars.
At about 86 feet we found
a small patch of squid eggs. Nothing like the fabled squid egg fields
of years past.
the dive, I kept bugging Jeff to pose for some photos. He only gave
in a time or two.
I thought that Redondo
Canyon in the daytime is a perfectly nice dive. I'd do it again in
a heartbeat. It was even written in one of the lines in the sand.
part of this dive for me was the last three feet of the exit. I hadn't
been warned about the short, steep, pebbly, quicksand like cliff that
must be traversed to get out of the water. I got stuck in it and pelted
by a few waves right when I thought I was home free. Fortunately Phil
and Merry were waiting patiently for us on shore. Merry made a mad
dash into the water and made herself into a handrail so I could pull
myself out. Jeff did a graceful unassisted exit (showoff!)
dive we visited with some of the "Dive Vets" regulars in
the parking lot, went over to Phil and Merry's for post dive snacks
(I got to meet the pet squirrel), stopped by Ruby's for a burger,
and made it to a PV Superbowl party just in time for the third quarter.
It was a really fun day with dive friends.