Thursday, July 08, 2010
Last night we went over to Lovers Point Beach that had a diver's sign. We determined that is not a beach for us because it has a lot of steps to get down to the beach, and not too far into the water, you get into heavy kelp beds. Then we went out to dinner at a restaurant that is right there. A disappointment that was.
Today, Thursday we got up and got ourselves ready to go scuba diving. We were able to get a parking spot close to the beach stairs, and the water was looking smooth. We determined we would dive for 30 minutes or until we were down to 500 pounds of air, whichever came first. I had some trouble getting off the surface, which is not uncommon for me, but once I got down below 10 feet, my weights were fine. We cruised along the bottom and got down to 36 feet. It was fun looking around. We ended up going off-course, and so when we swam back, we were further down the beach and in the kelp, but the main thing is we knew our error and "crawled" over the kelp to open water and got out. It was such a relief to be able to say that we did our first dive without an instructor! We would have done a second dive if we had another set of tanks to use, because we did not want to wait to get ours filled.
We are very proud of ourselves for doing it!