09/19/2008(Fri) No.1 - Casino Point[Catalina Island]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Carl, Nathalie
D.Service :
Weather : Night
Temp. : 78 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 67 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 67 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : Dry Suit
Inner Wear : Polartec
Weight : 25 Lbs
Tank Material : Steel 77
Equipment :
S.I.Time : 00:00:00
Time In : 21:26:51
Time Out : 22:10:21
Dive Time : 00:43:30
Ave.Depth : 40 ft
Max.Depth : 66 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : ft
Safety Stop.Time : min
Tank Capacity : 77 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 2400 PSI
Pres. Out. : 1300 PSI
Air Consum. : 11.51 PSI
Visibility H. : 25 ft
Visibility V. : 25 ft
Access1 : Shore
Access2 : Ocean
Rating : *****
Dive Number : 309
Total Time : 261:45

This was Nathalie's "Night Dive" for her Advanced certification. We got geared up and headed to the water. The waves were pounding against the stairs. Nathalie seemed a little apprehensive. Carl got in first and headed to one of the buoys. I told Nathalie to time the waves and jump in as one is going out. I followed. Once everyone was comfortably floating together, we decided to decend. We got to the bottom and Nathalie still wasn't comfortable. I offered my hand, she took it and we proceded. As we turned to start moving, a large bat ray came up off the bottom and swam past us at touching distance. Very cool! We swam on, shining the flashlights around looking for stuff to see. I spotted an octopus and followed it with my light, watching it change colors as it passed over sand and kelp. Saw another octopus or two as we continued our dive. As we headed back, we saw a lobster that must have been about 3 ft long. Huge! This turned out to be a great dive! We initiated Nathalie with a glow stick as we got back.