About this dive site:
Our dive today
- Name: Dog Beach (aptly named, watch where you walk)
- Location: Carlsbad, CA
- Category: Lagoon
- Max depth: 8'/2.5m
- Objective: To see if we can teach in this lagoon 5 minutes from UTD HQ
- Attendees: Jeff Seckendorf and Dave Harris
- Avg depth: 2 m / 6 ft
- Max depth: 2 m / 6 ft
- Duration: 6 min
- Visibility: 6" / 15cm
- Water temperature: 21 ° C / 70 ° F
- Ascent profile: 30 seconds total ascent
So, there's this beautiful lagoon five minutes north of the UTD office, and it looks like the perfect place to teach...it's pond-flat, beautiful setting, almost unused, I'm thinking, like, Gilligan's Island, or some other tropical paradise. So Dave and I took an hour off from his IDC to check it out. We toss on the tanks, walk past the giant sign that says No Swimming, and head in. The first sign that it wasn't going to be perfect is when I couldn't see my fin to tell if it was right side up or not. Plus the shin-deep mud walking in was another clue. Like we needed clues.
We drop down, I can't see Dave's light. So we go to touch contact and start kicking out. I still can't see his light. But we keep going, and going, and going, and we finally get to our max depth of 8' / 2.5m. Deeper than that, and the white dry gloves turn a nasty shade of brown from the mud.
Four minutes in we turn the dive. I look over and see what I think must be a huge white bath tub, or some other junk I expected to see. Nope, Dave's tanks. Kick toward shore a little, thumb the dive, head to the surface.
Our ascent profile brings new meaning to the term "min-deco." Oh, well.