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Any port in a storm? Nooooo…..

By Claudette

I did not go to Catalina Island today… and I’ll sleep fine.

Weather’s been awful in SoCal for the past 6 days straight: rain, wind, tornados, high surf on top of huge high tides… it’s been a mess of flailing trees, flooded streets, and flumoxed scuba divers wondering when we could get back under the sea.

Months ago I’d booked a weekend trip to Avalon on Catalina Island with some good friends.   We were to have departed for the island today.

Then 6 days ago the storms began, shutting down all the boats running to the island.   The storm was predicted to pass by Friday (yesterday), so we’d optimistically hoped to still get to enjoy the weekend at the Casino Point Dive Park.

Then it rained even harder on Thursday and the wind howled and the surf increased again.  At the tail end of 6 days of storms, the boats finally made their first horribly rough crossings and it was decision time.
Four of the group of 7 friends decided to go, despite the 9 to 12-foot swells and the near certainty of very poor diving conditions.  “If the boat’s going, I’ll be on it!”, said one.   “I’m all packed, so I might as well go,” said another. That’s all good.  Pursuit of happiness and all that.

I made the decision.
“Have a great trip, catch you next time.”

I love diving but I realize, (1400 dives into this miraculous passion of Breathing-Underwater,) that what I really treasure is good diving.  Not “gee-at-least-we-got-wet” diving.  Not “we-were-tough-enough-to-dive-horrid-conditions” diving.  Not “I-proved-myself-in-the-eyes-of-my-friends” diving.  Not “well-we-can-always-go-to-a-bar-and-talk-about-diving” diving.

I love diving for the fantastic experience of good diving itself.  If the diving will be bad, (and I know the park well, these were guaranteed mediocre conditions,) I don’t need it.  I have nothing to prove.

Any port in a storm isn’t good enough.

I can say no to mediocre diving, and I sleep fine.
This is a good place to be.

Today was a great day.  Pumping gym workout.  Great coffee.  Fantastic music. Laugh-out-loud conversation with smart and funny friend. Incredible sunny ocean vistas of 15-foot walls of foaming water smashing into the  SoCal coast.

I’m counting the minutes until my next dive.

My next  good dive.


Categories : Diving, Life, oh life.

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