I got in my second dive of the year! Carl, Mark, Rich and I dove at the “L” street beach in Belmar. We all dove with the dry suits to work on our buoyancy. Overall I did ok with the dry suit, except I think the zipper gave out. When I got out of the water the top half of my shirt was wet. Carl is going to pressure test the suit to confirm if the zipper is shot or if there is another problem. It wasn’t to bad getting wet. The water temp was around 61F degrees.
The L street beach is a good place to work on your buoyancy. It is a shallow dive site and if you don’t have your buoyancy just right, you broach the surface like a sick whale. Once you get it right, it can be a good dive place. The deepest we went was 17 feet. For the most part we were in 9 feet of water.
I saw a couple of eels and a bunch of baby fluke. The biggest eel was about 24″ long. The baby fluke were all about 3/4″ long. We saw one fluke that was about 18″ long. Everytime Mark retold the sighting of the fluke, it seemed to get about 3 inches long. By the time we hit the dive shop it was close to a 24 inch long fish.
A couple more inlet and beach dives and I think I’ll be ready for a deeper dive off the coast.