Upcoming Club Meeting
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm
We will be exploring the contents of our dive safety gear - the AED, O2, and first aid kits. Know what the club is bringing to each of our dives!
Join us for a fun evening!
Restaurant: Crazy Horse Restaurant
Address: Bay Park Hotel, 1425 Munras Ave, Monterey, CA 93940
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Upcoming Club Dive
Club Dive, Saturday, May 27th, 8:00 a.m. – South Monastery, Carmel
South Monastery is definitely a favorite dive site. The north side of this cove boasts a 60 degree cliff where you can dive as deep as you dare. The south side of Monastery is similarly beautiful but a larger and less deep site. When we enter the site we can kick out along the side of the kelp bed until we drop down into 40 feet of water and makeour way out to 70 feet at the most. If you are real ambitious you can do what Bruce Sawyer does and kick out all the way to Mono Lobo wall and descend.
There are lots of critters to see here in the Marine Protected Area so bring your camera. The water is usually clearer in Carmel, especially when there is an upwelling which happens this time of year. The rockfish here are usually large and plentiful. There is also an abundance of cabezon and small sculpins that flit around from perch to perch. Oh, and there are perch too; schools of pile perch.
This is an intermediate dive. Divers should be prepared for a more challenging entry and exit in coarse gravel. We will talk about some strategies for safely diving here on the steep beach that has humbled even the most experienced divers at times. There are restrooms at this dive site and parking along the side of Highway 1 is free and very close to where we will be diving.
If conditions are not agreeable we will retreat to our backup dive location, San Carlos Beach.
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After Work Dives
After-Work Dive, Friday, May 10th, 6:30 p.m. – Wharf II, Monterey
Our after work dive will be at the Municipal Wharf #2. We dive this location with the permission of the harbormaster once a year. If you have not dived this location before you should definitely check it out. We will meet at 6pm at the parking in front of the London Bridge Pub near the intersection of Del Monte and Figueroa. It gets dark about 8:00 so this is considered to be a night dive. We will have a mandatory dive briefing at 6:30.
This is generally an easy place to dive at night because it is very easy to navigate amongst all the pilings. The depth is a fairly consistent 20-25 feet deep. This is the only muck dive that we do in Monterey where we find both black-eyed gobies and bay gobies living amongst the oyster shells and discarded crab pots along the edge of the wharf. One spot fringeheads and the occasional sarcastic fringehead can be found in discarded bottles and timbers. This is a night dive, so please bring two dive lights and a marker light. After the dive we will probably eat something in a nearby pub or restaurant.
If you haven't been in the water for a while, or have not been diving in Monterey, we strongly encourage you to visit one of our local dive shops and take a refresher course before diving with us.
After Work Dives are scheduled the 2nd Friday of each month.
Some exceptions exist, so check the newsletter for the date and location of our upcoming dive. All dives are announced on our Facebook page: Monterey Bay Sea Otters Dive Club.
Please note that we meet at 6:30 pm unless otherwise noted on our Facebook page. All divers are required to have a primary and backup dive lights. A tank marker light is also suggested.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 08:37)