Jenny Miller Garmendia, Marine Policy Consultant

Jenny was living with her US diplomat parents in the Philippines when she learned how to dive in 1968. She became an Instructor with the Philippines Sports Diving Association in 1969. In 1971 she and three partners started Divemasters (Far East) Pte. Ltd. in Singapore with recreational diving, commercial diving and cargo survey divisions. In 1973 she trained as an Underwater Instructor at Asilomar and in 1975 became a PADI Course Director. Jenny managed the dive center, trained divers and Instructors and ran tours in Southeast Asia until 1985 when she went to work for PADI. There she worked as Assistant Training Manager and International Operations Manager and helped start PADI Medic First Aid. In the late 90s Jenny completed a Masters in International Policy at MIIS and worked as an intern at the Monterey Bay Aquarium doing the research to start Seafood Watch. In 2000 she and went to the University of Hawaii to teach Political Science and do research in international fisheries and ocean governance. In 2005 she became Executive Director of Project AWARE Foundation, an international marine conservation non-profit working with divers on marine conservation. In 2012 she returned to the Monterey area, as a marine policy consultant and working with local companies such as DreamCasters Voyage.

“Thresher Sharks, Tuna and Nudibranchs – Tales of Balayan Bay Over 50 Years”

Anilao in Balayan Bay, the Philippines has been a mecca for divers since the 60s. Over time it has been transformed from a remote area without roads where dive sites were only accessible by local outrigger canoes, into one of the main diving resort destinations in Asia. The Bay is part of the Coral Triangle and like Monterey Bay, runs very deep which leads to an incredible variety of marine life. Diving often runs deep and in the early days, the only recompression chamber in the country was at the US Naval Base in Subic Bay. Over the past 50 years, pressures on and offshore include deforestation, overfishing and development resulting in dramatic changes to the underwater ecosystem, both negative and positive. This is the story of those changes.

Join us at 6:30 at the Crazy Horse Restaurant at the Bay Park Hotel on Munras in Monterey. Better yet, come at 6:00 and enjoy dinner with us. Crazy Horse has a great salad bar, or order off the menu!

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Boat Dive, Sunday, June 24th, Beachhopper II

Our last boat dive went so well, that we’ve decided to do it again. We have only four spots left, and we expect to sell out, so if you are interested, send Walan a note, or let us know at this month’s meeting. The cost is only $75 for two dives! Please note that we have changed the date of this dive from Saturday to Sunday.

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After Work Dive, Friday, June 8th, 6:30 p.m. Coral Street, Pacific Grove

Coral St. is a great location for a night dive. At night the fish, attracted by our dive lights, come out of their usual hidey-holes. This dive is a fish enthusiast’s delight as we typically see cabezon, lingcod, and rockfish. I have also found it to be a wonderful spot to get up close and personal with purple sea urchins. Who doesn’t love those?!

We will meet at the corner of Coral and Ocean View at 6:00 p.m. to check out conditions and do a briefing. After that, we will don our gear and make our way out into the protected cove. This is not a difficult dive, but there are some rocks in close to be avoided.

We have had great success here at night and I think this is a great time to come out and dive it.

General Guidelines for After Work & Night Dives: To participate in after work dives or night dives, divers must carry a minimum of two lights, one main light and one marker light (usually
attached to the tank valve). The dive must be terminated if a person experiences a malfunction of his/her light(s). That is why carrying three lights is strongly recommended so that dive team can continue the dive if one diver’s light ceases to function. For everyone’s diving pleasure, the club would like to thank all participants for adhering to these recommendations for club dives.

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, geared up and ready to dive 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.

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