Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm

It's member's photo and video night!

Some of us like to capture photos and videos when we dive. This is a chance to showcase those efforts, and the results are always fun to see, even if some of us aren't destined for camera greatness.

Please join us at the Crazy Horse Restaurant near Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey. The meeting starts at 6:30, but I encourage you to come at 6 pm to enjoy some food and friendship first!

Meeting Location

Restaurant: Crazy Horse Restaurant
Address: Bay Park Hotel, 1425 Munras Ave, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone:(831) 649-4771.

Holiday Potluck Party will be Saturday, December 9th

The club is proud to announce the annual holiday dinner will be at Matt Denecour’s house. (50 Coral Street, Pacific Grove) on 9 Dec (Saturday) starting at 5:00 PM to approximately 8:00 PM. We'll start with a drinks and appetizers at 5 PM, followed by delicious potluck dinner at 6 PM and we finish off a great evening with the traditional white elephant gift exchange and raffle during dessert.

If you want to join the white elephant gift exchange, please bring a wrapped gift (re-gifting is encouraged!) worth approximately $10-$15. We will draw numbers and select gifts in that order. During your turn, if you like a previously opened gift, you can "steal" it. A gift can change hands a maximum of two times, then it stays with the third and final owner. We will also be holding a raffle for cool stuff like a gift certificate, wine, and much more.

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Pumpkin Carving Contest – Saturday, October 28, 2016 at 8:00 – San Carlos Beach

The MBSO underwater pumpkin carving contest is an annual event. We will meet at San Carlos beach at 8:30. You have to bring your own pumpkin and carving tools. We will then buddy up and everyone is free to choose their dive spot and depth with her/his dive buddy. Then it is time to hit the water for some pumpkin carving. After the dive we will line the

pumpkins up and begin the judging. Judging will be friendly amongst us and any passer-byers who wish to choose their favorites. There will be a small prize for the winner.

Club Dive, Saturday Nov. 18th, Butterfly House, Carmel

Butterfly House is located at the intersection of Scenic Road and Stewart Way in Carmel by the Sea. There is a large expensive house there with an odd roof that resembles a butterfly perched on the rocks overlooking a small cove. Parking is on the street and then we access the beach by an eroding goat path down to the water. There are no restrooms at this site so if you are diving dry you may want to stop in to the port-a-potty just located along the road in at Carmel River Beach. We will meet up at the intersection and observe conditions before doing a briefing and gearing up. The goat path to the water is not for the meek, so it is one of the more difficult dives we will attempt this year. However, the site is beautiful and one of the nicest shore dives in Carmel. There are very large granite pinnacles and chutes to explore. There are large and abundant fish species here as well as lots of invertebrate life. This is a good dive to bring your camera and, if the visibility looks promising, a wide-angle lens.

If this site is not diveable, we will retreat to our backup site, San Carlos Beach. Please post on Facebook if you are attending and if we do change the dive location we will post on Facebook and you can be notified of the change.

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After-Work Dive, Wednesday November 10th, Lovers Cove, Pacific Grove

This month we return to one of our favorite sites, Lovers of Jesus Cove in Pacific Grove. We will meet in the upper parking lot next to the swan-encrusted glass bottom boat to look at conditions, introduce buddies, and do a dive site briefing. There are restrooms at this site and the parking is free. The dive entry is through a sandy protected cove so divers of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. We will dive site #1, the cove, since it is easier to navigate at night back to shore with the street lights as markers. We’ll more than likely see some of the usual suspects and hopefully some unexpected critters as well, like monkey face pricklebacks, midshipman, and sailfin sculpin. At night, the rockfish are more active and it is surprising how many juvenile fish come out to play. Make sure and bring two lights out to this dive as it will be getting dark even as we enter the water, this is repeated in guidance but I wanted to say it here so people don't forget. These dives are a lot of fun and have been well attended lately. Some of us will go to a local restaurant to grab a bite and recount our adventures. Come out and join us!

Make sure to bring two lights and a tank marker light. After the dive, we often recount the nights events at a local pub/restaurant.
 See you there!

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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Last Updated (Tuesday, 24 October 2017 20:42)

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