Our next Club Dive is at Carmel River Beach on January 26th, Saturday 8:30 am.

This site, which we haven’t dived for quite some time, is just on the south edge of Carmel, along Scenic Drive.
The topography is a series of underwater shelves that drop off in ten-foot increments until we can get to about 60 feet. In the shallow areas expect to see some beautiful kelp forest with a patch reef of small boulders and pinnacles. Look for sponges, crabs, shrimp and nudis. Once we get past the kelp, the bottom structure gets very interesting with rocky pinnacles and large rocks everywhere providing many mini-walls to explore in about 50 feet of water. There are beautiful colonies of colored sponges – yellow, red, blue, and purple, sometimes growing together, so bring your camera. There are also strawberry and fish-eating anenomes, tunicates and small fish (that the anenomes haven’t caught yet). The kelp and the rugged
seabed make for a great dive site that is a bit off the beaten path.

To get here, come up Rio Road from Hwy. 1 and turn left on Santa Lucia, and left on Scenic.

Go left at Ocean View and look for legal parking near the intersection. We will meet up top and strategize before descending the staircase to begin our dive.

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.

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