Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm

This month we welcome Marty McCaffetry, one of four “on-call’ medics for Divers Alert Network, and he could be the person that answers the phone when you call DAN. He is a certified scuba instructor as well as a paramedic and EMS supervisor.

DAN’s mission is…

  • to provide medical information and diagnostic details to divers who call with questions;
  • to respond and handle all facets of a diving emergency involving a DAN America member worldwide; and
  • to provide doctors with medical information they may need to treat diving-related accidents.

“When we receive a diving emergency call, we (the medics) become the main point of contact for the emergency,” he points out. “We will work to obtain medical assistance, contact the nearest chamber if necessary, secure transportation and handle anything else that needs to be done,” McCafferty explains. “In other words, we become intimately involved in all aspects of the person’s care.”

While the topics are varied, the questions and need for answers are constant. McCafferty points out that not every call is a diving emergency. “People have questions about their fitness for diving. Some have diabetes or are recovering from a heart attack." Questions on obesity are becoming more common, he notes.

Marty will be talking to us via a live webinar on the topic “Evaluating Information Related to Diving” and will be examining the abundance of dive information on the internet and how to decide what is reliable information.

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) 649-4771alt

Last Updated (Monday, 19 June 2017 10:32)


Club Dive, Saturday, June 24, 8:30 a.m. Copper Roof House, Carmel

Backup: Lovers

A large mansion with an impressive green copper roof overlooks this sandy beach at the south end of Carmel River Beach. The shallow reef is in the 35-foot range and is bound by an expanse of sand to the north and larger granite structure to the south. Some of the rocks are very shallow and on rougher days waves break over the top and can be seen from Ocean View Blvd. There is a restroom just north of the dive site and free parking along the one-way street right next to the wooden stairway that descends to the beach.

This is a good site to see rockfish, perch and monkey-faced pricklebacks with a short swim from shore. As we don our gear there will be Carmelites out for a brisk walk with their dogs and when we return they will ask us what we saw and if it was cold. The answers are lots of fish and very cold.

Last Updated (Monday, 29 May 2017 08:10)


After-Work Dive, Friday, July 14, 6:30 p.m. McAbee Beach, Monterey

McAbee Beach is located at Cannery Row in Monterey. The entry and exit for the dive is partially protected by the surrounding points and is mostly sand which makes entry and exit easier. The biggest problem is to find a parking spot nearby at Cannery Row. Don’t forget to bring quarters to feed the parking meters at the street ($1.50/hr).  It is a shallow dive site, but you only need to do a short surface swim and you are in 20 feet of water and can safely descend for your dive. The recommended dive is to head in a northeastern direction until you are into the kelp at about 35 feet of water, then turn to the left, almost heading in a northwestern direction staying at about 30-35 feet of water. Take your time diving here. Look between and around the rocks. Look into the cracks in the rocks. The rocks are covered with colored invertebrates, nudibranchs, sponges, anemones, and tunicates. You will also find pipes from the old canneries. Don’t forget to look inside, because a lot of times it is somebody’s home nowadays.  We will meet at 6:00pm at the dive site, which is where Hoffman Ave. hits Cannery Row. 

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 (Monday, 19 June 2017 10:32)

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