Wednesday, July 25, 2018
 
Trevor Fay, Monterey Bay Abalone Company
 
Our July guest speaker is a local business owner who sustainably farms and harvests red abalone right under the Monterey Harbor Municipal Wharf No.2. Trevor Fay from Monterey Abalone Company, will treat us to a lecture on how to commercially grow abalone in Monterey using natural foods and methods. Their operating philosophy is to duplicate, as closely as possible, the abalones’ natural environment of growth in the ocean so that they arrive at the table as natural seafood of the highest quality. He will also discuss recent environmental impacts on abalone including the recent surge of urchins.
 
Come join us at Crazy Horse Restaurant in Monterey.  The meeting starts at 6:30, but come join us for dinner at 6:00, if you'd like.

Member appreciation BBQ and Dive, Saturday, August 25, 8:30 a.m. Lovers Cove, Pacific Grove

The Monterey Bay Sea Otters dive club will hold its annual Membership Appreciation BBQ and Dive on Saturday, August 25th. This is a fun event for new and old divers and their families to come together and enjoy both the topside and underwater environments at Lovers Point.

This year, in addition to a fun dive, we will attempt the Navigation Challenge again. Members wishing to participate in the challenge will go out in teams and attempt to collect objects along an underwater course. See President Mark’s article at the beginning of the newsletter for more details. Dive Coordinator Corey will be overseeing the Navigation Challenge.

As with previous years, we will dive first, then eat, and some people will probably do a second dive. The first dive briefing will be at 8:30 AM. While divers are out, we will fire up the grill for burgers and dogs. We will eat around 11 AM. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. The club will provide beverages and shade. Treasurer Walan will oversee the topside activities. To help with meal planning, please RSVP with her by Sunday, August 20th, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the number of divers and non-divers, and what you plan to bring.

Last Updated (Monday, 23 July 2018 13:59)

 

Club Dive, Saturday, July 21st, 8:30 a.m. 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 located just 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.

 

 

Member appreciation BBQ and Dive, Saturday, August 25, 8:30 a.m. Lovers Cove, Pacific Grove

 

The Monterey Bay Sea Otters dive club will hold its annual Membership Appreciation BBQ and Dive on Saturday, August 25th. This is a fun event for new and old divers and their families to come together and enjoy both the topside and underwater environments at Lovers Point.

 

This year, in addition to a fun dive, we will attempt the Navigation Challenge again. Members wishing to participate in the challenge will go out in teams and attempt to collect objects along an underwater course. See President Mark’s article at the beginning of the newsletter for more details. Dive Coordinator Corey will be overseeing the Navigation Challenge.

 

As with previous years, we will dive first, then eat, and some people will probably do a second dive. The first dive briefing will be at 8:30 AM. While divers are out, we will fire up the grill for burgers and dogs. We will eat around 11 AM. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. The club will provide beverages and shade. Treasurer Walan will oversee the topside activities. To help with meal planning, please RSVP with her by Sunday, August 20th, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the number of divers and non-divers, and what you plan to bring.

 

Last Updated (Friday, 20 July 2018 20:49)

 

After Work Dive, Friday, August 10th, 6:30 p.m. Otter Cove, Pacific Grove

Our after-work dive will be at Otter Cove this month. We will meet at 6pm at the parking lot on Ocean View Blvd near the intersection of Sea Palm. There is a small lot there that holds a half-dozen cars where the road turns. There are stone stairs that lead down to a sandy beach. It gets dark about 8:30 but this is still considered to be a night dive. We will have a mandatory dive briefing at 6:15 and at 6:30 we will go diving. High tide is at 7:43PM. Depending on conditions we will dive out along the point or towards Lovers Cove. You can typically see everything from nudibranches, crabs, greenlings, perch, lots of rockfish, harbor seals, and monkey faced prickelbacks. This is a night dive, so please bring two dive lights and a marker light. After the dive, if people are interested, we may eat in a nearby pub or restaurant.

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.

For more information, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated (Friday, 20 July 2018 20:48)

 
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