All times are for SHOW times, to assess conditions – divers must be geared up for the mandatory briefing 30 minute later.
Please RSVP for dives to dive coordinator or on MBSO Facebook page!!
Clean-Up Dive, Saturday, January 18th, San Carlos Beach, Monterey
In 2009, the Monterey Bay Sea Otter’s Dive Club adopted San Carlos Beach within the California Coastal Commission’s ‘Adopt a Beach’ program. We now organize quarterly beach clean-ups that are both fun for divers and helpful to our environment.
It’s that time once again Sea Otters! We will be picking up debris on the topside of San Carlos Beach as well as underwater along the Breakwater Wall. We want our adopted beach in tip-top shape. We will meet at 8:00 at the picnic tables that are close to the beach. Non-diver guests are always welcome to join us because who doesn’t love a trash-free beach!
Peet’s Coffee in Monterey will graciously donate their delicious coffee for this event and there will be perfectly paired doughnuts provided by the MBSO club. All we have to do is hope for sunshine and a calm sea, which would make this a perfect dive day.
Please bring a knife to cut fishing line and a goodie-bag to put your trashy collections in. If you don’t have a goodie-bag, the club has some that we will happily loan out.
We hope you will join us in cleaning our beautiful adopted beach!
See you on Saturday, January 18th!
Club Dive, Saturday, January 25th, 8:00 a.m. Otter Cove, Pacific Grove
This is a shallow site that doesn’t see 50 ft. until a long way out where the boulders give way to a sandy bottom with rocky pinnacles and some kelp. The pinnacles are covered in invertebrates and strawberry anemones and encrusting sponges are common. Small lingcod and cabezons are in the crevices waiting to ambush a tasty snack, such as one of the sculpins, gobies, or juvenile rockfish swimming around. While you are out there, look for bat rays on the sandy bottom.
The prime entry point is at the intersection of Ocean View Blvd. and Siren Street. There is a small parking lot and stone stairs lead down to a stony beach.
This is a site that often gets overlooked and one can often see more sea life than at other, more dived sites. (from A Diver’s Guide to Monterey County, California by Bruce Watkins)
After Work Dive, Wednesday, February 12th, 5:00 p.m. 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, come out and join us!