May 25th, Saturday, 8:30 a.m.* Club Dive, Metridium Fields, Monterey
Location: Foam St. and Cannery Row, Monterey.
Parking: Meters and pay parking ($8 for all-day)
Experience Level: Advanced due to distance from shore
Entry: Sandy beach with scattered rocks
Have you ever wondered why this was here and what it means?
If you’d like to know the story, click this. This history is relevant to us because, unlike much of the history on Cannery Row, the
remnants of those pipes are still available underwater and, for our night dive in July, we are going to find them and return to a dive site which Dave Ramsey taught me how to dive at the beginning of my diving career, the Metridium Fields off the Breakwater Jetty.
While the Metridium Fields are located at the same beach as the
often crowded breakwater, the diving experience is a world away.
Here you’ll find large rocky reefs covered with 2-foot tall giant metridium anemones. While these are reason enough to visit the area, you’ll also see a host of nudibranchs including very large sea lemons, clown dorids, and of course hermissendas. Keep your eyes open for juvenile wolf eels, and even the occasional swell shark hiding inside the rocks.
Swim out on the same side of the beach. Swim out until you line up the backs of the bathroom and the deli with the great tri-tip sandwiches. For the other direction, line yourself up with the left side of backscatter (the building with the big whale on the side). Drop down there and go due north. This should bring you to the big pipe pretty quickly, and you can either follow it out and go north on the end, or you can keep going N and you should find some.
Thanks to the following public websites for sharing their information on a classic Monterey dive site which we, as a club, have not dived in years – come and join us!
After Work Dive, June 14th, 6:30 p.m. Coral Street, Pacific Grove
Coral St. is a great location for a night dive. At night the fish, attracted by our dive lights, come out of their usual hidey-holes. This dive is a fish enthusiast’s delight as we typically see cabezon, lingcod, and rockfish. I have also found it to be a wonderful spot to get up close and personal with purple sea urchins. Who doesn’t love those?!
We will meet at the corner of Coral and Ocean View at 6:00 p.m. to check out conditions and do a briefing. After that, we will don our gear and make our way out into the protected cove. This is not a difficult dive, but there are some rocks in close to be avoided.
We have had great success here at night and I think this is a great time to come out and dive it.
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.