Upcoming Dives

Clean-Up Dive, Saturday, September 21st, 8:00 a.m.   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 8:30 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, September 21st,International Beach Clean-UpDay!

Members Appreciation BBQ and Dive, Saturday, September 28, 8:00 a.m.  Lovers Point Cove, Pacific Grove

The Monterey Bay Sea Otters dive club will hold its annual Membership Appreciation BBQ and Dive on Saturday, September 28th.  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.  We have fabulous prizes to hand out as well.  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.  To help with meal planning, please RSVP to Activities Director, Scott, at ActivitiesDirector@MontereyBaySeaOtters.org (or contact any board member) with the number of divers and non-divers, and what you plan to bring.  The MBSO website has been acting up lately, so if you are not able to contact Scott via email, it is possible to post your attendance and food choice on the MBSO Facebook page.

After Work Dive, Friday, October 11th, 6:00 p.m.  MacAbee 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.

These dives are a lot of fun, come out and join us!

Please RSVP for dives to dive coordinator or on MBSO Facebook page!!

Club Dive, Saturday, October 19th, 8:00 a.m.   Stillwater Cove, Pebble Beach

Have you ever gotten the accursed mal-de-mer on a dive boat making the run from Monterey to Carmel Bay?  If your captain was merciful, they would have likely ducked into the site of our October club dive to give upset stomachs a moment to settle and divers a chance to finish gearing up before jumping into the blue-green waters bracketing the dramatic pinnacles of Carmel Bay.

The site has a name, Stillwater Cove, and it is recognized for its relatively undisturbed marine environment.  It’s near the Pebble Beach Golf Club (duck if you hear “fore!”), and The Beach and Tennis Club provides the coastal access from sunrise to sunset.  Stillwater is a very protected dive spot with many different dives contained within the cove.  Standing on the beach you can see Pescadero Point to the right and Arrowhead Point to the left.  There is a stairway leading to a small sandy beach where you can launch small inflatables and kayaks. 

There is a $10 gate fee to gain access into Pebble Beach, but you can often get this waived by telling them you are heading for the coastal access.  At any rate, the free hot showers that we can use post-dive are worth the cost of admission!  Once you are done diving, you should plan to drive the entire world-famous 17 Mile Drive loop!

Directions:  Located in the heart of Pebble Beach, the drive here is worth the effort, even if you are not going to dive!  Drive South of Carmel on Highway 1 to Ocean Ave. Take Ocean Ave West and turn right on San Antonio Ave.  Wind your way North until you find yourself on Carmel Way.  You will soon intersect with the famous 17 Mile Drive.  A gate guard will welcome you and may relieve you of some money for the privilege of hobnobbing with the Rich and Famous.  Travel North West for about 1 mile, and turn left on Palmero Way.  Travel approximately 1/2 mile and then make a left on to Cypress Drive for about 1/8 of a mile which ends at Stillwater Cove.  (photos by Randy Phares)

Please RSVP for dives to dive coordinator or on MBSO Facebook page!!

Pumpkin Carving Contest – Saturday, October 26, 2016 at 8:00 – San Carlos Beach

The MBSO underwater pumpkin carving contest is an annual event.  We will meet at San Carlos beach at 8:30.  You have to bring your own pumpkin and carving tools.  We will then buddy up and everyone is free to choose their dive spot and depth with her/his dive buddy. Then it is time to hit the water for some pumpkin carving.  After the dive we will line the pumpkins up and begin the judging.  Judging will be friendly amongst us and any passer-byers who wish to choose their favorites.  There will be a small prize for the winner.

Here are the rules:
• Bring your own pumpkin and carving tools. It must be at least 6 inches in diameter.


2015 Pumpkin carving contest – Photo by Wesley Sawyer

  • All carving must be done underwater. Carving includes drawing, removing the insides, or poking holes into the pumpkin. Underwater is not at home in your kitchen sink either. It is the sandy bottom of the ocean at San Carlos beach. You cannot draw on your pumpkin ahead of time but if you ambitious you may use an underwater stencil.
  • You may make a small hole, no more than a 1⁄2 inch, on the top and bottom of the pumpkin, to allow air to escape.
  • Judging will be done amongst ourselves and any passersby who wish to look.
  • You must have the top of your pumpkin to be entered for judging, so do not lose it underwater.
  • Keep it safe. We may be playing with sharp devices underwater. Please take this into account when positioning yourself to carve your pumpkin. An additional pound of lead can help you to stay safely on the ground.
  • The finished pumpkin may not be adorned with items found in and around the ocean, ie puking-up kelp.

Please RSVP for dives to dive coordinator or on MBSO Facebook page!!