We had no RSVP’s for the dive on Saturday and, given the forecast:
PZZ560-221615- Coastal Waters from Pigeon Point to Point Pinos California out to 10 nm- 836 PM PDT Thu Oct 21 2021 ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM PDT FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING... .TONIGHT...SE winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming S 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt after midnight. Wind waves 1 ft, increasing to 2 to 3 ft after midnight. W swell 6 to 7 ft at 14 seconds. Rain. .FRI...SW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Wind waves 2 to 3 ft. W swell 10 to 12 ft at 15 seconds. Rain. .FRI NIGHT...NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 ft. W swell 10 to 12 ft at 15 seconds. .SAT...SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Wind waves 1 ft. W swell 10 to 12 ft at 14 seconds. A chance of rain.
that really isn’t a surprise. So we are going to cancel that dive.
Please join us for our yearly pumpkin carving dive on the 30th!
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Warmest regards, Corey
South Monastery is definitely a favorite dive site. The north side of this cove boasts a 60 degree cliff where you can dive as deep as you dare. The south side of Monastery is similarly beautiful but a larger and less deep site. When we enter the site, we can kick out along the side of the kelp bed until we drop down into 40 feet of water and make our way out to 70 feet, at the most. If you are really ambitious, you can kick out all the way to Mono Lobo wall and descend. There are lots of critters to see here in the Marine Protected Area so bring your camera. The water is usually clearer in Carmel, especially when there is an upwelling which happens this time of year. The rockfish here are usually large and plentiful. There is also an abundance of cabezon and small sculpins that flit around from perch to perch.
Oh, and there are perch too; schools of pile perch. This is an intermediate dive. Divers should be prepared for a more challenging entry and exit in coarse gravel. We will talk about some strategies for safely diving here on the steep beach that has humbled even the most experienced divers at times. There are restrooms at this dive site and parking along the side of Highway 1 is free and very close to where we will be diving.
If conditions are not agreeable we will retreat to our backup dive location, San Carlos Beach.
RSVP if you are coming by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and meet at south side of the dirt parking lot.