CANCELLED – After Work Dive, Friday, January 14th , 5:00 p.m. Metridium Fields, Monterey

Hello divers!

After seeing this forecast:

 PZZ560-150515-
 Coastal Waters from Pigeon Point to Point Pinos California out to
 10 nm-
 845 AM PST Fri Jan 14 2022
 
 .TODAY...N winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming NW 15 to 20 kt this
 afternoon. Wind waves 2 to 3 ft. W swell 8 to 10 ft at 13 seconds
 and W around 2 ft at 21 seconds. 
 .TONIGHT...NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 to 2 ft. W swell
 7 to 9 ft at 15 seconds and W 2 to 3 ft at 19 seconds. 

Melanie took a look at Breakwater this morning and discovered that, while divers who got deeper could get under the swell, divers who were  in 25 or less feet of water were being pushed up to the surface.   In light of this, we have decided to cancel this dive.

Please join us for our next planned club on January 22nd at Lovers Cove – click here for more details.

All the best – Corey

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Location: Foam St. and Cannery Row, Monterey.

Parking: Meters and pay parking ($10? for all-day)

Experience Level: Advanced due to distance from shore

Depth: 35-60ft Entry: Sandy beach with scattered rocks

RSVP if you are coming by email to info@montereybayseaotters.org, and meet at the statue pictured above!

Have you ever wondered why this was here and what it means? 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, we are going to find them and return to a dive site, 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 north and you should find some.

Thanks to the following public websites for sharing their information on a classic Monterey dive site – come and join us!

https://www.scubaboard.com/community/threads/metridium-fields.94734/ http://www.scubamonterey.com/infometridiumfield.html http://www.montereyscubaboard.com/metridiumfields.php

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.

RSVP if you are coming by email to info@montereybayseaotters.org, and meet at the statue pictured above!

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