Club Dive, May 13, After-Work Dive, Metridium Fields, San Carlos Beach, Monterey CA

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 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 in about 25 kick-strokes you will be there.

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

http://www.montereyscubaboard.com/ metridiumfields.php

At-A-Glance Location: San Carlos Beach, Monterey, CA

Access and Facilities: Steps to sand beach. Meet at Picnic tables.

Public Restrooms.

Depth: 40’

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). Teams experiencing a malfunction of his/her light(s) without a backup should return to shore. Carrying two dive 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 stairs at the top of the beach.

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