Wednesday August 10, After Work Dive, Metridium Field 6 PM

Hello divers

We only had one RSVP, so we are going to cancel our planned club dive for tonight at the Metridium fields.  That said, if you’d like to contact each other, and arrange a dive on your own, feel free to do so and, please, don’t forget about our planned club dive on August 27th!

-Corey

 

For everyone’s diving pleasure, the club would like to thank all participants
for RSVP by email to info@montereybayseaotters.org .

Note: If we have to change dive location or cancel a dive due to conditions, a member of the Board will post a notice to our Facebook Group about the change. If a dive is cancelled, the club will try to connect RSVP holders with each other. The club cautions
divers to consider the reason for the cancellation and make safe personal decisions; if they decide to dive it is as individuals not as a club dive.
Divers can consult the CDIP Swell model, Monterey & Carmel Marine forecast, and other info sources (Windy, Aquarius’s Conditions page) especially if planning a long drive to join us.

Remember that travel & parking during “Car Week” may get tricky: Friday Aug 12 thru Sunday Aug 21!

Location: Foam St. and Cannery Row, Monterey.
Parking: Meters and pay parking ($1.50/hr or $10 for all-day)

Experience Level: Advanced (Monterey SCUBA Board,) Intermediate (OpenDiveSites)

Depth: 35-60ft

Entry: Sandy beach with scattered rocks

Amenities: public mens & women’s restrooms next to the Coast Guard Pier & near Cannery Row road.

Nearby Dive Shops: there are several shops close by
• montereybayscuba.com open 8 AM – 6 PM on Wednesday
• canneryrowaquatics.com open 9 AM – 6 PM on Wednesday
• www.backscatter.com open 9 AM – 5 PM on Wednesday

Fish hopper infrastructure 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 after
work dive in August, we are going to find them and return to an amazing 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 left 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 – come and join us!

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

General Guidelines for After Work & Night Dives: To participate in after work dives or night must carry a minimum of two lights, one main light and one marker light (usually attached to
valve). The dive must be terminated if a person experiences a malfunction of his/her light(s). carrying three lights is strongly recommended so that dive team can continue the dive if one
ceases to function.

For everyone’s diving pleasure, the club would like to thank all participants
for RSVP by email to info@montereybayseaotters.org .

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