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 canceled, 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.
Finally, if you’re planning to attend this dive, please contact the dive coordinators at
email@example.com so we may easily meet up on the morning of the
|Skill Level||Beginner – Intermediate|
|Access Method||Surface swim + submerged swim, kayak|
Attractions & Wildlife
The eponymous metridium are members of a genus of cold water anemones that are brilliant white and almost seem to glow through the haze. As with all wildlife, do not touch these delicate animals but enjoy their ghostly white appearance at this fascinating spot. Nudibranchs, wolf eels, rockfish and swell sharks hiding in the rocks have been reported at this site.
Typical routes for Metridium Fields and Breakwater
The principle navigational aid on this dive is a large, 30 inch diameter steel pipe running straight out from the gray pump house near the bathrooms at a roughly 30° bearing; -121.89633, 36.61086 towards -121.89447, 36.61207). When visibility is good, you can follow the pipe from the surface while swimming out and descend directly on top of it at your pleasure. When visibility is not as good, you might choose to surface swim out a little farther south from the pipe (towards the Breakwater), descend and then swim north along the bottom until you hit the pipe. Once you’ve located the pipe, follow it along the bottom until it ends.
From the end of the pipe, follow a 345° heading across the sand for about 10 yards and arrive at the Metridium Fields. Typical wisdom suggests a due-north heading; this heads towards the far west end of the fields which you may miss if a current is present
“On one dive when I was swimming north along the bottom hoping to find the pipe, I realized pretty quickly that I had overshot it somehow. Rather than scrub the dive and try again, I kept going north and then tacked right to the east. It turns out there are enough metridium rocks in this area that they’re not too difficult to find by dead reckoning. They might not be THE Metridium Fields but you’ll find some.” -Andrew Middleton
Skill Level & Hazards
Air conservation and monitoring is essential for the long swim out so divers should spend time on their dive plan and try to descend directly on top of the pipe either by following it all the way out from shore (visibility permitting) or eyeballing from the shore. Surfacing early this far from shore can pose a boat traffic hazard, so bring a surface marker buoy. Beyond the difficulty of access, this is a relatively good site for beginners, although good buoyancy control is vital so as not to disturb or descend onto the anemones.
As with all compass navigation, ensure you have a fix on shore/your return path before descending.