Halloween Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest, Saturday, October 28th 8 a.m. San Carlos Beach, Monterey

General Guidelines for club Dives:  For everyone’s diving pleasure, the club would like to thank all participants for RSVP by email to info@montereybayseaotters.org or call/text the dive coordinator at 530-867-3255.

Each team will choose their own dive spot and depth for carving. Since you will be playing with sharp devices underwater, please be mindful of your tools! Hint #1, adding an additional pound or two of weight can help you to stay safely on the bottom. Hint #2, a goodie bag is helpful for stowing your pumpkin top and your tools. After the divers return, we will line up the pumpkins and passers-by will vote for their favorite one! In 2020, we had very talented carvers, and Wayne Pagcu’s pumpkin shark won him first place for the second year in a row! Will he be defending his title? Even if you don’t plan to carve, stop by around 9:30 to find out! In addition to bragging rights, we will have a prize for the winner!

Contest Participation Rules:

1. There is no fee to enter, but you must be a current club member. (But you can renew your membership that morning.)

2. You must check in at 8 a.m. and attend the safety briefing.

3. You will provide your own intact pumpkin and carving tools. Prior to entering the water, you may make a small hole, no more than a 1⁄2 inch (diameter of a pencil) wide, on the top and bottom of the pumpkin to allow air to escape.

4. Dive team members will observe dive safety protocols. They will also enter the water together, maintain visual contact with each other, and exit the water together. 5. All stages of carving must be done underwater. Carving includes drawing, removing the insides, or cutting into the pumpkin. You may not draw on your pumpkin prior to descending underwater but are welcome to use an underwater stencil in the water.

5. If you cut off the top of your pumpkin to clean it out, you must bring it back for judging, so do not lose it underwater!

6. The finished pumpkin may not be adorned with items found in and around the ocean, such as kelp or shells. However, trash removal is encouraged.

7. There is no time limit for carving; however, voting will begin approximately one hour after half the teams have entered the water. Wayne Pagcu’s winning Shark Pumpkin last year (Photo credit – Walan)

8. You must register by sending an email to board@montereybayseaotters.org with your name and contact info.

If you have any questions, you can email us at the same email address above. We hope to see you as a contestant or as a judge afterwards! – Walan Chang

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