Upcoming Dives

All times are for mandatory check-in – divers must be geared up for the briefing 30 minutes later.

Club Dive, Saturday, January 22nd, 8:00 a.m. Lovers Cove #3, Pacific Grove

Location: Ocean View Blvd., across from Latitudes Restaurant, Pacific Grove, CA.
Parking: Free 2-hour parking.
Experience Level: Advanced
Depth: 15-50ft
Entry: Sandy beach, many rocks

This is my favorite dive site inside Monterey Bay. The visibility is usually good, the life is diverse, and there are numerous reefs to enjoy. I list this as an advanced site because the beach is exposed to conditions, and a combination of waves and high tide turn the site into a rocky shore, making entry and exit difficult and hazardous. Observe conditions for some time before committing to this site, and only dive it if the waves remain small and the sandy beach remains exposed.

My favorite areas to dive are the small pinnacles beyond the large kelp canopies. These are marked by small growths of kelp, and are usually an easy surface swim. The depth out here is in the 40-50 foot range, so it’s a great place to dive of you want to get below algae blooms.

For those looking for more of a challenge, you can navigate around the point to end your dive inside Lover’s Cove. In my experience, the easiest way to navigate this dive is to head out until you reach 30-35 feet, and head east while following the depth contour. This will take you around the point, and eventually to the large sand channel inside the cove. Follow this sand channel to the beach inside Lover’s Cove.

Source:  Scubaboard.com

RSVP if you are coming by email to info@montereybayseaotters.org, and meet at the little parking lot where Ocean View takes a 90º jog along the west side of the park.

After-Work Dive, Wednesday, February 9th, 5:00 p.m. McAbee Beach, Monterey

McAbee Beach is located at Cannery Row in Monterey.  The entry and exit for the dive is partially protected by the surrounding points and is mostly sand which makes entry and exit easier.  The biggest problem is to find a parking spot nearby at Cannery Row.  Don’t forget to bring quarters to feed the parking meters at the street ($1.50/hr?).  It is a shallow dive site, but you only need to do a short surface swim and you are in 20 feet of water and can safely descend for your dive.  The recommended dive is to head in a northeastern direction until you are into the kelp at about 35 feet of water, then turn to the left, almost heading in a northwestern direction staying at about 30-35 feet of water.  Take your time diving here.  Look between and around the rocks.  Look into the cracks in the rocks.  The rocks are covered with colored invertebrates, nudibranchs, sponges, anemones, and tunicates.  You will also find pipes from the old canneries.  Don’t forget to look inside, because a lot of times it is somebody’s home nowadays.  We will meet at 6:00pm at the dive site, which is where Hoffman Ave. hits Cannery Row.

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. These dives are a lot of fun, come out and join us!

RSVP if you are coming on the MBSO Facebook page or by email to info@montereybayseaotters.org, and meet on the sidewalk above the beach, adjacent to El Torito restaurant.

Club Dive, Saturday, February 26th, 8:00 a.m. Metridium Fields, Monterey

Location: Foam St. and Cannery Row, Monterey.
Parking: Meters and pay parking ($10? for all-day)  Use the ParkMobile app and pay by phone…
Experience Level: Advanced due to distance from shore
Depth: 35-60ft
Entry: Sandy beach with scattered rocks

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 of the dive helmet.

Please RSVP for dives to the dive coordinator at info@montereybayseaotters.org!