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Current Laguna Beach Date & Time: Monday 04-22-2019
Weekly scuba diving in Laguna Beach:
Here at South Coast Divers, we believe that the best way for NEW scuba divers (Newbies) to gain experience in scuba diving is for newbies to dive with experienced divers. We have done this since 1998 and we encourage all new scuba divers to dive with us. To join the email list, click on SCD EMAIL LIST (Above) and this way you can have the latest information and dive schedules, join today!! Plus now you can join the TxtMsg List too (Also above), that way you'll know where we are diving in Laguna Beach. The diver list is currently over 1,300 divers. If you still lave questions, see the SCD About page, click on the link above.
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This is an excellent opportunity for you to gain scuba diving experience by diving with those who have many, many dives, because we share our vast scuba diving experience with those who want or need it. Meet at the Laguna Hills mall at 7:30 AM for morning dives and 6:30 PM for night dives, leave for Laguna at 7:45 AM & 6:45 PM SHARP, don't be late. But remember, that this is just, 'A bunch of scuba divers who love to dive, getting together to dive'.
You must know your own limitations and you ONLY YOU can make your own decisions about scuba diving, WE are not responsible for you. Please make the RIGHT decisions about YOUR scuba diving based on your own training and skill set. There is never an 'Official' dive master or instructor 'On Duty', you dive at YOUR OWN RISK.



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Here is the latest group email, in case you did not get it.

Good morning Divers!!!

Location: Heisler Park, Laguna Beach
Max Depth: 46ft
Avg Depth: 29ft
Duration: 45 minutes
Date: April 20, 2019
Time: 8:49 am
Min Temp: 57 F
Max Temp: 60 F
Visibility: 12 feet
Conditions: Low moving to high tide, surge, current, some big waves.
Dive Buddies: John. Total 10.

We had south swells coming in this week which caused visibility to be low. The water temperature is still low. It was a cloudy day and the air temperature was cool

Rich and I arrived at the mall and 2 new people showed up. South swells were hitting the beach so I thought Heisler Park would be best. We zoomed on down to
the dive site at 7:45, arriving at the beach around 8. We checked out the site and the waves seemed small, but large ones would hit the beach. This means timing
is very important. We decided to suit up.

When I was ready to enter the water, a few big waves hit the beach and I just waited for them to clear up. When it did, I entered the water without any problems and
swam out to the drop down point. While swimming out, I rolled over onto my stomach to see if I could see the bottom. It was green pea soup and the bottom wasn't
to be found. When everyone arrived at the drop down point, we descended.

Visibility was only 10 feet and we were all close enough to see someone that would follow me. I swam east to hit the reef which wasn't too far. Then I headed south.
The fish were plentiful, but hard to see. You could see outlines of the fish but no details, which includes color. Not being able to see, I didn't video the dive. About
20 minutes into the dive, I turned around and headed to shore.

We swam along the reef and when getting closer, I knew that we were too far east, so I swam west. We crossed over some reefs and then I headed north when we
reached sand. The sand was kicking up a lot and we were in a sand storm. We were in about 15 feet of water and I gave up and surfaced.

We weren't too far from shore and still a little too east to exit the water. When we were close to shore and ready to exit, a series of 4 foot waves hit the beach. We
waited it out and quickly exited the water when we could. After packing up our gear, we headed to Husky Boy's for food and conversation.

A dive in green pea soup, which means visibility will be bad. Water temps were still cold. High surf from the south was hitting our beaches which means we have to
be careful to get in and out to the water. We were successful on that. Hoping next week will be better.


Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

Rich Parker & Louis Umphenour

Lobster diving in Laguna Beach:
Since January 1 2012, it has been illegal to take ANYTHING within the city limits of Laguna Beach. The distance out from shore is the better part of 3 miles. If you want to read part of what is posted from the DFG/DFW (Dept of Fish & Wildlife), go to
Open the link about Laguna Beach and then see the map in JPG or PDF form. So READ IT, there aren't any excuses for not knowing the laws. Just remember you cannot take ANYTHING in Laguna Beach, period. So you need to lobster dive outside of Laguna Beach. Thanks.

Diver Etiquette & Night Diving in Laguna Beach:
First, general Diver Etiquette. I can't count how many times I have to tell divers to be quiet and respect those who live around where we park in Laguna. Back in the 1960's the residents of Laguna got together and were nearly successful in banning scuba diving in Laguna. An agreement was reached where we see the regulations that are on the books with the City about having proper gear, including a snorkel (Which has been relaxed in the last few years). Part of this etiquette is wearing a proper swim suit. Nothing bugs residents more than divers standing around in their wet underwear (Or less) and changing into their street clothes. It would be my guess, you could also get cited by the local Police too. "Come on people" show some respect for the home owners!! If you have issues with that swim suit "bind" then wear a long speedo type of suit (Also know as a Jammer). Then use a towel "Poncho" and change into your clothes. I am always surprised how many times I have to tell divers this. Night Diving. We are very fortunate we can dive Laguna year around, 24 hours a day (Conditions permitting). But at night don't "Blow air" after a dive. Simply take your gear elsewhere to break your gear down. If you don't think the residents can end diving in Laguna, "Think again". To read more about Skin & Scuba Diving in Laguna Beach, see Chapter 18.21 SKIN AND SCUBA DIVING in the Laguna Beach Municipal Codes (Click on Search).
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