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Current Laguna Beach Date & Time: Monday 03-18-2019
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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.

03-18-2019
Good morning Divers!!!

Location: Heisler Park, Laguna Beach
Max Depth: 46ft
Avg Depth: 28ft
Duration: 41 minutes
Date: March 16, 2019
Time: 8:49 am
Min Temp: 56 F
Max Temp: 58 F
Visibility: 12 feet
Conditions: High moving to low tide, surge, current, some medium waves.
Equipment: Custom wet suit #2, steel tank, Hollis back plate BCD, Liquid Vision Kaon Dive Computer, MGCool Explorer Camera.
Dive Buddies: Robin. Total 11.

We finally got a chance to dive after being out of the water for the entire month of February. It's an El Nino year and we got a lot of rain. The visibility wasn't that
good. The water was cold. Lots of fish at the reef and the kelp is coming back.

Rich and I arrived at the mall and we had one new diver that hasn't dove with us before. Since the tide was half way to low, we decided on Heisler Park. We left a
minute early and rushed down the highway to the beach.

The waves weren't big but some were waist high. You still need to time it right to get past the surf zone. We suited up and I had to wait for the surf to calm down
and then I entered without any problems.

We didn't swim to the end of the reef but stopped half way and then descended. We landed on the reef and swam south along the reef. The visibility wasn't that
good. It's Laguna normal for this time of the year. Lots of fish swimming around and the kelp was reaching the surface. The kelp canopy is going to be good this
year.

About 20 minutes into the dive, we turned around and headed back to shore. It seemed like we were in a hurry because the water was very cold. It took about 20
minutes to get close enough to shore and that's where we surfaced. We were a bit too close to the reef and had to swim west to get away from it. Getting out was
easy.

We packed up our gear and headed to Husky Boy's for food and conversation. We wished the visibility was better but it's the time of the year where it's not going
to be 20 feet or more. The water was cold, which is going to help the kelp grow and become thick. It was good to get back into the water.

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Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

Rich Parker & Louis Umphenour
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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
DFW
docs
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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Chamber Day
Each year the diving community gets together to raise money for the chamber at Catalina, the only chamber that is only for diver use in S CA. It is a non profit run chamber and they need divers to help support it.
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