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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 1,100 divers.
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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!!!
Welcome those new to our list of local OC divers. Show up soon for a dive and you'll have plenty of other divers to dive with. Welcome aboard.

Current diving conditions in Laguna Beach. I received a dive report from Deadman's Reef about viz being so clear they could see the surface from 60 feet, estimated viz 70-75 feet, thanks Dennis. Remember viz is measured horizontally, not vertically, but that sounds like great viz. Today, surf is much higher than yesterday, the storm rolling through. I looked at the streets outside and it looks like here in S OC we had some drizzle, I didn't see water going down the gutters. But is that enough for the County not to issue a rain advisory? We'll find out around 9 am http://ocbeachinfo.com check it out. So for today, viz should be lower at - 50 feet? Bad day compared to yesterday. It looks like surf drops again for tomorrow down to 1-2 or should I say it "Lake Laguna" surf. One dive I try to do when the surf is non existent is to circumnavigate around Seal Rock at Crescent Bay, it is very shallow on the back side, about 4 feet deep, but when you can do this at high tide, you get to have bragging rights for the dive. It's a wild ride even at high tide and no surf. Disclaimer - Do NOT do this without knowing what you are doing, it can be a very dangerous dive if you don't read the conditions right. If you head out today, drop me your dive reports.

Our plans are for Saturday. I expect big crowds at various dive sites tomorrow. I will predict that Deadman's will have the best viz, but the biggest crowds, so you might have to trade some viz for parking. Another good choice would be Crystal Cove, if you can handle the $15 parking fees. But we will have choices for Saturday, if we can avoid the Rain Advisory from the County. I will be sending out email tomorrow and Friday, so stay tuned.

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. 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 2014.
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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