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Current Laguna Beach Date & Time: Monday 02-24-2020
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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.

02-24-2020
Good morning Divers!!!

Current scuba diving conditions in Laguna Beach. The county issued a rain advisory yesterday morning. This is due to the rain that we had on Saturday. We did cancel the dive because we knew the storm would hit Saturday morning. This rain advisory should be lifted on Wednesday.

Paul and Luca did a dive on Friday night before the storm hit and here is their report:

We met after 4PM planning to dive Divers Cove but conditions looked very good and we decided to dive the outer reef at Heisler Park.
We had no issues entering and getting out of the water because the only surf was generated by the wind.
Visibility was around 20 ft but close to the reef the water was very clear, with no particulate. I noticed that the water is getting slightly warmer as well.
We saw two guitar fish, one leopard shark, and a crab. It was a good dive.
We surfaced around 10 minutes after sunset and it started raining by the time we were back at our cars.

Thanks Luca.

Westerly swells are still here. South swells are coming too and will hit our area on Tuesday. They will be brining waist high surf. On Thursday the south swell will increase being chest high. The westerly swell will increase on Thursday and the south swell be waist to chest high. On Friday the west swell may be head high while the south swell remains the same. On Saturday both the west and south swell will be waist to chest high.

Rich will have more throughout the week.


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
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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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