07-09-2013
Good morning Divers!!!
Welcome those new to our list of local OC divers. I noticed there are times when some of the email addresses on the list are very unusual, along with what appears to be a bogus name, these entries are immediately deleted and are not part of the SCD list. Just a word to those trying to pry into the SCD list. At any rate, welcome aboard and show up for a scheduled dive soon.

To add to Louis' dive report from yesterday. We spoke after the dive on Saturday and we talked about how his compass and the others on the same dive had issues u/w. Louis said something about "...the compass just seemed to spin..." This happened to me on one dive at Heisler Park. So here is the question of the day. Since there were so many divers at Deadman's Reef on Saturday, did anyone else have compass issues out there?? As I told Louis, it is a very disorienting experience to see or sense your compass is not reading correctly. At that point, you have to rely on what I call "Site familiarity", or hopefully, you've been there before and know your way around. It was a funny topic during lunch on Saturday after the dive too, you just had to be there at the Husky Boy.

Current conditions in Laguna Beach. Over the w/e it was just "Fair" and now it is deteriorating. There is a storm off Cabo right now and it is already causing a S swell in Laguna Beach. Plus it is expected to grow through Thu, up to 8 feet, according to the new media. Viz today should be 10 feet and less around most of Laguna. If you find a spot in Laguna better than 10 feet, let me know where you dropped into the water at. Surf currently is running 1-3 feet, so you might get dive in this AM while the surf is low and the tide is also pretty low right now too.

I also saw a news story & read online, about rare Black Jellyfish at 1,000 Steps Beach in S Laguna. People are getting stung by pieces of them. The story I read said their tentacles are up to 30 feet in length. That is one BIG Jellyfish. Do a Google search on that for more info. Plus the LBLG's are reporting people are getting stung by the small Sting Rays we get here, so remember the "Shuffle" for people in the surf zone.

Our plans are for Saturday. Let's see what happens over the next few days, so as usual, stay tuned.

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

Rich Parker & Louis Umphenour
http://southcoastdivers.com