08-01-2013
Good morning Divers!!!
Welcome those new to our list of local OC divers. Well, conditions haven't been good lately, but you need to show up for a scheduled dive soon. Welcome aboard.

Current diving conditions in Laguna Beach. "Closed", at least the LBLG's closed diving yesterday in Laguna. I just wish they would update their report earlier than the 9-10 AM. This AM the surf shows a max of about 3 feet. But since the surf was 6+ feet yesterday, the viz today must be less than 10 feet. What I have found is that it takes a couple of days of low surf to get viz back to 10 feet & 3 feet of surf is not low surf, 1-2 feet is and we have more than that right now. Plus when I look at the live cams for N & S Laguna, there are some bad looking scum lines, another bad viz sign. But again, call the LBLG's at 949.494.6573 to see if diving is open in Laguna today. A good hint for you is when they say "Yellow flag" or worse, that will mean viz is not very good. You want to hear them say "Green flag" which is a positive sign for Laguna's viz.

A dive report I read yesterday about how bad & tough it was to dive Shaw's Cove yesterday. Now don't go climbing all over the poor divers who tried to dive yesterday, hear me out for a moment. I always applaud dive instructors who take their OW students to the beach and show them, "WE DON'T DIVE IN THIS" so they can see the bad stuff that happens. This is a lot better than just a phone call "We are not diving today because of bad conditions". In my opinion, dive students need to know when NOT to dive just as much as when to dive. As experienced beach divers know, conditions are everything in diving. Surf more than 3 feet usually means BAD viz in Laguna, there are very few exceptions to that, but it is a good rule of thumb. Plus surf higher than 4 feet can turn into a dangerous outing too. It might help if the LBLG's did their recording around 7 AM, instead of around 10 AM. My "Soap box" for today.

Our plans. Will we be able to dive on Saturday??? Louis & I will figure this out and let you know tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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