08-20-2013
Good morning Divers!!!
Welcome those new to our list of local OC divers. Conditions are improving over what we had for a few months, so now it is time to dive, so show up for a scheduled dive soon. Welcome aboard.

I enjoyed reading Louis' dive report from Montage yesterday. I kept thinking during the dive that viz was 10-15 feet with a few spots better, could see surface at 20 feet, although not clearly. I was happy to NOT see Sargassum Weed at Montage, plus we did see a Horn Shark and the usual creatures too.

For those on the TxtMsg list, you didn't get the TxtMsg until after 7 PM. It turned out I did not write Montage into the process and when I went to TEST it, the TxtMsg went out to everyone instead of just myself. But I fixed the problem so next time we dive Montage, everyone will know. Keep in mind that for Montage we leave our meeting spot 15 minutes later than usual due to parking issues there. So my apologies if you were trying to figure out why the TxtMsg came much later than it should have, my BAD.

Current diving conditions in Laguna Beach. "Not as good as the weekend, but still ok." The surf has increased slightly to 1-2+ feet. Both of the Main Beach live cams are still down, just how it is right now. But I will still say viz is running 10-20 feet. From the dive reports I've read along with our own dive on Saturday, viz is holding at around 10-20 feet, I have not read anything better in Laguna. We had some divers split off from our group on Saturday and they dove Moss Point/Woods Cove and they said they were disappointed with the 8-12 feet of viz they had. But that is ok, I do understand when people decide to dive elsewhere, it gives me more information about conditions in other areas.

Our plans are for Saturday. Looking ahead at the tides for Saturday, there will only be one high tide around noon, so that should help viz around the area. We are looking into some more dive sites we don't get a chance to dive very often. Stay tuned and we'll figure this out by Friday.

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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