11-21-2013
Good morning Divers!!!
Welcome those new to our list of local OC divers. Show up for a scheduled dive soon. Welcome aboard.

Current diving conditions around Laguna Beach. RAIN. That is our worst 4 letter word for diving in Laguna. Why? Bacteria levels. Have you heard the saying "What's inland ends up in our oceans?" Well, that is really true. I expect the County will issue a rain advisory this AM, http://ocbeachinfo.com Please pay attention to these. I remember the days when I would say "Well, I m going to get wet anyway? What's the harm in diving in the rain?" Well, it didn't happen on the first few times, but once I got a head cold from the bacteria in the water, it did not go away for months. If I had just skipped one dive, I would have been diving a week after the rain, but NO, I "Had to go" and I paid the price. Now that I am wiser, I know to skip a dive and hopefully to be back in the water the next w/e. So you know, generally, the rain advisory from the County usually lasts 3 days AFTER it stops raining. But check that web site mentioned above to get the latest. They usually update things around 9 AM. The County has warnings for Salt Creek right now, that will give you an idea of how things work from the County.

Well, since the turnout was not good yesterday, I have decided that Wed diving will be cancelled until another time. We need people to be committed for a month or so to get interest going and people showing up. Maybe in the spring we can try again. Sorry to anyone who showed up and was unable to dive yesterday.

Our plans do not look good for Saturday. We have a lot of rain falling right now while I write this. I know, the viz will probably still be good. But the bacteria you cannot see in the water and trust me, it is not worth risking a bad head cold, or worse, ear infections. So right now, it looks like we won't be diving until NEXT Saturday. That bums me out considering the viz is very good. Heed the warnings & advisories.

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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