01-27-2015
Good morning Divers!!!
Welcome those new to our list of local OC divers. Just show up for a scheduled dive and you'll have plenty of people to dive with and gain experience in our local waters at the same time. Plus, if you want to work on your diving certifications, just email Louis and you can do that during our dives too. So there are plenty of opportunities to dive with SCD. Welcome aboard.

Current diving conditions in Laguna Beach. Well, rain. I cannot imagine that the County will not issue a rain advisory today, but I've seen it before. It rained pretty heavy here in S OC. Plus let's throw in surf that is higher than ideal. All of that means viz is suffering. Viz today should be 10 feet and less with surf in the 2-4+ feet range.

For those of you who read about my exploits on Saturday, yep, I ate some sand. At Heisler Park, the end closer to Diver's Cove, there is a spot where there is a nasty rip tide when the surf is 3+ feet. I was actually out of the surf and the water running back into the surf made me lose my ability to stand and down I went. Fortunately, with our group, plenty of divers to help me out, many thanks to those who helped out. That was the fist time I've been nailed in over 10 years. Just goes to show you, if you don't read the surf properly... You get the idea. But our dive was 'Ok' viz could have been better at 10-15 feet, but there was a lot of sea life. I am also keeping an close eye on the amount of Sargassum weed. I noticed that at Heisler Park, the Kelp was spawning, the white color in the water. So my observation of if the kelp can makes it's canopy again, it will choke out enough light to reduce the Sargassum. Keep an eye on that yourself and let me know what you see and if that will happen in other spots around Laguna.

Our plans will hinge on the weather. I see there is rain in the forecast for the later half of the week. So stay tuned.

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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