05-04-2015
Good morning Divers!!!
Welcome those new to our list of local OC divers. Show up for a scheduled dive soon. Welcome aboard.

Saturday recap. I showed up at the mall around 7:00 and met a few people new to our group, but not new to diving in Laguna. Good thing too, I asked everyone where they wanted to go because I wasn't diving, one more w/e off due to a sore back. Plus everyone was tired of "Another Deadman's dive". So we decided on Heisler Park. Surf was higher than ideal at 2-4 feet with fairly long breaks between sets. Everyone got ready and made their way out to the outer reefs. Viz reports were all over from 5-10 to 8-15 feet. Getting out of the water was a bit of a challenge but no issues. So you may ask how was Deadman's?? Well, we spoke to another group who dove there and they said DM's was 5-10 feet. So the whole idea of getting a decent dive in the day before the big surf was due in, didn't work. Some said it was worth it, others said it was not. So I'll call it "Thumbs sideways, more negative than positive". Surf was definitely not worth it though. The only critter reports were the "Oscar sized" Sheephead out there hiding in the reef. Plus Sunday got even worse, as the surf started to rise, imagine the viz. 20+ feet of surf at the Wedge. Most of the surf around Laguna has been running 8-10+ feet since Sunday. On Saturday from Heisler Park, we could see that the areas up the coast were all washed out too, Shaw's looked really bad but there were 5-10 dive floats out there. I wonder how many of those OW classes ended up being Rescue classes?

Current diving conditions in Laguna Beach. This is simple DON'T. Surf is too high and the viz will be 3-5 feet or less. So even if you think "I can do that surf" the viz won't be worth it. High surf is in the forecast for the next couple of days with rain in the forecast for Thu/Fri. Not looking good for a weekday dive.

Our plans are for Saturday. It is way too early to make any predictions, so stay tuned.

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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