05-29-2015
Good morning Divers!!!
Current diving conditions in Laguna Beach. Well the S swell is still bothering the area, since Laguna faces S, you see how I'm thinking. Surf starts out fairly low in the early morning 1-3 feet and then builds to 4-5 feet. So viz will reflect this and be 10 feet or less. You might find a spot at 12 feet, but not many. I would not take new divers out in these conditions. If you head out, drop me a dive report.

Speaking of which, I've had a couple of dive reports in the area and they mentioned how there were tar balls on booties and feet and they are all blaming the oil spill up north. Keep in mind I've spoken to people who go down to Aliso Beach a few times per week, they have been reporting tar balls for weeks, before the oil spill up north. The only way to figure out where the tar bars are from is to have it tested, so you'd need to get a sample in a zip lock bag and give it to authorities for testing. Again, I am sorta in the middle on this, timing seems awfully similar, but tar balls on the various beaches happens every so often in S OC. But thanks to those who are reporting this.

Our plans for tomorrow are cancelled. Louis & I agree that we would not take new divers out in less than 10 feet of viz and possible higher surf than ideal. But just because we have cancelled, experienced beach divers could go, if you want to dive in low viz. As I say, it is up to you. Drop me your dive reports if you head out and let me know if you find anything unusual, like the tar balls. We will focus in on next Saturday. But it looks like the long term surf forecast is showing high S swell over the next few weeks. There must be some storms S of us, the S Pacific for example.

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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