Good morning Divers!!!
My recap from Saturday. You know how I have been saying lately the surf has been running 1-3+ feet? Well, the surf looked pretty good, mainly running 1-2 feet, then all of a sudden a 3-4 footer comes up, just as you are looking into going into the surf. So we had to "Move quick" through the surf zone. The viz varied from a bit less than 10 feet to 15+ up on top of the reef. Yes, I decided to "Hang on" and go over the reef. The surge was so strong, because of the very shallow water that I actually came our of the water. It was here that I saw one Yellowtail, which is a species of Amberjack, from what I read. I kept thinking "No one will believe me" and I joined back up with the group about a minute later. I signaled to Louis that the viz was a bit better above the thermocline, so we went just above it, plus the fish and large bugs were all above it too. Just then, a whole school of about 80-100 Yellowtail cruised by and they seemed very surprised by our presence. But it was neat to see them stop just around us and "School up". Plus I saw a small Guitar Shark on the sand on the way back in. Then on exit, I commented to the divers around me, "You need to exit in front of the lifeguard stand, to the right are rocks and just to the left is a nasty rip tide..." Wouldn't you know it, one of our experienced divers got into the rip tide and fell down. So keep that in mind, it seems you are out of the water and then the sand gives way under your feet and down you go. But we had a very good dive, seeing the Yellowtail was a real sight, I've only seen that once before, the El Nino year of 1997.

Current diving conditions in Laguna Beach. The surf is running 1-3+ feet, like I said above, keep a close eye on it as you decide to enter the surf zone. I get tired of the S swell this time of the year. Viz should be varied at 10 to nearly 20 feet today, it will depend on where you go.

Our plans are for Saturday. Stay tuned.

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

Rich Parker & Louis Umphenour