12-15-2015
Good morning Divers!!!
Welcome those new to our list of local OC divers. Show up for a Saturday dive, conditions permitting. Welcome aboard.

Current diving conditions in Laguna Beach. Really? I say that because the surf is still up and the viz is down. Oh yea, let's just throw in a Rain Advisory from the County too, just for good measure. 3-4+ feet of surf and less than 10 feet of viz. I cannot tell the newer people enough about knowing when NOT to go diving. I had a good email conversation with John who mentioned how he went out to Diver's Cove late last week with horrible conditions and how he learned to stay dry until it clears up. I don't climb all over divers who make these decisions, generally I just say I try to give others what my experiences have been. I do remember when I was first diving and I "Had to dive" and regretted it afterwards. Fortunately, I was younger and in much better shape but now I am wiser and try to pass along my experiences. We have huge surf on the way, we need to spread the word that we cannot dive in 10+ feet of surf. In 1997, we lost quite a few divers & non divers who attempted to go near the water in high surf with witnesses saying "They said IF they timed it right, they could get out & back..." surf on that day was 10+ feet at Shaw's Cove, only 1 diver made it back to shore. So again, when the El Nino surf starts to drive in, stay safe. Today, stay dry.

Our plans for Saturday. I see some rain in the forecast and the surf needs to drop down too. But it's early in the week, stay tuned.

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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