03-29-2016
Good morning Divers!!!
I found out early on Saturday morning from a family member that someone on the list passed away on Friday, Tim Baskin. I was told he was in the hospital for about a week prior. Tim had done many dives with us over the years and he was quick with a one liner. Many of you have heard me describe the water after a rain as "Chocolate milk", that was one of Tim's lines. We didn't always see 'eye to eye' over the 20+ years but we seemed to find a way to get along. Thanks for the memories Tim.

I received a few dive reports from the w/e, but 2 caught my attention, one from Jan and the other from Jeremy. Keep in mind I trust what each one says about viz, one dove Crescent Bay and said viz was 5-10 feet and generally sucked. The other was over at Shaw's and said viz was 10-15 feet. So I get to conclude that viz was "All over the place" on Saturday. Yet, both said surf was 1-2 footers. So we now know that if looking for viz, select your dive sites carefully. Thanks for the diver reports.

Current diving conditions in Laguna Beach. I see the swell models are on the 2 foot scale, but Laguna is in 'Dark Blue' which means 1-2 footers mainly. Plus I read a few reports from Sunday and they said viz was getting better at 10-15 feet all around Laguna. Catalina is protecting Laguna from high surf right now, based on swell direction. Send me your dive reports if you head out. I do not think the County will issue a rain advisory today, the streets barely got wet yesterday around the area where I go daily. But it doesn't hurt to check up on it at http://ocbeachinfo.com a good source for water quality. So with surf running mainly 1-2 feet today, viz should be 10-15 feet.

Our plans are for Saturday. It's early and we're watching the conditions, you get your gear ready and be ready to dive. Stay tuned.

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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