Good morning Divers!!!|
Welcome those new to our list of local OC divers. Good timing, conditions are good, but right now there's a rain advisory from the County. Once that is lifted we'll be diving and you will have plenty of others to dive with. Welcome aboard.
Saturday recap. We had 17 divers in the water and everyone commented how good the viz was at Heisler Park. Since we always dive the outer pinnacle, especially with 25-35+ feet of viz, everyone had a good dive. I noticed it was nearly Lake Laguna surf with nothing, then a set of 2 footers would come in, plus the beach was empty, no one there. The incoming storm did not have a negative affect on the diving conditions. Reports of lots of the usual fish and the kelp is very healthy and the Sargassum weed is nearly gone. All of this leads me to believe that the kelp will recover from the high water temps we had. I don't know what water temp kelp spawns, but with the 58-62 degree temps we had over the w/e it could mean it could start at any time. So if you see the water having a white look to it u/w, that's what is going on. Very good conditions and if you did not go, you missed out. I heard from a few divers in the group who went to Deadman's Reef and they reported 15-20+ feet of viz. So not as good as Heisler Park.
Current diving conditions in Laguna Beach. As I mentioned above, the rain advisory is in place, http://ocbeachinfo.com/ for more info. But the surf is running higher from the storm at 2-5 feet and viz will suffer at 10-20 feet. It's better to stay out of the water for a few days, bacteria levels will be high after the rain, you don't want to dive in that crap (Quite literally).
Our plans are for Saturday, so stay tuned to SCD.
Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...
Rich Parker & Louis Umphenour