02-17-2017
Good morning Divers!!! It's Friday!!!
Current scuba diving conditions in Laguna Beach. Quite simply, NOPE. Here are the numbers, surf running 3-5+ feet right now locally, viz, zippo, less than 10 feet. But the incoming storm is already letting us know it is going to pack a punch. The swell forecast is sets as high as 18 feet along the coast, that is probably north of here, but I remember in 1997 when we had surf in Laguna at 18+ feet, I kept hearing those numbers on the news and thought "No way". But when I went to Crescent Bay when it all calmed down, I could see the driftwood at least high way up the cliff there, that is when I realized that the surf was indeed what the news was reporting. Will it be like that during this storm? I don't know, but for the photographers in the group, some great shots to get (From a SAFE distance) is the waves crashing over Seal Rock for instance. Another shot could be shooting at Fashion Island and try to get shots of possible water spouts as they come closer to shore. Let me know if you can get some decent shots of Mother Nature's fury, just use your head and don't put yourself in a dangerous area. Reminder that if you have your wipers on, by law, you must have your headlights on, that is if you want to keep a low profile with local law enforcement, plus I think that is just a good idea regardless.

Our plans for tomorrow are canceled. Yes, even though it is a 3 day w/e, no chance of diving with Urban Runoff, the county will be issuing a rain advisory too, http://ocbeachinfo.com/ for more info. So we will look ahead, even Catalina doesn't look good, let lone attempting to get there. Stay tuned here, we resume our search for diving on Tuesday, since Monday is a holiday. Have a good w/e everyone.

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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