02-27-2017
Good morning Divers!!!
Welcome those new to our list of local OC divers. Show up for a dive soon and you will have plenty of others to dive with. Welcome aboard.

I cancelled our plans for this last Saturday because I felt that the viz was not good enough for a large group of divers with some new divers. Well I think I made the right choice, the viz at Deadman's Reef was 6-12 feet and Diver's Cove was around 10 feet. James sent me his dive report:
Strong surface current, moderate surge. We swam out to find Deadman's Reef, descended. James had difficulty with buoyancy due to new equipment and got separated because of low viz. Second descent was challenging due to surface current pulling us East. We decided to descend and head out at 330 degrees toward the reef. We located the inner part of Deadman's Reef and followed it around. We then headed over to the inner reef and followed it to shore. Exited at 10' and had an easy exit. We saw the normal sea life when we could. A lot of the Garibaldi were hiding in crevices and the abalone were out crawling in the sand. It was a fun dive with excellent weather, only wish viz was better.
James said I made the right call for a large group. Thanks to Luca for sending me his report from Diver's Cove too. Keep in mind, from James' description, it sounded like they were right in, or very close to the compass dead zone, where a compass can read 180 degrees off, there is some iron or something there that causes that, just an FYI in case it happens to you out there.

I also noticed that the live cam, from Friday through Sunday at Hotel Laguna was changed to the Red Carpet at the Oscar's, so what does a live beach cam have to do with the Oscars in LA?? I was not happy with ABC to say the least. I see it has been changed back this morning already. I wonder how many complaints they got on that, other than mine... Another reason I don't watch that stuff, just not into it.

Current diving conditions in Laguna Beach. Surf looks really flat at 1-3 feet, viz is still a bit low at 8-15 feet. There is not a rain advisory even with the light rain today, so let's hold out hope that the county will not issue one, although if you see rain runoff at a dive site, rethink your dive site for a dive, bacteria levels wise. So if you head out today for a dive, send me your dive reports.

Our plans for Saturday look good right now, air temps will rise up during this week, mid 70's. So if the surf stays low and the viz improves a bit more, we're IN the water. It's early for any predictions, so stay tuned here for more.

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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