08-28-2017
Good morning Divers!!!

The last few days, the surf has been low. It was an opportunity to dive at a site that we haven't dove in a long time. The group had a good dive but visibility at
Montage was only 15 feet.

I met up with the group at Montage and was there early enough to witness the AA group's size. It was a very large group and they took up all the spaces in the
parking structure and had to park out on the street. Around 8am, they started to leave and spaces opened up. By the time the group arrived just about all of the AA
members have left. Rich and I gave the layout of the dive site to the new people. There were about 2 or 3 and a few haven't dove this site. A few "old timers"
showed up who we haven't seen in quite a while.

The group suited up and made the long journey to the beach and swam out to the drop down point. They descended and enjoyed a long dive. They started to pop
up after 50 minutes and some had longer dives. This site is shallow so they got to take advantage of it by having a longer dive.

The divers reported lots of fish and very big lobsters. Paul and his group headed to the other end and saw turtles! Yes, they won the prize for best sighting and no
one could top that. There is a colony of turtles that live in the San Gabriel river. The water is warm from the power plant and they stay around there, coming out
and traveling down to Mexico and beyond. Because many were born here, they come back.

The group packed up their gear and we headed to Husky Boy's for food and conversation. It was a good dive and those that came got to go to a site that we don't
visit often.

photo:
http://southcoastdivers.com/photos/DiveSites/Montage_2017_08_26.jpg

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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