11-19-2018
Good morning Divers!!!
Welcome those new to our list of local OC divers. Show up for one of our dives and you will have plenty of others to dive with and gain experience in our local waters too. Welcome aboard.

Our plans right now are for Saturday.

Louis sent me his dive report from Saturday:
Location: Mountain Ave, Laguna Beach
Max Depth: 57ft
Avg Depth: 30ft
Duration: 50 minutes
Date: Nov 17, 2018
Time: 8:57 am
Min Temp: 64 F
Max Temp: 65 F
Visibility: 10 - 20 feet
Conditions: High tide moving to low, surge, current.
Dive Buddies: Jack. Total 8.

Visibility wasn't around this weekend. South Swells returned making it harder to get in and out of the water. Timing was really important so you had to watch the surf very carefully.

Jack and I were a bit late getting to the mall. Only 1 new person was there and only a few regulars. A very low turnout today. Because of the low turnout, we decided to go to Mountain Ave before the sand disappears. Once gone, it's very hard to dive from this spot. We knew visibility would not be as good as Heisler or Crescent Bay.

We arrived at the dive site and it looked good. But some really big waves hit the beach. The surf zone was small so we thought we would be able to do it. We suited up and walked on down to the beach. A few big waves hit the beach and then it stopped. It was time to jump in.

It was a long swim out and the visibility close to shore was bad. When we dropped down the visibility was just a bit better. There was a lot of surge from the south swells coming in. We swam together as a group and we found the 2nd swim through. After going through it, Jack and I headed north and then west to try to find the 1st swim through. We covered the reefs and I couldn't find it.

There were lots of fish around. The usual fish - Garibaldi, Senoritas and California Sheep Head. Jack and I swam east and then headed south to deeper water. The visibility did open up to about 20 feet. Jack signaled that it was time for him to get back to shore so I changed course and headed north. We passed by the 2nd swim through again and we went through it.

We continued swimming east and north to get back into position to exit the shore. The visibility started to get worse the closer we got to shore and at one point it was "snow globe" conditions. When it got so bad that visibility was really low, it was time to surface. We still had a long surface swim back, but it wasn't worth it to continue under water.

Getting out of the water was tricky. The swells got bigger and the surf zone increased. Meaning the waves didn't break on the shore but a little further out. We waited for the waves to pass and then got out as soon as possible. Everyone in the group made it out without any issue.

We packed our gear and headed to Husky Boy's for food and conversation. We heard from other divers that the other sites suffered in visibility too. So by going to Mountain we didn't miss out on better visibility. It was probably our last chance to dive Mountain for this year. The sand will disappear soon making this site impossible to dive.
Photo:
http://southcoastdivers.com/photos/DiveSites/Mountain_20181117.jpg
Video:
https://youtu.be/iJLc4kT0x_E

Thanks Louis, be aware that the sand is going away at Mountain. Like it does every year at this time. About 2-3 feet of sand is gone, it will not be dive-able in about a month or so.


Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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