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Current Laguna Beach Date & Time: Monday 02-27-2017
Weekly scuba diving in Laguna Beach:
Here at South Coast Divers, we believe that the best way for NEW scuba divers (Newbies) to gain experience in scuba diving is for newbies to dive with experienced divers. We have done this since 1998 and we encourage all new scuba divers to dive with us. To join the email list, click on SCD EMAIL LIST (Above) and this way you can have the latest information and dive schedules, join today!! Plus now you can join the TxtMsg List too (Also above), that way you'll know where we are diving in Laguna Beach. The diver list is currently over 1,300 divers. If you still lave questions, see the SCD About page, click on the link above.
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This is an excellent opportunity for you to gain scuba diving experience by diving with those who have many, many dives, because we share our vast scuba diving experience with those who want or need it. Meet at the Laguna Hills mall at 7:30 AM for morning dives and 6:30 PM for night dives, leave for Laguna at 7:45 AM & 6:45 PM SHARP, don't be late. But remember, that this is just, 'A bunch of scuba divers who love to dive, getting together to dive'.
You must know your own limitations and you ONLY YOU can make your own decisions about scuba diving, WE are not responsible for you. Please make the RIGHT decisions about YOUR scuba diving based on your own training and skill set. There is never an 'Official' dive master or instructor 'On Duty', you dive at YOUR OWN RISK.

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Here is the latest group email, in case you did not get it.

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


Lobster diving in Laguna Beach:
Since January 1 2012, it has been illegal to take ANYTHING within the city limits of Laguna Beach. The distance out from shore is the better part of 3 miles. If you want to read part of what is posted from the DFG/DFW (Dept of Fish & Wildlife), go to
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Open the link about Laguna Beach and then see the map in JPG or PDF form. So READ IT, there aren't any excuses for not knowing the laws. Just remember you cannot take ANYTHING in Laguna Beach, period. So you need to lobster dive outside of Laguna Beach. Thanks.


Diver Etiquette & Night Diving in Laguna Beach:
First, general Diver Etiquette. I can't count how many times I have to tell divers to be quiet and respect those who live around where we park in Laguna. Back in the 1960's the residents of Laguna got together and were nearly successful in banning scuba diving in Laguna. An agreement was reached where we see the regulations that are on the books with the City about having proper gear, including a snorkel (Which has been relaxed in the last few years). Part of this etiquette is wearing a proper swim suit. Nothing bugs residents more than divers standing around in their wet underwear (Or less) and changing into their street clothes. It would be my guess, you could also get cited by the local Police too. "Come on people" show some respect for the home owners!! If you have issues with that swim suit "bind" then wear a long speedo type of suit (Also know as a Jammer). Then use a towel "Poncho" and change into your clothes. I am always surprised how many times I have to tell divers this. Night Diving. We are very fortunate we can dive Laguna year around, 24 hours a day (Conditions permitting). But at night don't "Blow air" after a dive. Simply take your gear elsewhere to break your gear down. If you don't think the residents can end diving in Laguna, "Think again". To read more about Skin & Scuba Diving in Laguna Beach, see Chapter 18.21 SKIN AND SCUBA DIVING in the Laguna Beach Municipal Codes (Click on Search).
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Each year the diving community gets together to raise money for the chamber at Catalina, the only chamber that is only for diver use in S CA. It is a non profit run chamber and they need divers to help support it.
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