La Jolla Cove Early Morning Dive!
In water time will be approximately 7:00 AM
We all know that the Cove has the potential to be one of the best shore dives in San Diego so let's go out and see what we get this time.
WHERE: La Jolla Cove - I'll be on the small grass area in front of the restrooms where divers typically gear up.
WHAT: This will be a 1-tank dive. However, I always bring another tank with me just in case conditions are great and I feel like going back in again.
PARKING: Parking at the Cove can be a pain, but arriving early in the morning has its advantages. No promises, however. One never knows what's going on at La Jolla Cove--it's a popular place!
If you just can't find parking, drop your gear off at the curb near us then go find parking further away from the Cove.
So what's the deal with diving at the Cove
The Good: In the opinion of many seasoned local divers, the Cove is the best shore dive in the county. It's got it all: shallow rocky reefs, kelp forests, caverns and swim-throughs, barren sandy bottom, and (if you're up for a somewhat longer surface swim) a gorgeous deep wall dive. There is no other shore dive that will allow you to experience such a wide variety on one dive. Best of all, you have the chance to see a wide variety of large marine life: Giant Sea Bass, Sevengill sharks, Tope sharks, leopard sharks, bat rays, schools of barracuda, harbor seals, and sea lions...all on the same dive.
The Bad: When conditions are sub-par...and that happens a lot...the Cove is a tedious place to dive. Poor viz, annoying surge, and a mean shore break that can roll you in the sand (and over boulders if you're not paying attention). All of that right before you have to trudge up two flights of steps. Yes, on bad days that the Cove can test the mettle of even the hardiest of divers.
The Verdict: The Cove can be a spectacular shore dive. But we can't stress enough how important it is to assess the conditions before entering the water. Entry is typically not difficult, it's the exit that gets you. When the entry/exit zone is flat as a pond...as it can be at times...then it's just a matter of negotiating a submerged "sand step". On the other hand, there are times when large sets come rolling in. That's when you need to be on your game, and timing can make or break your day (or other things, unfortunately). So take a good look at the pattern of sets coming in. Watch other divers exiting the water. Then judge for yourself if you'll be comfortable exiting the water under those conditions. (Tip: fins that you can quickly/easily don and doff are a huge asset at the Cove. Also, be sure to exit just right of the stairs, when looking at it from the water, to avoid the rocks.)
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