Southern Orange County Dive!!!!
Note: This MeetUp coincides with the Oil Rigs trip happening the next day. For those who are going on the Oil Rigs trip, the idea is that you can do some dives in So Orange County on Friday, then lazily make your way up to Long Beach to hop aboard the Pac Star for Saturday's dives. The Pac Star does not start embarking until 7PM. The idea has been proposed that we also do an "in between" non-formal MeetUp to kill some time. Something like going to the Long Beach Aquarium or the Iowa Destroyer Museum. We will setup a separate event for this.
Note 2: You do not have to be on the Oil Rigs trip to participate in this MeetUp.
Intro: Southern Orange County dive sites provide some of the most diverse beach access diving with Reef, Kelp, and abundant sea life. Visibility can be fickle. Its either AWESOME, so-so, or SCUBA by braille. But when it is "on", you will be rewarded w. some of the best diving in the So Cal mainland. Incredible underwater structure that rivals the Channel Islands.
In-Water Time: ~0900
Average Depths: 25-50ft
THE DIVE SITE
Crescent Bay is one of the most popular dive sites in Laguna Beach, CA.
Crescent Bay offers three general dive spots:
-Scattered rocks and reefs which are known to most divers, Many swim through and kelp beds easily accessed from the Beach make this closely mimicking Casino Point, Catalina.
-Northwest is Seal Rock which is easily visible from the beach. Seal Rock is home to a dozen or so sea lions and that makes it the only dive site in Orange County that almost guarantee divers an encounter with sea lions.
-There is also a far off reef called Dead Man's Reef about 200 yards directly from seal rock. Rumor has it that the morbid name was coined by dead tired divers after swimming all that way out there and back. Dead Man's reef offers clearer water and more untouched scenery due to the remoteness of the site
From SD take I-5 North to the Beach Cities Exit at Dana Point. Continue on the PCH through Dana Point into Laguna Beach. Its about 9 miles from Dana Point to Crescent Bay. Once in Laguna Beach, look for the Chiquita Street sign and go one mile and turn left onto Cliff Drive and go down the hill. The South Entrance will be at the bottom of the hill. For those with GPS's...put in the intersection of Cliff Drive and Circle Way in Laguna Beach...its dead on.
Note: There are two ways to access the dive site. The "official" access point for the purposes of this MeetUp will be the south entrance off Cliff Drive. You'll probably want to drop your stuff off w. your dive buddy and then go find parking nearby. Similar to what we oftentimes have to do a the Shores or the Cove.
The Facilities at Crescent Bay include separate Ladies & Men's Bathrooms and a Rinse Shower. The Facilities Shown at Right are Located at the Bottom of the "South" Crescent Bay Access Point...Hence why we will be going that way....especially for those in dry suits who need to utilize it!!!
There is street parking, but it is limited. You can park on Circle Way or Cliff Drive or any side street.
This is advised but not by any means mandated. If you're interested in carpooling, please indicate it in the comments section. You can designate places to meet up!
As always...we will monitor conditions and assess conditions a day prior to the dive. We should be able to forecast with a combination of eyes on, previous days dive reports, and forecasted conditions to make a reasonable assumption.
ADMIN STUFF YOU MUST READ:
The Virtual Donation Jar is always out (for the Meetup site costs and general fund). It's strictly voluntary, but is very much appreciated and needed: Click here for the DONATION JAR
If you have not submitted a Liability Release for Power Scuba, please follow this link to the file, print, sign, and bring to the event along with your C-Card (scuba certification card). You need to do this at least once a year: Liability Release and Assumption of Risk
You must also read this: Disclaimer and Clarification... AKA Terms of Service...AKA Terms and Conditions
Anyone with a medical conditionpossibly counter-indicative to diving must have a doctors signature on a diving waiver form and submit signed form to Bill Powers (or an organizer) before they may attend any Power Scuba event. YOU MAY NOT ATTEND AN EVENT WITH AN UNDISCLOSED MEDICAL CONDITION. Doing so is grounds for expulsion from the group. Here is our medical statement: Medical Statement Therein you'll find a Doctor Waiver form as well.
Attending any scuba event Power Scuba facilitates constitutes attendee's affirmation they are medically fit to dive, certified to dive by a nationally-recognized agency, have the necessary skill & training level for the dive being offered, have read the Terms and Conditions, and have submitted a signed Liability Release to an organizer.
Important Note:It is not the organizer's role to lead your dive (or to wait for you after you come out of the water). He/she merely facilitates you getting to the pre-dive meeting location. The Organizer will not assign you a buddy nor will he/she be leading the dive as a "group dive". Visibility and liability do not allow for that. Nor will the Organizer tell you whether you are skilled enough to make any particular dive. That is for you (only) to decide. When you enter the water, you (and your buddy) are on your own. You must plan and execute your dive with your dive buddy only. Once members arrive at the meeting spot, the Organizer becomes simply another diver.
For Boat Dives: Any overage (usually less than $50) resulting from our local dive boat trips is put into a dedicated Group Boat Fund. This allows us to make up the difference if we don't completely fill up a future boat charter. No other use is made of this money.
Power Scuba bears no responsibility or liability for a member's loss (gas, airfare, hotel fees, etc) in the event of a canceled event.
Your participation constitutes your affirmation you agree to these above rules and disclaimers.... and that your buddy(s) (if applicable) has read and agrees to the same.