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CANCELLED Shark Dive at La Jolla Cove CANCELLED

  • La Jolla Cove

    1160 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA (map)

    32.850057 -117.272854

  • We will set up on the grass by the restrooms. Please don't block the sidewalk with gear.
  • Lets Find 7-Gills!


    In water time will be approximately 6:00 PM

    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 near the restrooms where divers typically gear up.

    WHAT: This will be a 1-tank twilight dive. If there is any chance you will still be in the water past 7:00 you will probably want to bring a tank light and at least two dive lights. A lantern will help you see after the dive as you remove gear. A tarp could be handy. If anyone wants to do a second dive, speak up below.

    PARKING: Parking at the Cove can be a pain, but it becomes free at 6:00 PM. With the 2 hour limit, we can safely arrive anytime after 4:00 PM and park the free all evening. No promises, however. One never knows what's going on at La Jolla Cove--it's a popular place!

    If you can't find parking, drop your gear off at the curb near us and 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 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 (west) of the stairs, when looking at it from the water, to avoid the rocks.)

    See you there!


    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 condition possibly counter-indicitive 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.

    Power Scuba bears no responsibility or liability for a member's loss (gas, airfare, hotel fees, etc) in the event of a cancelled 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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I cannot find the thurs night dive, I assume on meetup. I could plan to join that one. Can you email me a link? Thx

    May 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the note back and the other ideas on dive sites and times. What web site do you get dive related condition info from? The only coastal info I can find is more surf related

    May 6, 2014

    • Jonathan W.

      There are a few. I like Click on Themes, then the "Ports & Harbors" tab. According to it, La Jolla has 6' swells hitting now, increasing to 7' throughout the day. Then it drops. Thursday evening should be very nice for our night dive and Saturday looks good this far out for our Vets and Newbies event.

      May 6, 2014

  • Babs

    There is another go at the cove on the calendar-- May 15th

    May 5, 2014

  • Steve V.

    Same here its the second time for me but this time someone at least said something. Thank you for telling us. I was hoping we could still do something. Is there any other way.

    May 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Chris - Bummer, I am in town this week until Friday and was hoping to dive. What about the conditions made it poor and not worth the dive? Are there are other spots / boats to recommend this week? thx - Doug

    May 5, 2014

  • Eric

    Damn this is the second time I planned a dive with you guys and its canceled again. Totally not your fault either time, I absolutely understand why, I just have horrible luck.

    May 5, 2014

  • Floyd DE LA C.

    Sorry, Diving at Anna Cappa this weekend thanks, have fun,!!!

    April 30, 2014


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