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Scripps Canyon Shore Dive: Nov 10 - 1 year on!

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  • DANGEROUS CONDITIONS PREDICTED FOR THIS WEEKEND MEANS THIS EVENT IS BEING MOVED TO SATURDAY NOV 24th 2012

     

    It's 1 year since we ran our first Scripps Canyon Dive and I think we now have the logistics down to a Tee so come celebrate and join in on the best shore diving in San Diego!

    You must have advanced skills/ability/experience.

    You may only perform dives you are certified/trained for. In other words, no ultra-deep dives or deco obligations unless you have the card (and equipment). Violators may be removed from the group at the president's discretion.

    If you are reef.org or reefcheck.org trained and certified please state the same in your RSVP comment.

    We're grateful to be granted access to the USCD roadway and parking lot to Scripps Canyon. There really is no other way to comfortably get to this amazing dive site (save by boat). We promise to leave the area cleaner than we found it.

    Scripps Canyon has been called "La Jolla Canyon on steroids"... and with good reason. Sheer vertical walls (starting at 80 feet), amazing sea life... and did I mention the walls? Pay attention to the animals you see here and formulate your baseline. In the coming months (and years) we'll be asking you for your commentary on the populations you encounter.

    There's no bottom to speak of so your buoyancy skills must be top notch.

    The 411: It's a deep-ish dive (90 to 130ft). Although an AL 80 filled with air is ok, you'll probably want to bring a larger tank, filled with weakish (28% or 30% is good]) Nitrox... if you're certed for the big "N", of course. We have very limited emergency response facilities available here so please do not push the envelope. (We'll have an O2 & First Aid Kit on-site.)

    2-TANK DAY: We'll do two tanks here (if conditions permit). There is no leaving once we're there. The remoteness and vehicle logistics don't allow for people leaving after the first dive.  If this doesn't agree with you please attend another of our events. (Evacuate your bowels really good prior to arriving too. No bathrooms there.)

    NO BBQ's THIS TIME: This time it will be an exercise in efficiency so please plan on being in the water sharpish upon arrival and a 1hr 30 surface interval. Bring a few snacks and water for during the surface interval.

    DEPARTURE FROM STAGING AREA: We leave the staging area at 8:30 am sharp. Start putting your gear on one of the three "sand vehicles" as soon as you get there.

    RETURN: We'll return to the USCD parking lot (staging area) at approximately 2:00 - 2:30 pm.

    WE NEED SIX SUVs OR PICKUP TRUCKS to cart people and gear from the staging point. Please volunteer your vehicle if you have one. (At least three with 4WD is key. We'll be taking those directly onto the beach loaded with our gear.)

    1. Collin Weltz  (4WD truck)
    2. Sean (4WD FJ Cruiser)
    3. Alan (4WD truck)
    4. Tom Goosman (2WD SUV)
    5. Doug (2WD minivan)
    6. ??? (2WD or 4WD)

    We'll have oil mats/trays to place under the oil pan of each vehicle going onto the beach.

    TARPS: Bring some tarps to lay on the sand so your gear doesn't get sandy.

    PHYSICAL ASPECTS: 1) There will be some walking with gear on. Distances similar to the Shores. 2)Surf height may be medium or higher, so you must be comfortable with this kind of entry.

    UCSD REQUIREMENTS: In order to be granted access to this site you agree that 1)No commercial photography (or other activities) shall be undertaken 2)Photos taken will be freely shared with UCSD and their Reserve staff for possible inclusion on their web site 3)You will pick up garbage on the ground and underwater (whether you put it there or not) 4)You will be quiet and respectful 5)You will submit a signed SCR Waiver. If you don't agree to all of these rules you may not attend this event.

    SCR WAIVER: Go to our Files section ( http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/files/ ) and download SCR_Waiver. Fill it out and email to my co-host, Ross, at: rosscwalker_at_gmail.com.  Put "SCR Waiver" in the subject line.  MUST BE SUBMITTED AT LEAST 4 DAYS BEFORE EVENT! You will not be granted access unless you submit a filled-out Waiver. (Note: if you sent a waiver for a prior Scripps Canyon event in the LAST YEAR you do NOT need to send one again.)

    STAGING POINT: In order to be respectful to the residents on La Jolla Farms Road we will park our vehicles in the P207 Parking Lot at UCSD.

    This is free to park at on the weekend (and UCSD holidays), is away from any residential zones, and should have plenty of space at 8:00am in the morning. To locate the parking lot take Torrey Pines Road, turn into UCSD on Muir College Lane (across from Black Horse Farms). Enter the second parking lot on the right (P207) and go to the far (South) side.  We will load ourselves in our SUVs or pickup trucks. (Only six vehicles allowed down the access road.) Load only that gear you will need into the three "sand" staging vehicles (the trucks actually going onto the beach). No big bags or boxes.

    Staging Point: Click here for the map

    Get ready for a unique treat!

    ***This a no hunting, no take event. Scripps Canyon is a preserve.***


    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 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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  • Ross W.

    STANDBY: DANGEROUS CONDITIONS PREDICTED FOR THIS WEEKEND MEANS THIS EVENT MAY GET POSTPONED TO A LATER SATURDAY

    November 8, 2012

    • Doug M

      The best call on this is probably for safety, the 7 sec combined period gives very little time for a breath between breakers!

      November 9, 2012

    • Ross W.

      Hi Jeremy, You can also look at the following page for swell heights and predictions: http://cdip.ucsd.edu/...­

      The real thing to look at on that page is the Period - large waves are not a big issue when they are 15 seconds apart but 5 second intervals is miserable.

      This site is the definitive place for tide data in La Jolla:

      http://tidesandcurren...­

      November 9, 2012

  • Sam A.

    If we reschedule can we shoot for Saturday or Sunday of next weekend instead of the weekend of Thanksgiving as suggested in the email Ross?

    November 9, 2012

    • Ross W.

      Hi Sam, unfortunately it takes a week to reschedule through UCSD and the reserve staff are out today and Monday is a holiday so the earliest we can reschedule for is a week on Monday. Next Saturday also has a boat trip lined up unfortunately.

      November 9, 2012

    • Sean S.

      Thanks so much for working around the existing Boat Trip commitments Ross! You are the man!

      November 9, 2012

  • Collin W.

    Hopefully no ones vehicle gets stick in the sand. I'm down to dive no matter the conditions also

    November 8, 2012

  • Ross W.

    Oh, if you are worried about run off from the rain the nice thing about Scripps is that there are no storm drains anywhere along the beach and it is listed by the city as one of the least likely areas to be affected by storm water runoff so it is probably the best place in San Diego to go diving during the rain. ;-)

    November 8, 2012

  • Ross W.

    Hi Mark,

    The very first time we did Scripps Canyon it was raining - horizontal driving rain in fact and yet underwater it was the best conditions and visibility we've ever had. That said it's not as much fun on the beach. The bigger worry is what the waves are like getting out. The best thing to do is probably to decide on the day. I'll be there regardless of the weather and will let everyone down the road. If the conditions are bad and you want to bail then please just remove your RSVP before 8am on Saturday morning and then we won't be waiting for you in the car park. If people have canopy's they can bring to shelter from the rain then please do.

    November 8, 2012

  • Tomas M.

    Just wanted to make sure somebody takes my spot. Can't make it on Sat.

    November 8, 2012

  • Tomas M.

    Just wanted to make sure somebody takes my spot. Can't make it on Sat.

    November 8, 2012

  • Mark M.

    So whats the deal if its raining?

    November 8, 2012

  • Ross W.

    Hi All,

    We need one more vehicle to ferry people down to the car park on Saturday. It can be 2 WD or 4WD, just needs, ideally, lots of seats. Please let me know if you can volunteer.

    Thanks,

    November 5, 2012

    • Tara B.

      I have a Subaru Outback that can go to the parking lot. Not exactly a minivan but an option if you don't get another volunteer w/ more space.

      November 7, 2012

    • Jeremy B.

      I am bringing my 4WD 4 runner.

      November 7, 2012

  • Callie M.

    Sorry to bail on this one; some lucky person will get my spot! A Canadian friend has been hiking the Pacific Crest Trail since August. She'll finish on Saturday and we're going to hike the last couple of miles to the border with her.

    November 6, 2012

  • Alan M.

    Ross, are we not bbq on this trip? Grill is ready to go!

    November 5, 2012

    • Alan M.

      Ross you diving nitrox???

      November 6, 2012

    • Ross W.

      Hi Alan, I am planning a 40 min or so deco dive so you probably don't want to buddy with me. I am sure there will be plenty of people there on 28 or 30% though. - Note everyone, San Diego Divers is just 10c a cuft for any mix of nitrox so a steel 100 is $10. And they only charge for what they put in. So if you take it back at 40% and fill it it will only cost you $6 - it starts to approach the price of air fills so well worth it for these type of dives.

      November 6, 2012

  • Ross W.

    From Juan.
    It is official: the buoy is there. We are good to go.
    I think the buoy has very poor flotation and a short rope and might be underwater at some high tides. It shouldn't be a problem on saturday though, because we are getting in the water close to low tide.

    However, if someone has a nice buoy and a better rope they would like to donate to a greater cause this might be a great opportunity for us to replace the current buoy with one that will hopefully survive the winter. (We can probably manage an extra VIP spot for the person bringing said buoy and rope.)

    November 6, 2012

  • Ross W.

    Hi All,

    We are getting reports that the buoy may indeed be missing at Scripps Canyon. Juan is checking again but if anyone else gets the opportunity please see if you can confirm if you can see the buoy or not. Last time we managed to get Steve out with his boat and a donated buoy but he's in Palau. Does anybody else have a boat, or friends with a boat who might be able to attach a new buoy if need be?

    November 5, 2012

    • Doug M

      For finding the canyon an alternative is for someone to bring a depth finder. The lineups are pretty straight forward and when it starts getting deep, you are over the canyon! I don't have a depth finder, but I have been out with some PS folks who have them. No-one I am aware of on this trip though.

      November 5, 2012

    • Alan M.

      I have a boat, but she down for repairs. Rear exhaust bellow looks like she is about to go. Making her a new dive wreck it not in her plans!:)! However, I have a portable GPS, we can swim out there and attach a new buoy! I be glad to help!

      November 6, 2012

  • Ross W.

    Just a reminder everyone as I realized I nearly forgot this myself today. This event is on the Saturday, this means you will need to get tank fills / rent the tanks you need one day / evening this week so make sure you check what time your favorite dive shop is open until and get your fills before Saturday morning.

    November 5, 2012

  • Alan M.

    Anybody diving nitrox? Ross's recommendation for the mixtures is dead on! I would love to dive Nitrox 28 and 30 as per Ross!!

    November 5, 2012

  • Doug M

    Current swell predictions are for a larger swell beginning Friday continuing into Saturday. Not a show stopper, but could make it exciting.

    November 4, 2012

  • Janyl (Witherite) G.

    Since we're not bbqing this time I believe we should support a local brewery after the dives.

    1 · November 2, 2012

  • Ross W.

    Thanks Collin. I'll add your vehicle to the list.

    October 26, 2012

    • Janyl (Witherite) G.

      I already snagged Andrew's spot ;-)

      November 1, 2012

    • Collin W.

      Your welcome, I have janyl coming with me as my guest ;) she was nice enough to let me dive and clean her fish nets, thought I'd ask her if she'd like to go haha

      1 · November 1, 2012

  • Collin W.

    Does anyone know a place that'll rent out any 100's or 120's tanks? Want to get the most out of this dive

    October 29, 2012

    • John T H.

      I'll loan you a steel 120 if you want?

      October 31, 2012

    • Collin W.

      I have 2 nitrox 100's reserved. I appreciate it though!

      October 31, 2012

  • John T H.

    I will volunteer my truck.

    October 30, 2012

    • Ross W.

      Thanks John but I already filled all the vehicle slots so I think we are good but if we can keep your truck as backup just in case that would be great.

      October 31, 2012

    • John T H.

      Can do

      October 31, 2012

  • Avery C.

    The description mentions depths to 130 feet. Is this dive still enjoyable/worthwhile if diving is kept in the 80 to 100 feet depth range?

    October 29, 2012

    • Ross W.

      Hi Avery, Yes, there is plenty to see in the 80 to 100ft range. The top of the canyon is around 90ft on average so you'll see plenty. Just be aware that it is very easy to go deep without realizing it, e.g. following a draw down so as long as you are comfortable keeping track of your depth while at 90 to 100ft when there is no bottom to speak of you should have a great time.

      October 29, 2012

    • Callie M.

      Yes, definitely! Lots of lovely creatures in the 90 to 100 ft. range.

      October 29, 2012

  • Ross W.

    See http://www.sandiegodivers.com/ they are on Sorrento Valley Road. They do custom nitrox blends as well for 10c/cuft and are well versed in making 'Scripps Canyon' blends for our events. ;) be sure to reserve your steel tanks though as they tend to sell out.

    October 29, 2012

  • Collin W.

    I will take my tundra 4X4 to shuttle gear

    October 26, 2012

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