Cardiff Reef (at Cardiff State Beach) is nice, shallow, and semi-easily accessed. The vis can be fickle and the waves can sometimes get high, so we'll show up to this one (as with most North County dives) with no prejudice toward calling the dive off if conditions dictate. (Brunch together if we have to call the dive!)

The surface swim out to the reef is something akin to that of La Jolla Shores, so many of you will find that familiar. Your swimming skills must be strong for this (and any) dive.

There is a link to a nice writeup with directions and pictures. Take a look before you attend.

Directions and writeup: Directions and site pictures.

PARKING: Parking in the lot is $15 (cash or credit card) via a pay machine next to the bathrooms...The lot is smallish. Alternatively, you can drop your gear off in the lot, then park out on the road. Also, just across the entrance to the South is a $5 pay lot... but a bit further of a walk. Again, you could drop your gear off then go park.

BRIEF: We'll do a good pre-dive brief and scope out the situation well before we go in. Remember, this is, as are most North County spots, a surfing beach. As always: Never dive beyond your abilities and training.

Bring a second tank. If vis is good we'll make it a two-fer!

Bring water and something to snack on between dives.



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 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. 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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  • Jason P.

    Ill give myself 5 stars just for doing advance recon! LOL!

    January 27, 2013

  • Jason P. be fair...stopped by Cardiff....waves were 7+. Tomorrow at 8am is forecasted to be 5-6.

    January 25, 2013

    • Jason P.

      Stay home Danielle...see ya the next time. Entry just not possible...heck even surfers aren't going in.

      January 26, 2013


      Thank you... See you next time :)

      January 26, 2013

  • Jason P.

    Oh Holy Hell...NO!!! Tide is up to the cliff...which means our small.lagoon crossing to get to the entry point has 4 waves and up almost to top of rocks near parking lot. The waves sets are 5ft @ 8sec. Just not a day to dive your gas and see ya the next time!

    January 26, 2013

  • Jason P.

    Not sure how the pending weather will affect things. It will be a crap's hoping

    January 24, 2013

  • Constantin B.

    Is somebody interested in a carpool? i live in mission beach, san diego.

    January 23, 2013

  • Jason P.

    Rain next two days....good grief!

    January 23, 2013

  • Travis A.

    Hey Jason. The link for the writeup/directions is disabled. This would be my first time diving at Cardiff Reef. Is it like the shores where you drop your gear off in a loading/unloading zone first then park?

    January 21, 2013

    • Jason P.

      Cool..thanks Bill.

      January 22, 2013

    • Travis A.

      Awesome. Thanks Bill and Jason. Lets hope the weather cooperates with us now.

      January 22, 2013

  • Chris T.

    Hey Carla, is this a known Bug spot? You have any inside info?? :)

    January 16, 2013

    • Jason P.

      Sorry Gang...this part of Cardiff is an buggies allowed

      January 16, 2013

    • Chris T.

      Dang! and I was getting so excited! (I do get excited easily :)

      January 16, 2013

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