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Calling all Mermaids and Mermen! Come explore the sea. We mostly snorkel the La Jolla coastline, but we are open to field trips else where. We especially frequent the Children's Pool as it has the safest entry and exit and our Club supports keeping this pool open all year long & shared use with the fun seals. We do not support any beach closures of any length. We also support the upgrading of the ramp that was there for decades so the disabled can enjoy the pool designed with them and children in mind by Ellen Browning Scrippps. We also snorkel at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores, and the Caves. We will swim all year long, and have the proper equipment to be warm and safe. You must have a full wet suit and hood, booties, gloves and a mask, fins and a snorkel in order to join our club. This is a safety rule, as warmth is key, and the suit protects from scrapes and bumps at reefs. We do snorkel all year around. A 3 ml. spring suit is great for summer, a 7 ml suit or a vest over the 3 ml. is necessary for the colder months. Beginning snorkel sessions are held in the protection of the Children's Pool frequently or in the Bay. We will have potluck picnics at the shoreline. Do some lobster diving! We will enjoy the beautiful Pacific Ocean that is in our backyard! We also participate in the Rocks, Rips & Reefs Free Ocean Safety Program that begins in June and has safety lessons at a different location throughout the summer. We learn the whys and hows of potentially dangerous reefs, rip-tides and how to explore the caves safely.
We also have a Winter Solstice Dinner at the Brockton Villa. And a News Year's Day Brunch there as well. Every MerMember is also an organizer. Please book snorkel meet ups when ever and where ever you want. Learn to use our site to post discussions and post photos. All you need is one dive buddy to have a fun dive. We are all about safety and knowing our limits and sticking together. We have great adventures and hope you will join with us.
We also support the balance of the undersea ecology for all species.The La Jolla undersea ecology is in trouble due to the over population of pinnepeds as you will come to realize when you are familiar and are a frequent snorkelor there. Gone are the Tide Pool Creatures and the fish stocks are sorely depleted, and yet none of the many agencies seems to have ever studied this area just outside the MPA. Bad politics is causing the ecology to suffer greatly. Many memories exist of urchins, anemomies, many mussels, huge lobster and sea cumbers, sea hares, crabs galore, oysters as big as plates, and more. The Garibaldi in my opinion have reduced greatly and I only see the big narly ones who can outsmart the seals. So our Club is for the Balance and Heatlh of the Ocean, the home to many species.
Remember our ocean is NOT the Caribbean; the Pacific Ocean is cold. And snorkeling is being submerged, so your body cools quicker than if you were on a surf-board. A good, comfortable wetsuit is a very worthwhile investment that lasts for years. If you are disabled we welcome you , I, your organizer also head a committee called R.A.M.P. dedicated to restoring access to the Children's Pool for the disabled. It boasts the first ramp ever to the Pacific Ocean and was open for 65 years. Seal Politics shut down the access to the handicapped, and a locked gate is now there. However I access the old ramp by climbing over a small wall by the entry to the seawall walkway. So you can avoid the stairs. And once in the ocean pool, you are very safe even on the roughest of days. The breakwater provides protection as designed for "Those Handicapped in Life's Game"
( Ellen Browning Scripps) We also welcome new R.A.M.P. members to help us help the disabled including the 1,600 new severely disabled U.S. Veterans.
This is the only safe entry for the disabled, and the only safe exit for distance swimmers on the West Coast.
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