Rocks Rips & Reefs (3Rs) is back! 3Rs is an in-water education and site orientation program for divers and snorkelers. IT'S FREE! Participants are briefed on the interaction of surf, swell, and tides on underwater rocks and reefs, and then enter the water and tour popular dive sites with experienced instructors. The Cove is my favorite place to snorkel so I'll be here a lot this summer - if you'll be joining me, I highly suggest you come to this so you can maximize enjoyment and swim safely!
Participants learn how to:
- Identify underwater rocks and reefs by observing water movement and surf
- Take advantage of the ocean’s natural wave motion
- Spot safe places to enter and exit
- Avoid places hazardous to divers and snorkelers
- Encounter rip and long shore currents
- Use tides to plan dives
Who can attend?
The 3Rs is free and open to the public; donations are gladly accepted and are only used to keep this program operating. Snorkelers welcome! SCUBA Certification is not required, but swimming experience is recommended. Participants must sign a liability waiver as part of registration. Participants aged 17 or less must have the waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.
What to bring
Bring a mask, fins, and snorkel. A full wetsuit and gloves are strongly recommended for warmth and protection from scrapes. Spring suits are OK. Weights are discouraged unless you are a strong swimmer or your wetsuit is extremely buoyant. Scuba gear (regulator, BC, tank, etc.) is not used during the 3Rs.
If you have not been diving or snorkeling recently, please check your gear before you arrive.
When are the 3Rs?
For all dates below, registration will be at 8:00am. Mandatory briefing starts at 8:15am, enter the water 8:30 am. Meet on the La Jolla Cove steps (1150 Coast Blvd.).