A group of nearly twenty divers or so is planning a dive to Monastery Beach in Carmel, CA, just south of Monterrey. Monastery is well known dive site that gets very deep very quickly. Divers can easily reach deep diving limits only a few hundred yards from shore. However, rare sites like black coral, schooling pinnipeds, pelagic fishes, and even whales have been special treats at this location.
It is because of the rapid drop-off, however, that Monastery is a difficult dive location. While the water may be calm a few feet from shore, the wave and breakers one has to overcome to get there are often, well, abusive. Even the most experienced divers have been forced to do the "Monastery crawl."
Don't let me scare you though. It's reputation is far worse than I've ever experienced it. If you're comfortable with a modest challenge and even moreso with the aid of a group of other experienced divers I highly encourage you to join us. There will be divers of all backgrounds, from newbies to professionals. All skill levels are welcome. I do suggest and prefer that you have some cold water experience, however, before attempting a dive here.
The meeting time is subject to change as we get closer to the dive date. Hope to see you there.