Intermediate Carmel River State Beach

  • Aug 22, 2010 · 9:00 AM
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O.K., let's try again. This time we have two details further evolved: - Location description adjusted to increase probability of all meeting at the same place. - Will relocate if surface conditions suggest surgey conditions below. One swims out on the surface hugging the edge of the kelp. The farther one is willing to swim on the surface before descending, the deeper will be the bottom, the more interesting can be the dive. At some point on the surface swim, one turns right into the kelp. Now, the farther one swims into the kelp, the more one puts behind the sandy bottom and gets closer to the entirely rocky bottom. The dive through here is amazing. Palm kelp grows up maybe three feet from the bottom, punctuated with the taller kelp holding fast to the rocky pinnacles among which we swim. Invertebrates in all their colors are are all over competing for our attention. Fish are everywhere around corners of the bottom structure, ambush predators may be set up atop the lower kelp fronds awaiting the unwise bumblings of their prey. We will do 2 dives-so bring two full tanks. This dive is for those of us who qualify as Intermediate diver according to the Pisces scale. If you have not already done so, check the Files section and compare how you match up with the criteria. The longitude and latitude are taken from Google Earth. The map Meetup inserts is not the appropriate location which does not seem to lend itself to being corrected so it is unreliable. Follow these directions: - Route 1 South from Monterey. - Pass turns for 68 and Carmel Road. - Turn right at bottom of hill at traffic light onto Rio Road near Chevron station on near left. - Pass Carmel Mission going up hill. - Turn left onto Santa Lucia by a hanging bell on far left. - Straight through a couple of stop signs to water and turn left onto Scenic Drive. - Snake around past Butterfly House and follow road past a sharp left bend with a wide view. - Trees on right are at top of public access stairs to beach, Ocean View is turn to left. - Find legal street parking convenient to carrying equipment down the steps. Park near the top of the stairway entrance to the beach which is located at the cross section of Ocean View Avenue and Scenic Road in Carmel. The photo included with this Meetup description is what it looks like at the top of the stairs. Find the place that looks like that and we should be around. Either setting up our gear at our cars, gearing up on the beach down by the water, or perhaps getting there shortly. The nearby facilities are a walk up the beach or up the road. Those facilities are not considered convenient to where we will dive from the beach at the bottom of the stairs. There will be rocks off to the right as one stands looking towards the water. Offshore of those rocks is the kelp. We will dive under it a bit farther out. Be courteous and follow the posted rules wherever we park as this site is in a residential neighborhood. We will be approaching this site with a backup plan. Here is the fallback heirarchy we will use: - Carmel River State Beach. - Coral Street Beach. - Lover's Point No. 1. - San Carlos Beach Cannery Row Pipes. If surface conditions suggest surgey conditions below, we will relocate to where we can have the most fun without feeling like we are caught in some kind of ocean-scale wash, rinse, and spin. Our host has himself a reservation at the Monterey Hostel to overnight after the night dive Meetup Saturday. Monterey Hostel has room at the time this announcement is written but anyone thinking to overnight there for the best value dorm bunk in Monterey is encouraged to make their own reservation as quickly as possible.

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  • Dena J.

    David, I'm so glad you had a wonderful dive! Sorry I missed out on the seal play. Next time. Breakwater was good - I helped my friend finish her cert and took her out on her first official fun dive. We also had a seal play near us, but not the experience you had!

    August 23, 2010

  • David D.

    Carmel was not suitable for the fun we wanted to have diving, we relocated to Coral Street Beach. There we had the best ever encounter with a marine mammal. A playful harbor seal visited us several times during the dive and exposed its belly as though it liked a belly rub. It would swim up behind us and bump our legs as it to get our attention. After a couple minutes of close encounter it would swim off, then shortly came back and start the cycle with leg bumps. Our friend, who might actually have been two friends doing a tag team thing, repeated the cycle all the way until we exited the water through the surf.

    August 22, 2010

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