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You've been looking for a scuba group that actually dives? YOU'VE FOUND IT!

FREE mask, snorkel, and weight replacement program for members! (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/7806076)

A SAFETY-FOCUSED, NO-DUES, NON-PROFIT, INDEPENDENT SCUBA GROUP that dives more than any other club or group in San Diego (and beyond)!

Whether you dive occasionally or every week, Power Scuba is the fun, easy way to stay connected with the underwater scene in San Diego county and beyond. Explore familiar and brand new dive spots throughout Southern California (and overseas).

Safe diving within your personal limits and skillset is our emphasis. Advanced & technical dives will occur (for qualified members), in addition to our normal dives, but safety is not just lip service with us.

Eco-mindedness, in addition to safety, is always at the forefront of our thinking. The group participates in (and hosts) various environmental programs and our president represents our no-fishing (for fish) group to various orgs and entities. What better ocean stewards than those who peer beneath the surface regularly?

WE ACTUALLY DIVE, NOT JUST TALK ABOUT IT! All certification levels are welcome at this no-profit group. We're fun, often irreverent, and very, very passionate about our diving and the environment. Sound good? Do you want to see more of San Diego diving, both from the shore and boats? In need of a dive buddy? Join up now!

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* We're not a scuba shop or boat and do not represent any of the same. *

* Power scuba will not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual preference. All are welcome. *

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You must read the following fascinating info before attending any event: Terms and Conditions (https://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/5914647)

Then sign a liability release before attending your first event: http://bit.ly/power-scuba

Upcoming events (5)

Catalina: Farnsworth Bank! (Limited Load.)

Pacific Star

$153.02

Join us for a day trip to Catalina (Farnsworth) Island! Limited load (19). You must have an Advanced certification (or better) and a solid amount of experience and be comfortable with "open ocean" type boat diving. WAIVERS: In addition to signing a Power Scuba waiver ( http://bit.ly/power-scuba ), you must fill out the electronic Pac Star Waiver (once per trip) via this link: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5af2e1710815f/web/ . Do this BEFORE arriving at the boat. IMPORTANT: Pac Star Covid-19 Procedures and Waiver are found in our file section. Read, sign, and bring with you. https://www.facebook.com/groups/PowerScuba/files/ MANDATORY ITEMS: A good safety sausage, knife, and whistle. (At a minimum.) Don't show up on the boat without these. NO-PROFIT COST FOR 1 DAY TRIP: $153.02 SITES: Farnsworth - Backside (2 tanks): Gorgeous pinnacles on the weather side of Catalina Island. Reknowned for it's gorgeous profusion of purple hydrocoral (hard coral). Frontside: We'll finish up our day of diving with a tank on the front side. BOAT LOCATION: 22nd St Landing San Pedro, Ca BOARDING: You may sleep on the boat if you choose. (Starting at 8 pm the night before) Boat leaves the dock 5:00 am Saturday morning. Maintain silence about the decks after 10:30 pm the night before so boat sleepers may get their rest. BUNKS: Bunks are a first-come, first-served thing for this day trip, but allow couples and very large people to have the "cabins"... at least before 10 pm. After that, it's go for whatever is available. FOOD: Full meals. Snacks and drinks in between dives. (Covid modifications in place.) Nice! AIR TANKS: Boat has steel LP 72s (plus rating overfilled) for your use, or you may bring your own tank. Compressor fills to 3,000 psi. (No HP fills.) If requesting a boat tank, you must request this of the crew BEFORE we get underway. NITROX: Boat pumps Nitrox into O2-clean tanks only. $10 per fill. You may bring your own O2-clean (dedicated) Nitrox tank, but bring it FULL. No fills on the way to the rigs. Boat has steel LP 72 (plus rating) Nitrox tanks for your use if you wish, but you must request this of the crew BEFORE we get underway. BOTTOM LINE: Bring your own tank (or two) if you can. GEAR: Bring all your own gear (except for tanks if you so choose). Boat has some weights, but probably best to bring your own. BOAT: Pacific Star (http://www.pacificstardiving.com) Would-be Car-poolers: Speak up in the comments section below! IF YOU BACK OUT less than one week before departure (or "no call, no show") you are on the hook for the money. No refund. Less than two weeks and you get 1/2 your money refunded. Two weeks or more = refund. (Any refund entails a .31 Paypal fee and 9% admin charge (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/32049962).) REQUESTING A REFUND: To back out fully, you must change your RSVP and request a Paypal refund. The Meetup app does not currently have a link for that, so use your desktop/mobile browser and go to your Profile --> Settings --> Payments Made/All Transactions --> find the payment and click "Contact Organizer for Refund". CANCELLING AN EVENT: When and why Power Scuba might do it (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/20706002) POINTERS: Bring your certification card. / Hydrate really well. / Take Bonine if you think you're at all inclined toward seasickness. If you aren't sure... take some Bonine (or similar)! / Eat a decent, non-greasy breakfast. / Bring something to keep you warm between dives (overcoat, boat jacket, etc). / Bring a torch for peering into nooks and crannies. / End your dive close to the boat (unless you enjoy long surface swims). ALWAYS bring your dive essentials: A safety sausage, knife, and whistle (at a minimum)! BOAT ETIQUETTE REMINDER: Don't be late for the boat. Space is limited. Stow all your gear where directed to by crew. Keep gear out of the walk-way, damnit. Put your fins on at drop-in point (not forward and then flip flop over people's feet and gear). Don't rinse your mask or other gear in the CAMERA BUCKET! Don't clog up the marine head with baby ruth bars or similar. If you have to puke, do it downwind (leeward). If you have to cancel, do it well before the cutoff time so Bill has a chance to sell your seat. Don't forget to tip the boat crew if they do a good job for you. This one's just as important as any other point in this list. The DM is there for your safety. Take care of him/her! _____________________________________ If you aren't completely comfortable with the kind of diving described above please sit this one out. Your safety is our first concern. There are plenty of shops and instructors who'll be glad to train you up to the level this event requires. Look 'em up here: Shops & Instructors (https://www.facebook.com/groups/PowerScuba/files/ ) Dive Boat/Trip Tipping Guidelines: Tipping Info & Advice here (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/21783462/ ) ___________________________________ ADMIN STUFF: Donations to our non-profit org (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/9702303) are always appreciated and needed. LIABILITY RELEASE: You must sign and submit a Power Scuba Liability Release at least once a year. Please do this digitally via this link: http://bit.ly/power-scuba . It's easy and fast! Your event host will verify your submission before you go out with us, so please take a moment and complete the Release. You must also read this: Disclaimer and Clarification... AKA Terms of Service...AKA Terms and Conditions (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/5914647). Anyone with a medical condition possibly counter-indicative 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. Our medical statement and Doctor's Waiver are found in the Files section of our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PowerScuba/files/ Attending any scuba event Power Scuba facilitates constitutes attendee's affirmation they are medically fit to dive, have read the Terms and Conditions, and have submitted a signed Liability Release to an organizer... and that your buddy (if any) has done the same. 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. When you enter the water, you 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. Your participation constitutes your affirmation you agree to these above rules and disclaimers. This is a no-take event.

Get to know our local Inverts/Algae

Ocean Enterprises

FREE Inverts/Algae Class taught by Herb Gruenhagen - Scientific Diver, PADI Divemaster, 3000+ dives, and 40+ years diving experience! Become a 'Citizen Scientist' and find out who's living in the neighborhood! Snorkelers and SCUBA divers, do you want to know more about local Inshore Fishes? Want to contribute to science by surveying our local marine life? You can do all of the above by attending the identification training program. You'll learn a lot more about what's happening beyond the surf zone! Whether you're a newly-minted Open Water diver, an avid snorkeler, or an experienced diver wanting to expand your marine knowledge, this class will give you a ton of interesting facts about our underwater world...and it doesn't stop there! Once you've finished this fascinating course, you'll be able to perform surveys and record your observations online for scientists to use and analyze. It's fun, it's easy, it's FREE - and best of all, surveyors help add to a big marine-life database used by scientists in several ways. VERY IMPORTANT: To achieve Level 2, you must receive an 80% score on the end-of-class quiz and perform 2 survey's. You'll need to know the common name and Family name of these fishes (for instance, Lingcod- Fish Family Greenling, or for inverts, Cobalt Sponge, Phylum Porifera). Your chances of achieving Level 2 are much better if you study beforehand. Please familiarize yourself with the material before you come to class. VERY IMPORTANT: Herb's classes are excellent and fun - and they generate big waiting lists. No-shows are not appreciated! You MUST commit to attending the class, and, if you find you can't make the class, you MUST change your RSVP in time for a wait-listed member to attend. If you think work or family situations might make you cancel at the last minute, DO NOT SIGN UP. Not showing up (and thereby depriving others of a chance to take the class) is neither considerate nor fair to your fellow divers. WHERE: Ocean Enterprises, 7710 Balboa Ave, SD 92121 (2nd floor upstairs classroom -- in the middle.) COST: ZERO! You commit your attendance, time and effort. No monetary fee. If you can't make this class, upcoming classes will be held the 3rd Wednesday of each month: Please be on time - there's a lot of material to cover in 3 hours. If you're late, you'll miss some of the good stuff. Study guides for Smart phones and iPads: https://quizlet.com/_1dcjr8 https://quizlet.com/83425637/flashcards https://quizlet.com/82886660/reef-id-invertebratealgae-identification-quiz-flash-cards/

BOAT: Dive Point Loma! (Lmtd load)

Waterhorse Charters

$105.55

SIGN ALL FORMS: Waterhorse Waiver: https://waterhorsecharters.checkfront.com/reserve/document/?template_id=6 Power Scuba Waiver: http://bit.ly/power-scuba COVID MASKS MANDATORY BETWEEN DIVES. Let's go diving! (Limited load, Covid protocol in-place.) This will be a three-tank local trip aboard the well-appointed Humboldt (Waterhorse Charters). The boat provides tanks (steel 85s) and weights. Air compressor is on-board. You may bring your own tank if you prefer, but be sure to email Waterhorse at [masked] and let them know beforehand. This helps them setup the boat. Also, you are only guaranteed ONE (1) tank aboard. (Coast Guard weighting thing.) 2nds on a case-by-case only. Nitrox tanks provided for an extra charge. (Nitrox tanks are not filled on-board. Call ahead of time to set up.) You provide all other gear. (The boat rents gear if you need it. Call ahead to arrange with them.) FOOD and SHOWER: The boat also provides great food (prepared with sinirary requirements in mind) and drinks between dives. And, oh yes, they have a hot, fresh-water shower on-board too. BUDDIES: If you don't have a buddy you may team up with another single on the boat. There are always buddies... however, do not think your buddy will be responsible for you or your diving. You must have good skills and habits to dive at these events. Your buddy will not "baby sit" you. LIMITED LOAD (15) COST: $105.55 To make reservations: Simply RSVP here (first) then pay via the PayPal link above on this page (safe and secure... we've used it for years). DIVE SITES: DINO HEAD: Sitting in 75 fsw, the aptly-named Dino Head stands welcomingly at the top of a "wash", which goes down to 99 fsw, with excellent walls on either side. Great structure and exploring opportunities. MAIN WALL: Not far from Dino Head is an excellent wall structure. Very fun to dive. 65-100 FSW. 6 Fathoms/Table Tops: A little shallower for our third dive. 55-85 fsw CHECK-IN: 7:00 am. Go to the office first to fill out paperwork, then load your gear onto the boat directly behind the office building. (Don't go down to the boat until told to by a crew-member.) The boat leaves the dock at 7:45 am sharp. Dive Boat/Trip Tipping Guidelines: Tipping Info and Advice here (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/21783462/) REFUNDS / UN-RSVPing: If you back out less than two weeks before departure (or "no call, no show"), no refund. 15 plus days = full refund*. (*All refunds subject to a .31 PayPal fee and 9% admin fee (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/32049962).) TO BACK OUT FULLY, you must CHANGE YOUR RSVP TO "NO" here and request a Paypal refund via [masked]. Include the Paypal Transaction ID #. POINTERS: 1)Bring your cert card... really. 2)Hydrate well. 3)Take seasickness medication like Bonine if you think you're at all inclined towards seasickness. 4)Eat a decent, non-greasy meal before boarding. 5)Bring something to keep you warm between dives (overcoat, boat jacket, etc). 6)Bring a torch for peering into nooks and crannies. 7)End your dive close to the boat (unless you enjoy long surface swims). 8)ALWAYS bring your dive essentials: A safety sausage, knife, and whistle... MANDATORY! 9)Don't forget to tip the boat crew if they do a good job for you. The DM is there for your safety. Take care of him/her! BOAT ETIQUETTE REMINDER: 1)Don't be late. 2)Space is limited on a boat. Stow all your gear where directed to by crew. 3)Keep gear out of the walk-way. 4)Inflate your BC at the bench, but put your fins on at drop-in point (don't flip flop over people's feet and gear). 5)Don't rinse your mask or other gear in the CAMERA BUCKET! 6)Don't clog up the marine head with Baby Ruth bars, tampons, or similar. 7)If you have to throw up, do it downwind (leeward), NOT IN THE HEAD. 8)If you have to cancel, do it well before the cutoff time so we have a chance to sell your seat. ADMIN STUFF: SIGN a Power Scuba waiver: http://bit.ly/power-scuba . You must also read Disclaimer/Terms and Conditions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PowerScuba/files/ Anyone with a medical condition MUST submit a signed (by a doctor) diving waiver form before attending any Power Scuba event. YOU MAY NOT ATTEND AN EVENT WITH AN UNDISCLOSED MEDICAL CONDITION. Forms: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PowerScuba/files/ Attending any Power Scuba event constitutes attendee's affirmation they are medically fit to dive, certified by a recognized agency, have necessary skill and training level for dive being offered, have read our Terms and Conditions, and have submitted an electronic Liability Release. Donations to non-profit Power Scuba: http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/9702303 IMPORTANT NOTE: It is not organizer's role to lead your dive. 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 for a dive. (You must decide that by yourself or with a dive pro.) You must plan and execute your dive with your dive buddy only. Once members arrive, the Organizer becomes simply another diver. 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.

Catalina Day Boat! Limited Load of 19.

Pacific Star

$141.07

Join us for a three tank day trip to Catalina Island! (Back home in time for dinner!) You must be solid in your skills, regardless of cert level and comfortable with island boat diving. PPE masks mandatory when not diving or eating. WAIVERS: In addition to signing a Power Scuba waiver ( http://bit.ly/power-scuba ), you must fill out the electronic Pac Star Waiver (once per trip) via this link: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5af2e1710815f/web/ . Do this BEFORE arriving at the boat. IMPORTANT: Pac Star Covid-19 Procedures and Waiver are found in our file section. Read, sign, and bring with you. https://www.facebook.com/groups/PowerScuba/files/ MANDATORY ITEMS: A PPE mask, good safety sausage, knife, and whistle. (At a minimum.) Don't show up on the boat without these. NO-PROFIT COST FOR 1 DAY TRIP: $141.07 (Limited load of 19 max.) SITES: Front-side of the island. Various sites to choose from (Ship Rock, Bird Rock, Eagle Reef, Sea Fan Grotto, Isthmus Reef, et al.) BOAT LOCATION: 22nd St Landing San Pedro, Ca BOARDING: You may sleep on the boat if you choose. (Starting at 8 pm the night before) Boat leaves the dock 6:45 am Saturday morning. Maintain silence about the decks after 10:30 pm the night before so boat sleepers may get their rest. Always maintain social distancing. BUNKS: Bunks are first-come, first-served for this day trip, but allow couples and very large people to have the "cabins"... at least before 10 pm. After that, it's go for whatever is available. FOOD: Full meals. Snacks and drinks in between dives. (Covid modifications in place.) Nice! AIR TANKS: Boat has steel LP 72s for your use, or you may bring your own tank. Compressor fills to 3,000 psi. (No HP fills.) If requesting a boat tank, you must request this of the crew BEFORE we get underway. NITROX: Boat pumps Nitrox into O2-clean tanks only. $10 per fill. You may bring your own O2-clean (dedicated) Nitrox tank, but bring it FULL. No fills on the way to the rigs. Boat has steel LP 72 Nitrox tanks for your use if you wish, but you must request this of the crew BEFORE we get underway. BOTTOM LINE: Bring your own tank (or two) if you can. GEAR: Bring all your own gear (except for tanks if you so choose). Boat has some weights, but probably best to bring your own. BOAT: Pacific Star (http://www.pacificstardiving.com) Would-be Car-poolers: Speak up in the comments section below! IF YOU BACK OUT less than one week before departure (or "no call, no show") you are on the hook for the money. No refund. Less than two weeks and you get 1/2 your money refunded. Two weeks or more = refund. (Any refund entails a .31 Paypal fee and 9% admin charge (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/32049962).) REQUESTING A REFUND: To back out fully, you must change your RSVP and request a Paypal refund to [masked]. INCLUDE your Paypal Transaction ID #. CANCELLING AN EVENT: When and why Power Scuba might do it (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/20706002) POINTERS: Bring your certification card. / Hydrate really well. / Take Bonine if you think you're at all inclined toward seasickness. If you aren't sure... take some Bonine (or similar)! / Eat a decent, non-greasy breakfast. / Bring something to keep you warm between dives (overcoat, boat jacket, etc). / Bring a torch for peering into nooks and crannies. / End your dive close to the boat (unless you enjoy long surface swims). ALWAYS bring your dive essentials: A safety sausage, knife, and whistle (at a minimum)! BOAT ETIQUETTE REMINDER: Don't be late for the boat. Space is limited. Stow all your gear where directed to by crew. Keep gear out of the walk-way, damnit. Put your fins on at drop-in point (not forward and then flip flop over people's feet and gear). Don't rinse your mask or other gear in the CAMERA BUCKET! Don't clog up the marine head with baby ruth bars or similar. If you have to puke, do it downwind (leeward). If you have to cancel, do it well before the cutoff time so Bill has a chance to sell your seat. Don't forget to tip the boat crew if they do a good job for you. This one's just as important as any other point in this list. The DM is there for your safety. Take care of him/her! _____________________________________ If you aren't completely comfortable with the kind of diving described above please sit this one out. Your safety is our first concern. There are plenty of shops and instructors who'll be glad to train you up to the level this event requires. Look 'em up here: Shops & Instructors (https://www.facebook.com/groups/PowerScuba/files/ ) Dive Boat/Trip Tipping Guidelines: Tipping Info & Advice here (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/21783462/ ) ___________________________________ ADMIN STUFF: DONATIONS to our non-profit org (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/9702303) are always appreciated and needed. LIABILITY RELEASE: You must sign and submit a Power Scuba Liability Release at least once a year. Please do this digitally via this link: http://bit.ly/power-scuba . It's easy and fast! Your event host will verify your submission before you go out with us, so please take a moment and complete the Release. You must also read this: Disclaimer and Clarification... AKA Terms of Service...AKA Terms and Conditions (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/5914647). Those with a medical condition possibly counter-indicative to diving must have a doctor's signature on a diving waiver form and submit form to Power Scuba before they may attend any event. YOU MAY NOT ATTEND AN EVENT WITH AN UNDISCLOSED MEDICAL CONDITION. Doing so is grounds for expulsion from the group. Our medical statement and Doctor's Waiver are found in the Files section of our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PowerScuba/files/ Attending any scuba event Power Scuba facilitates constitutes attendee's affirmation they are medically fit to dive, have read the Terms and Conditions, and have submitted a signed Liability Release to an organizer... and that your buddy (if any) has done the same. 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. When you enter the water, you 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. Your participation constitutes your affirmation you agree to these above rules and disclaimers and that your buddy does as well. This is a no-take event.

Past events (2,244)

Wreck of the Palawan!! Limited Load of 19.

Pacific Star

$139.99

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