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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

Then sign a liability release before attending your first event: http://files.meetup.com/1307107/New_Liability_Release.doc

Upcoming events (5+)

3-Tank Local Boat Trip - Exciting Open Water (Beginner) Level Dives!

All dives can be accomplished at "open water depths"... 60 fsw or shallower. Great for O/W Divers! IMPORTANT: Email Waterhorse at [masked] and let them know if you're bringing your own tank. Without fail. (You may not bring your own tank if you do not do the above.) 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. Although this trip is at O/W depths, divers must always be strong in their skills and never dive beyond their limits or training. 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 & SHOWER: The boat also provides great food and drinks between dives. Hot soup! 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. COST: $87.14 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 (3): RUBY E: 165' Coast Guard ship sitting upright in 85 fsw. Top is at 60 fsw. Deteriorating, but somewhat intact, albeit with many holes and rusty edges. Penetration not advised. 6 FATHOMS: Full of life and structure. We will dive spots that have depths 45' to 60' deep. NOSC TOWER: jungle gym of support pylons for the old research tower (top sheared off in a storm years ago. Lots of life with occasional large visitors. 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. REFUNDS: 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 unless your seat fills. Less than two weeks and you get 1/2 your money refunded. Two weeks or more = 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). 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) anyway! 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)! Required on all Power Scuba boat trips. 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: Show up on-time. Space is limited on a boat. Stow all your gear where directed to by crew. Keep gear out of the walk-way. 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. Dive Boat/Trip Tipping Guidelines: Tipping Info & Advice here (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/21783462/) Cancelling an Event: When and why Power Scuba might do it (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/20706002) ADMIN STUFF: If you have not filled out a Liability Release for Power Scuba Meetup, please follow this link to the file, print, sign and bring to the event, along with your C-Card (scuba certification card). You only need to do this once a year. To obtain a form, go to the Files section in our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PowerScuba/files/. You must also read this: Disclaimer and Clarification... 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 is also found in the Files section of our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PowerScuba/files/ (Therein you'll find a Doctor Waiver form as well.) 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. 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. Nor will the Organizer tell you whether you are skilled enough to make any particular dive. That is for you (only) to decide. When you enter the water, you (and your buddy) 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. For Boat Dives: A few dollars may have have been added to each person's cost. This is a voluntary donation on your part. This money goes directly into the group's Boat Overage fund to protect against non-full trips. No other use is made of this money. Any overage (usually less than $100) resulting from our local dive boat trips is put into a dedicated Group Boat Fund. This allows us to make up the difference if we don't completely fill up a future boat charter. 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.

La Paz Dive Trip!

Hyatt Place Resort

$250.00

La Paz Dive Trip A week in the sun at a resort with dives and fun galore! Dive with Hammerhead sharks... play with Sea Lions... snorkel with Whale Sharks... and maybe night dive with Mobulas... All at the finest resort in La Paz... Overview: March is considered one of the best time to dive in La Paz. We have secured spots at the finest resort in La Paz, COSTA BAJA (http://costabaja.com/). Located in the private marina inside the resort is the best dive operation in La Paz, FUN BAJA (http://www.funbaja.com/). This trip includes airport transfers, accommodations, diving, and breakfasts. There is even an optional Whale Shark snorkeling event on the last day. Agenda: Arrive on Saturday, March 23rd and transfer to the Hyatt Place La Paz in Fun Baja vans. We then spend 4 full days diving, plus one more day off-gasing and snorkeling with Whale Sharks. On Friday, March 29 we transfer back to the La Paz airport, and then fly back home. Air travel: Book your own flight to La Paz. Some members like to fly out of Tijuana others prefer San Diego International or from wherever you live - your choice. Airport transfers: Airport transfers between the La Paz airport and the Hyatt are included. Nice shuttle vans (provided) will meet you at the airport and take you directly to the hotel. Accommodations: Six nights at the clean, safe Hyatt Place (https://lapaz.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html) . Rooms are double occupancy with two queen beds or one king. Couples will be placed in the rooms with king beds first. Roommate requests will be fulfilled whenever possible, as well as same gender assignments. Dives: Four days of 3-tank dives with Fun Baja (http://www.funbaja.com/), the best dive operation in La Paz. Air, tanks, weights and the marine park fee are included. Nitrox is available for $10/tank. Rental gear is also available. (Arrange this with FunBaja once checked into the resort, the day before we dive.) All boats will have marine heads (toilets). This is a no-take trip, so no fishing, etc. Dive sites may include but are not limited to: Los Islotes: One tank playing with sea lions and one tank along the wall circling the island and swimming through the keyhole. Snorklers can also swim with sea lions. There may be time to snorkel between dives too. Wrecks: Cleaned (Fang Ming, Lapas 03) and uncleaned (La Salvatierra). Reefs: Full of fish. La Reyna. Swanee Reef, on which the La Salvatierra ran aground and then sank. El Bajo: A deepish pinnacle where hammerheads congregate. Others spots include walls and other structures (La Reynita, San Francisquito, Pailebot.) Whale Shark Snorkeling: This will be done on the off-day for $60. It will be on a separate event in Meetup. Meals: All breakfasts are included at the Hyatt. (Of course you can venture off on your own.) Lunches are included by Fun Baja on dive days on the boat. Dinners are not included, but there are several options: the marina has 3 or 4 restaurants, including excellent contemporary Mexican (Azul Marina), sushi, Italian, and a wine bar. Cost: $893 Included: Airport transfers, 6 nights accommodations, all breakfasts, lunches on dive days, 4 days of 3 tank dives. A non-refundable deposit of $250 through PayPal is due at signup. Another payment by check or Venmo of $643 due Feb 1st. Deposits/payments are non-refundable but are transferable to other Power Scuba members. Not included: airfare, dinners, gratuities, optional activities, NITROX, whale shark snorkeling. What to bring: Dive gear - If you are able, bring all of your own dive gear, except weights and tanks. Fun Baja has gear to rent and Nitrox for an additional fee. As always, be sure to bring a safety sausage, whistle and cutting implement. (if you bring a pony tank Fun Baja will fill it for free.) Water temps should be right around 82 degrees. Exposure protection ranges from trunks/bikinis to 2/3 mm full suits. Ask if you don't know your needs. Fun Baja will provide weights and AL 80's. Mildew could be an issue with the dive gear. Simple Green, Mirazyme, Sink the Stink, or similar might be a good idea. Luggage - Check with your airline for specifics but in general tanks, metal tools, knives, flashlights, etc must be checked. Its a good idea to carry on all computers, cameras, and other sensitive equipment. Check with your airline on their luggage allowance but its usually 55 lbs, 62 inches (Width + Height + Length), enough weight for a complete set of dive gear, excluding tanks and weights. Again, check with your specific airline. Bring a drybag for the day boats. Large bags/boxes won't work and we don't want everyone's gear spread out. Backpacks may get wet. Clothing - Surface air temps are expected to be in the low to mid 90's. Bring hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and water bottles that you can refill there. Bring a light jacket just in case the evenings cool down. Medications - Ensure that you pack all required medications. Also include sunscreen and stomach medications if desired. Food - All food and drinks are available at the resort, or in La Paz. Water and food from the resort are fine to consume. The resort and dive operation also provide unlimited water bottles. Passport - Required for travel outside the U.S. (Have at least 6 months of validity left on it after the return date. Don't wait until the last minute to attend to this.) Great attitude - This is a fun trip. Bring your high spirits! More Details: Inoculations - No special inoculations are needed for La Paz. A tetanus shot is always a good idea though. Compression chamber - The nearest chamber suggested by DAN is located in Cabo San Lucas. Dive safely and don't have an accident. Insurance - You must obtain DAN (http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/insurance/) or similar insurance for this trip. The top level "Preferred" DAN is suggested because it covers non-dive related accidents. For example, if you are in a car accident, the hospital will more readily recognize and accept DAN than other types of insurance. Tipping - Tips are not included and should be given per our standard guidelines. Please review them here (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/21783462). Courtesy - Yes, that's right...bring your courtesy. Power Scuba hopes to return to Costa Baja and Fun Baja in the future. Let's leave them with the same impression we do on all of our events. The Mexican currency is the (Mexican) peso (though U.S. dollars are accepted in many places). There is no need to use pesos though as US dollars are accepted everywhere. Language is Spanish. English is understood in most places and everywhere in the resort. Electricity voltage is 120 volts, so no need for a converter. A surge protector for your electronics isn't a bad idea. Bring cash for spending, to settle up whatever hotel charges you incur (they add a % for credit cards), and for tips (cash-only accepted). You may want to bring a dive computer that does Nitrox. Although most dives won't be deep, El Bajo has the potential to be very deep. MUCH more information can (will) be had at our Questions and Answers page on the message board: Certification: You should have an Advanced scuba certification to go on this trip... or ANY overseas trip. Some of the dives will be over 60' of depth. (Some overseas dive ops REQUIRE an Advanced cert to go to certain sites.) There is plenty of time between now and then to get your cert at a local shop. Roommates: If you're a single, we'll pair you up with another person in your room. (Same gender if at all possible.) Trip insurance is a good thing. Bring your Dramamine/Bonine. No use letting seasickness spoil your trip. Bring your Immodium/Anti-diarrheal. Just to be safe! Emergen-C or other electrolytes are a good idea. Your Checklist: _______ Signed Liability Release submitted. _______ Medical Questionnaire (answered & signed) submitted (found in the "More--> Files" section of this group). _______ Pack-out List: Posted in our Discussions Board thread here _______ Passport (with at least 6 months validity AFTER your return date) _______ Fill out and submit Trip Questionnaire (Found in the "More--> Files" section of this group. _______ Verify the Roommate and Boat Assignment list ("More--> Files" section of this group. _______ Read this event page in its entirety. We hope to see you there!! Full Disclosure: • One free spot is provided to the trip organizer by Fun Baja. This spot is ON TOP OF the discount we garner because of our numbers. • The vendors do not give the organizer a commission. ADMIN STUFF YOU MUST READ: If you have not submitted a Liability Release for Power Scuba Meetup, please follow this link to the file, print, sign and bring to the event, along with your C-Card (scuba certification card). You only need to do this once a year: Liability Release and Assumption of Risk (http://files.meetup.com/1307107/New_Liability_Release.doc) You must also read this: Disclaimer and Clarification... 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 doctor's signature on a diving waiver form and submit the 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. Here is our Medical Statement (http://files.meetup.com/1307107/Medical%20Statement%20and%20Questionnaire.pdf). Therein you'll find a Doctor Waiver form as well. Attending any scuba event that Power Scuba facilitates constitutes attendee's affirmation they are medically fit to dive, certified to dive by a nationally-recognized agency, have the necessary skill & training level for the dive being offered, have read the Terms and Conditions, and have submitted a signed Liability Release to an Organizer. Important Notes: It is not the Organizer's role to lead your dive or to wait for you after you come out of the water. A Power Scuba Organizer does not function as a divemaster. He or she merely facilitates the pre-dive meeting event. The Organizer will not assign you a buddy nor will he or 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 to make any particular dive. That is for you (only) to decide. When you enter the water, you (and your buddy) 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 dive Your participation constitutes your affirmation you agree to these above rules and disclaimers.... and that your buddy, if applicable, has read and agrees to the same.

Tuesday evening La Jolla Shores dive!

Kellogg Park

Come out for an evening underwater at La Jolla Shores! WHO: YOU, and all your dive friends. Need a buddy? No worries...there is always someone to team up with around this group! Be sure to show up on time to find one. WHAT: Join us for a one tank dive at the famous La Jolla Shores. All skill and experience levels can appreciate this dive location. Easy entry and exit and depths that can satisfy the beginner or challenge the experienced! Be sure to have the necessary training to night dive. As with all of our dives, you must be properly trained to join them. After the dive, the group often goes out for food/drink if you care to join us there as well. WHERE: Meet on Vallecitos Street. Parking is limited along the green curb after hours, so you may want to drop off your gear and park elsewhere. Please don't block the sidewalk with gear. Just ask for Power Scuba if you aren't sure. WHEN: We meet at 6:00 PM and normally hit the water half an hour to an hour after we meet. As the days get longer, you and your buddy can choose to wait for sunset and go out later if desired. WHY: Because we like to have fun and night diving is awesome!!! La Jolla Shores really comes alive at night. BRING: Bring all of your own dive gear, including weights, tanks, and at least two lights. Need to rent or buy something? Check our Shops and Instructors list in the Discussions/Message Board area. A tarp or similar is good for gearing up/down. A lantern will help after the dive. YOUR HOSTS: Hosts are volunteers. They are at these events to dive themselves. They are not instructors or tour guides. If you are here on vacation and need a guide or need training, there are professional dive operations that provide these services. You can find some listed in the Shops and Instructors list in the Discussions/Message Board area. In other words, you should not expect to buddy with the host, but you can find a buddy at the event. SEE YOU THERE!!! ----------------------------------------------------- ADMIN STUFF YOU MUST READ: The Virtual Donation Jar (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/9702303) is always out (for the Meetup site costs and general fund). It's strictly voluntary, but is very much appreciated and needed: Click here for the (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/9702303) DONATION JAR (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/9702303). If you have not submitted a Liability Release for Power Scuba, please follow this link to the file, print, sign, and bring to the event along with your C-Card (scuba certification card). You need to do this at least once a year: Liability Release and Assumption of Risk (http://files.meetup.com/1307107/Power_Scuba_Liability_Release%20a.pdf). 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. Here is our medical statement: Medical Statement (http://files.meetup.com/1307107/Medical%20Statement%20and%20Questionnaire.pdf). Therein you'll find a Doctor Waiver form as well. Attending any scuba event Power Scuba facilitates constitutes attendee's affirmation they are medically fit to dive, certified to dive by a nationally-recognized agency, have the necessary skill & training level for the dive being offered, have read the Terms and Conditions, and have submitted a signed Liability Release to an organizer. Important Note:It is not the organizer's role to lead your dive (or to wait for you after you come out of the water). 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. Nor will the Organizer tell you whether you are skilled enough to make any particular dive. That is for you (only) to decide. When you enter the water, you (and your buddy) 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. For Boat Dives: Any overage (usually less than $50) resulting from our local dive boat trips is put into a dedicated Group Boat Fund. This allows us to make up the difference if we don't completely fill up a future boat charter. No other use is made of this money. Power Scuba bears no responsibility or liability for a member's loss (gas, airfare, hotel fees, etc) in the event of a canceled event. 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.

Snorkel with the Whale Sharks - La Paz divers only

Needs a location

$60.00

This is part of the La Paz trip. You wont want to miss this opportunity. We will be doing this on our off gassing day.

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