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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! (https://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 (4+)

Friday Early Dive at the Shores! (parking lot)

Needs a location

Please make sure to sign our liability releases online once per calendar year. It's quick and easy, just follow this link: (http://bit.ly/power-scuba)

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Join us for one or two dives at La Jolla Shores. All skill and experience levels can appreciate this dive location. Easy entry and exit and depths that can satisfy the new beginner or challenge the experienced!

Meet us in the parking lot, near the lifeguard tower.

Check the start time in the header. Please be on time and set your RSVP to 'no' if you can't make it.

Bring all of your own dive gear (including weights and tanks). Check our Shops and Instructors list in the Discussions/Message Board area if you need to rent something. A tarp is good for gearing up/down.

Your hosts are volunteers and there at the event to dive themselves. If you are here on vacation and need a guide or training, there are professional dive operations that provide these services. Do not expect to buddy with the host, but you can find a buddy at the event.

  • Ensure you are properly weighted!
  • You must perform a good Pre-Dive Buddy Check prior to water entry.
  • You are responsible for yourself on every dive. Not the host, lifeguards, your more-competent buddy, nor anyone else. Only YOU.

SEE YOU THERE!!!

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ADMIN STUFF YOU MUST READ:

COVID-19 NOTICE:
Stay home if you have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19.
(Check out https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html)

The Virtual Donation Jar 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 DONATION JAR: (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/9702303).

You must also read the Disclaimer and Clarification/Terms of Service/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 submitted to Bill Powers (or an organizer) before attending 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 and physician waiver form:
(https://files.meetup.com/1307107/Medical%20Statement%20and%20Questionnairea.pdf)

Attending any scuba event Power Scuba constitutes the 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.

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 the above rules and disclaimers.... and that your attending guest(s) (if applicable) has read and agrees to the same.

Get to know our local Inverts/Algae

Needs a location

FREE Fish ID Classes taught by Herb Gruenhagen - Scientific Diver, PADI Divemaster, 3500+ 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.

Quizlet Study Decks: Quizlet decks can be studied by the desktop version, or by an app on your mobile device. There are also games you can play with these decks. There are a couple for the California region.

https://www.REEF.org/quizlet-study-decks

Friday Early Dive at the Shores! (parking lot)

Needs a location

Please make sure to sign our liability releases online once per calendar year. It's quick and easy, just follow this link: (http://bit.ly/power-scuba)

***

Join us for one or two dives at La Jolla Shores. All skill and experience levels can appreciate this dive location. Easy entry and exit and depths that can satisfy the new beginner or challenge the experienced!

Meet us in the parking lot, near the lifeguard tower.

Check the start time in the header. Please be on time and set your RSVP to 'no' if you can't make it.

Bring all of your own dive gear (including weights and tanks). Check our Shops and Instructors list in the Discussions/Message Board area if you need to rent something. A tarp is good for gearing up/down.

Your hosts are volunteers and there at the event to dive themselves. If you are here on vacation and need a guide or training, there are professional dive operations that provide these services. Do not expect to buddy with the host, but you can find a buddy at the event.

  • Ensure you are properly weighted!
  • You must perform a good Pre-Dive Buddy Check prior to water entry.
  • You are responsible for yourself on every dive. Not the host, lifeguards, your more-competent buddy, nor anyone else. Only YOU.

SEE YOU THERE!!!

***

ADMIN STUFF YOU MUST READ:

COVID-19 NOTICE:
Stay home if you have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19.
(Check out https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html)

The Virtual Donation Jar 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 DONATION JAR: (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/9702303).

You must also read the Disclaimer and Clarification/Terms of Service/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 submitted to Bill Powers (or an organizer) before attending 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 and physician waiver form:
(https://files.meetup.com/1307107/Medical%20Statement%20and%20Questionnairea.pdf)

Attending any scuba event Power Scuba constitutes the 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.

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 the above rules and disclaimers.... and that your attending guest(s) (if applicable) has read and agrees to the same.

Dive Boat: Oil Rigs & Wreck!

Needs a location

$95.55

A dive unlike any other in SoCal! If you are an advanced diver prepared for exciting dives, come join us for an adventure!

WAIVERS: Sign both Waivers. They are required.

  • Power Scuba waiver (http://bit.ly/power-scuba)
  • Pac Star Waiver: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5af2e1710815f/web/

The Pac Star rocks! They're a big boat with excellent safety and service.

FOOD: Full breakfast, lunch and snacks!

Offshore Oil Rigs aren't dove often (because of the permission process required) and yet they can house a remarkable underwater community under their platforms. Life on the thick support pylons and crossbeams is abundant.

You must be an experienced diver and comfortable diving in water that essentially has no bottom. Advanced cert or better required. PERFECT NEUTRAL BUOYANCY SKILLS ARE NEEDED. If you have to ask whether you're an "experienced diver"... you're not.

This is 3-tank, open ocean diving with "live drops".

MANDATORY ITEMS: SMB and whistle. (At a minimum.) Don't show up on the boat without these.

COST: $95.55
If adding a +1, please add their name in the comments below.

BOAT LOCATION: 22nd St. Landing, San Pedro, CA. The Pacific Star is docked behind 22nd St. Landing Seafood Grill & Bar. Drop your gear off on the right corner of the building and find parking across the street.

BOARDING: You may sleep on the boat the night before (Starting at 8 pm) or board by 6 am that morning. Boat leaves the dock 7:00 AM. No drunken revelry and stay quiet after 10:30 pm so people can get rest for the next day.

BUNKS: Bunks are first come, first served. (A drawn curtain means the bunk is taken.) Bring your own bedding (blanket, sheet, pillow/pillowcase, or sleeping bag). Couples and very tall members get the first dibs on the "cabins" until about 10 pm. After that it's everyone for themselves. (Don't put your things on any bunk other than your own.)

SITES:
OLYMPIC: Wreck in 100 FSW of sand. Mostly pancaked, but some structure on either end. Ling Cod and wolf eels are sometimes sighted.

RIGS (x2): Eureka & Ellen/Elly. Each with different "personalities". Gorgeous marine life resident with occasional spectacular "guests" floating through. Depth: Go as deep (or stay as shallow) as you like and are trained for. Boat captain recommends staying above the 110' crossbeams.

Conditions permitting, we'll do our first dive on the wreck of the Olympic. Otherwise, all three dives on the rigs.

AIR TANKS: Boat has steel LP 72s (plus rating overfilled) for your use, or you may bring your own tank, which many of us do. Their 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. $12 per fill. You may bring your own O2-clean (dedicated) Nitrox tank, but bring it FULL. Boat has steel LP 72 (plus rating overfilled) 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 it's best to bring your own.

TAKE: Scallops may be harvested on these dives w/ a valid fishing license. Poachers will be prosecuted!

BOAT: Pacific Star (http://www.pacificstardiving.com)

Would-be Car-poolers: Speak up in the comments section below!

REFUNDS: If you back out less than 14 days before departure (or "no call, no show") you are on the hook for the money. No refund unless your seat fills. Two weeks or more = full refund (less fees). 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" and request a Paypal refund via email to powerscuba1 at the gmail.com domain. Include the date of the event and the Paypal Transaction ID number.

Canceling 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(SMB), 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. The DM is there for your safety. Take care of him/her.
Tipping Guidelines: Tipping Info & Advice here (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/21783462/)

Bill here with a quick note: If you aren't completely comfortable with the kind of diving described above please sit this one out. Your safety is my 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 (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/6696656)

ADMIN STUFF YOU MUST READ:

The Virtual Donation Jar 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 DONATION JAR: (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/9702303).

WAIVERS: Sign both Waivers found at the top of this event page.

You must also read the Disclaimer and Clarification/Terms of Service/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 submitted to Bill Powers (or an organizer) before attending 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 and physician waiver form:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PowerScuba/files/

Attending any scuba event Power Scuba constitutes the 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.

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 the above rules and disclaimers... and that your attending guest(s) (if applicable) has read and agrees to the same.

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