What we're about

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!


* 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. *


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+)

Earth Under the Sea at Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Join us at the Birch Aquarium to learn what lies below the sea floor! The Perspectives Lecture series highlights research and discoveries by scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Doors open at 6:30pm for light refreshments and exploring the aquarium exhibits. Presentations begin at 7:00pm. Please RSVP directly with the Birch Aquarium: https://aquarium.ucsd.edu/events/2019/perspectives-lecture-exploring-earth-under-sea From the Perspectives Lectures website: Exploring the Earth Under the Sea: Over 50 years of Scientific Seafloor Drilling November 18: 7–8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30; lecture begins at 7 p.m. Dick Norris, Paleontologist Scientific drillships allow scientists access to some of Earth's most challenging environments, collecting data and samples of sediment, rock, fluids and living organisms from below the seafloor. Join Scripps paleontologist Dick Norris to learn about the long running international collaboration in scientific ocean drilling that has transformed human understanding of our planet. Public: $8 Students/Educators: $5 Aquarium Members: Free (This event is not hosted by Power Scuba. We're simply attending to support a worthy effort and learn more about our oceans!)

Get to know our local Inshore Fishes

Ocean Enterprises

FREE Fish ID Classes 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/

Thursday evening La Jolla Shores dive!

Kellogg Park

IMPORTANT: For safety reasons, you must be solid in your skills, a competent night diver, and have dove at this location before DURING THE DAY. No one will act as your guide. Come out for an evening underwater at La Jolla Shores! WHO: YOU, and all your dive friends. Need a buddy? Speak up in the comment section and be sure to show up on time to find one. WHAT: Join us for a one tank dive at the famous La Jolla Shores. 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. 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 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). 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). 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.

Coronados Islands 3 Tank Trip! Sea Lions and More!

Waterhorse Charters


UPDATE: New Waterhorse form requirements: All attendees must go to the following URL and fill out the boat form: https://form.jotform.com/FrenchyWeb/waterhorse-coronado-islands A one-day Coronado Islands journey filled with good fun and great diving! This will be a three-tank, no-profit day trip aboard the MV Humboldt. IMPORTANT: • If you bring your own tank, make sure it is full upon arrival at the dock. The boat will NOT be filling tanks before departure or on the way there. Be sure to let them know beforehand as well. • All passengers must bring a passport! The Humboldt provides Steel 85 LP tanks and weights. THESE HAVE DIFFERENT WEIGHTING REQUIREMENTS THAN AL80s. Nitrox available, but must be procured at the office. (No nitrox compressor on-board the boat.) You provide all other gear. If you don't have a buddy you may team up with another single on the boat. The boat provides food and drink between dives. COST: $101.59 (trip cost) + $35 (Mexican visa) = $136.59 Possible dive sites: Keyhole: Fun swim through when the surge is down. Lots of structure. Pukey Point: Just around the corner from the more often-dove Lobster Shack. PP offers startling, grand cliff-scapes that look fairly alien when viewed in good vis. Lobster Shack: Long bereft of lobsters, this site has... PLAYFUL SEA LIONS! BOARDING TIME: 7:00am. Please don't be late. Boat leaves soon after boarding. PARKING: Free street parking by the Waterhorse office. (Don't park in the lot.) BOARDING: After signing in at the office (and showing your passport), assemble your gear on the boat (keep dive boxes/bags OUT OF the walkways), then make room for others. Large boxes and bags may be stored on the second level. Small drybags can be stored in the berth. Keep bags OFF the bench seats. (Those are for people.) SKILLS: Current possible. A strong skill-set at any level will allow you to perform these dives safely, but stay within that same skill-set and comfort level. The Ten Commandments of RSVPing: Click for the 411 (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/6564706) If you back out less than two weeks before departure (or "no call, no show") you are on the hook for the money. No refund. 15+ days = 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" 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. Cancelling an Event: When and why Power Scuba might do it (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/20706002) Dive Boat Tipping Guidelines: Tipping Info & Advice here (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/21783462/) Pointers: BRING YOUR CERT CARD AND PASSPORT. Hydrate really well. Take Bonine if you think you're at all inclined toward seasickness. Eat a decent, non-greasy breakfast. Have 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: safety sausage, knife, and whistle, at a minimum! 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: Don't be late. Space is limited on a boat. Stow all your gear where directed 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, tampons, or similar. If you have to throw up, do it downwind (leeward), NOT IN THE HEAD. If you have to cancel, do it well before the cutoff time so Bill has a chance to sell your seat. ADMIN STUFF YOU MUST READ: If you have not filled out a Liability Release for Power Scuba Meetup, please follow this link for the electronic waiver: (http://bit.ly/power-scuba). 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... and that your "+1", if applicable, agrees to 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.

Past events (2,174)

Saturday Morning Cove Dive!

La Jolla Cove

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