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Diving Apr 14 at Stillwater Cove

Location has changed due to Abalone closure.  Meeting at Stillwater Cove at 8:30am or still at Peet's Coffee in Petaluma at 7:00am.

 

A group of divers is planning to go to Stillwater Cove for some casual diving, hunting, site seeing, whatever on the 14th of April. Meeting at 7am at Peet's Coffee in Petaluma off McDowell Blvd. All skillsets and levels are welcome. Please bring your cert cards and logbooks... in addition to your gear of course.

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  • Joshua

    Ugh! I can't believe this. My alarm clock didn't go off! I'm so sorry I missed this dive. Anyhow, you should have met up with Jon either at the coast or at Peets. I'm sure he and the group were easy enough to find. I hope you guys had a blast, met plenty of new divers, and continue to come out with the group diving. California has one of the richest dive environments in the world. Others would be so lucky to be so close to such a diverse and plentiful diving location. Next time...

    1 · April 14, 2013

    • Justin W.

      No sweat man, I barely made it myself (but managed to find everyone more than an hour late). Next month for sure!

      1 · April 14, 2013

  • Justin W.

    Good times, great people! I really appreciated all the help and tips I got from everyone. Even though I was late (and forgot the cups for the Thai tea…), there were ample attendees, so I was able to get in there and break my long dive hiatus by participating in the second dive. Conditions were not perfect, with viz about 10 ft and wind blowing pretty good by about noon, but abs were had and ling cod (at least one) taken, and it was just fine for sightseers like myself. I will definitely be back!

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • Kyle K.

    I read that stillwater has a max 10divers a day requiring registration. Has this been taken into consideration?

    April 13, 2013

    • Joshua

      In all my years diving there I have never heard of or seen this rule enforced. It is a small cove though with overflow parking up on the hill on the east side of the road. The last time we were here we had about 25 divers. We will assess Stillwater as a group when we get there. We may move to Timber Cove as a group. So don't set your gear up at Stillwater until we can make the final call.

      April 13, 2013

  • Kyle K.

    How many dives will you be doing? Would I want 2 tanks or is there a fill station in site?

    April 13, 2013

    • Joshua

      Two dives are planned. Not everyone does the second though. It depends on visibility for many. I wouldn't count in the full station. You should bring two tanks if you're planning two dives. For weekend trips, however, and future reference there is a fill station at Ocean Cove on the weekends usually. It is one person though, not a business so it's not guaranteed to be there. He's pretty consistently there though.

      April 13, 2013

  • Joshua

    All, the location has changed from Fort Ross to Stillwater Cove. It's a few miles north of Fort Ross. If you're planning to meet at the coast please confirm here that you have received this change. The host would like to explore Timber Cove possibly as well so don't unload your gear at Stillwater Cove when you get there until we confirm the final dive location. Thanks.

    April 11, 2013

  • Justin W.

    Also, since I'm posting, I wanted to mention that I have two old skool Malotte dive kayaks that I inherited from a dear (departed) diver friend that I have tested in freshwater, but have not taken into surf. I can't decide if I should bring them or not. I don't have an official buddy, but whoever I budy with is welcome to use one of them if they like. I just wonder if a pure shore dive is better for a novice than trying to add a kayak too. I don't even mind loaning them out for the day if it's to conscientious folks who are helping me get back in the water! Should I just bring them and see what happens, or am I better off leaving them at home for my first time out in forever? On a side note, do you think they will be safe if I end up leaving them on the car if they don't go out (I think so... if they are "attached" somehow)?

    Oh yeah, and I plan to bring stuff for make-your-own sandwiches to share, and some thai iced tea (and probably some beer). Who else is bringing what? I

    April 9, 2013

    • Joshua

      Justin, I'll leave the final decision to you but I would advise that for this day trip the kayaks wouldn't be necessary. However, next month there is an overnight camping trip to Van Damm where kayaks are a very welcomed treat. You'll be glad you brought them if you can make it on that weekend, Memorial Day weekend. There are a few caves to the north that are brilliant to explore on the kayaks. As for food and drink, you're welcome to being whatever you like. People tend to bring items for themselves, whatever suits their fancy. Occasionally there are a few that like to share some fresh baked cookies. Always welcomed. No need to bring the beer if you want to save the space. We're usually back in town by early lunchtime anyhow. There is a group of us that will probably grab a beer back "on land" in Petaluma if you'd rather wait and join us there. The Thai iced tea sounds delicious though. I think the group would enjoy a little cultural specialty quite happily. See you at the beach.

      April 9, 2013

    • Justin W.

      OK, thanks for the input. So I will be leaving the kayaks and beer, bringing the thai tea and sandwiches. See you there!

      April 10, 2013

  • Drew H.

    I have an advanced Cert and also Nitrox, more than 50 dives and lots of cold water experience - but i have not dived for 10 years. My gear is being serviced and might be done in time for this weekend. I think I would need someone patient to buddy up with to make sure I remember everything. I have reviewed all my dive chart info and computer but will be rusty. I have all my weight info from my dive log.

    So if my gear is done in time (big if), I would like to attend. Just want to make sure you guys would be comfortable helping me get re-acclimated. drew.

    April 8, 2013

    • Joshua

      No problem Drew. That'll be fine. Hope to see you there. Would you be meeting at the coffee shop or the park?

      April 9, 2013

    • Drew H.

      Hi Joshua, thanks for your reply - I called the dive shop and my gear will not be done till early next week. I will definitely join next time you go. i have always wanted to dive the north coast.

      April 10, 2013

  • Justin W.

    p.s. I'll just bring the sandwiches, tea and beer this time if no one is in a position to help me decide on the kayaks this time around lol!

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Justin W.

    Hey, well I am going to be jumping in for the first time in a while too, so I'm sure we can make it happen somehow! I plan to be at the water about 8:30-ish (I'm closer to the site than I am to Petaluma), so a shore-side shakedown session with you would be great, to go over signals, protocols, etc. You probably have more to share with me than I with you to be honest, but teaching = learning much of the time anyway. Trust me, you and your >50 dives trump my <10 any day!

    April 9, 2013

  • Maggie L.

    Ahh...my friend just reminded me of a run we signed up for on Sunday...hope to join you all next time

    April 7, 2013

  • Justin W.

    Pretty sure I will be there, the weekend looks free for me at this point. I added a +1 but that's not for sure. Now, time to get some practice in!

    March 28, 2013

    • Justin W.

      BTW, I am actually closer to Fort Ross than Petaluma, so I will probably just meet at the site instead.

      March 28, 2013

    • Joshua

      No worries. We'll likely be there between 8-8:30. Of course, this is all weather dependent. I will try to post a confirmation as we approach the weekend.

      March 28, 2013

  • Justin W.

    Hey, I would love to come out to this! I'm a novice, and it would be my first "real" dive in many years, so I'm wondering if that would be acceptable. Last dive was in 2006 (ouch!), and I have fewer than 10 dives total. Recently, I have been revisiting diving literature/videos to refresh my memory, and then got tanks and tested them (and my skill) in a friend's pool. I felt as much at home under water as I did the first day down! I'm really excited about getting back into this!

    So are we cool with my skill level, or should I pay for a refresher course? :)

    March 27, 2013

    • Joshua

      Justin, it sounds as of you've been refreshing your memory already. Personally I think with the review and practice that you've described that you'll do just fine. My only concern for you is the effect of the cold water and your buoyancy skills. If you haven't been diving in cold water then I'd recommend you invest an hour or so at your local dive center in some cold water gear in their pool to get acquainted with it before you come out. But you've got plenty of time to do so before our weekend. If you are familiar with cold water and the movement limitations and weight, then remember to bring the proper weight with you. As you'll recall, the general rule of thumb is to plan for 10% of your body weight plus 10 lbs. But every body is different. Plus the distribution of the weight is also an important factor. So if you're a little heavier than average or plan on wearing a two piece 7mm suit or dry suit then bring a few extra pounds for safe measure.

      March 27, 2013

    • Joshua

      There will be plenty of experienced divers out there. There are also plenty of newbies. The main purpose of these events is to bring divers of all levels together, people who share similar interests, to network, to get to know other divers, and to keep them diving. So with that said, all divers are welcome. I'm an instructor myself. And there are usually a couple of us out there, as well as divemasters and other experienced divers. There are no egos though. Well... except when the hunters come back empty handed. But then they're usually deflated anyway. :P

      There is no better way to get better at this sport than to practice. Furthermore, doing so in a group like this there are plenty of folks who are very generous with sharing their experiences and answering whatever questions you have.

      So, yes. I think you'll do just fine if you decide to join us. All skill levels and experience is welcome. Also, don't forget to bring some between dive snacks and water. Hope to see you there.

      March 27, 2013

  • Aaron B.

    Are y'all going for abalone? Or only scuba diving?

    March 25, 2013

    • Justin W.

      Thought I'd mention that Fort Ross proper has a special closure this season due to the ab die off that happened there a couple of years ago, so it won't be open for abs until June 1. (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov...­)

      March 27, 2013

    • Aaron B.

      Ahhh, yes, they did that last year as well. Thank you for the reminder! We'll be down the street either at Salt Point or Van Damme. I'll wave as a drive by!

      March 27, 2013

  • terry g.

    Sounds great, but I can't commit at the moment, too much going on. I'll keep tabs....

    March 25, 2013

    • Joshua

      No worries. It's a monthly occurrence. Keep an eye out.

      1 · March 26, 2013

  • Maggie L.

    I'd love to!!! Never dove the north coast!!!

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • John F.

    Looks like your meet up is posted Josh, would love to go but can't make this one. Hope to dive with you soon!

    1 · March 25, 2013

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