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New Meetup: Lover's Point III - Intermediate Dive

From: David D.
Sent on: Monday, May 31, 2010 4:13 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Greater Bay Area Scuba Lovers Meetup!

What: Lover's Point III - Intermediate Dive

When: Sunday, June 6,[masked]:00 AM

Where:
Lover's Point
630 Ocean View Blvd
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Entry III is on the seaward side of Lover's Point, off to the left as we stand looking out at the water. This is the wilder side of Lover's Point, waves at the entry and exit along with surge during the dive can make this site an inappropriate challenge for those without intermediate experience and skills. Please read the question and confirm you have intermediate experience and skills before you RSVP yes for this Meetup.

A set of steep stairs is how we will get up and down between the tiny beach and where we will gather. Look to the water with the point to your right, the stairs are a break between the stone wall and a fence with top rail. The Meetup diver down flag will be posted in the grass area near the top of the stairs. Many of us will bring our gear to the grassy area, gear up, and descend the stairs to the entry.

If you have not seen it before, familiarize yourself with the look of the Meetup diver down flag. It stands less than two feet off the ground to mark the locus of our activity without being offensive to anyone else. Someone must typically park and walk up to see the flag, drive-by-glancing does not get the job done.

Parking close to Lover's Point may be of restricted duration. Past the stairs there is unrestricted street parking. Some of us will park and carry our gear to the grass area for the final gearing up before descending the stairs to the water.

Lover's Point has bathrooms making this a very civilized location for diving. We will be able to see the restrooms easily from where we meet and gear up.

Tides will be of minimal impact this day. There will be a very modest lower high tide early in the morning before all but the most obsessed of us arrive and an intermediate low around noon. High tide of the day occurs around 7 PM well after we are gone. There should be less than a one foot tidal change during the time we dive. We will hope the modest tidal swing translates to minimized current or waves.

We as skilled intermediate divers will be diving as independent buddy pairs. We will figure out buddy pairs while gearing up to account for those who did not arrive already knowing who they would buddy with. We will head out as a loose group, gather on the surface, and descend together. On the bottom we will get into our buddy pairs, be confident we are ready, and head away from shore. We will swim out on one heading and return on a reciprocal heading. Bring your compass, set it up with the lubber line before descending, refer to it during your dive, and get practice guiding yourself and your buddy.

The host intends to bring his camera system on the two dives. That results in him swimming for three to five minutes, then working around one spot to get a shot for three to five minutes. This means for the group we tend to alternate spreading out and regrouping. Even if the host decides to leave the camera behind, we plan to take our time seeing what there is to see instead of swimming excessively.

Nudibranchs rule. This is the site at which the host saw his first White-lined Dirona (Dirona albolineata.) Hopefully, this time we will have less surge to deal with. With luck, we may be able to capture some interesting photographs we can use next time we schedule a Meetup for this location.

We will hope for a relatively calm day and see what we get. Lover's I, the location with the well-protected sandy beach, will be our fall back dive site in case the wave energy is too much at Lover's III.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/scubadivers/calendar/13650334/

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