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New Meetup: Intermediate Dive Otters Cove/Lovers Point

From: rachel the w.
Sent on: Monday, July 20, 2009 7:10 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Greater Bay Area Scuba Lovers Meetup!

What: Intermediate Dive Otters Cove/Lovers Point

When: August 30,[masked]:00 AM

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

This dive is for intermediate divers. If you have any questions about your skill level please see the Pisces rating page I have posted in the Files section.

Lovers Point is located at the Intersection of Ocean View Boulevard and 17th Street in Pacific Grove. Diving is regulated here. No dive gear can be left on the beach unattended and we only have access until 11:30 am according to my outdated book. There is limited street parking and a two hour parking limit so we may have to shuttle from another site. During this dive we may be lucky enough to find octopus during the daytime and monkeyface eels among the large boulders and rocks. Even without these two potential sightings, marine life here is apparently varied and quite colorful. We will probably not get any deeper than 40 feet here.

Otters Cove has a tricky entry and a long swim out but the harbor seal action and the abundance of sea invertebrates can make it worth the bother. The kelp can be thick so be prepared to return under the forest canopy. A working compass and working compass skills are a must for this type of return. This dive is around a maximum of 55 feet.

Otter Cove is at the corner of Ocean View Boulevard and Sea Palm Avenue in Pacific Grove.

My potential plan is to prep 3-4 cars for transport at the top of the breakwater parking lot (only the cars not shuttling should buy permits.) One car will already have a spot at the cove so that we have somewhere to lock up our goods (my car as I have unlimited parking time). A second car will take the dive gear from breakwater to the cove parking and return to the breakwater lot. The third car will be prepared with the tanks for the second dive and park within walking distance. The third car will deliver the tanks to the parking area between the coves during our dive interval. A last car will shuttle the divers who cant fit in the other cars and will remain at the cove or nearby street parking for two hours and swap spots with the 3rd car. The fourth car can then park somewhere within walking distance...... How is that for organizing.tongue

This is going to take a good deal of cooperation and preparedness so check everything before you head out in the morning and be prepared to arrive on time, pack efficiently and move quickly. If you need anything from the shops come early and be ready to move gear around at 9am. We will suit up at the cove parking and leave our belongings and lunch locked in my car. Bring plenty of quarters just in case!

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