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New Meetup: Coral Street Beach Intermediate Dive

From: David D.
Sent on: Saturday, April 10, 2010 8:03 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Greater Bay Area Scuba Lovers Meetup!

What: Coral Street Beach Intermediate Dive

When: Sunday, April 18,[masked]:00 AM

Coral Street Beach
Ocean View Blvd & Coral St
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

O.K., so maybe now it is time for an intermediate dive closer to the mouth of Monterey Bay. 11 April was not a good day to Meetup and dive. Let's hope for nice Meetup conditions and see what we get.

This is a site with protected entry and exit. We park just past Coral Street in Pacific Grove on the water side, hand our cylinders to each other down the short wall to the beach, gear up on the beach, and stroll the few steps right down into the water.

Tide will be lowest of the day as we get our air heading to the site and rising through mid-afternoon. The rocks that define the entry will be exposed as we prepare to begin our first dive so we can all study them to learn how to swim the entry and exit.

We as skilled intermediate divers will be diving as independent buddy pairs. We will figure out buddy pairs on the beach 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 at a suitable location, and descend together. On the bottom we will get into our buddy pairs, be confident we are ready, and head north. We will swim out north and return south so bring your compass, refer to it, and get practice guiding yourself taking frequent bearings to veer left or right.

The site is populated with short pinnacles or mounds. The way to dive is to alternate veering left and then right around the bottom structure. We want to maintain the general direction in close association with our buddy and aware of where the others' bubbles are and not swimming away from them. The entry/exit channel between the diveable water and the beach makes this a good dive to consider your lateral drift and recognize whether return to shore under water should be a bit east or west of directly south.

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.

When the host is photographing, it may be a nudibranch. Try to get a look when the photographer is done and you may see something that would otherwise be missed.

There is street parking but no bathrooms. The beach is accessible via a stairway on the left standing above the beach atop the rock wall looking seaward. If conditions appear impractical for safe entry, exit, and dive; then we will relocate to a calmer dive spot.

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