Member’s Night Still and Video Photography

Hello to all the intrepid dive club photographers out there! We will be holding our Member’s Photo and Video Night on October 24 at our MBSO meeting. This is your chance to present your latest and best photo or video exploits to everyone. There are many talented photographers and aspiring amateurs in the club and all levels of photo-taking ability are welcome. Past years have featured member's dive trips to South Leyte and Dumaguete, Philippines, Indonesia, Isla Mujeres, Mexico, Channel Islands and of course good ole’ Monterey. Who knows what adventures we will be watching this year?

This is a chance to show people what you've been up to and share your discoveries without having to enter a contest and be judged - just a lot of fun. All you need to do is to provide a short slide show or video of one of your dives/dive trip, and answer a few how-did-you-do-that? questions from the crowd, it’s that simple. Here is what you need to do to get on the presenter roster: Send Shannon Vereker (mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) your name, phone number, and presentation title (seven minutes max).

After your presentation you have will have a few minutes for questions and answers. If we stick to the ten-minute format we can view six still photography or videos that night. We will be showing your slideshow, from a thumb drive or DVD, using a Windows PC and tabletop projector. Submissions are open now.

Come join us at Crazy Horse Restaurant in Monterey. The meeting starts at 6:30, but come join us for dinner at 6:00, if you'd like.

Party’s at my place! Come on over!

Sunday, December 2 is the day. We will start the festivities at 1 and wrap up at 5 or so. The club will provide a turkey and ham and some drinks, and we can all bring some appetizers, side dishes, and desserts, pot-luck style. Alcoholic beverages will be BYOB and we usually share. As per tradition, we will do a white-elephant gift exchange. If you want to participate, bring a wrapped gift of $15 or less value. It doesn’t have to be new, regifting is encouraged. We will draw numbers and select gifts in that order.  During your turn, if you like a previously opened gift, you can "steal" it.  A gift can change hands a maximum of two times, then it stays with the third and final owner. We will also be holding a raffle for cool stuff like a gift certificate, wine, and much more.

Should you come? Yes! There are a lot of you out there that we don’t see regularly at the dives or meetings, but we still would like to hang out with you. This is always a great time of sharing food and laughs – please join us!

Email Activities Director Shannon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and let her know how many people, and what dish you will bring to share.

There is no general meeting in November or December.

Last Updated (Monday, 22 October 2018 14:33)


Pumpkin Carving Contest – Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8:30 – San Carlos Beach

The MBSO underwater pumpkin carving contest is an annual event. We will meet at San Carlos beach at 8:30. You have to bring your own pumpkin and carving tools. We will then buddy up and everyone is free to choose their dive spot and depth with her/his dive buddy. Then it is time to hit the water for some pumpkin carving. After the dive we will line the pumpkins up and begin the judging. Judging will be friendly amongst us and any passer-byers who wish to choose their favorites. There will be a small prize for the winner.

Here are the rules:
Bring your own pumpkin and carving tools. It must be at least 6 inches in diameter.

  • All carving must be done underwater. Carving includes drawing, removing the insides, or poking holes into the pumpkin. Underwater is not at home in your kitchen sink either. It is the sandy bottom of the ocean at San Carlos beach. You cannot draw on your pumpkin ahead of time but if you ambitious you may use an underwater stencil.
  • You may make a small hole, no more than a 1⁄2 inch, on the top and bottom of the pumpkin, to allow air to escape.
  • Judging will be done amongst ourselves and any passersby who wish to look.
  • You must have the top of your pumpkin to be entered for judging, so do not lose it underwater.
  • Keep it safe. We may be playing with sharp devices underwater. Please take this into account when positioning yourself to carve your pumpkin. An additional pound of lead can help you to stay safely on the ground.
  • The finished pumpkin may not be adorned with items found in and around the ocean, ie puking-up kelp.  This dive is dependent on interest shown via the Facebook invitation.  Due to the holidays, low turnout will cancel this dive!
  • Club Dive, Saturday, November 24th, 8:30 a.m. Butterfly House, Carmel

    Butterfly House is located at the intersection of Scenic Road and Stewart Way in Carmel-by- the-Sea. There is a large expensive house there with an odd roof that resembles a butterfly perched on the rocks overlooking a small cove. Parking is on the street and then we access the beach by an eroding goat path down to the water. There are no restrooms at this site, so if you are diving dry you may want to stop in to the port-a-potty located just along the road in at Carmel River Beach. We will meet up at the intersection and observe conditions before doing a briefing and gearing up. The goat path to the water is not for the meek, so it is one of the more difficult dives we will attempt this year. However, the site is beautiful and one of the nicest shore dives in Carmel. There are very large granite pinnacles and chutes to explore. There are large and abundant fish species here as well as lots of invertebrate life. This is a good dive to bring your camera and, if the visibility looks promising, a wide-angle lens.

    If this site is not diveable, we will retreat to our backup site, San Carlos Beach. Please post on Facebook if you are attending and if we do change the dive location we will post on Facebook and you can be notified of the change.  This dive is dependent on interest shown via the Facebook invitation.  Due to the holidays, low turnout will cancel this dive!


Last Updated (Monday, 22 October 2018 14:37)


After Work Dive, Friday, November 9th, 6:30 p.m. Metridium Fields, Monterey

(meeting at San Carlos Beach)

Location: San Carlos Beach, Monterey. Parking: pay parking. Experience Level: Advanced due to distance from shore Depth: 35-60ft

Entry: Sandy beach with scattered rocks
Have you ever wondered why this was here and what it means?

This history is relevant to us because, unlike much of the history on Cannery Row, the remnants of those pipes are still available underwater and, for our night dive in July, we are going to find them and return to a dive site which Dave Ramsey taught me how to dive at the beginning of my diving career, the Metridium Fields off the Breakwater Jetty.

While the Metridium Fields are located at the same beach as the often-crowded breakwater, the diving experience is a world away. Here you'll find large rocky reefs covered with 2-foot tall giant metridium anemones. While these are reason enough to visit the area, you'll also see a host of nudibranchs including very large sea lemons, clown dorids, and of course hermissendas. Keep your eyes open for juvenile wolf eels, and even the occasional swell shark hiding inside the rocks.

Swim out on the same side of the beach. Swim out until you line up the backs of the bathroom and the deli with the great tri-tip sandwiches. For the other direction, line yourself up with the left side of Backscatter (the building with the big whale on the side). Drop down there and go due north. This should bring you to the big pipe pretty quickly, and you can either follow it out and go north on the end, or you can keep going N and you should find some.

Metridium Anemones are common from Washington to Central California. They look like a plant, but they are actually an animal - PLEASE LOOK, BUT DO NOT TOUCH. They can grow upwards of three feet tall and are a beautiful animal. They generally live in clusters on rocks, and on a clear day they are a very beautiful sight to behold.

Thanks to the following public websites for sharing their information on a classic Monterey dive site which we, as a club, have not dived in years – come and join us!

Make sure to bring two lights and a tank marker light. Make sure to check the MBSO Facebook page for updates and we hope to see you there.

General Guidelines for After Work & Night Dives: To participate in after work dives or night dives, divers must carry a minimum of two lights, one main light and one marker light (usually
attached to the tank valve). The dive must be terminated if a person experiences a malfunction of his/her light(s). That is why carrying three lights is strongly recommended so that dive team can continue the dive if one diver’s light ceases to function. For everyone’s diving pleasure, the club would like to thank all participants for adhering to these recommendations for club dives.

If you haven't been in the water for a while, or have not been diving in Monterey, we strongly encourage you to visit one of our local dive shops and take a refresher course before diving with us.

After Work Dives are scheduled the 2nd Friday of each month.

Some exceptions exist, so check the newsletter for the date and location of our upcoming dive. All dives are announced on our Facebook page: Monterey Bay Sea Otters Dive Club.

Please note that we meet, geared up and ready to dive at 6:30 pm unless otherwise noted on our Facebook page. All divers are required to have a primary and backup dive lights. A tank marker light is also suggested.

For more information, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated (Monday, 22 October 2018 14:38)

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