Bruce Watkins is a photojournalist specializing in marine topics. He has dived California’s fantastic reefs since 1977 and over five hundred of his articles and thousands of his photographs have appeared in periodicals and books. He is the author of a number of books about California diving including, "A Diver’s Guide to Monterey County.”

West Coast divers are fortunate to have many different kinds of sharks in our local waters. Some are small and fascinating, others are big and scary, and all possess great beauty and elegance. It can be humbling to meet a top predator in its own environment, but I am always amazed just how powerful and yet how graceful they can be. This seminar will discuss the life and habits of most of our pelagic and inshore sharks from the humble horn the large white shark; as well as where and when to find them, and how to photograph them.

Join us at 6:30 at the Crazy Horse Restaurant at the Bay Park Hotel on Munras in Monterey. Better yet, come at 6:00 and enjoy dinner with us. Crazy Horse has a great salad bar, or order off the menu!

 

Last Updated (Sunday, 22 April 2018 18:39)

 

Club Dive, Friday, April 28th , 8:30 a.m. Otter Cove, Pacific Grove

Just a bit farther toward Pt. Pinos from Lovers Point, there is a parking lot on Ocean View Blvd near the intersection of Sea Palm. There is a small lot there that holds a half-dozen cars where the road turns. There are stone stairs that lead down to a sandy beach. Close-in the rocks are covered in eel grass, but the site gently deepens and one can find large boulders and eventually sand and small pinnacles. One can typically see everything from nudibranches, crabs, greenlings, perch, lots of rockfish, harbor seals, and monkey faced prickelbacks, as well as nudibranchs and anenomes. The hight tide will facilitate an easier entry.

This is a change to the regularly scheduled dive due to the Big Sur Marathon.

 
Club Dive, Friday, May 26th , 8:30 a.m. South Monastery, Carmel

South Monastery is definitely a favorite dive site. The north side of this cove boasts a 60 degree cliff where you can dive as deep as you dare. The south side of Monastery is similarly beautiful but a larger and less deep site. When we enter the site we can kick out along the side of the kelp bed until we drop down into 40 feet of water and makeour way out to 70 feet at the most. If you are real ambitious you can do what Bruce Sawyer does and kick out all the way to Mono Lobo wall and descend. 

There are lots of critters to see here in the Marine Protected Area so bring your camera. The water is usually clearer in Carmel, especially when there is an upwelling which happens this time of year. The rockfish here are usually large and plentiful. There is also an abundance of cabezon and small sculpins that flit around from perch to perch. Oh, and there are perch too; schools of pile perch.

This is an intermediate dive. Divers should be prepared for a more challenging entry and exit in coarse gravel. We will talk about some strategies for safely diving here on the steep beach that has humbled even the most experienced divers at times. There are restrooms at this dive site and parking along the side of Highway 1 is free and very close to where we will be diving.

If conditions are not agreeable we will retreat to our backup dive location, San Carlos Beach.

Boat Dive, Saturday, June 23rd, 8:30 a.m. – Beach Hopper II

Our last boat dive was a smashing success, so we want to get back out there and do it again! Watch this space for more details as we will have to sign-up soon...

Last Updated (Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:44)

 
 

After Work Dive, Friday, May 11th, 6:30 p.m. Wharf II, Monterey

Our after-work dive will be at the Municipal Wharf #2. We dive this location with the permission of the harbormaster once a year. If you have not dived this location before you should definitely check it out. We will meet at 6pm at the parking in front of the London Bridge Pub near the intersection of Del Monte and Figueroa. It gets dark about 8:00 so this is considered to be a night dive. We will have a mandatory dive briefing at 6:30.

 

This is generally an easy place to dive at night because it is very easy to navigate amongst all the pilings. The depth is a fairly consistent 20-25 feet deep. This is the only muck dive that we do in Monterey where we find both black-eyed gobies and bay gobies living amongst the oyster shells and discarded crab pots along the edge of the wharf. One spot fringeheads and the occasional sarcastic fringehead can be found in discarded bottles and timbers. This is a night dive, so please bring two dive lights and a marker light. After the dive we will probably eat something in a nearby pub or restaurant.

  
  

After Work Dive, Friday, June 8th, 6:30 p.m. Coral Street, Pacific Grove

Coral St. is a great location for a night dive. At night the fish, attracted by our dive lights, come out of their usual hidey-holes. This dive is a fish enthusiast’s delight as we typically see cabezon, lingcod, and rockfish. I have also found it to be a wonderful spot to get up close and personal with purple sea urchins. Who doesn’t love those?!

We will meet at the corner of Coral and Ocean View at 6:00 p.m. to check out conditions and do a briefing. After that, we will don our gear and make our way out into the protected cove. This is not a difficult dive, but there are some rocks in close to be avoided.

We have had great success here at night and I think this is a great time to come out and dive it.

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 (usuallyattached 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.

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.

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Last Updated (Monday, 23 April 2018 09:49)

 
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