Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm

We are pleased to announce our September guest lecturer, Kevin Brady. Kevin is a California State Parks ranger and lifeguard at the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in the Monterey District. The position is a blend of both ranger and lifeguard job responsibilities at what is considered the “Crown Jewel” of the California State Parks system. He is based out of Point Lobos, but covers the entire Monterey coastline as a mutual aid and water rescue responder. He also works closely with the various fire agencies in the area as well as the U.S. Coast Guard. We look forward to hearing Kevin’s lecture on the highlights of his career and how to practice safe diving. Please join us on 27 September (Wednesday) at the Crazy Horse Restaurant – Bay Park Hotel, Monterey.

Please join us at the Crazy Horse Restaurant near Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey. The meeting starts at 6:30, but I encourage you to come at 6 pm to enjoy some food and friendship first!

Meeting Location

Restaurant: Crazy Horse Restaurant
Address: Bay Park Hotel, 1425 Munras Ave, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone:(831) 649-4771alt 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:32)

 


Club Dive, Saturday, September 23, 8;30 a.m. San Carlos Beach, Monterey

 Ever wanted to try underwater photography, but were intimidated by the complexity? Where do I start?  What if I don't like it? How can I try it? Well, join us on this fun dive when Backscatter, Monterey's premier underwater photography store, will be providing demo cameras for us to try - absolutely FREE! Think of all the cool things you can take photos of - fish, sea lions, octopuses, and human bodies. Ok, again, I don't think there is much chance of encountering a dead body at Breakwater, but if there was one, you could provide valuable photgraphic evidence! The point is, this is a super generous offer from a local shop that is known throughout the world for its expertise. Backscatter's Becca Boring was our speaker last month and she said some of the gear may even be avaialble at discount to us Sea Otters, especially packages. Cameras from Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, and Nikon will be available in many price ranges.

 

 

Club Dive, Saturday, October 21, 8:30 a.m. South Monastery, Carmel

 

We will meet at 8:00 a.m. at South Monastery Beach to observe conditions. The site is only diveable on calm days due to the steep beach. Extreme caution should be taken entering and exiting the water here. Severe undertow due to the steep beach causes conditions which can be deceiving. Groups will be arranged so that less experienced divers are buddied with more experienced divers so that they can also enjoy this dive site.

 

Expect a rocky and sandy dive location with a lot of sea life. You may also find walls with a lot of cracks where there are many small critters as well as bigger fish. There are plentiful nudibranchs, rock fish and sea stars, which make this location great for macro photography. Monastery is a favorite dive spot and the visibility is usually very good, especially this time of the year.

 


 

 


Last Updated (Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:39)

 

After-Work Dive, Friday, October 13, 6:30 p.m. San Carlos Beach, Monterey 

 

Ok, ok, it's San Carlos Beach. We've all dove there, it's where most of us likely learned to dive and where we go when everywhere else is blown out. We know it like the back of our hands. But this time will be different.

 

We will be doing a night dive and night dives here are pretty epic. We have come across some interesting and uncommon species like swell sharks, sailfin sculpins, masked pricklebacks, tree fish, vermillion rockfish and even a California spiny lobster. The breakwater has a wide variation of observed species and during the day these usually hide in the extensive maze of riprap that comprise the man-made structure, but at night these hidden species make their way out to forage.

 

Make sure to bring two lights and a tank marker light. After the dive, we often recount the nights events at a local pub/restaurant.
 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.

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:36)

 
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