Its almost time for our survey(s) in the the San Luis Obispo area! We have 2 sites in the area, Spooners Cove off Montana de Oro State Park and Cayucos. We plan to do both the weekend of Aug 18-19. We have not been able to have a SLO training for a couple years now so we have very few active volunteers that live there. Therefore, we need to bring other volunteers from north and south to the area to dive these sites. So wherever you are come join us... it'll be a fun weekend! It is a perfect opportunity to dive a new area that is full of life. This area is particularly interesting because it is a transition zone between the northern species we find up here and the more southern species assemblages found south of Point Conception.
We will be chartering the only diving charter boat in Morro Bay, "Magic." This boat is a small six pack that is not exactly retrofitted for diving (no head, extra tanks go in the storage below) but is a good dive platform. There is room for 7 divers on the boat. The area can be pretty exposed to swell energy so vis and surge will be closely monitored beforehand. We are however going during the best season for diving and captain Shawn is great at keeping in touch, letting us know the conditions, and rescheduling if they aren't good. We will not make the trip if we can't do the surveys and everyone will be alerted before they make the drive. Please only sign up if you are certified to do at least 3 types of transects since we need to make sure we get the sites done in one day.
Because almost everyone surveying will be coming from 1-3hrs away we plan to make a fun weekend campout of it. I plan to arrive on Friday night and get a couple campsites at El Chorro Regional Park. We will have the campsite Saturday night as well and everyone is welcome to camp with us. If you aren't into camping there are several inexpensive hotels nearby as well. We will survey Spooner's Cove on Saturday and Cayucos on Sunday.What: Two dives on Saturday and Sunday off the dive boat "Magic"
Saturday Aug 18- Survey Spooner's Cove (existing site) just offshore of Montana de Oro Park
Sunday Aug 19- Survey Cayucos (new site) just north of Morro BayWhen: meet at the dock at 8am both Saturday and SundayWhere: Meet to load at the small loading dock at Tidelands Park in Morro Bay. https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&c ... CBMQnwIwAA Accommodations: Reef Check will pay for camping at El Chorro Regional Park Friday and Saturday nights.
We will also provide firewood and the fixings for smores. Everyone should bring their own food but perhaps we can have a potluck dinner on Saturday night. A map to the park: https://maps.google.com/maps?client=saf ... TF-8&hl=en What to bring: All dive gear including two tanks, your survey gear, warmth, snacks, and drinks for in between dives.
We have a super supportive Buddy Breathing partner shop in the area, Depth Perceptions Dive Shop. The owner Chuck is a big supporter and will give free air fills and often gives free tanks rental if you are without tanks.
It should be a fun weekend! I look forward to surveying this area every year!
1. Megan W.
2. Keith R.
3. Vince C.
4. Bruce C.
5. Caitlin C.
6. Maureen M.
7. Lisa N.