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Alacosta Divers

The San Francisco East Bay's original dive club

… exploring California underwater

Last Updated on Saturday, February 22 2014 19:22

Upcoming dives

Kevin Dalley

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Created on January 26 2013 Hits: 478

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Upcoming dives

Sat Apr 19 - Sun Apr 20
Abalone dive at Van Damme

 Abalone dive


Kevin Dalley is leading an abalone and kelp dive.
 
Planning to abalone dive Saturday, April 19 off the beach at Van Damme state park. Since the swim out on a float can take a while, I plan to be getting in the water 45-60 minutes before the low.

 If you have not gone before, please do some reading online and look at the You Tube videos people have posted of what it looks like underwater.

 You need a fishing license AND an abalone card. You can get these at Sports Authority, some CVS pharmacies, or online: https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales/

 Read the info with the license well. It is a big deal to not have the license with you when you are in the water and to not tag the abs immediately when you get out. Fish and Game officers will give you a big fine for violations, and they are definitely looking for violators.

 You can rent all the gear you need in Fort Bragg at http://www.subsurfaceprogression.com/

 You'll need a thick wetsuit (7 mm) or drysuit, booties, gloves, hood, weights & weight belt, fins, mask, snorkel (you may need to buy fins, mask, snorkel), swimsuit, towel, abalone dive float with tether, abalone pry bar, measuring calipers.

 Also, bring a cooler to get your abs home and a water bottle for water when you're out in the ocean.

If you have not free dived in a thick wetsuit before, plan to get in the water earlier to get your weighting correct.

Lots of people camp in Van Damme State Park at http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=433

The nearby towns of Mendocino and, 10 miles north of Van Damme, Fort Bragg have a lot of cool things to do and places to chomp. See:  http://www.visitmendocino.com/

http://www.mendocino.com/

http://www.fortbragg.com/

Kids like the skunk train:

http://www.skunktrain.com/

Glass beach is worth a visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass_Beach_(Fort_Bragg,_California)

And the botanical gardens are great:

http://www.gardenbythesea.org/

There are also lots of lovely beaches and trials for hiking.

Saturday night we'll be cooking abalone, drinking beer, and generally have fun.

Get back to me if you have questions

 

 

Last Updated on Saturday, May 04 2013 00:03

Upcoming meetings

Kevin Dalley

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Next meeting

Mon May 05 @ 7:30PM - 09:30PM
General Membership Meeting

Octo Fest:

A brief slideshow of recent Diving with Octopii in Monterey Bay: Stan Sciortino  

King Tide photos (Maybe):  Kevin Dalley

Followed by a short film of Underwater Puppet Adventures: Not Quite Adult Swim.

 

 

General Membership Meetings start at 7:30 pm at the Orinda Public Library Garden Room, walking distance from the Orinda BART station:

 

Upcoming meetings

Mon Apr 21 @ 7:30PM - 09:30PM
Eboard meeting
Mon May 05 @ 7:30PM - 09:30PM
General Membership Meeting
Mon May 19 @ 7:30PM - 09:30PM
Eboard meeting

Upcoming dives

Sat Apr 19 - Sun Apr 20
Abalone dive at Van Damme

Past dives

Sat Apr 19 - Sun Apr 20
Abalone dive at Van Damme
Sun Mar 23 @ 8:00AM - 03:00PM
Monterey :Dive: BeachhopperII
Sat Mar 08 @12:30PM - 04:00PM
SF Oceans Film Festival
Sun Feb 16 @ 8:00AM - 03:00PM
President's Day Dive in Monterey
Thu Jan 30 @10:45AM - 12:30PM
King Tide photo shoot, Redwood City