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    Sunday Dive At Shaw’s Cove In Laguna Beach

    February 23, 2014

    I have a couple of diving buddies that seem to take a while to recover from a dive at Terranea Resort, so I suggested a change in venue for this Sunday’s diving – an easier walk without a rock entry or exit.

    As you can tell from the title, the place chosen was Shaw’s Cove in Laguna Beach, and a really hot young diver named Holly decided to go along with me, unescorted.

    We took the scenic route from the Long Beach ghetto, along Pacific Coast Highway to Shaw’s Cove – a 28 mile, 40 minute journey; I doubt the freeway would have been any faster.

    We geared up as quietly as possible in the residential area, but amongst the car alarms and the yelling of other beach patrons, our respectful efforts went unnoticed.

    Shaw's Cove
    The stairs at Shaw’s Cove.

    Students off of Shaw's Cove
    Student Divers At Shaw’s Cove

    We walked down to the beach and past the four foot deep part of the shoreline, where the waves were breaking.

    Holly and I off of Shaw's Cove
    Holly and I off of Shaw’s Cove.

    We swam out and submerged in 25 feet of water and swam toward the reefs.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #463

    Dove With Holly

    Shaw’s Cove
    Laguna Beach, CA, USA

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 1100 psi
    Max depth: 38 feet
    Waves: Ankle breakers at the shore line, annoying surge underwater
    Visibility: 15-20 feet, some silt
    Water Temperature: 61 degrees
    Air Temperature: 72 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes

    Either my navigation sucked, or we had a hell of a current to fight, but it seemed it took us forever to reach the reefs.

    Looking up at the surface – visibility was pretty descent.

    A Garibaldi swims past a part of the reef.

    Big Assed Sheephead
    Big Assed Sheephead!

    Holly underwater
    Holly underwater.

    Shaw's Cove

    Shaw's  Cove

    Shaw's Cove Valley

    There was this annoying surge that was constantly present; as we swam in between the reefs – sort of like underwater valleys – sometimes we would get smashed against one of the sides.

    Shaw's Cove Reef

    Garibaldi at Laguna Beach

    Having plenty of time and plenty of air, we headed back after 30 minutes because we were getting cold.

    We encountered three baby electric rays in the sand – so small I wasn’t in the slightest bit frightened.

    Holly makes a perfect exit.
    Holly makes a perfect exit.

    I forgot to mention in my last post, that Chipper found my dive knife and returned it, after it had apparently slipped off during my dive.

    Thank you again Chipper!

    However, the latch must have really sucked, as getting thrown up against reefs on this dive must have dislodged my knife…

    No knife.
    …The diving Gods have another sacrifice, and a lucky diver will score a nice knife.

    Debriefing consisted of In N Out Burgers in Long Beach – thank you Holly.

    Dog ordering at drive through
    Yes, that is a dog ordering at the drive through window!

    I got some good advice over debriefing – “You are still single because you try and go out with women you already know; you need to meet new people…”

    That’s it!

    Find someone who doesn’t know me!

    But where?


    1. Very nice, a Laguna dive with nice conditions. Shaws is good, but next time you get down Laguna way, try Montage resort. This gives you access to the Treasure Island reefs with just a moderate walk from the parking structure, some of the most diverse reefs in all of Laguna, too bad this is now a preserve, because it is loaded with bugs. The reefs off Montage/ Treasure Island were our GO TO REEFS for bug diving. We pulled out a couple of 10lb, and 8lb bugs from T.I., and released them back into the water, just a few months before the MLPA closure.

      Comment by halibug — February 26, 2014 @ 1:27 am

    2. Man I wish I had my gear when I went to laguna last year. Nice blog btw, love it. I want to dive with you if I ever come back in southern california 😉

      Comment by Mikael — February 28, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

    3. Laguna beach is such a great site to dive. It is rich in beautiful underwater creatures. The bottom of the sea is really like a paradise.

      Comment by julia cowell — April 4, 2014 @ 7:03 am

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