Three fourths of the Earth's surface is covered
by water but we still know little about the creatures that live
beneath our oceans. Scuba diving enables us to get closer
to those animals and fish that share our planet.
California coast has a host of sites close to shore where divers
can experience up close the mysteries of the deep. In
Northern California, the hub of diving activity is in Monterey
Bay, about two hours south of San Francisco. A good beginner
site is Breakwater beach near the Coast Guard pier in Monterey.
It offers a gradual beach entry, a host of fish, corals, rock
dwellers and an occasional otter. Not too far out lie the Metridium
fields where the ocean floor is covered with beautiful white
sea creatures that resemble a white pole wearing a feather hat.
Northern California Rainbow
Divers, a gay oriented scuba club based in San Francisco,
offers beginner, advanced and rescue classes to interested parties.
Check out their website for more information.
Whenever you dive, safety is the first consideration.
The Divers Alert Network maintains a hotline for diving emergencies:
(916) 684-8111. For further information, click on the
logo above to link to their website.