This past weekend we were fortunate enough to experience what Monterey divers know as a blue kelp dive. A blue kelp dive is something you get when everything is in your favor, the swell calms down, the cold water comes in, and the sun is out to illuminate everything. It is a way to signify perfect conditions, and we managed to get in 2 days of blue kelp dives this past weekend during our weekend open water dives. This blue kelp that we speak of is actually Fauchea laciniata a member of the red algae family, this algae can be found in great abundance in Monterey and Carmel. It grows in little clumps that almost look like tiny roses, they are mostly purple but when the conditions are right the centers shine with an iridescent blue. The calm before a storm gave us the perfect spring conditions, low swell, very cold water 46 degrees, and plenty of sunlight to illuminate these sapphire jewels across the rocks. Despite the chilly temperatures the astounding visibility of 50-60 feet, it was more than worth it to brave the cold. The second day we could not believe that the dives would get any better at South Monastery Beach, but we were proven wrong once again. After a first dive that rivaled the previous day, and a surface interval to refill our fuel tanks, we took to the water a little sooner than usual due to some light misting from the clouds above as to say “its time to get wet”. Once under water the clouds parted and the sun shined through, giving the Fauchea laciniata a beautiful blue glow. We made our way to the edge of the trench for the final dive of the day making a stop at the Metridium farcimen rock that lies at the edge just before the drop off. And congratulations to the February weekend class for completing their certifications and beginning their epic journey as Monterey Divers.
You are looking to take advantage of these stellar conditions we have there are many opportunities to take the plunge.
First Friday Dives: On the first Friday of each month we have 2 guided dives for all who are kayak certified for $60 including all rentals.
Advanced Open Water Class: Advanced Open Water certification class starting April 15th includes 6 kayak dives.
Vision Trips: Memorial day 3 Day trip, Big Sur 4 day trip in June, Labor Day 5 day trip. These trips are filling up fast so if you want to join Adventure Sports aboard the Vision contact the shop or sign up online to secure your spot.