Rocks Rips & Reefs in San Diego

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Posted by shark-92107 on May 15, 2002 at 20:45:20:

The San Diego Council of Divers and the San Diego City Lifeguard Service are proud to present the 2002 Rocks, Rips & Reefs program (3R's). 3R's is an in-water education and site orientation program for divers and snorkelers. Participants are briefed on the interaction of surf, swell, and tides on underwater rocks and reefs, then enter the water and tour popular dive sites with local lifeguards.

Participants learn how to:
- Identify underwater rocks and reefs by observing water movement and surf
- Take advantage of the ocean's natural wave motion
- Spot safe places to enter and exit
- Avoid places hazardous to divers and snorkelers
- Encounter rip and longshore currents
- Use tides to plan dives

SCUBA certification is not required! Snorkelers welcome! 3R's is a great way for newer divers to learn more about the ocean and for experienced divers to explore new dive sites.

Bring a mask, fins, and snorkel. The ocean is cool, so a wetsuit is strongly recommended. Weights should be no more than half of normal diving weights. Scuba gear (regulator, BC, tank) is not used during the program.

Register on site Saturday at 8:00 am, then suit up. Briefing at 8:15 am, in the water at 8:30 am. Sessions end about 10:00 am. 3Rís is free.

All diving is subject to weather and surf. The San Diego City Lifeguard Service has recorded surf and beach conditions and last-minute schedule changes: (619) 221-8824

The 3Rís web site has program information, the current schedule, weather cancellations, and directions.

May 18, 2002
South Casa Cove (Children's Pool)
Coast Blvd at Jenner (lifeguard station)

June 1, 2002
Shell Beach (Seal Rock)
1000 Coast Blvd. (Ocean St.)

June 22, 2002
La Jolla Cove
1150 Coast Blvd. (La Jolla Cove steps)

July 6, 2002
North Bird Rock
6000 Camino de la Costa

July 27, 2002
Goldfish Point (La Jolla Caves)
1325 Coast Blvd. (old Shell Shop)

Aug. 10, 2002
Marine Street
300 Marine Street

Sept. 7, 2002
Hospital Point
400 Coast Blvd (south of Cuvier)

Note: The GLACD runs a 3R's program for the LA area. The San Diego and LA 3R's programs have similar goals but operate independently of each other.

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