The Monterey Bay swell model is a good predictor of present and future dive conditions. The lower the swell, the better the conditions in general. This is indicated by a color chart (blue is better).
Divers Alert Network (DAN) provide a critical role as supplemental insurance providers, in addition to your primary health insurance. In addition to the highly recommended insurance they provide many services including medical advice and training. Every diver should have DAN (or equivalent) insurance. If you are not convinced, talk to me or Pro Scuba Dive Center.
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Pro Scuba Dive Center – Scuba Squad Dive Club
The Scuba Squad is our free dive club that organizes dive meet ups and gets advanced notice of gear sales. The group is very beginner friendly, it’s a great way to find new dive buddies and dive sites.
If you don’t want to find dive buddies through the club and would prefer to venture out yourself, the book A Divers Guide to Monterey County, California by Bruce Watkins is available at Pro Scuba Dive Center. Many sites are described with maps to show parking and the entry point. Boat diving sites are included too.
Dive Travel and Classes
Pro Scuba Dive Center organizes some affordable dive trips by being able to purchase in bulk, ranging from all-inclusive unlimited dive adventures abroad, to weekend trips, to southern California ship wrecks.
Scubaboard.com has huge online forums, with regional channels.