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Entry/exit procedures for Monastery Beach with a camera

Discussion in 'NorCal' started by Kamaros, Apr 7, 2019.

  1. Kamaros

    Kamaros DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
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    I've seen a lot of amazing photos and videos that have been shot at Monastery Beach, but every time I'm doing the Monastery Crawl out of the water and trapping pebbles in every conceivable opening, I ponder how anyone manages to take anything larger than a GoPro with them. Can anyone share their techniques for getting in/out of the water with a camera rig?
     
  2. elgoog

    elgoog DIR Practitioner

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    Not trying to be snarky but have you tried getting out without doing the crawl? That shouldn't be your default option for exit at Monastery. Figure that out first before you take a camera rig in with you.

    EDIT: I'm far from an expert on Monastery and have only dived there maybe 5-6 times. I've never done the crawl out - even the one time I did it with doubles (that I would not do again, for sure)
     
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  3. Chris Green

    Chris Green Angel Fish

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    I haven't dove in Cali yet, but will in the very near future after I move there from Okinawa. I did however have a rough exit here on a dive where I was exiting in about knee to mid-thigh deep water. The catch with this one was the site had a very strong tidal pull, and I ended up falling ( on hands and knees) about 15 times during one exit. Could tidal pull have been an issue?
     
  4. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
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    Have a buddy get out, remove gear, then come back for your camera. If it's small enough to clip off and exit without holding it, do so quickly.
     
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  5. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    Location: California - Bay Area
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    hand it to your buddy. if conditions are sufficiently calm, it is possible to walk out if your rig is not overly large. if you have a large mirrorless or dslr setup, you pretty much will need a buddy.
     
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  6. BikerBecca

    BikerBecca Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco
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    It's not tidal pull, it's geography. The Carmel Canyon actually touches land at Monastery. A short swim from shore and you are in 200 feet of water. This makes not just the beach very steep but the entry/exit as well. The waves break down and create this backwash that will pull you under. These signs are posted all over the beach.

     
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  7. Kamaros

    Kamaros DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Mountain View, California
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    In addition to all this, the beach is formed of small pebbles instead of true sand, which causes your feet to sink a few inches with every step, making it hard for your feet to find enough purchase to walk out.
     
  8. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
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    My camera would be somewhere in the canyon if I tried to dive on a day like this.
     
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  9. BikerBecca

    BikerBecca Barracuda

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    Yes, the annoying Monastery Berries! They get into everything and you will still find some in your gear or bag or box years later.
     
  10. Drewpy

    Drewpy Orca

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    Location: No. California
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    I would leave the camera in the car until you are comfortable there...conditions can change fast.
    ( for the first time I would go to the south end)
     
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