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Entry/exit procedures for Monastery Beach with a camera

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

  1. Rob Wilks

    Rob Wilks Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Carmel, California, United States
    You may want to consider using a kayak. They are easy to customize and accommodate all sorts of gear needs to protect your camera during entry/exit. Plus you can access different areas further out toward mono lobo or Carmel river with much greater ease. I use an ocean kayak scrambler 11. Well worth rinsing a bit more gear:)
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  2. absaav

    absaav Nassau Grouper

    I have some experience kayak diving in monterey. Rob, where would one enter safely in Monastery?
    South end?
  3. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: California - Bay Area
    either end or move over to carmel river state beach. if you have a kayak, stillwater becomes a better option too.
    Rob Wilks likes this.
  4. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
    On days like this, anywhere is good. The surf can come up any time so the south end has a bit more protection.
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  5. Rob Wilks

    Rob Wilks Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Carmel, California, United States
    As Runsongas and Max state, the south is a good option. I've entered both areas, but I like the south entrance best. Indeed, when its a lake, pretty much anywhere will work. But, if there is a swell, don't enter/exit in the middle. The probability of getting your a$$ handed to you goes way up. Approach Monastery with much respect. If you feel it may not be a good day to try it, it isn't.
  6. DocWong

    DocWong DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives:
    Location: Redwood City, CA
    Yes, on rougher days, it's best to hand your camera to your buddy waiting beyond the break zone and after you get out, take off your gear and swim out the bring your camera back in. It's amazing how much easier it is to maneuver with out gear.

    That sign we designed years ago after a series of drownings at Monastery, it was quite a group effort in both sign and video.

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