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Dive Review of OEX Dive and Kayak/Marriott Courtyard Hotel in
The Continental USA/California - San Diego

OEX Dive and Kayak/Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Mar, 2007,

by John Crellin, PA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 3250.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, California, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm, surge, noCurrents
Water Temp 52 to 60 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 10 to 30 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none. dives were well planned.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments There was no where to work on your camera since both dives were shore dives. However, we walked back to the dive shop after each dive and Jim (instructor) took the time to set up a fresh water barrel for the camera and showed me to a clean dry table to change film and make adjustments.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was 2 shore dives to the La Jolla Canyon. Jim Metzger, my instructor for the PADI underwater naturalist specialty, took the time to go through the course properly. I had decided not to bring my gear and rented gear from his shop. the gear was in excellent condition. I had not dove in full 7mm wetsuit in a long time so I asked for advice on how to weight myself. I was severely overwieght and had a hard time maitiaining bouyancy during both dives. I take part responsibility for this since I feel I should find a way to find the proper weight before the dives. Be prepared for seriously cold water and long surface swims if you are a warm water boat diver like myself. Do not attempt these dives if you are not prepared for long swims. The marine life and underwater landscape is also very different from tropical environements but that is why I made the dives. Jim and the folks at the shop were very freindly and never rushed me. We took most of the day to do 2 shore dives. He is an excellent instructor. He made sure I understood each step of the class and helped me with gear. If you are ever in San Diego and would like to do a morning tour of the La Jolla Canyon, OEX is the place to go to. They are a short walk to the beach from their shop. Parking is easy if you get there early (before 9am). And the folks that work at the shop are extra friendly and helpful.
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