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Dive Review of Subsurface Progression, Fort Bragg/na in
The Continental USA

Subsurface Progression, Fort Bragg/na: "Mendocino, Calif", Jun, 2016,

by Harvey Monroe, NM, US ( 2 reports). Report 9173.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments First time diving north of San Fran which had more wildlife than I had found in the Monterrey area. All diving was shore diving which I enjoyed with friends who were semi-locals, daughter of my friend is a marine biology grad. student who knew the area well.

Shore Dive at Van Damme Beach, large protected cove, no surf which made more exposed exciting locations unsafe for diving that day.

Very pleasant day and site. Some kelp, mostly sloping rocky sloping topography. We dove north west side of bay which was about a 15 min. swim from the parking area near the restrooms. Saw a number of commonly found Northern Calif fish and many abalone not often seen to the south. Average depth was 50-60 which was were the slope bottomed out. Water temp was a cool 52-49 degrees. I was diving dry which was comfortable. My friends where in 7 mils which was a bit chilly after 40 mins.

We also did Abalone free diving in a more exposed location the next day in the trip. Free diving in a dry suit is a challenge but doable. The abalone hunting was productive if not a little pricey for my non-resident permit. The abalone a true delicacy. I look forward to a return.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving US, East-West, Caribbean, Eastern-Central Pacific, South America and Mediterranean
Closest Airport Fort Bragg Getting There Drove

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 52-49°F / 11-9°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 20-40 Ft/ 6-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Self guided shore dive, dove depth of cove/bay.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments No camera this trip.
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