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General Diving Information


Visibility: The visibility in San Diego is usually about 15 feet on average for shore diving and around 25 feet for offshore diving. Of course, there are many factors that can influence conditions such as storms etc.

Water Temp. The water temperature is usually around 50-70 degrees although it has been above 70. Surface temp. is usually in the 60's and there is usually a 5-10 degree drop when you hit the thermocline.

Wet Suits Most divers in San Diego wear either a dry suit or a 6 mm two-piece including gloves,booties,and a hood. What you wear mainly depends on you though, I know people who don't wear hoods or don't wear gloves and they say they wouldn't have it any other way. While if I went without a hood I would freeze.

Dive Clubs There are some very good and organized dive clubs in San Diego. I'm not a member of any of them but I have been out with Sport Chalet and they are one of the good ones. There are some links to respectable dive clubs on the links page.

Weather Current weather information can be found at Intellicast , very reliable and usually right on target.

Rental Gear I have received a lot of mail regarding where to rent gear, The Diving Locker is a great place to rent gear and it's located by Mission Bay (Diving Locker Web Site) Blue Escape Dive and Charter Inc. is also a good place to rent gear. ( Blue Escape Web Site ) Also, I think San Diego Divers Supply rents gear. Information about them and many other stores is available on the dive store page.


Well, that's all I can think of for right now. If you can think of anything I should add please feel free to let me know. Also note that I am only human and if you disagree with something listed here please contact me about it in a professional manner.