I currently own a ISC Copis Megalodon rebreather and am certified through IANTD. Information about CCR diving in Northern California is sparse on the web. This page contains information that I have collected by conventional methods: talking to people, asking questions, and diving.
While no shops in the south Bay “officially” sell or service rebreathers, Anywater Sports usually accommodates my obscure requests.
At present, I am not aware of any dive locations in the San Francisco area. Most divers drive to Monterey. The following locations and boats welcome CCR divers:
Beach Hopper II – CCR-friendly dive boat with cheaper mid-week dives. This is the best value for the money in the area.
Silver Prince — Also CCR friendly, with crew from the recently “decomissioned” Cypress Sea.
Breakwater – 10m with poor visibility. A good place for drills and training. On Saturday and Sunday, expect hundreds of open water trainees.
Monastery Beach – The best dive in the area with 300+fsw depths within swimming distance from shore. Entry and exit conditions are famously treacherous, so check the weather before committing to this dive.
Otter Cove – A decent shallow dive if you need a slightly less boring training spot. There is a staircase near the south end with a useful parking area.
Monterey has notoriously unpredictable weather. In general, conditions worsen as the day progresses. Never plan on cooperative weather.
- Monterey Weather
- Offshore Marine Forecast
- Buoy readings [ Monterey offshore, Carmel ]
- Swell Model
- Tide tables [ Carmel, Monterey Harbor ]
- Water quality
Do I need a drysuit?
Yes. The water temperature remains in the 48F-55F range year round.
Who does drysuit repair?
Captain Aqua’s dive shop in the East Bay. The store has a full service drysuit repair facility that is used by emergency rescue and Coast Guard personnel in the area.
Where can I get O2 and helium in Monterey?
I recommend Bamboo Reef on Lighthouse Ave. Expect to wait about 45min. for a fill, but the staff is more knowledgeable about and receptive to technical divers than any other shop in the area.
Who does technical training in the area?