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Aaron from San Francisco CA | Scuba Diver

I’m an AOW diver who dives almost solely in Monterey and Carmel bays, California. As of this writing, I have logged 200 dives, mostly in and around the Monterey Bay and Northern Channel Islands. I usually dive a couple of times a month. I have very little interest in warm-water, eco-tourism. There is more than enough in this little corner of the scuba world to keep me happy for numerous lifetimes. I prefer shore diving to boat diving.

I wear an Aqualung Sola FX wetsuit, Knight Hawk BCD with Air2 and additional octo. I use rented steel 80 or 100 tanks. On a steel 80 at 40 feet, I can usually go about an hour. I do not carry camera equipment and rely on a small dive slate to take notes on wildlife. I believe in being minimally invasive with my reef explorations and am constantly working on finning techniques to minimize kicking up silt. I am a conservative diver and do not push myself into sketchy situations. "When in doubt, I’m out."

I’m a good buddy and have been helpful to buddies in the past who were having issues. I am always looking for buddies who can guide me in places I haven’t been before.


Monterey boat Dives (Beach hopper 2, Sanctuary): Aumentos Reef, Hopkins Deep, Aquarium Reef, Metridium Mountain, Cloud Mountain, Slate Beds, McAbee Pinnacle, Chase Reef (Outpost), Octopus Reef, Hopkins Reef, Bottles, Chain Rock

Monterey shore dives: San Carlos Breakwater (Metridium Fields, Middle Reef, Wall), McAbee Beach.

North Coast: Fort Ross

Carmel shore dives: Point Lobos at Whaler’s Cove: Middle Reef, Granite Point Wall, Hole-in-the-Wall, Lone Metridium, Coal Shute Cavern. Monastery Beach: North and South sites, Butterfly House, Copper Roof, Carmel State Beach (Stuart’s Cove).

Channel Islands: Anacapa Island, Santa Cruz Island (Spectre, Peace Boats)

Cozumel, MX: Scuba Club.


monkeyboy - 2/19/2020 12:35 PM
hey Aaron, looking to get back in the water, let me know if you would like to dive soon, possible date are
3/7, 3/ 14 3/28, let me know if you can make those dates or any other dater you have, Ron.
monkeyboy - 9/30/2019 11:39 PM
hey aaron, I posted some days I an open to dive, let me know if you are interested, had a nice day at lobos on sunday, take care, Ron.
SLOMike - 1/25/2019 4:44 PM
Sorry, I missed your post from last month, but yes, I would be interested in diving in the Monterey area. I’ve been trying to get into the water most of January, but the weather hasn’t been cooperating when I have been free to dive. Shoot me a message or text if there is a date or time you want to get out. I can dive most weekends and I can get there in about 2.5 hrs.
tweedledee - 1/25/2019 6:07 PM
I sent you a text. If you are free next weekend (Feb 2), we could plan to do breakwater. Let me know. I’m very flexible.
tweedledee - 1/13/2020 2:41 PM
He SlowMike. I ended up taking your advice and going out on the Spectre last summer (back when could sleep on board the night before). Anyway, if you are still up for a Pt. Lobos dive one of these days, let me know.