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Veteran’s Park is a shore accessible salt water dive site, located in Redondo Beach, CA. This dive site has an average rating of 3.50 out of 5 from 20 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 121-130ft/37-40m. The average visibility is 21-25ft/6-8m.

Water entry is relatively easy in light and moderate surf. The shore is smooth sand and so is the entry. Do heed caution though upon entering because there are some big valleys in the sand a short distance off shore. 

The surf here can get nasty - we’ve seen it pretty big, so only enter if your comfortable and dive to your ability.

Depth will be about 15 - 25 feet until you reach the "Canyon" wall about 100 yards off shore, from there it gets Deep pretty fast.

Visibility is generally pretty good for our coast, 10 to 25 feet with occasional 40-45 foot visibility during deep water upwelling. Usually there is no noticeable current, but once in a while there may be a light southerly current along shore.

More Advanced Divers will enjoy diving the "Canyon". About 100 yards out there will be a fast drop-off from the 30 foot depth at the top of the wall to about 70-80 feet in a matter of about 30 yards. If you keep heading out depth will continue to drop consistently to about 130 feet.

What you’ll see:

Lots of Sand for one thing!

Beyond that you’ll likely see:

Sand Bass, Bat Rays, Calico Bass, Tree Fish, Cabezon, Giant Kelpfish, - Blackeye Goby, California Halibut, California Sheephead (occasionally), - Senorita, White Seaperch, Opaleye, Leopard Shark, Horn Shark, Giant Crab, and lots of little critters anywhere there’s a hide-out.


Redondo Beach has great facilities for Divers at this location. Main Restrooms and Showers are located at the base of the Beach Access Stairway and are usually opened at about 6 am.

There are Several Freshwater rinse showers located just outside the Restroom entrances. Men’s and ladies restrooms are normally pretty well kept. Ladies, the toilets are stainless. so be prepared - they’re cold!

The Picnic Area has nice Grass Coverage and is also we’ll kept. If you plan ahead you can secure a picnic table and Barbeque Grill.

The Redondo Beach Pier is within easy walking Distance and has lots of shops and Restaurants if you’d rather let someone else do the cooking.


Parking is normally plentiful early in the morning - even on weekends. But if you arrive later than 9 am in the summer you may have difficulty parking anywhere near the beach, so we recommend a 7:00 or 8:00 am arrival.

Parking is metered at all 72 spaces, so you’ll need plenty of Quarters because that’s all the meters’ take. Parking Costs are $0.25 per 15 minutes - so plan on at least $2.50 per dive.

If you arrive late, there are 1,200 more spaces underground at the Pier, but it’s a heck of a walk in full gear - something you’d be better off avoiding.

Night Diving is Fantastic here, so don’t rule it out!

During the months of January and February don’t miss out on making a night dive or two here to see the Squid lay eggs. This will be an unforgettable dive...coasting in the canyon at about 65-75 feet, pitch black except for your Dive light - when suddenly you spot something.... thousands of squid eggs carpet the bottom, translucent white sacks the size of your thumb. Side by side by side as far as you can see - It’s like floating on clouds!

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LostAtSea - 12/28/2018 4:39 AM
I went scuba diving here on 4/13/2016. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
This was my deep dive for my AOW certification. Had previously been to 67 ft. and 81 ft. with a buddy as practice. 65 ft. gets you certified.
ejs6591 - 12/21/2016 7:55 PM
Rating Added: 3
Here is a video from my night dive in Redondo
ejs6591 - 5/19/2017 1:07 PM
Sea Horse in Redondo
ejs6591 - 5/19/2017 1:08 PM
Rich-D-Fish - 3/29/2016 2:10 AM
I went scuba diving here on 3/26/2016. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
Amazing night dive as usual. Found two Seahorses around 85-90’ depth!!!
Justdriveforward - 1/15/2014 10:50 AM
Rating Added: 3
good if u want to go deep, there is a pile of bricks with some life around it
Alzer - 7/21/2013 9:19 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/20/2013. Average viz: Under 5ft/2m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
This is where we completed our Dive #1 & #2. We didn’t see much on this day, a few little crabs and star fish. On the second dive, it got choppy and sloppy. One of the students decided that she just was too freaked out with how bad it was and wanted to go in. Her husband was a champ about it and was just very nice to her. One student was over weighted and couldn’t orally inflate his bcd, I reached down and grabbed him and pulled him up enough to get to his inflator. He did pass on the second go round when they removed some of his weight. All in all, It was a good first dive.
Tromptista - 3/15/2012 8:15 AM
I went scuba diving here on 3/14/2012. Average viz: Under 5ft/2m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
First dive for NBTT (No beach too tough) , Get out and dive with us! ( ) at Vets, been awhile since beet to Vets for a night dive. Its always a unique local dive compared to the mostly kelp forest reefs we normally dive. On this night we encountered about the worst viz you can possibly dive in. Surface chop but low surf in frequent intervals. There were five of us and on first decent we could barely see each others lights and were missing one so we surfaced. The 2nd attempt same thing. We ended up diving just 3 of us and started going down the canyon and viz (surprisingly) seemed like it was getting worse. We turned around and hovered around a decent area at 35 ft where there were lots of crabs, baby halibut, and shrimp to look at. It was definitely a good exerci