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Dive buddy wanted for Monterey, California
Bradcarter - 12/08/2012 10:33 AM
Category: Buddy Wanted
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Looking for a dive buddy to travel from Sacramento to Monterey for diving a couple days per month in Monterey. I’d like to share gas/ accommodations, driving. I’m a new diver with Advanced OW and Nitrox certifications.

Brad Carter
Grass Valley, Calif
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Green_Achers - 12/09/2012 7:47 AM
Hey Brad, I’m in Ripon and will be diving more in Monterey in 2013. I just completed my open water and been there once - which isn’t enough. Bill
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Baos235 - 12/11/2012 12:05 AM
Hi Brad and Bill,

I am from Washington State and will have a trip to San Francisco January. I plan to go to Monterrey Bay to dive on Saturday, January 5, 2013. Any of you wants to go? We can discuss on some details later, if you are interested. I am advanced and Nitrox certified and is taking my rescue diver course at present. Have 50 something cold water dives.

Stephen
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Bradcarter - 12/11/2012 9:37 AM
Hello Bill and Stephen,

I’ll be diving off Beach Hopper II in Monterey on Dec 27-29. I am excited about that and can’t wait to get underwater again. I’ll be in Point Reyes during most of Jan/Feb working with elephant seals. I’ll have weekends free. Stephen, maybe I can join you in Monterey on Jan 5. I don’t know my Jan work schedule yet, but I should by next week and I’ll let you know. Bill, I’ll let you know also. Are you available weekdays for diving?

Brad
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Green_Achers - 12/11/2012 1:52 PM
So, I may be able to go on the 5th but will have to confirm closer to the date.

In general, I’m likely free for Fridays and/or Saturdays. If I’m not feeling well... there’s always Mondays-Thursdays too! LOL
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Baos235 - 12/11/2012 9:32 PM
Hi Bill and Brad,

That’s great. I will book my flights soon. If you guys want to go on Friday Jan 4, I can certainly fly down on Thursday evening. Otherwise, I’ll come on Friday to dive that Saturday. Hope both of you can go. Talk to you later.

Stephen
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Bradcarter - 12/11/2012 10:37 PM
Stephen,

I can’t commit until I know my schedule for working at Point Reyes. I am hoping to hear from them this week. I’ll keep you posted.

What are you doing in SF?

Brad
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Baos235 - 12/12/2012 12:07 AM
That’s cool. I’ll book my tickets next week. I am going to have a meeting at UC Berkeley.
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Green_Achers - 12/12/2012 4:51 AM
I have plans for that Friday. I’ll also give a firm commitment ASAP so stand by for that.
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Jman - 12/12/2012 6:13 PM
I am also looking to dive first week of January. Taking the week off from work :) let me know what dates you are going and I will see if I can make it. I am a relatively new diver with 15 dives under my belt.
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Green_Achers - 12/14/2012 8:36 AM
I’m in for the 5th. Lets figure out the details.
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Bradcarter - 12/14/2012 10:10 AM
Do any of you guys want to dive Monterey on Dec 28/29? I have reserved a spot on Beach Hopper II for both those days. There is still one spot open on the 28th and four on the 29th. I have not used this dive boat before, but it comes highly recommended. BTW, I am Nitrox certified, how about you all?
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Green_Achers - 12/14/2012 12:58 PM
I appreciate that but I’m busy both those days. Not Nitrox trained as of yet but with 6 dives under my belt, no surprise as to why. LOL
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Green_Achers - 12/14/2012 5:08 PM
For the 5th... I’ve been to Breakwater Cove and would go back again (as I know where to dive, where the food is and the HOT showers too). I also think Stillwater Cove sounds like a good place if we can get reservations. Thoughts?! Other preferences or suggestions??
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Jman - 12/14/2012 7:03 PM
Hi Green, I am fine with both places, as long as they are easy for new divers.
I want to avoid long swims and choppy waves :)
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Green_Achers - 12/14/2012 9:51 PM
I assure you that I’m not the experienced diver that your looking for Jman. Check out my logs. If I can get my friend Jim to join us, I’d feel better about us diving together at this point. Otherwise it will be like blind leading the blind. Maybe Brad committing will make a good combo. Do you agree?

As far as swimming and choppy waters, I’m with you there. I could do it, but why?!
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Bradcarter - 12/14/2012 10:20 PM
I’m a newbie, just like you guys are.

I’m still wiring to hear about my schedule for Point Reyes, so I still can’t commit for Jan 5.

Brad
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Green_Achers - 12/17/2012 5:43 PM
I’ve got Stillwater Cove set up for the 5th (barring bad conditions of course). Back up plan would possibly be Breakwater Cove

Waiting for Brad’s commitment.

Trying to get Jim to go, Jman.
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Jman - 12/17/2012 6:25 PM
Guys, I am in. I have also posted in scubaboard to see if someone more experienced can join us.


Also for Stillwater, do I need to make reservations?

Junaid
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Bradcarter - 12/17/2012 8:11 PM
Are any of you interested on diving a second day on Dec 6 ? There is still plenty of room on the Beach Hopper II. A boat dive on the second day old be a nice way to mix things up. The boat gets back to dock mid-day, so here is still plenty of time to get back home that evening.

Brad
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Baos235 - 12/17/2012 11:06 PM
That would be really nice, but unfortunately, I have to work on Sunday. Sorry. Junaid: we are going to arrange some car pooling. I will be in San Francisco. Are you close by?

Stephen
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Green_Achers - 12/18/2012 1:49 AM
I’m also only available for the 5th, Brad. I see you really want to take a boat but for me, shore dives are how I’m going for now.

Bill
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Bradcarter - 12/18/2012 10:29 AM
Shore dives are good for me too. Stillwater Cove sounds terrific. For me, I will always prefer to do a least two days diving because it is a half day drive from Grass Valley to Monterey. The boat captain told me she can almost always pair me with a buddy on the boat if I don’t have one-so that is an advantage as I’m new at this and don’t have a reliable buddy yet. Plus the boat takes you to great dive spots that can’t be reached by swimming from shore. On the other hand, the boat costs an extra $60-70. So a second day of shore diving would be great for me on Jan 6. Junaid, do you want to do that?

Brad
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Jman - 12/18/2012 12:51 PM
Stephen - Yes we can carpool, I am in Fremont / Union city area.

Brad - I am busy on Jan 6th, but I can buddy up any other weekends, I would like to have a few folks as buddies for future.

Bill - I have seen interest from a experienced diver on scubaboard who would like to join us. The more the better :)

My email is jmanzoor@sbcglobal.net. Please send me your email addreses, so we can coordinate a time to meet. Does that sound like a good plan?

Thanks

Junaid
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Green_Achers - 12/18/2012 6:17 PM
That sounds like everything is coming together well. Email on the way Junaid.
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ScubaSWO - 12/20/2012 5:32 PM
I’d like to join you guys too :) I live in Monterey, am Advanced OW and Nitrox certified and am free Dec 28 until... Well I’ll be free.
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Bradcarter - 12/20/2012 6:31 PM
Hi Emily,

We have a group of 5 or 6 going shore diving on Jan 5 from Stillwater Cove. At least two from that group will dive the next day as welleither from shore or from a dive boat. Do you want to dive on the 5th and/or 6th? Send your email to Junaid (see his post above) and you’ll be added to that groups email list. Send him your phone number, too. We are all exchanging email and phone.

In addition, I am diving from Beach Hopper II on Dec 27, 28 and 29. I need a buddy for the 28th and 29th. I made reservations on the boat, even though I did not have a buddy for the 28th/29th because the boat captain told me that 99% of the time she can find a buddy on her boat for single divers. If you are interested, go to their website and see if there are any spots left unreserved on the boat for those dates.

Brad
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Green_Achers - 1/03/2013 5:49 PM
Anyone have the swell report for Saturday? I’m picking up tanks tomorrow afternoon so would rather know for sure these dives are a go.
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mbwaterdog - 1/08/2013 9:30 AM
Hi guys, will anyone be diving today or tomorrow? I am looking for a dive buddy. I know its mid-week but this is my last week off : ( I have ~50 Dives in the Monterey Bay. If anyone has any plans, or is free to dive, let me know!

-Josh
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Bradcarter - 1/10/2013 9:32 AM
Hi Josh,

Hope you found someone to dive with. I’m planning on diving at least once a month in Monterey Bay this year, so maybe we can buddy another time?

Brad Carter
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Mickey94577 - 2/08/2013 12:35 PM
Hey Guys, I am also a new diver looking to get some dives in Monterey. I am from San Leandro and just completed my advance open water.

Mickey
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Green_Achers - 2/08/2013 1:30 PM
Welcome Mickey. There are a few of us not far ahead of you. I’ve found a couple different dive clubs that are always going somewhere, so you’ll be able to go about any time you want if you keep an eye open for the announcements.
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Mickey94577 - 2/08/2013 2:35 PM
Thanks Bill just started a couple months ago now that the kid is off to college and don’t have friends that dive at least in cold water? I don’t know why as Monterey is so close and fun? I will keep my eyes open for local dives

Mickey