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Title: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: jmurray on April 13, 2016, 04:09:11 PM
I just joined the forum and am pretty new to spearfishing/ ab diving, and was wondering if there are any places in Marin County to dive other than Tomales Bay. I have hear of people diving near Muir beach but the currents can get pretty intense out there. Any input is appreciated. Thanks!  :P  :D
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: Rob102 on April 13, 2016, 07:08:24 PM
We were just having a discussion about first post requests. Some folks feel pretty strongly that you shoul introduce yourself before you start asking for spots (which never really goes well anyway).

So jmurray, let be the first to say welcome aboard. Feel free to introduce yourself so we can see who you are.

As for being new and looking for spots, if you are new you should find a partner in you area with some experience and see if he or she will drag you along with them. There are people here willing to mentor divers.

Personally, I don't know much about Marin, good luck though.

Title: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: DG on April 13, 2016, 07:41:39 PM
Welcome and definitely research the areas you want to dive. Tomales and surrounding areas can be brutal to new and experienced divers so definitely post hook ups with other divers from your area or the area you want to dive.  There are a few spots up in Mendo county that are great for new divers to learn the basics before venturing into unfamiliar waters.  They are well posted on the forums so not giving out secret spots. 

There are lots of posts on here related to buoyancy, equipment, equalizing and locations.  So if you don't understand something don't go out until you do. 

If you can afford a Freedive course that would be your best and quickest way to meet other divers.  Also Matt M has meet and greets a couple times a year and there is one next month that you can attend to meet others.  There is a wealth of information  there and usually some more experienced divers will let you pick their brains. 

Have fun learning and be safe out there.
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: dogpaddle on April 13, 2016, 08:12:28 PM
With a kayak I'm confident you will find some exellent spearfishing grounds. The only way to know is give it a shot.
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: Amsmosh on April 13, 2016, 09:28:31 PM
Marin county is the last place for a new diver. The visibility is awful, it is far more open to the swell than most other areas, Plus, it is very very sharky.
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: Rob102 on April 13, 2016, 09:45:32 PM
Marin county is the last place for a new diver. The visibility is awful, it is far more open to the swell than most other areas, Plus, it is very very sharky.

All of my spots are very very sharky too!

Lol
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: Amsmosh on April 13, 2016, 10:05:52 PM
Marin county is the last place for a new diver. The visibility is awful, it is far more open to the swell than most other areas, Plus, it is very very sharky.

All of my spots are very very sharky too!

Lol
Im sure they are lol.
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: Abalonejoe on April 13, 2016, 11:39:09 PM
I just joined the forum and am pretty new to spearfishing/ ab diving, and was wondering if there are any places in Marin County to dive other than Tomales Bay. I have hear of people diving near Muir beach but the currents can get pretty intense out there. Any input is appreciated. Thanks!  :P  :D
where do you live? Im in sausalito and wouldnt mind diviing rodeo or tenessee valley, if your up for it..... Hopefully the swells will mellow and the viz will clear
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: Malibu_Two on April 14, 2016, 08:04:45 AM
Plus, it is very very sharky.

I always take this term with a grain of salt. Also, "shark-infested" or "great white breeding ground." I've been diving in some of the "sharkiest" waters of California and have never seen a GWS.

As for the original post, Marin usually has bad viz. Go to Monterey or a place like Van Damme in Mendo if you want to practice and meet people. I have dove Muir Beach twice and didn't like it; bad viz, not much structure, etc.
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: Rob102 on April 14, 2016, 10:44:36 AM
Plus, it is very very sharky.

I always take this term with a grain of salt. Also, "shark-infested" or "great white breeding ground." I've been diving in some of the "sharkiest" waters of California and have never seen a GWS.


Well, I've seen one in one of my spots, and you can take the term with a grain of salt until you do see one on your own. But let me assure you, it's the Sharks that you don't see that are the scariest, until you see one.
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: Duckfoot on April 14, 2016, 10:56:24 AM
Plus, it is very very sharky.

I always take this term with a grain of salt. Also, "shark-infested" or "great white breeding ground." I've been diving in some of the "sharkiest" waters of California and have never seen a GWS.


 But let me assure you, it's the Sharks that you don't see that are the scariest, until you see one.

Yeah, seriously.
A guy I knew in high school was ab diving near the mouth of Tomalas Bay. Suddenly he was looking down and saw these slits. The slits were attached to the fish that was shaking him in mid air. He lived.
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: ryang85 on April 18, 2016, 12:26:19 PM
My dad has an old spot that's out the sharky zone. I live in point Reyes and still drive north because its  a super long crappy hike in. But the few locals who dive it pull plenty of 10s. . The red tide did dome major damage out there but I want to give it a shot this year and am always looking for a buddy.
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: MATT MATTISON on April 18, 2016, 01:09:24 PM
My dad has an old spot that's out the sharky zone. I live in point Reyes and still drive north because its  a super long crappy hike in. But the few locals who dive it pull plenty of 10s. . The red tide did dome major damage out there but I want to give it a shot this year and am always looking for a buddy.

I am down to dive Marin county with you, one of my bucket list is to pull a ten from Marin county
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: Abalonejoe on April 18, 2016, 04:25:33 PM
My dad has an old spot that's out the sharky zone. I live in point Reyes and still drive north because its  a super long crappy hike in. But the few locals who dive it pull plenty of 10s. . The red tide did dome major damage out there but I want to give it a shot this year and am always looking for a buddy.
you live in point reyes??? Do you know denise, aka butterfly girl..... Used to date her years ago...... And used to hike to mc Clures ..... I didnt dive back then.... But would now!lets make this happen!!
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: the_derek on April 18, 2016, 05:21:52 PM
My dad has an old spot that's out the sharky zone. I live in point Reyes and still drive north because its  a super long crappy hike in. But the few locals who dive it pull plenty of 10s. . The red tide did dome major damage out there but I want to give it a shot this year and am always looking for a buddy.
you live in point reyes??? Do you know denise, aka butterfly girl..... Used to date her years ago...... And used to hike to mc Clures ..... I didnt dive back then.... But would now!lets make this happen!!

Butterfly girl.... sounds interesting... go on....
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: Abalonejoe on April 18, 2016, 07:30:07 PM
Never hung out in point reyes station?.....the old western is one of the oldest bars in Marin..... Tons of tatood girls from the dairy farms hang there get drunk and as roman would say...."perfect""" ..... At least gor us single players!
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: ryang85 on April 18, 2016, 09:35:27 PM
My dad has an old spot that's out the sharky zone. I live in point Reyes and still drive north because its  a super long crappy hike in. But the few locals who dive it pull plenty of 10s. . The red tide did dome major damage out there but I want to give it a shot this year and am always looking for a buddy.
you live in point reyes??? Do you know denise, aka butterfly girl..... Used to date her years ago...... And used to hike to mc Clures ..... I didnt dive back then.... But would now!lets make this happen!!

haha I don't know her all to well. I have met her a few times,  but I think my mom used to work with her years ago at a resurant in town.  And the towns changed a lot, old dairy girls arnt around too much because the tourist flood the town. The western is still up and running and I hear plenty of stories from way back when about crazy Sh*t that's happened there.

 And honestly vis is total hit and miss. It has to be dead flat with a short swell period and it can be awesome.  From the salmon guys today it was 15 + offshore with water temp upwards of 57  but a nasty ground swell was hitting the beach and do doubt mudding up the water. If anyone has ever dove heart attack it is similar structure to that and vis can change in minutes.  And  diving the mouth of Tomales is basically suicide after July. I have seen plenty of sharks hit seals too  damn close to the boat and know people who have plenty of encounters. But There's a few protected reefs up by 10 mile that are only in the 20ft range but have good abs because everyone heads up the coast. 
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: NorCal DiverDave on April 19, 2016, 02:27:43 PM
I used to dive Point Reyes some 30 years ago. I heard it was sharky so I stopped. It was closed south of Chimney rock and we would dive north of it. Not sure what is open nowadays. Pulled 8" abs and saw a black ab near shore.
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: ausbornhunter on September 13, 2016, 02:31:01 PM
Is anyone still down for Marin County dives? I would be interested in checking out Muir Beach, Tenesee Beach....I hear its good for Halibut on H&L. The nautical charts show that is mainly 30 feet at the point and then around 5-20 in side the cove. However, I am guessing the poor viz most of the time makes this near impossible to get the butts on spear. Only one way to find out.

Ryang85 sorry I didn't make it with you on Sunday, some friends dove around HMB and came up on good lings and MFEs would be interested to take a look there sometime, not a bad distince at 30 miles from Saus.

Conditions look like a really calm swell and winds leading up to Sat and then it picks up on Sunday. PM me if anyone needs a buddy this week.

AbaloneJoe I am also located in Sausalito.





Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: Amsmosh on September 13, 2016, 03:06:28 PM
Hey man, I would love to dive Marin sometime but not this time of year. The Great white sharks are back in the area and will be for a little while now. The entire marin county coastline has a higher population of them than areas to the north such as sonoma or mendocino county. This is the time of year when I really try to avoid spots that are notorious for having great whites. There will be time in the spring.
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: ausbornhunter on September 14, 2016, 11:55:14 AM
Hey man,

For sure lets do it soon when the landlord leaves, but I mean I am surfing these spots this time of year as well...wouldn't that be the same risk?
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: ryang85 on September 15, 2016, 09:18:33 AM
 next spring I will be making a few trips,
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: Amsmosh on September 15, 2016, 09:52:01 AM
Hey man,

For sure lets do it soon when the landlord leaves, but I mean I am surfing these spots this time of year as well...wouldn't that be the same risk?
You look just like a greatwhite prey when you are bobbing on the surface breathing up.
Title: Re: Dive Sites in Marin County?
Post by: Rick on September 15, 2016, 11:41:23 AM
Ariel is just trying to keep you off his spotz. Don't listen to that guy.