The city of San Diego is a little over 20 miles north of the Mexican border. It is home to many great attractions like the Torrey Pines Reserve and golf course where the US open has been played, Balboa Park, and the world famous San Diego Zoo that hosts animals from all over the world. In this post we’ll be covering a different attraction that you might not associate with San Diego which in Scuba diving.
What you can expect
There are many spots to scuba dive in San Diego, and The Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve, also known as the La Jolla Underwater Park which is a great spot for beginner and experienced divers is one of our favorites. There are deep canyons, forests of sea kelp, and ship wrecks from the past. There are also a wide variety of sea life that you can view from a vast variety of fish, sea lions, and small sharks. If you are concerned about larger sharks, like Great Whites that do pass through the area, just know that larger sharks typically travel and hunt in deeper open waters, but there is always a slight chance of having an encounter.
The water temp can range from around 58 degrees in the winter months, to 75 degrees (at the warmest) in the summer months. As for what wetsuit is right for you, it really depends. If you have low body fat, you can probably want at least a 4/3mm suit and some gloves and booties to keep your hands and feet warm, or you will come out of the water feeling like a block of ice.
Check out the video below from SD expeditions for a great point of view of what you can expect to see when scuba diving in San Diego.
Be Safe & Prepared
Whenever doing any ocean activity it’s very important that at least 1 person in your group is CPR certified. When you are in the ocean many things can go wrong and you need to be able to respond quickly and calmly with confidence. If you need to get CPR certified in San Diego, then a great choice is CPR Chicks. The company is run by to great women who are San Diego locals. They come to your desired location and teach you how to respond in a time of emergency. Most people don’t think about what they would do in an emergency until it is to late. Be smart, and make getting CPR certified a top priority before you go diving.