3Rs is an in-water education and site orientation program for divers and snorkelers. Participants are briefed on the interaction of surf, swell, and tides on underwater rocks and reefs, and then enter the water and tour popular diver sites with experienced instructors.
3Rs is a great way for newer divers to learn more about the ocean and for experienced divers to explore new dive sites. Here is an example of what you will learn.
Participants learn how to: Identify underwater rocks and reefs by observing water movement and surf
- Take advantage of the ocean’s natural wave motion
- Spot safe places to enter and exit
- Avoid places hazardous to divers and snorkelers
- Encounter rip and long shore currents
- Use tides to plan dives
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The 3Rs is free and open to the public; donations are gladly accepted adn are only used to keep this program operating. . Snorkelers welcome! SCUBA Certification is not required, but swimming experience is recommended. Participants must sign a liability waiver as part of registration. Participants aged 17 or less must have the waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Bring a mask, fins, and snorkel. A full wetsuit and gloves are strongly recommended for warmth and protection from scrapes. Spring suits are OK. Weights are discouraged unless you are a strong swimmer or your wetsuit is extremely buoyant. Scuba gear (regulator, BC, tank, etc.) is not used during the 3Rs.
If you have not been diving or snorkeling recently, please check your gear before you arrive.
For all dates below, registration will be at 8:00am. Mandatory briefing starts at 8:15am, enter the water 8:30 am. The sites below are the most popular and interesting for shore diving and free diving. If your club wants to do a different one, let us know. You want a date for such in September or October, and on a day with a moderate morning tide.
Boomer/La Jolla CoveSaturday, June 2, 2012
Meet at 1150 Coast Blvd. (La Jolla Cove steps)
Session Host: San Diego Dive ClubNorth Bird RockSaturday, June 23, 2012
Meet at 6000 Camino de la Costa, La Jolla
Session Host: Bottom BunchGoldfish Point (La Jolla Caves)Saturday July 14, 2012
Meet at 1325 Coast Blvd. (Old Shell Shop)
Session Host: Dive AnimalsMarine StreetSaturday July 28, 2012
Meet at 244 Marine Street
Session Host: San Diego Rainbow Dive ClubShell BeachSaturday Aug 11, 2012
Meet at 1000 Coast Blvd. (nearest cross street - Ocean St.) Top of the stairs
Session Host: San Diego FreediversHospital PointSaturday Aug 25, 2012
Meet at 400 Coast Blvd (south of Cuvier)
Session Host: San Diego Sea DogsPescaderoSaturday Sept 8, 2012
Meet at - Parking Lot 1200 Block Sunset Cliffs Blvd (cross street Osprey)
Session Host: Total Immersion DiversChildren's Pool & South CasaSaturday Sept 22, 2012
Meet at Life Guard Tower 850 Coast Boulevard
Session Host: San Diego Dive Club