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Local Communities

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Bamboo reef freedivers

Public Group

Join the best San Francisco free dive group for all of your training, depth, and spearfishing fun. We offer weekly training sessions, monthly spear and free dive events, and trips all over the world. This is also a great place to meet new free divers and make life-long underwater friends.

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Monterey Bay freedivers

Private Group

Monterey Freedivers is a resource for the local community providing a space for sharing local site information, freedive resources, dive buddies, and photos/videos.

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Fin & FOrage

Spearfishing Resource

Fin + Forage is an inclusive and sustainable spearfishing resource. We are a one-stop shop for spearos, cooks, and lovers of wild food.

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Monterey Bay subtidal species identification forum

Public Group

This group is geared towards the identification of marine species in the subtidal of the Monterey Bay area.

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Monterey Bay Area Scuba Divers Open

Public Group

An open facebook page for divers in the greater Monterey area to post events, photos, buddy requests, etc.

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Monterey county dive reports

Public Group

This group is for dive reports, conditions reports, lost gear and alerts of events open to the entire Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur diving community. Reports and events from Sonoma and Mendocino are welcome as well. Other posts will be deleted. No soliciting of boats, shops, training, trips or other commercial endeavors.


Public Group

I'm Niko, a queer trans person, a life long LGBTQ activist, avid diver, and ocean lover. I’m starting this group with the hope to build more queer, and particularly trans community around diving, with a focus on local diving and training. This is a new endeavor and will grow based on the interests of the group. All experience levels welcome. Find us on Instagram & Facebook.

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Checking Conditions



(For Swell)

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Monterey Sea Conditions at a Glance (Webcams)



(For Wind)


Interactive Bathymetric Map

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NOAA Bouy 46240



Earth Interactive Global Map


NOAA National Weather Service

(wind / air temp)

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Or call Bamboo Reef Monterey Bay!

Recommended Reading


A Diver's Guide to Monterey County


by Bruce Watkins


The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival by Steven R. Palumbi & Carolyn Sotka


Coastal Fish Identification: California to Alaska by Paul Humann & Ned Deloach


Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food

by Paul Greenberg


The Sea Foragers Guide to California Coast

by Kirk Lombard


Certainly More Than You Want to Know About The Fishes Of The Pacific Coast by Milton Love

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Other Helpful Links

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Diving in Monterey Starter Pack

(by Nick Ta - Download from Google Drive)


Open Dive Sites 

(diving guides and maps)


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