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Beach Dive Site: Shores North Wall in San Diego, California.

La Jolla Shores in San Diego; "North Wall" dive site is an awesome site for the Advanced Diver who is a vetern Beach Diver. The dive begins in about 50 feet of water, upslope from the beginning of the North Wall. Once you head south to the wall and turn right (west) once you find the wall or slope at 70 feet. The canyon runs west-east there. You should be at or very near to the short beginnings of a rocky wall. This quickly opens up to a 10–15' tall rocky wall, with lots of cracks and holes in which various critters can be found. Though Shores North Wall does post the challenge of a long swim, divers who pace themselves and reach one of the best dive sites with varied Marine Life, amazing structure and a beautiful "wall" dive. You can expect to see various Rock Fish, Octopus, Nudibranchs, Lizard Fish, Lobsters, Oceanic Whitefish, and Sheephead. Mantis Shrimp, Bat Rays, and Halibut can be found commonly in the sandy areas near the walls. Seasonl finds include Moray Eels, Trigger Fish, Lepoard Sharks, Swell Sharks or a Horn Shark.

Maps aren't to be used for navigational purposes of any kind.


Interests: Rock-Fish, Octopus, Nudibranchs, Lizard-Fish, Lobsters, Oceanic Whitefish, and Sheephead are found here. Mantis Shrimp, Bat Rays, and Halibut can be found in the sandy areas near the walls. Lucky divers might find a Moray Eel, Trigger Fish, Leopard Shark, Swell Shark or Horn Shark.

Entry & Exits: Use prudent judgement when Beach Diving, perform an environmental assessment of the area before you gear up.
Sandy beach entry in front of the main lifeguard tower, followed by a long surface swim. Descend in at least 50ft of water or where you feel appropriate. Apply a surf entry appropriate to the current conditions and within the scope of your training / experience.

Suggestions:
Once you are in front of the main lifeguard tower, look at the row of palm trees lining the sidewalk between the grass park and the sand beach. Look at the palm trees just behind and south of the main lifeguard tower: from the tower running south you will see a pattern: tall, short, tall, short, tall. You need to locate the fifth tree / third tall one. When looking in the background at the houses on the hillside, look above your marker tree. You will find a stark white, rectangular house above your tree. Keep the middle of that house lined up with your tree as you swim west. The house will move up to the top of the tree and eventually to a position well above the tree, this is OK! Just keep them lined up! Now, swim west until the end of the Scripps Pier passes a salmon-colored house on the hillside.

You want the end of Scripps Pier at the western edge of the earth-colored house above the road to Black's (supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle's mansion). Descend. You should be in about 50 feet of water, from the beginning of the North Wall. Head south to the wall and turn right (west) once you find the wall or slope at 70 feet. The canyon runs west-east there. You should be at or very near to the short beginnings of a rocky wall. This quickly opens up to a 10–15' tall rocky wall, with lots of cracks and holes in which various critters can be found.

 Always bring a powerful dive light, even during a day dive at this site. Look inside cracks and crevices for the creatures listed above. If it's summer time and the waters are crowded, the Lifeguards might not let you enter the water right in front of the tower. Be advised, there is no regulation prohibiting this. Just don't push it if it's a crowded day. If diving from a boat, a depth finder is required to find the way North Wall.

Best time to Dive: Check your tide charts and enter at High Tide. Most times of the day are ok to dive the North Wall. Be aware of surf conditions, if it's too big, head to Shaw's Cove.

Visibility: 20 - 30ft

Warnings: The swim out can quickly become exhausting and tiresome, pace yourself. Make sure to avoid territorial surfers on your swim back in by going East and Slightly south. If you wonder out onto the peninsula between the North wall and the way north wall, swimming back to shore can bring you into deeper water.

Depth recommendations: 50 - 75ft are where most of the points of interest are for this site. 100 ft is the maximum depth for this dive site. Apply prudent judgement and consideration of your experience level, scope of your training as well as current conditions when planning and executing your dives.

Safety: Use of a Float, Flag, Anchor and Descent line are required for Beach Diving. Cell Phone, Oxygen Kit and First Aid Kit are always recommended.

 

 

 


Directions: Click on map for GOOGLE MAP directions map of site


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Parking
: Simple and easy in the large parking lot. Be advised, though the lot is large it fills up very fast during the Summer and Weekends year round

 

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Photos of the La Jolla Shores North Wall Parking lot, and the beach.


By Dylan J. Johnson

 



Tags: Best-dive-sites, Best-scuba, Beach-dive-sites, California-dive-chaters, California-dive-charters

 

   
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