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Scuba Site: Deadman's Reef at Laguna Beach, California

Deadman's Reef, located in Laguna Beach, is a large reef with great visibility. The Reef is somewhat distant from shore, requiring a midly strenous surface swim. Its depth and wonderful structure promote a healthy, varied eco system and marine life. Schooling fish such as Garibaldi, Croakers, Surf Perch, Blacksmith, and Opaleye all school at this site. The lucky diver can find Blennies, Moray Eels, Octopus, and Nudibranchs at deeper depths. All of this combined makes this one of the best dive sites in Orange county. The reef is beyond crescent bay, so crescent bay can be done on the swim out, or on the swim back to shore. Difficulty Level 8/10.

Interests: Garibaldi, Croakers, Surf Perch, Blacksmith, and Opaleye all school at this site. Seasonal life includes Blennies, Moray Eels, Octopus, and Nudibranchs.

Entry & Exits: Walk down the stairs and across the Sandy Beach. Perform a Surf Entry applicable to current conditions and within the scope of your training. Pace yourself on the long surface swim.

Suggestions: Beginner Divers should enter at the Sandy Beach at the bottom of the stairs and perform a surface swim out to the reef; Some divers use a depth finder to locate the reef.

Best time to Dive: During small - flat south swells and high tide.

Visibility: 15 - 35ft

Warnings: If you don't have your lineups correct you can easily miss the reef.  Use prudent judgement when Beach Diving, perform an environmental assessment of the area before you gear up.

Depth Recomendations: 40ft are where the of the points of interest are for this site. 60 ft is the maximum recomended depth for this site. Use prudent judgement when planning and executing your dive; Allow for present conditions at the site and keep your dive within the scope of your training.

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

Click here to see Scott's Deadman's Reef Photos

Directions: Click on map for GOOGLE MAP directions


Parking is on the street. Parking is difficult and often fills up in the morning and on weekends in the summer. At other times there are usually open spaces.

Photos of the Circle way parking spaces, and the stairs going down to the dive sites.

by Dylan J. Johnson

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