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Rosario Beach - Urchin Rocks

Date: 8/20/2014
Depth: 37
Bottom Time: 170
Time: Day
Visiblity: 3
Current: 3
Overall: 3

OK, I also dove around Rosario Head on a flood current starting from Sharpe Cove and around Urchin Rocks and finishing at Rosario Beach. I usually do my research before diving new place. According to this site description you can just dive with the current going around Rosario Head but the book “Northwest Shore Dives” only recommends to dive on the Ebb current (starting at Rosario Beach and ending at Sharpe Cove) the opposite direction. I soon found out why. Diving out of Sharpe Cove I did not feel much current and I followed the bottom of the slope at about 20 ft depth around Rosario Head and estimating my position with the compass. When my direction started changing from W to NW I run into moderate current going opposite direction ?! Exactly like Scuba Paul experienced. As I was diving with 130 CF tank and just used only about 20-25% of air I decided to beat the current because just before the dive I walked around the Rosario Head and seen Kelp on a NW side pointing NW while on SW side pointing E – indicating that the current is getting split on SW-W side of Rosario Head. It took another 20-25% of my air to reach the Urchin Rocks where the current finally was going N. I had plenty of air to explore Urchin Rock and still end the dive with great margin of 900 PSI after 85 min dive. I recommend walking around Rosario Head and checking the kelp direction and current flow and strength on each side before the dive. Visibility can even vary on single dive. On Sharpe Cove it was only 5 ft while west side between 10-15ft while on Rosario Beach side improved to almost 20.

Thanks to Marek Sk for submitting this review!


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