Overview of Gerstle Cove

Gerstle Cove

Gerstle Cove
California North
USA West


Site Review by
Date: 09/04/2010


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bluestar Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Alameda Reef:    5.00
State:   CA Animal:    3.00
Country:   USA Plant:    5.00
Diving:   3 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   40 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    3.00


*Average:    4.15
2010/08/28 I free-dived here for abalone for the very first time. Before I was an 'advanced shore-picker' -- diving only in 5' of water but I do submerge completely into water. This is the first time I'm truly free-diving. Unfortunately I got my weights wrong. I experimented to get the right weight at my neighborhood pool, but neglected to consider salt water has more buoyancy. So I was unable to dive down! I saw them abalones, they're right there, but could not dive down!! Damn it! I tried holding on to kelp, holding on to rocks, swimming with my hands, to no use. Some people have sinking problem but I had floating problem. Finally I got tired from all the swimming and just gave up. I will be correctly prepared next time. The bottom looks very lush. Lots of vegetation, lots of boulders, perfect abalone habitat. I did not see a whole lot of fish, though. I saw a couple of bluish fish; probably some kind of perch. Then again I only swam in about 200 square yards of area. I was also testing out my underwater camera for the first time in ocean. In the struggle to dive I accidentally switched to photos instead of videos, so my first underwater videography project was also a complete failure. The few photos all came out blurry. May I suggest Shorediving.com add video capability? I anticipate having videos to share in the future.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2010
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00

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