Overview of Fingers


USA West


Site Review by
 Jeff Breazile
Date: 08/27/2002


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Jeff Breazile Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Yamhill Reef:    4.00
State:   Oregon Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    4.00
Diving:   8 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   600 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    2.00


*Average:    3.52
My dive buddies and I have been diving the ocean side of the south jetty. If you have a 4x4 you can drive out to where the sand meets the water and have an easy entry, if the surf is small. The diving is good, surge can be quite strong even on calm days near the end of the jetty along with a strong rig current along the jetty. Fishing is great, crabbing is great but it is this way for a reason. Not many people dive here. This dive should only be done by an advanced diver, and I'm not talking PADI Open Water Advanced! I mean you better be in great shape and a very strong diver. One of my buddies has had to get out and walk along the jetty with his gear on because the rip was too strong to swim against, twice. I use my compass to swim away from the jetty and out of the current and then back to the beach. Don't even think about surfacing on the end of the jetty, your better off just riding the tide back inside and climbing out near the fingers. I have been told more than one diver has died trying to surface on the end of the jetty only to be trapped in the caverns by the waves and tides. We also only dive this site with various surface signalling devices, sound, night, and day signals. This is a very rich dive site but physically demanding, I don't think we've ever been able to do a two tank dive here. You will also have to deal with plenty of fishing line and fisherman just like the inside of the jetty.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    1.00
Intermediate:    2.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2002
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    2.00

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