Abalone seaon opens again Aug. 1
The Sportsmanís Report
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By Bill Hanson  July 26, 2013 12:00 am

The summer weather has made ocean conditions hard to predict. Ocean fishermen have had good luck if they can get out. Divers have also had a hit and miss season so far. The calming days of late summer/early fall promise a calming trend. Calm is a relative term; calm for our part of the ocean means you can see the bottom in 12 feet of water and the waves are not ramming your snorkel with salt water.

Abalone season approaches

Abalone season opens again Aug. 1, and the Redwood Empire Divers are sponsoring a presentation on diver safety that same day. The presentation by Joe Stoffers, full time Salt Point State Parks lifeguard, will cover how to read the ocean conditions, common problems divers run into at Salt Point, staying in shape and staying up to date on ocean and weather conditions. 

Stoffers came to Salt Point last year after working for 10 years in the Monterey area. His daily work duties include aquatic safety, law enforcement, emergency medical response and park operations. 

The talk will also include information on his daily duties in all of those areas. Every year several divers are caught off guard by ocean conditions and end up in distress or worse. Everyone from experienced divers to first-time divers are sure to walk away with tips for staying alert to changing ocean conditions and when entry is not advised.

 The presentation will be held Aug. 1 at the regular meeting of Redwood Empire Divers, a Santa Rosa-based diving club. The presentation is open to the public and free of charge. 

The meeting will take place at Roundtable Pizza, 2065 Occidental Rd. in Santa Rosa at 7 p.m.

Bill Hanson is a Sonoma County native and a lifelong sportsman. He is the former president of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Look for his column in The Community Voice each week.

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