Rocks, Rips and Reefs: Divers offer free instruction program in La Jolla

The San Diego Council of Divers kicks off its 2014 season on Rocks, Rips and Reefs, an in-water education and site-orientation program for divers and snorkelers, 8 a.m. June 14 at Boomer Beach. The program is held on Saturdays.

Check-in begins at 8 a.m., with a mandatory briefing at 8:15 a.m. and participants enter the water at 8:30 a.m. Participants are first briefed on the interaction of surf, swell and tides, and then enter the water to tour popular dive sites with experienced instructors. Former lifeguards provide the instruction.

The program is free and open to the public, though donations are accepted and used to keep the program operating.

SCUBA certification is not required, but swimming experience is recommended. Participants must sign a liability waiver as part of registration. Participants, ages 17 or younger, must have the waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian to participate.

Wetsuits and fins are recommended. For more information, visit


■ June 14: 1150 Coast Blvd. Boomer Beach/La Jolla Cove (grass area)

■ June 28: 600 Camino de la Costa, Bird Rock

■ July 12: 1325 Coast Blvd. Goldfish Point (near the old shell shop)

■ July 26: 244 Marine St.

■ Aug. 9: 1000 Coast Blvd. Shell Beach (top of the beach stairs)

■ Aug. 23: 400 Coast. Blvd. Hospital Point (south of Cuvier Street)

■ Sept. 27: 850 Coast Blvd. Children’s Pool and South Casa Beach (lifeguard tower)