In preparation for the largest mass dive in history, Dive the Coast has planned a practice relay from Main Beach to Pleasure Point this Sunday, June 10.

Dive the Coast — a month-long event scheduled for June, 2013 — will benefit nonprofits throughout the state and will see divers relay through the Pacific from up to 15 coastal counties.

Creator Kim White, who also happens to be a coworker of mine, mentioned today that a couple divers for the practice have dropped out, so some spots are now available.

“This is only for experienced divers – i.e. divers who are able to maintain a consistent depth of 20-25 feet,” White wrote in an email. “When divers first get certified, they always have issues with buoyancy control and it takes a while to get the hang of it. The divers will be paired up, and we can’t have one person diving at 25′ while his/her buddy is struggling not to shoot back to the surface!”

If you are a beginner, however, there are still some opportunities to participate this weekend.

This weekend’s full schedule is as follows:

Friday, June 8 — Registration and Social Meet at Seven Seas Scuba at 5-6 p.m., 225 Cannery Row #M, Monterey, California, for a meet and greet, and Save Our Shores presentation about Marine Protected Areas.

Saturday, June 9 — Distance Scuba Diving Meet at Breakwater at the Coast Guard pier just off of Cannery Row in Monterey and start diving at two-hour intervals: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Divers traverse the coastline three teams at a time.

Sunday, June 10 — Relay Scuba Diving Meet at Main Beach in Santa Cruz east of the municipal wharf, at 8:30 a.m. Depending on how many participate, divers will conduct a relay to Pleasure Point, roughly four miles.


— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets