Overview of Monastery Beach South

Monastery Beach South

Monastery Beach South
California North
USA West


Site Review by
 William E. D'Anis
Date: 07/09/2003


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  William E. D'Anis Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Torrance Reef:    3.00
State:   California Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    4.00
Diving:   30 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   600 Solitude   1.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    3.30
In 1954 I joined the Calif. Congers. Being a couple years older than the group I had the only car. We would sleep in the car or under an underpass on Hwy1 and snorkel Monastery Beach in dry suits. No one had an Aqua Lung! The convent Sisters would come down to watch us. Some of the Calif. Congers were Jim Coon, Henry Reiswig, Don Williamson, Matt Saunders, and Vern Peckham. There were 30 of us. Lingcod and cabazone were scarce then too. Abalone were not as prized as they are today. We would have fish and abalone fries on the beach. Jim Coon (Thaddeus Lingcod Coon, Jr.) was the president and Henry Reiswig went on to become a Dr. of Marine Biology. Now I am 70 and those days are gone. My diving was over by about 1984 but I got my son certified SCUBA and dove with him on his checkout at Cataline. Wonderful years!!!!!    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2003
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    1.00
Surf:    3.00

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