Overview of Children's Pool Beach

Children's Pool Beach

Children's Pool Beach
California South
USA West


Site Review by
 Mark L.
Date: 05/14/2011


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Mark L. Entry:    1.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Carlsbad Reef:    4.00
State:   California Animal:    3.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   35 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   Solitude   1.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    3.03
I DO NOT consider this to be a shore dive anymore. I used to work here as a lifeguard and dove the area extensively since 1976. It WAS a very popular spot for scuba divers. I stopped diving there about 7 yrs ago. It has essentially been turned over to a herd of seals and the nuts who watch over them. I think you can still enter the water off the beach legally, but I wouldn't bother for two reasons. First, the seals have done a good job of polluting the beach water with excrement. The Health Dept has chronic warnings about this. Second, you are not supposed to disturb the seals. To some of the seal zealots this means that you may not cause a seal to lift its head or open its eyes. Some of these people are truly psychotic and will scream obscenities at you, get in your face, and make your day very unpleasant. They may even damage your vehicle if they can find it. For this reason, I rated the ease of shore entry as 'zero.' Parking can be very difficult to find in the summer, unless you get to the beach before 8am. La Jolla has some of the best conditions for shore diving in San Diego because the visibility is typically much better than the sandy beaches. Do yourself a favor and pick a different entry. As a former lifeguard I will warn you that the other entries are not nearly as easy and safe as this one was. Too bad.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2011
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    4.00

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