Event Report and Photos
Chocolate Lobster Dive
and Photos ©
Elaine Jobin, may not be reproduced in part or whole without advanced
On Saturday September 25th
2004 the annual Chocolate
Lobster Dive was held at Cabrillo Beach. The proceeds from this
event support the Cabrillo Marine
Aquarium. This year the funding was directed to the Aquarium Fish
This is a huge event. It is attended
by hundreds of divers. This is an account of my day.
I arrived very early, 6am. I hoped
to figure out how they get the Chocolate Lobsters into the water. I didnít have
any luck. They must do it very early in the moring. Soon after I arrived, I
ran into my Sea Divers trip report photo
mascot Will Lemley. Here is Will giving it his best for the lobster dive. Maybe
he was there early to try and spy on the lobster drop off too.
The first order of Chocolate Lobster
Dive business is to check in. Next everyone congregates for the dive briefing.
This year we were informed that there
were 400 solid chocolate lobsters planted in the water and that the "limit"
per diver would be 1 lobster. This is what a "chocolate lobster" looks like.
It is sealed in a food preservative bag along with a weight.
Each chocolate lobster also has a
number that corresponds to a prize that can be claimed after the dive. This
year I decided not to do the actual dive. In the previous three years I had
been "skunked" on every dive - I never once found a Chocolate Lobster. I stayed
topside and provided some "dive squire" services for friends instead.
After the dive briefing, everyone
went to their cars to suit up. The parking lot looked like one huge dive tailgate
party. If you are a diver who is thinking about buying a new car, this is a
great place to see which cars make the best "dive mobiles".
At 10:00AM everyone gathered on the
beach and prepared to enter the water at the sound of the horn.
Lifeguards stood ready, and for a
while, there was even a helicopter circling overhead. I donít think that there
were any serious incidents during the dive. Most divers found that they could
only reach a maximum depth of about 25 feet during this beach dive.
After the dive, entrants showed off
their catch. Divers who went over the limit gave their extras to divers who
came up empty handed.
Someone even gave me one of their
"extras" (thanks Eric), this is the first year that Iíve ever had my own delicious
hunk of chocolate and been able to go and claim the associated prize. I guess
that being "dive squire" has its rewards.
My "prize" was a certificate for
two to enjoy a half day of fishing Aboard the Redondo
Next it was lunch and a chance to
visit some of the merchants in the tent area.
The last order of the day was the
raffle and the auction. The grand prize for the raffle was a week on a Peter
Hughes live aboard in Tobago. The other most coveted prize was a dive kayak.
Pictured below are some of the lucky raffle winners.
I didnít make out too badly in the
raffle myself. For a small ticket investment I won a spare air, a dry bag, and
a certificate to complete a NAUI divemaster
program. I think that I only had that certificate in my hands for two minutes
before I was told "you know, actually we need a divemaster". Heck, I havenít
even gone to school yet and I already have a job! Then, wait a minute - that
would mean that I have to stay on the boat - maybe this isnít such a good thing.
This was a really fun way to spend
the day. Many thanks to all of the volunteers and sponsors who make this very
special event possible.
Until next time: