300 George Freeth Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Veteran's Park, located south of Redondo Beach Pier is one of the best dive sites in Los Angeles County. It has the an easy entry and exit point. Classes are often held here on the weekends and a local dive clubs dive here Wednesday nights. Minimal currents and an easy entry make this a popular site with beginner & advanced beach divers.
A diver or even a snorkeler can expect to see Octopus, Sarcastic Fringehead, Scorpionfish, Pipefish, Giant Starfish, Baby Horn Sharks and lots of Sand Dollars.
Interests: Octopus, Sarcastic Fringehead, Scorpionfish, Pipefish, and baby Horn sharks are plentiful here.
At night an entirely different community of Marine Life comes out: Shrimp, various Crabs, Nudibranchs, Bat Rays, Rockfish, and Eels. Rockfish congregate around the "monument".
Entry & Exits: Use good judgement when beach diving, perform an environmental assessment of the area before you gear up. Use the handrail when traversing up and down the stairs from the parking lot.
Suggestions: Bring a beach mat for equipment assembly.
Best time to Dive: Anytime! Avoid diving in high surf.
Visibility: 10 - 45ft
Warnings: The climb up the stairs and the walk through the sand can be slightly strenuous. The underwater canyon can get cold with a thermocline around 40ft.
Depth recommendations: 30 - 60ft anything deeper is just for training. Apply prudent judgement and consideration of your experience level and scope of training when planning and executing your dives.
Safety: Use of a diver float, flag, anchor and descent line are required for beach diving. Cell phone ready for emergencies, oxygen kit are always recommended.