What is Rocks, Rips, & Reefs? The 3Rs is an education and safety program for Divers and experienced Snorkelers and Swimmers. Participants learn about various dives sites to get a better understanding of the underwater features and how tides and conditions may affect them and is beneficial to both the new Diver and experienced veterans.

The program includes an in-water tour of each site led by experienced instructors so participants can experience first-hand how to safely enter and exit sites, how to recognize hazards and how to etter handle themselves in emergency situations. The events are a lot of fun, a little bit adventurous, and a great opportunity to learn about various dive sites. Most importantly, the experience will help you be a better and safer diver no matter where you go.

To see more about the San Diego Council of Divers and the Rocks, Rips, & Reefs Program, please view the following video.

Also check out videos of previous 3Rs by clicking on the following links.

Sample video experience of Sunset Cliffs
And we also did the La Jolla Caves site and: Marine St. on Aug 8th

Special Considerations Regarding Covid.

As you know we are on the path to getting past this Pandemic and we are all anxious to get back to normal. We feel increasingly confident that the progress being made to fight the Coronavirus and the outdoor and active nature of our events will allow us to safely proceed with the 3R’s this season – with some considerations.

3R’s are hosted by local Dive Clubs and Dive Shops who in the past provided refreshments following the event. This year instead, we encourage participants to bring their own snacks and drinks to the event, and we welcome you to hang out with everyone else afterward to enjoy them.

Please read below for more details about the Rocks, Rips, & Reefs program. Thank you. Now get your gear ready - We’ll see you at the beach!

Marc Henning
Rocks, Rips, & Reefs Director

2022 Schedule of Events

Boomer/La Jolla CoveSaturday, May 21st, 2022 8:00am
1150 Coast Blvd. La Jolla 92037 (meet on the grass behind the restrooms)

Marine Street Saturday June 11th, 2022 8:00am
Meet at 300 Marine Street La Jolla 92037

Shell Beach Saturday June 25th, 2022 8:00am
Meet at 1000 Coast Blvd. La Jolla 92037 (nearest cross street - Ocean St.) Top of the stairs

Goldfish Point (La Jolla Caves) Saturday July 9th, 2022 8:00am
Meet at 1325 Coast Blvd. La Jolla 92037 (meet in the cave store parking area)

North Bird Rock Saturday July 23rd, 2022 8:00am
Meet at 6000 Camino de la Costa, La Jolla 92037

Hospital Point Saturday August 6th, 2022 8:00am
350 Coast Blvd., La Jolla 92037 (where Coast and South Coast Blvd. cross)

Children's Pool / S. Casa Beach Saturday August 20th, 2022 8:00am
800 Coast Blvd., La Jolla 92037 (above stairs to South Casa Beach)

Sunset Cliffs Saturday, August 27th, 2022 8:00am
1250 block of Sunset Cliffs Blvd., San Diego 92107
parking lot between Adair and Osprey Street)


At the 3Rs participants will learn to:


The 3Rs is free and open to the public. SCUBA certification is not required and experienced Snorkelers and Swimmers are welcome. Being a strong swimmer is advised. All events are on Saturdays and begin with registration and sign in at 8:00am followed by an orientation and safety briefing. The events last approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Participants must register and complete a libaility waiver form. Participants must complete a registration and sign liability waiver forms for the Council of Divers. Participants under 18 must have the waivers signed by a parent or legal guardian. For your convenience, these forms may be downloaded here to be filled out and brought to the event.


What to bring:
Bring a mask, fins, and snorkel. A full wetsuit and gloves are strongly recommended for warmth and protection.  Weights are discouraged unless you are a strong swimmer or your wetsuit is extremely buoyant. Scuba gear (regulators, BCs, tanks, etc.) is not used during the 3Rs. Please check your gear before you arrive to be sure it is in good condition.

The events are provided for free and led by volunteers so donations are gladly accepted and are used only for the purposes of this program.  See the donation link below if you would like to contribute to the program. 

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