Divers love seals and wish them no harm. Nonetheless, the San Diego Council of Divers opposes attempts to transform Children's Pool into a harbor seal reserve and favors continued shared beach access. The protected entry, the outstanding diving, and the onshore facilities (lifeguards, parking, restrooms, telephones) makes Children's Pool one of the better dive sites in San Diego. This is particularly true for newer divers, smaller divers, divers who have limited mobility, and divers who would find a long surface swim burdensome. Of 11 public beaches listed on the lifeguards web page, only three are noted as safe for beginning divers and classes, one of which is Children's Pool. There is no compelling need to close this beach. In fact, seals and divers have coexisted peacefully for many years at Children's Pool. We are working closely with Park and Rec and the Park Ranger to effect a lasting shared use plan with seal protection and a docent program and new regulations for sidewalk activities Click here to read more.
If you find yourself being harassed by champions of a "seal only beach" crew the best possible thing to do is ignore them.
The Marine Life Protection Act Initiative The California Legislature passed the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) in 1999. The MLPA called for the establishment of a network of protected areas along the California coast. The public plannning process for he south coast region, from Point Conception in Santa Barbara to the California border with Mexico, began in July 2008 and included more than 50 days of meetings with fomal publc comment held for a 74-member Regional Stakeholder Group, a Science Advisory Team and a Blue Ribbon Task Force appointed by the Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency. In addition, greater than 12,000 written pulbic comments were submitted through the regulatory and environmental review process to help inform recommendations on south coast region MPA's.
The California Department of Fish and Game, the lead agency charged with managing the state's marine resources will be responsible for implementing the MLPA program which will include enfrocement, education , monitoring, and research activities. The south coast MPA regulations are anticipated to go into effect in mid 2011 after appropriate filings with the Office of Administrative Law and the Secretary of State.
The existing lifeguard facilities at La Jolla Shores are old and inadequate to meet the needs of divers and other beach users. The City of San Diego plans to remedy the situation. A new tower will be built slightly to the north replacing the existing tower. See aditional details of the proposed new facilities here.
In addition, storage facilities for lifeguard vehicles and equipment are planned for the parking lot. The plans have gone through the normal community review process. Construction has begun and a large section of the parking lot is closed. Please keep this in mind if planning to dive there.