Northern California Rainbow Divers (NCRD) is a no-take, non-profit SCUBA diving club for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered divers and their friends.
We have more than 100 members (roughly 50% men and 50% women) throughout the Bay Area with a core membership of about 50 active members who share a passion for diving in California′s magnificent kelp forests and for adventure travel.
NCRD sponsors a wide range of diving activities for our members:
o Monterey Diving: We try to get down to Monterey Bay, Carmel Bay, or Big Sur once a month. Check the trips/events page for scheduled trips and for booking. many people also use this website to keep an eye on the weather and plan their local trips accordingly.
o Channel Islands Diving: We try to visit the beautiful Channel Islands in Southern California for world-class cold-water adventures at least once a year for a multi-day live-aboard diving experience.
o Exotic/Tropical Diving: NCRD sponsors a wide range of live-aboard and land based warm water trips. From budget/backpacker accommodations up to 4-star resorts and live-aboards, we've been to places like Roatan, Cozumel, Bonaire, Maui and the Kihei Coast, Thailand/Myanmar, the Galapagos Islands, Cocos Island, Papua New Guinea's fabulous Tawali Dive Resort, Palau, Lembeh, and Komodo. Check the trips/Events page for scheduled trips and for booking.
o Diving for Life: We also participate in Diving for Life (DFL), an annual SCUBA jamboree in a tropical location with other LGBT dive clubs from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe that raises money for non-profit, health-related organizations serving the LGBT community. Recent DFLs have been held in places like Curacao, St Lucia, Belize, Thailand, Bonaire, Roatan and Bali. DFL 2013 edition will be held at Kura Hulanda Lodge and Beach Club, Curacao, September 21-28, 2013.
o Classes and Instructors: We have several professional instructors and divemasters in our club who offer classes around the year or as part of some of our trips. We also have good relations with several gay-friendly dive shops in the SF Bay area. From basic SCUBA certification classes, "rusty diver" refreshers or intro to cold water diving, all the way up to stress & rescue, divemaster and even technical diving classes, we're happy to refer you to a good local instructor who "gets it". Email us to get started.
o Other Events: We organize most of our events online, but we get together several times each year for non-diving events like swap meets, BBQs, San Francisco Pride, and our December holiday party and Board elections. Members-only special events have included a behind-the-scenes tour of the Monterey Aquarium, a non-emergency visit to Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber and visits to the new Steinhart Aquarium. Check the Trips/Events page for scheduled events and to sign-up.
o Forums and FaceBook: Stay in touch with other club members by subscribing and posting to the Dive Buddies Forum and Members Forum or by subscribing to our NCRD Facebook group.
o Online Club Store: For club members only, we are offering club merchandise for sale with our "GO DOWN" logo. Check the online store in the members-only section of the website.
If you like kelp forest diving, underwater photography, marine biology, or just relaxing and playing with the otters, you will make friends easily at NCRD. Of course, we would not dream of discriminating on the grounds of sexual orientation! Although our primary outreach may be to the queer community, more and more enlightened straight people are discovering that we offer a unique environment where the focus is on great diving and camaraderie. So go ahead and invite your straight dive buddy to join you; after all, it is the 21st century and we are in California!
For more details, visit the Frequently Asked Questions pages.
To become a member and start diving with us, apply for membership online.