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  • Welcome to California Diving News – Your Resource for Diving the Golden State

    Welcome to California Diving News – Your Resource for Diving the Golden State

    Walk into a dive store in Indiana and ask the person behind the counter about diving in Bonaire. Or about the Cayman Islands. They have been there, and can tell you anything that you want to know. Tell them that you are going on a business trip to California and would like to dive there — what can they tell you about it? Odds are, blank stares. California …Read More »

  • Two-for-One Fun at Anacapa: Goldfish Bowl

    Two-for-One Fun at Anacapa: Goldfish Bowl

    Just the name Goldfish Bowl makes you think of a fun, cute dive site. And it is. But there is a deeper, more advanced dive also here that a lot of people don’t know about (more on that later). Goldfish Bowl has long been and remains to this day a favorites site for many dive charter boats out of Ventura …Read More »

  • Big Fun, No Matter How You Define It: Enjoying Aumentos Reef 

    Big Fun, No Matter How You Define It: Enjoying Aumentos Reef 

    On a good day in Monterey many boat divers hope their captains head south to Carmel Bay. While Carmel does offer some of the best dive spots on calm days, some of the more exposed and more interesting Monterey sites should not be overlooked. One of my top Monterey sites has got to be Aumentos Reef. I have heard some …Read More »

  • CA Diving Community Mourns Divers Lost in Boat Blaze 

    CA Diving Community Mourns Divers Lost in Boat Blaze 

    Early on the morning of September 2, 2019 the Truth Aquatics live-aboard dive boat, Conception, caught fire while anchored off Santa Cruz Island, California. Flames prevented five crewmembers who were on the top deck from reaching the stairs or emergency hatch to free those asleep below. Tragically, all 33 passengers and one crewmember who were sleeping in the bunk room …Read More »

  • The Flower Animals of California: All About Stony Corals

    The Flower Animals of California: All About Stony Corals

    It’s a fact stranger than fiction: there are underwater creatures commonly found in the Pacific Ocean off the California coast that are biologically classified as “flower animals.” The class is Anthozoa, formed from two Greek words, anthos, meaning “flower” and zoa, meaning “animals,” and it contains the stony corals. Anthozoa is a class within the photogenic phylum Cnidaria (the “C” …Read More »

  • The Otter Option: Exploring Elkhorn Slough

    The Otter Option: Exploring Elkhorn Slough

    Sometimes the weather guy gets the predictions wrong, and when you get to a dive site the waves look like so many mountain ranges crashing on the beach. What’s a diver to do? One suggestion is to grab your kayak, or rent one, and paddle up Elkhorn Slough. Elkhorn Slough is a huge estuary that begins at Moss Landing and …Read More »

  • The California Photo Challenge: Tips for Creating Winning Underwater Images 

    The California Photo Challenge: Tips for Creating Winning Underwater Images 

    Talk with underwater photographers about shooting in California and it probably won’t take long before you hear some comments about how much more difficult it is to produce compelling photographs in our home waters than it is in clear tropical water. I am not going to refute this premise as nonsensical. But I will to say that with some forethought, …Read More »

  • The More Morays, the Better: Adventures in Eel Land 

    The More Morays, the Better: Adventures in Eel Land 

    Did you know that the moray eels found in Southern California waters (the California moray, Gymnothorax mordax) are actually semi-tropical visitors? It is thought that our local waters are too cold to serve as eel breeding areas. Instead of being “born” here, larval eels hitchhike here on the currents from warmer waters to the south.  While it is not unusual …Read More »

  • California Glory: Our Coastal Kelp Forests

    California Glory: Our Coastal Kelp Forests

    California divers are lucky that giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera), the largest kelp in the world, grows off our coast. With sunlight sparkling down through the canopy swimming through a kelp forest is an awesome experience, as magical as driving through a redwood forest on land. Giant kelp is a type of brown algae that can grow up to 24 inches …Read More »

  • A Model Relationship: Modeling for and Diving with an Underwater Photographer 

    A Model Relationship: Modeling for and Diving with an Underwater Photographer 

    By Kim Sheckler • Photo by Dale Sheckler  Working with a photographer is one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done as a diver. I’ve been diving for 35+ years now, many of them as a photo subject for my husband Dale. Underwater modeling sounds like fun, and you might think it doesn’t involve anything more than swimming around …Read More »

  • Fishy Fun at Lingcod Lair

    Fishy Fun at Lingcod Lair

    AT-A-GLANCE  Location: On the mainland side Anacapa Island (actually a chain of three islets) that is the closest to mainland of all the Channel Islands at only 11 miles off Port Hueneme. It is wedged between the dive sites known as the Pelican Preserve (which can only be dived in November and December) and Goldfish Bowl.  Access: Boat only. Skill: …Read More »

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