10
August

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
12
August

Raptor

Channel Islands
1/2 Day
Private Charter
12
August

Truth

4 Days
Private Charter
13
August

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
14
August

Island Diver

Santa Monica Bay/Palos Verdes Peninsula
1/2 Day
Private Charter
14
August

Raptor

Channel Islands
1/2 Day
Private Charter
15
August

Vision

Santa Cruz Island
3 Days
Private Charter
17
August

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
18
August

Vision

Southern Channel Islands
4 Days
Private Charter
18
August

Raptor

Channel Islands
1/2 Day
Private Charter
19
August

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
20
August

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
21
August

Island Diver

Santa Monica Bay/Palos Verdes Peninsula
1/2 Day
Private Charter
21
August

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
24
August

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
26
August

Vision

Southern Channel Islands
5 Days
Private Charter
26
August

Raptor

Channel Islands
1/2 Day
Private Charter
27
August

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
28
August

Island Diver

Santa Monica Bay/Palos Verdes Peninsula
1/2 Day
Private Charter
28
August

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
31
August

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
1
September

Vision

Southern Channel Islands and Cortes Bank
6 Days
Private Charter
2
September

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
3
September

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
3
September

Raptor

Channel Islands
1/2 Day
Private Charter
4
September

Island Diver

Santa Monica Bay/Palos Verdes Peninsula
1/2 Day
Private Charter
4
September

Raptor

Channel Islands
1/2 Day
Private Charter
5
September

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
8
September

Truth

Northern Channel Islands
5 Days
Private Charter
8
September

Vision

Southern Channel Islands
5 Days
Private Charter
9
September

Raptor

Channel Islands
1/2 Day
Private Charter
10
September

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
11
September

Raptor

Channel Islands
1/2 Day
Private Charter
11
September

Island Diver

Santa Monica Bay/Palos Verdes Peninsula
1/2 Day
Private Charter
15
September

Vision

Northern Channel Islands
4 Days
Private Charter
16
September

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
17
September

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
18
September

Raptor

Channel Islands
1/2 Day
Private Charter
19
September

Vision

4 Days
Private Charter
22
September

Vision

Northern Channel Islands
4 Days
Private Charter
23
September

Raptor

Channel Islands
1/2 Day
Private Charter
24
September

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
25
September

Island Diver

Santa Monica Bay/Palos Verdes Peninsula
1/2 Day
Private Charter
25
September

Raptor

Channel Islands
3/4 Day
Private Charter
26
September

Vision

5 Days
Private Charter
26
September

Truth

5 Days
Private Charter

Upcoming Dive Trips in Your Area

Getting out to the Channel Islands or into California marine sanctuaries is as easy as boarding one of the coastal charter boats; many have served divers for decades.

You can take a half-day dive trip or a multi-day adventure, the choice is yours. There is so much to discover on the California coast!

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Kelp Diving 101

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An Old Divemaster’s Guide to Preventing Seasickness

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Getting Schooled as a Scuba Diver: Finding the Lesson in Every Dive 

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The Fun of the Hunt: Discovering (and Rediscovering) Local Dive Sites

California divers thrive on new. We love learning about the latest in gear, the most recent ocean science discoveries and...
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Beyond Basic Dive Gear: Gadgets and Gizmos that Up Your Game 

When I hit the dive center for tank fills I inevitably find myself cruising the equipment area, marveling at the...
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Salty Talk: A Diver’s Guide to Seas and Oceans and Bays and Such

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Suit Yourself: What You Need to Know — Thermal Protection for California Diving

The rich California coastline offers a bounty of marine life and a range of dive locations to suit every diver....
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A Shore Thing: Tips for Diving the California Shoreline

    I have had some of my most incredible diving experiences on beach dives. Many frequent beach divers will...
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Better Together: The Benefits of Being a Dive Club Member

  A person with a wide circle of friends – one who’s always on the go, attending parties and events...
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How To Be A Comfortable Diver

Learning to dive is a lot like learning to drive a car. A certification card, like a driver's license, is...
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Solutions for Common Topside Problems

I am very blessed to have Dale as my dive buddy. He is great in the water and makes my...
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Benefits and Fun of the Social Aspect of Diving

This is going to sound like blasphemy but there is more to diving than just diving. Of course our primary...
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Safe Abalone Diving

Each spring Northern California divers look forward to the beginning of abalone season with the exuberance of children waiting for...
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Gear You May or May Not Need

Most active California divers also travel to exotic destinations one a twice or year to dip their fins into warm...
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How to Choose A Dive Trip

So you've found yourself with a day or two off and a few bucks and you want to go diving....
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Top Ten Tips to Keep Your Dive Gear Working Like New

Remember how your dive gear looked and felt when it was brand new? Your wetsuit was flexible and slipped on...
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Top Ten Tips For More Enjoyable California Diving

California offers divers both unique opportunities and challenges. Divers become comfortable and enjoy new diving situations by gaining confidence through...
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What to Do When the Sea Turns on You

Dive long enough, with multiple dives under your belt, and sooner or later the sea will turn on you. Surprises...
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A Freak of Nature: Anacapa Island’s Underwater Arch 

Divers are familiar with bubbles, so the underwater arch at Anacapa Island should not be such a big surprise to...
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The Shallows of Monterey’s Submarine Canyon: Exploring Monastery South 

Monastery Beach in Carmel is home to two rather different dive sites. The North end of Monastery Beach has relatively...
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Enjoying the East End Pinnacles of Santa Rosa Island

Wiping the sleep from my eyes, I saw that our dive boat had reached the backside of Santa Rosa, the...
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Mixing It Up at Santa Cruz’s Quail Rock

It was a strange sensation. It was like one minute we were diving the far reaches of the Northern Channel...
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A NorCal Coastal Treasure: Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary By Jennifer Stock 

It was 1977 when avid diver, career scientist and intrepid explorer Dr. Robert Schmieder spotted Cordell Bank on a nautical...
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A New Discovery Off Carmel Bay’s Outer Pinnacle: Exploring the Horseshoe

What makes a great dive site? Clear water? Varied topography? Lots of fish? Colorful invertebrates? While most great dive sites...
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Crowd Control: Now’s a Great Time to Enjoy Catalina’s Cherry Cove 

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

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Where will your next dive be?

Learn about marine life, openings, pricing, visibility, directions and much more from scuba diving destinations across the United States.

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Seals Seen Outside Our Waters: The Atlantic Harbor Seal, the Southern Elephant Seal, and More

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Spotted “Sausages” and Beachmaster Bullies: California’s Pacific Harbor Seals and Northern Elephant Seals

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A Curious Encounter: Our California “Octopus Teacher”

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The Whale Shark

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The Basking Shark

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Coral Reefs: The Kelp Forests of Tropical Seas

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Forests of Giant Kelp

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Small Fish / BIG Personality: California’s Iconic Damselfish, the Garibaldi

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The Silky: The Blue Shark of Tropical Seas

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Sleek, Slender and Stunning: Blue Sharks

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The monthly recipe column is a celebration of the bounty of sustainable seafood from the coastal waters off Southern California.