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Likely Suspects: Battling the Enemies of Dive Gear 

Your dive gear represents a substantial investment, not only in dollars but also in important life-support equipment. While it is money well spent on a delightful and fun pastime, you’ll want to protect that investment so that your gear withstands the rigors of our sport for a long time to come. Not protecting and maintaining your gear can get expensive. While dive gear is made tough for an extremely difficult environment, if not well maintained it will cease to function properly. And although it’s extremely rare, equipment failure while […]

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 is an underwater treasure, unique in the diving world for it’s marine life, the number and sheer diversity of its diving locations, and its underwater beauty. California Diving News, […]

Global Sea Surface Temperatures Reach Record High

According to researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), persistent heat on land and in the sea this June shattered records, yet again. June 2016 was 1.62 degrees F above the 20th century average, breaking last year’s record for the warmest June on record by 0.04 degrees F, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. NOAA’s global temperature records dates back 137 years to 1880. For the year to date, the average global temperature was 1.89 degrees F above the 20th […]

In Memoriam: California Diving Great Bob Cranston

The California diving community lost one of its greats recently, when on June 2, 2016, underwater cinematographer Bob Cranston died. He is remembered both for his cinematic achievements and as a pioneering shark diver. Bob Cranston, Underwater Filmmaker By Howard Hall It was the winter of 1993 and the weather was clear and calm at Catalina Island. But there was some current running through our dive site. “Do you think we can do this?” I asked Bob. Bob laughed and said, “Yeah, I think it’s […]

Zale Parry Receives California Scuba Service Award

The recipient of this year’s California Scuba Service Award is Zale Parry. The California Scuba Service award was created in 1989 and is awarded annually by the SCUBA Show and California Diving News to recognize those who have made long-lasting contributions to the California sport diving community. Zale Parry is recognized as “The First Lady of Diving.” Zale is most associated with her role in the television series, Sea Hunt (1957 to 1961). The underwater detective show, starring Lloyd Bridges as Mike Nelson, is credited […]

Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup Nets Trash and Treasures

Nearly 350 volunteers collected almost 5,000 pounds of trash and debris during the 35th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup, held February 20, 2016. In addition to removing trash from the harbor, the event raised over $20,000 to support the USC Hyperbaric Chamber and the Robert E. Given Fund for Ocean Conservation and Educational Research. This is the only time scuba diving is allowed in Avalon Bay. Unusual items recovered during the cleanup include a bug zapper, a scuba action figure, a plastic three-legged eyeball, an […]

USS Conestoga, Missing for 95 Years, Found off CA Coast

USS Conestoga
USS Conestoga

On March 23, 2016, NOAA and the U.S. Navy announced the discovery of the USS Conestoga (AT 54) in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off San Francisco, 95 years after the Navy seagoing fleet tugboat disappeared with 56 officers and sailors aboard. The discovery solves one of the top maritime mysteries in U.S. Navy history. “After nearly a century of ambiguity and a profound sense of loss, the Conestoga’s disappearance no longer is a mystery,” said Manson Brown, assistant secretary of commerce for environmental […]

The Dive Tribe is Gathering: Why You Should Join Us at the Scuba Show

By Cathryn Castle Human beings are tribal by nature. We tend to seek the company of people with whom we share common bonds. Whether we’re connected through a common language or philosophy or passion, we experience a sense of comfort and ease when we’re with “our tribe.” For some folks, it’s mountain climbing or stamp collecting, but for us, it’s getting out on — and under — the water as scuba divers. When we see that little red and white dive flag bumper sticker on […]

42nd Annual USC Catalina Chamber Day May 4

Chamber Day
Chamber Day

In 1974 the Lockheed Corporation donated a hyperbaric chamber to the University of Southern California (USC) in an arrangement set up between USC and Los Angeles County, and the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber officially opened for business, evaluating and treating injured divers. Fifteen years later, in 1989, the facility nearly closed due to a funding crisis. That’s when Roger Hess, then owner of Charisma Charters, came up with the idea that all local dive charter boats should come together for a day of diving, with all […]

El Niño, El Niño, El Niño ‘

  The much-hyped El Niño season — one of the strongest in the past 60 years — is here. And it’s living up to the hype, ravaging the Southern California coastline with record-setting storms. The military is funding a coastline study to help determine how El Niño and climate change could impact its facilities and bases close to the ocean. Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography are using flights across the coast to take precise measurements of beach topography that may explain El Niño’s […]

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