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Online Learning of Underwater Photography and Image Editing Now Available

Now it’s fast and easy to learn underwater photography and image editing 24/7 at your own pace and in the convenience of your own home. The new website created by photo pros Jack and Sue Drafahl is a unique subscription service offering easy and convenient online underwater photography instruction, as well as tutorials in the use of Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Elements. With more than 35 years of photographic experience and image editing, Jack and Sue, the Digital Duo, make it easy and fun […]

Wardens Step Up Efforts to Stop Abalone Poachers in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties

California game wardens are waging an abalone anti-poaching effort with the aid of prosecutors from Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Poaching, in combination with a significant increase of lawful abalone harvest in both counties, is placing more pressure on the resource than ever.  “Despite our cooperative efforts, the abalone resource is struggling,” said Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Law Enforcement Chief Nancy Foley. “Abalone are being harvested from the two counties–via both legal and illegal means–at an unsustainable rate.” It is never legal to harvest […]

Sport Chalet’s Treasure Hunt Begins July 12

Sport Chalet, in cooperation with Tabata USA, Aqua Lung, Mares and Sea Pearls, will be taking divers on an adventure this July with their first annual Treasure Hunt. In the 1700’s the San Philip set sail for the West in search of new resources and riches. The 30-person ocean vessel sailed from the Atlantic Ocean across to the Pacific Ocean carrying cargo, supplies and gold. The ship mysteriously disappeared and was never found again. Three different gold treasure bars will appear somewhere off of the […]

SCUBA Show 2010 Breaks Records

In its 23 year history, the SCUBA Show has never seen as much exhibit space and attendance then at the 2010 show held May 15-16 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Over the course of the weekend, a record 11,216 attendees enjoyed the largest consumer dive expo in America. 324 exhibit spaces filled the convention center, the most ever. Perhaps the most significant observation by the exhibitors and show attendees as well as the show management was the energy level in the exhibit hall. “Underwater […]

Wyland to Paint Yukon Dolphin

California Ships to Reefs has announced that acclaimed artist Wyland will create a unique and historic work on steel cut from the hull of the HMCS Yukon artificial reef. The work will honor the tenth anniversary of the sinking of the Yukon in San Diego, a ship which is today a rich new ocean environment and popular diving and recreational site. The Wyland piece, which is a steel dolphin taken from the Yukon hull, will be auctioned as a joint fundraiser for the Wyland Foundation, […]

North Central Coast Marine Protected Areas Now In Effect

Twenty-one marine protected areas (MPAs) adopted last year by the California Fish and Game Commission took effect May 1, 2010 along California’s north-central coast. The new regulations are being implemented as part of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA), which requires that California reexamine and redesign its system of MPAs with the goal of increasing its effectiveness at protecting the states marine life and habitats, marine ecosystems and marine natural heritage. Regulations for the north-central coast MPAs, between Alder Creek, near Point Arena in Mendocino […]

Charter Dive Boat To Serve South Orange Co. Coastline

Beach Cities Scuba Centers has five locations throughout Orange County, and for over 40 years they have been working to provide full service to divers of all certification levels. Beginning in April 2010, divers will begin exploring some rarely visited areas off the southern Orange County coastline, with the comfort of a full-service dive boat as Beach Cities Scuba is proud to introduce Riviera Dive Charters. Half-day, two-tank charters will be run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Most charters will visit sites between San Clemente […]

Aquarium of the Pacific To Offer Diving In Their Palau Aquarium

Want to dive Palau with perfect visibility and conditions and a guarantee of seeing thousands of animals but without the major travel expenses? You can do this and more without having to leave the states. For the first-time ever, general certified divers are now invited to dive into the Aquarium of the Pacific’s largest exhibit. Guests will have the opportunity to journey into the warm, 350,000-gallon Tropical Reef Habitat to meet more than 2,000 tropical animals, including an olive Ridley sea turtle, bonnethead and zebra […]

Truth Aquatics Vessels to be at SCUBA Show

The entire Truth Aquatics boat fleet will be brought out from Santa Barbara to Long Beach to be on display during the SCUBA Show. All three boats will be docked directly across from the convention center at Rainbow Harbor. This is your opportunity to see the boats, meet the crew, and sign up for great prizes. The vessels will be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Vision will stay in Long Beach the following week for local Channel Islands dive […]

Joe Liburdi Named a Legend

Joe Liburdi has been named a legend by The International Legends of Diving, a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring those men and women who have shaped the history of diving and helped inspire others.  The International Legends of Diving has recognized such notable diving legends as Zale Parry, Neal Watson, Dottie Frazier, Bob Meistrell, and Dan Orr. Joe, an underwater photographer, educator, and dive retailer for nearly 60 years, just celebrated his 80th birthday and is working six days a week in his new dive […]

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