News & Events Launches Mobile Site Launches Mobile Site For Divers On-the-Go A new mobile-optimized version of makes it easy for divers to browse for and purchase scuba gear directly from their mobile devices.’s vast inventory of scuba gear and snorkeling equipment is now available from anywhere thanks to the newly launched mobile site. This new mobile site offers a much faster and streamlined browsing experience for anyone accessing from a mobile device. A secure shopping cart is provided as well, allowing divers to place orders […]

Joe Liburdi Opens New Dive Shop in Irvine

Joe Liburdi has come out of retirement to open Joe Liburdi’s Dive & Photo, a new retail and training center in Irvine. Joe, at 79 might possibly be the oldest man to ever open a new dive shop. Joe opened his first shop in 1972 and has gained experience, knowledge and reputation. Joe and his partner Carl Felien have designed their shop to house only the highest quality and most reliable brands of scuba diving equipment, such as Atomic, Zeagle, Aeris, and Pinnacle. They have […]

State Research Vessel Begins Second Life

After 19 years of service with the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), the research vessel Mako will begin a new role in academia. In October, she will join the fleet of the California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime), at its university campus in Vallejo. The Mako is an 80-foot, steel-hulled, deep-sea trawler built for DFG in 1990. For nearly two decades she worked the California coastline from Cape Mendocino to the Mexican border, conducting surveys of California’s vital recreational and commercial finfish populations. The information […]

Inductees for 2010 Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Announced

The Honorable McKeeva Bush, OBE, Minister for Financial Services, Tourism & Development in the Cayman Islands, and the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Board of Directors are proud to announce the latest inductees into the prestigious Hall of Fame. Maintaining its prominent reputation for world-class diving, the Cayman Islands will host the 2010 International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame 10th Anniversary induction ceremony to honor four extraordinary individuals who have each played an important role in shaping the recreational diving industry. During the weekend […]

EPA to spend more than $50 Million to address DDT, PCBs off Southern California

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected a cleanup strategy for the Palos Verdes Shelf Superfund Site, where a large area on the ocean floor off the Palos Verdes Peninsula is contaminated with DDT and PCBs. “Signing this interim cleanup plan is a major milestone that puts the Palos Verdes Shelf Superfund Site on the road to remediation,” said Keith Takata, Superfund director for the EPA’s Pacific Southwest region. “The EPA will spend more than $50 million to cap the most contaminated sediment on the […]

Industry’s First-ever Online Dive Computer Training Class Set to Launch

A new program, spearheaded by Oceanic Worldwide, is designed to help new divers and student divers to learn how to use the Veo 100 dive computer in a simple, interactive and effective way. Last month’s widely applauded announcement by a leading scuba training organization is helping re-shape how dive retailers and divers view and utilize dive computers in Open Water SCUBA training. As part of Oceanic’s leadership role in the dive industry, they are helping to produce effective and relevant online training programs involving scuba […]

Fish and Game Seeks Resources, Partners for Development of a Lobster Fishery Management Plan

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is working to identify resources and partners that will help develop a spiny lobster Fisheries Management Plan (FMP). DFG is considering the California spiny lobster because it is a key species that supports important recreational and commercial fisheries in the Southern California marine ecosystem. An FMP for lobster also provides an opportunity to integrate any new marine protected areas on the south coast, implemented under the Marine Life Protection Act, with the management of the species. The […]

Military Jet Lost in 1955 Found in Santa Monica Bay

The wreckage of a missing Lockheed T-33A jet trainer has been found in the ocean off Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This past April, members of working in cooperation with and the Missing Aircraft Search Team (MAST) located the wreck during a sonar survey for another aircraft, a missing P-51D Mustang fighter presumed lost at sea in 1944. In the months following the discovery, a series of dives were conducted at the site in order to gather photographic evidence to help aid in […]


Join one of the upcoming “Into the Drink” productions and be eligible for FREE Scubapro gear, producers of the new dive travel television show “Into the Drink”, want to give you a complete set of brand new Scubapro gear. According to producers of the eagerly-anticipated “Into the Drink” show, divers are being sought to join several upcoming filming expeditions for the TV show. Currently,divers can sign up for one (or more) of three different adventures.These include: Grand Cayman October 17-24 Wakatobi/Indonesia December 8-22 Qamea, […]

NCUPS Photo Competition Deadline is October 9th

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society ( proudly presents the 45th Annual SEA International Underwater Photographic Competition, and the Bob Commer Award of Excellence in Underwater Photography. This “mail-in” underwater digital still and print photography, and underwater videography competition is open to amateur photographers and videographers from around the world. Award sponsors of the SEA 2009 competition, with prizes totaling in the tens of thousands of dollars, include scuba ecotourism resorts, travel agencies, and luxury live-aboards, as well as scuba and photography equipment manufacturers. Sponsors […]

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