Opinions

MPAs — It’s Been A Long Time Coming…

Over 13 years ago a small group of dedicated conservationists gathered together to begin drafting and lobbying for the passage of the bill which would institute a comprehensive network of marine protected areas in California.  It began in 1997 with a landmark agreement to provide significant protection to the abalone resource which was followed closely by the passage of the Marine Life Management Act which dealt with fisheries regulation. This was followed shortly by the passage of the Marine Life Protection Act and after almost […]

Divers Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific — March 27

On March 27, 2011, all certified scuba divers showing their certification card and photo ID will be admitted free to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. This prestigious aquarium is the fourth largest in the nation and displays over 11,000 animals in more than 50 exhibits that represent the diversity of the Pacific Ocean. Hours for Sunday, March 27 are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 562-590-3100 or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org online.

Waterhorse Charters Honoring Tickets

For a limited time Waterhorse Charters will honor all former San Diego “Dive Connection” boat tickets for 25% off of retail price on any “Open Boat” trip on the Humboldt. The offer is available through May 30, 2011 and is subject to availability. Restrictions include one ticket per charter and can not be combined with any other discounts, special offers, group or class pricing; excludes Saturday AM charters. The dive charter boat Humboldt dives the famous Wreck Alley (the Yukon, Ruby E, NOSC Tower), the […]

California Wreck Divers’ Banquet with Kevin F. McMurray — March 5

Adventurer, shipwreck explorer and author Kevin F. McMurray will be the guest speaker at the California Wreck Divers Annual Banquet to be held March 5 in El Segundo, CA. As a veteran technical and wreck diver, McMurray is the author of two diving adventure/historical books: Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria and Diving and the Deadly Allure of the Empress of Ireland. As a writer for over 30 years, he has also written four true-crime books and his adventure-oriented articles. Photographs have […]

SCUBA Show 2011 is Requesting Film Festival Submissions

Assemble your best underwater video film footage now for the SCUBA Show 2011 underwater film festival. The 24th annual SCUBA Show is the largest dive expo of its type in the U.S., and this year it takes place the weekend of June 4-5 at the Long Beach Convention Center. One of the most popular portions of the annual Southern California SCUBA Show has been the unique continuous film festival. Films will be projected digitally in HD on a massive screen and viewed by thousands of […]

California Ships to Reefs Announce Dana Point Project

California Ships to Reefs (CSTR) has informed the Dana Point City Council it is ready to move forward to create the nation’s second largest ship-based reef at a location southwest of Dana Point’s harbor. An appropriate site for a ship sinking, about two miles from the harbor, has been identified by CSTR. The organization is also in the process of applying, through the State of California, to the federal government for approval to sink the USS Kawishiwi, a decommissioned fleet oiler currently moored in Suisun […]

Out Of Air — Simply Unacceptable!

Let’s start with this: Running out of air is the single stupidest thing that a diver can do. It’s eminently preventable and new research indicates that it might drastically increase your chances of becoming a fatality statistic. A recent D.A.N. study looked at 947 fatalities over a 10-year period. In roughly half of those cases, the initial trigger–the problem that started everything on a downward spiral–was identified. In 41% of those instances, out-of-air was the culprit. And let’s debunk a myth right now: These cases […]

Bluewater Photo Opens in Santa Monica

Bluewater Photo is a new underwater photography store in Southern California.  The store is run by underwater photography guide owner Scott Gietler, and veteran underwater photographers Mark Strickland and Todd Winner. The store is founded on the principals of excellent customer service, with a slogan of “we get you what you need, and show you how to use it.” Bluewater Photo carries inventory from more than a dozen manufacturers. We have gear for every need and budget ranging from inexpensive point and shoot setups for […]

Cancun Underwater Museum Opens

The Cancun Underwater Museum officially opened its doors on November 26, 2010, completing the exhibition titled “The Silent Evolution” by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. With 400 life-size sculptures submerged, this completed phase 2 of the world’s largest underwater museum, located in the beautiful waters of Cancun. The National Park, located in Isla Mujeres Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc, welcomes approximately 750,000 tourists a year and is now home to this impressive sculpture museum. Just days after the sculptures were submerged the welcoming they received from […]

Ventura Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Search and Rescue Dive Team 2011 Underwater Academy

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Underwater Search and Rescue Team is seeking qualified SCUBA divers who are skilled and reliable and willing to volunteer their time, resources, and efforts in a commitment to their community.Prospective candidates must attend the orientation session for the Underwater Academy on Friday evening, February 25 at 7:00 PM at the Sheriff’s Academy, located at 275 Eubanks Street (Eubanks and Durley) on the grounds of the Camarillo Airport. Course Fee: $250.00 to offset cost of the training.In order to be eligible […]

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