Norcal Underwater Hunters Big Ab Competition ? August 21

This special event will begin at Ocean Cove, Sonoma County on the California’s North Coast. It is open to free divers only and current California Department of Fishing Game laws apply. Entry fees are $30 if preregistered and $40 day of event. To receive a free shirt you must preregister.  All divers are required to fill out and turn in a waiver form and show current California fishing license and current 2010 abalone tags at sign in. All divers are required to register with at […]

BLUE Ocean Film Festival ? August 24-29

BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit will bring together filmmakers, photographers, scientists, divers and ocean enthusiasts in Monterey, California August 24-29 for a multi-media global ocean event that will honor 70+ of the world’s best ocean films while empowering professionals with the latest developments in underwater film and photography technologies, The mission of BLUE is focused on leveraging the power of film to help protect the ocean and the life within. Industry passes are available at www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org “Ocean lovers, film & photography amateurs and […]

3Rs Beach Diving Workshops ? August 7, 14, 21 and more

Rocks, Reefs and Rips program (3Rs) is a mini-course to familiarize divers with popular beach dive sites and improve beach diving skills. Summer sessions in the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area will take place: Aug. 14 at Point Dume, Sept. 11 at White Pt., and October 9 at Nicholas Canyon. For the San Diego area, sessions will take place: Aug. 7 at Hospital Point and Aug. 21 at Casa Beach. Instructors will demonstrate and supervise proper surf entry and exit procedures, explain unique aspects of […]

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, […]

Shark Victory in Hawaii Needs to be Copied Worldwide

Something truly miraculous and revolutionary occurred this May, and for the most part it went by unnoticed. It has been crystal clear for some time that over-fishing has precipitated a sharp decline in marine life. While some legislation to manage sustainable fisheries has been enacted locally and internationally, the management of shark fisheries has been conspicuously neglected. Earlier this year Hawaiian State Senator Clayton Hee introduced and championed Senate Bill 2169 that made it illegal to possess, sell, or barter shark fins in Hawaii. The […]

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 […]

What Do you Do with A Short Halibut?

A friend and I were scuba diving near San Diego.  He was spearfishing and I was just sightseeing.  He shot a halibut that looked pretty good-sized to me.  When we swam back to our boat, he measured the fish and found that it was a half-inch short.  He threw the dead fish overboard, and we returned to shore empty-handed.  It seemed like such a waste to me.  The only winners that day were the scavengers on the bottom.  I don’t know what could be done […]

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 […]

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