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REEF Announces 2009 Volunteer of the Year

REEF (Reef Environmental Education Association) has announced its 2009 Volunteer of the Year recipient, David Jennings of Olympia, WA.  David has been a member of REEF since 2006, conducted over 154 surveys in California and Washington, and is a member of the Pacific Advanced Assessment Team. He has surveyed the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary with the REEF team the past two years. Jennings is often heard saying the phrase, “Learn it, Love it, Protect it,” and is a good example of that himself. After […]

Orange County Ocean Restoration Project Celebrates Its Successes

Giant kelp forests are one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet. Often referred to as the rainforests of the sea, more than 800 species depend on them and we are one of them. We use products everyday that contain algin, a compound extracted from giant kelp. Over the last 30 years, giant kelp bed densities have been in decline. This is thought to be due to the population explosion in Southern California and an unbalanced food web. According to the California Department of […]

Free Scuba Refresher Courses Offered at Scuba.com

Beginning April 10th, 2010, Scuba.com will be hosting free Scuba Refresher Courses, for all levels of certified divers. Whatever certification agency you completed your open water training with or whatever your current certification level is, the Scuba Review program is a great way to refresh your diving knowledge and skills. Some of the topics to be covered include: Safe diving practices, dive gear inspection/care and maintenance, dive planning fundamentals, problem management, breathing air at depth, recreational dive table knowledge review and dive table planning. After […]

KelpFest

This event will celebrate giant kelp forests and their return to Orange County after being mostly gone for more than 25 years. The restoration efforts of thousands of people have restored this precious habitat for the more than 800 species that rely on them. The event will include a live underwater kelp forest presentation, art activities for kids, a community kelp forest art project, storyteller’s circle as told by divers from the 1950s and 60s, and a Dive-In activity. For more information, visit www.kelpfest.org online […]

Chamber Day 2010

Registration is now underway for the 22nd annual Chamber Day (to be held on Wednesday, May 5th this year). Chamber Day is a fund-raiser for the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber, and is the largest single-day scuba charity event in the United States. The Catalina Chamber is dedicated strictly to the treatment of diving accidents on a continual basis. Having the chamber available gives divers a vital safety net in the event something should go wrong with your dive. Although there is a grant from L.A. County, […]

Del Monte Beach Underwater Cleanup

Dream Divers Club, along with their sponsor Aquatic Dreams Dive Center, will be holding their annual event Dive In Earth Day. This year it will be held at Del Monte Beach Monterey, on April 17th. In order to accommodate all comers, early sign-ups are requested. For a registration form go to www.dreamdiver.com/divein.htm on the internet. A program for shoreline cleanup is also planned. The group will be working with United Way to Give a Day, Get a Day for Disneyland. Last year a ton of […]

How a Dive Site Can Be Taken Away

Here is how a major dive site can be lost to divers and the public. You may believe your right to access the ocean is guaranteed by the state constitution and the Coastal Act but read on. Most common information about Children’s Pool is wrong. There was no beach until a sea wall was built in 1931, to make a safe place for children to encounter the ocean. The city allowed it to fill with sand over 60 years, and the “pool” is now buried […]

AB 634 Passes Assembly; Artificial Reefs Closer to Reality in California

The California State Assembly has approved the passage of AB 634, helping to lay the groundwork for artificial reefing on the state’s coastline. The bill passed without a single negative vote, announced California Ships to Reefs, sponsor of the bill. It is now in the State Senate, where it will be assigned to a committee for hearing. AB 634 protects state and local agencies from liability in the event of diving accidents that occur on artificial reefs controlled by state agencies. It provides the protection […]

Dive Boat Review: Peace

I have dived the Peace a great deal over the past couple of decades and have gained a lot of fun memories. To this day she remains one of my favorite boats. she is a comfortable boat that is easy to dive, the crew has always been fantastic, And then there is the great HOT TUB! Most of the world’s luxury live-aboard dive boats now have hot tubs. But where did they get that idea? To the best of my recollection the Peace was the […]

Wyland and Waterman Signed on for SCUBA Show 2010

The SCUBA Show, America’s Largest Consumer Dive Expo, will take place May 15-16 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. The show features 76,000 square feet of exhibits, a continuous underwater film festival, seminars and more. Highlighting the exhibit hall will be a personal appearance by world famous artist Wyland. On Saturday he will be interacting with attendees while painting a new piece of art and on Sunday will be painting with over 200 children who have pre-registered in advance. Legendary underwater […]

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