Opinions

Ocean Encounters Breath-Hold Diving Expeditions and Training Now Available

If you thought breath-hold diving was exclusive to a privileged few highly trained individuals, think again. Ocean Encounters founders Fred Buyle and William Winram will take you places you never dreamed of diving. Both avid world-class breath-hold divers, they have taken it upon themselves to share their passion for the underwater world with the rest of us. They will bring breath-hold diving courses to your door, take you on live-aboard freediving cruises and organize expeditions for the chance to breath-hold dive in the company of […]

Bluefin Tuna Images Needed

Ocean Defenders Alliance is looking for underwater video and still footage of Bluefin Tuna that will be used for a promotional video. The Southern Bluefin Tuna are destined to be extinct by 2012, according to scientists. This video aims to inform people throughout the world of the plight of these animals and offer solutions to stop the destruction. To read more about this issue, go to the link www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/editorial-091127-1.html. Ocean Defenders Alliance cannot afford to pay for the images but will give photo credit. Contact […]

Volunteer Divers Needed for California Rock Reef Surveys

You and your dive buddy can help ensure the long-term sustainability of California’s rocky reefs. The Reef Check Foundation invites experienced divers to become trained in their California rocky reef monitoring program. Since 2005, Reef Check’s California (RCCA) Program has trained over 350 experienced recreational scuba divers to scientifically monitor California’s rocky reef ecosystem at 70 sites from Humboldt to San Diego. The program’s goal is to create an educated network of citizen-scientist divers that helps to improve marine management by providing decision makers with […]

Jana Strain Sets New Freediving Record

In the final heat for constant no fins at the AIDA World Championships, Jana Strain set another Pan American record and claimed a bronze medal with a strong dive to 54M (177 feet), completed in two minutes and thirteen seconds. She broke her own existing Record of 53 meters (174 feet) set in September 7, 2009. “This was an incredible way to end 2009. Today, I celebrated my birthday and had a wonderful dive. I was slightly concerned during my warm up because one of […]

Dive Boat Review: Sand Dollar

The quality of a California dive charter boat operation usually falls on just one individual–the owner and skipper. In the case of Captain George Staehling of the Sand Dollar he has succeeded wonderfully. On the completion of a recent multi-day trip on the Sand Dollar, I watched as divers left the boat and each had a smile, and I felt one on my face as well. I wished the trip had gone longer. The main thing that made this trip special is Captain George knew […]

Operation S.E.R.V.E. Kickoff A Success

With a lone bugler playing taps in a frosty but beautiful November Saturday morning at Veteran’s Park in Redondo Beach and full color guard hoisting the Star Spangled banner and OP serve colors, the Operation S.E.R.V.E. team kicked off its first celebration in which it hopes to have many more to follow. Operation Scuba Education & Rehabilitation for Veterans Empowerment (Operation S.E.R.V.E.) is a non-profit tax-exempt (501-C3) pending national organization chartered in the state of California. Operation S.E.R.V.E’ s purpose is to empower our returning […]

One Less Angel. Who Cares?

On a recent lobster trip I was the only photographer onboard doing my duty as a reporter and editor for this publication. The rest of the boat were fervent lobster hunters. A few were spearfishing as well. Those who know me know I don’t have any problem with hunting so long as it is done legally and ethically. Although I have not shot a fish in years, I used to be an underwater hunter and, occasionally, still take lobster. On this particular dive I was […]

OMS Recalls Buoyancy Control Systems

Molding variations in this part as used in the OMS Buoyancy Control System (BCS) could cause cracking or breakage of part, resulting in rapid loss of buoyancy, creating a potential drowning hazard. Incidents/Injuries: There have been reported of 19 failures. These failures were discovered during inspection, with no reports of injuries or death. There are a total of 19,790 BCS Seal Rings (Item # BCA 500) installed in 5730 BCS mfg’d from May 11, 2006 through August 1, 2007. While this variation is not present […]

The Price and Pain of Ocean Conservation

The application of the Marine Life Protection Act to the coastline of California came one step closer to completion as the proposals for the area from Pt. Conception to the Mexican border were forwarded to the Fish and Game Commission for approval on December 9th. Over the next several months the merits of the proposals will be debated and final evaluations will be determined before the end of 2010. This third of four phases will be complete when late this year. The final work on […]

Underwater Hunter 2

Dale, As I do every month for the past 20 plus years, I read my copy of CDN from cover to cover. I especially enjoy your editorials and might not always agree, but heck, us old dinosaur divers got to stick together. I must say that I was a little perplexed with your recent editorial on underwater hunting and the lack of any discussion on free diving for abalone. Okay, you did have one small mention of this at the end of the editorial; however, […]

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