Point Lobos Fees Go Sky High

Point Lobos Fees Go Sky High The fee to dive Point Lobos is now $10 per diver no matter if you make reservations or not. That does not include the entry fee of $10 per car. All boats launched at Point Lobos will be $5 per boat. To do a standard dive at Point lobos without a boat is $30 if two people arrive in the same vehicle to dive. Tank fills are $10 for air per tank. So that’s $70 for two people to […]

Scuba.com Launches Mobile Site

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

Help! I Have Created A Monster!

Kim and I recently enjoyed a multi-day dive trip aboard the Conception out of Santa Barbara. It was four glorious days of exploring the Northern Channel Islands. While our main goal was article research and photography (with myself as the cameraman and her as the model) we had plenty of time to just knock around the reefs having fun. As much fun as we were having, I made a big mistake on the third day of the trip. I offered a camera to Kim. Now […]

Thoughts From An Underwater Hunter

CDN: Just read the article, “So you want to be an underwater hunter?” in the November issue of California Diving News. Good article with some good suggestions for the would-be hunter. This would include me. I have gone spearfishing three times: 1) Front side of Catalina 08–Limited on sheephead; 2) Ship Rock 09–3 calicos, 1 sheephead; 3) Refugio 09–4 perch. My limited observation has been that being a sea hunter in today’s eco sensitive world is viewed by many like being a cannibal at a […]

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 […]

Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup

The 28th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2010 Once a year the Avalon Harbor Department permits diving in Avalon Harbor–the Avalon Underwater Cleanup. This event, which is steeped in over a quarter century of tradition, brings together over 500 divers from California and other western states, as well as many foreign countries. In the morning, divers will scour the harbor searching for trash and debris, which is removed and sorted by volunteers. Prizes and awards are given at […]

L.A. County Underwater Instructor Certification Course

Los Angeles County Scuba has announced their 57th Underwater Instructor’s Certification Course (UICC) will begin in January 2010. L.A. County has been training scuba instructors since 1954 in the most comprehensive, thorough and rigorous program in the scuba diving industry. L.A. County Scuba has embarked on new programs for the 21st century with the addition of NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) instructor certification to the already prestigious L.A. County Instructor’s certification upon completion of the course. UICC 57 takes place over 15 weekends and […]

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 […]

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