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Sal Zammitti to receive the California Scuba Service Award

The recipient of the 2009 California Scuba Service Award is Sal Zammitti, owner of the Bay Area Bamboo Reef Dive stores. This award was established in 1989 by Saint Brendan Corp. (parent company of California Diving News and the SCUBA Show) to recognize those who have made significant and long lasting contributions to the California diving community. Sal was certified as a NAUI instructor in 1961 and has personally certified over 1,500 divers. Throughout the 1960s, Sal helped open branches of New England Divers in […]

Avalon Underwater Cleanup a Success

The sun struggled to break through the clouds as 400 divers hit the water February 21 for the 28th annual Avalon Underwater Cleanup. The event not only scours trash from the Avalon Harbor area but also serves as a fund-raiser for both the Catalina Conservancy Divers and the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. Remembering the abysmal conditions from 2008, divers were very glad to find 15-20′ vis and 55° water. A fun aspect of the event is seeing what trash comes up. Very impressive this year (and […]

Northwest Dive & Travel Expo

The second annual Northwest Dive & Travel Expo held in Tacoma, Washington April 25-26, 2009 will be a weekend that focuses on everything underwater. Meet dive shop owners and manufacturers, resort owners, dive travel managers and touch the latest in new products from leading manufacturers who produce the world’s best dive equipment. Divers will plunge for prizes at Owen Beach in Tacoma, Friday April 24, 2009 for a Treasure Hunt. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.; dive at 11:30 a.m. John Chatterton, one of the world’s […]

Chamber Day/Evening

Registration is now underway for the annual Chamber Day and Chamber Eve, which will be held on Wednesday, May 6. This year, divers will help celebrate the Chamber’s 35th birthday (which will actually be in October). There’s even a chance to sponsor candles on the Chamber’s birthday cake. The event is the largest single-day scuba charity event in the United States and last year raised over $120,000 for our chamber. Full details, including a sign-up page, can be found at www.chamberday.org. Divers can also call […]

Gala At Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

FRIENDS of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (FCMA) will host the annual Grand Grunion Gala on Saturday evening, May 16, 2009 at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA), located at 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro, CA. More than 450 guests including business and community leaders, scientists, public officials, and educators will attend the black-tie affair. The non-profit’s largest fundraiser benefits the Aquarium’s educational programs, exhibits and displays, and raises over $200,000 annually. Individual tickets are $175 per person and sponsorship packages are available. For more information about […]

San Diego Underwater Photographic Society Film Festival

The San Diego Underwater Photographic Society (SDUPS) is proud to announce that its 40th Annual Film Festival will be held April 25, 2009 in San Diego, CA. This year’s film festival will feature a “headliner” film from Steve Drogin as well as a worldwide contest. The winner of the film contest, as determined by the audience, will be awarded a cash prize of $500. Additionally, there will be a reception honoring many of San Diego scuba diving pioneers with a special emphasis for those that […]

Earth Day Celebration

Learn what you can do to help our ocean planet at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s eighth annual Earth Day Celebration. Join the Aquarium for a weekend of family fun celebrating Earth Day while learning simple, everyday tips to protect our environment. Visit booths from various earth-friendly organizations and participate in hands-on learning demonstrations for people of all ages. General admission costs apply. Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach, California. For more information, call 562-590-3100 or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org […]

Is There Wetsuit Recycling?

CDN, Do you know of a recycling center, preferably in the Bay area, that takes in old wetsuits and related neoprene itemsDave Murai Dave,Unfortunately, we do not have an answer to that question. Any readers, dive stores, or wetsuit manufacturers that have an answer to this question? Please email us at mail@cadivingnews.com. I do know that occasionally select dive stores will sometimes do “trade-in” sales where you can get credit toward a new wetsuit by trading in your old, but I don’t know what they […]

Is There Any Lobster Molting Videos or Stills?

CDN,Lobster Molting Footage Desired As always, I enjoy the Sheckler and Team publication.  Thanks, and keep ’em coming. For some time, I’ve had this burning desire to see a lobster go through the molting process.  I have to believe it would be fascinating to see a critter crawl out of its own shell—antennae, legs, and all!  So far, I’ve not found a video or still footage, so I’m an unfulfilled guy. Reading Bonnie Cardone’s recent article in CDN set me to thinking that maybe some […]

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