Opinions

Lobster Season: Where Are You Going Opening Night?

In case you have been living under a rock, lobster season opens Saturday morning, 12:01 a.m., on September 28. (For those of you who have trouble figuring it out, that’s Friday night, September 27.) If you are a true California diver, you should be asking yourself, “What am I doing the opening night of lobster season?”—the same way any red-blooded American would have plans well in advance for New Year’s Eve. To make the analogy of the lobster season opener with this holiday is actually […]

L.A. County Underwater Instructor Certification Course Announces Program Details for 2009

Looking for a challenge? Then clear your winter schedule for the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department’s 2009 Underwater Instructor Certification Course (UICC). Started in 1954, UICC is the oldest and most respected instructor-training course in scuba today. The current UICC program, the most thorough available in diving, is a 14-week course designed to challenge and prepare candidates to safely open the underwater world to new aqua-explorers. This singularly unique program features over 125 hours of intensive classroom, pool and ocean training from top […]

New Ownership of Catalina Divers Supply

Catalina Divers Supply (CDS) has begun operations under new ownership. Roger Urbach and Mike O’Neill became just the 3rd. owners of this 50-year-old business. CDS has been operating on the historic Green Pleasure Pier in Avalon Harbor since 1958. Both Roger Urbach and Mike O’Neill have been passionate divers for the past 30 years. “Having the opportunity to be a part of this extraordinary business on this beautiful island is truly a dream come true” says Mike O’Neill. “We look forward to establishing new relationships […]

Public Invited to Add Comments of Marine Protected Areas Process

The state of California has invited the public to be involved in the planning for the California south coast marine preserves as dictated by the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA). Below is a schedule of upcoming meetings of the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force, Master Plan Science Advisory Team and South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group. All meetings are open to the public and are also simultaneously webcast on the day of the meeting at www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/meetings_sc.asp. For more information on the MLPA Initiative, visit: www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/. Also, […]

Diving is Sexy, but Not Sexual

Diving is a sexy sport. Diving is exciting and for the most part its participants (male and female) are more attractive because they are the outdoor types, vibrant, and in love with life. Young or old divers have a natural glow about them. But diving is not sexual. Scantily clad (or in some cases, almost naked) photo exposes of women in slivers of fabric that have little or nothing to do with diving have no business in the dive media. Photos of half naked women […]

It ain’t diving unless it’s 5:30 in the morning!

“Dale, when do we have to leave for the boat?” Kim asks as we climb into bed when Jay Leno signs off. She knows… why is she asking? Is it her hope beyond hope that the boat called and said they wanted to let everybody sleep in so they won’t be departing until brunch is over. “We depart at the butt-crack of dawn… you know, O-dark thirty… when it is darkest before the dawn,” I felt like saying. But to be kind, I tell her […]

Avalon Cleanup Plagued by Bad Viz But Divers Enthusiastic

Despite weather forecasts to the contrary, Saturday, February 23, dawned bright and beautiful as hundreds of divers descended upon Avalon for the 27th Annual Underwater Harbor Cleanup, sponsored by the Catalina Conservancy Divers and the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. While the skies were bright, the visibility in the water was not, and many divers had to cut their dives short because they either lost their buddies or because they literally could not see their hands in front of their face, let alone find and trash to […]

My Life as a 13-Year Old Diver

My life as a 13-year old diver has been tough. I have been in freezing cold water at 55 degrees; I have also been to the Cayman Islands where it was 80 degrees in the water. No matter what the temperature, it still has been hard. My dad makes me carry all my dive gear! But the one thing my dad has taught me is that once you are in the water, all the hard work pays off. I love going diving with my dad. […]

Film – Good-bye, Old Friend

No doubt, by now you’ve heard all the ballyhoo about digital cameras. The wonders, the ease, the enjoyment. After shooting the same film camera systems for over 20 years, I finally switched to digital. While I love my new puppy, my old dog is dying, and I am really going to miss him. Film was something very tangible, images that I could actually hold in my hand. Although I have worked with them for years in publishing, electronic images seem as mysterious and unreal to […]

MLPA – What We Are Doing Wrong

Many of us, as active divers, consider ourselves to be the people who most know* what’s really going on out there in the ocean—how things are going, whether there are any fish left, etc. We see it firsthand. (*Except for marine ecologists, of course!) Yet, for all of the certified divers in the United States, we’re remarkably disorganized—particularly in the areas of marine conservation. Some old- school people may associate diving with recreational fishing, as that’s in fact what it was all about decades ago. […]

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