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Very Special Days for Diver are NOW HERE!

Christmas. New Year’s Day. My birthday. My mother’s birthday. July 4th. Opening day of baseball season. The World Series. The Super Bowl. Starting way back when I was a kid I note the passage of time with these “special” days. In my adult years I still do the same with these days, and I have added a few more. The first days every month when bills are due. Various anniversaries.  I also note the first reported sighting of a California gray whale off the coast […]

California Abalone Diving

Strange things happen in Northern California during springtime. Campgrounds and motels that were unoccupied most of the winter are now sold out. Coastal roads that were once empty are bustling with traffic. Large numbers of employees are mysteriously absent from their jobs. A case for the X-Files? No, it’s simply the beginning of abalone season. The red abalone is the world’s largest, and this mollusk thrives on Northern California’s inshore reefs. Red abalones are not as abundant as they once were, but with a little […]

The Spirit of a Dive Show

Along with California Diving News, we publish Dive Training magazine and the diving industry’s trade journal. So as a working member of the scuba industry, I have attended many dive shows. Heck, I was at the Long Beach show way back in its early days on the Queen Mary. Yet, until we took over Scuba Show I never fully understood them. After we purchased the Scuba Show from Kim and Dale Sheckler, and coming into our third year running it I’ve developed a profound appreciation […]

Careers in Diving: Professional Profiles Part 2

Probably the most amazing thing about the jobs people have who work in diving is that their careers are so varied. Pick a type of job, and there is probably someone who specializes in using diving in that job. There are doctors who specialize in diving medicine, lawyers who specialize in diving litigation, archaeologists who specialize in maritime archaeology, and the list goes on in many categories. As we traveled across California (as well as out of state) interviewing and filming professional divers we were […]

Dream It, Do It

A blue whale, the largest creature to have ever lived, appears on the edge of visibility and then comes into view as it swims through a dense concentration of krill-like crustaceans upon which it feeds. Two male sarcastic fringehead confront each other, opening their gaping mouths as wide as they can in an effort to intimidate their opponent and claim their territory. Cruising in the open sea, a Pacific white-sided dolphin grabs a strand of free-floating kelp with its pectoral flipper as it swims by. […]

Knots, Nauts, and Nots: What You Need to Know About diving from your own boat

Diving from a charter boat can be a lot of fun and it’s a great way to reach sites that aren’t accessible from shore. Planning a trip aboard a dive charter is easy. Simply make a reservation, arrive at the dock on time, and you’re all set. The captain and crew are there to welcome you aboard. They take care of the boat handling, navigation, and dive planning, all while seeing to it that you and the other passengers are enjoying a safe, fun adventure. […]

Your Basic Certification: Licensed to Learn

Like a lot of divers I participate in the diving community in several ways. One way is by serving on the Board of Trustees of the Reef Environmental and Educational Foundation (REEF). REEF’s membership is free, and we welcome anyone who cares to join.  REEF volunteers survey fish populations around the world, including many sites in California. The results are available to anyone that wants to use them, and a lot of scientists put REEF’s data to good use in a variety of ways.  Surveyors […]

New Year, New Adventures — Tips for Getting More Out of Your California Diving in the Year Ahead

The coming of the New Year is a time to expand new options and opportunities in every avenue of our lives. More than ever this New Year has multiple opportunities with which to grow in your avocation of scuba diving in California. Here we will look at some obvious and not so obvious solutions and ideas for improving your underwater experiences in diving the waters of California. Get Warm With the multitude of exposure protection options available for divers these days, there’s simply no excuse […]

33rd Annual Avalon Underwater Cleanup February 22

The Catalina Island Conservancy’s 33rd annual Avalon Underwater Cleanup will takes place February 22, 2014. During the event, members of the diving community are invited to help clean the seafloor of Avalon Harbor. This is the only time diving is permitted in the harbor. Over the years, the cleanup has grown to become one of the most popular dive events in Southern California, attracting more than 500 divers who scour several sites to retrieve trash and lost items from the harbor floor. For the second […]

Careers in Diving, Part 1

Diving is an important tool for many people in their work. For some, such as sea urchin divers, it’s their most important tool for getting the job done. For others, such as police divers, it’s just one in a selection of tools. Over the past year, we have done video interviews with 14 different people who are professionally employed in careers that involve diving. We wanted to find out what they do, why they do it, and what they like and dislike about their jobs. […]

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