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SoCal Shootout Photo/Video Contest — September 16-18

Bluewater Photo is hosting the 1st annual SoCal Shootout in September. Divers can shoot photos or videos anytime, anywhere in Southern California on September 16-18. There are 9 different categories for compact, DSLR and video shooters and $7,500 worth of prizes including liveaboard trips, resort trips, strobes, lights and more. Highlights include a weeklong stay at the Marco Vincent dive resort in the Philippines and a week on a Hans Christian Andersen liveaboard. Entries will be accepted online from south of Point Conception to the […]

L.A. County Advanced Diver Program — begins July 9

Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced dates for the 2011 Advanced Diver Program (ADP). Beginning July 9, local divers can take part in this wholly unique diving program that is designed specifically with California divers in mind. Participants will be exposed to the skills that will create a more confident and well-informed diver in a practical hands-on environment. With a over 100 hours of pool, ocean and classroom training, planned and led by a staff of instructors experienced in the rigors […]

3Rs Beach Diving Workshops — July 9 and more

Rocks, Reefs and Rips program (3Rs) is a mini-course designed to familiarize divers with popular beach dive sites and improve their beach diving skills. Summer sessions in the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area will take place: July 9 at Malaga Cove and August 13 at Point Dume. Sessions are also set for the San Diego area — July 9 at Goldfish Point (La Jolla Caves), July 23 at Pescadero, and Hospital Point on August 6. Additional workshops are planned at various locations for both areas […]

Salt Point/Gerstle Cove Coastal Clean Day and Dive — July 30

Unfortunately, there has been an increase in beach trash at popular North Coast beach sites especially with the tsunami in Japan. NorCal Underwater Hunters and Sonoma Coast Bamboo Reef have announced a Coastal Clean Day and Dive and invite everyone to join in the festivities at Salt Point State Park/Gerstle Cove in Sonoma County July 30, 2011. Participants should meet up at 9 a.m. in the big parking lot next to the Gerstle Cove. The clean-up will progress until noon when there will be a […]

Gold Star Dive – July 16

The 13th Anniversary Gold Star Dive on Catalina Island at the Casino Point Underwater Park will be held on Saturday, July 16. The event is hosted by the Avalon Sheriff’s Station and sponsored by several dive shops and companies associated with diving. This event will be a fund-raiser for the Avalon Sheriff’s Station’s  Y.A.L. (Youth Athletic League) program and the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber.  Divers will search for numbered “gold” stars in depths between 10 feet and 50 feet. Divers will have an hour and a […]

Seen Any Basking Sharks? Contact NOAA

Basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) are one of the largest fish in the sea, second only to whale sharks. They can reach a maximum size of 45 feet, and are distinguished from whale sharks by their pointy snouts, dark grey to brown color, and gill slits that nearly encircle their head. Like whale sharks, as well as all the largest rays and cetaceans, basking sharks are filter feeders foraging near the base of the food-web on krill and other zooplankton. Consequently, they have no interest in […]

Lower Your Camera and Enjoy the Moment

The reasons for diving seem to be many, but I think it can be narrowed down to four categories or combinations thereof: Seafood hunting, adventure (challenge), nature enjoyment and photography. Whatever your reason for diving, I want to encourage you to consider a serious thought: Enjoy the moment. Hunters and adventurers can be poor at this, but by far the worst are the photographers and videographers. So many of us always seem to have a camera attached to our faces or looking for the next […]

Get a Princeton Tec light for checking-in at the SCUBA Show

Do you check in using Facebook or Foursquare? Then make sure to check in at the upcoming SCUBA Show to get your free Princeton Tec light. As a reward to those who love their social networking, California Diving News and Princeton Tec are giving away a Princeton Tec Impulse to the first 25 people who check-in using either service and show their check-in at the California Diving News booth. To view the SCUBA Show Facebook event visit http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=119394634801848 To visit the Foursquare venue visithttps://foursquare.com/venue/20315158

SCUBA.com Adds Features To Its Webpage

Since their release of the diver-focused social network “Me” pages, SCUBA.com has connected hundreds of divers from around the world who share the same passion about scuba. From sharing photos, looking for buddies, to “searching for love,” divers enjoy interacting with other divers every day through this free diver webpage community. SCUBA.com has now added new features aimed at offering more customizable tools in order to give more chances to meet new dive buddies or compare notes about common experiences among friends.  New features added […]

Did you know… Sea Star & Abalone Shells

It is illegal in California to take sea stars (starfish) off nearshore rocks if they are between the mean high tide line and 1,000 feet seaward of the mean low tide line? Outside of this zone you may take 35 sea stars and you’ll need a valid fishing license. If you do still choose to venture out past the no-take zone for them, and you’re north of Yankee Point in Monterey County you can only take them while free diving. According to California Fish and […]

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