Specials

Likely Suspects: Battling the Enemies of Dive Gear 

Your dive gear represents a substantial investment, not only in dollars but also in important life-support equipment. While it is money well spent on a delightful and fun pastime, you’ll want to protect that investment so that your gear withstands the rigors of our sport for a long time to come. Not protecting and maintaining your gear can get expensive. While dive gear is made tough for an extremely difficult environment, if not well maintained it will cease to function properly. And although it’s extremely rare, equipment failure while […]

San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition Oct. 9-10

October 9th and 10th mark the upcoming 16th Annual San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition (SDUFEX). The two-night event will feature around 30 of the best underwater short films submitted this year, and will be emceed by renowned underwater imager and author Marty Snyderman. Short film entries from many well-known underwater imagers such as Bob Cranston, Eric Hanauer, Simon Spear and many others will grace this year’s exciting line-up. The history of SDUFEX reflects in many ways the history of the digital video revolution. In 2000 […]

CA Marine Protected Areas Poster Now Available

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has completed a interpretive poster for the California Marine Protected Area (MPA) network. The 26- x 36-inch full-color poster provides an informal introduction to the network, and features satellite imagery as well as photos of marine animals and habitats protected within MPAs. The poster is designed to give the public a first introduction to the California MPA network, and is not meant for navigational or regulatory use. Passed by the California State Legislature in 1999, the Marine Life […]

Why Go There? What to Expect from the Scuba Show

You’ve heard the old saying, “birds of a feather flock together,” right? I’m not sure how to correctly describe a gathering of scuba divers — a school? A herd? A pack? For the purposes of this article, we’ll call them a show of scuba divers. As in, the Scuba Show. Why?  Well, the word “show” fits in this instance, because at the Scuba Show there is a lot to see. It includes every scuba divery-thing you can imagine — and some you haven’t even imagined […]

A Diver’s Guide to Charitable Giving

A New Year is here, and with it good intentions to do more to help support the causes that matter to divers. But do you know where your donated dollars are going, and how hard are they working for the cause? Nowadays, appeals and requests arrive year-round, with the pace picking up during the holiday season and year-end. Even checking out at the store involves deciding on the spot if you wish to donate to this or that cause by adding an amount above the […]

The Everyday Diver: Living the Diving Life, Year-Round

In the language of the automobile collector, there’s a term called the “everyday driver.” It’s the nice-ish car that you drive to the grocery store or on your daily commute. Then there’s the “other” car — the expensive classic that sits idle for months at a time and only gets taken out on short excursions when the weather is perfect.  Some divers fall into the category of “other.” They only venture out into the ocean on bright sunny days when the seas are flat and […]

The Thrill of the Hunt: A Diver’s Guide to Lobster

Who says we don’t have seasons in California? We most certainly do! There is lobster season and everything else. We’ll keep this simple: California spiny lobsters (“bugs”) are very tasty. They’re also hard to find at local seafood specialty stores and restaurants — and are often outrageously expensive when you can find them. Finally, they are a lot of fun to catch while diving! If you have not already done so, perhaps it is time for you to try lobster hunting. Is it easy? Well, […]

Own Unique California Underwater Art

This year’s Scuba Show featured a lot of artistic talent from our attendees who helped assemble the collaborative painting featured on this month’s cover. The underwater California reef scene was divided into 414 small square chips that guest artists reproduced onto larger tile “canvases.” They used paint, glitter, crayons, pastels and pencil. The completed tiles were placed together with stunning results — a magazine cover image and an original work of art that is now available to the highest bidder, to benefit a nonprofit. Proceeds […]

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 […]

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 […]

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