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  • Recipe: Seared Halibut

    Halibut is a favorite of many seafood lovers because of its mild flavor. The meat has a firm, large flake. I suggest pan searing halibut rather than grilling it. If you decide to grill it, remove filets from the grill when still slightly undercooked and cover with foil for several minutes before serving; the retained heat will allow the fish …Read More »

  • Soft Bodies, Striking Beauty: Uncommon Opisthobranchs

    Some of the prettiest creatures in the sea belong to the phylum Mollusca, most specifically the subclass Opisthobranchia, which includes sea slugs, sea butterflies, sea angels and sea hares, along with sacoglossans. Though they may have shells when they are embryos, most have lost them by the time they are adults. Never heard of sea butterflies or sea angels or …Read More »

  • Getting Certified Is Just The Beginning

    Recently, along with thousands of other certified scuba divers and people who are curious about our sport, I attended SCUBA Show 2013 in Long Beach, California. My role was to help represent California Diving News in our booth and give a seminar about diving with big animals. In addition, on Saturday evening I had the privilege and honor of presenting …Read More »

  • In Memoriam: Industry Mourns Body Glove Co-Founder Bob Meistrell

    In Memoriam: Industry Mourns Body Glove Co-Founder Bob Meistrell

    Bob Meistrell, the co-founder of wet suit manufacturer Body Glove, died on June 16, 2013. He was 84. Meistrell died of a heart attack while aboard his boat, the Disappearance, which was traveling back from Catalina Island as part of the Rock 2 Rock paddleboard competition.  In the 1950s Meistrell and his identical twin, Bill, who died in 2006 at …Read More »

  • California Dreaming

    California Dreaming

    Summertime is here! That means a lot more Californians will be getting scuba certified and there will be a significant uptick in the number of out-of-state divers that visit California to take advantage of what our local diving has to offer. This increase in diving activity gives me an ideal opportunity to welcome all a lot of new divers to …Read More »

  • SCUBA Show Preview: 26 Years as THE Diving Event of the Year! June 8th & 9th

    America’s largest consumer dive expo at the Long Beach Convention Center June 8 and 9 The event features more than 300 exhibit booths in 76,000 square feet, where you can find new and revolutionary dive gear, worldwide travel destinations, and meet dive experts in almost every field.    EVENT HIGHLIGHTS – Marine artist Rogest will paint four large canvases with …Read More »

  • SCUBA Show Preview: 26 Years as THE Diving Even of the Year!

    SCUBA Show Preview; Our 26th Year as THE Diving Event of the Year! June 8th & 9th  America’s largest consumer dive expo at the Long Beach Convention Center The event features more than 300 exhibit booths in 76,000 square feet, where you can find new and revolutionary dive gear, worldwide travel destinations, and meet dive experts in almost every field.    …Read More »

  • Very Large, Indeed: In Praise of Giant Kelp

    Very Large, Indeed: In Praise of Giant Kelp

    Taxonomists got it right when they assigned giant kelp its Latin name, Macrocystis pyrifera. It is indeed very large in scale, scope and capability. We are lucky, you and I, that giant kelp — the largest kelp in the world — grows off our coast. With sunlight sparkling down through the canopy, swimming through a kelp forest can be summed …Read More »

  • The Chemistry of a Dive Show

    I don’t think that many of us pay attention to how we arrive at our opinions, but they’re often built on first impressions. Having been in the scuba business for quite a while I’ve attended many dive shows. I usually attend to be around the industry and catch up with friends, so my perception of consumer shows is more from …Read More »

  • Dive Gear: Time for Spring Cleaning

    Dive Gear: Time for Spring Cleaning

    By the time this issue of California Diving News reaches your dive center, we’ll be well into springtime, a time of renewal. Days lengthen, temperatures climb and spirits soar. Even long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans will be bursting forth with tiny new buds of optimism. For a lot of divers, spring is the time when gear that hasn’t been used in …Read More »

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