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  • 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 …Read More »

  • 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 …Read More »

  • 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 …Read More »

  • 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 …Read More »

  • The Underwater Photographer’s Mantra

    The Underwater Photographer’s Mantra

    Photography articles commonly focus on the technical side of photography–cameras, lenses, lighting, etc. While it is necessary to understand at some level how your camera works, I’ve have always believed that an understanding of composition, animal behavior, and how the photographer’s behavior influences the creation of an image are more important to understand. This is especially true when that once-in-a-lifetime …Read More »

  • Sheephead: The Bold Rogue of the Kelp Forest

    Sheephead: The Bold Rogue of the Kelp Forest

    When I first came upon a male California sheephead, I thought I had wandered into the neighborhood of the local bully. The adult sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) are bigger than many fish of the Central and Southern California rocky reefs and kelp forests. With a big, blunt, black head, red mid-section, and black tail he looks at you with alert eyes, …Read More »

  • Seen Any Basking Sharks? Contact NOAA

    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 …Read More »

  • 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 …Read More »

  • Atomic Cobalt Computer Review

    Atomic Cobalt Computer Review

    Let me get this out of my system right away. I was first attracted to the Atomic Cobalt dive computer simply because it looked really cool. The bright colorful lights and numbers mesmerized me. Wow! When I first dived with it on a boat recently, other divers onboard were equally enthralled with the display. I am not much one for …Read More »

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

    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 …Read More »

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