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  • Picking Favorites: North Monastery Beach

    Picking Favorites: North Monastery Beach

    Last summer a clerk at one of my local dive shops engaged me in conservation. After exchanging a few pleasantries she asked, “What is your favorite beach dive?” This made me think a bit, since there are so many great beach dives in North/Central California. I really wanted to say, “Depends on conditions,” but held my tongue. After a bit …Read More »

  • San Diego Council of Divers Announces 2018 Rocks, Rips and Reefs Dates

    Each summer the San Diego Council of Divers (SDD) sponsors its Rocks Rips and Reefs education and safety program at several SoCal beaches. The program is intended for divers, snorkelers and swimmers. It is not a scuba course, but rather a workshop aimed at helping water enthusiasts increase their knowledge of the environment. Participants learn how to evaluate beach conditions, …Read More »

  • To Share with Friends and Family: From the producers of the Scuba Show

    To Share with Friends and Family: From the producers of the Scuba Show

    What is Scuba Diving? As an understatement, diving is an interesting activity. It can be hard to explain because it will be different for you than it is for someone else. For many it is an opportunity to travel the globe. There are thousands of dive sites in countries and islands all over the world, many known as dedicated dive …Read More »

  • For Sea Fan Fans: Catalina’s Stony Point

    For Sea Fan Fans: Catalina’s Stony Point

    I’m a big fan of sea fans. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy diving Catalina’s Stony Point, because it’s adorned with an excellent variety and healthy population of gorgonian sea fans. First, I find them exceptionally beautifully but just as important, they don’t go anywhere. In scientific terminology, they are “sessile,” firmly affixed to the bottom — which makes them …Read More »

  • Locomotion in the Ocean: How Fishes Get Around

    Locomotion in the Ocean: How Fishes Get Around

    Fish Stats: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Subphylum: Vertebrata Superclass: Gnathostomata Superclass: Pisces Class: Actinopterygii Order: Perciformes Family: Blacksmith: Pomacentridae, Jack mackerel: Carangidae, Pacific barracuda: Sphyraenidae, Salema: Haemulidae Taking photos of fish schools is one of my favorite underwater activities. It’s always challenging and getting good photos isn’t easy. Schooling fishes tend to move away from you in unison, so it’s …Read More »

  • The Hawaiian Islands: Diving in the Land of Aloha

    The Hawaiian Islands: Diving in the Land of Aloha

    Mark Twain once described Hawaii as the “loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean.” Many seasoned world travelers are quick to confirm Twain’s description. From land, sea, air, and underwater, Hawaii presents one jaw-dropping view after another. The archipelago is varied, rugged yet inviting, lush, elegant, colorful and majestic. From flat calm azure seas to towering waves …Read More »

  • Scuba Show Slated for June 22-24

    Scuba Show Slated for June 22-24

    The country’s largest consumer scuba diving event, Scuba Show, takes place June 22-24 at the Long Beach Convention Center, located within a short walk to waterfront restaurants, entertainment, the Aquarium of the Pacific and in view of the famous Queen Mary. Now in its 31st year, the event brings together industry professionals, scuba enthusiasts and wanna-be divers for a weekend …Read More »

  • Off the Beaten Path in Laguna: Woods Cove

    Off the Beaten Path in Laguna: Woods Cove

    If anywhere along the southern California coastline can be called a Mecca for beach divers, it would be the Laguna Beach area along Orange County’s southern shores. The reasons are obvious: clear water, easy access, and an abundance of marine life that’s hard to match. It is not unusual to see a hundred or more divers assaulting the beaches here …Read More »

  • A Cool Dive Off Cannery Row: Enjoying San Carlos Beachs

    A Cool Dive Off Cannery Row: Enjoying San Carlos Beachs

    Sometimes I seek out challenging sites with access to exposed reefs, deeper water and large animals. At other times I prefer to experience a relaxing dive, with an easy entry and exit, and plenty of colorful critters to photograph. Monterey County offers a great variety of dive sites, so there are plenty of sites to choose from depending on my …Read More »

  • Visiting a Friend Off Anacapa’s West End: Say Hello to Larry the Lingcod

    Visiting a Friend Off Anacapa’s West End: Say Hello to Larry the Lingcod

    As we were anchoring off the far west end of Anacapa, I half-jokingly pointed down toward the water and said, “And this is where I will find a lingcod.” Checking my log it seems I have encountered what appeared to be the same lingcod in the same spot the last six times I have dived here. We were developing a …Read More »

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