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  • IST Holsters

    IST Holsters

    It seems you can never have enough pockets–or pockets in an easy place to reach. IST sports has come up with a unique accessory for those divers needing more storage space on their dives–Holsters.This stretch soft and plush 3 mm neoprene accessory wraps easily around your waist and thighs and secures with an adustable Velcro closure. Additional D-rings, both inside …Read More »

  • How to Photograph Giant Black Sea Bass

    How to Photograph Giant Black Sea Bass

    Hurry and grab your cameras! They’re here! The giant black sea bass (GBSB) are back and entertaining divers once again.  Giant black sea bass (Stereolepis gigas) were once endangered and rare due to over fishing, largely blamed on excessive spearfishing and sport fishing. In 1982 they came under protection of the state government and have made a partial but dramatic …Read More »

  • Sport Chalet’s Treasure Hunt Begins July 12

    Sport Chalet, in cooperation with Tabata USA, Aqua Lung, Mares and Sea Pearls, will be taking divers on an adventure this July with their first annual Treasure Hunt. In the 1700’s the San Philip set sail for the West in search of new resources and riches. The 30-person ocean vessel sailed from the Atlantic Ocean across to the Pacific Ocean …Read More »

  • SCUBA Show 2010 Breaks Records

    In its 23 year history, the SCUBA Show has never seen as much exhibit space and attendance then at the 2010 show held May 15-16 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Over the course of the weekend, a record 11,216 attendees enjoyed the largest consumer dive expo in America. 324 exhibit spaces filled the convention center, the most ever. Perhaps …Read More »

  • Wyland to Paint Yukon Dolphin

    California Ships to Reefs has announced that acclaimed artist Wyland will create a unique and historic work on steel cut from the hull of the HMCS Yukon artificial reef. The work will honor the tenth anniversary of the sinking of the Yukon in San Diego, a ship which is today a rich new ocean environment and popular diving and recreational …Read More »

  • Shark Victory in Hawaii Needs to be Copied Worldwide

    Shark Victory in Hawaii Needs to be Copied Worldwide

    Something truly miraculous and revolutionary occurred this May, and for the most part it went by unnoticed. It has been crystal clear for some time that over-fishing has precipitated a sharp decline in marine life. While some legislation to manage sustainable fisheries has been enacted locally and internationally, the management of shark fisheries has been conspicuously neglected. Earlier this year …Read More »

  • Jewels of the Sea: California?s Most Photogenic Sea Shells

    Jewels of the Sea: California?s Most Photogenic Sea Shells

    In the early years of my diving career I collected shells (a long time ago). That stopped when I learned how to photograph them. This was much more rewarding, allowing me to record not only the shell’s appearance but the animal that lived in it and behaviors such as mating and laying eggs. No longer alive and removed from their …Read More »

  • North Central Coast Marine Protected Areas Now In Effect

    Twenty-one marine protected areas (MPAs) adopted last year by the California Fish and Game Commission took effect May 1, 2010 along California’s north-central coast. The new regulations are being implemented as part of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA), which requires that California reexamine and redesign its system of MPAs with the goal of increasing its effectiveness at protecting the …Read More »

  • How to Photograph Octopus

    Southern California hosts a large variety of octopi (plural of octopus can be either octopi or octopuses) that can be found on almost any dive site. They love to hide in cracks and crevices and will even use discarded shells as shelter. Some of the more common octopi found here are California two-spot octopus (Octopus bimaculatus) and Eastern Pacific red …Read More »

  • How to Choose A Dive Trip

    So you’ve found yourself with a day or two off and a few bucks and you want to go diving. How do you choose your next local dive trip for maximum fun, ease and experience? Below are some items for consideration. AVAILABLE DATESOf course this will be your first factor to consider. The good thing is there are options not …Read More »

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