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  • Capturing the Kelp Forest Sunburst

    Capturing the Kelp Forest Sunburst

    Though divers often dream of coral reefs, colorful fish, and warm tropical waters, California’s temperate and nutrient rich seas offer a different treat. Some of California’s most stunning diving takes place amid our signature kelp forests. Here, underwater photographers have a unique opportunity to capture beautiful “sunburst” images. Nothing can match the majesty of light cascading through a healthy kelp …Read More »

  • The Tank Dolly by Shark Bite Scuba

    The Tank Dolly by Shark Bite Scuba

    Designed by Shark Bite Scuba, The Tank Dolly is a tank and gear transport cart that will hold two tanks of any size or fully assembled doubles and enough weight for at least two divers.  The Tank Dolly allows divers to pull, not carry, their tanks, weights and gear quickly and safely to and from the dive site. Carrying heavy …Read More »

  • California Marine Flatworms

    California Marine Flatworms

    A rather stunning creature grabbed my attention. It was off-white with ostentatious black, purple, and red lines that zigzagged down its back. It looked like and moved like a nudibranch, but lacked the gills and rhinophores of a nudibranch. What could it be? Turns out my mystery critter was a flatworm. Flatworms belong to the Phylum Platyhelminthes, a group that …Read More »

  • SCUBA.com Adds Features To Its Webpage

    Since their release of the diver-focused social network “Me” pages, SCUBA.com has connected hundreds of divers from around the world who share the same passion about scuba. From sharing photos, looking for buddies, to “searching for love,” divers enjoy interacting with other divers every day through this free diver webpage community. SCUBA.com has now added new features aimed at offering …Read More »

  • Did you know… Sea Star & Abalone Shells

    It is illegal in California to take sea stars (starfish) off nearshore rocks if they are between the mean high tide line and 1,000 feet seaward of the mean low tide line? Outside of this zone you may take 35 sea stars and you’ll need a valid fishing license. If you do still choose to venture out past the no-take …Read More »

  • Your Support is Needed to Stop Shark Finning

    It is difficult to get the news these days and not be overwhelmed with information documenting the continual decline of the health of our oceans. Over fishing, pollution, oil spills, climate change all contribute to the problem, and it sometimes seems so vast a problem that it may be unsolvable. Yet, there is hope; and each of you reading this …Read More »

  • Orange County Dana Point Underwater Cleanup — May 14

    Saturday May 14th – 8:00am-NOON Dana Point Harbor is looking for volunteer divers to scour a section of the harbor bottom for lost or discarded items.  Participating divers must possess current Open Water or equivalent Dive Certification. Registration fee $20. Participants will receive: * An event T-shirt in appreciation. * Continental Breakfast and Lunch.   * Prizes for unusual items. …Read More »

  • Dr. Bill Bushing to receive the California Scuba Service Award

    The California Scuba Service award was created in 1989 and is awarded annually by Saint Brendan Corp., home of California Diving News and the SCUBA Show, to recognize those that have made long-term positive contributions to the California sport diving community. This year’s honoree is Dr. Bill Bushing, affectionately known simply as “Dr. Bill” among the diving community. Dr. Bill …Read More »

  • Pocket Weights for BCDs

    Pocket Weights for BCDs

    Pocket Weights are a new way of weight management for integrated BCDs. The plastic coated weights slide easily in and out of BCD pockets easily and smoothly. They are created in dimensions that fit almost all the major manufacturers’ BCDs. Pocket Weights feature a mild curve that gently hugs the torso without deforming the pocket. A molded in handle is …Read More »

  • The Value of a Diving Buddy… A Photographer’s Perspective

    The Value of a Diving Buddy… A Photographer’s Perspective

    From our first scuba class, we learn that having a buddy is important. Divers are taught about increased safety, more enjoyment, and even the advantages of a second pair of hands hauling around heavy dive gear. Somewhere along the line, however, the question of solo-diving always comes up. I’m not here to preach to anyone. I was solo-diving back when …Read More »

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