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  • Underwater Hunter 2

    Dale, As I do every month for the past 20 plus years, I read my copy of CDN from cover to cover. I especially enjoy your editorials and might not always agree, but heck, us old dinosaur divers got to stick together. I must say that I was a little perplexed with your recent editorial on underwater hunting and the …Read More »

  • Point Lobos Fees Go Sky High

    Point Lobos Fees Go Sky High The fee to dive Point Lobos is now $10 per diver no matter if you make reservations or not. That does not include the entry fee of $10 per car. All boats launched at Point Lobos will be $5 per boat. To do a standard dive at Point lobos without a boat is $30 …Read More »

  • Launches Mobile Site Launches Mobile Site For Divers On-the-Go A new mobile-optimized version of makes it easy for divers to browse for and purchase scuba gear directly from their mobile devices.’s vast inventory of scuba gear and snorkeling equipment is now available from anywhere thanks to the newly launched mobile site. This new mobile site offers a much faster …Read More »

  • Help! I Have Created A Monster!

    Help! I Have Created A Monster!

    Kim and I recently enjoyed a multi-day dive trip aboard the Conception out of Santa Barbara. It was four glorious days of exploring the Northern Channel Islands. While our main goal was article research and photography (with myself as the cameraman and her as the model) we had plenty of time to just knock around the reefs having fun. As …Read More »

  • Giants on the Star – Black Sea Bass Inhabit The Star of Scotland Wreck

    Giants on the Star – Black Sea Bass Inhabit The Star of Scotland Wreck

    The dive plan for the day was to have a black sea bass encounter, and the location chosen was the venerable wreck, Star of Scotland in Santa Monica Bay. Santa Monica Bay? Most divers would ask, why there, instead of Catalina? True, most divers typically meet these amazing creatures at the offshore islands, but our coastal waters harbor a robust …Read More »

  • Thoughts From An Underwater Hunter

    CDN: Just read the article, “So you want to be an underwater hunter?” in the November issue of California Diving News. Good article with some good suggestions for the would-be hunter. This would include me. I have gone spearfishing three times: 1) Front side of Catalina 08–Limited on sheephead; 2) Ship Rock 09–3 calicos, 1 sheephead; 3) Refugio 09–4 perch. …Read More »

  • Joe Liburdi Opens New Dive Shop in Irvine

    Joe Liburdi has come out of retirement to open Joe Liburdi’s Dive & Photo, a new retail and training center in Irvine. Joe, at 79 might possibly be the oldest man to ever open a new dive shop. Joe opened his first shop in 1972 and has gained experience, knowledge and reputation. Joe and his partner Carl Felien have designed …Read More »

  • Safety Stop Strategies

    We all know how important it is to perform a 15-foot deep “safety stop” at the end of a no-decompression dive, particularly if the dive is deep or subsequent dives on a day of multiple dives. But it is important that your safety stop not be sloppy. A sloppy safety stop is when you are tense, bobbing up and down …Read More »

  • Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup

    The 28th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2010 Once a year the Avalon Harbor Department permits diving in Avalon Harbor–the Avalon Underwater Cleanup. This event, which is steeped in over a quarter century of tradition, brings together over 500 divers from California and other western states, as well as many foreign countries. In …Read More »

  • L.A. County Underwater Instructor Certification Course

    Los Angeles County Scuba has announced their 57th Underwater Instructor’s Certification Course (UICC) will begin in January 2010. L.A. County has been training scuba instructors since 1954 in the most comprehensive, thorough and rigorous program in the scuba diving industry. L.A. County Scuba has embarked on new programs for the 21st century with the addition of NAUI (National Association of …Read More »

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