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  • 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 »

  • State Research Vessel Begins Second Life

    State Research Vessel Begins Second Life

    After 19 years of service with the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), the research vessel Mako will begin a new role in academia. In October, she will join the fleet of the California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime), at its university campus in Vallejo. The Mako is an 80-foot, steel-hulled, deep-sea trawler built for DFG in 1990. For nearly two …Read More »

  • Inductees for 2010 Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Announced

    The Honorable McKeeva Bush, OBE, Minister for Financial Services, Tourism & Development in the Cayman Islands, and the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Board of Directors are proud to announce the latest inductees into the prestigious Hall of Fame. Maintaining its prominent reputation for world-class diving, the Cayman Islands will host the 2010 International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame …Read More »

  • Simnia

    Simnia

    Some of California’s underwater critters are easy to find–they swim right up to you. Others are shy and reclusive and you have to hunt for them. Still others are so well camouflaged that they can be right in front of your face and you may never see them. These ultimate masters of disguise are among the most intricate and beautiful …Read More »

  • EPA to spend more than $50 Million to address DDT, PCBs off Southern California

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected a cleanup strategy for the Palos Verdes Shelf Superfund Site, where a large area on the ocean floor off the Palos Verdes Peninsula is contaminated with DDT and PCBs. “Signing this interim cleanup plan is a major milestone that puts the Palos Verdes Shelf Superfund Site on the road to remediation,” said Keith …Read More »

  • Industry’s First-ever Online Dive Computer Training Class Set to Launch

    A new program, spearheaded by Oceanic Worldwide, is designed to help new divers and student divers to learn how to use the Veo 100 dive computer in a simple, interactive and effective way. Last month’s widely applauded announcement by a leading scuba training organization is helping re-shape how dive retailers and divers view and utilize dive computers in Open Water …Read More »

  • Improve Your Photography: Get Better Macro Images

    Improve Your Photography: Get Better Macro Images

    Macro photography is generally considered to be a bit more approachable than wide-angle photography by underwater photographers. The lenses and strobes are smaller and less expensive compared to what is needed for wide-angle photography, and macro subjects are easier to find and compose. Importantly, most macro subjects cannot swim away and allow divers plenty of time to practice to get …Read More »

  • Fish and Game Seeks Resources, Partners for Development of a Lobster Fishery Management Plan

    The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is working to identify resources and partners that will help develop a spiny lobster Fisheries Management Plan (FMP). DFG is considering the California spiny lobster because it is a key species that supports important recreational and commercial fisheries in the Southern California marine ecosystem. An FMP for lobster also provides an opportunity …Read More »

  • Military Jet Lost in 1955 Found in Santa Monica Bay

    The wreckage of a missing Lockheed T-33A jet trainer has been found in the ocean off Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This past April, members of UB88.org working in cooperation with Aircraftwrecks.com and the Missing Aircraft Search Team (MAST) located the wreck during a sonar survey for another aircraft, a missing P-51D Mustang fighter presumed lost at sea in 1944. …Read More »

  • Operation S.E.R.V.E. Inaugural Kickoff Dive Rally and Luncheon Fundraiser

    Operation Scuba Education &Rehabilitation for Veterans Empowerment (Operation S.E.R.V.E.) is a non-profit tax-exempt (501-C3) pending national organization chartered in the state of California. Operation S.E.R.V.E’s purpose is to empower our returning military veterans by promoting physical healing, uplifting lives and providing a lifelong level of success. Primary goal of Operation S.E.R.V.E. is to improve the lives of veterans with disabilities …Read More »

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