Recent Articles

  • Volunteer Divers Needed for California Rock Reef Surveys

    You and your dive buddy can help ensure the long-term sustainability of California’s rocky reefs. The Reef Check Foundation invites experienced divers to become trained in their California rocky reef monitoring program. Since 2005, Reef Check’s California (RCCA) Program has trained over 350 experienced recreational scuba divers to scientifically monitor California’s rocky reef ecosystem at 70 sites from Humboldt to …Read More »

  • Lions Invade La Jolla Shores

    Lions Invade La Jolla Shores

    La Jolla Shores is well known to most San Diego divers. Many local divers received their scuba certification there, including myself. Some divers after being certified at “The Shores” swear they will never dive there again! Many comments from new divers are, “There’s nothing but sand!” Veteran “Shores” divers know better. There is a great deal of marine life in …Read More »

  • Jana Strain Sets New Freediving Record

    Jana Strain Sets New Freediving Record

    In the final heat for constant no fins at the AIDA World Championships, Jana Strain set another Pan American record and claimed a bronze medal with a strong dive to 54M (177 feet), completed in two minutes and thirteen seconds. She broke her own existing Record of 53 meters (174 feet) set in September 7, 2009. “This was an incredible …Read More »

  • Dive Boat Review: Sand Dollar

    The quality of a California dive charter boat operation usually falls on just one individual–the owner and skipper. In the case of Captain George Staehling of the Sand Dollar he has succeeded wonderfully. On the completion of a recent multi-day trip on the Sand Dollar, I watched as divers left the boat and each had a smile, and I felt …Read More »

  • Operation S.E.R.V.E. Kickoff A Success

    Operation S.E.R.V.E. Kickoff A Success

    With a lone bugler playing taps in a frosty but beautiful November Saturday morning at Veteran’s Park in Redondo Beach and full color guard hoisting the Star Spangled banner and OP serve colors, the Operation S.E.R.V.E. team kicked off its first celebration in which it hopes to have many more to follow. Operation Scuba Education & Rehabilitation for Veterans Empowerment …Read More »

  • One Less Angel. Who Cares?

    On a recent lobster trip I was the only photographer onboard doing my duty as a reporter and editor for this publication. The rest of the boat were fervent lobster hunters. A few were spearfishing as well. Those who know me know I don’t have any problem with hunting so long as it is done legally and ethically. Although I …Read More »

  • OMS Recalls Buoyancy Control Systems

    Molding variations in this part as used in the OMS Buoyancy Control System (BCS) could cause cracking or breakage of part, resulting in rapid loss of buoyancy, creating a potential drowning hazard. Incidents/Injuries: There have been reported of 19 failures. These failures were discovered during inspection, with no reports of injuries or death. There are a total of 19,790 BCS …Read More »

  • The Price and Pain of Ocean Conservation

    The Price and Pain of Ocean Conservation

    The application of the Marine Life Protection Act to the coastline of California came one step closer to completion as the proposals for the area from Pt. Conception to the Mexican border were forwarded to the Fish and Game Commission for approval on December 9th. Over the next several months the merits of the proposals will be debated and final …Read More »

  • Rockfish


    The most common California reef fish, both by number of individual animals and number of species has got to be the rockfish (genus Sebastes). On every dive you are likely to see dozens of these fish and over a dozen different species. They come in many colors and fill an important niche in the reef community. The fossil record of …Read More »

  • 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 »

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