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  • 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 »

  • 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


    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 »

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