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  • California Enjoys Good Ocean Water Quality

    California beachgoers enjoyed near-record good water quality in 2008-09, according to the 19th annual Beach Report Card. Heal the Bay analysts assigned A-to-F letter grades to 502 beaches along the California coast, based on levels of weekly bacterial pollution reported from April 2008 through March 2009. During the high-traffic 2008 summer season, 91 percent of beaches statewide received A or …Read More »

  • Coastal Photo Competition Underway

    Entries are now being accepted for the annual Amateur Coastal Photography Competition sponsored by the California Coastal Commission and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Up to five color photos may be submitted depicting scenery of the California coast, native coastal wildlife, or people using the coast. There is also a new humor category this year. Entry is free and excellent donated …Read More »

  • SCUBA Show 2009 attendance at 10,202

    SCUBA Show 2009 attendance at 10,202

    The 22nd annual SCUBA Show was host to 10,202 attendees May 30-31. Aisles were crowded with enthusiastic, energized divers, as well as wanna-be divers, throughout the weekend. “This will go down in our books as one of the most successful SCUBA Shows ever,” stated show producer Dale Sheckler. “Seminars were well attended and our unique continuous film festival was a …Read More »

  • How Big Should A Rock Scallop Knife Be?

    I’m reading Dale Sheckler’s article (online) “Hunting Rock Scallops” and would like to know what knife blade length in inches is ideal for this. The article says the knife should be long. How many inches does he recommend? Thanks.Alex Fuhrer Alex,This depends on how you intend on harvesting the scallop. If you are going to cut the meat out rather …Read More »

  • DiveBud Scuba Float System

    DiveBud Scuba Float System

    Ocean Blue Technology introduces a new Scuba safety system called DiveBud. The DiveBud Scuba Float system consists of an innovative dive float with a high intensity LED beacon to alert boaters of a diver’s presence in the area and an automatically retracting dive reel to prevent the tedious effort of winding up the tow line. The products can be purchased …Read More »

  • Dive-A-Thon

    Make any excuse to go diving in July to win prizes worth thousands of dollars and raise funds to support the San Diego Oceans Foundation, a non-profit organization that has been promoting ocean stewardship for 25 years. The tax-deductible registration fee is $25 and includes a FREE event T-shirt. Online registration is simple and takes only ten minutes. Similar to …Read More »

  • Gold Star Dive

    The 12th Anniversary Gold Star Dive on Catalina Island at the Casino Point Underwater Park will be held on Saturday, July 18. The event is hosted by the Avalon Sheriff’s Station and sponsored by several dive shops, and companies associated with diving. This event will be a fund-raiser for the Avalon Sheriff’s Station’s  Y.A.L. (Youth Athletic League) program and the …Read More »

  • Scuba Travel Ventures and Aqua Dreams Travel Merge

    Scuba Travel Ventures has announced that the company has recently completed merger with Aqua Dreams Travel, which provides divers with more options than ever for dive travel vacations. The merger process, which began last year, is now completed and Scuba Travel Ventures now operates offices in both San Diego, California and Cape Coral, Florida. According to managing partner Ernie Arellano, …Read More »

  • Aqua Lung Pro QD BC Improved and Updated

    Aqua Lung Pro QD BC Improved and Updated

    Aqua Lung’s popular Pro QD BC has a new look for this diving season, complete with the latest features including the patented SureLock II™ weight system, which allows divers to easily insert and lock weights into place using a specialized rail system. “The original Pro QD was an excellent BC, but it was time to update it with some of …Read More »

  • Reef Check California Season Underway

    Reef Check California Season Underway

    Over 300 citizen scientists from across the state are now diving into the 2009 Reef Check California survey season. This small army of dedicated volunteer scuba divers will be counting over 70 types of marine creatures from rockfish to abalone as they survey over 60 rocky reefs from Eureka to San Diego. These aren’t typical university scientists scouring the underwater …Read More »

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