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  • What is a ‘Dive Club?’

    Hang around the diving scene long enough and sooner or later you will be invited to a dive club. Is belonging to a dive club really worth your while? Yes. If you dive any more than a couple times a year, you will benefit by belonging to a dive club. Consider some of the benefits: MENTORING This is perhaps the …Read More »

  • A Nudibranch In The Pink

    California has such a rich variety of bright, colorful nudibranchs, and as a consequence, many divers have a pretty good grasp of the major groupings of these sea creatures. The basic “seat-of-the-[wetsuit]-pants” generalization is that there are two forms of nudibranchs (or “suborders” in more scientific jargon)—the dorids, which are the sluggy-looking sea slugs, flattened from top to bottom, and …Read More »

  • Snorkel Savvy

    Some time ago I was on a dive boat where the current had shifted 180 degrees. Fortunately, it had gone from strong to only moderate, but it left a fair amount of divers stuck downcurrent with a long snorkel back to the boat as the only alternative. A handful of divers returned to the boat huffing, puffing, coughing and sputtering …Read More »

  • Hunting Gifts

    When it comes to holiday gifts to and from divers, dive gear can be tough.First, few items are below one-hundred dollars, even fewer under fifty dollars. Many items have to fit just right, or with divers, being the way they are, the item has to be just the right model, make AND color. No wonder it’s so tough. But there …Read More »

  • How to Photograph Little Fish

    The quest for the ultimate fish portrait is the quest for the ultimate brain-damaged subject. I’ll define brain-damaged in this context as those subjects who are, for some strange reason, not afraid of you or your camera and may even take an interest in you. This is an unusual situation, since fish do not get to be old by being …Read More »

  • Dealing with Equipment Failures

    I had an equipment failure on my last dive. There was actually no real danger. I didn’t panic, but for the first time since I’ve been diving, I was scared. I have been going over it in my mind, thinking hard about whether I did the right things. Overall, I came to the conclusion that I did everything right. If …Read More »

  • How to Get Great Diver Photos

    Look on the cover of any dive magazine and what do you see? While you might see the occasional invertebrate of fish photo, most cover shots are of divers having fun underwater. A diver in the photograph gives perspective to the underwater experience and gives a strong message to the viewer, “You can be there too.” This is very important …Read More »

  • High Adventure at the High Spot ? Chance Encounter with a Great White Shark

    My wife doesn’t want me to dive anymore just because I had the good(?) fortune of bumping into a creature with the capacity to devour me. I then made the mistake of telling her the story. I should learn to keep my mouth shut. I had been invited by my dive buddies Rick and Rich to accompany them on Rick’s …Read More »

  • Joy of Winter Diving

    About this time of year the weather begins to cool, people begin to think about football and skiing, and many put away their dive gear to gather dust until next spring. Okay, maybe I like to swim upstream, but I love winter diving. It’s not that I dislike football or skiing, but I really like winter diving. Why you ask? …Read More »

  • Night Diving with a Buddy

    I like diving with a buddy, not just for the safety aspects but for the shared experiences. Also, with a second set of eyes, I see more on dive with a buddy. But the one situation that seems to create an excess of dive buddy problems is night diving. Separation is a common problem, and more dangerous at night. Or …Read More »

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