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  • Octopus Encounter

    Octopus Encounter

    I’ve always found the octopus to be a great subject to videotape. They can be quite charming and elusive. I’ve been guilty, as many divers are, of just plan harassing the poor cephalopod instead of the gentle approach. When I’ve seen them in the open, I would rush to get a shot, just to have them scurry away. Sometimes this …Read More »

  • California’s MLPA To Be Unaffected By State Budget Crisis

    California’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative will continue its public process to complete recommendations for a statewide network of marine protected areas. The state’s current fiscal issues have not impacted the MLPA’s planning budget. In response to the state’s temporary freeze of bond funds, the MLPA Initiative has secured private funding through its public-private partnership to complete a habitat-mapping …Read More »

  • 151 Dives in the Protected Waters of Washington State and British Columbia

    The long-awaited, fully expanded and updated successor to the Pacific Northwest’s diving bible – 141 Dives in the Protected Waters of Washington State and British Columbia – is now available from the Mountaineers Books. 151 Dives in the Protected Waters of Washington State and British Columbia presents essential information on the very best dives in the area. The inland sea …Read More »

  • To The Very Depths: A Memoir of Professor Peter B. Bennett, Ph.D.,D.Sc

    To The Very Depths: A Memoir of Professor Peter B. Bennett, Ph.D.,D.Sc

    This is the extraordinary story of Dr. Peter Bennett’s career and private life. Dr. Bennett is the founder of Diver’s Alert Network (DAN) and currently the executive director of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS).  In a first-hand perspective, he tells his story vividly and pulls no punches in describing the events and the people involved with him during …Read More »

  • Top Ten Tips For More Enjoyable California Diving

    Top Ten Tips For More Enjoyable California Diving

    California offers divers both unique opportunities and challenges. Divers become comfortable and enjoy new diving situations by gaining confidence through experience. In addition to mastering diving skills such as buoyancy control and navigation, there are simple things you can do to increase your joy of California diving. Here is my top ten: 10. Carry a light. Diving beneath a thick …Read More »

  • Scuba.com Announces New Ways for Divers to Connect Online

    Scuba Divers are social creatures who are passionate about life and eager to share their experiences with others. That’s why Scuba.com has expanded their free Diver Webpage community www.scuba.com/me/ to make it easier for divers to connect online. There are currently over 500 divers participating from 40 countries with close to 1,000 scuba diving photos and over 250 dive slate …Read More »

  • Sal Zammitti to receive the California Scuba Service Award

    The recipient of the 2009 California Scuba Service Award is Sal Zammitti, owner of the Bay Area Bamboo Reef Dive stores. This award was established in 1989 by Saint Brendan Corp. (parent company of California Diving News and the SCUBA Show) to recognize those who have made significant and long lasting contributions to the California diving community. Sal was certified …Read More »

  • Diving Physics with Bubble Mechanics and Decompression Theory in Depth

    Diving Physics with Bubble Mechanics and Decompression Theory in Depth focuses on physics and associated mathematical relationships to diving. Basic principles are first presented, and then practical applications and results are detailed. This book covers basic physics, gas laws, mixed gases and decompression, deep stops, decompression strategies and theory, recreational and technical RGBM Air & Nitrox Tables, computing and decompression …Read More »

  • Aquastar Dive Light Review

    In a fully lit room while silent, using just your finger, try pointing out an object about the size of quarter to your friend from across the room. See if they can spot it. Now try doing the same with an ordinary compact dive light. Easier, yes, but still difficult, especially if that small object thing worthy of your attention …Read More »

  • Avalon Underwater Cleanup a Success

    The sun struggled to break through the clouds as 400 divers hit the water February 21 for the 28th annual Avalon Underwater Cleanup. The event not only scours trash from the Avalon Harbor area but also serves as a fund-raiser for both the Catalina Conservancy Divers and the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. Remembering the abysmal conditions from 2008, divers were very …Read More »

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