Recent Articles

  • How to Beat the Enemies of Dive Gear

    Everything eventually wears out and must be discarded, but when it comes to expensive dive gear, we want to put off the death of our dive gear as long as possible. To do this, you need to identify the enemies that wear away at gear and learn ways to fight these enemies. Most divers are familiar with factors such as …Read More »

  • Camera Maintenance

    A good preventative maintenance routine will not only save you money, but also give you that peace of mind that your camera system will perform. Begin by assembling your system in a clean, dry, lint free area. Gather all your system components and visually check that you have everything. Checklists are handy in this case. The area you will use …Read More »

  • Stalking Squid

    It was 8 p.m. The ocean looked inky black. A light haze enveloped a moonless sky, blotting out the stars. We stood on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean with one thing certain: We knew they were out there. But where, exactly, and could we find them? Our elusive quarry. . . opalescent squid (Loligo opalescens). Each year from mid-December …Read More »

  • Fishes Who Are Much More than a Bunch of Hot Air

    Pufferfishes and porcupinefishes are members of two closely related families—the Tetraodontidae and the Diodontidae—that are known throughout the world. But not always for the same reason. One of those reasons is because in some cultures they are highly prized for food. The only trouble is that the members of these two families contain one of the most deadly toxins around. …Read More »

  • Lessons Taught By and Early Winter Storm

    Winter diving in California can be great with fantastic water clarity but there are those days when you get “whopped up side da head.” Such was the day on December 9 when storm of unexpected ferrousity struck. To varying degrees, dive boats were caught offshore and some, myself included, had quite a bad experience of it. The day began with …Read More »

  • Making Your Underwater Photos Look Their Best in the Digital Darkroom

    Anyone who has attempted “serious” underwater photography eventually finds themselves on a road that leads from the film in the camera, to the film on the light table, to the film in the trash can because of some flaw that appears more obvious than the teeth of a great white shark. It seems that the more pictures we take the …Read More »

  • Go From Catalina to Palau in 30 Minutes as a Volunteer Diver with the Aquarium of the Pacific

    I entered slowly so as not to cause too much commotion. I winced as a trickle of 63-degree water slid down my back. The bottom lay 27 feet below. Pacific barracuda navigated the strands of kelp. A school of mackerel zoomed about while five white sea bass glided by. As I landed on the rocky bottom, several California halibut came …Read More »

  • Getting a Grip on Gloves

    In the tropics it is now advocated that you not wear dive gloves when you dive. It is said that gloves give you the sense of “permission” to touch the delicate coral reefs. While this may be well and good, it does not, and cannot, apply to California diving. We dive in a much more harsh environment than your run …Read More »

  • Mako Madness

    Doc Anes broke to the surface, the afternoon sun glinting off his stainless steel shark suit, and yelled to the divers snoozing on the boat, “Get in, I’ve got two Mako’s!” Six divers and $20,000 worth of camera gear poured into the water. Soon we were all hanging to the outside of the submerged shark cage and snapping pictures as …Read More »

  • Resolutions for the Diving Season: Why this Year Will Be Different

    Many “resolutions” were made (and broken) a long time ago at the turn of the new year. While I am not willing to follow the turn of the calendar year, I do believe in the value of having annual goals or “resolutions” if you will. With spring and warmer weather soon on the way, diving becomes a greater interest. This …Read More »

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