Recent Articles

  • Public Invited to Add Comments of Marine Protected Areas Process

    The state of California has invited the public to be involved in the planning for the California south coast marine preserves as dictated by the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA). Below is a schedule of upcoming meetings of the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force, Master Plan Science Advisory Team and South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group. All meetings are open to …Read More »

  • Lingcod

    Fish have basically two personality types—those that flit around the reef in a nervous, almost psychotic fashion; and those who are calm, relaxed, and confident. In California waters one of the most relaxed and approachable fish you will encounter is the lingcod. Biologists place lingcod into the Class Actinopterygii, the ray-finned fishes. These are called ray-finned because their fins are …Read More »

  • How to Choose an Instructor That is Right for You

    Let’s say you are in the market for a buoyancy compensator. You’ll want one that is just right for your style of diving. It should fit you just right and be a good value. You even want a particular color accent. But there are so many choices! Do you just walk into a dive store and buy the first BC …Read More »

  • Gentle Encounters with Octopus

    The octopus is the most intelligent of all the invertebrates. It is said that the octopus has the intelligence of a house cat—but I wouldn’t want to insult the octopus. Octopus are fascinating creatures with which to interact underwater. Although close, intimate observation is an experience not to be missed, these are delicate creatures that can be easily damaged even …Read More »

  • How To Survive a Dive With an Underwater Photographer

    While diving with a photographer you need to communicate everything, above the water and below. Nothing makes a photographer buddy crazier than that look on your face that says, “Huh? What do you want me to do.?” Before you get in the water, make sure you discuss what your plan is. You may not know how to take a picture, …Read More »

  • How to Make Time for Diving

    What is the single biggest thing that keeps you from diving more often? Money? Lack of skills? No dive buddy? While these may very well be the factors, odds are the largest deterrent to diving more often is a simple lack of time. Of course, there are things we could do to better organize and streamline our lives to do …Read More »

  • Arrow Gobies – Little Fishes That Dart All Around

    One of the harshest environments anywhere is the intertidal zone. Practically nowhere else on earth is so regularly exposed to such a variety of extreme conditions within such a short period of time. Just think of how it must be for tiny animals to be comfortably basking in cool, clean sea water, then just a few hours later, be stuck …Read More »

  • Diving is Sexy, but Not Sexual

    Diving is a sexy sport. Diving is exciting and for the most part its participants (male and female) are more attractive because they are the outdoor types, vibrant, and in love with life. Young or old divers have a natural glow about them. But diving is not sexual. Scantily clad (or in some cases, almost naked) photo exposes of women …Read More »

  • Wreck Photos

    The allure of sunken ships for divers is unmistakable. I am not entirely sure why, but if I were to guess it is our awe and fascination for the power of the sea to break (and sink) our feeble human attempts to dominate the sea. And then the sea reclaims them in wonderful, colorful ways with marine life. Wrecks make …Read More »

  • Kelp Photography

    Kelp is what makes diving in California truly special. California divers get the unique experience of floating through a magical forest full of enchanting creatures. This is something you simply must bring home to friends and family in photos to share. And you will want them for yourself to remind you of where you have been and will want to …Read More »

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