Recent Articles

  • Interacting with Sea Lions

    Diving California even just a few times and odds are you will have an exciting underwater encounter with a sea lion. Underwater, these animals are very fast moving, precocious, and prone to mischief. They will zoom in right at your face, sometimes blowing bubbles, roaring all the way. It is all at the same time frightening, exhilarating, and fun. Such …Read More »

  • Beginning Spearfishing

    If you enjoy a good piece of fish from your local seafood restaurant or store, you’ll love spearing your own fish. The taste can get no better as the fish is the absolute freshest. You get the fun of being underwater, and believe it or not, spearfishing is one of the more environmentally friendly ways to harvest from the sea. …Read More »

  • Snorkels: How They Work, How They Work Best

    Along with the mask, it was the first piece of dive gear invented. The snorkel allowed the user to breath underwater (albeit only a few inches) and take in the grandeur of the underwater world. BASIC PRINCIPLE At its most basic level, the snorkel is simply a tube that allows you to breath surface air with your body partially submerged. …Read More »

  • If It’s Tuesday, this Must Be Santa Cruz Island, Right?

    What we have here in Southern California is a total of eight Channel Islands (a southern group of four and a northern chain of four). This is not to mention a handful of beautiful islands just south of the border. There are hundreds, if not thousands of dive sites to explore. Wrecks, reefs, pinnacles, walls—it’s all here. We also have …Read More »

  • Chartering Your Own Boat

    To go boat diving, your choices have long been perceived as either buying your own boat or tagging along with a group, either with a club, dive store, or open boat that charters the larger commercial dive boats. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. Owning your own boat is the ultimate freedom, diving when, where and how you want. …Read More »

  • Myths, Misconceptions and Truths about Seasickness

    First, let me say straight out that this is not a scientific article, based on any extensive research. It is, rather, based on nearly 30 years of going to sea, watching people get seasick, and getting seasick myself. I have read most of the articles on how to prevent seasickness and frankly, a lot of them have it wrong, or …Read More »

  • How To Piss Off The Divemaster

    (The following is—hopefully obviously—written with tongue planted firmly in cheek.) There seems to be one (sometimes as many as THREE!) on every boat. Their main function is to annoy you and hamper your personal diving style. We’re talking, of course, about a divemaster, that insidious individual who tells you what to do and when to do it. Since their sole …Read More »

  • Playing with Garibaldi

    When I have guests over to the house I often find myself showing off my dumb dog George and the few silly tricks I have managed to teach him. On command he will sit up, come, stay, roll over, dance on his hind legs, and even speak. Did you know you can get a garibaldi to stand on its nose? …Read More »

  • A Sea Urchin Which Inspires Thoughts of Love

    As a rule, neither sea urchins nor their scientific names are thought of by the average person in terms of anything except pain and suffering. Take, for instance, one of California’s most visible species, the giant red sea urchin. Certainly, it has left extremely unpleasant reminders of its presence with many a diver or beachgoer who have had any of …Read More »

  • Attracting Fish and Manipulating Their Behavior Without Food

    And the controversy over the ethics of fish feeding rages… Florida has now banned fish feeding. Does it artificially alter fish behavior? Does it have a negative impact on the environment? Whatever side you take, it is nice to know that there are ways other than fish feeding to attract and hold the attention of fish. RUBBING ROCKS TOGETHER Many …Read More »

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