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  • Sign Language for Divers

    My buddy swam up with a determined look on his face. A series of grunts and hand signals followed, but I had no clue what he was trying to communicate. He became frustrated and looked more like a Neanderthal with a toothache than the good diver he was. We proceed to the surface to figure out what he was trying …Read More »

  • The Whaler’s Dive Club

    The Whaler’s Dive Club is based in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County. For over forty years the Whaler’s have been organizing monthly dives to the Channel Islands and other spectacular Southern California dive sites. The group meets on the first Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at the Denny’s Restaurant at 8330 Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Woodland …Read More »

  • Aquatec Mini-Light

    While night diving we need to have three reliable dive lights — a primary, secondary or back-up light and a diver locator light. The primary is a powerful light for looking around. The secondary is a compact light of moderate power to safely surface and return to the entry point (boat or shore) should the primary light fail. A diver …Read More »

  • Dive Logs

    I am a good diver with 31 years of active diving. But there are some things I do not do well, or not at all. Logging my dives is the worst. Other than scratching out a few notes on a legal pad, I do none. Even the notes are only because I write articles that depend on that material. It …Read More »

  • Twas a Holiday Boat Dive

    Twas the night after our dives, there was nothing else to do,Not a diver was stirring, not even the crew.Our gear were all hanging by the smoke stack with care,With hopes of dry wetsuits in the morn would be there. The divers were tossing and turning in beds,While visions of sea life swam in their heads.And my buddy in his …Read More »

  • Squid Invasion!

    Squid Invasion!

    There’s an invasion brewing. They are lurking offshore, waiting for the right time to come closer. And when the time is right, they strike with a vengeance. If you’re an FBI agent reading this, calm down. I’m not talking about “scuba terrorists.” This invasion happens every year at this time. It’s the annual mating ritual of the common (or market) …Read More »

  • NAUI Approves Inspiration and Evolution Rebreathers

    NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) has announced the addition of the Inspiration and Evolution Rebreathers manufactured by Ambient Pressure Diving Ltd. and distributed by Silent Diving Systems LLC to their list of approved rebreathers for NAUI training courses that can be found in the Technical Diving Section of their website at In order for a rebreather to be …Read More »

  • Order For Remaining MPLA Study Regions Announced

    Secretary for Resources Mike Chrisman has announced the order of three remaining study regions to implement California’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) by 2011. Data collection will begin in the MLPA South Coast Study Region, (Point Conception south to the border with Mexico), in early 2008, followed by the MLPA North Coast Study Region (Alder Creek north to the border …Read More »

  • Student Ocean Art and Poetry On Display at Aquarium; 2008 Contest Announced

    The artwork and poetry of several southern California students will be included in an exhibit at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro from through January 6. These youth were honored in the 2007 California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest for kindergarten through 12th grade students, presented by the California Coastal Commission. In the 2007 contest, nearly 1,900 entries were …Read More »

  • Atomic Mask Design Wins Award

    Atomic Mask Design Wins Award

    For the second year in a row, Atomic Aquatics has been recognized with a RED DOT Award for product design excellence. The company received this award for its innovative and highly popular “frameless” dive mask. The prestigious Red Dot Awards have been presented from the last 50 years recognizing true product design excellence in a wide range of categories. This …Read More »

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