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  • Shark Angels Expedition a Resounding Success

    Shark Angels Expedition a Resounding Success

    Armed with hours of video footage and photographs from a recent tiger shark expedition in the Caribbean, production of the Shark Angels short feature documentary is well under way. The Shark Angels alliance—consisting of Kim McCoy, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Executive Director; Julie Andersen, Shark Savers Director; and Alison Kock, Save Our Seas Foundation Head Field Biologist—hopes that this short …Read More »

  • Sanctuary Sam Speaks for New NOAA Program

    NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program today announced the launch of a new national ocean literacy, education, and public awareness campaign featuring Sanctuary Sam, a California sea lion who will be the program’s “spokes-sea lion.” “What Smokey Bear did for our nation’s forests, Sanctuary Sam has the potential to do, making ocean issues real for all Americans,” said Daniel J. Basta, …Read More »

  • Rescue Tape

    Rescue Tape

    Harbor Products announces a successful debut to the diving community of their popular Rescue Tape. Already a highly talked about product amongst boaters, Rescue Tape is making rapid inroads into scuba with its self-fusing silicone tape that works even underwater. “Rescue Tape® has been embraced by boaters in the United States, causing it to be one of the hottest selling …Read More »

  • Better Beach Diving, Part 2

    WATER ENTRY AND EXIT At water’s edge take a moment to again study and time the wave sets. Using the timing you gathered observing before dressing in, you will be timing your passage through the surf zone. Now is the key time to decide on a go or no-go. Remember, nobody ever got hurt from a dive they did not …Read More »

  • Gear to Service You Don’t Always Consider

    We should all know that regulators should be checked and serviced once a year. Tanks need a visual inspection (VIP) annually as well. Then there is the pre-dive inspections and self-servicing you should be doing on your own—fin and mask straps, hoses, regulator mouthpiece, etc. But there are a number of regular maintenance items that are often ignored, sometimes for …Read More »

  • California’s Best “Big Animal” Dives

    There has been a lot of emphasis lately with scuba marketeers for experiences with “big animals.” This generally refers to swimming with whale sharks, gliding with giant manta rays, or thrilling to an underwater encounter with a whale. These are experiences not to be missed, for sure but, unfortunately, California never seems to rank high on the list of destinations …Read More »

  • Nocturnal Lights SLX Light

    There is nothing quite as pleasing to a consumer as a product that delivers more than what is promised. I recently acquired a SLX Auto Focus Assist Light (for Photos) from Nocturnal Lights. As its name states, its primary intention is a light to help auto-focus cameras “lock on” for crisp, clean, sharp photos. But I found the light to …Read More »

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Catching Abalone

    Each April divers come down to the sea in rubber suits in search of one of California’s most tasty treats. The red abalone is the world’s largest abalone and this mollusk thrives in Northern California. In the south, a combination of factors have reduced the abalone population to levels that are not sustainable; however, Northern California is another matter and …Read More »

  • Photo Flashes and Their Uses

    So now you’ve got a camera, you’ve made a lens choice, you’ve selected your ISO, and you’ve got an understanding of the relationship between shutter speed and aperture. Are you ready to make pretty pictures underwater? Almost. But first, we’d better fire up your flash. You may remember being introduced in your basic scuba class to a guy named Roy …Read More »

  • H2Odyssey Mariner DB1

    California divers are especially hard on their dive bags. No divers cram their bags with more gear — heavy soggy wetsuits or dry suits, big BCs, sometimes even lead weights. The dive gear I wear out or break the fastest, second only to boots, are my dive bags. But I have found a bag that is going to stick with …Read More »

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