Recent Articles

  • Lobster Diving 101

    Pacific spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus) is the finest dinning experience a seafood lover can have. And venturing forth into the underwater realm to hand-catch your own lobster dinner can be one of the most fun experiences a diving enthusiast can have. It’s time to gear up lobster lovers! Lobster season is upon us. While diving for lobster is relatively simple, …Read More »

  • Is Tide Turning For Sea Turtle Protections?

    Endangered sea turtles. These graceful creatures have long fascinated people and for years the United States has played a lead role globally in their protection. But the tide could be turning. The government is now seemingly more interested in rolling back conservation measures than protecting the last of the sea turtles, particularly along the California coast. At a time when …Read More »

  • Oil Platform Anatomy

    Diving on oil platforms has become a popular activity. And rightfully so. These fantastic vertical hard structures far offshore, islands in vast open ocean stretches, attract huge amounts of marine life. Water clarity is generally great, and although the platforms are almost universally in very deep water, even intermediate divers can usually handle the a dive here because the are …Read More »

  • Fun With Sea Lions

    One of the most exciting encounters a California diver can have underwater is with a sea lion. They are nearly always playful and curious. Remarkably graceful and quick, their underwater antics resemble a contorted but graceful ballet by energetic agile children. ROOKERIES AND HAUL OUTS For your sea lion encounter you need to first be in the right place. Rookeries …Read More »

  • A Kelp Primer: What You Should Know About Macrocystis pyrifera

    We are lucky, you and I, that giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera), the largest kelp in the world, grows off our coast. Swimming through a kelp forest on a sunny day when the water is clear is an awesome experience, as magical as cruising through a redwood forest on land. Giant kelp is a type of brown algae that can grow …Read More »

  • How to Photograph Sea Stars

    Sea stars (often referred to incorrectly as starfish) are an excellent photo subject. They are colorful, full of texture and easily found. Most importantly, they sit still. With sea stars, the beginner can have a field day creating images that are dazzling and impressive, while the seasoned pro can spend time refining techniques of lighting and composition. Just a few …Read More »

  • Abalone Again Threatened

    Ten Years Ago the California diving community was in the forefront of marine management issues when a group of dive community leaders and representatives negotiated with the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), the Fish and Game (F&G) Commission, and the California Legislature. The result of those efforts resulted in the emergency closure of the commercial and recreational harvest of …Read More »

  • Pelaj Railgun Speargun

    Pelaj Railgun Speargun

    Pelaj announces that its Railgun range is now available worldwide. Comprising four models, Pelaj has a rail gun to suit every fish —from a mullet to a marlin. Made in Australia, the Pelaj Railgun range features numerous innovations including: reinforced Rhino speed barrels allowing use of stronger multiple rubbers resulting in more powerful, accurate shots; double clip in muzzles aligning …Read More »

  • Peace Dive Boat Announces Online Reservation System

    Peace dive boat has announced that its new online reservation system is up and running. Now you may at any hour of the day go to to view the space available for all open boat and freediving trips and sign up. Booking online with the Peace dive boat’s new online reservation system is easy and user friendly. Just enter …Read More »

  • California Scuba Service Award 2008: Karl Huggins

    Highlight of the Saturday Evening Casino Party is the awarding of the California Scuba Service Award. This award was established in 1989 by Saint Brendan Corp. (parent company of California Diving News and the SCUBA Show) to recognize those who have made significant and long lasting contributions to the California diving community. The recipient of the 2008 California Scuba Service …Read More »

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