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  • Lessen Your Lead

    We divers wear lead on nearly every dive to counteract buoyancy contributed by dive gear (usually from thermal protection) or our bodies or a combination of both. If we are going to stay underwater to explore underwater, we need to wear lead. But less is better. Not only do you reduce the amount of sheer grunt effort in having to …Read More »

  • How to Photograph Divers

    Adding divers to your photographs adds a special element to your underwater images. The viewer of the photo is able to vicariously put themselves into the underwater scene and thus gain more pleasure out of viewing your underwater pictures. The underwater model can help evoke excitement, awe, and add perspective to the scene. But there are also a lot of …Read More »

  • The North Coast’s 3 Best Abalone Sites for Beginners

    Northern California divers anticipate the opening of abalone season much like children anticipate Santa. And, for good reason, since this tasty mollusk can only be caught by sport divers in California. Each year the hunt is joined by new divers, and the question is always the same, “Where should we go?” So what makes a good beginner ab spot? Certainly, …Read More »

  • Pre-Dive Buddy Checks: Key for Diver Safety

    We all know we are supposed to dive with a buddy, right? But you find yourself on a dive boat alone and having to pair up with somebody new that you have never dived with before. Sure, you can usually do it safely, but there are certain steps you should take to ensure maximum safety and for full enjoyment from …Read More »

  • Bill Would Restrict Access to Dive Sites

    The Children’s Pool in La Jolla has been a popular spot for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving since it was built in the 1930’s. Harbor seals moved to the pool from nearby Seal Rock in the late 90’s. People coexisted peacefully with the seals for several years. This harmony came to an end when animal rights activists made the seals …Read More »

  • Rip Currents: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    You hear a lot about currents as the extreme danger. Yes, this is true for the ordinary swimmer. But for experienced beach divers they can be used to their advantage. A lot of divers do not know this. First, let’s consider the mechanics and makeup of a rip current. What They Are Rip currents (sometimes mistakenly called “rip tides”) are, …Read More »

  • Rocky Coast Entries

    Rocky Coast Entries

    Most divers face the choice—beach or boat? While we would normally prefer to dive from a boat, this option is not always possible or practical. While sandy beach dives are often easy and accessible, many divers do not think fondly of them. They often require a long swim to an interesting reef, and—that sand—it gets everywhere. There is an alternative …Read More »

  • Pay Attention at Dive Briefings

    A few month’s ago something happened on a dive charter boat that I cannot seem to shake. I was by myself but had picked up a buddy onboard. It turned out to be a good day of diving, but what bothered me was those divers during the dive briefing simply did not pay attention. When I expressed my irritation to …Read More »

  • Scythe Butterflyfish Not A ‘Tropical’ Species

    I enjoyed Ken Kurtis’ recent article on Crane Point at the Empire Landing Quarry. This area of Catalina is one of my favorite local dive sites. As Ken mentioned, one of the highlights of this site is the scythe butterflyfish. They’ve been seen in Catalina waters for decades, and as Ken said, most likely dispersed from their usual tropical distribution …Read More »

  • Better Air Consumption

    Better Air Consumption

    Who would not want more dive time? In general, that simply translates to better air consumption. The slower you consume your breathing gas, the longer your dive. Let’s look at some ways to slow down your breathing gas consumption and thus prolong your dive times. STREAMLINE YOUR GEAR: All loose and bulky gear will create water resistance as you move …Read More »

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