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  • Diving in Currents

    Diving in Currents

    While most divers like to dive in placid waters, there comes a time when it is desirable and pleasurable to dive in a current. So why deal with a current at all? Why not exclusively dive calm sites? Water-borne nutrients support all marine life, and currents bring the nutrients to the reef. Simply put, sites with consistent or at least …Read More »

  • The Rules Apply to Everybody

    On a recent trip to Cocos, my computer failed on the fourth dive of the trip (first dive of the second day). As I fired it up in the dive dinghy right before we left the mother ship, the screen lit up and then dimmed, went through its countdown procedure, beeped, showed a low-battery warning—and then went blank. Reactivating it …Read More »

  • Better Fish Portraiture

    Better Fish Portraiture

    Underwater photography can be a challenging adventure. You must keep the inside of your camera dry, deal with low light levels, and visibility that is measured in feet instead of miles. Not to mention that the sea is always in motion, making it difficult to compose even stationary subjects. And then there are those subjects that swim. Yes, fish portraiture …Read More »

  • How to Photograph Kelp Critters

    How to Photograph Kelp Critters

    If I were a poet I would surely pen an “Ode to Kelp.” California diving is both unique and fascinating due to our large beds of giant kelp. Kelp attracts, shelters and feeds much of California’s reef life. Many divers think of kelp that is something to be avoided, a barrier you must pass through to get to the reef …Read More »

  • Practical Night Diving

    Practical Night Diving

    We’ve all heard the excuse many times. It’s too cold, too late, or too close to dinner. Seems a lot of divers talk about a night dive, but when it comes time for the neoprene to meet the skin, many bow out. This is often their loss since night dives can be some of the most unusual and beautiful dives …Read More »

  • How to Create a Good Relationship with Your Dive Shop (part 1)

    How to Create a Good Relationship with Your Dive Shop (part 1)

    When the subject of this editorial first dawned on me, I had an immediate response (and joking) answer: Spend a lot of money. Actually, that’s not it. How you react to a lot of what I’m about to say will depend on what your view of a dive shop is. And realize that there are plenty of “good” shops out …Read More »

  • Lobster Fever: A Cautionary Tale

    Lobster Fever: A Cautionary Tale

    It’s 3 a.m. in mid-September 197xx and I’m roaring down the 405 Freeway with a crazy person driving. All the windows are down and the 70 mph wind is shrieking through the 10-year old Ford. Suddenly the maniac lifts both hands from the wheel and yells, “Let it go!” The thought strikes me: I’m in trouble… Snugging my seatbelt another …Read More »

  • Develop An Eye For Underwater Photography

    Develop An Eye For Underwater Photography

    I have a pet saying that I repeat every time I teach a photo workshop. You can buy the best camera in the world but if you never develop an eye for the image, all you’ll end up with is technically perfect crap. It’s like the old joke, “It’s not the size of the wand; it’s the skill of the …Read More »

  • Spearfisher Wins Struggle with Monster Lingcod

    CDN:The Underwater Hunter course here in Sacramento (  is going great. Each student truly raves about the course and comes away with a better understanding of what is legal. The DFG Finfish and Shellfish Identification books really make a difference in teaching this course. This is one of the divers on a recent Underwater Hunter class trip to the North …Read More »

  • How to Develop A Good Relationship with Your Dive Store (Part 2)

    Last month, we gave you some common-sense (at least from a store owner’s perspective) ideas on how to develop a good relationship with your local dive shop. This month, we pick up where we left off: SHOW A LITTLE LOYALTY: We know you’re going to shop at other stores. But see if you can make one store your “home” store. …Read More »

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