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Why Go There? What to Expect from the Scuba Show

You’ve heard the old saying, “birds of a feather flock together,” right? I’m not sure how to correctly describe a gathering of scuba divers — a school? A herd? A pack? For the purposes of this article, we’ll call them a show of scuba divers. As in, the Scuba Show. Why?  Well, the word “show” fits in this instance, because at the Scuba Show there is a lot to see. It includes every scuba divery-thing you can imagine — and some you haven’t even imagined […]

Uribe 121 Sinking April 25 Off Baja California

A date has been set for sinking the first underwater park attraction off Baja California. April 25 is the date planned to sink Uribe 121, an old Mexican Navy battleship in The Rosarito Underwater Park, or Parque Sumarino Rosarito.   The area in northwest Mexico is about 40 miles from San Diego. The decommissioned Uribe-class patrol boat, Uribe 121, has been donated by the Mexican Navy and is being cleaned to protect the environment and modified for diver safety. Other ships and sculptures will be added […]

How To Be A Comfortable Diver

Learning to dive is a lot like learning to drive a car. A certification card, like a driver’s license, is a license to learn, rather than an end unto itself. Both of these activities require participants to multitask–maintaining buoyancy, watching depth, time, decompression limits, currents, etc.– and each is difficult to enjoy if you consciously keep track of everything. Like drivers, divers need to gain experience to become comfortable enough to allow their subconscious mind to maintain a background awareness of many of these tasks, […]

Salt Point/Gerstle Cove Coastal Clean Day and Dive — July 30

Unfortunately, there has been an increase in beach trash at popular North Coast beach sites especially with the tsunami in Japan. NorCal Underwater Hunters and Sonoma Coast Bamboo Reef have announced a Coastal Clean Day and Dive and invite everyone to join in the festivities at Salt Point State Park/Gerstle Cove in Sonoma County July 30, 2011. Participants should meet up at 9 a.m. in the big parking lot next to the Gerstle Cove. The clean-up will progress until noon when there will be a […]

Sheephead: The Bold Rogue of the Kelp Forest

When I first came upon a male California sheephead, I thought I had wandered into the neighborhood of the local bully. The adult sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) are bigger than many fish of the Central and Southern California rocky reefs and kelp forests. With a big, blunt, black head, red mid-section, and black tail he looks at you with alert eyes, a sense of cool detachment and a mouthful of long, crooked teeth. Itʼs not just his appearance that is a bit intimidating, itʼs his attitude. […]

Atomic Cobalt Computer Review

Let me get this out of my system right away. I was first attracted to the Atomic Cobalt dive computer simply because it looked really cool. The bright colorful lights and numbers mesmerized me. Wow! When I first dived with it on a boat recently, other divers onboard were equally enthralled with the display. I am not much one for status symbols but here I had one. Since their introduction last year, the Atomic Cobalt computer has been in incredible demand, limited supply and, unfortunately, […]

SCUBA.com Adds Features To Its Webpage

Since their release of the diver-focused social network “Me” pages, SCUBA.com has connected hundreds of divers from around the world who share the same passion about scuba. From sharing photos, looking for buddies, to “searching for love,” divers enjoy interacting with other divers every day through this free diver webpage community. SCUBA.com has now added new features aimed at offering more customizable tools in order to give more chances to meet new dive buddies or compare notes about common experiences among friends.  New features added […]

Waterhorse Charters Honoring Tickets

For a limited time Waterhorse Charters will honor all former San Diego “Dive Connection” boat tickets for 25% off of retail price on any “Open Boat” trip on the Humboldt. The offer is available through May 30, 2011 and is subject to availability. Restrictions include one ticket per charter and can not be combined with any other discounts, special offers, group or class pricing; excludes Saturday AM charters. The dive charter boat Humboldt dives the famous Wreck Alley (the Yukon, Ruby E, NOSC Tower), the […]

Give Nitrogen the One, Two, Three Knock-Out Punch

Dramatically reducing your risk of decompression sickness could be simple as one, two, three.  ONE: If your dive is 80 feet or deeper, take a ONE-minute “deep stop” at half your maximum diving depth. This is now becoming such a heavily accepted diving practice that it is built into some newer model dive computers.  TWO: We are all taught in our basic Openwater dive certification class to take a three-minute stop at 15 feet, but personally, I like to add an extra TWO-minutes to that […]

Riviera Now Diving A.C.E. Wreck

Just five miles outside Dana Point harbor, the wreck of the A.C.E. has become the popular attraction among advanced divers patronizing the dive charter boat Riviera. The A.C.E. is a 90-foot long commercial bait boat covered by metridium anemones and surrounded by thousands of fish from calico bass to cabezon. Completely intact and reported as diver-friendly, she lies in 114 feet of water but the top of the wreck, the lookout tower, is 90 feet down. The Riviera dive charter boat is the only commercial […]

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