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SCUBA Show Preview: 26 Years as THE Diving Even of the Year!

SCUBA Show Preview; Our 26th Year as THE Diving Event of the Year! June 8th & 9th  America’s largest consumer dive expo at the Long Beach Convention Center The event features more than 300 exhibit booths in 76,000 square feet, where you can find new and revolutionary dive gear, worldwide travel destinations, and meet dive experts in almost every field.    EVENT HIGHLIGHTS – Marine artist Rogest will paint four large canvases with audience participation – California seafood cooking demonstrations – Continuous film festival – $22,000 […]

Very Large, Indeed: In Praise of Giant Kelp

Taxonomists got it right when they assigned giant kelp its Latin name, Macrocystis pyrifera. It is indeed very large in scale, scope and capability. We are lucky, you and I, that giant kelp — the largest kelp in the world — grows off our coast. With sunlight sparkling down through the canopy, swimming through a kelp forest can be summed up as an awesome, magical underwater experience. Giant kelp is a type of brown algae (yes, algae) that can grow up to 24 inches a […]

The Chemistry of a Dive Show

I don’t think that many of us pay attention to how we arrive at our opinions, but they’re often built on first impressions. Having been in the scuba business for quite a while I’ve attended many dive shows. I usually attend to be around the industry and catch up with friends, so my perception of consumer shows is more from observing them than from interacting.  And as it turns out, my perception of dive shows for all of these years has missed the point. In […]

Dive Gear: Time for Spring Cleaning

By the time this issue of California Diving News reaches your dive center, we’ll be well into springtime, a time of renewal. Days lengthen, temperatures climb and spirits soar. Even long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans will be bursting forth with tiny new buds of optimism. For a lot of divers, spring is the time when gear that hasn’t been used in a while gets hauled out of storage, and upcoming dives get planned. It’s easy to think that nothing happened to your gear while it sat […]

Rocks, Rainbows, Scorpions: A Playful Look at the Scorpaenidae Family

Paper covers rock. Scissors cut paper. Rock dulls scissors. You know the game, right? In the California fish version, called “Rocks, Rainbows, Scorpions” the rainbow scorpionfish beats its California scorpionfish cousin, but the rockfish beats ’em both with its “magnificence.” Read on to learn why — and to decide if you agree with the rules of this made-up game. The Scorpaenidae family is represented by no less than 56 genera and 421 species, 85 of which can be found off the Pacific Coast. The latter […]

An Invitation to Share

As an underwater photographer, I’m always pleased to see my photos appear in print, but I’m even delighted to share my passion and my imagery with a real-live audience. It doesn’t matter to me whether I’m in a large auditorium with a rockin’ audio and sound system, or projecting a few photos on the wall of a pizza parlor during a dive club meeting — it’s the sharing that counts. I like getting feedback from fellow divers and sharing tips with other photographers. I bet […]

Looking Back, Moving Ahead

Ask anyone who’s been diving for decades and you’ll undoubtedly hear a common chorus —  diving has changed a lot. Clearly, our sport has become safer. We have much greater access to dive sites all over the world as well as here in California. We enjoy the option of live-aboard diving and visiting faraway resorts at destinations around the globe. Our equipment is lighter, more comfortable, more durable, and far more efficient.  In diving’s early days our sport was about as male-dominated as the starting […]

A Worm By Any Other Name — Taking a Look at SoCal Tube Worms

“Worm” has numerous meanings, including: a weak or despicable person; a self-replicating, detrimental computer program; or, the coiled pipe of a still in which vapor is cooled and condensed. In this article, however, worm means a creeping or burrowing sedentary invertebrate animal with a long, slender, soft body and no true limbs. That description is unlikely to inspire you to look for marine worms, which would be a shame, because all are interesting and some are beautiful.  The worms of which I speak are the […]

SCUBA Show 2013 Seeks Film Festival Submissions

Assemble your best underwater video film footage now for the SCUBA Show 2013 underwater film festival. The 26th annual SCUBA Show is the largest dive expo of its type in the U.S., and this year it takes place the weekend of June 8-9 at the Long Beach Convention Center. One of the most popular portions of the annual Southern California SCUBA Show has been the unique continuous film festival. Films will be projected digitally in HD on a massive screen and viewed by thousands of […]

A Squid Snowstorm

“If they only knew.” That was the thought that ran through my mind as I surfaced at 12:40 a.m. on New Year’s morning on a dive that had began in the final hour of the previous year. It was an extremely clear night, and from my vantage point as we hit the surface I could see the bright lights of the ritzy coastal community of La Jolla. I feel certain that the terrestrial party animals thought they were having a wild time ringing in the […]

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