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Nov
03
2014

Anyone who has hiked up and down the stairs at Veteran’s Park only to battle seven foot waves can tell you that scuba is hard work. Our first speaker, Gretchen M. Aston, is the founder and developer of the ScubaFit program that’s specifically designed to get divers into top form in and out of the water. Gretchen has a long list of dive credentials and is a supremely accomplished athlete. She is the second female to be inducted into the AAU Powerlifting Hall of Fame, and will put your lifts to shame. Fit-geeks can’t miss this one.

Claudette of Reef Check Catalina will be in to tell us about the survey program that Reef Check runs here in Southern California. Reef Check is a volunteer based organization that surveys our marine environment and makes the data publicly available online. As you may know, our kelp forests are under constant threat from rising sea temperatures and exploding urchin populations. Organizations like Reef Check keep a keen eye on the health of our oceans. Reef Check is always looking for volunteer divers to add to their ranks, so those who are interested in helping preserve our aquatic environment have one more way to contribute.

Speaker #1 ScubaFit: Gretchen M. Ashton, CFT, SFT, SFN, NBFE , is registered with the National Board of Fitness Examiners, is an International Sports Sciences Association Elite Trainer; personal trainer, specialist in fitness therapy, specialist in fitness nutrition, and a world champion athlete. Gretchen is founder of ScubaFit LLC, developed the Comprehensive FitDiver ® program, is an advanced scuba diver, nitrox diver, and co-author of the ScubaFit ®  Diver Course. She is an Expert Speaker for Los Angeles County Scuba Advanced Diver Program and Underwater Instructor Certification Course. Gretchen is Fitness Editor and/or contributor for California Diver Magazine, World's Best Dives, DiverWire, X-Ray Mag, and Scuba Sport Magazine, has been published in Alert Diver United States and Asia-Pacific, at Divetime.com, is an author at ScubaBoard, and a Scuba Fitness Examiner at Examiner.com. Gretchen has appeared on Scuba Radio, Dive Zone Radio, presented at Scuba Shows, has been a guest at dive medicine conferences, was featured in the President’s Council of Physical Fitness and Sports newsletter for inspiring and innovative accomplishments in fitness, and in the Margaritaville Key West website culinary column. As an athlete she set 21 World and Americans records and is the second woman inducted into the AAU Power Lifting Hall of Fame.

Speaker #2 Claudette of ReefCheck -  Reef Check California aims to build a network of informed and involved citizens who support the sustainable use and conservation of our nearshore marine resources. To accomplish this, volunteers are trained to carry out surveys of nearshore reefs providing data on the status of key indicator species. All of Reef Check California's data is publicly available through our Nearshore Ecosystem Database (NED), where you can explore the data graphically to learn about the status of your local dive spots.  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CA DFW) also uses this data for assessment of California's coastal network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).  Come learn more about getting involved in the program and meet one of our citizen scientists

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Posting: 11-03-2014
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Nov
03
2014
 
 
Two Extra Special Guests at Scuba Shindig TONITE at 7pm!!
Join us this Tuesday night
for our monthly party for divers.

Speaker #1 ScubaFit: Gretchen M. Ashton, CFT, SFT, SFN, NBFE , is registered with the National Board of Fitness Examiners, is an International Sports Sciences Association Elite Trainer; personal trainer, specialist in fitness therapy, specialist in fitness nutrition, and a world champion athlete. Gretchen is founder of ScubaFit LLC, developed the Comprehensive FitDiver ® program, is an advanced scuba diver, nitrox diver, and co-author of the ScubaFit ®  Diver Course. She is an Expert Speaker for Los Angeles County Scuba Advanced Diver Program and Underwater Instructor Certification Course. Gretchen is Fitness Editor and/or contributor for California Diver Magazine, World's Best Dives, DiverWire, X-Ray Mag, and Scuba Sport Magazine, has been published in Alert Diver United States and Asia-Pacific, at Divetime.com, is an author at ScubaBoard, and a Scuba Fitness Examiner at Examiner.com. Gretchen has appeared on Scuba Radio, Dive Zone Radio, presented at Scuba Shows, has been a guest at dive medicine conferences, was featured in the President's Council of Physical Fitness and Sports newsletter for inspiring and innovative accomplishments in fitness, and in the Margaritaville Key West website culinary column. As an athlete she set 21 World and Americans records and is the second woman inducted into the AAU Power Lifting Hall of Fame.

Speaker #2 Claudette of ReefCheck Reef Check California aims to build a network of informed and involved citizens who support the sustainable use and conservation of our nearshore marine resources. To accomplish this, volunteers are trained to carry out surveys of nearshore reefs providing data on the status of key indicator species. All of Reef Check California's data is publicly available through our Nearshore Ecosystem Database (NED), where you can explore the data graphically to learn about the status of your local dive spots.  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CA DFW) also uses this data for assessment of California's coastal network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).  Come learn more about getting involved in the program and meet one of our citizen scientists

 

 

 

TOP THREE MOST SPOOKY
Halloween might have just ended, but spooky never has to end.
Here are 3 spooky dives in southern California:

1)      Yukon

As you descend down the anchor line, eagerly waiting for the Yukon to appear, you hit the thermocline at 50ft, but still no Yukon. You strain your eyes and suddenly at 60ft a shadow appears. At 65ft you realize you've hit the top of the wreck, but it is only at 75ft below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, at the two cannons that still invoke fear, that you realize that you are diving a 366 foot Canadian Destroyer convoy vessel.

2)      Oil Rigs

"A live boat...what is that? It couldn't be worse than a dead boat could it? I guess I should have paid more attention to the dive briefing". As the thoughts run through your head, the boat pulls up to a massive metal structure in the middle of the channel and divers are jumping into the waters under this giant steel monster and disappearing into the abyss in quick succession. Underwater every square inch of the huge metal pilons are eaten alive by anemones. Large schools of baitfish dance in unison around the structure only to be picked off one by one by sealions and cormorants.

3)      Night dive at Veteran's Park

"I've dived Vets many times before. Mostly sand and some life, not a dive I would particularly remember. A night dive? Sure, why not." Walking down the stairs, you can see the eerie glow of dive lights underwater that are barely breaking through the darkness. As you descend into the darkness, you can clearly see what is in front of you that is illuminated by your dive light. What lurks in the pitch black darkness beyond remains a mystery.                           by Tim Yeo 

 

 

 

Warmer than usual temperatures to continue?  

Some reports have claimed that water temperatures along the Californian coast have been 7 degrees Fahrenheit higher than normal. Scuba divers don't know the exact number, but if you have been in the water recently, you have been amazed by how comfortable the water still is. My drysuit typically comes out of late-Fall storage in late December but it is still too nice and warm out. Just a few more dives in my shorty.  

The warm waters have brought a wealth of amazing sightings, pictures and videos. Uncommon sightings of turtles are almost commonplace now at Casino Point. Typically rare sightings of hammerhead sharks are not so rare any more with multiple sightings in Cortez Banks and San Diego. There is even videographic evidence of manta rays and whale sharks off Catalina.

Will these warm summer waters continue to bring tropical life sightings in November? There is only one way to find out. Click here, sign up for a dive boat, grab your wetsuit and you might be the next diver to witness a amazing sighting.      by Tim Yeo  



Sexy New Additions to Our Inventory here at Eco Dive Center 

 


Citizen Dive Watches -
 We are now an official Citizen watch dealer. Citizen is a Japanese watch company founded in 1930, building elegant watches that can accompany you diving in 130 feet of water or catching Götterdämmerung at the Met. We will be offering several watches from their diver's series, all of which use Citzen's Eco-Drive technology. A light-powered watch means no routine battery swaps and more importantly, no compromised depth ratings. These watches are built to last too, so you don't need to baby them when you're banging around the dive boat in rough water. If you need a bit of time keeping and dive planning equipment that goes with your wetsuit and your Armani suit, this is it. 

 

 

 

  

Gerber Multi-tools, Kits and Knives 

There are some divers that are obsessed with building the perfect load-out. They want to carry the best gear that will get them through any situation, to be as ready as humanly possible without compromising mobility and efficiency. Gerber's Multitools make gorgeous additions to anyone's dive kit, and will give you the confidence that you are prepared for a wide range of dive emergencies.





Scuba Meets Gundam with the Exosuit

A group of deep sea adventurers and archeologists recently made the news for their underwater discovery of the Antikythera Mechanism, which is believed to be the earliest analog computer in human history.The Antikythera shipwreck was discovered over 100 years ago, but at 230 feet beneath the surface, it's not easy to visit. Open circuit scuba divers could reach the wreck but could only stay for minutes at a time. Rebreather divers would require hours upon hours of decompression to resurface safely. So how is a deep water archeologist to dive long enough to conduct a serious archeological survey of the wreck? An exosuit, of course.

The exosuit is rated to 1000 feet, making many previously untouchable shipwrecks available to researchers and treasure hunters. The suit is an atmospheric exosuit, meaning that the pressure within is the same as surface pressure. This removes any complications related to decompression or DCI, so the exosuit pilot can work comfortably at 500 feet and come back up without any lengthy deco stops. Described as a "wearable submarine" by developers Nuytco, the body is outfitted with 1.6 horsepower thrusters that help it move through the water. The pilot can move his arms and legs and operates claws and hooks on the outside. Unlike submersibles that have crane-game-like controls, these suits make maneuvering around delicate environments much more natural.

The introduction of high tech exosuits marks a new age in archaeological diving, unlocking new depths to human exploration. Unfortunately, we're not likely to see this kind of equipment in recreational diving for a long while. You may just have to hold off your treasure hunting dreams of buying an exosuit and digging up ancient Roman artifacts. Still, it's exciting to see that there is still so much to discover under the sea, and the gear that is sitting in our closets give us the chance to scrape the edges of our deepest frontiers.                                                     by Jarret Leong 

 

The New Oceanic A300 CS OLED

Damn, some wrist top dive computers are pretty cute, but this thing is sexy. Like, wear it to the club and bling-out with the chrome bezel sexy. Seducing potential lovers aside, this is one capable computer with a full color screen and a great suite of powerful features. The A300 is equipped with bluetooth and an accelerometer, which means that the the three axis compass tracks your movement in three dimensions. The bluetooth makes linking and logging your dives with your mobile or laptop devices as painless as possible. If you're the type who hates getting your paper logs all sticky from spilling your post-dive beers all over them, bluetooth dive logging with your smartphone is clearly the way to go. Come to the shop and see for yourself.

 

Liquidvision LYNX

I know I just talked up the other color screen computer we've got in the shop, but this one deserves a look as well. It's a favorite among our instructors because the LYNX allows you to monitor your buddy's air supply remotely, no more stopping and flapping your fingers about. It can also be outfitted with a Divemaster kit that makes it possible to monitor nine other tanks throughout a dive. It's also compass equipped and, with properly outfitted dive boats, can communicate back with the captain or divemaster. The LYNX is the dive professional's choice when it comes to underwater processing power.

 

Calling All Divemasters

 

We've been working on adding a new boat to our boat roster, and that boat is going to need divemasters to keep our divers safe and happy Saturday nights and Sundays. This is a great opportunity for some of our more experienced divers to get some professional experience on a shiny newly rebuilt boat with all of your old dive buddies. We're not quite ready to divulge details about the boat, but the pictures are rad. It's one slick looking ride.
Send DM resumes to ron@ecodivecenter.com 

 

 

You Know We Do... Scuba Shindig November 4th at 7pm

 

Have you heard? Our charming hosts the intrepid Jing and Steven are now engaged! Now you have to come in and congratulate them while you're feasting on free tamales and buying lots of raffle tickets so you got a chance at winning boat tickets and dive gear. We (your favorite dive buddies) will be hitting the bars after, so wear your drinking shoes.

Anyone who has hiked up and down the stairs at Veteran's Park only to battle seven foot waves can tell you that scuba is hard work. Our first speaker, Gretchen M. Aston, is the founder and developer of the ScubaFit program that's specifically designed to get divers into top form in and out of the water. Gretchen has a long list of dive credentials and is a supremely accomplished athlete. She is the second female to be inducted into the AAU Powerlifting Hall of Fame, and will put your lifts to shame. Fit-geeks can't miss this one.

Claudette of Reef Check Catalina will be in to tell us about the survey program that Reef Check runs here in Southern California. Reef Check is a volunteer based organization that surveys our marine environment and makes the data publicly available online. As you may know, our kelp forests are under constant threat from rising sea temperatures and exploding urchin populations. Organizations like Reef Check keep a keen eye on the health of our oceans. Reef Check is always looking for volunteer divers to add to their ranks, so those who are interested in helping preserve our aquatic environment have one more way to contribute. by Jarret Leong 


Blow Bubbles for Free: No Charge Fills for LA Area Divers when you join the West LA Dive Club AND Eco Dive Center "Fan Pages" on Facebook.

Ever been bummed about that new exotic tropical dive trip you heard about turned out to be sold out already? The new West LA Dive Club is your best bet when it comes to the scoop on new deals and exciting trips coming from The West LA dive community. We're even offering a special deal for our members. Air fills can really add up when you're getting your beach dive on, especially when big box retailers are charging 10 dollars a pop. If you like our Facebook page and join the West LA Dive Club (also on Facebook, and also free!) you will be added to our list of divers who can come in for a free fill whenever you need one. There's really no excuse not to take advantage of this. Seriously. Free fills for just joining both FAN pages?  

 

Updates from Project AWARE

Project AWARE is PADI's scuba conservation society, for those who haven't heard. The Convention of Migratory Species will be going down in Quito, Ecuador, next month, and Project AWARE needs all of you to show your support. Send a letter to the convention leaders or make a donation to Project AWARE, or even become a volunteer yourself.

Project AWARE's Manhattan Marathon team will be running to raise funds for shark protection! You can contribute with runner tributes at http://www.runforsharks.org/. These fundraising activities make a real difference, with the last Funathon event in Bali raising over $14,000 dollars for shark conservation efforts.

The Dive Against Debris program has been especially effective this month, bringing in over 25,000 pounds of trash worldwide. Anyone can help with picking up trash in the ocean, but if you want to help contribute to data collection, more information can be found here.



Advance Your Scuba Skills! lk
Have you completed your Open Water Diver Certification and find yourself longing to go back to where the fishes are? Kick your scuba skills up to the next level and let your aqua-journey continue with an Advanced Open Water Certification course.

 

 

An Advanced certification will:

  • Give you greater confidence underwater (the #1 benefit students cite)
  • Expand your skill set through different and fun dives
  • Allow you to dive in locations that require Advanced certification, opening up a world of advanced, and often more interesting dives
  • Teach you how to plan and deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deep diving
  • Refine your compass and navigation skills
  • Allow you to try out different specialties, such as photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, wreck, and more

But don't just take our word for it. Here's what past Eco Advanced students have to say:

"The Advanced builds on what you learned and more to continue feeling more comfortable in the water-not to mention opening up new optional dives in the future (night, deep, etc.)." -Willy W.

 

"My Advanced course was with Zac, and was a great experience. He helped me continue my skills with peak performance buoyancy while working on more advanced skills such as deep diving and night diving (which I was soo terrified of!).  I highly recommend the Advanced course because you will feel much more confident with your diving ability." -Kim L.

 

"To anybody seriously contemplating SCUBA, I'd highly recommend taking at least the first three courses in the program: Open Water, Advanced, and Rescue. By the time you do these three courses, you will have a dozen or so ocean dives under your belt and likely encountered myriad planned and spontaneous circumstances that under the watch of an instructor will prepare you for the eventual problems you'll encounter diving on your own." -Nick D. 

Article by Tim Yeo
Views: 1353
Posting: 11-03-2014
Tags: dive shop, eco divec center, jarret leong, lessons, scuba diving la, tim yeo
Oct
28
2014

El Niño, Global Warming & Diving-
 
 El Niño doesn't occupy the Californian mind as much as something like the Santa Ana winds, but El Niño is just as much a part of the California weather experience. El Nino brings heavy rain and warm waters to our coast, which has a variety of effects on our marine ecology- especially our sensitive kelp forests.

El Niño is a part of the pressure cycles that govern air flow in the Pacific Ocean. During normal conditions, Equatorial winds gather warm water pool toward the west. Cold water upwells along South American coast. During El Niño, surface water warming is prolonged, reducing cold water upwelling. This disrupts the normal flow of air and water, hence the unusual weather phenomena.

The strongest El Niño events was back in 1998,  which caused an estimated 45 billion dollars in damage and 23,000 deaths worldwide. Like the Northridge earthquake, that year was burned into the collective Californian memory. I was only 10 at the time but I distinctly remember the flooded backyards and rain coming down like I'd never seen before. Scientists fear that with climate change warming the surface sea temperatures (SST), conditions will be ripe for El Niños to develop. Super El Niño events like the one in 1998 will not only become more frequent, but more intense as well.  

Those saying that the mild El Niño we are experiencing now is a welcome relief in our extended drought, it is unclear if it will bring enough water to offset the years of depletion our water system has sustained. This winter's El Niño is expected to be less intense than in previous years, but California residents should be prepared for future El Niños with much stronger effects. Last bit of trivia: the name El Niño (The boy in Spanish) refers to Jesus Christ, because El Niño effects were often noticed in South America during Christmas time.

But Warm Water is great! Right?- The extra warm water has been a nice treat for those of us used to the brisk conditions out here in California, but the extended summer temperatures do come at a price. Bull Kelp and Giant Kelp, the native species to our waters, depend on the dense nutrients of cold water to maintain their growth rate of 10-12 inches a day. Warm water not only holds fewer nutrients but also causes a reduction of photosynthesis and consequently, reduced canopy blades. El Niño has been bringing more warm water into our coastline, threatening our kelp forests. Along with over-harvesting and urchin grazing, our kelp forests are at risk. If you would like to help, organizations like LA Water Keeper run kelp forest conservation efforts that are volunteer supported.

 

Atomic Aquatics SplitFins
Atomic Aquatics SplitFins

Atomic Split Fin Trade In Program-
If you've been eyeing a pair of Atomic Split
Fins, you're in luck. Trade in your old fins towards store credit for a pair of Atomic Aquatics split fins.. Split Fins are designed to be more hydrodynamic, which means less drag and more propulsion, reducing diver fatigue. These fins come in a variety of handsome colors and can really complete that sexy alien mermaid look you've been going for. Without fins, divers would be more or less dead in the water; a good set of fins is an essential piece of kit. This a great time to upgrade your old fins, so bring them over and move up in life!

 

Marine Protected Areas- The concept of a Marine Protected Area may seem obvious considering our country's many national parks, but they have only actually existed since 1999. With the passage of the Marine Life Protection Act (thanks to Tom Ford), California was split up into five regions that would set up protected marine parks. Now there are over 120 such protected areas up and down the coast where commonly hunted fish can reach reproductive maturity. Fish like the kelp bass, which is very popular with sport fishers, are ten times more common within reserves. These safe havens help reseed other unprotected areas, and scientists have seen an encouraging recovery in fish populations. Fish lovers and fish eaters alike can rejoice, because we have more of them to look at and they have more of them to eat. Everyone is happy!

 

Princeton Tec Dive Lights- I originally bought my dive lamp to use on a night dive, but since then I take my lamp with me anytime I'm diving. In California visibility can be unpredictable, and often times things get a lot more interesting at depths where sunlight isn't great. Bringing a dive light down to 60 feet brings back all the vibrant color that is lost at that depth, and just makes my dive that much more enjoyable. We stock some of Princeton Tec's excellent dive lamps from small back ups like the Genesis to primary lamps like the 700 lumen Sector 7. SHine these lights to a bit of rock at depth and watch it erupt in life and color. Trust me, once you dive somewhere like Seven Fathom Reef or Farnsworth Pinnacle with a light, you'll never go without one again.

 

Night Dive Specialty with Lobster & Shrimp Hunts-  Sure, diving into the blackness of night has its spooky factor, but at night is when many nocturnal animals are up and about, like octopi, squids, sarcastic fringeheads, and a variety of more bizarre animals that are hiding during day time hours. It's a very otherworldly vibe. I pretend I'm in outer space, exploring an alien landscape.

Now that it's October, lobster season is in! My Facebook feed is flooded with pictures of my dive friends feasting on lobster they caught on their night dives, and you can do the same. Our night dive speciality will get you familiar with lobster hunting techniques and regulations. If your class is up for it, you can get together and share recipes and pig out on lobster you caught yourself. Nothing tastes better than your own catch. Just a tip from us: the bigger the lobster, the less tasty he is; go for the little ones.

Classes are $199, which includes three dives with your instructor, rentals, and all PADI materials. email zac@ecodivecenter.com

 

Worst Shark Weak EVER- Shark weak sounds like a pretty good idea, right? A week dedicated to educating the public about one of nature's coolest and most tragic figures. It's a chance to redeem a creature much maligned by pop culture, right? That TV Channel says, "NOPE! We are gonna run stupid-ass shows with names like Alien Sharks, Zombie Sharks, Sharkageddon, Great White Serial Killer and Sharkpocalypse because they get good ratings. Science can suck it!" Not only does this sort of programming perpetuate falsehoods about shark behavior, but is even driving up public demand for shark meat! Television suffers from a dearth of strong scientific communicators, and it's a shame that what used to be an earnest series of science and discovery has devolved into a stonery B-movie flurry of misinformation. Sharks and people alike are worse off for Shark Weak.

 

Spooky Dive Shindig October 7th 7pm-  Most of the time, scuba diving is just a Finding Nemo-esque paradise of friendly sea creatures and colorful corals. Every once in a while, however, scuba gets real scary. Tales of hungry animals, explosive decompression, and a visit from the LA county deputy coroner will set off our spooky Halloween themed Dive Shindig this coming October 7th at 7pm.

There will be a Casa Andreas tamale bar & Togo's sandwich's from 6:45 to 7:20 and our usual raffle. Prizes this time around will be an excellent boat ticket to Catalina, a first aid kit, and a Pool Discovery Diver course for a friend.

Our first speaker will be Scott of Bluewater Travel. Scott began experimenting with cameras later in life, falling in love with underwater and wildlife photography. He travels often to remote destinations, specializing in adventure expeditions where he can be close with the natural world. Ask him about his gnarliest underwater experiences!

Captain John Kades has been the deputy coroner of the LA County Coroner's Office for the past 12 years. As a part of the Special Operations Response Team, he specializes disaster operations, aircraft fatalities, drowning/SCUBA cases, and skeletal/buried body cases. Kades is an expert when it comes to scuba diving that goes wrong, and more importantly he can teach us how not to end up like his subjects.

 

Free Octo with Regulator Purchase- Buy a new regulator in October and we will throw in a free Oceanic Delta 4.1 2nd Stage Octopus. Simple as that! Your dive buddy will be super stoked about having a new octo to chill on if he ever runs out of air, which I'm sure you could use to leverage a beer of two out of him.

 

 The Sherwood Amphos is a more than capable entry-level dive computer for the recreational diver. It supports air and free diving, and its nitrox setting accommodates multiple FO2 mixes- perfect for aspiring tech divers. As many vets will tell newer divers that a computer is a crucial piece of safety equipment. Having a computer help keep track of air usage and managing safe ascents has certainly kept me out of trouble. If you buy an Amphos during the month of October, we'll include a free transmitter, a value of $480 and we'll pay your sales tax on the wrist unit too..

 

Pre-order a Drysuit- Summer may be over and water will be getting cold again, but there's no reason to stop diving when we stock such great drysuits. Much of eco's staff dive year round, and drysuits make that third or fourth dive of the day feel so much more comfortable than diving wet. As you may be aware, purchasing a drysuit includes the PADI drysuit specialty class, which also goes towards your master scuba diver card. Winter diving has some of the best visibility(50-80 feet), and drysuits totally make you look like an astronaut(sick!). Come into the shop and we can help you order the suit that is right for you.

 

Red Sea Dive Trip July 25th to August 1st- Our trip to the Philippines may be sold out, but do not despair; we've got another far flung luxury live aboard trip lined up with Eco Instructor Lacie Marshall! The Red Sea is the bit of ocean between Africa and Arabian Peninsula. You may be imagining vast deserts and camels, but the warm water temperature makes for a tropical style dive experience. Think short wetsuits and vibrant coral reefs. Highlights include the massive Daedalus reef, Anenome city, and wrecks like the Thistlegorm, which was discovered by none other than Jacques Cousteau. Divers will be living aboard the Red Sea Aggressor, a very cushy luxury yacht with all meals included. Oh yeah, did I mention beer and wine is all included as well? Beds start at 1899. Airfare is not included. Contact Lacie@ecodivecenter.com for more information or visit here.

  
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Posting: 10-28-2014
Tags: california, el nino, la, los angeles, malibu diving, news, scuba
Sep
20
2014

 

IT’S HOT OUT THERE PEOPLE! Some people complain about our cold waters but when the temps hit triple digits everyone is running for the water in the thinnest wetsuit they can find.  No gloves, no hood no problem.  I hit up Vet’s Park in Redondo for an afternoon dive.  Who says you always have to go at the crack of dawn?  Crazies. We walked by all the people baking on the beach – they don’t know what their missing. The water was a little choppy on the surface but as soon as we got down it was nice, calm, and clear. I was in my 5mm and I was still hot.  The water temp was 73 degrees until we hit 45 feet or so and then it dropped to the high 60s – thermoclines are so refreshing sometimes.  [Tip: Thermoclines can be used to aid in natural navigation.  Also, for you wildlife lovers out there, pay attention to the fish that are on either side of the thermocline. Watch their behavior.  Do some fish avoid it?]
We went down the slope to 60 feet and then took our time getting back.  On the way back we saw a couple shovelnose guitarfish and a ton of sarcastic fringeheads (one of my personal favs.) Vets park is a sandy bottom dive site.  You have to really look to find some of the coolest creatures because they are so good at camouflaging themselves.  Go slow and be aware.  You can see tons of fish if you are just patient enough to look.  There are octos and a wide array of flat fish including thornback rays and big halibut.  Use the lines in the sand and the slope to navigate and you will not even need to look at your compass.  Make sure you do a night dive there as well – it is a whole different experience.  Most of us go on Wednesday nights. 

Onward and downward

Jason 

Views: 837
Posting: 09-20-2014
Tags: beach divin, scuba, veterans park
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