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    June 8, 2011

    Live Dive Program From Anacapa Island Begins Today At 2 PM

    Diving conditions lately have sucked hard in Southern California, but thanks to our friends at The National Park Service, there is no longer a need to even get wet to enjoy SCUBA diving!

    This is apparently a project that was originally aimed at classrooms, but is now availble to the general public.

    Live streaming diving broadcasts from Anacapa Island will start today at 2 PM and continue through Labor Day.

    From the original page on the National Park Service website:

    Channel Islands Live is an exciting new way to experience the wild, isolated land and seascapes of your national park and national marine sanctuary. Take a virtual visit to the Channel Islands through live broadcasts from Anacapa Island that highlight the remarkable natural and cultural resources of the islands and their surrounding waters.

    Check Schedule for live program dates and times.

    Live programs are weather and equipment dependent. Visible color bars during scheduled live events are due to canceled programs. In case of that occurrence click on Archived Programs to view a previous broadcast.

    Live Dive Program – 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday

    Click here, access the streaming video page.

    June 4, 2011

    SCUBA Show At The Long Beach Convention Center

    The 2011 SCUBA Show!

    Once again, The SCUBA Show has arrived at the Long Beach Convention Center – and this time, I’m actually planning on taking a dive vacation sometime within the next year.

    I mean a REAL dive vacation, not just a day trip to Catalina, so I paid close attention to the travel packages.

    I was disappointed that Cuba was not represented at the show – my friend Bruce went diving in Cuba a few years ago and said it was one of the best trips he has ever taken.

    Professional Debriefer Paul came along to inquire about SCUBA Certification and sample the beer that we stashed in his backpack.

    We annoyed this really hot chick from Guam.

    We annoyed this really hot chick from Guam.

    At it’s narrowest, Guam is only four miles across, but apparently there is an abundance of spectacular dives there.

    Fantasy Island in Honduras seemed interesting.

    “Fantasy Island” in Honduras seemed interesting, and the chick at the booth said that there are no ugly women in the entire country.

    The only thing that sounded weird about their resort is that it’s on a small island, which gives me a feeling that it might be a tourist prison, but I was assured that it isn’t.

    When I go to Mexico, I drink with Mexicans, not American tourists, so one thing that I always scrutinize on a potential vacation is the interaction with the locals.

    I will have to go over all the travel brochures that I collected and figure out where I want to go, and how broke I want to be when I return.

    One of the attractions that I’ve overlooked in previous years has been the Wyland Art exhibit.

    Robert Wyland is a world famous marine life artist whose work can be seen all over Southern California – he painted the whales on the whale tank at the old Marineland of the Pacific and painted the whales on the Redondo Beach Power Plant, just to name a couple.

    Wyland Turtle painting.

    A work in progress – A Wyland Turtle.

    Wyland - A smiling shark.

    Wyland’s smiling shark painting.

    Robert Wyland was there, working on his next masterpiece.

    Robert Wyland was there, working on his next masterpiece.

    Me with the famous Robert Wyland.

    Me with the famous Robert Wyland.

    We stopped by Pacific Wilderness and spotted my next major purchase – an auxiliary air supply for $380 – the price is good through June, so I have plenty of time to sell blood to finance the purchase.

    We also annoyed the ECO Dive Center booth and inquired about Open Water Lessons for PDP.

    There’s a rumor going around that ECO has the hottest female dive instructors on the West Coast, and so far, I can’t dispute that claim.

    As soon as PDP mentioned “Divevets,” “Dan” and “discount,” the Open Water class price doubled.

    When PDP actually gets certified remains the question, but hopefully it will be this year – with diving, he may one day be as macho as me.

    We arrived later in the day, but still managed to meet a few of our friends from around the diving scene.

    Profession Debriefer Paul captured the event:

    To watch this video on YouTube.com, click here.

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