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All Divers welcomed to join Diver Night

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    Welcome to our monthly "Diver Night" schedule! Diver Night is always scheduled for every first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. This is an "open-to-everyone" event. You're invited and so are all of your dive buddies. There is no cover, no membership, and no charges of any kind. Come and enjoy a night of dive entertainment and education on us! We even provide BBQ tacos in the parking lot. Join the fun. 

Home of West LA Dive Club and Eco Divers.

 

 


See Our Next Speakers:

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March 7th at 7 PM Anika Ballent - Education Director of Algalita Marine Research
Anika Ballent
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All invited to join the monthly party at West LA Dive Club hosted by Eco Dive Center. 

BBQ Taco Bar in Parking Lot @ 6:30 PM
Barbecued chicken tacos (serve yourself style) & BYOB

OPENER @ 7:00 PM 
Presentation: Shannon Crosby/ Experienced Group Trip Leader
Topic: Learn about the upcoming EcoDive & Blue Water tropical trips to Bonaire and other locations!  

MAIN EVENT: 7:15PM 
Speaker: Anika Ballent - Education Director of Algalita Marine Research
Algalita is dedicated to the protection and improvement of the marine environment and its watersheds through research and education on the impacts of plastic pollution.
More History click here or watch video below. 

Topic: Real World Science & Research

Bio: Anika dove into the underwater world of plastic in 2010 when she first came across Algalita’s website and was confronted by the images of plastic debris floating in the North Pacific gyre. Although she had always been drawn to the water, this discovery sparked her desire to start studying the ocean and taking action to protect it. She decided to take the issue into her own hands and went on to research the underwater transport properties of pre-production pellets during her undergraduate research at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. She since completed a Master’s degree at the University of Western Ontario in Canada where she investigated microplastic pollution in the sediments of the Great Lakes.
During her time at Algalita, she has developed a passion for educating divers about plastic pollution and inspiring them to be stewards of their local environment. She believes that knowledge is what creates the capacity for care and, in turn, action. Anika sees a future in which plastic pollution is absent from the planet’s beautiful ecosystems. She takes each day as an opportunity to contribute to the plastic pollution solution by researching, teaching, and sharing, in hopes of igniting a similar passion for the environment in her community.
 
FREE BEES @ Front Counter - Suunto Computer Cases, stickers and patches. 
RAFFLE after speakers. Dive watch, dive computer by Suunto & Hollis SWAG
AFTERPARTY @ Joxer's Irish Pub across the street. Please be safe and Uber it:)
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April 4th at 7 PM Bill Van Antwerp & Selena - LA Underwater Photo Society & Reef Check
Bill Van Antwerp & Selena
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7:00PM Presentation Topic: Becoming a Citizen Underwater Scientist by Kate Kozma: Reef Check Training Organizer

7:30PM Presentation Topic: Discovering the Creatures we Usually Swim Over by Bill Van Antwerp; President of LA Underwater Photo Society

Selena's Bio: Reef Check is a foundation dedicated to the conservation of two ecosystems: tropical coral reefs and California rocky reef! With headquarters in Los Angeles, Reef Check makes easy work of facilitating volunteer groups to monitor and report on local coral reefs. Reef Check also heads programs to educate the public on the importance of reef life and conservation. Learn how you can get involved and make a difference in our local reef ecosystems!

Bill's Bio: The Society's purposes are: to exchange knowledge and information, to promote underwater photography, to provide practical group activity, to assist members in purchasing, maintenance and processing of photography supplies, to offer training experiences, to provide for display, recognition, and evaluation of members' efforts, to study advanced techniques and equipment. Using these techniques, let's discover the tiny creatures of California that are great to photograph but easy to miss!

Raffle Prizes: TBD
Food: TBD

 

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May 2nd at 7 PM FBI Dive Team -
FBI Dive Team
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Topic: The FBI dive team is comprised of specially trained FBI agents that are ready to dive a crime scene at a moment's notice. These agents must undergo high-intensity training, medical exams, environmental training, and must be a trained FBI agent for a minimum of two years before joining the dive team. Our local LAPD dive team will be speaking about skills necessary to be a member of this elite team, and divulge stories about their experiences as members!



Raffle Prizes:  
Back-Up Dive Computer BUD by Oceanic worth $200
$30 Gift Card Gun range and rental by LAX Gun Range
Two tickets to the Aqiarium of the Pacific
Diving Encyclopedia by PADI
SMB/Wreck Reel by Trident Scuba Suppiles
Diver First aid Kit 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 6th at 7 PM Paul Dimeo - Dive Safety Officer at Aquarium of the Pacific
Paul Dimeo
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September 5th at 7 PM Tom Ford and the Marine Team - Executive Director of The Bay Foundation
Tom Ford and the Marine Team
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Tom Ford and the Marine Team from The Bay Foundation present: Two Years Before the Wrack!

Heros and their efforts to sustain Palos Verdes in an uncertain future. An epic journey featuring; the Blob, El Niño, hammerheads, green turtles, dead sea stars, dead urchins, and algae invaders!  How the efforts of scientists and fishermen to restore kelp and abalone have lead to new research and a lot of expensive stuff thrown into the ocean.  

Tom Ford is the Executive Director of The Bay Foundation, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Authority, collectively comprising the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program. He is also a Co-Director of the Center for Santa Monica Bay Studies at Loyola Marymount University, and part time faculty at the Fred Seaver College of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount Uni

versity. Tom holds a M.A. from UCLA in Marine Ecology and a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island in Biology. Tom has been engaged in the study and restoration of kelp forests since he moved to LA in 1998. Other current projects include aerial mapping of boats, abalone genetics and disease risk management, sea urchin gonad indices development, and SCUBA based biological monitoring of Marine Protected Areas. In addition, Tom serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Marine Institute and Southern California Academy of Sciences, as well as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Oil Spill Prevention and Response Technical Advisory Committee and the City of Santa Monica Clean Beaches Clean Ocean Committee. Tom has dedicated thousands of hours to understanding and correcting sources of pollution in Los Angeles; influencing national and international policies and practices that benefit the env
ironment and public health.

Tom’s diverse background spans the Atlantic seaboard where his research on sea turtles involved nesting beaches, aerial surveys and coastal dredging projects. As a commercial shell fisherman in Rhode Island, he developed his deep appreciation for the working landscapes that our coastal waters comprise. Tom and his family live in Santa Monica where they spend their free time surfing and exploring the beaches of Los Angeles County.

Prizes:
1. Back-Up Dive Computer BUD by Oceanic worth $200
2. $50 Gift Card to Eco Dive Center
3. $30 Gift Card Gun range and rental by LAX Gun Range
4. Two tickets to the Aqiarium of the Pacific
5. Diving Encyclopedia by PADI
6. Swag by ScubaPro
7. Flip-flops by Poseidon
8. SMB/Wreck Reel by Trident Scuba Suppiles
9. New Bronze Colored Surpreme Snorkel by TUSA
10. Diver First aid Kit 

Free Scuba Stuff
1. EDC Bumper Stickers
2. Mini Hollis Scuba Fin KeyChain
3. How to Use Dive Computer manuals

 

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September 2nd at 7 PM Mark Strickland - Blue Water Dive Travel and Photo
Mark Strickland
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Presentation Topic: Fiji's Underwater World - Amazing and Accessible

Bio: Mark Strickland’s life-long connection with the sea has included over 10,000 dives and careers as a lifeguard, boat captain and scuba instructor. His passion for underwater photography has led him to many top dive destinations, including Thailand, where he spent 17 seasons as Cruise Director / Photo-Pro on a series of live-aboard vessels. He currently lives in Southern California, but specializes in the tropical Indo-Pacific, as well as many other destinations worldwide. 

Strickland’s favorite subjects range from tiny invertebrates to reefscapes to big animals like sharks and whales. Throughout his body of work, Mark strives to reveal the essence of his subjects, with an emphasis on color and form, as well as unusual behavior and interspecies relationships. He also seeks to create awareness of marine conservation issues by focusing on threatened species and delicate habitats, many of which are disappearing at an alarming rate. An avid marine naturalist, Mark has discovered several nudibranch species, including his namesake, Halgerda stricklandi.

 Mark's images and articles have appeared in many magazines and books around the world, including BBC Wildlife, Conde Nast Traveler, Geo, National Geographic World, Natural History, Nature’s Best, Ocean Realm, Outside, and most major dive magazines. Mark is also co-author and primary photographer of Lonely Planet’s award-winning book, “Diving and Snorkeling Thailand”. His images have also been featured at the Smithsonian Institution, United Nations Visitor Center, and galleries including G2 in Venice, CA. Mark serves in various roles at Bluewater Photo, and leads several international trips each year to his favorite dive destinations for their sister company, Bluewater Dive Travel. For a sampling of Mark’s work, visit www.markstrickland.com

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