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Scuba News LA: August 2013

BECAUSE YOU DESERVE IT!!! rundontswim  

You work your ass off all year, so this Labor Day "treat yourself" to something new and special like a new scuba regulator or dive computer. Come in any time starting now until Tuesday, Sept 3rd for our 5 day long Labor Day Sale Week.
Drysuit setup for 35% OFF?
Used tanks for $75?
Used BCDs for $80?
New for 10% to 75% OFF?
 We are also selling off last year's rental gear!  Get a full setup of 2012 gear for under $500! We respect and maintain our gear to the highest standards so you know you will be getting something that works great.  Now you really have no excuse not to come in.   The viz at the islands is still 80' and the waters are warm (for now) so get geared up and let's go diving! After all, you deserve it.  Directions to Sale  


Dive Club Party this Tuesday Night with Famous Photo guru! gift


On this Tuesday Sept. 3rd we're having our monthly party at the dive shop.  All are welcome. Learn some new photo skills from Andy of Sea & Sea.  BBQ Starts at 6:30 pm so be early. Andy is a professional underwater photographer and writer specializing in images and stories about marine life, scuba diving and the marine environment. His work has been featured in numerous books, dive, photography and lifestyle magazines....   More Info on Event

Equipment Specialist Certification  sdf 

 September 17th 7pm at Eco Dive Center   

The PADI Equipment Specialist Course teaches you how all your stuff works. You'll see how a regulator magically provides a reassuring rush of air whenever your lungs call out for it and you'll learn how to take care of that regulator to be sure you always get that air. Have you ever had a mask strap or a fin strap give out at 100 feet? You can see why it's a good idea to know how to take care of these minor inconveniences before they become big problems. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. While the Equipment Specialist Course is designed to give you a foundation in how your gear operate... More

This course does count towards Master Scuba Diver!

More information & How to Sign Up  



Fish ID Course sd
October 5th and 6th

At the end of a dives, the conversations start, then you hear someone say...What was that fish called?"  More than often there's someone on the boat who will chime in "Opaleye."  Know what you are looking at down there.  The PADI FISH ID Specialty course is one of the most rewarding certifications you can take and the knowledge you gain will stay with you past your 1000th dive.  Learn not only how to ID the fish, anatomy and interesting facts about them. One of the instructor is Jason,  besides working for Eco Dive Center, Jason works in the education department at the Pier Aquarium/Heal the Bay.

Call the shop or Buy Your Spot NOW  




Pier Clean Up Dive 

Sept 21st at 8 am  On September 21st join us for the largest volunteer day on planet earth - International Coastal Cleanup Day! Everyone with a shoreline including oceans, lakes, and rivers gets together to clean up their beach.  Last year in California alone, 62,668 volunteers participated in Coastal Cleanup Day. Together, we removed over 728,289 pounds of trash and 143,291 pounds of recyclable waste from over 1,500 miles. Los Angeles County boasted over 50 cleanup sites located at various beaches and inland waterways.  Why is this so important?  We all need clean water.  Trash in the water affects the health of humans and wildlife.  Every piece of trash left anywhere will eventually make its way to the ocean.  As scuba divers, we get to do our part in a very unique way - by cleaning up underwater.  On that day, volunteer divers will have the rare opportunity to dive under Santa Monica Pier to collect trash.  The best part? (besides helping the environment) You never know what you might find down there!  In the past divers have found vintage wedding dresses, car parts, and even a briefcase full of crackers.  Divers have also found money!  It is truly a treasure hunt.  So come join us and do your part to keep the oceans clean.
Call the shop to RSVP or FACEBOOK it!  

Safety Gear:D.A.N. SMB Rescue Kit d  

It is the little things that matter most in a rescue situation.  This kit has all you need to ensure that you can signal for help in the unlikely event that there is a scuba emergency.  D.A.N. Divers Alert Network has put together the essential items every diver should have on them.  Pick this kit up for yourself or a loved one who dives.   
The kit includes:
  • 6 foot orange safety sausage with low-pressure inflator attachment, dump valve, reflective strip on both sides of tube and a radar reflective panel located on the inside of the tube (when fully inflated, the radar reflector can be detected by radar within 500 m or .3 miles) This can also double as a lift bag or personal flotation device (Reel not included.)
  • Radar reflective panel located inside of the tube
  • Whistle
  • Signaling mirror
  • Princeton Tech safety light with batteries
  • Velcro mesh storage pocket
  • Velcro safety strap
  • Three ways to inflate - Orally, connecting to low pressure inflator hose, purge 2nd stage into bottom

Fish of the month - Frilled Shark dc    

Shark Week might be over but...the sharks are here to stay.  This month's featured fish however might be a little hard to find.  It is the Frilled Shark.  This is a very rare species of shark found in the Pacific and Atlantic over the outer continental shelf and upper continental slope - usually near the bottom.  However, recently they have been seen at shallower depths.  "Shallow" is still outside recreational diving though.  These sharks are found anywhere from 160' to 600' down.  The frilled shark is a primitive species also known as a "living fossil."  It reaches lengths of 6.5 feet,  has a brown eel-like body, and a face only a mother could love.  It gets the name Frilled Shark from the 6 gill slits - one of which going across the throat.  The likeliness of seeing one of these bad boys is very low unless you come across a dead one.  Still, the frilled shark is one of the coolest fish on planet Earth and proof that GOD watches shark week.  


How to Find a New Dive Buddy? io  

Diving is one of the most social sports around.  Divers love to talk, share stories, and most of all go diving.  Here at Eco we are all about getting people together. Lifelong friendships are made on dive boats and in classes. However, there are still people that are looking to expand their dive circle or they are new to town.  Whatever the case may be, if you are looking for a dive buddy don't be shy, just get out there,  We are really nice :) Here are a few options to help you connect with other divers.  All can be found on our website.  

1.    Dive Club Party - On the first Tuesday of every month we have a party in the dive shop.  Everyone is welcome.  There is always tasty BBQ to start off the night and then a speaker and a raffle.  It is BYOB so live it up! Following the speaker everyone heads over to the local bar Joxers for a nightcap and to socialize.  Everyone attends this monthly event. 

2.   Events - We are always organizing new events.  These include beach cleanups, bonfires, parties, etc.  Go here to see the calendar of events:

3.   Dive Trips - Nothing brings people together than being stuck together on a boat or on vacation.  We have many tropical trips as well as tons of local boat trips. 

4.   Buddy Board and Finder - A list of other divers looking for buddies to go beach or boat diving.  Requires you to put yourself out there a bit but like I said...we are all nice!

5.   Facebook Pages - If you don't know what Facebook is, you might be living in a cave and getting a dive buddy is the least of your problems.  Join our fan and group pages to connect to other like-minded divers.


Seal Facts dc  

Diving in California it is very common to see seals.  They are amazing in the way they interact with divers and allow us to intrude on their territory.  Not only do they allow it...they seem to like it.  Here are a few seal fact that you can drop on your friends the next time you are on the Spectre or Peace boats. 

1.   There are 33 species of seal worldwide.
2.   Some seals can hold their breath 2 hours by conserving oxygen.
3.   Some species sleep underwater and surface without waking up!
4.   Some species have been hunted to extinction
5.   A baby seal is called a "pup"
6.   Seals are insulated from the cold by a thick layer of blubber.
7.   Seals make grunts and growls underwater.  Mothers call to their pups this way.
8.   They have a clear membrane that covers their eyes while diving.
9.   Fur seals give birth to one pup a year.
10. Seals detect the vibrations of prey with their whiskers.  


How to better your air consumption.

Frog Kick: How to Master doing the Scuba Frog Kick
Frog Kick: How to Master doing the Scuba Frog Kick


Are you always the first one to run low on air?  Or are you looking to extend your bottom times?  Here are some helpful hints to maximize your air consumption rate (ACR.) Dive...A lot.  This is the most important.  The more you dive, the more comfortable you get with your gear, your buoyancy, the currents etc.  You will notice a huge difference in your ACR if you dive once a week.  

 Exercise.  The better shape you are in, the less you will have to work.  Swimming is probably the best exercise for divers (who knew?!)  By swimming laps, especially the freestyle stroke, your body becomes more accustomed to the constant breathing with deep inhales and exhales.  If you can swim long distances without being winded, think about how you would be scuba diving.  Shoot for 3-5 hours exercise per week.

 Maintain good buoyancy/streamline yourself.  By maintaining proper buoyancy you reduce the need for excess movement.  This is why we teach you to hover without kicking or sculling.  If you are going to stop and look at something, you want to be able to hover motionless.  Also, make sure all your gear is streamlined.  The more streamlined you are the less resistance there is.

 Frog Kick.  This kick style uses very little energy. 

 Slow Down.  Scuba is not a race.  Maintain a calm and slow pace.  Remember...If you think that your pace is fine, you are going too fast. 

Shed some weight (scuba and body)  Simply put...if you are overweight(ed), try to get your weight down.  The less weight you have the less you have to work to move your body forward through the water.  I am referring to lead weight and body weight.  Just being in shape will help with your ACR.  If there is a lot of adipose tissue (fat) in your body it will take more energy to move and to burn it.  There are also reports that show that people with less adipose tissue are less likely to suffer DCI.  This is due to the fact that fat cells are able to absorb high amounts of nitrogen however, it is unable to off gass as quickly as other cells. 

 Practice Practice Practice.  Hone your skills and be one with the water.  Your air consumption rate will improve dramatically. 



Local wreck of the month - The Suejac - The First Wreck of Many California sd Divers


During a strong northeast blow (Santa Ana wind condition), the small harbor of Avalon was being pounded by heavy chop and waves.  Just outside of the breakwater, the yacht Suejac was anchored by herself, riding out the storm.  As she began dragging her anchor and heading towards the breakwater, her three crew decided to jump into their dinghy for safety. Fortunately, a Harbor Patrol boat was one the scene for shortly after the crew entered their small boat, a wave overtook them, dumping them into the water.  All three crew were rescued safely.  However, the same cannot be said for the Suejac.  Moments after being abandoned by her crew, she slammed into the breakwater, knocking a hole into her hull and sinking her in a matter of minutes. Shortly after her sinking, divers descended to the wreck to salvage anything of value.  Once the commercially salvageable items were removed, sport divers got the rest. The Suejac lies in a protected area on the lee side of Catalina Island, immediately outside of Avalon Harbor.  The visibility in the area averages some 30-50' and may extended beyond 70.  The wreck lays on its starboard side and a 90-degree angle to the breakwater with its stern in about 60' and its bow 90'.  Now heavily overgrown, the lines of the yacht are concealed and blended in with the breakwater on which she rests. However, limited penetration is still possible.  Given its location, it is many a new diver's first wreck dive.
California's Top Rated Wrecks



 Aqualung Regulator with FREE matching Octo  

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We are proud to introduce the BREATHE FREE campaign from Aqualung.  Aqualung makes some of the best regulators on the market.  They are built to last and it is the preferred brand of many instructors, military divers, technical divers and recreational divers. So visit us between Sept 1 and Oct 31 and take advantage of this special, purchase an Aqualung regulator and get t

he matching octopus for FREE!  Who doesn't love a perfect match?  We carry all styles and levels of performance, so there is a lot to choose from. One of our friendly staff can explain every reg and answer any question you might have.  



Nudibrach Photo of the Month!    This is a Tritonia Festiva or Diamondback Tritonia.  It is a species of Nudibranch captured by one of our awesome Head Divemaster Kendra Guffey on the Wreck of the Palawan in Redondo Beach, CA.     


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