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Scuba News: December 2013

 The Holidays Are Here Sale!
Everything storewide including special orders on drysuits, regulators, gift cards, boat trips, certification courses, dive computers.... anything you need. 
Our holiday hours are 10am to 8pm everyday, all the way to the 24th. 

Special Guest Night on Jan 7th @ 7pm

Paul (safety officer) will talking about volunteer diving opportunities at the Aquarium of the Pacific and answering any questions you may have to qualify. It's easy, it's fun and sometimes it's hard work to volunteer at the top rated aquarium on the west coast. 


As always there will be free BBQ tacos and a raffle with large prizes so get there early! 


6:30 Food served         ALL INVITED!!!  

7:00 Special Guest  

Directions to Event   

PADI Instructor Update Tomorrow Night December 17th 
PADI's coming to update all local PADI instructors on all the new
OW changes. Makesure to purchase all your necessary new tools, slates and watch the latest webinars on the PADI prosite. All instructors are invited. BYOB of course.
PADI is also treating participants to Thai food.
Call to RSVP 310 980 0350   

Wreck Dive Trip March 9th: The Valiant

 History: The Valiant was launched on the East Coast in 1926 and went to her grave just four years later in December 1930. She was a 162 foot long luxury yacht with a 26 foot beam. She was christened the Aras (the owner's wife's name spelled backward). Not many months after she was launched, her owner, Hugh Chrisholm, sold her to Charles Howard of Howard Motor Company, who renamed her, the Valiant. Her home-port became San Francisco, but she was a frequent visitor to Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Catalina.  


How is Sank: On the evening of December 13, 1930, the Valiant was anchored in Descanso Bay. The Howards their guests were enjoying cocktails and dancing in the salon; some of the crew-members were playing cards. The lights flickered and went out. The gas generator had run out of fuel. One of the crew-members ran down to the engine room and turned on the tap, but anxious to play his hand, didn't wait for the fuel tank to fill. While he was playing cards, the tank overflowed and gasoline flooded the floor of engine room. A spark set it on fire. Within minutes, the boat was ablaze. 27 passengers and crew boarded a lifeboat and escaped to shore.

The fire raged for three days. When it finally burned the metal hull plates were cooled by the seawater and shrank; the ocean rushed in and the boat went to the bottom.  



The Dive: The Valiant is one of the easiest wreck dives. She is an oasis in the sand, almost always kept company by a cloud of blacksmith. Her stern is at the bottom of a sandy slope in 70 feet; her bow points due north in 100 feet of water. Since she's on the leeward side of Catalina, the ocean is nearly always calm. If there is any current it will most likely sweep from bow to stern and be gentle.


Location: Descanso Deep, Catalina Island.  

When: Dive the Valiant Wreck on March 9th 2014. Click here to purchase tickets.

Charter: The Magician out of San Pedro. 7am departure BUY BOAT TICKETS 


Awesome Gift: TUSA Zen Air IQ 950
With FREE transmitter and FREE boat ticket!          
The IQ-950 Zen Air is TUSA's most advanced and full-featured wrist-top computer. Hoseless air-integration, several advanced user-adjustable settings and the ability to program up to 3 transmitters and 3 gas mixes from 21%-100%. The Zen Air's large alphanumeric and back-lit LCD screen clearly displays all the critical dive data including tank pressure(s), air-time and no-decompression time, current/max depth, safety stop, deep stop and much more. The IQ-950 is the ultimate dive instrument offering a set of robust features that can be adjusted for personal preference. The Zen Air is available in brushed metal fi
nish or limited black chrome.


$400 Transmitter and $130 Boat ticket  

Picture of the Month: Beach Clean Up
Add beach a clean-ups to your to-do-lists in 2014! Come on! They're fun, you meet other divers and all for a good cause. We'll be announcing the "2014 Beach Clean Site List" soon.
Want to help-out with planning and logistics? How about becoming a "Beach Captain" and organizing your own local beach?  

PADI DRYSUIT Specialty Certification


 Have you thought about upgrading to a drysuit? We're stocked full with high performance drysuits from all the top-rated scuba brands.  Couple that with a high-quality undergarment and you will be the envy of all your shivering buddies.  

As an added bonus you get a free Drysuit Specialty Course with any drysuit purchase. Go HERE to learn more. 

Physics question of the month.  
Ok, we have an easy one for you guys:) 
Which law affects the volume?  
Clue: This is why we never hold or breath.   

Answer to:
Prize: Free air-fills for 2014   

CPR, First Aid, AED and Oxygen Certification on Dec 26th 7pm
EFR teaches the life saving skills that are applicable to any situation, not just divers.  The fun part about EFR training is learning serious medical emergency response skills in a positive, team environment. You gain the confidence that you are prepared to help in an emergency. You'll learn CPR, first aid, AED and oxygen deployment... 


Eco-Divers look here! 

Project A.W.A.R.E.'s online environmental community working together for ocean protection. 

Over the past two decades of underwater conservation experts have learned that divers are the true leaders in ocean protection. We're ocean heroes numbering in the millions across the globe. We believe together our actions will make a huge impact and will help to rescue the ocean.

With new programs and more online resources than ever before, Project AWARE supports an unprecedented global movement of divers acting in their own communities to protect oceans and implement lasting change.

 Join "My Ocean" by clicking 

Creature: Bat Star
Bat stars have sensors at the end of each arm that sense light and detect prey. When a bat star finds a food item, it extends its stomach over the prey and oozes its digestive juices onto it, liquefies the prey meal and then slurps up the resulting "soup."


Sea Turtle Facts
1. From Leather-backs to Loggerheads, six of the seven species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered at the hand of humans.
2. Sea turtles live in almost every ocean basin throughout the world, nesting on tropical and subtropical beaches.
3. They migrate long distances to feed, often crossing entire oceans. Some Loggerheads nest in Japan and migrate to Baja California Sur, Mexico to forage before returning home again.
4. They spend their entire lives at sea, except when adult females come ashore to lay eggs several times per season every 2 to 5 years.
5. Leather-backs are capable of withstanding the coldest water temperatures (often below 40˚F) and are found as far south as Chile and as far north as Alaska.
6. Each species relies on a different diet: greens eat sea grasses; Leather-backs feed on Seajellys and soft-bodied animals; loggerheads eat heavy-shelled animals such as crabs and clams; Hawks-bills rely on sponges and other invertebrates; and the Kemp's ridley prefers crabs


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