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Scuba Diving News LA: June 2013

Holiday in Honduras - You're INVITED!    Flight is included!!
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Two Weeks of Awesome in Roatan, Honduras [GoPro HD Hero3]
Roatan, Honduras by GoPro Hero3
This is a once-in-a-lifetime dream trip.  Join us Thanksgiving week 2013 as we head toRoatan, Honduras!  You will be staying at the world famous, all-inclusive Fantasy Island  Resort located in the Caribbean. Roatan is one of three Bay Islands along with Utila that offers some of the best Caribbean scuba diving available. This 21 acre private island paradise is designed to fulfill your Caribbean Fantasies above and below the surface.
This trip is ALL-INCLUSIVE which means everything is included.  All you can eat, drink, and dive. 
Local Boat Diving Schedule 
Here a quick list of all the intense dive trips for the beginning of the summer.  
July 14th Farnsworth Pinnacle and Backside BUY NOW
July 27th Oil Rigs - 2 dives, Morning Charter BUY NOW
July 27th Oil Rigs - 2 dives, Afternoon Charter BUY NOW
July 28th Santa Cruz Island BUY NOW
August 18th Santa Barbara Island
Sept 1st and 2nd San Clemente and Farnsworth
Go PRO Career Seminar This Wednesday Night!
Imagine a job where you look forward to going to work everyday... 
Come along to our Go PRO Careers Seminar for a fun evening, where we will be presenting our plans for Instructor Development and also be covering the PADI Instructor Development system. You will also learn about the present employment opportunities available in the Dive Industry.
This is a great opportunity to hear from top industry professionals on what it takes to become a PADI divemaster or instructor.
Whether you just completed your Open water certification or you're an experienced Diver... all are welcomed to join!
Our PADI GO PRO Night will include:
Presentation by James Morgan - Vice-President, Training & Customer Service.
Appetizers and Refreshments
Career Path Sessions
Raffle: PADI Products
When: June 19th 7pm
Where: Eco Dive Center 4027 Sepulveda Blvd Culver City CA 90230 
Safety Gear of the month - The Nautilus Lifeline
Introducing the Nautilus Lifeline. The World's first marine rescue radio. It combines VHF communications, DSC technology, and integrated GPS to deliver piece of mind for everyone in the water.  Depth rated to 425 feet, the Nautilus lifeline's rugged waterproof, shockproof, crush-proof design ensures that you have the ability to communicate on the water when you need it, where you need it.  With a simple press of a button you can call for help on any marine emergency channel or send a digital alert with your GPS coordinates to the coastguard or any boat within 4000 square miles.  The Nautilus Lifeline puts safety into the hands of everyone in the water.  
An all-in-one safety package!   
Includes:High Viz Yellow SMB, Glowstick, Compass, Storm Whistle, Mesh Carry Bag, Rescue Signal Mirror,Buddy Connector
Together, the complete kit measures 3"x 8"

Sea Creature of the Month:  The Tasseled Wobbegong Shark


The tasseled wobbegong is a species of carpet shark that is found in Northern Western Australia to Queensland and up to 
Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.  Reaching 5.9 feet in length this shark has a wide body and a flattened head.  
Its most distinctive characteristic is a fringe of branching dermal flaps surrounding its head, which extends onto its chin giving it the look of carpet.  They can be seen in caves or under ledges lying motionless waiting for food.
tasseled wobbegong
They are an ambush predator relying on camouflage.  They lie in wait for an unsuspecting meal to swim by and then they suck it into their mouth.  How long do they wait? Divers have reported seeing these sharks lying in the same position for over 3 days.  That is patience.  I have eaten 3 times while writing this.  Wobbegongs are normally non-aggressive towards divers but have been known to bite those who get too close.  You will be fine if you maintain good buoyancy and stay off the bottom.  The tasseled wobbegong has become a ecotourism attraction and there are many dive trips dedicated to spotting them.    
Buy an Oceanic Dive Computer get the Transmitter FREE!
For those of you interested in purchasing an Oceanic wrist-mounted dive computer, there is no better time to buy one.  For the next month we will throw in the transmitter FREE!  We carry all styles.  The transmitter allows your wrist-mounted computer to display how much air you have.  
They run around $400 but now... FREE!!! 
Go to or come into the shop!  
NEW GEAR! Hollis Explorer Sport Rebreather sdfc
The Hollis Explorer Sport is a true recreational Rebreather.  Compact, lightweight, and easy to use. The Explorer is unique in using a single gas, Nitrox, and is electronically controlled to achieve an optimal balance of PPO2 and dive time.  Some of the key features include: Pre-packed absorbent cartridges, CO2 tracking, and a 2 hour dive duration.  It is also very easy to use and set up.  The Explorer's design makes it a dream for the recreational diver looking for a safe and easy way to explore the bottom at leisure and without disturbing the sealife with bubbles. 
Scuba Health

Everyone knows that swimming is the best exercise.  In order to burn a significant amount of calories (500+) you must swim at a moderate pace for an hour.  We all remember the 300 yard swim test when we got certified?  Not fun.  Try doing that for an hour. Not only was it hard, it was boring.  Calories burned in one hour of scuba diving? Over 900!!!  Couple that with lugging around the gear and multiple dives and you are looking at about over 1000 calories burned per dive.  Now you understand why you are so tired and hungry after a day of diving.  Or why you are able to eat 5 meals a day aboard the Sand Dollar and still be hungry.
Reality check...Scuba diving once a week does not mean you are going to end up with a body like Brad Pit from Fight Club.  You need to combine it with a healthy lifestyle.  Here are some basic tips that can help you.  We will include additional fitness tips in future newsletters.
Stretching: Daily stretching can do wonders for your body.  One of the most important stretches you can do for scuba is the hamstring stretch.  Tight hamstrings are one of the leading causes of lower back pain.  By stretching these muscles you will not only help your body deal with the weight of the scuba gear, it will improve your fin kicks!  Hamstrings respond well to gentle daily stretching.  To isolate the hamstrings, stretch in a seated position by extending one leg at a time, flexing the ankle and contracting the muscles on the top of the thigh (quadriceps) to extend the knee joint pressing it toward the floor. Keep the back flat while leaning forward from the hip. While divers may feel a stretch in the hamstrings when rounding the back to lean over the leg, range of motion in the back is compensating for additional potential stretch in the hamstrings. 
Healthy eating tip:  Replace mayonnaise with avocado.  Avocados are high in unsaturated fat, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals.  Less calories than mayo and let's face it...they taste great.    


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NEW GEAR! Aqua Lung X Shot 
The X Shot fins are high-performance fins that incorporate new technologies and the latest materials. They take the best concepts of the SlingShot and HotShot fins and improve upon them.  The Power Zone, located in front of the foot pocket, where the power bands used to be, continues to evolve. What were once powerbands, are now integrated "V Boosters", providing even more power with less effort. A new spring strap allows for easy donning and doffing. The blade contains a high performance elastomer resulting in high efficiency and the elastic insert creates a "spoon effect" that pushes more water with each down stroke adding to efficiency.
Available in Black, Blue, and Orange.   
Special! Bring in your old fins and get 40% off a pair of X Shots!  
10 Random Shark Facts
1.  You are more likely to fall out of bed and die than you are to be bitten by a shark.  
2.   A few of the known shark species will drown if they stop moving. Great white, mako and salmon sharks don't have the muscles they need to pump water through their mouth and over their gills. As long as they keep swimming, water keeps moving dfsdf over their gills, keeping them alive.
3.  Almost all sharks like to do their hunting solo, but scalloped hammerhead sharks prefer to travel in schools during their summer migration.
4.  The Megamouth shark (pictured) is the rarest of the shark species. It was discovered in 1976.
5.  Bull sharks can survive in freshwater and have been found swimming in the Mississippi River
6.  Over 73 Million sharks are killed each year for their fins.  The fins are used to make the Asian sg "delicacy" Shark Fin Soup.
7.  Sharks have a 6th sense: They can pick up on the small electrical fields generated by other animals.
8.  Sharks' skeletons are made entirely of cartilage, an elastic tissue that is much softer than bones. When a shark dies, salt from the ocean water completely dissolves its skeleton, leaving only the shark's teeth behind.
9.  The smallest shark in the world is the Dwarf Lanternshark at just over 6 inches.  
10.  The largest shark is the whale shark (over 40 feet!), but don't be afraid of these docile creatures. They are filter feeders that use their many rows of teeth to gather plankton, making them great diving companions for eco-tourists.
ScubaEarth is an online scuba resource and social community for divers and other water lovers. It's a robust, one-stop site to research, plan & share dive experiences. ScubaEarth hosts everything from current weather & dive conditions to photos and videos for those constantly craving scuba.
PADI ScubaEarth - Join the revolution


Top wreck dive - The Prince Albert in Roatan, Honduras 
Along the south shore, the Prince Albert was the first Roatan wreck intentionally sunk for scuba diving. The tanker, owned by a group of Nicaraguans, left Nicaragua with a cargo of war refugees, headed for Roatan. After escaping its war-ravaged country and delivering the refugees, the ship remained in French Harbor, where it was stripped of valuables and left partially submerged. Bill Evans, founder of Coco View Resort, saw an opportunity to remove a hazard and gain a wreck for the benefit of his diving guests. Securing government approval proved difficult for Evans, but not impossible with assistance fro
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m local businessman Albert Jackson. Evans hired clean-up and welding crews and set about the task of preparing it for sinking. Three weeks later, a local shrimp boat towed the tanker to Coco View. The sea was rough and during the effort to transfer lines, they snapped and the ship ended up on the reef.  
Efforts over several weeks to release it were unsuccessful, and resulted in severe damage to the shrimp boat. Finally, in January 1985, a new steel-hulled shrimp boat owned by Jerry Hynds was commissioned for the task and the ship was successfully pulled off the reef. A joint effort between the shrimp boats and the Coco View fleet tied the bow into the wind, then pumped water in until it sank. Soon after, a Coco View
Roatan Wreck of the Prince Albert
Roatan Wreck of the Prince Albert
guest suggested that Evans name the ship Prince Albert, in appreciation of the assistance Mr. Jackson provided. Over a cuarter of a century later, the 140' tanker is in remarkably good shape and sits upright in 65 feet of water. It has significant coral growth. Eagle rays frequent the wreck, a resident moray stands guard near the stern, and arrow crabs and seahorses share space along the deck.
PARTY AT THE DIVE SHOP!! All are invited to attend! 
Special guest:
Carl Huggins
Topic: Dead Weight and the Art of Buoyancy Control -
Proper weighting, buoyancy adjustment, and buoyancy control are skills divers need to learn and hone to be truly comfortable in the water. These skills can also help save a diver's life. This presentation reviews cases seen at the Chamber and from DAN reports where weighting and buoyancy control were contributing factors to the accident, including cases where divers were conscious at the surface...
BBQ Chicken Tacos at 6:30pm
Raffle tickets go on sale 6:45pm
Marine-life presentation of the month 7:00pm
Special guest 7:15pm
Raffle starts 8:30pm
Go Pro Orientation rear classroom 8:45pm (optional)
Social and shop blowouts 8:45 (optional)

After-party at Joxers across the street 9:00pm (optional) 


Wednesday Summer Nights - Beach Clean and Social - 3 Events 
Time to put on your conservation hats and meet other eco-minded divers like yourself! Our beautiful beaches are getting pretty bad and need some TLC. Lately it seems that there is more trash than sea shells.... probably because people actually pick up sea shells. Trash and waste have devastating effects on the water, beaches, and the animals that call it home. Everyday our local animals that we know and love are getting sick and dying as a direct result of the trash build up. It is time to take act
ion. Come join us for 3 nights dedicated to cleaning up the beaches. Hang out with your fellow divers and do your part to rid our beautiful beaches of disgusting trash. And in typical LA fashion, we are going for drinks first...and after. Heal the Bay and Eco Dive Center unite yet again for these three event
Start the night off at Tower 42 for Happy Hour and a briefing then it is off for a sunset stroll on the beach to collect trash. Keep a look out, people don't only drop trash - Money, valuables, and random objects are commonly found during these cleanups. After you're done return to Tower 42 for a nightcap.
July 31stHeal (Wednesday Night)
September 25th (Wednesday Night)
October 30th (Wednesday Night)
6:30pm Meet at Tower 42 (restaurant) for Happy Hour and a briefing by Heal the Bay's own Nick Fash. (free parking)
7:00pm Go collect trash with your provided gloves, bag and data card.
9:00pm Nightcap and social hour at Tower 42 (restaurant)Tower
Location: Tower 42 (restaurant) 122 Culver Blvd. Playa Del Rey CA 90292
Every little bit counts, join the fun and meet other conservation minded peeps like yourself!
Join: Just write to to get on the list or call 1-888-ScubaLA
It's on FaceBook, See Who's Going  
Everyone invited to our annual Beach Party, Bonfire, BBQ, Beach Clean Up on August 14 at 7pm to 10pm
Who does not love a good bonfire on the beach? Sit by the fire, crack open a cold one and exchange stories of adventure. Eat tasty BBQ treats all while listening to the waves crash in the distance. It does not get much better than that. But hey...why not leave that beach better than when we arrived? Join us for our annual Bonfire BBQ Beach Cleanup! Hoping to leave behind nothing but sand, the beach cleanup is an awesome way to have a positive impact on our ocean, while getting together with other dive buddies.
Our beautiful California Beaches are getting downright pathetic. Trash everywhere except in the trashcans! As divers we know what an impact trash can have on the local ecosystem. What may look like an innocuous piece of plastic to the average person, we know that a fish or a bird is going to see that as "food." And it looks bad! We have such amazing beaches and they are covered in trash. No one wants to have a bonfire sitting on bed of waste. So do your part, and come help.
A beach chair to enjoy the sunset, BYOB (watch out for $200 open beer fine)
Blanket, Firewood for the pit, $5 for parking in the lot, Smores
Beach Clean-Up Check-In 6:30 (done by 7:30pm) w/Heal the Bay and Eco Divers
Clean up photo opt and data cards turned in by 7:30 pm
PARTY Starts 7:45 pm, Huge bonfire blazing at 8:00 pm, Chillin time: all night til 10:00 pm
Directions to party:
Google it! Dock Weiler State Beach behind LAX airport. Once you enter the state beach at the end of Imperial Hwy, pay parking and enter to the right. Go down the hill to the right, travel and head to 3rd parking lot from entrance, look for the most north firepit. Party is at Lifeguard Tower #51 and LOOK of Strobe lights at the end of all the firepits.
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Looking for a fun side job?
Orientation night is free and open to all interested in becoming a part-time, full-time or hobby-job scuba diving instructor. The road to instructor is filled with the most intense and demanding dive training in scuba and it's the best time you'll have. Becoming a scuba instructor isn't easy, but it's some of the most rewarding and intense training you'll do in your scuba diving career. When you ask? "Orientation Nights" take 20-30min on the first Tuesday of every month proceeding the monthly club meetings. Or you can just call us and we'll schedule an one-on-one appointment with one of our course directors.
Time to get in shape for scuba season.
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