Scuba Diver News - Feb 2017

Scuba Diver News - Feb 2017

Posted by Ronald Palle Beltramo & Zach Palsson on on Feb 1st 2017

February 2017

A Local Trip Spotlight

Wreck of the "Valiant" & Little Farnsworth Pinnacle aboard the Magician Dive boat. The Valiant wreck off of Casino Point is a 162 foot long luxury steam liner that sunk in 1930. Her stern sits in about 70 feet of water with the bow bottoming out around 100 feet. You need a permit to dive this beautiful wreck, so take this opportunity while you still can!!

After diving the beautiful wreck of the valiant, you will head over to the Farnsworth Pinnacle for reefs with unparalleled beauty.
Little Farnsworth is a pinnacle dive that lies very close to Avalon, and very close to the shore. The top of the pinnacle comes up to 55ft, and the bottom around the pinnacle is around 120ft. The pinnacle is like a smaller version of Farnsworth Wall, although it doesn't have the amount of Purple Hydrocoral that Big Farnsworth is famous for. The entire pinnacle is covered in white and yellow zooanthid anemones, which makes for a very colorful scene. Many nudibranchs can be found on the wall of the pinnacle, and cabezon and lingcod lurk in the crevices along side with pinnacle. Sheephead are very common all over the pinnacle. Divers have sometimes seen giant sea bass at this dive site. When doing your safety stop, look for jellyfish and salps floating by in the current. Visibility can be great here, and the water can be very blue

2017 Boat Trip Schedule
CUBA Tropical Dive Adventure Trip

August May 31st- June 10

Departs from: Departs from: LAX to Havana

We will be diving the "Gardens of the Queen" which are a complex network of untouched marine ecosystems that have been regarded by many knowledgeable scientists and organizations as a reference of what is the original status of a coral reef as Christopher Columbus found it in the times of the discovery.

The biggest populations of adult fish in the Caribbean, Sharks, Snappers and Groupers, Jewfish up to 400 Pounds are an everyday experience. Sharks are one of the main attractions and can be seen everywhere. It is possible to dive with 6 different species: Silkies, Reef, Lemon, Black tip, Great Hammerhead and Nurse sharks.

Tropical Trips Schedule
Special Event: March Beach Cleanup

March, the water is cold, the kelp is flourishing and the Ocean needs our help!! Join Eco Dive and a huge group of old and new dive buddies and help preserve what we all love. Details: FREE Rentals given to all divers who come and support.

Santa Monica Pier Underwater CleanUp Dive

Instructors Choice:
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I think we can all agree, being cold can be a real bummer when you're trying to enjoy a dive. No matter where you go or what kind of diving you do, ultimately, dry suit diving is the best. Wet suits help to slow the loss of your body heat, but if you really want to be more comfortable,then there's no substitute for a drysuit.

The BARE X-Mission Drysuit is in a league of its in quality, durability, and overall comfort. The X-Mission is a perfect add on to any type of divers lifestyle. The suits proprietary Nylon RipStop Tri-Laminate makes for an ideal, and lightweight suit. All components combined to make fo an incredible drysuit system that is built for any environment.

Learn the pure joy of diving dry and get fitted for one at Eco Dive Center today!

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Kelli's Blog: All of the netting around the bow of the ship was gone as was the piles and piles of dead squid that had been tangled inside. It was neat to see the wreck... read more on Kelli in the Kelp

Wreck Dives: Valiant on 3/25th $1353 advanced dives, food, fills BUY TICKET NOW

Kelli's Blog: I found myself at the wreck of the Valiant again and experienced an entirely different wreck. A long sprawling body with a huge sweeping hull, the Valiant was a 162′ yacht which sank due to... read more on Kelli in the Kelp

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Special Guest at "Dive Shindig"

Everyone is invited to this special night with an interesting speaker and free dinner. The talk is about Underwater Archaeology by a famous dude.
Join us and feast on your very own Carne Asada burrito at 6:40ish, then grab a seat inside by 7pm. Don't for get to buy yourself some lucky raffle tickets for a new dive computer.
This shindig will take place at 4027 Sepulveda Blvd. West Los angeles CA 90230 on the date listed above, our usual first Tuesday of the month.
Who? Paul Salay
Topic: Archaeology Underwater
Bio: Paul has a B.A. in history and an M.A. in ancient history from Cal State Long Beach, an M.A. and and PhD. in Classical Studies from the University of Southern Cal...

Local Environment- Kelp Forest

Back in July of 2013, a large-scale project to restore kelp forests began off the Palos Verdes peninsula of California.The Bay Foundation, with funding and technical assistance from NOAA's Montrose Settlements Restoration Program, coordinated the effort to remove overpopulated and undernourished sea urchins from urchin barrens. The large numbers of sea urchins in these areas decimate kelp forests by eating every newly settled kelp plant before they have a chance to grow.

The good news is that these restoration efforts are working!

Thanks to volunteer divers, commercial urchin divers, researchers, and local nonprofit groups, southern California's kelp forests are on the road to recovery. Check out the before and after photos to see the radical difference this project is making. In just weeks after divers clear urchins, newly settled kelp and algae can be seen growing.

To date, volunteers have cleared roughly eight acres of reef habitat at four restoration sites, which are in various states of recovery, but we still have plenty more work ahead. In the next two to three years, we hope to reestablish between 75 and 80 acres of kelp forest on the Palos Verdes shelf. Author: Dylan Johnson

Valentines Scuba Ideas

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#2 Discovery Pool Lesson 51% OFF Drysuit with free lessons and fuzzy warm undergarments.
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Dominica Dive Trip this March! Join the Fun!!!

Dive sites are covered in thriving healthy coral reefs and schools of fish like chromis, creole wrasse and sergeant majors. Larger pelagics patrol the outer edges of the reefs and barracudas, turtles and sting rays frequently swim right through dive groups. Seahorses and frogfish are common and other rarer critters like batfish, flying gurnards, yellow head jawfish and upside-down jellyfish can be found if you carefully search the reefs.

We will also take a boat to explore the deep water just off shore that is home to the world’s largest toothed whale, the Sperm Whale. Watching these magnificent creatures is a memory you will never forget. Details Click Here

JOIN! This February 25th Southern California divers will have made the Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup one of their premier social events of the year. Divers retrieve trash and lost items from Avalon Harbor, and revel in the warm friendly atmosphere of Catalina Island. Last year, approximately 343 participants recovered 4,980 pounds of... More Details