Ocean Explorers Society
A Webliography of Interesting
- Judith Garfield's La Jolla
Underwater Park web site. Judith has written
two excellent books about the La Jolla Underwater Park. If you're
coming in from out of town, this site will get you started off on the
covers San Diego area diving. They have site descriptions and a
rolling dive report log which is always worth reading.
- NOAA provides tide predicitons on their site. They also
have specific predictions for the La Jolla area.
- Here's a live
camera above La Jolla Shores
San Diego SCUBA organizations
We are fortunate to have some good magazines available. Here are
- Rodales SCUBA Diving
-- Good gear reviews, interesting articles, and they let their readers
rate dive destinations.
- California Diving News
-- You can't beat the price on this one. It's free at most dive shops.
Stop by early in the month as most seem to run out by mid-month. Its
best feature is the comprehensive directory of local shore diving
sites. There's also are the local news and events. If you miss an
issue, they have the articles on their web site too.
A good SCUBA book help us kick start new diving activities, appreciate
our history, or keep us sane on rainy nights. Here are a few that
I've found helpful.
- Rapture of the Deep and Other Dive Stories
You Probably Shouldn't Know. One
divemasters travels and travails. It's an entertaining read. It feels
like my life story; credible and surreal at the same time.
- The Fireside Diver -- Bonnie
Cardone gathered the most interesting stories from Skin Diving
magazine and other sources. All of the stories date from the early
days of diving. Well worth reading.
- Best Publishing
-- These guys publish a lot of SCUBA related books. We have several on
our shelves and they've all been good. Visit their site and check out
their catalog. Most dive shops carry their books, but Aqua-Tech has
the best selection.
Pardon the pun, but there are a boatload of worthwhile reaearch
activities underway in our local waters. All of them depend on
volunteer divers for their research data. I can't encourage you
enough to contribute effort to these projects
- La Jolla Ecological Reserve Study - This project is led by Dr. Paul Dayton, and Dr. Ed
Parnell of Scripps Institute of Oceanography.This is a multifaceted
study which is to take place over the next several years. Its goal is
to discover the kind of roll the reserve plays in local waters. All
data will be available to all interested parties for research, or
- Lois Ann.
We've been diving on the Lois Ann for a long time. They know the area,
they feed you well, and it's an excellent crew. They have Nitrox fills
This is a relatively new local boat. They run good trips, and
feed you well. The dive deck is pretty crowded with a full load, so
it's best not to be a type-A diver.
- Ocean Express and One-Eyed Jacks
The Ocean Express runs a nice 1/2 day, 2 tank trip
to the Corronado Islands. I've done one trip off the D'n'd II and it's
a nice boat.
- Lynn Rose Tours - We booked our La Paz trip through Lynn. She has
excellent prices, and can also book fishing or hunting trips.
- Southern Nikonos - This is one of the best places to get your
Nikonos camera serviced. I've used them several times now, and
have been very satisfied. The work gets done when they say it will
and it gets done right. Be forewarned that they don't take credit
cards. I've been having them COD the package, but this may not be
viable for everyone.
- Doing it Right Resources
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