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Scuba Diving The Continental USA

including Florida, California, Texas, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Alaska, Washington, Missouri

Diving The Continental USA articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent

Diving The Continental USA Overview

California's coastal waters can be divided into two distinct regions. North of Pt. Conception (a hundred-mile drive from L.A.), temperatures drop into the low 50s above the thermocline, visibility ranges from 10 to 60 feet, and animals closely resemble those of Puget Sound and British Columbia. Shore diving in this region requires surf entry, and each year unskilled divers are killed trying to enter or exit. Abalone are allowed only to free divers.... South of Pt. Conception, surface temperatures may reach the 70s in summer, though temperatures below the thermocline remain in the low 50s year-round with visibility ranging from 20 ­100 feet. Animals and plants in this region resemble those in northern Mexico. There's beautiful kelp and good fish life around the Channel Islands, which are accessible by boat from Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.... The best time of year for diving is in late summer or early fall, when plankton blooms cease and winter storms have yet to begin.... A 1/4" wetsuit or a drysuit is needed everywhere in California regardless of the season.... There's roughly one great white shark attack annually north of Monterey; free divers are most at risk, followed by surfers and scuba divers....

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The Continental USA Dive Reviews

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Dive Operation Resort Name Area Reporter Dive Date
ScubaTech Review [same] Destin, Fl Jim Martin 2014/07
Scuba Tech Review [same] Destin, FL Wayne Johnson 2014/07
Ocean Divers Review [same] Upper Florida Keys Jim Martin 2014/07
Olympus Dive Center Review n/a North Carolina Eric A Frick 2014/06
Quiescence Diving Services Review [same] Upper Florida Keys jim martin 2014/07
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Diving The Continental USA Articles - Land Based

Snorkel with Manatees, Homosassa, Florida, “it’s like Disneyland in the water”, 3/14
Can Someone Give Us the GPS Coordinates to This Dive Site?, a true South Seas paradise, with top-notch dive spots, 3/14
Falling Stars: Mass Starfish Deaths on the West Coast, 1/14
Key Largo, Maui, New Zealand . . ., maiden voyage kinks in Thailand, a rude photo pro in Bonaire, 5/13
Belize, Hawaii, Cozumel, Palau . . ., Caribbean winter warnings and more trouble with the Siren fleet, 3/13
Bandito Charters, Tacoma, Washington, how warm-water divers from Florida did diving Puget Sound, 1/13
Admirals Club, Singer Island, Florida, superb critter diving, trips to the Gulf Stream, 11/12
Shore Diving in Intracoastal Tidal Waters, 11/12
Amoray Dive Resort, Key Largo, Florida, mixed reviews, but still a winner, 11/12
Bahamas, Carriacou, Puerto Rico . . ., and choose from land-based or liveaboard options in the Galapagos, 10/12
Beneath Cold Seas, 2/12

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How Divers Can Help the Florida Keys, 8/10
Price-Fixing Dive Shops on Catalina Island, undercover dive operator bests them, 6/10
Two Harbors, Santa Catalina Island, CA, the other Catalina, 2/10
San Diego Dive Shop With a Dark History, a suicide, a dead diver and accusations of lies and theft, 2/10
Jim Abernethy, Scuba Adventures, Florida, not what I bargained for, 10/09
Palm Beach Diving, 10/09
Florida’s Newest Wreck Dive, 7/09
Florida, California, Bahamas, Philippines…, good U.S. diving, Cozumel’s best gear repairman, and more, 5/09
Dive Deals in the U.S. and South Pacific, more dive trip bargains, plus a good Caribbean flight tip, 9/08
Barbados, Oman, Puget Sound, Samoa, updates on far-flung diving locales, 3/08
The Flower Gardens of Texas, in search of spawning coral, 2/04
Cancel That Trip to Fiji, 4/02
The Channel Islands, Southern California, great boat diving for $100/day with room and board, 8/01
Where In the World is Carmen San Diego?, . . . when she's shark diving with WWII wrecks, 9/00
Boot Camp for Divers, Learning Cavern Diving in Florida, 5/99
Swirls and Surges in the California Kelp, Catalina, Farnsworth Bank, and the Channel Islands, 3/99
Shark Sanctuary, 5/96
Roughing It in Los Roques, 2/95
Adventuring in Venezuela, 2/95

Diving The Continental USA Articles - Liveaboards

Still Unclear How Key Largo’s Get Wet Got Wet, 2/12

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Why You Need Undercurrent, we really give you the truth about “undiscovered” dive sites: Florida, Borneo, Grand Cayman …, 10/10
MV Horizon, San Diego, California, kelp forests and sea lions, 10/06
California Dive Boats, 10/06
Thumbs Down, DeSoto Divers of Florida, 7/05
The Cypress Sea, Northern California boat diving, 6/05
U.S. Great White Diving, 6/03
Rinn Rules, 10/01

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving The Continental USA
including Florida, California, Texas, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Alaska, Washington, Missouri

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from Amazon.com; just follow the links. -- BD

Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael

What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.

Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.



Reef Fish Identification Reef Fish Identification: Baja to Panama
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

The latest edition in the popular Paul Humann series of marine life books. The most comprehensive field guide ever compiled for identifying reef fishes from the Gulf of California to the Pacific coast of Panama, including offshore islands. More than 500 photographs of 400 species taken in their natural habitat. The book is dedicated to Baja Legend Alex Kerstitch and includes several of his drawings and photographs. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish’s common, scientific and family names, size range, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution.
Illustrated/Hardcover. 364 pages, Amazon.com price: $27.17.



An American Underwater Odyssey An American Underwater Odyssey: 50 Dives in 50 States
: by Charles Ballinger.

Underwater Odyssey is the story of a scuba diving safari to every state in America. Tired of touring coral reefs, the author embarks on a year-long quest to discover the incredible assortment of adventure diving found in our nation's backyard. His dogged determination to follow his dreams and explore everything from flooded missile sites to abandoned mines should be an inspiration for any diver. Underwater Odyssey transcends the limits of a dive guide to reveal the broader adventure that diving provides.
Order through us, get Amazon.coms best price and some of the profit will be donated to preserve coral reefs.



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