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Your Guide to Diving The Continental USA
including Florida, California, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alaska, Washington, Missouri

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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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American Dream Dive charters Review Pier 66 hotel and marina / Fort Lauderdale fla Kevin Smith 2017/11
Conception,Truth Aquatics Review Truth Aquatics / Channel Islands Eric Ohde 2017/11
Shore Review [same] / Riviera Bch Dawn 2017/08
Jupiter Dive Center Review [same] / Jupiter/West Palm Beach FL Eric Weiss 2017/10
Key Dives Review Breezy Palms / Florida Fran Leach 2017/05
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Diving The Continental USA Articles - Liveaboards

A Fast Trip to the Top Is Disastrous, faulty gear or lack of familiarity can kill, 9/17
Flower Garden Banks May be Off Limits to Divers, 9/16
Skippers Remorse at Loss of Diver., 8/16
Belize, Bonaire, Florida, Philippines . . ., and a Cozumel dive shop with a great refund policy, 7/15
MV Fling, Flower Gardens, Texas MV Fling, Flower Gardens, Texas -- Publicly Available, seven dives in 27 hours for just $645, 9/14

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Still Unclear How Key Largos Get Wet Got Wet, 2/12
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

Diving The Continental USA Articles - Land Based

New Critters to Spot Along the West Coast, 11/17
The Florida Shark Diving Saga Continues, a bite and an attack raise more issues, 7/17
A Bad Weekend At a Training Lake, 7/17
Urban Diving after a Rain Storm Urban Diving after a Rain Storm -- Publicly Available, 4/17
Treasure Trove in Lake Travis Treasure Trove in Lake Travis -- Publicly Available, 4/17
Great White Sharks are Back in Florida and You Can Track Them Great White Sharks are Back in Florida and You Can Track Them -- Publicly Available, 4/17
Kill em but Dont Feed em?, a campaign to ban shark feeding!, 3/17
Now Kelp Forests Take a Beating, 3/17
Big Sharks Spotted Off Floridas Atlantic Coast, 2/17
Hyperbaric Help Might Not Be Close At Hand in Florida, 1/17
Florida Caves Claim Two More, 11/16
Mako Shark Bite Lawsuit Makes Court Progress, 9/16
California Great White Shark Population on the Rise, 7/16
Most Dangerous Inland America Dive Sites?, 5/16
The Sun Diver Loses Another Diver, 2/16
Fugitive Dive Operators Found, Then Charged with Manslaughter, 8/15
The Biggest Dive Lawsuit Payout to Date The Biggest Dive Lawsuit Payout to Date -- Publicly Available, father and son get $12 million after being run over by dive boat, 7/15
Cozumel, Roatan, South Africa . . ., dive with a Shadow Diver, or in a Las Vegas show, 11/14
Shady Operator Sent to Prison for a Divers Death, 11/14
Florida, Maui, Palau . . ., good and bad Bahamas dive shops; the best week to dive Bonaire, 10/14
Readers Letters: Bends, Photographers and Scaring Sharks, 9/14
Snorkel with Manatees, Homosassa, Florida, its 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

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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
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
Floridas Newest Wreck Dive, 7/09
Florida, California, Bahamas, Philippines, good U.S. diving, Cozumels 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

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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

Beneath Cold Seas Beneath Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest
by David Hall

It's hard enough to take a first-rate photo of reef life in the best of conditions. Try doing it in murky, bone-numbingly cold water while wearing a dry suit with 40-plus pounds of weights around your waist, and thick, insulating gloves that make it hard to use the camera controls. That's what David Hall had to endure while photographing in Canadian waters, but those physical disadvantages make Beneath Cold Seas all the more amazing.

Hall's book successfully disputes the belief that cold-water reefs are drab and dismal. He has regularly photographed the world's most beautiful dive spots for major magazines from National Geographic to Time. While Hall's shots are taken entirely at Browning Passage in British Columbia, the reef life he shoots resides along the Pacific Coast, from Northern California up to Alaska, and they are as diverse and spectacular as any creature in Raja Ampat or Fiji.

Click here to buy it at Amazon via our website -- our profits go to save the 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.



The Devil's Teeth: a true story of Obsession and Survival among America's Great White Sharks:
by Susan Casey

Perhaps the greatest gathering of great white sharks in the world is at the Farallon islands, 26 miles from San Francisco. Researchers have tracked and studied them for years and at least one diver still collects sea urchins in the midst of their gatherings. Journalist Susan Casey lived on these barren islands to write a fascinating, awe-struck account of the sharks, their amazing behavior, their killing strategies, their long distance travels, and life with the researchers. Click on this Undercurrent link to purchase the 304-page, hardbound, The Devil's Teeth at Amazon.com's best price, and all our proceeds will go to coral reef conservation.



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.



Diving Southeast Asia There's a Cockroach in My Regulator
by Undercurrent

The Best of Undercurrent: Bizarre and Brilliant True Diving Tales from Thirty Years of Undercurrent.

Shipping now is our brand new, 240-page book filled with the best of the unusual, the entertaining, and the jaw dropping stories Undercurrent has published. Theyre true, often unbelievable, and always fascinating. Were offering it to you now for the special price of just $9.99.

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