Santa Monica’s Scuba Haus closes after 51 years

Siting on the corner of 25th and Wilshire Blvd, Scuba Haus was both a neighborhood icon and local diving staple for over 50 years. Starting today it joins a growing list of old-school California dive shops that have shuttered in the Santa Monica Bay-area over the past decade including New England Divers, Blue Cheer, and American Divers. Whether it’s rising rent, retail fatigue, or a sign of changing times, we now have one less place to get a regulator serviced, a tank vip’ed, or to try on a wet suit free without worrying that you would have to ship it back if it doesn’t work out. Something to consider the next time you’re shopping on line.

At least the ocean isn’t closing any time soon. We’ll see you out there.

A sign of better dives.




Diver Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific – Saturday, March 10

Scientific divers, bug hunters, and warm-water warriors one-and-all, it’s time for Diver Day at Aquarium of the Pacific. Free admission to all certified divers with an urge to explore the underwater world without all the hassle of getting wet. Sponsored by the good people at Sherwood Scuba, this event will also showcase the great underwater work that volunteer divers are doing here in California and offer you the opportunity to get involved and help make a difference in the health of the ocean.

The title sponsor of the event Sherwood Scuba, has started a new initiative called Sherwood Scuba Marine Conservation which supports research and conservation-driven programs across the worlds oceans. Check out their Facebook page and like it to support some really terrific work and to find out how a dive manufacturer can make a difference in protecting the worlds oceans.

Mark your calendar for what will be “fin-tastic” day. See you out there.

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Catalina marine life needs you at the 37th Annual Avalon Underwater Clean Up

37th Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup design, 2018 winner J. Gurantz

Looking to get out in the water this weekend? Want to combine that opportunity with the chance to raise funds for both the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber and the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies’ Scientific Diving Program? Then make plans to head on over to Catalina this weekend to take part in the the Avalon Underwater Clean Up. This annual event regularly brings together the California dive and scientific community to gather and discover the amazing world that is  “Yachtie” trash dumping. You never know what you’ll find, though booze bottles and beer cans will certainly be the majority of it.

You never know what you’ll find. Last Year somebody threw away a perfectly good poodle.

The great thing is you’ll have a chance to help protect and explore a pretty unique ecosystem in Avalon Harbor proper that is almost always off limits to divers while being continually impacted by human actions. The fish you save may be your own.

Follow the link to sign up or get more information on how you can get involved.

Last Dive of the Hermosa Beach Mermaid

There are few things in life that a true Waterman loves more than diving. God, country, and mother do not immediately come to mind. Neither does holding hands nor long, reflective walks on the beach. A dive bar on the other hand is a part of the genetic make-up of every great diver. There is “B-A-R” in their DNA. That’s why I feel like a little piece of me died this week when word came down that the legendary Mermaid Bar in Hermosa Beach has shuttered it’s doors after 70 years.

Smelling of beach sweat and desperation with a decor that probably could give you tetanus just by looking at it, The Mermaid was your one stop shop for ice cold beer and a place to put your feet up and your butt down after a long day on the water. It wasn’t just a smarmy and poorly lit bar either. It was also a place of innovations. There was quarter beer night, dollar pitcher night, and pretty much everyone’s favorite, Blackout night. It was magnificent.

Now I know a lot of you never went to The Mermaid and now, sadly, you never will. I guess the point of this getting all nostalgic and crap is that places like this are where you make memories. Horrible,awful memories. You also make some fun ones as well I suppose but I digress.  So let’s say so long to “The Old Maid.” I never figured she’d go out of business. I always assumed she would be torched for the insurance money. Just remember to enjoy your own special dives while you can and then take one last look at The Mermaid.

The main attraction. I think you could get a Flaming Moe here. And Pediculosis.
Bartender Oz with two of most popular things in the place. Greyhounds of course.
This guy is going to need to find a new place to sleep
The “Old Maid.”

Throwback Thursday – Lobster Opener is September 30


Just a reminder that lobster season opens on September 30th. There are some changes in the regulations this year so check them out at the offical DFW site. License and report cards are still needed so don’t wait until  the last minute to pick yours up. Also, in a very big change, opening time is no longer midnight. It is now 6:00 am.  So go to bed and set your alarms for zero bug thirty.

See you out  there.

There is a lot of planning that goes into a successful lobster dive.


TBT – Perch Piling on Public Transportation in Santa Monica Bay

An early attempt in the science of creating artificial reefs for Throwback Thursday. Here’s a shot from out in Santa Monica Bay from the late 1950’s showing an abundance of Pile Perch on one of the many artificial reefs created by a variety of groups and municipalities out of a variety of materials during the 1950’s.

When the Red Car Line was phased out of existence in Los Angeles, the old cars were simply pushed into the Santa Monica Bay to create new aggregation spots for recreational fishing purposes. Public transportation’s loss was going to be the oceans gain. Not surprisingly, these artificial reefs didn’t hold up long against the forces of the ocean and are entirely erased from the Bay now. It was however, creative thinking to help enhance the quality of habitat in the Southern California bight.

TBT – North Santa Monica Bay/ Malibu during the 1980’s

Earlier this year the California diving community lost a true original as Max Von Klein passed away after a short illness. A NAUI and LA County Underwater Instructor, Max was also the master volunteer at the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. He was in short one of those guys you met diving that you would never forget. What a lot of people don’t know is that Max was also a quality photographer who wanted people to see what was out there and that it needed to be cherished and protected from overuse. That’s why he left me his slides to share. This is just a sample of what he saw in North County as the “King of the Beach Divers.” Enjoy a few of his shots.

We’ll see you out there.







Happy World Oceans Day 2017! Our Oceans, Our Future.

In a time when the future of the worlds oceans is more unsure than at any point in history, we have this day to think about what it really means to have healthy oceans and what it takes to keep them that way. So while we raise a glass or munch some celebratory seaweed, remember that the only way to ensure healthy oceans for our future generations is to stay aware and in turn help raise awareness. The ocean you save may be your own.

Here are some ways you can celebrate and help protect our oceans at the same time at all these great events happening in California today.

Click on the dark brooding Garibaldi to visit the hope page of World Ocean Day