Beach Cities Scuba News

Chamber Eve 2014

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

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How does a night of catered dining, private viewing of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach among your friends and long-standing supporters of the SCUBA Industry sound?

Beach Cities Scuba Centers would like to cordially invite you to Chamber Eve. On May 7th, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the SoCal dive community will come together to show its support for the Catalina Hyberbaric Chamber. A highly committed staff that stands by day and night to serve divers in California waters.

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Cost of the evening is $95 per person. Beach Cities Scuba Centers (the largest contributor to the event) will have four large tables. The capacity is limited to 500 people and we have 40 seats; so the earlier you sign up, the better!

Doors open at 7 p.m. where you will have an hour to explore the Aquarium exhibits, check out prizes, make a purchase at the merchandise and mingle. Dinner will start a little after 8 p.m. and our program gets underway after 9 p.m. with remarks, raffle prizes, some stills and videos from the day, and a check presentation at the end. We usually wrap up no later than 10:15 p.m. It’s always a fun evening for everyone, so bring along your dive buddy or even a non-diving friend or Significant Other.

When you buy your ticket, you’ll also get 5 evening raffle tickets. There will be opportunities to buy more raffle tickets when you get to the Aquarium. Total value of the evening raffle will be roughly $10,000 and prizes will include regulators, BCs, computers, and more. (Check out www.chamberday.org for a complete listing of all prizes and donors.) We’ll also have our Blind Bid Auction (including the highly coveted Diver-for-a-Day at the Aquarium) where you can bid on items but can’t see what others have bid. So make your best offer and keep your fingers crossed.

During the entire evening, we’ll have full access to the Aquarium and its 12,000+ critters, comprising over 550 species and representing 3 major regions of the Pacific. In case you didn’t know, the Aquarium of the Pacific is the only aquarium that focuses on the Pacific Ocean.

Call Andrew and get your tickets and seat reservation today!

(949) 496-5891 or (866) 400-DIVE

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Riviera Yacht Charters Local Diving!

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Cocos in 2014!

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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Join us for an amazing liveaboard experience in the beautiful Cocos Island in 2014. Click on the photo above to see our extended flyer with all of the information you need! Want to talk to someone about Cocos Island? Dial (949) 496-5891 and speak with Andrew today!

Link to the deals!

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Hey folks,

Wanted you to get a sneak peek for tomorrow! This is our brochure link below (click the picture!):

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Come by booths 717-729 either Saturday or Sunday to take advantage of these offers! Interested in signing up direct? Call (949) 443-3858 today and we will get you all set up!

Doors open at 10 a.m.! See you there!

Need directions and more information? Visit http://scubashow.com/

David Mansfield

Beach Cities Scuba Centers

 

 

Beach Cities Scuba Summer Deal

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Hello all!

We would like to extend an offer to your friends and family! Please see our flyer for this summer’s big Open Water scuba deal!

This offer expires on June 1st, 2013.

Sincerely,

David Mansfield

Beach Cities Scuba Centers

Congratulations to our newest Instructors!

Monday, February 11th, 2013

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Instructor Examination: Corona Del Mar, Ca Feb 9 & 10, 2012
Front row left to right: Lisa Shireman, Chris Cox, Alex Gutierrez
Back row left to right: CD Linda Shafer,Paul Felix, IDCStaff Todd Marsh, John Skorstad

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Beach Cities Scuba would like to send a special congratulations to our newest PADI Instructors!

Linda Shafer welcomes in David Schniepp, Moke Jones and James Martin Jr. after the 2012 PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

 

Truk Lagoon (Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia)

Friday, June 1st, 2012

When I conduct a trip report, I am often quick about the direction I want to take you. We go from the airport, to the resort/boat and then I talk about how amazing the diving is while you read diligently with those jealous feelings welled up inside! :) But, I do feel that this time the pictures and video will speak volumes about the dive trip itself. Enjoy!

In order to fully appreciate Truk Lagoon, one must go back to 1944. To Torakku (the airstrike on Truk Island). The Americans know it as Operation Hailstone. Where Marc Mitscher and Masami Kobayashi went head to head in an American led attack on one of Japan’s largest logistical bases. The action was devasting to the Japanese fleet. But, with tactical forethought, Kobayashi realized that Truk was becoming vulnerable and moved many of their war ships to another great dive destination known as Palua. In the end, the Japanese lost 3 cruisers, 4 destroyers, 3 auxiliary cruisers, 2 submarine tenders, 3 smaller warships, 32 merchant ships, and 270 aircraft. Many of the ships were unmanned, but there were many Japanese lives lost that day. 40 Americans were killed. The attack changed the tempo of the war itself. Minimizing Truk had opened up attacking into Palua, Guam, Saipan and Iwo Jima. Japan never fully recovered from this devastating blow and Truk would remain isolated by the Americans until the Japanese surrender in 1945.

Sixty-eight years later, 12 men from Beach Cities Scuba Centers embarked on a journey from Los Angeles to Truk in order to visit 13 of the ships located here.

     

We visited the following wrecks:

Kiyosumi Maru
Yamagiri Maru
Fumitzuki
Shinkoku Maru
I-169 Submarine
Gosai Maru
Rio de Janeiro Maru
Hoki Maru
Fujikawa Maru
Nippo Maru
Heian Maru
San Fransisco Maru
Kansho Maru

Each wreck had its own personality and its own story. An excellent historical account of each ship’s fate is located in Dan Bailey’s book World War II Wrecks of the Truk Lagoon (ISBN 0911615067). From serving as a submarine tender to carrying millions worth of cargo, each dive was different and equally amazing! To say that the team took thousands of pictures and video would be an understatement. On board the San Francisco, the crew explored hundreds of heavy-duty landmines destined for a not-so-distant battlefield. They also viewed tanks and anti-aircraft guns sitting on the decks waiting for a crew to man them against their enemy. On the Fumitzuki, Jeff Rey took beautiful footage of the gigantic propeller blades and actual books where you can still view the Kanji script. On the Yamagiri, the compelling evidence that battle does not come at an easy price was apparent as we were presented with the remains of a Japanese national. The skull staring into the depths reminded all of us that this was a very real event with very real consequences.

Every night was marked with an excellent dinner followed by dessert. Most of the team would move on to dive planning for the next day or sit in the recreation room swapping dive stories and pictures while playing the latest comedy on the television. Each morning, we’d get up bright and early for the dive briefing and start our next adventure into the depths of the Lagoon.

  

It was certainly a trip that won’t be lost in memory for the 12 of us. I know that I am looking forward to the next adventure to Cozumel (June 23rd, 2012) and Fiji (October 2012), but this trip was definitely one of my favorites.

  

If you truly want to get away to enjoy warm waters and beautiful diving; I highly suggest you give us a call and go on our next adventure! The trips are affordable and the memories are forever.

AMAZING FOOTAGE OF THE A.C.E

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Partial Pressure Productions has done another amazing job at capturing the beautiful essence of the A.C.E., a 58 ft. steel hulled bait boat shipwrecked off of Orange County’s coast.  Come on out on the Riviera this weekend to see this beauty yourself!

A sampling of PPP’s first two dives with the new 80 watt Keldan Luna 8 LA-V CRI lights. Footage was taken over two dives on the morning of December 30, 2011. The wreck is the former bait seiner “A.C.E.” which capsized in high seas on November 26 2005. The crew were lucky to escape with their lives. Lost for four years, the location of the wreck was discovered in 2010.
Our dive boat was the Riviera out of Dana Point. We were met with visibility that proved challenging for filming- but that’s hardly news here in California. Only 3 shots received any color correction; the rest were left alone to give an accurate picture of the color performance of the lights. White balance on the camera was left on auto for these dives. The Camera used is the Canon HF-G10 in a Light and Motion Bluefin housing. The music is “Field of Dreams” by Mary Ellen Kirk.

PADI Go Pro Night

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Become a Scuba Professional and Get Paid for doing what you LOVE…SCUBA DIVING!

Is sitting at a desk every day not something you look forward to day in and day out? This could be your ticket to the career of your dreams. Learn about what it means to Go Pro and become a Dive Professional on July 14th at 7pm at Beach Cities Scuba!

WHERE: Beach Cities Scuba in Dana Point

WHEN: Thursday, July 14th at 7pm

WHO: PADI Regional Manager Michael Jansen

WHY: Change the view from your office to a coral reef instead of a parking lot.

Learn from the BEST!

We will have some AWESOME Go Pro incentive packages and come learn from our Guest Speaker Michael Jansen! He has 26 years under his belt as a PADI Professional. Snacks & Beverages will be served!

Call 949.443.3858 today to RSVP!

Come check out the best deals of the summer at any of our 5 convenient locations!