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This month marks year 22 of my scuba adventures. To toot my own horn for a second; I have accomplished 3,731 actual open water dives as of Saturday  morning (yes, I have a dive log). Additionally, I touched the bottom of a Catalina dive site at 302 feet with the proper equipment and traveled to 28 different countries to experience their waters over these years. Whether it was a cave system in the middle of Missouri or the isolated islands of Micronesia, there's been a commonality on every single dive: I can become a better diver.  You might think to...

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It was 1997, the waters off southern Japan were a frigid 52 degrees fahrenheit; my face hit the cold water and I immediately started the rapid depletion of the precious air in my scuba cylinder. Everyone else was calm and relaxed underwater. I would signal, after 20 minutes, that I was down to 700 psi on my submersible pressure gauge and my dive buddy would look at me bewildered. He showed me his SPG and it still had 2000 psi comfortably sitting in his tank. We slowly ascended to our safety stop and when we got to the surface, the...

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There is no doubt that Orange County scuba diving surpasses the competition in terms of marine life encounters, quantity of sea life and unique exploratory dive sites. From San Diego to San Francisco, a diver can enjoy a wide range of scuba diving that provides clear, calm and cool waters. The abundance of dive sites, access to/from and the protection of those areas are on an entirely different level when it comes to Orange County scuba diving. What makes Orange County so different? The topography offers unobstructed views of the ocean for those multi-million dollar homes that decorate the landscape of...

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California is home to beautiful coastlines, sandy deserts, mountainous regions and much more. Visitors from all over the world stop in to watch the gorgeous coastal sunsets, ski down the slopes, or swim in the ocean in a state that literally "has it all". The opportunity to see all of these things is more than reachable in Southern California. Want to surf? Just head down to the coast! Want to snowboard? Just drive up to this mountain a few hours away! Want to see a famous movie star? That's just up the road too!  Just as diverse is California's diving....

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Disclaimer: I will admit that everyone has their own opinion on best places to dive. Whether it is convenience for the diver, ease of entry or low-cost alternatives; the diver will always hold the ability to make their own judgment on proper locations. I will also admit that I am showing you some of the best diving that I have personally done over the years of living in Southern California. Do not worry, I have left out my favorite Laguna Beach destinations for this one! With that, let's look at some of the best places to dive in Cali. We'll...

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