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Water & Weather Conditions

SD Lifeguard Conditions Report: 619-221-8824
SD County Beach Advisories & Closures Report: 619-338-2073


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Dive Physicals

Divers Alert Network

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Emergency Services


Various articles (.pdf or online) that new divers may find useful.

SCUBA Acronyms

Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series

Learn about ocean science from leading researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. This series is taped at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps and has been in production since 2001 with new episodes added monthly.

Watch at ucsd.tv/oceanscience/

Dive Computers & Decompresson Models

Decompression management by 43 models of dive computer: single square-wave exposures to between 15 and 50 metres’ depth
(Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Volume 44 No. 4 December 2014)

Hand Signs for Diving

Scuba Hand Signals
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Underwater Critters

  • Marine Field ID

    Books - Critter ID

    • Daniel Gotshall - Pacific Coast Subtidal Marine Invertebrates (Great Book!)
    • David Behrens - Pacific Coast Nudibranchs
    • The Audubon Society - Field Guide to North American Seashore Creatures

    Books - Local Authors

    • Judith Garfield
      The San Diego - La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, Vol. 1: La Jolla Cove
      The San Diego - La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, Vol. 2: La Jolla Shores and Canyon
    • The Amber Forest - Ronald H. McPeak, Dale A. Glantz, Carole R. Shaw -
      Local underwater photographers created this. Have no idea if you could even find it anymore. Aqua Quest Publications, Inc., Jun 1, 1988

    Instructor Recommended — Non-fiction

    • Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who RIsked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
      by Robert Kurson
    • Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
      by Robert Kurson
    • Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures
      by Nick Pyenson