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Tonight at Eco Dive Center 7pm Captain John Kades will give us divers a talk, join us for Pizza (no BBQ in the rain) and good times. 
Who's this Captain John Kades, well, he has been an investigator and deputy coroner for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office for over 15 years. He is an active scuba diver since 1981 and has spent 14 years as a public safety diver for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Underwater Search and Recovery team. He has been a member of the department’s Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and is specialized in disaster operations, drowning/SCUBA cases, aircraft fatalities, and skeletal/buried body cases. 
As a member of the California State Coroner’s Association (CSCA) Captain Kades serves on the Association’s coroner curriculum development committee that recommends training standards for death investigations. He has a BA in criminal justice from UC Santa Barbara.
Captain John Kades from the LA County Coroners Office comes to Eco Dive Center to update us on 2015 dive fatalities and how it compares to previous years. He will discuss common dive accidents and prevention techniques so you don't become a 2016 statistic, EeeeK! 
Two Bucks; The raffle prizes are a gift certificate to LAX Gun Range, 45 min Thai Massage, drysuit undergarments, drysuit bag, sharkSkin hoodie, and few other cool scuba related items:)

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Posting: 01-05-2016
Tags: scuba, west la dive club


A few weeks ago some Israeli divers chanced upon  nearly 2,000 gold coins that had been underwater in the Mediterranean for a millennia. This was the largest hoard of gold coins ever discovered in Israel and theories abound.  Scientists have posited that perhaps it's the remnants of a shipwreck carrying tax money to the central government in Egypt.  Or perhaps the coins were meant to pay military garrison salaries in Caesarea.


Before you start diving shipwrecks looking for buried treasure, take the PADI Wreck Specialty Course. It teaches divers how to safely dive wrecks, which are usually located in deep water. It also teaches divers how to research the history of a wreck and determine the legality of salvaging, so you don’t end up on the wrong side of the law.


After that, there are opportunities to search for sunken treasure  like diving the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha in Florida. For $2,500 you get to dive alongside professional underwater treasure hunters and try your hand at finding your very own cache of precious, antique gold coins.


Come join us on May 2 and 3, 2015 for our next Wreck Weekend in San Diego where you can earn your Wreck Specialty certification diving the 366 foot Canadian Destroyer “Yukon.”  This could be your first step in being an underwater Indiana Jones or Lara Croft.



Email tim@ecodivecenter.com for more details or call 310-398-5759 to sign up.

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Posting: 03-25-2015
Tags: diving, la, los angeles, scuba, southern california, wrecks

Winter is one of the best times to continue your scuba education, and here are 3 reasons why:

1) Classes are smaller and boats are less crowded. The summer rush is over and warm water divers stay at home. Our instructors are still very eager to teach and you get more attention from the instructor with a smaller class size.

2) Winter is the perfect time to do certain specialties like drysuit and night. Buy a drysuit at Eco and get a free drysuit specialty class. A free class and beat the cold at the same time? That's a no brainer! With less daylight hours, extend your diving opportunities with a night specialty and see all the cool critters that hide out during the day like octopuses and pipefish.

3) Visibility usually gets better during the colder winter months. Our kelp forests also thrive in colder waters so with thicker kelp comes more marine life. These are the perfect months to work on your Fish Identification specialty and Underwater Photographer specialty.


And don't forget...once you have your rescue certification and 5 specialties you attain the Master Scuba Diver rating, the highest recreational certification you can get as a recreational scuba diver!

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Posting: 11-26-2014
Tags: best time to dive, scuba, scuba diving los angeles, winter diving

The name's Drew Stillman and I've lived in and around the ocean my whole life. A native California, I've been snorkeling and skin diving as long as I can remember. Growing up with a father that used to be a scuba instructor himself and a mother that is a certified diver, it was only a matter of time before I joined the club. It was the summer before my 14th birthday, I had done some snorkeling while on vacation with my parents in Hawaii when my father asked if I would like to try scuba diving, up for a challenge and just curious I accepted. It wad like nothing I had ever experienced, frightening, exciting, challenging and relaxing all at the same time. I remember wishing the dive would never end, that somehow I could just stay down here. As soon as we got back to California I enrolled in an open water scuba diver course and was certified as a junior open water diver.

Flash forward 9 years and though I was still a ocean baby at heart,  with school, jobs family, friends and life scuba had taken a back seat. Even after achieving a BA in Digital Media and freelancing add a graphic artist and designer there seemed to be something missing. Another  4 years go by when a trip to my parents in the spring changed the direction for everything. A photograph from my childhood, blurry and out of focus as it was, my father and I in the water with the widest smile I'd seen on my face in a long time. Suddenly remembering the feeling, the weightlessness and how everything was new, scuba diving is like seeing the world through new eyes, and I wanted to capture that feeling once again. The advanced diver course at Eco Dive Center was the start of my journey back to that place, in search of that feeling.

Soon affer completing my advanced course I found myself hooked. The more I dove, the more I remembered about how much I loved the sport as well as cultivating my love for the environment, both above and below sea level. I couldn't stop,  and before I knew it I had gone from advanced, to rescue to Divemaster. I love the community and culture of diving, what it represents and the great people that are involved in it, and that's what I want others to experience from it as well. Coaching, helping others to explore and expand their knowledge not only of our oceans and environments, but how we as individuals interact and learn from it as well. That's what drove me to be an instructor. To open up the world and your mind.


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Posting: 11-07-2014
Tags: drew, instructor at eco dive, scuba
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