Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Does anybody here do any vintage diving?

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Posted by bajahaha on October 26, 2009 at 18:17:08:

In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Re: Does anybody here do any vintage diving? posted by Eric S on October 26, 2009 at 13:30:15:

As member number 21 on VDH I posted on Wednesday June 29, 2005
the following:

"I would vote for San Diego the first year, Monterey the second year.

San Diego

Has a strong history of vintage diving;
**** Bottom Scratchers...formed in 1931
**** The Scripps Institution Oceanography (SIO)
**** La Jolla ( Pronounced la ho-la) shore diving;
La Jolla Cove..generally clear--shallow diving
La Jolla Shores..entrance to the La Jolla canon...can get deep FAST
**** Boat diving $$$
Wreck Alley

Suggestions--in addition to diving
A) a guided tour of SIO...Dive locker, and behind the scenes in the labs
( I no longer have a contact at SIO...all have retired or died)
B) a visit to the SIO aquarium ( a few steps from the SIO dive locker)
C) visit to the Recompressing Chamber -- Where son Dr.Sam IV was trained
(son Dr. Sam IV will need to arrange, now lives 400 miles north)
D) a visit to a local dive shop that has a world class display of vintage equipment ,
(the name of the shop escapes me--)
E) Visit US Divers..aka Aqua Lung
(a few miles north..would require at least 1/2 day)
(contact Tom Phelps, customer service/PR for company)
F) a visit to Tijuana aka TJ
(MUST have a VALID US or Canadian passport to re-enter US)
Note TJ is VERY dangerous now--open drug wars--lots of executions
visit only in daylight hours! even then you may not be safe


One of the more popular dive locations (the only one in the area)
generally cold water--wet suit OK year round
Many opportunities for dives
**** Coast guard pier
**** Beaches
Monastery Beach -- Monterey (Carmel) canyon--rough- kelp
**** Charter boats

Suggestions-- in addition to diving;
A) Monterey aquarium -- world class a must see
Keith & Lyn Chase - Veteran Divers & LA county instructors
they are senior docents and friends for 50 years
Can arrange a guided tour with them.
Perhaps a UW photo show-also are world class UW photogs
B) visit Cannery row
John Steinbeck, Doc Ricketts et al
now commercialized

C) Drive 17 mile drive--costs $$$ =a private drive--big homes etc

These are my suggestions"

So Eric it is all yours -- you can organize a get together on the west coast.

Baja haha

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