Welcome to the underwater world and to the 'board!
Yes, many options for gear out there and like Akimbo stated, drop down to the "new gear forum".
And while you're dropping down, please fee free to drop into your new local forum here: SoCal and join in our fun. Enjoy!
San Diego area diving has great wrecks and kelp adventures....most will be off boats though. Enjoy.
Yes, Power Scuba Meet-up group is a great way to get together with divers and discounted boat trips.
Here is there link on ScubaBoard: Intro Message and Important Info and the will have a...