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    Shane Thompson

    The "right the Yukon" night was 3 years ago yesterday. I'm definitely still in shock. Shane was a wonderful, vibrant person and a very skilled diver. We'd recently made plans to step up my diving together, and I was thrilled at the prospect of jumping on board with such an experienced mentor...
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    Missile Tower Wreck (165'), San Diego

    Looks like nice conditions. I almost went that day...
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    Missile Tower Wreck (165'), San Diego

    I'm planning on it! And yeah, I'm bummed about the Scripps/P-38 trip. I've never dove the planes in Del Mar and really want to. :)
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    Nudibranch Lovers

    This Spanish Shawl is ready for her close-up (is that an EYE?) from Macro Mania
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    Partly Cloudy With A Chance Of Surge

    I want to see the photo!!!
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    the truth about DM's

    I've been affiliated with the boat for a couple of years at this point, but really only worked "full time" in 2012 and early 2013. It's entirely possible that I was out of town in September :) Hope to see you out there in a few weeks!
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    the truth about DM's

    Fair enough, but my boss and my customers do :)
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    the truth about DM's

    My experiences as a DM differ from most in that I a. Crew a local (Socal) boat exclusively, and b. am paid for it. It is not customary here for divemasters to lead dives here; divers are on their own unless they specifically hire a DM ahead of time. I do guide trips occasionally--maybe once a...
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    Where to find horn sharks in Southern California?

    There are also always juveniles at La Jolla Shores.
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    Nudibranch Lovers

    The surge in the kelp was WAY down this past weekend, so I brought my SubSee +10 diopter for its first cold-water dive. I enjoyed how shallow the DOF became! See more: Dreamy Spanish Shawl
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    Are can lights still necessary for non-cave tech diving?

    I have a small Light Monkey canister light and a Sola video light and I wouldn't dream of replacing the LM with the Sola. The power just isn't there, and even if I were personally okay with that, it's difficult to signal my teammates with an underpowered light when they have canisters. (I have a...
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    Missile Tower Wreck (165'), San Diego

    The Missile Tower is a small wreck but always a treat to dive. I've only been on it twice, and last Saturday's conditions eclipsed those of the prior time I got to dive it. You can spot the difference in the color of the water :) Missile Tower Wreck, San Diego
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    When is it not worth it anymore?

    That's an excellent point. I should point out that I didn't get into tech diving because I wanted to dive deep--I just wanted to spend more time at 100'. The rest was just a slippery slope ;)
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    When is it not worth it anymore?

    How much crap do I want to take underwater? As much as I need to get back to the surface safely. Is it pleasant, carrying all that gear? Not particularly. Is it worth it? Only sometimes... and you usually won't know until you've already committed to the deco :) A couple of months ago, I gave a...
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    Female technical divers

    Hey, that's me! I'm a female rEvo diver and completed my advanced trimix course last year. I dive and take photographs in San Diego.
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    Nudibranch Lovers

    It's always fun when you find extra critters in post. If only I'd seen this little hitchhiker when I was taking the shot, I might have been inspired to take a better one: Read more: Photo of the Week: Mexichromis porterae Nudibranch
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    Any maps of the Palawan and Avalon Wrecks?

    You're welcome! Glad it was useful to somebody. :)
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    Any maps of the Palawan and Avalon Wrecks?

    Gosh, you get up early.
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    Any maps of the Palawan and Avalon Wrecks?

    Hey Phil, thanks for the link and the kind words. I don't have a map of the Palawan, but if I recall correctly (I've only dove it that once), the interior of the ship is pretty wide open. If you do other wreck penetrations, this one shouldn't pose any major challenges. It's a pretty deep...
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    How shallow can planned wreck 'artificial reefs' be?

    Don't quote me on this, but I seem to remember that in SoCal the top of the artificial reef structure has to be 40+ feet below the surface.
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