2019 Annual Ocean Safari New Year Party

Please note: 

To help us meet ocean safari's initiative to be eco-conscious divers, please bring your own reusable plate/bowl, cup, and utensils to use for eating and drinking. Please do not bring disposable items. 

Also, we will have filtered water, so we encourage you to bring your reusable canteens. Please do not bring bottled water as a potluck item.

Time: 11am-3pm, Saturday January 5, 2019. Rain or shine!
Location: Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Irwindale
Look for OCEAN SAFARI banner
Participants: 
 

Ocean Safari Dive Team members, their friends, family, & pets. (All pets must be on leash)

Activities:

 

Eating, talking, & relaxing w/OSDT.

Slide Shows & Video Shows.

Fishing (The lake is stocked with rainbow trout constantly; please bring your freshwater fishing license.)

Excellent bicycle and walking trails around the lake & natural area.

Drawing will be held to give away prizes value totaling over $1000.00 (Prizes donated by Ocean Safari & various manufacturers.)

This event is a Pot Luck, so please bring one dish sufficient for serving 5-6 people & beverages for self consumption or to share. (No Alcohol allowed please) 

Want to BBQ? No problem! We will prepare a BBQ fire grill at the location. You are welcome to bring different kinds of meat and vegetables to cook over the grill! 

There is no charge for our party. However, there is an entry fee of $10.00 per car load for day use of the park. If you wish to save some money, you can carpool. 

For everybody’s convenience, please arrive no later than 11:30am so we may prepare for the feast. If you arrive later than the assigned time, the food will most likely be consumed and you will have to eat what you have brought.

Dive Trip Report 12/23/19 – by Megumi Itoh

Location: Old Marineland/Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes

Charter Master: Andy Rios

Boat: Asante (Capt. Gary and Terri), San Pedro Harbor

This was our last scheduled dive trip of 2018. We did two dives at dive site just off the Old Marineland (currently Terranea Resort). It was overcast, but the sea was calm. There was a slight surface current, but not much. The depth around the boat was 30 to 35 feet. The area was mostly sandy bottom with areas of loose rocks. There were larger boulders when you swim out farther. The visibility was good: about 20 to 25 feet. 

There were some giant kelp beds, but large patches of sargassum were more noticeable. We saw small aggregate of opal eyes and blacksmiths. There was also small school of smelt near the surface. Around the reef, we saw some kelp rockfish, kelp bass, and the ever-present garibaldi. The small juvenile kelp bass hiding in kelp bed were very cute. Andy found an octopus and lobsters hiding in the crevice in the first dive, and a school of barracudas and a C-O sole in the second dive (he said there were about 100 of them!). We pointed out scallops, kellet’s whelks, and Norris’s topsnails to the student divers. Some divers saw sea hares and Spanish shawls.

The short boat trip to and from the dive site was short and relatively smooth. Nobody got seasick and the sun came out during the second dive so it was not too cold. Everybody left in good spirits. We wrapped up the 2018 dive season with everyone having enjoyed the dives.

2019 Rescue Seminar Series

Winter Months are OSDT Rescue Seminar Months

1/12 - CPR and AED Seminar
1/19 - Rescue Pool Workshop 1
1/26 - Catalina Drift Dive and Hyperbaric Chamber Tour
2/2   - First Aid and First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
2/23 - Rescue Pool Workshop 2
3/2   - Emergency Oxygen Administration & Neurological Assessment
3/9   - Lost at Sea: Crisis Prevention & Management


During the winter months we offer a comprehensive series of rescue seminars. We have scheduled these workshops on weekends to make it easier for more people to attend.

Our first dive of 2019 is our "Chamber Day" - two drift dives followed by a tour of Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber

Please call us for more details.

Meeting in Solomons

So... I was chilling with this cuttlefish on top of a reef early in the morning at the Solomon Islands. I think he was very curious about me as well. We got to within 2 feet of each other, and I saw his color changing like undulating waves of light - pattern of light brown and tan. I snapped a couple  horizontal shots, but I was not too satisfied. So changed setting to includes the sun in the background. While I was fiddling with my camera, he seemed to grow impatient and his color changed to dark brown. After this one last pic he shot away!! Apprently he did not care for the strobe light...

Splash of Gold

Bluestripe snapper (Lutjanus kasmira) is a common reef fish in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. While it is a fairly common sight, I still love to watch a large school of these brightly colored fish cruising around a coral reef.