Ocean Fest Hosts Largest U/W Cleanup of All Time

By Bill Gleason Every September, an unusual and unique event takes place. For the last 14 years, the third weekend of September has been the target date for the largest international beach cleanup in the world. Several years ago, the diving world got involved and helped (through the efforts of volunteers, PADI and the Center…


Family Dive Vacation: Tips from a SUPER Mom

By Carolyn Pascal Guarino Well, it happened. A few short years ago your only thoughts about your next vacation were the bar, a little local cuisine, maybe some music, a full moon and…well you get the idea. Ahhh, the simple pleasures of a bygone era. But our lives are so much fuller now: full of…


The Marine Environment: A Look Back, A Look Ahead

Recently, I was privileged to talk for several hours with Sylvia and Jean-Michel about the marine environment and the profound changes that have occurred in the last century, and what we have to look forward to as we begin a new millennium. Their shared passion and knowledge of the subject brought a view that was…


Rush Hour on the Reef: The Best Approach to Snorkeling at Dusk

by Joel Simon Coral reefs are amazing places. Any person who has seen a reef is immediately struck by its astounding diversity and density of life. In fact, tropical reefs are distinguished by supporting more species of animal life, in greater abundance and closer to each other than any other natural habitat on earth. Yet,…


Snorkelers Perspective The Unique World of Dusk Snorkeling

By Joel Simon My father was a fisherman. As a boy, I spent many evenings cleaning fish in the laundry room sink. Although the entrails of fish are worthy of strict avoidance, I found them fascinating, along with the scales, fins and diverse overall design. The eyeballs were my younger sisters favorite part. She used…


The Twilight Transition

Choreographed and orchestrated with the precision of an elaborate Broadway musical, myriad players on coral reefs around the world flawlessly perform their daily roles in the oceans carefully scripted play. There are two main acts in this performance and twilight is the time of transition. The colorful tropicals that flit about the reef during the…


Divers Can Do!

By Bonnie j. Cardone Recounted herein is a success story; one in which divers decided something they valued had to be saved and found a way to do so. California has a large population of divers because it offers a wide variety of places to dive. The Channel Islands, however, are the most dive popular…


Composing Great Underwater Photograhs

By Jean-Michel Cousteau The Year of the Ocean is moving into the final quarter and weve all been deluged with a single unsettling message: The pressure on the undersea environment is heavy and real. Runoff and pollution harm water quality, while development destroys wetlands and freshwater estuaries that serve as nurseries for fish, crustaceans and…


New Frontiers of Inner Space

By Jean-Michel Cousteau This past summer, people all over the world thrilled to images sent back from Mars. A remotely operated vehicle drove about on the red planets surface and transmitted pictures of a world once apparently much like ours, carved and contoured by the erosional whims of water. Soon the general awe gave way…


Awareness, Responsibility and Education

By Tamara Collins As a child you played on its shores and splashed through its waves. As you grew, you sailed, boated and kayaked over its glistening surface, and now you dive into its mysterious depths. Our oceans, as well as our rivers and lakes, have been a constant source of pleasure and excitement, but…