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The San Jose Flipper Dippers' Favorite Web Sites
Below you'll find some of our favorite diving-related Web sites
and other useful information that you'll want to
check out when planning your dives.
Become a Certified SCUBA Diver - Ages 12 and Up . . .
Local Diving Instruction - and Dive Gear Too!
Be sure to tell the shops you found out about them on the San Jose Flipper Dippers' Web site!
Any Water Sports, Saratoga Ave., San Jose (Refresher classes too!)
Aquatic Discovery, De La Cruz Blvd., Santa Clara
Pacific Scuba Divers, Homestead Road, Sunnyvale
Pacific Coast SCUBA, Scheller Ave., Morgan Hill
Home of the Beachhopper II Dive Boat
Be sure to tell the shops you found them on the San Jose Flipper Dippers' Web site!
Monterey Dive Boats Matrix - New Updated Information
Here's an easy to use matrix of the four Dive Boats currently operating in the Monterey Bay. Click on the image above to see a pdf showing photos, specifications, costs, boarding times, tanks supplied and Web links to the boats including: Beachhopper II, Escapade, Sanctuary and the Silver Prince. Be sure to check This Month's Activities to see which boat we'll be diving off.
If you wear glasses, now you can see everything underwater!
SCUBA VISION:Scuba Vision
Need corrective lenses in your dive mask? Scuba Vision specializes in the manufacturing of custom prescription masks. Chris Rehm, long-time San Jose Flipper Dipper and owner of Scuba Vision, is an optician with 25 years experience.
Chris will manufacture and install safety lenses to your exact prescription in YOUR dive mask. NO INSERTS!
And whether your prescription calls for astigmatism correction, bifocal lenses, or you just use reading lenses, he'll customize your mask lenses to optimize your underwater experience.
How About Some Real-Time Webcam Sites?
Live at Pebble Beach Golf Links: Start here at the 9th Green
See what the ocean and Monterey Bay looks like near Stillwater Cove in LIVE Full-Motion HD!
Webcams include: 1st Tee, 9th, 17th, 18th Greens and the Putting Green. Some of the Webcams are occasionally turned off during major golf events.
The Santa Cruz Beach and Harbor Cams:Santa Cruz Harbor
The official web site for the Santa Cruz Port District with Webcams of the Santa Cruz Beach and Small Craft Harbor. The beach camera looks out towards Monterey.
Agate Cove Inn, Mendocino:NEW Wide-Angle Webcam!
The Agate Cove Inn is located to the North of the town of Mendocino. The camera is pointed South/West overlooking Agate Cove. Images are taken every 10 minutes during the day.
Below are a number of sites that report ocean conditions and projections.
Monterey Bay Buoy: NDBC Station 46042: Monterey NOAA Station
Planning a dive in Monterey or Carmel? Here is a good site to look at for real-time conditions in the Monterey Bay.
Bodega Bay Buoy: NDBC Station 46013: Bodega Bay NOAA Station
This is a good site to look at for planning your North Coast weekend or weekday ab dives out of Ft. Ross State Historic Park or nearby areas along the Sonoma Coast.
Point Arena Buoy: NDBC Station 46014: Pt.Arena NOAA Station
This is a good site to look at for planning your North Coast weekend or weekday ab dives out of Van Damme State Park or Albion and around the Mendocino Coast.
Coastal Data Information:Coastal Data Information Program
Wherever your diving takes you, check out this site containing great information for the entire California coastline - in real time! Great color graphics of wave heights and forcast models for planning extended day diving. You'll want to check this site during lobster season.
NOTE: The NOAA National Data Buoy Center has deferred annual maintenance for this buoy
and C-MAN stations until further notice.
This buoy is about 20NM north of Cortes Banks (100NM West of San Diego and 40NM Southwest of San Clemente Island), a seamount rising to within 20 feet of the surface in the open ocean, where liveaboard dive boats go during lobster season. There is also the wreck of the USS Abalonia in about 40 feet of water, sunk in 1969. Keep an eye on this buoy's data if you're planning to dive for lobster at Cortes Banks.
NOAA West Coast Tide Predictor: NOAA West Coast Tide Predictor
This link will provide you with predictions for tides along the U. S. West Coast. When you get to the page, scroll down the list to find the location of interest. You'll find Monterey, Point Arena and more. Each location shows a plot and text listing of high and low tides. Option includes changing the date for future and past tides.
Salt Point State Park:Salt Point Ocean Conditions Due to State budget cuts, this site may not be active at all times. Planning a 1-day ab-grab? Get daily updates on ocean and diving conditions at Salt Point on Hwy 1, 20 miles north of Jenner. Conditions are posted daily, usually by 9am, during abalone season (April through November, except July). The rest of the year postings may be intermittent due to lack of staff. Check the Date and Time of Report to make sure conditions are current. Water visibility is taken at Gerstle Cove and the surf size reported is the largest surf you can expect to find in the park
Diving off the California Coast?
California State Parks California State Parks
Find information on California's parks for skin and scuba diving, camping, hiking, and many other activities. Park descriptions, services, amenities, maps, brochures, videos, and reservation links can be found on this site.
On-Line Camping ReservationsReserve America
Camping reservations for California's State Parks (and National Parks) are available on-line. Many parks require "site-specific" camping reservations and you'll be prompted to pick a specific site. So be aware when making reservations. Camping site maps and general information for California State Parks can be found on this Web site.
Aerial Photographic Survey of the California Coastline
The California Costal Records Project:The California Costal Records Project
Look up and see stunning, high resolution photos of your favorite dive site! This is an on-going aerial photographic survey of the California coastline.
This Web site has over 34,557 photographs of the current California coast -- roughly one every 500 feet -- covering from the Oregon Border to the Mexican Border. An additional 5,833 images from 1972; 8,000 images from 1979; 4,173 images from 1987; and 1,074 images from 1989 are also online.
The World's Famous Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium
Visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium LIVE on-line! Lots of new interaction the whole family will enjoy. Be sure to visit the live video camera showing the kelp tank - makes you want to go diving!
"Ships to Reefs" Web Sites
California Ships 2 Reefs Coalition (CS2R): California Ships to Reefs
California Ships 2 Reefs (CS2R) is a network of SinkGroups that works closely with regulatory agencies, the federal government and nonprofit organizations to ensure that the acquisition, cleaning and sinking process of all ships is completed in a manor that is environmentally safe and satisfactory to all parties involved. California Ships to Reefs, Inc. (CS2R) is incorporated as the state-wide umbrella and coordinating entity with a representative of each sink group on its board of directors.
East Coast Ships to Reefs: East Coast Ships 2 Reefs Home
Ships to Reefs is a movement in support of the sinking of retired naval vessels for the creation of man-made reefs. DEMA, the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association, has established this website to help the diving and action watersports community understand, initiate and execute Ships to Reefs Projects around the globe.
Dive Organizations and Other Great Web Sites
Central California Council of Diving Clubs (Cen Cal)
Find out about many of the activities and issues that might impact your Northern and Central California diving. Interested in competition freediving? Look here for the Freediving schedule and latest results. Also, Links to many central California dive clubs.
World Wide Scuba Clubs Directory lists dive clubs around the world and offers additional dive information.
The WHALE TAIL License Plate sponsored by the California Coastal Commission gives drivers a way to help protect and restore the priceless resources of California's coast and ocean.
For just $50 more than the standard registration fee ($40 Renewal), you can support the preservation and restoration of California's national treasure. Purchasing a WHALE TAIL license plate for yourself or as a gift is great way to show your support for the environment while making a real difference in environmental causes in California.
The funds generated from ecoplate sales directly benefit environmental restoration, recreation, and coastal and marine education programs. The DMV distributes funds from the sale of ecoplates to the California Coastal Commission or the California Tahoe Conservancy and to the California State Environmental License Plate Fund.
DAN (Divers Alert Network
Promotes safety, education, and research of the scuba diving environment. Emergency medical advice and expert information for the diving public.
NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors)
NAUI Worldwide is the world's most respected, largest non-profit diver training organization in the world.
PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors)
Start the journey of a lifetime with the PADI Open Water Diver course. It will change you forever.
Scuba Educators International (SEI Diving)
This SCUBA diving course is an Internationally recognized Open Water Certification program.
YMCA Scuba - NOTICE: YMCA of the USA discontinued the scuba certification program on Dec. 31, 2008. The lifetime scuba certification will remain valid and the YMCA will assist those with fulfillment of a lost certification card.
USOA (Underwater Society of America)
Since 1959, the Society has been active in issues affecting divers right to dive, marine ecology, safety, legislation, conservation and the like.
Pacific Whale Foundation, Maui, Hawaii
Pacific Whale Foundation is to inspire and promote appreciation, understanding and protection of whales, dolphins, coral reefs and our planet's oceans. If you visit Maui be sure to stop by!
UnderwaterTimes: UnderwaterTimes This Web site was conceived as a news portal that would focus exclusively on the underwater world. The news would be offered the old-fashioned way: delivered everyday, without bias, agendas, or heavy-handed politics, edited with an independent-minded, witty approach.
The Oceancoalition:The Oceancoalition
This is an e-mail list focused primarily toward recreational hunters and users of the ocean. It is used to alert list members of upcoming California Fish and Game Commission meetings as well as Pacific Fisheries Management Council meetings and the issues being considered. If you are interested in being part of a united voice through letter writing and/or meeting attendance, then this list is for you.
California Diving News
California's dive magazine is published monthly. Copies available at The San Jose Flipper Dippers' General Meetings and many dive shops. Monthly features include: Dive Spots, Gear Reviews, Photography, Guest Editorials. Also sponsor of the Annual SCUBA Expo in Long Beach.
West Coast Shore Diving:Shore Diving
A Web site that offers divers the opportunity to get lots of information on dive spots that are accessible from the shore. Areas include Washington, Oregon and California with 110 sites and 400 pictures, as well as Hawaii and others. You'll find directions to each dive location, including precise GPS coordinates.
A photo of the beach, directions and road turn-off, road type, parking availability and entry conditions. Aerial photographs provide detail of reef formations and places to explore. You'll also find a sampling of resources: dive shops, guides, restaurants and accommodations within vicinity of dive site. There is a section of reviews by divers who have visited the spot. You too can post your comments so others are aware of what the dive spot has to offer.
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