THIS WEEK (April 27 - May 4) AT REEF SEEKERS DIVE
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REEF SEEKERS REPAIR DEPARTMENT
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GOOD DIVE CONDITIONS AT CATALINA - Apparently it was a little too bumpy to make it around to the backside this weekend, but we've been hearing reports of lots of cool sightings like Black Sea Bass, Bat Rays, and the like at Catalina. The water's still relatively warm, which is both a blessing and a curse since it may be hampering kelp growth while allowing Sargassum to flourish but the point is that there's good stuff to be seen if you take the time to go out and actually dive.
WAS THAT THERE BEFORE? - Speaking of good diving, there's a great story coming out the Great Lakes (no pun intended) about a USCG helicopter on a routine patrol as the ice is melting up there and they're suddenly discovering these heretofore unknown "new" wrecks because the water's been so clear and they can see them from the air. Pretty neat and you can read all about it here: http://www.aol.com/article/2015/04/20/coast-guard-helicopter-spots-historic-shipwrecks-during-routine/21174185/?icid=maing-grid7%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl11%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D646791 .
GLOBAL-ENTRY vs TSA PRE-CHECK - After my note about Pre-Check the other week, some of you asked me about the differences between that and Global Entry. In simple terms, Global Entry is run by the Customs & Immigration and if you qualify for it, you automatcially qualfiy for and are enrolled in Pre-Check, which is run by the TSA. But the reverse is not true. The requirements for Global Entry are a bit stricter than for Pre-Check. For Global Entry, if you have ANY type of cirminal conviction in the last 10 years, you will be denied. For me, I had a misdemeanor DUI in 2008, so I can't qualify for Global Entry. For Pre-Check, you can't have been convicted of a felony but they're allegedly not going to worry about lesser offenses. There's a good Fodor's article that explains the difgferences and why you might want one over the other. For instance, if you're enrolled in Pre-Check, you can take a non-Pre-Check companion in with you. In Global Entry, that's not the case. Here's the article: http://www.fodors.com/news/global-entry-vs-tsa-precheck-which-one-is-right-for-you-10744.html .
CATALINA MIGHT BE SINKING - This is not an April Fool's joke. But the caveat is that the submersion may be 3 million years away. There was an interesting article in the L.A. Times about whether or not Catalina is tipping and possibly sinking. A grad student (working with a geologist I know) has been studying hi-res underwater topographic maps and looking for some telltale signs and clues and has come to the conclusion that the island may be tipping up on one end and down on the other which may eventually lead to it sinking. I found it to be an interesting read, especially because they talk about an escarpment on the NE corner of Catalina and back in 2005, we saw evidence of a fairly large underwater landslide in Arrow Cove (by where that sunken sailboat was) which, although small geologically and not really factoring in directly here, seems to relate to the overall theme of the geologic activity around Catalina and what it means for the future. Here's a link to the article if you're interested: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-catalina-20150425-story.html .
REPAIR REMINDER - If you've been dry for a while and it's time to get your gear serviced, remember that Reef Seekers can still do that for you. Our old repair facilities were moved into the garage (literally) of ace repair tech Robert Stark and he stands at the ready to service your gear. We've even got a separate number for you to contact Robert directly: 310/947-8523. We still offer quick turn-around, excellent service, and the only difference is that instead of bringing your stuff to Beverly Hills, it'll now go directly to Robert who's a stone's throw from LAX. Plus, when you are servicing your gear with us, you are automatically enrolled in our Repeat Offender Program which means that when you next bring your gear back, you'll save 33% on your repair. Quality service and low prices, all in one place. What more could you ask for? (And don't say "free".) But give Robert a call if it's time for you to get things back in shape for summer diving.
And that'll do it for now. In all seriousness, I really do hope you'll consider making a donation to the Chamber for Chamber Day. It's for a good cause and we really do need your help.
Owner, Reef Seekers Dive Co.