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California Dreamin'

Last month I had the chance to take a group down to Catalina Island for our annual March Madness Trip. A little history on this trip, over the last few years it seems I'd always find myself on Catalina sometime during the NCAA Basketball Tournament. As sports fans know, the NCAA tourney is one of the most exciting things that happen in all of sports. Combining it with a dive trip made for a great time, watch a game, make a dive, eat some food, repeat. Read more about California Dreamin'

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Paper or Plastic?

You've got your Ultra-light regulator from Scubapro, your multi-functional BCD from Dive Rite, new Citizen watch, Aeris computer, Titanium knife, shorty and drysuit. You make other so-called gear-heads look like guppies. Only problem is, how you gonna carry all this stuff?

Dive bags are the often forgotten about piece of high performance scuba equipment. People will drop a grand on a new reg but forget the bag to carry and protect it. With this in mind, let's bag it and check out some toy sacks. Read more about Paper or Plastic?

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Farewell to a Good Friend

Those of you who know me, know I love diving Catalina Island. Many of you have gone with Dive Utah on one of our Catalina adventures, either staying on the island or diving off a live-aboard boat. For the last few years I've taken many groups down on a unique boat called the Psalty V (pronounced Salty). There were many things about the Psalty that made it a good trip, the boat was pretty roomy, it was fast, and the food was great. But the best thing about the boat was her captain, Gary Jackson. Read more about Farewell to a Good Friend

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Postcards from the Edge - Notes from the Annual DEMA Show

750 GT

While it could stand for Diving is Expensive, it Makes my wife Angry, DEMA is the Diving Equipment Marketing Association and it's annual trade show is the high point of the year for any gear guy. Here, all the training agencies, equipment manufactures, and dive destinations get together to show off the latest and greatest to dive retailers. If you can't find it here, it doesn't exist in the dive world. So what to my wondering eyes did appear? Read more about Postcards from the Edge - Notes from the Annual DEMA Show

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The Ultimate Toy Store

As many of you know, Dive Utah has moved around a bit since it's beginnings almost 20 years ago. We started out on Redwood Road, moved to Main Street in 1986 and finally came to rest on the second floor of an old ski shop in Holladay in 1989. The location was a bit odd, but the draw was a large outdoor pool. Measuring 60' long, 30' wide and 12' deep, the pool was originally built for the Matterhorn Swim and Ski Shop. It was by far the largest pool that was owned by a dive shop in Utah. A great pool, a beautiful pool, but an outdoor pool that could only be used for a little more than a quarter of the year. Read more about The Ultimate Toy Store

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G-500 and Other New Diving Toys at Dive Utah

Scubapro, G-500, G-500, G-250, MK-20, 22 Ruby Titanium, Regulators

In this month's column I'd like to talk about the most important toy we take underwater with us, the regulator. Since this is the life support of our scuba system, let's talk about the best of the best; high performance first and second stages. Scubapro‚ has long been a leader in regulator innovation and they've done it again with the MK 20 first stage and G500 second stage. Read more about G-500 and Other New Diving Toys at Dive Utah

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Ti-22 - Should You Believe the Hype?

Those of you who stayed awake in chemistry already know what this column is about. For the rest of us, Ti is the symbol and 22 the atomic number of Titanium, the latest and greatest buzzword in the scuba industry. On a recent dive trip to Catalina, I was soundly ridiculed by two fellow Dive Utah staff members for not having a Titanium dive knife (apparently the coolness of the dry suit has worn off). I decided to do a bit of research into the Titanium craze and see if I could find out just how useful it might be. Read more about Ti-22 - Should You Believe the Hype?

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