JOIN US VIA ZOOM FOR SOME INTERESTING CONVERSATIONS . . .
When we had a physical store location, we'd occasionally try to get
a Reef Seeker Dive Cub going. But it always seemed hit or miss.
Lots of work for little return. But Zoom has changed all of that.
(Perhaps this is the one good thing to come out of the pandemic.)
we do now is host a monthly "Zoom Seekers" meeting with
notable speakers from around the country. Each meeting starts
at 7:30PM Pacific time on the second Tuesday of the month and goes for about an hour with a Q&A session
at the end.
Each speaker has their own unique Zoom
link which will be posted on the home page of this website a day or
two before each talk.
Scroll down to see who we've got scheduled and what
they'll talk about. Hope you can join us.
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AUGUST 9 • SELENA McMILLAN • "REEF CHECK CALIFORNIA"
Selena McMillan has been involved in marine
ecology and research for over 14 years. While an undergrad at
the University of California, Santa Cruz, Dr. McMillan began
working for the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of
Coastal Oceans (PISCO) as a subtidal technician, organizing and
performing long-term subtidal monitoring efforts along the
California coast. Selena left this position to pursue her
master’s at Moss Landing Marine Laboratory (MLML) where she
completed a subtidal thesis examining the trophic interactions
between giant kelp and snails. While at MLML, she worked as a
research assistant for Dr. Rick Starr at California Sea Grant
where she was integral in organizing a Data-Poor Fisheries
workshop that brought together scientists, policy makers and
fishermen from all over the world. Recently, she completed her
PhD at The University of Auckland in New Zealand examining
herbivorous fishes in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and
the temperate reefs of New Zealand. She is excited to be
returning back to her roots in California and diving back into
ocean monitoring as the Director of Education Programs for Reef
THE WORK OF REEF CHECK & HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
Founded in 1996, the Reef Check Foundation is an
international non-profit organization dedicated to the
conservation of tropical coral reefs and temperate kelp forests.
With offices in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz, California and
volunteer teams in more than 40 countries and territories, Reef
Check’s mission is to lead citizen scientists who promote
stewardship of sustainable reef communities around the globe. In
1997, Reef Check conducted the first-ever global survey of coral
reef health. The survey provided scientific evidence of a
worldwide crisis- caused by overfishing and pollution- in the
condition of our coral reefs. In 2005, Reef Check launched its
first temperate reef program in California. Reef Check
California has grown to be the largest citizen science
monitoring group collecting data on California’s kelp forests
and its statewide Marine Protected Area (MPA) network. In 2016,
this program expanded into climate change monitoring and is now
providing ocean temperature data from over 90 sites, and is
monitoring ocean acidification at key sites in California’s MPAs.
SEPTEMBER 13 • ADAM TUCKER • "THE CONCEPTION FIRE INVESTIGATION"
Adam Tucker has been an accident investigator for the NTSB since
September, 2014, and was the lead investigator for the
investigation of the
fire of September 2, 2019.
In addition to the
fire, Adam has investigated numerous other vessel accidents,
both domestically and internationally, ranging from large cruise
vessels and tankers to commercial towing and fishing vessels.
Adam will talk about the process of the investigation, what challenges were faced,
and what was different about this investigation compared to
other ones he has done. This is NOT intended to be a
finger-pointing or blame-assigning chat. But Adam will tell you
what was (and
what was not) found, the
significance of the NTSB’s findings,
and what changes their recommendations might
produce in the overall small passenger vessel industry.
OCTOBER 11 • DR. MARK LEGG • "UNDERWATER GEOLOGY AROUND
Dr. Mark Legg is recognized as one of the leading experts on
faulting and seismotectonics of the Southern California offshore
region based on more than 30 years experience. He has mapped
the major active and ancient fault systems of the area offshore
southern California and northern Baja California, compiled,
analyzed, and mapped the offshore seismicity and earthquake
character, and is the author of more than 35 publications in
scientific journals, books, and maps resulting from offshore
geological and geophysical research. mark has also worked with
the NASA Extreme Environments Project and helped train
astronauts as to what types of rock they might find on the moon
or Mars. He also studies underwater geology and faults, starting
on scuba and then moving on to using underwater submersibles for
his research, including the famed Alvin submersible.
UNDERWATER GEOLOGY AROUND CATALINA ISLAND
We live in an earthquake-prone area and those fault lines also
ruin out into the ocean and affect things both above and below
the water. Dr. Legg will tell you about some of those, describe
some fascinating underwater events that have happened in spots
where we regularly dive, and will leave you with a slightly
different impression of what's happening geologically in our
ocean than you may currently think.
NOVEMBER 8 • DR. SAM MILER III • "IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED"
came to California in 1951 at the
ripe age of 19 and quickly became a teen-aged free-diver. Scuba
diving had just arrived in Southern California and Sam made his first dive in Laguna Beach with no
wetsuit and cheap equipment. It was just a tank and regulator,
fins and a mask, no snorkel. Formal diving instruction didn't
exist until 1954. When you bought your diving equipment, you got
a little pamphlet of about six or eight pages that you read and
that was the sum total of instruction. In those days, every time
you put your head underwater it was a new experience. But Sam
was enamored and quickly moved up the scuba hierarchy. His
instructor credentials have impressive low numbers: L.A. County
OWSI #11, NAUI Instructor #27, and PADI Instructor #241. Since
1962 he ha authored numerous articles in local, national, and
international publications. And he maintains what is likely the
world's largest library of scuba diving books and publications.
Sam was (and is) a charter member of numerous dive organizations
and he also provided diving support for water impact testing on
the Apollo Command Module, which included helping recover it
when it sank to the bottom of the test tank.
IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED
Dr. Sam Miller III has been around diving for a looooong time.
When he talks about the history of the sport, he can do so not
because he read about it in a book or magazine, but because he
was likely there when it happened and knows first-hand. In this
talk, he share some of those stories with you and give you a
better idea of how this industry came to be created and evolved.
Sam will use his personal knowledge as well as his extensive
library to enlighten you on some of the history of this sport
that we all love so much.
DECEMBER 13, 2022 • DOUG & LORENZA SLOSS • "TAKE BETTER PICTURES"
Doug and Lorenza Sloss
have worked in the tourism and hospitality business for several
years aboard the Aggressor liveaboards in Kona, Hawaii and
Palau, Micronesia. There, they have taught hundreds of people
how to dive and shoot photography. Their passion for teaching
translated into the creation of a successful series of video
tutorials that help photographers of all levels to effectively
and professionally post-process their images. Their
award-winning photography has appeared in Sport Diver, Scuba
Diving, Scuba Diver Australasia, Islands, Asia Diver and many
other magazines and books worldwide. Doug has been Field Editor
and regular columnist for Scuba Diver Australasia magazine.
They also lead photo
photography and digital editing, both above and below the
TAKE BETTER PICTURES - IF SAM CAN DO IT, WHY NOT YOU?
Everyone who has ever held a camera in their hand wants to take
better pictures than they currently do. And for those who are on
that quest to be the next underwater Ansel Adams, Doug & Lorenza
can help point you there. In this talk, they'll go through some
of the basics and will share with you how they got their son,
Sam, interested and involved in underwater photography.
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