Posts by WAVES Project

April – Training Update

Open Water – We have four new Open Water Certified divers who completed their course in March. Congratulations to Instructor Sal and Dive Master JD who used creative thinking to get the job done. They had a minor problem with a boat trip cancellation but quickly found a solution and made it to Catalina. Dive…

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Shark Eggs

WAVES volunteer – Trina, age 13 continues her series on sea life with this interesting article on Shark Eggs. Divers familiar with diving off the southern California have most likely seen these odd little objects underwater. There are about 400 different species of shark, and 40% of them lay eggs. They are called oviparity.  The…

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Resources for Wounded Service Members

This months article is on helping veterans find the right program for their needs. I have provided a handout (below) to help you with that process. One of the most popular questions I see asked is help sending our children/dependents to college. There are several programs the veteran administration has to offer to help with…

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The Lions of Belize 2017

WAVES volunteer Richard shares his Lionfish hunting experience in Belize. He said his camera wasn’t set for underwater photos, but these turned out to be very interesting!  After signing up for a SouthWest Air, “Companion Fly’s FREE!! Promotion, it was off to Belize to complete another bucket list item. We chose an economy package on…

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Anacapa Island

Here’s a fun throwback article from WAVES Dive Master Richard – reminiscing about past diving – we hope you enjoy his photos and are inspired to go diving! During some of our recent rainy days, I was looking at some photos from a decade ago. It’s Sept. 2008, we were on “The Raptor” dive boat…

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Goal Setting

You have probably heard of SMART goals already? But do you always apply the rule? The simple fact is that for goals to be powerful, they should be designed to be SMART. WAVES Chaplain Sid Siez walks through the steps to set goals with confidence.

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Coral Reef Pollution

WAVES Volunteer Trina continues her series pertaining to our oceans. Coral Reef Pollution is one she feels passionate about, she presents the concerns and some practical solutions. She feels that if we can try to do these things every day we will save the reefs!

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March – Training Update

Training has been in full swing with open water classes, some fun dives and instructor training. Lots of great photos are shared by divers on the Marissa Dive Boat too. Congratulations to the six new divers and welcome to the WAVES Project Family!

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Patrick Runion

Patrick served in the Marine Corp for 4 years completing several deployments to Afghanistan. Many members of his family have served, including his grandfather who served during WWII. Now an active diver and WAVES Project Volunteer.

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Diving the Great Northwest

WAVES Volunteer and Dive Master, Richard Sweeney shared his recent diving experience in an area few of us have visited. We hope you enjoy his photos of some unusual sea life we don’t see in local California waters!

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WAVES Alumni diving report

WAVES divers have not been staying dry even though it is winter. We tracked some of them down to share their experiences, many say the water is most beautiful this time of year. Of course most of those are wearing dry suits!

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Seahorse Hearts

Did you know the male and female seahorse dance together every morning as a way to say hello? WAVES Volunteer Trina, age 13 gives us insight into Seahorse love.

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Healthy Conflict Resolution

While diving, we rely heavily on good communication with our dive buddy, many times that is a spouse or partner. Here are some reminders to help us have good communication with that partner.

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Daniel Gililland

Danny served in the U.S. Army, as a 19K Armor Crewman where he was a tank driver, loader, gunner, tank commander and designated marksman.

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Michael Atkins

Michael Atkins joined the US Coast Guard in 1992 out of a desire to serve our country. He says he chose the Coast Guard because of their mission. After serving 20 years and 2 months he was medically retired.

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