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Hello From Anaheim, CA

Discussion in 'Introductions and Greets' started by Fishyhead, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. Kensei

    Kensei Angel Fish

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    Location: California
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    Just get a good wet or dry suit and you're all set. Shaws Cove is a good place to start diving since it's not too far from Anaheim. I live a bit farther north in Palos Verdes but I do get down there sometimes.
     
  2. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
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    @Fishyhead

    I resided in Anaheim for many years -- five of my children were born there....

    Anaheim is a town rich in diving history...Part One

    Orange County's second dive shop and one of the earliest dive shop in the US , "The Aquatic center" was established in a garage on the NW corner of Brookhurst and Cerritos Avenue in early 1950s by Bob Retherford - it was later moved to a barn on PCH in Newport beach, and about 1965 to its present location-- it is the oldest continually operating dive shop in OC.

    The owner was very active and had many first...

    In 1954 he established the UW signaling system which is still in use today
    Around 1957-1958 He established the UW Christmas party which was shown on national TV.
    He discovered and salvaged a 7000 anchor of Catalina Island - now at the San Pedro Maritime museum
    He organized one of the fisrt long range multiday dive trips to the Sacramento reef
    etc etc

    suggest you google Legends of diving ; Sea Sabres signaling system to learn more about this interesting pioneer OC diver

    More tomorrow on part B-- maybe??

    Samuel Miller, III
     
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  3. Fishyhead

    Fishyhead Angel Fish

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    Location: California
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    Wow - right down the street from me. It's residential area now but those corner lots are pretty big.
     
  4. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
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    It was a new RESIDENTIAL area at that time -- but Anaheim was still very bucolic with lots of open spaces and very little traffic
    Brookhurst was a two lane narrow street
    Have you googled Bob ?

    sdm
     
  5. Fishyhead

    Fishyhead Angel Fish

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    Yes I did and learned a bunch about OC that I didn't know!
     
  6. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tacoma, WA & Channel Islands, CA- USA
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    You never cease to amaze me @Sam Miller III - and now another thing we have in common! Whereas I was born in Compton, CA - I was raised in Anaheim from the age of 4. Back in the day, it was nothing but orange groves between my house and Disneyland and I made my way through college while working at the Magic Kingdom. Every summer day of my childhood was spent in Huntington and Newport Beach surfing. Believe it or not, I would walk from home to the corner of Brookhurst and Cerritos with my surfboard under my arm and get on the bus that motored down Brookhurst to PCH. Loara High School grad. Pretty sure I still own some Track and Field records there still- LOL! All the best to you, always!
     
  7. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
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    What a small world ! So much in common -- so many familiar names !

    The center of OC diving was at the corner of Brookhurst & Cerritos -- Bob home and dive shop.
    Suggest that you also google Legends of diving ; Sea Sabres signaling system as well as Orange County did you know ?

    Cheers from CenCal

    Sam
     
  8. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
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    Less than a 1/2 mile south still in on Brookhurst in Anaheim lived Tommy Thompson!
    Tommy was a divers diver...

    In 1947 before the bubble machine Tommy a USN Lt Comdr locked out and dove under the artic Ice cap
    first person to ever dive under the ice and he did it in the Artic Ice Cap !

    He retired as the commander of the EOD at the LB NS
    ( a job I would not want - Explosive Ordinance Disposal & Underwater !)

    Tommy began working as the PR for U S Divers when they were in Santa Ana

    He INSURED every LA Co UW instructor living in OC had a Orange faced Doxa
    ( he gave us an offer we couldn't refuse-- I still wear my orange faced Doxa )

    Clive Cussler made the Orange faced Doxa famous -- His was a gift from his employers the Aquatic center

    He was honored as Outstanding LA Co UW instructor of the Year -- long before NAUI and especially PADI existed

    He was active in all aspect of diving right up to his passing around 15 years ago

    He was indeed a gentleman of the first order a "a divers diver and an instructors instructor"

    And he lived in Anaheim !

    SDM, III
     
  9. Fishyhead

    Fishyhead Angel Fish

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    Question: Were there dive tables in the early days of SCUBA? If not, how did the pioneers determine the limits?
     
  10. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
    3,761
    2,043
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    @Fishyhead
    Question: Were there dive tables in the early days of SCUBA? If not, how did the pioneers determine the limits?
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    The first recreational dive manual in 1948 published a chart if time and depth

    It was reproduced by subsequent dive manuals including the early monumental 1954 LA Co Underwater Recreation .
    The chart was followed as if Moses had trotted down the mount with it.

    Then - who knows who or when ? We began violating the chart -- some were bent so many of us had tingling in fingers after diving-- sub clinical bends as we self diagnosed.

    It was 1950s about 1956=7 ( my guetamate) that the US Navy published the repetitive diving tables

    That changed the ball game...

    SDM III
     
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