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L.A. county...Where diving almost died

Discussion in 'History of Scuba Diving: Tales from the Abyss' started by Saniflush, May 13, 2019.

  1. Saniflush

    Saniflush ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    Well not died but after seeing @Sam Miller III tag line on his posts and knowing he is a primary keeper of knowledge about diving and more specifically things on the West coast I thought it made sense.

    So a podcast that I listen to, has over the last three weeks gone over an incident in L.A. county in 1975 where a few of the politicians in the area became very self important and decided to slap a bunch of regulations on the industry. I found the story fascinating and wondered if any of the folks on here who probably lived through it had any specific memories about what went on, the climate of the community at that point, or just overall feeling on the subject?

    I did make a cursory look of threads to see if there was one already but didn't see one so those of you who know, tell us whipper snappers a story about standing up to the bureaucracy.

    Just realized that this probably should have been in "History of Scuba Diving" in lieu of here so mods please move if needed.
  2. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New Jersey
  3. Saniflush

    Saniflush ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    tridacna and Andy in Gap like this.
  4. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    Glad that in 1975 I was diving in a pretty remote part of L.A. County and there was no Internet!
  5. lexvil

    lexvil Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
    Never noticed any regulatory interference, I know it’s popular to cap on politicians, except the ones that are really a problem.
  6. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Laguna Beach, California
    Saniflush likes this.
  7. kablooey

    kablooey Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: San Diego
    Laguna Beach in Orange County, south of L.A. County, had some restrictions on shore diving.
    We were checked over for compliance by the Lifeguards on several occasions.

    Divers had to always dive with a buddy, and always have a snorkel.
    There may have been more of these rules, but those were the only ones we bothered with.

    One friend of mine hated snorkels.
    So, he bought a junky kid's snorkel at the dollar store and zip-tied it to his backplate.
    It was stuck on there good and solid, so there was no way he could ever use it, but he was in compliance.... sorta.
    That's all the Lifeguards cared about.
  8. Saniflush

    Saniflush ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    There are some other things in there that also do not sync up with some training
  9. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
    There are actually quite a few things in that ordinance that add considerable time and effort to an Open Water certification course, and I would expect drive up the cost. I wonder if the local industry is actually in compliance, or if this is just routinely ignored and not enforced. (Or perhaps just the portion relating to vessels gets enforced...)

    I have to think if actually enforced as written, it would drive most of the instructional activity into neighboring counties just by the competitive nature of the market place.

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