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  • Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Peace Dive Boat will continue under new ownership and management.

    We are happy to announce that effective June 1, 2020 the Peace Dive Boat will change hands to new owners and management. Please join us in welcoming Bill Zhang as the new management of the Peace Dive Boat. Bill will take over all operations of the Peace. If you are interesting in chartering the Peace for full or half charter, please contact Bill directly.

    Bill's contact info is:

    Phone: 949-247-1106

    Email: peacediveboat@gmail.com


  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 5:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following letter was received from Eric, owner of The Peace:

    To our Valued Customers and Dear Friends:

    It is with great sadness, much thought and after many months of conversations with my wife Angie, close friends and family that I am announcing that we are retiring and no longer operating the Peace Dive Boat effective June 1st of this year. The main reason for this decision is that in the last year I have been struggling with some health issues that I can no longer ignore, if I want to continue to live a normal, healthy and happy life. For me having my own business is a 365/24/7 consuming commitment that I can no longer do effectively while concentrating on my health. This decision was not made easily and I will be personally reaching out to all of our charter groups personally, in the upcoming weeks. I do ask that you reach out to your customers directly. We will also make a post to our Facebook page and update our website with this information by the end of the week. All of our trips that are booked through May 31, 2020 will still operate as usual unless there are any unforeseen circumstances such as Coast Guard changes.

    I did not make this decision lightly and I weighed whether or not to continuing to operate during this difficult and emotional time for California Diving. I love diving California, it is for me one of the best places to dive in the world. I know that if I do not find someone that wants to purchase and continue to operate the Peace as a dive boat that it will drastically effect the accessibility to local diving. I truly hope that I find someone that will continue the legacy of the Peace Dive Boat and that it will remain one of the premier dive operations in Southern California. For now we are open to considering any and all offers of the Peace and/or the business. Rest assured that If any of you have charter deposits with us we will be refunding them to you directly or we can take it off of the balance due on your final charter, if it falls before June 1st. I realize that rescheduling charters with other companies is a huge burden and for that I apologize. I strongly encourage everyone to do their best to continue to support the Southern California charter boat fleet as we truly are lucky to have the Channel Islands in our own backyard.

    The charter dive boat industry has been a part of my life since I was 16 when I received my first opportunity to work as a deckhand on the Sea Venture and continued to work through school on the Liberty. After graduating college my life and work on the Peace have been completely intertwined. I first joined the boat’s crew 25 years ago and took over the business in 1998. The Peace is where I met my wife Angie, have many made life- long friends , travelled the world and witnessed amazing things out on the water that most people can only dream about. I also realize that the Peace is a lot more to many people than just a dive boat that it has been a major part of many people’s lives for a long time. I can only hope that we added amazing memories and wonderful experiences to your California diving.

    I cannot express how much your support has meant to me through the years. It has truly been a honor and a privilege to have shared the best of California diving and met to have all of you.

    If you have any questions please let me know.

    Sincerely,

    Eric & Angie

    Peace Dive Boat

    805-650-DIVE


  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ocean Reef Recalls 1,000 Diving Masks Due to Injury Hazard

    Ocean Reef has issued a recall for its Neptune Space Integrated diving masks that will affect approximately 1,000 units that were sold at diving stores nationwide and online from March 2018 through November 2018.


    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the diving mask has a potential hazard that can cause restricted airflow, which poses an injury hazard to divers.

    Ocean Reef is directing consumers to immediately stop using the recalled masks and to contact them for instructions on returning the mask for a free replacement or refund.

    If you think you may own an affected mask, you can look up the Ocean Reef mask’s serial number to see if it is affected by this recall at oceanreefgroup.com

    The masks serial numbers are engraved on the mask housing.


  • Friday, January 04, 2019 4:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congrats to the 2019 board. Details here

  • Tuesday, December 04, 2018 2:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Great interview with one of the divers involved in the great rescue.

    http://alertdiver.com/Up-to-the-Challenge

  • Friday, August 03, 2018 5:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hawaii Bans Sale of Sunscreens that Harm Coral

    Hawaii has become the first U.S. state to ban the sale and distribution of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. They’ve made this move because these two chemicals cause damage to coral reefs. Hawaii has taken this stance in a bid to protect Hawaiian coral reefs from further harm

    Full article here
  • Tuesday, July 03, 2018 1:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    More info here on Oceanic and Hollis

    and here for OMS


  • Thursday, March 08, 2018 1:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    They're both right. See here

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Commercial Spiny Lobster Fishery Closed at Anacapa Island and the East End of Santa Cruz Island Due to Public Health Hazard

    https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/commercial-spiny-lobster-fishery-closed-at-anacapa-island-and-the-east-end-of-santa-cruz-island-due-to-public-health-hazard/

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