Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas from Ocean Sports!!! :)

From Ocean Sports Dive Shop, we want to wish you all & your families a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy New Year!!
And for those of you who need holiday air fills, rental gear, or some fun last-minute SCUBA and fishing gifts we'll be OPEN this THUR Dec 23rd 2pm-5pm. Don't forget that we have Gift Certificates available for all of your favorite scuba brands like AERIS, HOLLIS, SHERWOOD, AKONA, IST, AB BILLERTRIDENT, JBL and PELICAN. And for all of you that receive gift certificates from Santa we'll be open again Wednesday, Dec 28th from 10am-5pm. Happy Holidays! 

     ~ Shaun, Kim & Ron  

Friday, December 17, 2010

BIG SCALLOPS score on Dive Boat by Ocean Sports PADI Scuba Instructor

                            Shaun (the SCUBA instructor) with two of his biggest scallops ever!

These scallops had to be pried open with a lot of effort since they are clasped shut with great force. Careful on that part, Shaun and his Dad worked together on the big ones with their dive knives.

It's harder than you think to get to this part of the scallop, but it's worth the effort! Make sure to clean out all the other inner parts and just leave this beautiful inner chunk of meat! :)

                      Seriously, the bigger scallops looked like muffins they were so big and fat!! :)

                     Bon aptit!! Now the scallop meat is ready to be cooked up or frozen for later. 

Ocean Sports Scuba & Freediving
NOW in Old Town Lompoc
117 1/2 South H Street
(805) 944-8522

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Our first group Dive Trip to the Isthmus on Catalina Island, CA, USA! Dive Travel & Underwater Photography Fun!

     Shaun and I were recently named new management of Ocean Sports' Dive Shop of Lompoc, and our first act as such was planning a Group Dive Trip to Catalina Island!! It was this last weekend, Nov 13th-15th, that we took a group of 14 divers over to our favorite diving oasis in Two Harbors, a diver's paradise this time of year!! Most people from California don't even realize the amazing island adventure that lies only 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. We were both fortunate enough to have lived and worked at Two Harbors Dive and Recreation on the West end of Catalina for several seasons getting to know the Island and its spectacular diving opportunities very well.

     For those who missed out on this awesome dive trip here are a few of the events that were included; kayaking all three days, unlimited shore dives, 2-tank boat dive, snorkeling, buffalo tours, beach activities like horseshoes, bocci ball, bonfires, and night dives for lobster and cozy little camping cabins for some much needed shut-eye. So here are a few photos from the trip to give you a little taste of how fun it was and what gorgeous weather we enjoyed! You'd never guess it was mid November! :)

Thanks for taking a look! And thanks to all our divers and freedivers that came along making our trip an awesome experience for all in the group! :) We were happy to have you all along and enjoyed sharing our little slice of paradise!! :)   ~ Kim and Shaun
All Photos taken over this last weekend by Shaun and myself while in Two Harbors, Catalina! :)

Ocean Sports Dive Shop
(805) 736-3272

Friday, November 12, 2010

Guest Speakers at Cabrillo High School Aquarium

     Shaun Crouse, the awesome SCUBA Instructor and new management of Ocean Sports Dive Shop and I, Kimberly of KCPhotography, Pro-Photographer above and underwater, were guest speakers at Cabrillo High School of the Lompoc School District last Wednesday, November 3rd 2010. We had an amazing time sharing our SCUBA knowledge, stories, experiences, and career paths with four great classes of the Cabrillo Aquarium/Travel program.

     Now I'm not saying that it was an easy task by any measure, you try keeping 40 students (4 different classes) entertained for 47 min!! But I think between the two of us, our PADI SCUBA Dive Video, our most exciting experiences, new and old SCUBA equipment, and a live demonstration of how all the gear works and fits on students from each class kept most kids entertained, interested and educated on all things SCUBA. It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun to share all that with those students! =)  Thanks again to the teachers of Cabrillo who invited us to come and guest speak in their classes!

     And let me tell you, we got our very own private tour of the Cabrillo High School Aquarium after our classes were over and those kids really know what they are doing! They have amazing exhibits, touch tanks, and spectacular aquariums of all the local Channel Islands marine life!! It was wonderful to see all that right here in our little town of Lompoc, CA! Each of those students working in the Aquarium are so knowledgeable of all the marine life and some have their own special projects including a Jelly Fish exhibit and Sea Horse exhibit! These high school students are awesome and obviously love what they are doing, it really shows! Here's a link to their website, so if you are ever in the area try and check out their Open Houses! :-) 

~~~~~ Sponsored by: KCPhotography and Design of Santa Barbara County, California ~~~~~~~

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Welcome to 'Ocean Sports Dive Shop' of the Central Coast & Channel Islands Diving

Welcome to our very first Ocean Sports' Dive Shop of Lompoc, CA blog post! Let me give you a little background, this shop has been around since 1991 thanks to The Captain RON, the old owner and Boat Captain of the lovely Dive Boat Miss Devin. Say hello to Shaun Crouse, the Main-Man, the new Owner, and THE most awesome PADI SCUBA Instructor out there!! Also say hello to me, Kimberly, also the new Owner, a renown lifestyle photographer (above and underwater) and designer/maker of all things good, fun and marketable for Ocean Sports Dive Shop ;)

ANYWHO, here's our Dive Photo BLOG where we will post all the great things that our people are doing around Lompoc, Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara, and anywhere really that has to do with SCUBA Diving, Spearfishing, Fishing, Freediving, and Dive Travel! So join the ride and see for yourself what amazingly FUN and Crazy things happen around SCUBA Diving! BE SAFE, BUDDY Up!!! =-)

~~~This message was brought to you by KCP Photography of Santa Barbara County, California~~~

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NOW in Old Town Lompoc
117 1/2 South H Street
(805) 944-8522