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Bill from Avalon CA | Scuba Diver

Research marine biologist specializing in kelp forest ecology, underwater videographer and newspaper columnist. I produce a daily cable TV show focusing on the marine life of southern California kelp forests (and warmer waters when funds permit!), write a weekly newspaper column and have produced a series of educational underwater DVD`s on SoCal marine life as well as Belize, the Sea of Cortez, the Bahamas, the Philippines, Palau and the Red Sea. I spend a lot of time in the upper 100 feet of the water column where the giant kelp (Macrocystis) forms our wonderful kelp forests. However I also dive frequently in the 150-200 ft range to film the subtle ecosystems of our deeper waters off Santa Catalina Island. I do anywhere from 100 to 300 dives a year. Not bad for a senior citizen (whose age is usually guessed at 50-55, probably a result of all the salt water "baths" I take!). I dive with some incredible buddies, almost all of whom are female dive professionals. However, every one of them is spoken for... they dive with me because I`m a gentleman and very knowledgeable about SoCal`s marine life. I`m still looking for my ultimate dive buddy who will sail off into the sunset with me (preferably on someone else`s boat). Future dive travel plans include a return to Palau for 5-6 weeks, the Maldives and the Galapagos... possibly all next year. I was recently given a dry suit so Antarctica will eventually fill out my sweep of diving the seven continents, one of my life`s goals.


M-i-k-e - 3/16/2015 9:42 PM
Hey Dr. Bill...I was wondering how the dive park is recovering?
C-h-r-i-s - 1/10/2014 1:58 PM
Hi Dr. Bill.. We met at the dive park on Dec 26th...My brother-in-law Mike and myself....great conversations...See ya in Catalina again soon.
M-i-k-e - 10/21/2013 4:21 PM
Hey Bill I’ll be diving Catalina on December 26 & 27!

RoyJN - 1/28/2008 2:42 PM
OH no! I failed my reef check test...not only that, I caused all the fishes to vanished! Now I`m sad...
firehorse5 - 1/21/2008 10:01 AM
Thanks! But I`m a skier too! lol I didn`t know about that statistic. Very interesting. Especially since I don`t know of anyplace in MD--except for Deep Creek Lake--for divers to go! Some brave the Susquehana for colonial artifacts but that`s a zero vis dive and quite muddy. That doesn`t include offshore diving of course. All the divers I know go to PA and elsewhere for inland diving. lol
Scubababe - 1/21/2008 9:33 AM
Thank you ! Kim :)
BeachCrabs - 1/01/2008 10:18 PM
Thanks for the B-Day wishes, Bill!
MonkeyDiver - 12/12/2007 2:16 PM
Bill, I`m sure you`ll manage some how. When are you going? I`ll be going there next spring. Wayne
ScubaKitten - 12/09/2007 6:07 PM
Well thanks for the forgiveness on the cold water. Honestly if I didn`t freeze, I would dive the cold waters - there are some beautiful things to see. Oh and you look great for being 60! I never would have guessed it! Enjoy the cold waters for me.
ScubaKitten - 12/09/2007 12:23 PM
I`ve seen those cool critters. I was certified in Monterey for my open water and my advanced. Just more to see in the warm water and I`m not constantly wanting to abort the dive because I am frozen.