SAN DIEGO

Sport Diver - - Training -

While some DPV dive des­ti­na­tions are re­mark­able for mys­te­ri­ous caves, rac­ing cur­rents and ex­cit­ing crea­tures, San Diego is all about the kelp. The ver­ti­cal gar­dens of gi­ant green­ery found off­shore from the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia city can grow more than 100 feet tall, cre­at­ing some of the most mind-bend­ing scooter ter­rain in any ocean. Not to men­tion the cu­ri­ous and play­ful sea lions that com­monly di­ve­bomb divers in these thick forests.

“Chas­ing your buddy through the kelp for­est is first on the list of best DPV dives,” says PADI MSDT Ryan Mable of Ocean En­ter­prises. “But you will have just as much fun cruis­ing the walls of La Jolla Canyon or tak­ing a few laps around our 366-foot Yukon ar­ti­fi­cial reef. We also have the Is­las de los Coron­a­dos and the Chan­nel Is­lands, plus Long Beach’s oil plat­forms — all amaz­ing DPV div­ing lo­cales that are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble with a short boat ride.”

For Mable, how­ever, DPVS aren’t just for fun.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA

They can cre­ate ac­cess for divers who might not nor­mally be able to revel in the un­der­wa­ter world. “We first started hav­ing DPVS in the shop be­cause we proudly of­fer a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ex­clu­sively for vet­er­ans, many of whom are nav­i­gat­ing their post-ser­vice lives with se­ri­ous dis­abil­i­ties,” he says. “DPVS have helped our stu­dent divers get around un­der­wa­ter when the usual method of finning isn’t fea­si­ble, such as a stu­dent with a leg am­pu­ta­tion or some­one par­a­lyzed from the waist down. Ob­vi­ously, we didn't want to keep the fun con­tained to just the train­ing side, so we now stock sev­eral DPVS in our rental room.”

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