California Local Underwater Photo & Video Events

Local Underwater Photo & Video events in California, by Bluewater Photo

Learn more about Bluewater's local events and news here!  See our upcoming local dive trips, join some of our photography & videography classes, and see further details on our upcoming social nights.

Upcoming California Dive Trips

Join Bluewater on one of our exciting Southern California dive trips this season.  We visit iconic dive sites and offer experiences that both locals and visitors will enjoy.


Oil Rigs Dive Trip

June 15, 2019 - $135

The oil rigs offer an extremely unique structure for diving with long columns stretching into the depths. Their location and structure often attract pelagics like mola mola, sea lions, & cormorants. The rigs themselves are covered with marine growth, beautiful anemones, metridiums, and more. Led by Bluewater team members Davis Huber & Will Smart.

*Advanced dive trip*

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Farnsworth Banks, Backside of Catalina

July 21, 2019 - $159

See the uniquely famous purple hydrocoral of Farnsworth Banks, along with beautiful reefs, torpedo rays, wolf eels, large schools of fish, and more.
*Advanced dive trip*


Catalina Island Sea Bass

August 17, 2019 - $135

On a trip timed during the most abundant time of year for these huge animals, we'll hit the sites where they often congregate or have been sighted recently.



See all our 2019 California Dive Trips Here

Underwater Photo & VIdeo Classroom Sessions

Interested in improving your underwater photography skills, or maybe you're just getting started? Join one of our local classes, right in our Culver City location, and get yourself ready to go for your next dive trip, whether it's our local California waters, or your next vacation! 
Classes covering photography and videography basics, wide angle, macro, Lightroom, and more.

Introduction to Underwater Photography

Monday, July 29th at 6PM - $99

Equipment, settings, lighting, use of your strobe, composition, macro, wide-angle, black backgrounds, subject selection, and camera maintenance are all covered. Class is tailored to the needs of the students, and is also suitable for intermediate level photographers.

Led by Mark Strickland

Wide Angle Photography

Monday, August 19th at 6PM - $99

Learn what Mark considers the essentials of wide angle underwater photography, from close focus wide angle to big animal. Camera settings, lens choice, strobe positioning, as well as creative lighting possibilities. Mark will explain specific techniques with the help of example images that will be shown and discussed on in class.

Led by Mark Strickland

Introduction to Underwater Videography 

Tuesday, August 20th at 6:30PM - $140

You will learn a wide variety of topics over a 3 hour course. Covering topics like preparation and story planning, tips on sunlight and time of day, best ways to use underwater video lights, understanding white balance, B-roll for your story, music selection, and so much more. 

Led by Todd Kortte 

See all our 2019 Classes Here

Upcoming Social Nights in our Store

Come meet fellow scuba divers during our bi-monthly social nights! Socialize over free food and drinks including beer and wine, learn from exciting guest speakers, and participate in discussions relating to underwater photography and dive travel. We often have free raffles, special giveaways or deals, and other great benefits for all who attend.

Events are held at our Culver City location.

Shark & Big Animal Photography Tips

Wednesday, August 14th at 6PM

with Andy Sallmon

Guest speaker Andy Sallmon will share expert tips on photographing sharks and other big animals underwater. Andy is a world famous photographer whose photos and articles are regularly featured in Alert Diver Magazine.

Join us for free food and drinks, an exciting presentation, and socializing with fellow divers!

Philippines Night

Wednesday, October 9th at 6PM

with Brent Durand from Atlantis Dive Resorts & Liveaboards

Brent Durand from Atlantis Dive Resorts and Liveaboards shares an inside (and underwater) look at the diving and marine life in Dumaguete and Puerto Galera, Philippines. Located in the heart of the coral triangle and the world’s center of biodiversity, dive into the world of blue-ringed octopus, porcelain crabs, pipefish and poolside massages.

Join us for catered Filipino food, Philippines Rum & Coke and other free drinks, a 7-night dive vacation raffle, and socializing with fellow divers!


Learn more about the Best Diving in the Philippines.


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