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Desert Dolphins Presentation: 3/20/24

Desert Dolphins Presentation, Wednesday, March 20, 2024 @ 7pm PT via Zoom Title: “Blogging About Bubbles” Subtitle: “How to Get Published in 13 Steps”  Summary: Whether you’re a snorkeler, diver, or photographer, blogging preserves your underwater experiences while humor lets your story stand out from others. This presentation will take you through 13 easy-to-follow tips […]

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Midwinter’s Daydreams: 7 Nights on a Princess Cruise

This blog about our week on the Sky Princess through the Western Caribbean and Mexico will be updated daily. Our itinerary: Saturday, February 17: Depart Fort Lauderdale, FL Sunday, February 18: At Sea Monday: February 19: Roatan, Honduras Tuesday, February 20: Belize City, Belize Wednesday, February 21: Cozumel, Mexico Thursday, February 22: Majahual, Mexico Friday, […]

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Guest Lecturer Credentials

I’m an internationally known travel writer and entertaining speaker who enjoys making presentations about my craft. As a travel writer and “Scuba Storyteller”, I’ve discovered ways to turn my side hustle into a lucrative business by writing hundreds of articles, blogs, and newsletters. Recently, I’ve made these travel-writing presentations as a guest lecturer…

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Gil Zeimer, Speaker at Scuba Show 2023

Featured Speaker at Scuba Show 2023

I was so pleased to be one of about two dozen featured speakers at ScubaShow.com in the Long Beach Convention Center during the weekend of June 4 and 5, 2023. It drew over 10,000 scuba diving, snorkeling, and travel enthusiasts. This is the largest consumer convention in America and my topic was entitled “Blogging About […]

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Warm Memories of Hypothermia

Three tanks. One boat. One day. 11 Celsius. These were the last dives I ever took in cold Northern California waters. Mark Twain once said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” The same might be said about a three-tank, one-day boat dive in Monterey, California, about 90 miles south […]

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Maui March Madness: Humpback Whale Tales

I’m not stupid (though some might argue that fact). I know that a whale’s “tale” is called a “fluke”, but this is a story about humpback whales in the Maui Channel in March – during the tail end of their annual 6,000-mile, round-trip trek from Alaska. Because I was traveling with my wife and another […]

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Drift Diving Away in Cozumel

When you dive in Cozumel, Mexico, encountering currents is pretty much a given and virtually all dives here are drift dives. Located about 12 miles east of Playa del Carmen, Cancun, currents around this popular Mexican resort island can run from mild to moderate (1-6 knots) on most reefs , so it can be a […]

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A Mid-Century Modern Trip Down Memory Lane: Orbit In, Palm Springs

I’ve been vacationing in Palm Springs since 1958. The first three years, my family drove from San Francisco to this desert resort area during our school’s winter vacations between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Initially, we stayed in small 1950s-era hotels that only had a handful of rooms in U-shaped buildings surrounding a pool. The […]

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Heavy Breathing on Half Dome

Heavy Breathing on Half Dome And Other Ways To Stay In Shape For Diving By Gil Zeimer This article originally appeared in the December 2008/January 2009 issue of Dive Pacific Magazine. Why did I trek 18.2 miles (29 kilometers) round-trip to one of California’s most celebrated mountains with five of my besties? Why did I […]

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Another “Only In San Francisco” Treat: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy

From its TV jingles, we all know that Rice-A-Roni is “The San Francisco Treat”. As a native, I’ve also enjoyed Dungeness Crab, Sourdough French Bread, It’s It Ice Cream Sandwiches, Anchor Steam Beer, Ghirardelli Chocolate, and Irish Coffee from the Buena Vista Café. However, there’s one “Only in San Francisco” thing that you may not […]

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Equipment Upgrade 2.0

Your gear may be years old. It still works.  But is it safe? By Gil Zeimer Alert Diver Magazine, May, 2002 Most of us don’t even think twice about upgrading our computers, our software, our cell phones, our wardrobe, our cars, or perhaps even our homes every two to 10 years. But when did you […]

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Scuba Diving With The Oldies

Ten senior members of the Marin Dive Club just completed 170 dives at Little Cayman Beach Resort. Despite prescription masks, a few equipment problems, and other Senior Underwater Moments, our average age was 70 and the median number of dives was 400. Our advanced ages don’t stop us from diving all around the world.

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Tiburon – A San Francisco Lesser-Known Day Trip

Just about everyone has heard of Sausalito, California, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. But few know about Tiburon, just a 10-minute drive away. Don’t feel like driving? Then it’s just a 30-minute ride across the water from San Francisco’s Ferry Building during rush hour or Pier 41 throughout the day. In fact, it’s […]

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