An Interview With The Scuba Girls
Scuba-Diving in San Diego
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Your next summer bucket list item? Make it scuba diving, hands down. There’s nothing like exploring the enchantment of the ocean with a front row seat. Southern California is a diving delight, with thriving reefs, vast kelp forests, and plenty of sea life to discover. We sat down with Margo Sanchez, a founding member of the local San Diego dive group, The Scuba Diver Girls, to chat about what makes diving so exciting. From Finland to Fiji, Papua New Guinea to the Virgin Islands, Curacao to the Florida Keys, there’s a world of wonder to experience beneath the surface.
Who are the Scuba Diver Girls? Please list the full names of the founders of the group.
Founded in 2008 by Margo Sanchez and Stephanie Adamson, Scuba Diver Girls is a team of trusted, expert women divers. Our goal is to inspire, educate and entertain the global diving community through adventurous, fun, compelling content.
What is this group all about? What do you do? How did the group get started?
We first started Scuba Diver Girls when we realized that there was a lack of focus on women in the dive market. We began to use social media to connect with other women divers around the world. As we continued to dive and post our adventures we would also write about new and innovative products. This was quite successful and we began to grow rapidly across social media channels. This soon led to our traveling. We would travel around the world posting and reporting on dive locations.
Is it girls only?
Our social media pages welcome all divers. We find that both women and men follow our adventures. And all divers love learning about new products and fun locations.
What sort of adventures do you go on?
We are fortunate to be among the lucky people who are out living their dreams. We dive every day and this is something most people could never even imagine. We would be happy to just dive the beautiful Pacific in California every day, but our job also benefits us with world travel. On our many adventures to remote corners of the earth, we explore amazing dives sites, as well as experience new cultures, and meet interesting and extraordinary people. The best part is sharing our experiences with others through our fan base. We love that many people are seeing a dive location for the first time through our pictures and videos. [The] reactions are awesome!
What’s the appeal of diving in southern California?
We live in San Diego and dive every day. The diving in California is amazing. We have rocky reef and many types of kelp. But perhaps the biggest attraction is the giant kelp. It is like diving through a forest while the sunlight streams through the branches of the trees. There are so many species of ocean critters that live in the kelp and along the coast. We are never bored diving here. We get migrations of many species of sharks throughout the year––sharks such as leopard, horn, tope, seven gills, and even an occasional great white. There are sea lions, green sea turtles and harbor seals all year round. Pods of dolphins travel up and down the coastline. [In] certain seasons we have a grey and blue whale migration. Tons of rays live near the shoreline. Bat rays, butterfly rays, sting rays, southern rays, guitarfish, to name a few. There are myriads of fish and even some large white and giant black sea bass. Tons of lobsters and crabs hang around in the reefs along with the octopus. And of course the ever famous bright orange garibaldi are all over the place. There is always something amazing to see on every dive of the San Diego coastline.