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Meetings are on the "Second Monday" of the Month






Upcoming General Meeting - Monday March 12th, 7:00pm, at the Palmdale Cultural Center

    March 12th 

 ken_kurtis.JPG Ken Kurtis

 Ken Kurtis was kicked out of swim class twice by the time he was six. (He didn't like putting his face in the water.) Hardly an auspicious start to a diving career. But Ken always loved being around the water, loved looking at fish, and in 1978 while running a radio station in Richmond, VA, was offered a chance to get certified and took advantage of it. Ken then became a NAUI Instructor (Top Candidate at his 1980 ITC) and has taught thousands of people over the years. He still actively teaches everything from entry-level on up, and confesses his favorite class to teach is Fish Identification. Ken's logged over 5000 dives all over the world in such varied places as the Maldives, Indonesia, Yap, Tahiti, Bonaire, Cocos, Alaska, Easter Island and, of course, his beloved waters of Southern California. As the owner of Reef Seekers Dive Co., he speaks frequently to dive clubs about diving and especially safety issues. Ken's been chairman of Chamber Day/Eve since the early 90s, served as a member of the Statewide Interests Group for the MLPA (Marine Life Protection Act), and is a volunteer Dive Team Leader at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Ken's an accomplished photographer and his photos and stories can be found in the pages of the California Diving News, Sport Diver, Skin Diver, and other scuba publications, along with the monthly Reef Seekers newsletter. Since 2003, Ken has been a Forensic Consultant to the L.A. County Corner for scuba fatalities, doing equipment testing and accident analysis. With all that he still finds time to maintain an acting career and leads most of the local and foreign trips for Reef Seekers. He's a very good cook, avid Scrabble & Boggle player, chases total solar eclipses, ran five L.A. Marathons, and is kind to animals and small children. Be sure to ask him his mantra about divers. He also claims to hold the Reef Seekers deep diving record of 3500' . . . but we have to add the caveat that he did it in the Alvin submersible for a PBS special so that might be cheating.



     2018 Upcoming EventsCalendar                                                                         


Feb 12

Club Meeting: Jeff Bozanic

Feb 24

 Club Dive : Avalon Harbor Cleanup

March 3

Installation Banquet :Gino's Palmdale

March 10

Club Dive: TBA

March 10 

Diver Day at Aquarium   of the Pacific

March 12

Club Meeting: Ken Kurtis

April 9

 Club Meeting: Steve Wilson , Ice Diver

April 14

 Club Dive: TBA










Membership  Benefits include


30% discount at


PCH Scuba Palmdale and Agoura Hills.

 Thanks for visiting our website!  Founded in 1970, the Antelope Valley Desert Divers is one of the oldest dive clubs in Southern California.  Some of our more senior members have been diving together since the 1950's and have great stories and experiences to share.  Members enjoy many benefits, including discounts on dive boat charters, equipment purchases and rentals, just to name a few.  We also participate in annual clean-up dives and campouts.  Why not come out and visit us at our general meeting or  event.


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