Cal Academy of Sciences Nightlife "Under the Sea"

Hey all! The Diving Safety Officer at the Cal Academy emailed me about this event, hoping to get as many divers there as possible. Cal Acad Nightlife is always a good time and this one sounds really fun! Personally, I am leaving town that night on a redeye so can only, at best, go for the first hour. If there is interest, I'd love to have a volunteer to be the point person on site in case I can't get there before I have to go to SFO. I have copied info about the event below. Tix are available on their website for $12. 


The California Academy of Sciences is hosting an “Under the Sea” themed Nightlife party on Thursday March 20th. This event will feature a lot of Scuba themed programming and we would love to see as many divers in the building as possible! Go below the surface for this underwater edition of NightLife, part of the Academy’s Brilliant!Science: Incredible Ocean festival.

Meet the Academy’s team of scuba diving experts, and learn what it takes to study and explore the incredible ecosystems underneath the waves.

Make your own crafty deep sea creatures with the help of SCRAP SF, and view displays of stunning underwater photography. Sample sustainably-prepared seafood snacks from the Academy Café and Moss Room restaurant.

Then, suit up like the pros while trying on scuba gear, meet coral advocates from Reef Check, and pick up tips on how to safely take the plunge from Stockton Fire Department’s dive safety team.

In African Hall, catch a screening of The Life Aquatic (Steve Zissou costumes encouraged!), then check out the Academy’s own aquatic explorers during special dive shows happening throughout the aquarium.

At the Project Lab, meet Ichthyology collection manager Dave Catania as he shows off some of the Academy’s most prized (and peculiar) fish specimens.

Note: The 4-story Rainforest exhibit closes at 7:45pm and planetarium passes are distributed to visitors on a first-come first-served basis. Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will also be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

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  • Louise

    I never met up with anyone, but I spent the night looking around and drinking and eating and I loved it! I dove the roundabout in Steinhart Aquarium with my dive buddy who used a stick to ward off sharks while I vacuumed up sharks' teeth. Let me tell you when a 300 pound grouper is heading toward you, you get out of the way! Hope to meet the group some time soon.

    March 24, 2014

  • Aaron I.

    Sorry for the delayed response. I had a great time meeting you guys and looking forward to diving with you at some point! :)

    March 23, 2014

  • Stef F

    Great event, great folks. Apologies for being such a late host folks! Hope everyone enjoyed themselves.

    March 21, 2014

  • A. V.

    This was a super fun event! Thanks Kevin for letting us know about it. Looks like we missed you before you had to head to SFO... That said, my last year's travel schedule is now a thing of the past, so I should finally be able to come to a happy hour with this group sometime soon!

    March 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an amazing place to spend Thursday night. So much to see and do in a party like atmosphere

    March 20, 2014

  • tennis a.

    Four of us are standing at the coat check waiting for others (next to the music dj)

    March 20, 2014

  • Kevin W.

    Hi all - I just talked with Stef who has been stuck in traffic but she is almost there.

    March 20, 2014

    • Louise

      Where is everyone?

      March 20, 2014

  • Ian B

    Damn sorry for late notice, can't make tonight. Work craziness. Next time!!

    March 20, 2014

    • Louise

      I am here. Where are we meeting?

      March 20, 2014

  • Lisa

    Can't make it this time :( Hope to meet some of you at a future meet-up!

    March 20, 2014

  • karen

    Hi all, I'm bringing a friend who also is a diver!!!

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • Kevin W.

    Sorry all - I am not being able to make it there before I have to catch my plane tomorrow night. Stef has volunteered to be the organizer so she will help people connect on-site. Have fun!!

    March 19, 2014

  • Stef F

    you had me at "crafty deep sea creatures"... smirk
    would be happy to be a point person

    1 · March 18, 2014

    • Kevin W.

      Thanks Stef! I will email you directly if I'm not going to be able to make it. Will know today.

      March 19, 2014

  • Kathy M.

    I would love to go but I will be tied up in a class.

    March 18, 2014

  • Fran

    Once again, a lovely little thing called "business travel" keeps me from attending an awesome dive-related activity. Hate I'm going to miss this.

    March 18, 2014

  • Jaden

    Anyone coming from downtown or near Bart? Can I get a ride?

    March 18, 2014

  • Louise

    I am a scuba diver and plan to go if I get off work on time!

    March 18, 2014

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