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  • Scuba diving certification: At home or in the tropics?

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    purplevelvet
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    We're planning to get scuba certified. Is it reasonable/recommended to do the first part of the certification (classroom and pool work) near home and then do the ocean dives when we're in the tropics? My fiance and I are likely headed to Bali and Lombok for our honeymoon, and are considering doing some scuba diving, and if we're going to spend some time learning, it seems like it would make sense to get an open water certification so we could do it again on vacation if we like it. We do have a limited time on the trip, so we were thinking of doing the academic coursework and pool sessions…
  • Whose ears popped first?

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    peeedro
    6 Dec 2014 | 2:36 pm
    I know why our ears pop, but I'm wondering when humans reliably began experiencing this sensation caused by anything other than having a cold. Today, we are most likely to feel our ears popping in a airplane or driving a car in the mountains. But before planes and cars, and besides the head colds and infected sinuses that have always been with us, what caused our ears to pop first? What is the earliest transportation technology that allowed humans to reliably experience this sensation? Or is there any natural phenomenon that causes this in a large scale way? Can a person climb a mountain, or…
  • Ikelite Announces New Lens Holder

    DPG RSS
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:33 pm
    67-threaded caddy holds your compact’s wet lenses
  • Exploring South Africa's other side and Nelson Madela's legacy

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    World Footprints
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As the world remembers Nelson Mandela on the anniversary of his death, Tonya and Ian travel full circle from their law careers to South Africa, a destination they hold close to their hearts.  (Hint:  they honeymooned there).  World Footprints shares the lasting legacy of Mandela as it showcases other sides of South Africa, including an extraordinary student exchange program between the University of Missouri and the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. Then you’ll hear about the legacy of animal conservation that stretches across the globe as World Footprints…
  • ScubaRadio 12-13-14 HOUR1

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    13 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster chats about diving with penguins and giving the gift of Scuba as the ScubaRadio crew gets ready to present their annual on-air Christmas play! Looking for HOUR2?
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  • Whose ears popped first?

    peeedro
    6 Dec 2014 | 2:36 pm
    I know why our ears pop, but I'm wondering when humans reliably began experiencing this sensation caused by anything other than having a cold. Today, we are most likely to feel our ears popping in a airplane or driving a car in the mountains. But before planes and cars, and besides the head colds and infected sinuses that have always been with us, what caused our ears to pop first? What is the earliest transportation technology that allowed humans to reliably experience this sensation? Or is there any natural phenomenon that causes this in a large scale way? Can a person climb a mountain, or…
  • Help me get in shape for my travel adventure holiday

    miss-lapin
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Because I wanted to make my fortieth something special, I asked about adventure holidays here before settling on slickrock's adventure island. But now I need to get in shape for this adventure. Since I'll mainly be snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking, I was wondering if there is a particular training plan for those activities. I have until mid december and I'm very out of shape as this summer was super depressing (my cat died and so I stopped working out altogether for a month.) Just a reminder that I am mildly mobility impaired and live in nyc. I have a membership to a gym with a pool and…
  • Scuba diving certification: At home or in the tropics?

    purplevelvet
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    We're planning to get scuba certified. Is it reasonable/recommended to do the first part of the certification (classroom and pool work) near home and then do the ocean dives when we're in the tropics? My fiance and I are likely headed to Bali and Lombok for our honeymoon, and are considering doing some scuba diving, and if we're going to spend some time learning, it seems like it would make sense to get an open water certification so we could do it again on vacation if we like it. We do have a limited time on the trip, so we were thinking of doing the academic coursework and pool sessions…
  • Happy 40th Birthday to Me!

    miss-lapin
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:48 am
    I'm a single woman who will be celebrating her 40th birthday this December. I've decided to go away, specifically on a scuba trip. (I plan to get certified in May.) Please help me plan a single friendly birthday scuba trip. So here's what you need to know about me. Because my birthday falls on December 20th, it's generally pretty sucktacular. For my 40th, I want to do something special. I'm leaning towards Hawaii but I am open to other locations. I've been to Grand Cayman twice and love it, but also would like to go to some new places. The key is a place where I won't feel depressed about…
  • Where to go on beach/scuba vacation, renting a house, w/in-laws & kids?

    oneironaut
    29 Nov 2013 | 12:20 pm
    I'm looking for suggestions on where to go on vacation next summer (late July, early Aug 2014) with my in-laws and their kids. The criteria: 1) Within reasonable travel/flight time from Dallas, Texas. There will be four children on this trip, ages 1, 3, 5, and 7. 2) A house/apartment/bungalow to rent for around $2500/week to house 6 adults and the aforementioned four kids. 3) Good SCUBA diving for my father-in-law, brother-in-law, and myself (all with advanced open water). 4) Good beaches for my wife, mother-in-law, brother-in-law's wife, and the kids, preferably within easy access of the…
 
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  • Exploring South Africa's other side and Nelson Madela's legacy

    World Footprints
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As the world remembers Nelson Mandela on the anniversary of his death, Tonya and Ian travel full circle from their law careers to South Africa, a destination they hold close to their hearts.  (Hint:  they honeymooned there).  World Footprints shares the lasting legacy of Mandela as it showcases other sides of South Africa, including an extraordinary student exchange program between the University of Missouri and the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. Then you’ll hear about the legacy of animal conservation that stretches across the globe as World Footprints…
  • Prescription for life-Three simple strategies to live younger longer

    WorldPositiveThinkersClub
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The aging process is dependent on the health of your arteries.Dr. Richard Furman is co-founder of World Medical Mission, and will give the profound recipe for living younger as you grow older.  I bet some of has to do with the mental aspect.. Dr. Furman is also a scuba diver, pilot and has climbed the Matterhorn and kayaked the Grand Canyon.  All while guess at what age???????? You are in for a copious and auspicious show.
  • An interview for The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories by Jimmy

    storiesfromunknownauthors
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    This collection of island stories carries the reader from daring adventures beneath the Caribbean Sea to tense conflict on a deserted island near the Canadian border. Love stories and private eyes, a boy living on a lonely salt cay and a girl's dream of freedom at sea, hurricanes and heroes -- all told with humor ad the insight that comes from first hand experience. About the Author Jimmy Olsen is a native of Hoffman, Minnesota. He's worked as an English teacher, newspaper reporter, editor and photographer. He is an active scuba diver and instructor, living five years in the Dominican…
  • Abingdon Welch - Winding up for a time of big expectations!

    Savvy Central Radio
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Abingdon Welch is unlike most CEOs. By the time she hit 22, she couldn’t wait any longer and finally earned her private pilots license after just 34 days of training. Now 31, this young pilot has carried her adventurous spirit to the corporate world creating The Abingdon Company. The Abingdon Company began producing boutique and high-end timepieces for aviators and avid travelers since 2007. While she dedicated much of her time to running her company, Abingdon still flies extensively.  Her flying skills were made immortal from her performance as Ariel Tweto’s Flight Instructor on the…
  • The Shocking Truth about Yours, Mine & Ours with Author Tom North

    America Meditating
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tom North is the award-winning author of True North - The Shocking Truth about “Yours, Mine and Ours,” an inspirational story of survival and hope. He is a dynamic speaker who touches the hearts and minds of audiences from all walks of life, and helps them realize that there is help, and hope. Tom is one of “North” children, who together with the Beardsley children, became the family which was featured in the 1968 film, “Yours, Mine and Ours” starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, and again in the 2005 version starring Rene Russo and Dennis Quaid.  But, it wasn’t one big happy…
 
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  • ScubaRadio 12-13-14 HOUR1

    admin
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster chats about diving with penguins and giving the gift of Scuba as the ScubaRadio crew gets ready to present their annual on-air Christmas play! Looking for HOUR2?
  • ScubaRadio 12-13-14 HOUR1

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    13 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This hour catch the world premier of the ScubaRadio Crapstravaganza Christmas play for 2014! (WAIA) Looking for HOUR1?
  • ScubaRadio 12-6-14 HOUR1

    admin
    6 Dec 2014 | 5:37 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster and friends broadcast live from his new home studio. Plus they kick off their annual “give the gift of Scuba” campaign. Looking for HOUR2?
  • ScubaRadio 12-6-14 HOUR2

    admin
    6 Dec 2014 | 5:35 pm
    This hour Abingdon joins the crew for an update on her Kickstarter dive watch campaign while ScubaRadio Drunken stops by to spread a little Christmas cheer. Looking for HOUR1?
  • ScubaRadio 11-29-14 HOUR1

    admin
    29 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster broadcasts from DEMA 2014 in Las Vegas! Looking for HOUR2?
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  • Top 10 Things to do in Maui

    Loreal Shea
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    People love lists. I’ve read enough Buzzfeed & Elite Daily articles to understand that thi
  • Miley Cyrus Keeps Smiling While Using Her RADIUS

    RADIUS USA
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:42 am
    It’s the 3rd time that we’ve caught Miley Cyrus using her RADIUS Toothbrush!  Miley took to Instagram yesterday to post a photo of her brushing her pearly whites using a lime green Original RADIUS Toothbrush! Earlier in November she posted another photo with her RADIUS. Miley, our toothbrushes are great for pets too…just sayin’ :-). And in 2013 Miley posted this photo of her using her white SCUBA!   Don’t worry, Miley…we can’t decide which one we like best either :)
  • Parts Are Ordered And We Should Be Back Up And Running The Magazine Again

    lockdownking
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It has taken some time due to the holidays, but, the parts to repair the computer are on the way. Now I can get back to publishing our next magazine which I am sure will be much better than the first and includes a special guest that discusses Reverse Electrolysis. Well known for traveling and discovering new treasures, Reconnaissance has sought out his expertise in cleaning up some old finds. Sorry for the delay.    
  • Great White Shark Video

    PT
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:11 am
    Dear Critters, What is on your Bucket List? Within the space of a week, I managed to cross the two biggest critters off mine: mixing with the magnificent manta rays at Stradbroke Island and playing peek-a-boo with a Great White Shark called Bubbles and his sharkey friends in the Neptune Islands, South Australia. (Even terminal illness has its silver linings :-) ) I’m not sure when I first became fascinated by sharks, but over the past few years I’ve been privileged to do some of the best shark dives in the world. In recent months, my biggest fear in life had been about sharks.
  • Loose & Sculptural..

    defineadream
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:37 am
    Neoprene. Scuba. One and the same. This Autumn/Winter you want this unconventional fabric hanging in
 
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  • DEMA Show 2014 Day 3 Highlights

    John McKenzie
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Here’s our report from Day 3 on the Exhibit floor at #DEMAshow: Suunto has finally followed competitors into the age of large screen, air integrated (remote sensor) color dive computers. Their EON Steel dive computer is certainly an impressive looking device. It has the requisite bright color OLED screen but this one is customizable. It allows you to tailor the screen to show the features you use most (e.g. compass, depth, temp, etc.). The steel case makes for a stylish look and the three button flyout menu system makes for easy navigation. The device uses a fused algorithm and is…
  • DEMA Show 2014 – Day 2 Highlights

    Chaela Sumner
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Here’s our report from Day 2 on the showroom floor at #DEMAshow: In keeping with our theme of “are canister lights  dead?”, UTD Equipment offers a choice in both worlds with their VIS Light System. This is a modular light head which allows you to attach either a canister light style cabled battery pack or an integrated battery that snaps directly on the light. Met with Jack Schmidt, the new leader of Edge-Hog. He outlined the changes they’ve experienced of late and discussed his new vision for the company. Schmidt took over when Chris Richardson left to pursue other…
  • DEMA Show 2014 – Day 1 Highlights

    Chaela Sumner
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    Here’s our report from Day 1 on the showroom floor at #DEMAshow: Princeton Tec is starting to move away from it’s same old path and offering new products for divers. They include their first metal dive light, the Genesis. It’s a 650 lumen hand light with led power indicator and… comes with a glove mount. They also have the Meridian a beacon strobe light. They are replacing their 4 and 8 C cell lights with the Sector 7 and Sector 5 pistol grip lights with 700 and 500 lumens respectively.  The GoBag is a clear dry bag for phone and pads with a double magnetic closure which…
  • SCUBA RECALL: All Surelock II Rubber Weight Pocket Handles

    John McKenzie
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:22 pm
    FULL TEXT OF RECALL NOTICE FROM AQUA LUNG:   CONSUMER NOTICE – RECALL ALL SURELOCK II RUBBER WEIGHT POCKET HANDLES Aqua Lung is conducting a voluntary recall of all SureLock II rubber weight pocket handles. SureLock II is the mechanical weight release system found on most Aqua Lung buoyancy compensators (BCs) beginning in 2009. Whether you have an original rubber handle or one of the revised rubber handles from the previous recall, Aqua Lung would now like to replace it with the latest generation handle, p/n 12396. Aqua Lung is concerned about the life expectancy of both models of…
  • West Marine Testing Scuba Shops in Stores

    John McKenzie
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    West Marine has quietly teamed up with Mares and SSI to test market a new scuba shop-within-a-shop concept. If successful, scuba shops will be be embedded into larger West Marine stores around the US. Currently, the test market scuba departments are in two West Marine stores: Jacksonville and North Palm Beach Florida. A Fort Lauderdale store will be added to test in the spring of 2015. Starting in October 2014 West Marine will launch an online promotion for their customers to go to SSI’s website and take a free online class. When completed, the students will be directed to finish…
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  • 2014 Market Share of Scuba Certification Agencies (PADI, SSI, NAUI)

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    According to the certifications added by scuba divers on DiveBuddy.com, the following list indicates the percentage market share by each certification agency. I included all types of certifications, not just entry level certs. This data was collected from 21,273 divers. In the following list, I counted only once per agency per diver (ie: if a diver has 3 PADI certs and 1 DAN cert, I counted 1 for PADI and 1 for DAN): Worldwide 1. PADI: 55.6% (54.9% USA, 60.6% Outside USA) 2. SSI: 10.6% (11.4% USA, 6% Outside USA) 3. NAUI: 10.4% (11.1% USA, 6.2 Outside USA) 4. SDI: 4.5% 5. TDI: 3.0% 6. DAN:…
  • On the Menu: Lionfish

    7 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
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  • New To Diving

    5 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    Here is some tips for the new diver. During my course I have seen people sign up for scuba for maybe a honeymoon or one trip. Folks this is not a one time commitment. This is a very important step in your life. When you do decide to embark on this journey. Enjoy every aspect of your experiences: whether they be in the class room, at a scuba park, at a lake, or ocean. Be sure to complete and read everything the instructor gives you. Practice your navigation on land. I like to go to the local football field to practice the square, triangle, expanding square, etc... Learn your compass. Learn…
  • Brion Sullivan (GypsyDiver) - RIP

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    We lost GypsyDiver today. I met Brion through DiveBuddy. We quickly became friends. I had the pleasure of speaking with him a few times over the phone. Every time we spoke, I ended the conversation happier! Each call would include some jokes or interesting conversation that would cause him to laugh, which caused me to laugh. I ran into Brion and his wife, Bree, at a scuba trade show. They were such a cute couple. You can tell that Brion loved her very much. His arm was around her the whole time we chatted. And he never stopped smiling! Brion was such a like-able, fun guy. Brion was a soldier,…
  • New World Record for Deepest Scuba Dive 332 m (1,090 ft)

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    scubadiving.com/article/news/new-world-record-dee...ive?dom=scu&loc=tout
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  • Sony Opens Underwater Store For Scuba Divers

    VivaLaScuba
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    Sony has opened an underwater store that can only be reached by scuba diving. The jellyfish-themed Xperia Aquatech Store is 4 meters underwater off the coast of Dubai. Not everyone is welcomed since you either need an invite or be a Sony-approved contest winner. Sony does provide scuba training along with dive guides. We get it Sony, you offer waterproof products. sonys-underwater-store-scuba.jpg Attached Images sonys-underwater-store-scuba.jpg (32.5 KB)
  • A couple of sites for divers who use Google Earth

    Rich Keller
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    These sites have KMZ files for NOAA charts that work in combination with Google Earth. Once you have downloaded a file, click on it twice and it will open Google Earth, zoom into the area the chart covers and overlay the chart onto Google Earth. http://atoll.floridamarine.org/Quick...icalcharts.htm http://www.the-jacobs.org/gulf/diving/
  • Dive Computer Buddy for smart phones.

    Zeagle Eagle
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:29 pm
    This is interesting> $110 for the Oceanic Pro Plus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLZOOSf0o-k
  • Reminder to self

    BUDMAN
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    before you descend into the deep blue sea switch from snorkel to regulator (happened twice on recent trip) :smiley5:
  • I can't make this stuff up....

    navyhmc
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Gotta tell this one: Had an EMS call the other night, it was dispatched as a high priority sick call. We get there, to find a 26 year old woman who is absolutely frantic. She apparently has one of the flu bugs going around, with a bit of a high fever-102.8. Her big concern? 0.2 degrees higher and she has Ebola.....:smiley29: Literally ask if she could have Ebola even though she's not at 103.0 yet. Yes, they walk amongst us!
 
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  • It's a Pipefish, but which Pipefish?

    BNS
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    Unidentified Pipefish, Fukui Point, Bunaken Island, Indonesiaby B. N. SullivanNature photographers sometimes find it difficult to positively identify a creature they have photographed in the wild.  Certainly those of us who began taking pictures of critters in pre-Google days had (and still have) shelves full of reference books that we pored over, looking for photos or descriptions of animals we were trying to identify.  Nowadays, the task is made easier due to the wealth of online materials, searchable databases, and so on.  Still, many online photos are misidentified, so the…
  • Hold that pose, little crab!

    BNS
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Yellowline Arrow Crab, getting situated on a spongeA Yellowline Arrow Crab strikes a poseby B. N. SullivanThis series of photos depicts a Yellowline Arrow Crab (Stenorhyncus seticornis), a common Caribbean species.  With its distinctive pointy-headed spidery shape, bulging eyes, yellow knees and tiny purple claws, it is an interesting photo subject.  As we approached this individual, it skittered onto a bright orange sponge -- also quite photogenic.But crabs are not always the best photo models. In this instance, the crab first struggled to get situated on the sponge, as if it…
  • Bearded Scorpionfish: A Name That Suits

    BNS
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Bearded Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis, barbatus), Red Seaby B. N. SullivanMeet the Bearded Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis barbatus).  Both the common and scientific names of this fish refer to the frilly, fleshy flaps of skin protruding from its chin.  (The Latin name "barbatus" translates to "bearded.")Like others in its family, Scorpaenidae, the Bearded Scorpionfish is an ambush predator.  Its strategy is to lie in wait for its prey to come swimming past at close range, and then to spring forth with its mouth wide open to engulf its meal in one big gulp.  In order to do this…
  • A Beautful, Fragile Bryozoan Colony

    BNS
    8 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    Macro photo of a Lace Bryozoan (Reteporelina denticulata)by B. N. SullivanThis beautiful marine organism is a colony of Lace Bryozoa (Reteporelina denticulata).  Despite their appearance, Bryozoans are neither a coral nor a plant.  Taxonomically, the Bryozoa form a phylum all their own.  Most of the more than 4,000 species of Bryozoans live in the sea.The name Bryozoa translates to "moss animal."  The individual animals that make up the colony are microscopic.  This species builds lacy calcareous structures of interconnected branches, made from the mineralized…
  • Basking Sea Turtles in Hawaii

    BNS
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), basking at Puako, Hawaiiby B. N. SullivanImagine that you are in Hawaii, walking along near the edge of the ocean.  You come upon a sight like that in the photo at the top of this page -- a sea turtle lying on the sand or on the rocks.  You may notice that its carapace is dry, indicating that it has been out of the water for awhile. You may feel alarmed, wondering if it is stranded.  You think: Maybe a wave washed it ashore and it doesn't know how to get back into the ocean. Or perhaps it crawled out of the water intending to nest, but got…
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  • Encounter with a gigantic shark.

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    We had an awesome encounter with a gigantic shark at Roca Partida. Enjoy the video. To book your own trip of a lifetime to any of our destinations, call us at 619.987.4275 or staff@sharkdiver.comCheers,Martin GrafCEO Shark DiverAbout Shark Diver. As a global leader in commercial shark diving and conservation initiatives Shark Diver has spent the past decade engaged for sharks around the world. Our blog highlights all aspects of both of these dynamic and shifting worlds. You can reach us directly at staff@sharkdiver.com.
  • Hammerhead Sharks and Manta Rays in California?

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    A couple of spearfishermen had the opportunity to get into the water with a hammerhead shark off Anacapa Island in Southern California. This hammerhead shark showed an interest in the divers, which is somewhat unusual. Maybe it was due to the fact that these guys were spearfishing and had some fish-blood on their wetsuits. Hammerhead sharks are usually very shy and stay away from humans. It is also quite unusual to encounter hammerheads this far north, but with the warm waters we were having all year, we have seen some unusual animals this season. Some divers even say Manta Rays at San…
  • Shark conservation at Guadalupe?

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:41 pm
    How many times do we have to put up with those idiots, diving outside the cages at Guadalupe. It seems like every week there is another article, glorifying that illegal activity. The latest installment of "look at me, I'm so cool" comes from "Fins Attached", a non profit out of Colorado, that is supposedly into shark conservation.In a piece on channel 13 in Colorado Springs, their founder, Dr. Alex Antoniou is quoted as saying "An ambush predator by nature, researchers have found simple eye contact keeps the massive predators at bay. “As long as you stand your ground and maintain eye…
  • "Selfie" shows what sharks are like?

    2 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    When it comes to sharks, the news coverage is pretty atrocious. It seems like they either portray the sharks as mindless killers, or harmless pets. The people that get coverage, are invariably doing something stupid, or flat illegal.An example of the stupid kind is the latest report by the "Mail Online". They are posting an article that features a diver taking "selfies" while leaning way out of a cage, while diving with great white sharks at Isla Guadalupe.This picture reminds me of a professional photographer that was leaning out of a cage, filming a shark and never realized that a second…
  • What is it like to come face to face with a Great White Shark?

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Allan Daveyand his son were part of our first Great White Shark expedition to Guadalupe Island this season. He has documented his experience in his blog, A Truly Great White Shark Adventure.He writes: "Gunther" nibbling on cage. Photo Allan Davey.We had sharks visit on every session in the cage which apparently isn’t always the case. There was a lot more action on our trip then on previous trips. ( This has continued on trips after ours ). Two of the larger sharks exhibited unusual behaviour which prompted discussions amongst the crew. They were repeatedly gnawing on the cage and…
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  • 5 Cool SCUBA Gifts Under $50

    Creedence Gerlach
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Still shopping for the SCUBA diver on your gift list but running low on funds? No worries — we know exactly how that can be, which is why we put together a little list of 5 cool SCUBA gifts you can score for $50 or less from Leisure Pro! Innovative T-2 Scuba Tool Pack – $29.95 FREE SHIPPING! Divers that own their gear know that little tweaks and turns are necessary to keep everything running smoothly, so help them out by giving them Innovative’s T-@ Scuba Tool Pack. With four open ended wrenches, Phillips and flat head screw drivers, two hex keys, and a brass o-ring tool,…
  • Bizarre Sea Creatures: Living Rock

    Creedence Gerlach
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    How would you feel if you were walking along a beach, marveling over the various creatures within the tide pools, and you came to the uncanny realization that the rock underneath you was alive? That was exactly what happened to early fishermen off the coast of Chile and Peru when they discovered living rock! Contrary to its name, living rock is actually a tunicate, a type of marine invertebrate sometimes called a ‘sea squirt.’ Other marine invertebrates, like coral, also have soft living parts inside a hard shell, but living rock takes it to an entirely new level. Living rock,…
  • 5 Marine Creatures with Bad Reputations

    Creedence Gerlach
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    There are several creatures of the deep that conjure up more mystery and fear than others. When it comes to these animals, their bad reputations are not usually deserved. Let’s take a look at just five marine creatures with bad reputations that may not deserve all the hype that surrounds them. Sharks via flickr/lwpkommunikacio Sharks are likely the first creatures to come to mind when asked to consider the worst reputations of the ocean. From great whites and tigers to makos, Galapagos, and bull sharks, it’s true that many of these large sharks can be dangerous. Of course, humans…
  • It’s the Little Things: 5 Stocking Stuffers for Divers

    Creedence Gerlach
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you have divers on your holiday gift list but don’t know the first thing about SCUBA gear, don’t scratch them off just yet. We’ve compiled a list of five really cool stocking stuffers for divers that may be small, but can impact a diver’s experience in a big way. After all, it’s really the thought that counts! Akona Surface Marker Buoy Safety Tube – $27.95 $20.95 FREE SHIPPING! You might think that something with a silly name like “safety sausage” sounds less like a safety device and more like a gag gift, but whether it’s called a…
  • Remember to Enter Leisure Pro’s New Raffle for December!

    Creedence Gerlach
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    December is finally here, which means it’s time to get into the holiday spirit! And what better way to get into the holiday spirit than by winning FREE SCUBA gear in Leisure Pro’s all new December raffle? In-Store Raffle at Leisure Pro’s Showroom Manhattan, New York XS Scuba Wheeled Traveler Traveling to exotic destinations is just one of the perks of becoming a SCUBA diver, so when you go, you want to make sure your gear is as protected as possible during transit. That’s why we know you’ll be thrilled to win this Wheeled Traveler package from XS Scuba that comes…
 
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  • Great Dives in South Africa

    Nadia Aly
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Great Dives in South Africa By Scuba Diver Life In the region where the Atlantic and Indian oceans converge, scuba divers will find an adventurous and diverse diving experience amid the South African waters. False Bay By Scuba Diver Life At this bay just south of Cape Town divers will find kelp forests and inhabitants, which include fur seals, leopard cat sharks, puffadder shysharks, sea fans, feather stars and nudibranches. Aliwal Shoal By Scuba Diver Life This rocky reef is one of the best places to see ragged-tooth sharks, along with tiger sharks and blacktip sharks. Manta rays and…
  • Dive Site: Halliburton Wreck, Utila, Honduras

    Jessica Vyvyan-Robinson
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
     Utila may be the smallest of Honduras’ three major Bay Islands, but its diminutive size only enhances its Caribbean charm. Reached by ferry or puddle jumper from the mainland, Utila appears on the horizon like a diver’s utopia, an island of sunbaked alleyways and arching mango trees surrounded by waters so still and turquoise that they seem to have been carved from precious stone. Populated by friendly local Hondurans and weathered backpackers with salt-laden dreadlocks and sandy bare feet, Utila is the very picture of ‘island life.’ Strains of laid-back reggae emanate from the…
  • What You Need to Know About Diving in Florida

    Nadia Aly
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    What You Need To Know About Diving in Florida By Scuba Diver Life Florida is one of the world’s most popular and prosperous diving destinations. Here's what makes the Sunshine State a bright spot for divers. The Florida Keys By Scuba Diver Life The grand highlight of Florida, the Keys are internationally renowned and breathtaking. They're ideal for all divers who will love tropical coral reefs and shipwrecks. Rich with Coral Reefs By Scuba Diver Life On the Atlantic side of the Keys, the Florida Reef is the only living coral garden in N.A. Key Largo is home to John Pennekamp…
  • Dive Site: Crystal River, Florida

    Jessica Vyvyan-Robinson
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    There’s something especially endearing about their portly figures and wide, paddle-like flippers, about their whiskered faces and tiny, inquisitive eyes. While their resemblance to the lithe young women of mermaid mythology is hard to see on closer inspection, they nevertheless continue to cast their spell over countless people every year. For many of us, meeting a manatee ranks high on the bucket list and one of the best places to do so in the U.S. is Crystal River, Florida, 70 miles north of Tampa. Crystal River, which connects the springs of Kings Bay with the Gulf of Mexico, sees an…
  • Tips for Night Diving

    Nadia Aly
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Tips for Night Diving By Scuba Diver Life When the sun goes down, the underwater world transforms into whole new territory. Consider these tips to truly shine at night diving. Scope Out the Site in Daylight By Scuba Diver Life Be familiar with the site you plan on embarking on a night dive in. Do reconnaissance during the day so that you know and are comfortable with the area. Have the Right Gear By Scuba Diver Life Divers will need both a primary dive light and a backup light for optimal security. The primary light is the larger and brighter device while the backup flashlight is small and…
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  • Cultural Changes in Diving, a response

    12 Dec 2014 | 4:31 am
    Having just read Travis Detke's welcoming editorial in the recent Ocean News & Technology magazine (December 2014), I feel compelled to respond. The short is well written, and frankly hits the nail on the head in identifying the current state of the aquatic state.Two points resonated most, where:1. both the physics and physiology of diving have not changes.2. performance pressure, today, includes safety awareness (moreso than in the past).On the latter, generally I believe this to be a good thing, as emphasis on safety - namely protecting the human - is paramount to justify ongoing…
  • Step aside Mr. Turkey, make room for Black Beans...

    30 Nov 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Well, it's that time of year yet again. As the holidays bring us all together to eat big and partake in the typical holiday camaraderie, it can prove to be a rather distracting period of time for the serial entrepreneur.This Thanksgiving weekend, I kept my eye on the ball and managed to take advantage of some time at the shop, and then headed out for a dive today to evaluate a new piece of equipment I've been developing. Beautiful dive - visibility is clearing up here in Rhode Island, per usual, though with that comes the chilly water.Anyway, per my usual Thanksgiving weekend Blogging…
  • a VERY brief visit to Hong Kong

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    As I made my way through airport security in Boston, a few things hit me. First, it dawned on me that I’ve barely recovered from the lengthy travel during the recent #exosuitproject at #Antikythera in Greece. Second was that for some reason, the travel process was smoother than ever – perhaps a function of both routine and repetitive recent experience, but also that the entire airport experience did seem to smooth itself out. Security was almost too efficient, leaving me shoeless, beltless, and somewhat a disheveled mess as I was shuffled through in what seemed to be…
  • 'Falling' in at Ft. Wetherill

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Having more completely off-gassed from the three week #Antikythera #exosuitproject in Greece, I felt I had a much needed obligation to realign myself with a quick dive here at home. With kids in the mix, that means a constant shuffle to do anything much 'fun' for yourself, so I made a very early start (everyone still sleeping) and got to Ft. Wetherill in Jamestown, Rhode Island before sunrise.Fall had clearly set in..the morning air was crisp, and I could see a wintry sky out there on the horizon as the sun just started to creep up. Conditions were suboptimal, with wind blowing into both…
  • Home sweet home | #exosuitproject returns from #antikythera

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Wow, what a stretch - despite Greece being a new work locale for me, the start of the 'Return to Antikythera' expedition set in as old hat. As these things go, challenges are defined, solutions are identified, and then it comes down to putting together all the pieces with a degree of flexibility to meet the challenges.Despite all the flag waving and publicity that the project managed to muster, particularly with the excitement of the Exosuit making its debut work performance for science, for me the most important element of the project was appreciating the depth of national pride that this…
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  • Dive For Free While Installing Artificial Reefs In The Philippines

    John Liang
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Next March, the Biri Initiative will begin deploying artificial reef buds offshore of Biri in the Philippines. The Biri Initiative is offering diving at no charge for folks interested in helping with the deployment along with a 20 percent lodging discount at the Biri Resort & Dive Center. According to Richard Ewen, founder of the […]
  • Final Few Days To Apply For Rolex Scholarship

    Stephan Whelan
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:25 am
    Are you aged between 21 and 26? Not yet earned your graduate degree? Rescue Diver? (or equivalent) with at least 25 logged dives? You have 14 days to apply for this year’s Our World Underwater Scholarship Society Rolex Scholarship as entries close on 31st December 2014. There are currently three Rolex Scholarships: North America, Europe, and […]
  • Ikelite’s TTL Circuitry To Be Teamed Up With Aquatica’s U/W Camera Housing Line

    John Liang
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Serious underwater shutterbugs have a new option when it comes to their camera equipment. U.S. company Ikelite and Canadian company Aquatica have teamed up to to make Ikelite‘s internal TTL circuitry available in Aquatica‘s underwater camera housing line, the two companies announced recently. Aquatica’s A7D Mk II housing for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II […]
  • Did You Win A GoPro HERO4?

    Stephan Whelan
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    We had an amazing response to the Win a GoPro HERO4 Silver Edition competition.  Thank you to the 9,600 people who entered!  We had 39,514 entries in total because you could earn extra entries for sharing and tweeting the competition to your friends. We’ve randomly picked a winner from all the entries and the winner […]
  • Still Time To Join Kickstarter Campaign for “Marina” Womens Dive Watch

    Stephan Whelan
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    Whilst at the recent DEMA Show 2014 in Las Vegas, the DeeperBlue.com crew met Abingdon Welch, owner of the Las Vegas based Abingdon Watch Company who is behind the latest crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter to bring a new diving watch to market – the “Marina”. Aimed at fulfilling a gap in the market for a luxurious dive watch […]
 
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  • The Waterproof D9 Drysuit

    Mark E Newman
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Earlier this season Waterproof introduced more of their drysuit range into the UK which included the lightweight, breathable D9 Drysuit.  The D9 is designed almost exclusively for travel; made with a light weight material and is almost completely flexible.     Features The D9 comes with all the features you’d expect from a top-of-the-line drysuit from SITech valves, a flexible TIZIP, neoprene warm neck, neoprene cuff protectors, telescopic torso and internal braces.  The D9 is a front entry drysuit so you can get in and out of it without the need for a buddy to seal you in…
  • Gas Density And How It Affects Your Body

    Mark E Newman
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    We all know that the deeper you go the density of the air you breathe increases, but as humans have evolved to only breathe air at atmospheric pressure, ~1bar, what effects does an increase in gas density have on us?   40 Meters The recreational depth limit for all SCUBA divers is 40m, at this depth the air that you are breathing is five times as dense as you are used to breathing which has a few effects on the body and your diving.  The first effect people tend to notice the most; which is the increase in your air consumption, it takes five times as much air to fill your lungs as it…
  • Weighting and Buoyancy

    Mark E Newman
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
      Good buoyancy control is one of the fundamental skills you learn in your open water course but as with driving a car; you only start to learn how to control yourself after you’ve passed your test.  There are many key factors that affect your buoyancy underwater but you need to start with your weight belt as this will have the largest effect on your buoyancy.     Lead The first key factor in buoyancy is the amount of lead you take with you, it has a constant downward force that will not change throughout the dive.  It doesn’t compress like neoprene so it will be…
  • Monty Halls : The Story behind Channel 5’s Dive Mysteries

    Monty Halls
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    Well, hello one and all. The good folk at Simply Scuba have very kindly invited me to contribute a blog every now and then, which I’m delighted to do – a record of life on the road, a journal of travels and travails at sea level and below. Mind you, this year has been an un-nerving departure from all matters nautical. I’ve been filming a new series about (of all things) climbing. Trembling on a rock ledge several hundred metres above a rainforest in Borneo is a very strange place for marine biologist (speciality, rock pools in Devon) to be. I felt very much like a fish up a cliff,…
  • Aeris becomes Oceanic

    Gerrard
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    Earlier this year AUP (American Underwater Products) the company behind Oceanic, Hollis and Aeris announced they would merge their two recreational brands Aeris and Oceanic. It has taken a while for the changes to reach the UK but they are now starting to filter through. The products are remaining the same just being rebadged Oceanic and in one case getting a new Oceanic name. Below I have listed the key Aeris products we sell and what will happen to them. The fantastic Aeris A300 dive computer gets a new name as the Oceanic VTX, part from the name everything is the same:…
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  • Resilient Orient Scuba Diving Watches

    Best Dive Watch
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Very Popular And Resilient Orient Scuba Diving Watches Are you one of the  many divers who can adequately take pleasure in an automatic wrist watch and its traditional and timeless appeal? Some that can say yes, own an Orient scuba diving watches at the top of their list. What all began in the 1960′s as an idea with the name, King Scuba Diver, over time it developed into a well know timepiece by  2002. The Orient pro scuba diving watches, which the watch-loving world understands, easily is an example of distinct expertise and exactly what budget friendly high-end timepiece…
  • Need a Prescription Scuba Mask Or Snorkeling Mask?

    Best Dive Watch
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Here are some of the top prescription scuba mask or snorkeling mask options that will accommodate your face size and have many comfortable features.   RX Scuba Dive Snorkeling Mask Prescription Lenses, Yellow Amazon Price: $74.95 (as of December 18, 2014 8:02 pm - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Please send us your prescription to info@getwetstore.com or fax to (866)422-4584.
  • Best Dive Watches Under $100

    Best Dive Watch
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    Best Dive Watches Under $100 Here is a list of dive watches that are getting 5 Star reviews from customers on Amazon.  These scuba watches under $100 will make your wallet happy and provide you with the functional watch you have been searching for on your next dive! ______________________________________________________________________________________________________     Tommy Bahama RELAX Men's RLX1194 Delmar Blue Dive 3-Hand Date Analog Watch Amazon Price: $115.00 (as of December 18, 2014 3:32 am - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time…
  • Best Dive Watches Under $500

    Best Dive Watch
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Best Dive Watches Under $500 Here is a list of dive watches that are getting 5 Star reviews from customers on Amazon.  These scuba watches under $500 will make your wallet happy and provide you with the functional watch you have been searching for on your next dive! _____________________________________________________________________________________________________   Tommy Bahama RELAX Men's RLX1197 Grand Prix Dive Chronograph Blue Tachymeter Watch Amazon Price: $195.00 (as of December 18, 2014 3:32 am - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time…
  • Best Dive Watches Under $1000

    Best Dive Watch
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    Best Dive Watches Under $1000 Here is a list of dive watches that are getting best reviews from customers on Amazon.  These scuba watches under $1000 combine functionality, style, and luxury! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Citizen Men's BJ2145-06E Eco-Drive Promaster Carbon Rubber Strap Metric Dive Watch Amazon Price: $695.00 (as of December 18, 2014 3:32 am - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information…
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  • Kona's Manta Ray Night Dive

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Read on the webHow It Began Over 30 years ago, an oceanfront hotel on the Kona coast of the Big Island of Hawaii shined spotlights on the ocean for their guests to enjoy.  They never expected what happened next.  The lights attracted plankton, which happens to be the favorite food of manta rays, and the plankton congregation attracted mantas that started showing up nightly to feast on the free buffet.  Not surprisingly, the mantas attracted divers.  The hotel has long been shut down- it is now the home of the Sheraton Kona Resort- but the Kona dive shops decided to move the dive and set…
  • 10 signs of a good liveaboard

    12 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Read on the webA liveaboard is more than a dive boat. Sure, for some divers a place to sleep, a cold beer in the evenings and a filled up tank in the morning is all they need, but those are the people who usually don't have any real money to spend. There is a huge segment of luxury travellers, who are used to living in 5 star hotels and flying business class. They are willing to pay for quality service, but they don't always get it.  From my experience the people that are willing to spend little are already catered to, its the ones that want luxury that aren't. I have been lucky…
  • Sandbar at Stingray City, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

    9 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Read on the webCayman's most popular dive spot, for years now, is Stingray City. How it Began Decades ago, fishermen, returning with their catch, entered the North Sound on their way to the dock. Once on land, they were bothered by flies and mosquitos, making the fish cleaning process a terrible job.  They decided to stay in the North Sound a bit longer, close to the reef, far from any insect, enjoy the cleaning without the buzzing critters around, and throw the fish waste overboard. Some stingrays learned to associate the sound of engines with some easy catch, and soon the cleaning…
  • Save Bangka Island

    7 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Read on the webIn Indonesia, North Sulawesi Province, between of two famous diving destination Bunaken and Lembeh Strait, there is an island called Bangka (Regency of North Minahasa). The entire coastal area of ​​North Sulawesi is known for its impressive marine biodiversity, terrestrial of tropical forests and unique native animals such as tarsier monkey. Yet, the island is facing a threat: a decision made by the mainland government to mine two third of the 4700 hectares island with support of Chinese company’s investment, threatening the livelihood of its residents whose majorities…
  • Christmas Eve in Yap Micronesia

    6 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Read on the webTravel is an integral part of most human activities in today’s world. As divers, we often circumvent the globe in search of new and exciting destinations. Yap is one of the last remaining frontiers where divers and travelers can step back in time and get a glimpse of the natural and underwater world. Geography The Federated State of Micronesia (FSM) is a 607-island nation, encompassing nearly a million square miles of ocean, at the heart of the Caroline Islands Archipelago, a vast Pacific seascape north of the equator. Consisting of four semi-independent island states –…
 
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