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  • DPG Announces Fiji Wide-Angle Workshop

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    25 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Editor Joe Tepper to lead unique trip to Fiji
  • Grenadine Islands of Bequia and Tobago Cays

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    World Footprints
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
      This World Footprints show will journey to the Grenadines and unlock the mysteries of the sea in a way few seldom see or experience.   Our first stop takes us to Bequia (pronounced Beck-way), the largest of the Grenadines.  Fresh from a dive at Devils Table with her dive buddy Cathy Sachs of Dive Bequia, Tonya and Cathy will recount their dive and why Bequia offers an unusual diving experience.  Cathy will also share how this island has changed her life. Then we’ll visit Bequia’s Park Bay, home to the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, where a native retired skin-diving fisherman…
  • ScubaRadio 10-18-14 HOUR1

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    18 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster gets reports from the Dry Tortugas, the Florida Keys, and the Cayman Islands. Looking for HOUR2?
  • Little Miss Independent

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    Betsy
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:33 am
    I had a lot of fun last weekend, fun that came at a price. A price that I could have avoided by asking for help. I’d been eager to improve my bottom time. Diving is something I do less often now that my husband works on the weekends. I finally decided to join the shore divers who meet on Sunday afternoons. I had such a good time that I asked my husband to join me for another dive before work the following morning. Monday’s dive was the best. We swam with a seaturtle. I watched clownfish defend a gorgeous anemone. There was a double rainbow. As the day went on my pain level rose,…
  • West Marine Testing Scuba Shops in Stores

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    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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  • Grenadine Islands of Bequia and Tobago Cays

    World Footprints
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
      This World Footprints show will journey to the Grenadines and unlock the mysteries of the sea in a way few seldom see or experience.   Our first stop takes us to Bequia (pronounced Beck-way), the largest of the Grenadines.  Fresh from a dive at Devils Table with her dive buddy Cathy Sachs of Dive Bequia, Tonya and Cathy will recount their dive and why Bequia offers an unusual diving experience.  Cathy will also share how this island has changed her life. Then we’ll visit Bequia’s Park Bay, home to the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, where a native retired skin-diving fisherman…
  • Career Talk w Coach Trina : #EmbraceTheSlash or "The Side Hustle"

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    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    #EmbraceTheSlash: Succeeding professionally at this, that AND the other Some of us pursue several professions simultaneously.  We have a 'side gig' or hobby that we devote time and energy to - aside from our primary occupation. You've met them. The history teacher who plays in a band. The executive/avid scuba diver. The techie by day/world traveler/pianist. This show is about "embracing the slash". We were inspired by this article by Jessica Stillman. http://tinyurl.com/m8w32f8 … and this one by Kate Hamill http://tinyurl.com/n4azj6a Trina and Tamarra are both career coaches who also…
  • Going Places and Doing Things that Excite You

    Its Travel Time with Karen
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    We all know people who always seem to be having fun and going places.  And then there are those who talk about what they want to do and where they want to go but they never do it.  Which one are you?  If we look at what's happening it the world we could all be paralyzed with fear, hesitation or concern about lack of resources. But how many of us have seen loved ones pass on to the next life without having lived out their dreams.  Do you have any regrets in life? Now is the time to do the things you want to do.  Find a way to make it happen since next year or tomorrow is not promised to…
  • Healing Fountain - JJHIGGINS - HISTORY OF ANGELS

    GR HealingFountain
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Join us this Monday for the History and Hierarchy of Angels! John J. Higgins is an attorney and former statewide prosecutor who has had a multi-faceted career and life. He has worked on farms, performed firearm repairs, and refinished and sold antiques, all before he finished high school. In between pursuing his college studies, he supervised industrial finishing operations and assisted in developing a powder coating system. After college, he worked fulltime and attended law school at night. He also filmed rock stars and celebrities for public service announcements and produced and emceed a…
  • Live Your Music - Margaux Joy DeNador and Guest Chuck Ballinger 09/24/14

    MargauxJoy
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    My guest for today's show is Chuck Ballinger. When people ask Chuck Ballinger, what do you do?, he often doesn’t know  how to answer. He realizes most people want to know what he does for a living, but this is rarely his top priority. He says he’s always been self-employed as a designer/ builder, but his business only provides him with the means to do many other things. Things that might not pay as well. He’s written for over ten national magazines specializing in travel, building, and scuba diving. His art has been seen in numerous art shows with his unique line of “social…
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  • ScubaRadio 10-18-14 HOUR1

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    18 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster gets reports from the Dry Tortugas, the Florida Keys, and the Cayman Islands. Looking for HOUR2?
  • ScubaRadio 10-18-14 HOUR2

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    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This hour Greg The Divemaster is joined by Big Wave Dave, Captain Walt, Vince from Spare Air, Jerry The Diver Guy, and the Scuba Cowboy. Looking for HOUR1?
  • ScubaRadio 10-11-14 HOUR1

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    11 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster and friends broadcast from the deck of the Caribbean Explorer 2 for another ScubaRadio ScubaCruise with Explorer Ventures! Plus they reflect on their stay at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino in St Maarten prior to boarding. Looking for HOUR2?
  • ScubaRadio 10-11-14 HOUR2

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    11 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The ScubaRadio ScubaCruise continues with thoughts from the crew, passengers, and the Scuba Cowboy. Plus equipment demos and info from ScubaPro, SeaLife, and Spare Air. Looking for HOUR1?
  • ScubaRadio 10-4-14 HOUR1

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    4 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    This week West Palm Phil gets ready for a trip to the Dry Tortugas, Dr Alex Brylske shares a few thoughts on jellyfish, and Greg The Divemaster rallys his crew of ScubaRadio ScubaCruisers for next weeks trip to Saba! Looking for HOUR2?
 
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  • Little Miss Independent

    Betsy
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:33 am
    I had a lot of fun last weekend, fun that came at a price. A price that I could have avoided by asking for help. I’d been eager to improve my bottom time. Diving is something I do less often now that my husband works on the weekends. I finally decided to join the shore divers who meet on Sunday afternoons. I had such a good time that I asked my husband to join me for another dive before work the following morning. Monday’s dive was the best. We swam with a seaturtle. I watched clownfish defend a gorgeous anemone. There was a double rainbow. As the day went on my pain level rose,…
  • Thank You Thailand!

    aamirogna
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Brocation is what we started calling it; a vacation with the bros. This was under the making for quite a few years, even before I left India for USA. Plans were made and shelved a 100 times and things never materialized. Then when one day, I got a text from my friend in India about a trip to Thailand, I simply played along, thinking this would just end up in yet another discussion. But I thank God that I was wrong! What followed that simple text was weeks of planning and discussing. I wouldn’t go into its boring details, but in the end, here’s what the plan was: Bangkok- Pattaya-…
  • Good News

    islanderwannabe
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Finally some good news.  A couple of weeks ago, I finally got word that I got the job.  That was quite a relief.   I was so excited, but yet nervous at the same time.  I am getting to start living my dream, well some if it anyway.  My wife and I were wanting to live on or around an island.  Well, this is on an island so I guess it meets that requirement. However it’s not an island in the caribbean, but one has to start somewhere I guess. So after a fourteen and a half hours of driving, I finally got to my destination, without my wife, without our dog, and without most of our…
  • 12 Things About My Time In Colombia

    fromtommywalker
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:49 pm
    6 weeks in Colombia, 2 weeks longer than I expected, has undoubtedly been the highlight of my South American trip so far. I have overcame things, achieved, enjoyed and explored many things in this country, and really could have done more than I did whilst I was here. Here are 12 things I’ve done in Colombia: Birthday in Cartagena  – Staying at Media Luna Hostel, hitting the streets of Getsmane, enjoying watching the football, drinking Aguiente in bars and eating awesome street food. I had a full 3 days of this turning 27. There isn’t alot to do in Cartagena, but you can make it a…
  • New Scientific Breakthrough Will Allow Humans To Breathe Underwater Without Oxygen Tanks

    Chris Mulcan
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    This sounds exactly like something out of Star Wars. We may soon be able to breathe underwater without having to carry massive oxygen tanks on our backs. All we’ll need is a a few drops of a newly discovered material. The substance is extremely effective. Just a few drops are capable of storing enough oxygen for a single human breathe. An entire bucket of the material could store an entire room’s worth of oxygen. This material opens up endless possibilities. Medical units would no longer have to carry bulky tanks and SCUBA divers would also be able to use the material to collect…
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  • 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…
  • DIVER SAFETY NOTICE: Scubapro Aladin Square Dive Computer

    John McKenzie
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Scubapro was immediately proactive the minute a few divers reported an issue with their new Aladin Square dive computer. We were impressed with Scubapro for responding so quickly, directly and with caution to this issue. They immediately notified dealers and kept ScubaGadget informed of the progress of the investigation. We are happy to report that the issue only effects a small percentage customers. To be sure there are no errors we have included the the full text of the notice from Scuba Pro (http://www.scubapro.com/en-US/USA/consumer-alerts.aspx). ———— NOTICE…
  • What you don’t know about scuba RECALLS…

    John McKenzie
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:24 pm
    You would think that the words “Due to Drowning Hazard” found in most scuba product recall notices would grip a diver’s attention, and provoke them into immediate action when they realize that their gear has been recalled with a serious defect. But NO! Most of the divers we interviewed admitted to the fantasy it was unlikely that their XYZ product was one that would fail and put them at risk. I’ve been one of those divers even after “I should have known better.” It’s not just divers with their heads in the sand when it comes to recall notices.
  • “ENGAGE” With Alex Brylske – ScubaGadget’s Editor’s Choice Dive Book

    John McKenzie
    12 Jun 2014 | 10:07 pm
    EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER Do you remember the last time you read a truly engaging, entertaining and educational scuba article? Recall how it drew you in and made learning about diving clear and exciting. It’s a very good bet that article was written by Alex Brylske, Ph.D. If there were a prize Pulitzer for scuba training Alex would have a collection of them. He is so good at communicating scuba that when I sat down to write this review, I was overcome with a Wayne and Garth, “I’m not worthy” moment. Now you can have a banquet of his finest prose in his latest…
  • We call it the “FUN SUIT”

    John McKenzie
    18 May 2014 | 6:25 pm
    We call it the “Fun Suit.” Before we tested the ScubaPro Everdry 4 drysuit we have to admit having low expectations. The ED4 is priced to matched their competitors sub $1000 entry level dry suits. But you shouldn’t think of it as just an entry level suit. This is drysuit with a surprise in store for you! Features The ED4 feels soft and comfortable, like a wetsuit. It’s 4mm high density neoprene is much lighter than a traditional neoprene wetsuit. Our testers found they need the same or less weight with the ED4 than drysuits. One commercial diver who owns and loves…
 
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  • 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
  • Deep Down - A Macy Davis Story

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Note, this is a story, not informational post! The water was a sort of frothy blue. Whales and dolphins brushed the top of the water like whip cream over a hot coco. It was cold, salty, splashing every which way. Fish swam thickly in the water below and swarms of tuna bumped the side of the boat. Lucy hobbled over to her seat, the boat shaking and her stomach churning. "You okay there, Luce?" Captain Logan called from the wheel. Lucy shook her head, her red curls bouncing along as she sat down. Her eyes were green, and slowly turned into a stormy gray. Captain Logan had white hair, slicked…
  • Fun Underwater Scuba Diver Games and Challenges

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Looking for something fun and unique for scuba divers? Need a great idea for a fund raiser for a non-profit organization? Here are a few fun underwater games/challenges for scuba divers: 1. Underwater Poker Tournament (using waterproof playing cards) 2. Underwater Treasure Hunt (dive around until you find hidden stuff, then win prizes) 3. Geocaching (find stuff underwater using geo coordinates) 4. In-water Beer Pong (create floating beer pong setup with large buckets and rope, toss stuff into the buckets and drink)...ok so you don’t need to be underwater to do this one, but it would still…
  • No more scuba tanks?

    3 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    thescuttlefish.com/2014/10/is-this-the-end-of-scuba-tanks/
  • Swimming Pigs of the Exumas, Bahamas!

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    wp.me/p3zeXA-2wR These pigs are so awesome! Oink!
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  • How It's Made - Sola 1200 10-24-2014

    DevilDiver
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    If you are not familiar with the show “How It’s Made”, it goes into factories and shows step-by-step how various things are made. Set your DVR now for this Friday night for Light & Motion’s underwater lighting system. Light & Motion, the innovation leader for state-of-the-art underwater lighting systems, announced that the Discovery Channel will air its episode on the manufacturing and assembly of the company’s flagship scuba light, the Sola Dive 1200 this Friday,October 24th 2014 at 9:00pm (Eastern time zone). The “How It’s Made” film…
  • St. John USVI Looking for Info

    chuckl
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    I will be going to St. John in January. Anybody have recommendations for dive operators and/or hotels. thanks chuckl
  • DFW area. Edge epic regulator set for sale

    bdant85
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    I have the epic edge regulator set complete with octopus and oceanic veo 2.0 computer for sale. Asking $500 obo. This set is two years old and I have receipts showing when I purchased from scuba toys for over $800. I haven't been able to dive for personal reasons and this set had never been dove. Attached Images 20141016_184544.jpg (1.96 MB) 20141016_184532.jpg (1.71 MB)
  • a reintroduction ... it's been a long time!

    Vegas
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Howdy ya'll! My name is Amy - or just call me Vegas! I used to be on here every day! ..life (and employment) changes - the last several years I've been working in a county job, which means no forum during worky time! I'm hoping to pop back in and get a little active on here again :) I started on here as just a tadpole .. that was about 975 dives ago... Over the years I went tech, cave, and.... yes.. those who know me truly saw it coming - I went CCR back in 2012. I still love recreational diving .... and am planning a trip to Roatan next month. Anyway, it's back to work for me now, but I hope…
  • November Club Meeting

    Scubagal
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Greater Omaha SCUBA Club November Club Meeting Date: Saturday, November 8 Place: Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que, 12020 Anne Street, Millard, NE Time: 7:00PM We found a new venue for the club meetings! We have the party room at Famous Dave's at 120th & L Street reserved. Bring your checkbook or cash and pre-order the 2015 Greater Omaha SCUBA Club calendar. We received some great pictures from Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Cozumel, Oahu, Florida, and more. The calendars are $20 each and will be available at the December club meeting/Christmas party. Order more than one. They make great Christmas…
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    The Right Blue

  • Droopy Gorgonian Sea Plume - Needs Water??

    BNS
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Gorgonian Sea Plume (Pseudopterogorgia sp)by B. N. Sullivan We were swimming along the pretty reefs off the coast of West Caicos in the Turks and Caicos Islands, looking for things to photograph.  I spotted this Gorgonian Sea Plume at the edge of a patch reef.  The first thing I noticed was that it was quite tall -- with a height  of about two meters.  But the thing that really struck me was how droopy its branchlets looked. The spontaneous thought that popped into my head was that it looked like a large house plant that someone forgot to water!That was a silly thought, of…
  • Cerianthids: Marine animals that look like flowers

    BNS
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Cerianthid "tube anemone" - Hawaiiby B. N. SullivanThe creatures pictured here look like anemones, but they are not true anemones.  They are Cerianthids, commonly referred to as ‘tube anemones’, which are taxonomically quite distinct from true anemones. Cerianthids and true anemones do belong to the same phylum, Cnidaria, and the same class, Anthozoa, but tube anemones belong to the subclass Ceriantipatharia, a taxon that also includes the so-called ‘black corals’ (Antipatharia). Dark-colored Cerianthid, HawaiiOne of the visible features that distinguishes Cerianthid tube…
  • Scarlet Hermit Crab from the Cayman Islands

    BNS
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Scarlet Hermit Crab (Paguristes cadenati), Cayman Islandsby B. N. SullivanMany small crustaceans look quite similar to one another, but it's hard to misidentify this little hermit crab.  A denizen of reefs in the Caribbean Sea, the brilliant coloring of the Scarlet Hermit Crab (Paguristes cadenati) sets it apart from other hermit crab species of that region.These little crabs (about an inch long) inhabit old gastropod shells, and for some unknown reason, the shells they choose as their portable houses usually are pretty cruddy looking.  The one in the photo on this page is covered…
  • Hunting Together: A Bar Jack and a Southern Stingray

    BNS
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    A Bar Jack and a Southern Stingray hunting togetherby B. N. SullivanWe spotted this pair of hunters in the Caribbean.  The dark colored fish in the photo is a Bar Jack (Caranx ruber). This fish makes its living as an opportunistic feeder.  In this instance, it is swimming a little above and behind a Southern Stingray (Dasyatis americana) hoping to snag a free lunch.The stingray finds its food by rummaging in the sand, looking for little creatures to eat -- worms, small clams, tiny crabs, and such. To locate its prey, it fans away the top layer the sand by fluttering the wing-like…
  • Find the lobster in this photo

    BNS
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sculptured Slipper Lobster (Parribacus antarcticus), Hawaiiby B. N. SullivanWhat you are looking at in the photo above is the ceiling of an underwater cavelet in Hawaii.  The bright red stuff is an encrusting sponge.  Most of the rest of the surface is covered by various kinds of algae.  The purplish blob in the center of all that red is not a clump of algae; it is a slipper lobster wearing a clever disguise.This is the Sculptured Slipper Lobster (Parribacus antarcticus),  a member of the Scyllaridae family.  It is said to be the most common slipper lobster species…
 
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  • Do you want to work with sharks?

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    My friend Ingrid Sprake, a project director at Projects Abroad has let me know about an exciting volunteer opportunity, to work with sharks in South Africa.If you would like to apply for this position, you can do it here Placement location: Old Harbour Museum, Hermanus, South AfricaRole: To work directly with the Shark Conservation ProjectMain Research Focus: Scientific shark research, shark conservation, educationEnvironment: MarineAccommodation: Shared volunteer accommodationPrice: From £1,845What's included? Food, accommodation, airport transfers, insurance, personal webpage,…
  • No more drumlines, let the shark killing begin?

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Shark Year Magazinejust published this:Western  Australian Government to take action to protect human life when necessary due to an imminent shark threat The State Government has reached an agreement with the Commonwealth Government that will ensure in the event of a shark attack or threat; immediate action can be taken by the Western Australian Government to implement the imminent threat policy. Premier Colin Barnett said this would enable the State Government to respond quickly in the event of a shark posing a threat, or after an attack. “It is important that that we…
  • Do sharks feel pain?

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    There have been quite a few articles written on wether sharks feel pain or not. There is a lot of contention on both sides of the issue and the debate has gotten quite personal and ugly."Dr. Bob" with big bite marks on his gills."DaShark" has summarized what's going on quite well and you can read his thoughts in his blog here.I'm on the fence on the issue myself. I love sharks and personally would like to see a complete ban on shark fishing. Having said that, I know that this is an unrealistic expectation and that is why Shark Diver started the shark free marina initiative and began working…
  • How to conquer fear of sharks? Break the law?

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    Frightened of the water? Go swimming with great whites. that is the heading of an article in the "Telegraph", published a couple of days ago.Catchy phrase! So is this article really about conquering the fear of sharks? Well, I don't think so. The article is really about Jean Marie Ghislain, one of the guys we have written about here when we talked about the out of cage diving that is going on at Guadalupe Island on various occasions. We all know that it is illegal to do so and, if anything were to happen on those dives, could threaten all the shark diving operations there.Jean-Marie Ghislain…
  • Shark conservation at it's best!

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Great news out of Fiji. "DasShark" has just sent me an email, letting me know that the Shark Reef Marine Reserve Fiji has been officially designated a National Marine Park. Celebration from Dave emery on Vimeo.Thanks to all the guys and gals at Beqa Adventure Divers! Because of your tireless efforts, the sharks and all the marine creatures are now officially protected. Also a huge congratulations to all of you, for being named the official management team for this newly created park. They couldn't have picked a better group.For all of you, that think a project like this is easy to accomplish,…
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  • Imperiled: The Great Barrier Reef’s Biggest Threats

    Creedence Gerlach
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on the planet and is incredibly rich and diverse. Known mostly for its colorful reefs, this natural icon stretches over 1,400 miles around Australia’s coastline. While the enormity and beauty of this reef has made it a natural wonder, several threats are putting the coral and animals that call this reef home in danger. A variety of issues are putting this reef at risk, but the most serious of these are climate change, coastal development, and land-based runoff. Climate change has been identified as one the greatest risks to the…
  • How to Calculate Your Dive Weight

    Creedence Gerlach
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    An important part of preparing for a dive is calculating the amount of weight you’ll need to ascend and descend safely and effectively. This depends on several factors, and there’s no plug and chug math formula you can use to calculate exactly how much weight you’ll need. There are, however, easy steps you can take to estimate. Weigh Yourself A rough approximation of the weight you’ll need can be figured out quickly by weighing yourself. In freshwater, most divers need 6 to 8 percent their body weight in added weight; in saltwater, this figure is closer to 8 to 10…
  • The Negative Side of Captive Breeding Programs for Marine Mammals

    Creedence Gerlach
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Editor’s note: This is the continuation of a two-part series discussing the positives and negatives of captive breeding programs for marine mammals. You can see the positive arguments here. Now more than ever is the world divided when it comes to captive breeding programs for marine mammals. Some specialists tout these programs as one of the last options for protecting certain species and others believe them to be ineffective at best and cruel at worst. While any program will have its own pros and cons, here is a look at some of the major downfalls of captive breeding. One of the…
  • The Positive Side of Captive Breeding Programs for Marine Mammals

    Creedence Gerlach
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series exploring the positive and negative side of captive breeding programs for marine mammals. Check back tomorrow for the flip side of this controversial argument. Captive breeding programs are the center of quite a bit of controversy when it comes to animal conservation. While the quality of these programs differs between every single organization, it is important for everyone to recognize that these programs have both positive and negative aspects to consider. Captive breeding programs often serve a number of roles when they are being…
  • Exotic Beauty: The Best Dive Sites in Malaysia

    Creedence Gerlach
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Diving enthusiasts will feel like they have hit the jackpot when they choose to dive some of the very best dive sites in Malaysia. Here are just a few to get you going in this exotic and beautiful diving wonderland! Sipadan Island Several popular dive sites are accessible from this island, and each offers wonderfully clear visibility, warm waters, and over 3,000 species of marine life. Known for stunningly beautiful coral overhangs and amazing wall diving opportunities, divers may expect to see an abundance of turtles, a large variety of sharks, barracuda, tuna, many different fish species,…
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  • Dive Site: Shelly Beach, Sydney, Australia

    Thomas Gronfeldt
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Australia boasts innumerable great dive sites, but many of them are somewhat remote from the country’s biggest cities. So if you find yourself city-bound down under, but still want to include some diving on your visit, what do you do? Try Shelly Beach in Manly, a suburb of Sydney. Just a short drive north of downtown Sydney, Manly sports a distinctive beach-town vibe, with coffee shops, small cafés, and dive and surf shops on every corner. You’ll definitely see more boarders than board roomers in the streets, and more wetsuits than power suits. Located on a peninsula, it also offers a…
  • 10 Amazing Facts About Our Oceans

    Nadia Aly
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    A quick reminder of insanely cool the ocean is. And how important it is to save it. 10 Amazing Facts About Our Oceans By Scuba Diver Life A quick reminder of insanely cool the ocean is. And how important it is to save it. Largest tide variation is 16.3m By Scuba Diver Life In the Bay of Fundy, between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the tide has a range of up to 16.3 meters during some points in the year. A mouthful of seawater contains lots of life By Scuba Diver Life Depending on the ocean, a mouthful of seawater may contain millions of bacteria, phytoplankton and zooplankton combined. The…
  • 7 Ways to Protect Coral Reefs While Diving

    Nadia Aly
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Divers may not realize the severe long-term impact they can have on reefs. A little bump may cause coral to break taking decades to grow back and exposing the remaining reef to disease. Here are some tips on how you can be a courteous diver while exploring beautiful reefs. 7 Ways to Protect Coral Reefs While Diving By Scuba Diver Life Divers may not realize the severe long-term impact they can have on reefs. A little bump may cause coral to break taking decades to grow back and exposing the remaining reef to disease. Obey Diving Guidelines By Scuba Diver Life Rules are there for a…
  • Dive Site: Marsa Mubarak, Egypt

    Thomas Gronfeldt
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Marsa Mubarak isn’t necessarily the most impressive dive site you’ll ever see. A sandy beach leads to a gently sloping bottom, lined on one side by a reef wall with some coral growth and fish. In the middle is a patch of sea grass. But upon this sea grass are the site’s real attractions: the local population of green sea turtles and the resident dugong, nicknamed Dennis. There are a few hotels in the area that use the beach, which ensures fairly good facilities in terms of showers and toilets, but it also means that there can be tourists nearby as you enter. This far south in Egypt,…
  • A Brief History of Diving Tech: 9 Milestones

    Nadia Aly
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Diving has evolved extensively since the Pre-Industrial Era…we’ve come a long way. Here are some notable achievements in scuba diving tech history. A Brief History of Diving Tech: 9 Milestones By Scuba Diver Life Diving has evolved extensively since the Pre-Industrial Era…we've come a long way. Here are some notable achievements in scuba diving tech history. 1772 – First Diving Dress By Scuba Diver Life Siuer Fréminet designed the first diving dress which used a compressed-air reservoir. Documents indicate Fréminet used this successfully for ten years. 1808…
 
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  • '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…
  • Antikythera mechanism expedition begins search for missing fragments of world’s oldest known computer

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Nice recent article about the forthcoming #exosuitproject mission to #Antikythera. Will be en route in just a few days.Antikythera mechanism expedition begins search for missing fragments of world’s oldest known computer.Donate today using Google 'One Today' program to help us redefine the human element and develop new content. Donate $1 today!Related articlesAntikythera | Diving through Time2014 Expedition | Return to #AntikytheraHunt for ancient computer beginsDivers sure of new finds from 'ancient computer' shipwreckNew expedition to ancient computer wreck siteInternational Mission…
  • 2014 #Exosuitproject Expedition | Return to #Antikythera

    4 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    In just a couple of short weeks, we're off on the Return to Antikythera Expedition. This year's project has been in development for over a year, and builds on work dating to the very early 20th century when the Bronze age wreck site was first discovered by Greek sponge divers.Over the past several months, I have had the fortunate pleasure of working with the team members of this 2014 Antikythera Expedition including the Chief Scientist, Brendan Foley, his colleagues from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, and representatives of the Greek Navy, training them on use of the Exosuit ADS…
  • Lessons From The Last Time Civilization Collapsed

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:57 pm
    This recent book review on NPR seemed to resonate a bit given the state of the world we are finding ourselves in: 1177BC, The Year Civilization Collapsed.It is an absolute truth that history repeats itself, as we are simply recycling matter and energy within a finite sphere. Sure, with time, this is shifted and swayed, but the laws of physics that we are ultimately governed by tend to reveal patterns at all scales - the discovery of which we humans refer to as 'science'.Philosophy aside, 'we' indeed have to start taking a serious look at the world around us, as the consequences of our own…
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  • [VIDEO] Goran Colak 288m Dynamic CMAS World Record

    Stephan Whelan
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This week’s video is from the recent CMAS European World Championships in Tenerife where Croatian Freediver Goran Colak set a new CMAS Dynamic World Record by swimming 288m. Got a great video to share? Feel free to contact us. What is Video of the Week? Our aim is to showcase one video every week that shows off the best […]
  • Guinness World Record Holder Stig Severinsen To Be Featured On U.S. Television

    John Liang
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Four-time Danish World Champion freediver and “Breatheology” innovator Stig Severinsen will be featured this weekend on U.S. cable television showcasing his Guinness World Record 500-foot (152.4 meters) underwater monofin swim below one-meter-thick ice on a single breath of air. The one-hour broadcast, “The Man Who Doesn’t Breathe,” will air on the National Geographic Channel at […]
  • Sealife’s New Micro HD Underwater Camera Shipping To Dealers

    John Liang
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Good things come to those who wait. At least that must be what the folks at SeaLife are hoping underwater shutterbugs are thinking following the company’s announcement this week that its new, permanently sealed Micro HD underwater camera has finally started shipping to dealers. SeaLife introduced the new camera in August and said at the […]
  • Pelagic Magic On The Red Sea Aggressor

    Sport Diver
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    After a ten-year hiatus, the Aggressor Fleet is back in the Egyptian Red Sea. Sport Diver Editor Mark Evans joined the vessel for a trip out to the Brothers, Daedalous and Elphinstone - and was not disappointed
  • [CARTOON] I Can Still Go Pretty Deep

    Stephan Whelan
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Welcome to our feature – Cartoon Of The Week.  Each week we will feature a new cartoon by Jerry King.  This week’s cartoon is “I may not be able to hold my breath very long but I can still go pretty deep”.
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  • Hollis BTR-500 Drysuit Trade-in Offer

    Mark E Newman
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    With the launch of the new Hollis BTR-500 Drysuit, Hollis are offering a trade-in offer for a huge discount until the 30th of November 2014.   The Offer The recommended retail price (RRP) for the BTR-500 Drysuit is £899.00 and coinciding with the launch of the suit at the Dive Show in October; you will be able to buy the new BTR-500 Drysuit for £699.00* (a saving of £200) from Simply Scuba when you trade in your old drysuit as we hold stock of all sizes. To qualify for this offer you must bring or send us your complete diving drysuit to our shop in Faversham and you will receive…
  • How to take great underwater pictures using Compact Cameras with a Strobe

    Torben
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    After learning the basics of how to take great underwater pictures from our previous article, I’m pretty sure you are craving for some more info to help develop your photography skills and take better pictures. Did you get a chance to practice your new skills yet? If not, don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time on all your future dives as a  underwater photographer. By now, you’ve probably already realised that some or most of your pictures did not meet your expectations. You now also know that the quality of the picture is influenced by several factors like light, depth and…
  • Choosing A Tech Instructor

    Mark E Newman
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Don’t be afraid to shop around for an Instructor, when you start diving you’re usually put in a group of other beginners and you learn the basics from the Instructor you’re given.  When you advance to Tech diving you will have a pretty good idea of what kind of Instructor you learn best from so try and assess your potential instructors before you invest in a course.   Try Before You Buy A great way of trying out new Instructors is TekCamp; over five days Instructors from all around the world and different training agencies all come together to teach groups about their…
  • Entry Level Tec

    Mark E Newman
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dr. Richard Walker gave a very good seminar at EuroTek on how and why divers can move into Tec and with Tec Diving on the rise and different perceptions of what Tec diving actually is many people are unsure where to turn, what they need to do or whether they should even try. A majority of the point and observations in this blog are from Dr. Walker who is a very accomplished GUE Instructor, for more information about Dr. Walker please click here or sign up to his newsletter here     Why? First you need to ask yourself why you’re looking to move into Tec Diving; if your answer…
  • Suunto EON Steel Computer

    Mark E Newman
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The New EON Steel Colour Computer from Suunto.   Features Suunto BrightSeeTM Colour Screen This newest offering features a large rectangular display with crisp, clear and easy to read information. The super bright screen and high colour contrast makes the information easier to read and understand at a glance in poor light or poor visibility. A specially selected combination of display and glass technology minimizes reflections while maximizing viewing angle. CustomdisplayTM Suunto EON Steel gives you the freedom to customize nearly every aspect of the interface. Choose either the…
 
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  • Rolex Sea Dweller Watches

    Best Dive Watch
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    The Rolex Sea Dweller watch really set the new standards of robustness, precision, functionality and reliability. This is a watch that defies the elements and it is designed to provide the highest degree of resistance in a size that remains wearable and practical.       Rolex Oyster Perpetual Seadweller Deepsea List Price: $12,175.00 Current Price: $10,450.00 Price Disclaimer      
  • Rolex Submariner Watches

    Best Dive Watch
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
      The Rolex is at home in the oceans throughout the world where it is a valuable tool for every diver. The Submariner has gained the reputation as the watch of action with a rugged elegance!                  
  • Top Rolex GMT Watches

    Best Dive Watch
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    The GMT-Master collection was first introduced in 1955,  and it was designed and created to meet the requirements of international pilots. The GMT-Master II which made its debut  in 2005, has shown to be a valuable timepiece for all professions, especially those involved in long distance travel.  It features a rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel and a separate 24-hour hand. You are able to travel the world and read three different time zones. (Two simultaneously).       Rolex GMT-Master II Black Automatic stainless steel and 18kt yellow gold Mens Watch116713BKSO List Price:…
  • Rolex Submariner & Rolex Sea Dweller Dive Watches

    Best Dive Watch
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
      Rolex Submariner & Rolex Sea Dweller Dive Watches     Rolex Submariner Collection When released in the early 1950s, the first, water resistant to 100 meters, luxury model, Rolex Submariner was similar to rival, Blancpain’s, “Fifty Fathoms” chronometer. However, where the Fifty Fathoms watch was designed for, and marketed to, elite divers and Special Forces in a variety of countries, Rolex focused on one of the fastest-growing markets of the time – the hobby diving market. Rolex’s intent was to make its Submariner 5512 product for everyone. The Submariner has…
  • Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

    Best Dive Watch
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Cartier Calibre De Cartier Mens Watch W7100056       __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Automatic Black Dial Rubber Mens Watch W7100052          
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  • 10 Questions With Shark Man Riley Elliott

    David
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
     Riley Elliott is marine biologist and shark lover. He recently gave a Tedx talk in Auckland, New Zealand about his work, and why sharks aren’t the terrible creatures the media has told us to believe they are. Riley’s newest project is Sharkman TV. While working on Sharkman TV and his Ph.D, Riley was able to bring attention to the barbaric practice of shark finning, and eventually help contribute to the ban on shark finning in New Zealand. 1. At what age did you begin diving, and what inspired you to start diving? I did my first PADI when I was 17 through a school outdoor…
  • Creature Feature-Bottlenose Dolphin

    David
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Bottlenose Dolphin Family: Dolphin (Delphinidae) Two species belong to the genus Tursiops, the common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus). Description: Shades of grey to nearly white. Between 6 and 13 feet and 330-1430 pounds. Bottlenose dolphins can be quite difficult to see in water, and travel in pods (groups of 10-30 dolphins). Habitat: Any warm waters around the globe. They may live in deep ocean waters, deltas, coasts, estuaries, bays. Range: Bottlenose dolphins tend to be found most often in tropical areas, nearing the…
  • Creature Feature-Manta Ray

    David
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Manta Rays Family: Eagle Ray (myliobatidae). Two species belong to the genus Manta, the giant oceanic manta ray (Manta birostris) and the reef manta ray (Manta alfredi).   Description: Horn-shaped fins with large, forward-facing mouths. The larger species (Manta birostris) measures 23 feet while the smaller (Manta alfredi) measures 18 feet in length.   Habitat: Found in open oceans as individuals or in groups. The smaller can be found in coastal waters.   Range: Found in subtropical, tropical, and temperate waters.   Discussion: Manta rays are filter feeders that…
  • 10 Questions With Photographer Chris Kovaz

    David
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Click to view slideshow. Chris Kovaz is a professional photographer from Fort Myers, Florida. His work has been featured in Dive Chronicles, Underwater Planet, Sport Fishing and Florida Sportsman. To view more of Chris’s work or purchase prints visit the photographers website. 1. At what age did you begin diving, and what inspired you to start diving? 13. My father showed me the underwater videos he brought back from dive trips. Those videos made me want to see the underwater world for myself. 2. What dive course or piece of advice has most benefited your diving? The Rescue Diver…
  • Creature Feature-Tiger Pistol Shrimp

    David
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Tiger Pistol Shrimp (Alpheus bellulus)   Family: Snapping shrimp (Alpheidae) Description: 4-5 cm (1.5″-2″) not including antennae. A stout shrimp with symmetric brown, brownish purple to brownish orange patterns. The legs are banded and the antennae are red. Habitat: The Tiger pistol shrimp lives in burrows in sandy, muddy and detrital substratum in waters less than 20 m (65′). Range: Found in tropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific. Discussion: As it’s name suggests, the Tiger pistol shrimp brandishes an incredible weapon. The shrimps right cheliped (foot) is…
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  • Diving in Trinidad and Tobago

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read on the webTobago is the smaller sister island to Trinidad; making up the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Grenada lies to the north, with Trinidad and Venezuela the closest in the southwest. Scarborough is the capital of the island and a Mecca for divers, hikers, and bird watchers. The multi-ethnic population is mainly of African and East Indian descent. Tobago is noted as one of the fastest growing regions in the Caribbean. Popular with both overseas visitors and Trinidadians, the island enjoys a tropical climate with two distinct seasons: the dry season, between December and June, and…
  • Diving in Ireland - the Island of Contrasts

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read on the webPerched on the northwest edge of the European Continental Shelf, Ireland is an island of contrasts. The Republic of Ireland takes up three-quarters of the island, whilst the six counties in the northeast of the Ireland are part of the UK. This is important for overseas travellers, who will need to consider visa implications for two jurisdictions. Cross-border travel is fairly relaxed these days, and the troubles in Northern Ireland are just a memory. There is great diving across the whole of the island, so don’t let this deter you from planning an all-Ireland diving trip.
  • The Stairway Foundation (Part 3), The Baclayan Camp

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read on the webThis is the third instalment of the Scuba for Change story. Last month, you would have read about The Stairway Foundation, the Philippines Not-for-Profit, Scuba for Change is looking to support. I would like to take this opportunity to close out on The Stairway Foundation story, and invite you to our launch! Apart from the Residential programme mentioned last month, I'd like to highlight their Baclayan Camp. The Camp is set atop a steep mountain, and it was a slow and treacherous drive with Lars (Founder) up to the camp from Puerto Galera. The view, however, was simply…
  • Hanifaru Bay, in the Context of Marine Conservation

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read on the webA couple of months ago I stayed in Baa Atoll at Dhuni Kolhu. I really wanted to go to Hanifaru bay but unfortunately it was not possible; the centre I was diving with said they didn't have the permission to go there, and all the other dive centres in the vicinity said they don't do trips to Hanifaru. It seems that the only way to dive there is with a liveaboard that has obtained permission. However, the video above, produced by the 'Save the Seas' Foundation, has amazing coverage of diving in this fascinating place, as well as some very useful insights that I…
  • Mandarinfish

    11 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read on the webMandarinfish (Synchirophus splendidus) are one of the ocean’s most colorful fish. Named after the brightly colored robes of the Imperial Chinese Mandarin, these fish are a mazy pattern of vivid blue, green, pink and yellow. Mandarins are one of 182 species of dragonets, but are by far the most colorful. Mandarins are found in the western Pacific as far north as the Japanese Ryukyu Islands to Australia, and live in protected, often shallow, inshore reefs. Popular places for divers to see them include Palau, Yap, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The tiny fish are usually…
 
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