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  • Photographer of the Week – Volker Lonz

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Compressed-air junkie travels the world for underwater photography
  • Snorkeling with orcas in Norway: This ain't SeaWorld, baby!

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    19 Feb 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Yet another crazy activity that I didn’t know you could do, but now I have added it to the list: snorkeling with orcas in northern Norway.  This article from USA Today details one man’s adventure of taking up the crazy challenge to don a drysuit, jump into frigid Norwegian ocean waters, and get up close and personal with some killer whales. Snorkeling with orcas in northern Norway – Photo from USA Today The orcas are the main attraction for his dip into the chilly 36 degree F (2 C) waters.  From December to early February, the orcas follow the herring that take up…
  • Snorkeling in Fiji - DLSR + housing or point-and-shoot?

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    24 Feb 2015 | 9:54 pm
    I'm super excited to have booked a holiday in Fiji in May, however I need to sort out my camera options - do I buy a cheapo body and case for my existing m/43 lenses, or just spend the same money on a compact point and shoot? I'm a fairly keen and knowledgeable hobbyist photographer, however have not done any underwater photography. I'm also a good swimmer and am looking forward to the snorkeling off the beach as we're staying on a coral cay, and possibily getting scuba certification. When looking at options, I can snag a decent case for M43 (micro four thirds) and an old GF3 body to use with…
  • Different Lifestyles for Male and Female “Hoff” Crabs

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The deepsea “Hoff” crab is a type of squat lobster that lives around underwater volcanic vents on the Antarctic ocean floor and is so nick-named because its shell is reminiscent of the hairy chest of actor David Hasselhoff. Research on the cra...
  • NCDL Podcast: 2.26.15 - Off-Season Moves

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    The NorCal Dynasty League Podcast
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Zach and Chase, and possibly Scuba and Tony, are back to talk about NorCal. Hilarity ensues.
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  • Snorkeling in Fiji - DLSR + housing or point-and-shoot?

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:54 pm
    I'm super excited to have booked a holiday in Fiji in May, however I need to sort out my camera options - do I buy a cheapo body and case for my existing m/43 lenses, or just spend the same money on a compact point and shoot? I'm a fairly keen and knowledgeable hobbyist photographer, however have not done any underwater photography. I'm also a good swimmer and am looking forward to the snorkeling off the beach as we're staying on a coral cay, and possibily getting scuba certification. When looking at options, I can snag a decent case for M43 (micro four thirds) and an old GF3 body to use with…
  • Is there a dive medic in the house?

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Blindingly painful headaches upon surfacing after scuba dives. I know it isn't related to dehydration, mask being too tight, or trouble equalizing as I have been addressing these potentialities methodically to no avail. More relevant details inside. YANMYD. I've been on twelve ocean dives (all between 40 and 85 feet down) and every time I feel a dull ache in the back of my skull while I'm underwater, which, upon surfacing, turns into a splitting headache-- the worst in my life. The headache goes away within thirty minutes of surfacing. Maybe it's something to do with breath control? But I've…
  • Whose ears popped first?

    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

    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?

    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…
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  • NCDL Podcast: 2.26.15 - Off-Season Moves

    The NorCal Dynasty League Podcast
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Zach and Chase, and possibly Scuba and Tony, are back to talk about NorCal. Hilarity ensues.
  • Incubi Incarnate Broadcast's Valentine's Day Special with Ben Hansen - 2/10/2015

    Incubi Incarnate Broadcast
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Tonight on Incubi Incarnate Broadcast's Valentine's Day Special broadcast, your host Bill Bachman welcomes very special guest Ben Hansen. Because his parents were so supportive, Ben developed an obsession for trying new things. These endeavors included becoming a licensed airplane pilot, amateur radio operator, licensed falconer, certified SCUBA diver, hang glider, Search and Rescue dog handler, and earning the Eagle Scout award in Boy Scouts. He graduated with honors from the University of Utah with a Bachelors degree in Sociology, certification in Criminology and Corrections, a Spanish…
  • Fiction author, award- winning journalist D.D. Corbitt on Authors on the Air

    Authors On The Air Radio
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Authors on the Air host Pam Stack is pleased to welcome novelist and awaed-winning journalist, D.D. Corbitt to the show. About the author: D.D. Corbitt is a former award-winning journalist, journalism adviser and American history teacher from South Florida. Corbitt graduated from Miami-Dade College (AA), University of Miami (BSC) and Nova Southeastern University (MS) She spent eight years living and traveling aboard her sailboat the s.v. I & I based in Tavernier, Florida. A self-proclaimed "child of the swamp," she spent her teens in the Everglades and the South Florida backwaters. An avid…
  • Disabled Veteran Radio For 1 20 15

    Disabled Veteran Radio
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    In this Episode of Disabled Veteran Radio we continue discussion on PTSD. We will discuss scuba diving find treasure Jim Wright of Executive Scuba Educators, Hayden Page Oldsmar Computer Repair Oldsmar Florist, Don From Largo and Keith Allen. We Try to get to Former Governor Charlie Crist and super sexy actress Vanessa Guimoye said she was coming and then not. So I wonder if Vanessa cares about Disabled Veterans issue, hopefully Yes :) Also please help keep Disabled Veteran Radio On the air sponor or under write some broadcast today or call me on my cell (727)678-1219
  • Mike Pettit-Salute To Authors

    Brian The Hammer Jackson
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    1.Being self published and the benefits of self marketing 2.The Brand ( self) 3.The product ( my 20 book) 4. Engineering graduate of U. of Houston, Masters in Marketing from UCLA. 35 years in Toy biz (17 @ Mattel, balance of years with own company. Most of career spent living and working in the Orient. Scuba Dive, Lived in Florida Keys for 12 years. Hawaii for two years, S. Cal most other years, Currently live on Emerald Coast of Florida Panhandle ( Gulf Breeze, FL)  My thirty years of adventure and experiences living and working in the Far East gives me the voice of authority in my writings…
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    Scuba Radio

  • ScubaRadio 2-28-15 HOUR1

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:01 pm
    This week The Scuba Cowboy reports live from the Our World Underwater dive show in Chicago. Plus would you buy scuba shoes? Looking for HOUR2?
  • ScubaRadio 2-28-15 HOUR2

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:58 pm
    This hour the ScubaRadio crew wonder if nature is stepping in to solve the lionfish invasion of the Caribbean. Plus Captain Slate reports live from the Florida Keys! Looking for HOUR1?
  • ScubaRadio 2-21-15 HOUR1

    21 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster chats about the Caymans with Phil Narcosis. Plus why did Greg show up on Tara Reid’s Instagram account? Looking for HOUR2?
  • ScubaRadio 2-21-15 HOUR2

    21 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    This hour Greg checks in with Pete from Plus Hannah Mermaid reports live from Hollywood! Looking for HOUR1?
  • ScubaRadio 2-14-15 HOUR1

    14 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster celebrates Valentines Day with the debut of the 50 shades of Greg. (WAIA) Plus Cathryn Castle from Dive Training Magazine gives us a preview of the seminar she’s presenting on our next ScubaRadio ScubaCruise in the Turks and Caicos with Explorer Ventures. Looking for HOUR2?
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  • Underwater Drilling

    19 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Some of the reef balls have items lodged into them, it really makes them a little more interesting to look at and gives some small homes for some small critters. A couple of weekends ago I was out diving with my friends from BREEF. We were at the sculpture garden and were tasked with adding a number and direction marker to each reef ball. You can see the marker in the picture above, it’s small, yellow and on the left hand side of the photo. Hammering the nails in   The reef balls are made with concrete and before we could put the nail in them that will hold the marker in place we…
  • Snorkeling with orcas in Norway: This ain't SeaWorld, baby!

    19 Feb 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Yet another crazy activity that I didn’t know you could do, but now I have added it to the list: snorkeling with orcas in northern Norway.  This article from USA Today details one man’s adventure of taking up the crazy challenge to don a drysuit, jump into frigid Norwegian ocean waters, and get up close and personal with some killer whales. Snorkeling with orcas in northern Norway – Photo from USA Today The orcas are the main attraction for his dip into the chilly 36 degree F (2 C) waters.  From December to early February, the orcas follow the herring that take up…
  • Swimming in shark infested water? Nope!

    19 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    This guy was about to jump in the water and go scuba diving when a huge shark swims right by the boat.
  • Shipwrecked!

    19 Feb 2015 | 8:16 am
    One of the great things about diving in Puerto Galera is the variety of wrecks to explore.  There are several sunken ships just in the harbor that are full of amazing sea life and have great structure.  Two of these are the St. Christopher, also known as Anton’s wreck, and the Alma Jane, a Chinese MV cargo ship which was sunk purposely in 2003. A small boat can be found in 70fsw at Monkey Beach, and several other large wrecks dot the coast. Above, a diver explores the hull of a cargo ship.  Below, a diver hovers above the wreck. There is plenty of structure for batfish to hide…
  • Getting Ready For A Proseperus Good Year

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    Ok, so I have seen, studied, researched, and gained equipment that will allow me to search for Montezuma’s Treasure. Some of the equipment includes a Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ metal detector The Name That Means Treasure and tons of research on where the treasure might be stashed. One of the most important tools including the metal detector comes in the form of plastic. It allows me to search for gold to pay for some of the trips expenses such as food, fuel, tires, and other equipment. It is also used by gold miners across the world and now by Reconnaissance Treasure Hunters.   Now, I…
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  • Amazing Underwater Creatures I Photographed While Diving In Indonesia

    24 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    I’m an underwater photographer born in Venezuela and photography is my greatest passion. I have had the chance to dive in wonderful and different places, such as Galapagos, Bahamas, Yucatan Peninsula, Coiba, Bonaire, the Canary Islands and most recently – Indonesia. In the latter I visited the amazing underwater world. For me, Lembeh Strait (Indonesia) is the best place for underwater macro photography in the whole world. The diversity of tiny species from nudibranchs and frog fishes to the most venomous octopus in the world just makes every diving spot there magical. While “muck…
  • Amazing Underwater Creatures I Photographed While Diving In Indonesia

    24 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
  • Do Something Extraordinary!!!!!!!

    10 Feb 2015 | 3:56 pm
    I discovered how to combine my love of diving, the ocean, and helping others. Citizen Science Tourism!
  • The True Strength of Undersea Currents

    6 Feb 2015 | 12:08 pm
    This website contains an excellent video that is both educational and beautifully made. Be sure to play the video in full screen and HD. Absolutely stunning.
  • The Lure of Thailand

    5 Feb 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Thailand has more than’s lure is almost magical.
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    Scuba Forum - Scuba Diving Forums and Discussion Board

  • St. Lucia Vacation in May - Advice Please

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:23 am
    My wife and I are booked to stay at the Sandals Regency La Toc on St. Lucia in May. This will be our first trip to the Caribbean. For those that have traveled to St. Lucia, what are your recommendations. Any must-see / must-do activities? My wife is not certified, so I am especially interested in great snorkel spots. For me, what dive adventures do you suggest? Recommendations for both above and below water please. Thank you! (Cross-posted on Scubaboard and ScubaToys Forums)
  • Back to the Brac ~

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    Returned to Cayman Brac after several years. Last trip we stayed at the Cayman Brac Reef Resort but this time there were enough divers in our group to get a nice oceanfront place via VRBO which was close to the dive op so we could really spread out and do some grilling/cooking in-house. Cost came to considerably less than for a hotel room at CBRR so worked out well. Previously we had done our diving with CBRR as well but decided to try the new guys on the block, Cayman Brac Scuba Shack. Nice big boat, no more than 8 divers and a competent captain (in rough seas) as well as a great DM (Phil).
  • Cozumel water temp right now?

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    Hey guys, Just curious if anyone is in, or has just come back from Cozumel, what's the water temp like? Last time I went in March I didn't log temp. I want to say it was 78. At 79 and better I feel good in a shorty, at 77 and lower, a full...78 is, well it's hard to judge...hoping someone will pipe up and tell me it's 80 and I can just relax :) Yes, I am a 'wuss'. Don't need any confirmation of that. It gets worse as I get older/dive more - no tolerance to uncomfortable cold. Really don't want to pack more wetsuits than I's a family trip, there will already be plenty of heavy…
  • Totally cool article

    22 Feb 2015 | 9:44 am
    Scapa Flow is on my bucket list, cold, deep and killer currents, but still a highly sought after dive.
  • Sea Life Dragon mini 600

    21 Feb 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Hi, I purchased the demo unit of that light. Good mini focus/action video light. Unfortunately, it leaked on the first day I used it in the ocean. What should I do? Order # 95138. Thank you.
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    Shark Diver : Shark Diving : Swimming With Sharks

  • Great White Shark in the Water?????

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    Stop the presses! News alert! A Great White Shark is "prowling" in the ocean off the coast of Washington.A headline in the vancitybuzz is screaming "Large great white shark prowling Washington State shores" with a large picture of a Great White Shark accompanying the headline.   The article states "The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife is warning locals in the coastal town of Ocean Shores, located west of Seattle, that a great white shark is swimming in the area."No way! There is a shark swimming in the ocean?! Who knew!? In related news. There have been reports…
  • Memorial announced for "Island of the Great White Shark" filmmaker, Richard Theiss

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    A memorial for Richard Theiss, our friend, underwater filmmaker and ocean advocate has been announced for 7 pm, March 20, 2015 at the aquarium of the pacific in Long Beach.  His son Bryan posted this on his FB.I'm pleased to share with Family, Friends, and Colleagues of Richard Theiss, that a Memorial Service has been planned for Friday, March 20th @ 7pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA.  Please join us as we pay tribute to an incredibly thoughtful, caring and multi- talented man. The Family would like to take a moment to thank Aquarium of the Pacific CEO, Dr. Jerry…
  • Last chance, if you want to work with great white sharks!

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    This is a reminder that all interested applicants need to submit their resumes by March 1st.Shark Diver is a commercial shark diving company, that's been in business for over 14 years and has a heavy emphasis on conservation. Our goals at Shark Diver are to be advocates for our sharks and  industry, while delivering top shark species encounters to our divers, the media and research partners.We are looking for a SCUBA instructor for our 2015 Great White Shark season at Guadalupe Island.  Our season runs from August to mid November and the position is full time during that time.The…
  • We lost the "Shark Lady" Eugenie Clark.

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:10 pm
    National Geographic reported today that Eugenie Clark, an American marine biologist who fell in love with sharks as a child with her nose pressed against an aquarium tank—and whose research on the much maligned species earned her the nickname "Shark Lady"—died Wednesday morning in Sarasota, Florida. She was 92.Photograph by David Doubilet    Eugenie Clark was an inspiration to generations of ocean explorers and had a special passion for sharks. She was one of the first to disspell  as stupid and deadly. After the movie "Jaws" hit the theaters, she wrote and…
  • Are we to blame for shark attacks?

    18 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    Today, I read this piecein the Huff Post. Paul Watson of sea shepherd infamy is explaining in staggering scientific fashion (sharkasm intended), why the number of shark attacks seems to be increasing. Watson is saying:"Shark attacks are on the rise and the reason for this is entirely the fault of humanity." To start with, we are diminishing bio-diversity in the ocean. Overfishing has removed 90% of the fish from the sea since 1950. Every single commercial fishery is in a state of decline. This is not just bad news for humans who eat fish, but it is very bad news for sharks, orcas,…
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    A Tribe Called K2 Buhl-oog!

  • Exactly How Apple Became A Car Or Truck Organization

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:21 am
    Just How Apple Became An Automobile Organization When you look at the organization's start, this implied the machine or Mac OS, which managed to make it easy to carry out of the kind of tasks for which you would desire a computer. In the future, it intended … His Twitter profile reads "Apple, Sports, vehicles, Science, Scuba, Drums, photographer. Find out more on Fast Organization The reason why We Wasn't Amazed by Microsoft's HoloLens Unveil We published a column in 2011 for which I stated that I thought that the technology would-be according to 3D computer system…
  • 11 memorable estimates from BP oil spill trial's punishment stage

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:21 pm
    11 memorable estimates through the BP oil spill test's penalty stage Testimony when you look at the civil trial throughout the 2010 gulf coast of florida oil spill ended Monday (Feb. 2), couple of years after attorneys for BP, the government and BP's partners first started their arguments. The test was divided in to three levels. The next and … Find out more on Environmental Crimes We don't mean the functions of thieves, murderers and warmongers. Thieves, killers and warmongers tend to be simple crooks. I mean the behavior of entrepreneurs and their particular…
  • Lastest Scuba Regulators News

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:20 am
    Chicago Legal Hands Out Harsh Sentences For Hedge Fund Trade Secret Theft After early in the day plea agreements, "Ben" Pu 1 ("Pu") and Sahil "Sonny" Uppal ("Uppal") had been sentenced these days for stealing trade secrets linked to high frequency trading platforms from Chicago-based hedge investment Citadel. With what might be compared to a … Read more on Mondaq News Alerts (enrollment) SCUBAPRO Introduces New Regulator, Dive Fin SCUBAPRO features introduced newer and more effective regulators and plunge fins recently at DEMA Show 2014 in…
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    Precision Diving

  • The Elite Scuba Instructor and Other Quackery, Part 1

    Duane Johnson
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:07 am
    This is, after all, the internet and there is a slew of information out there. Some of it good and some of it not so good. When you are looking around for scuba related stuff, how do you know what is good information and how much is fluff? Much of the time, you don’t. In this multi-part series, I want to take a look at programs that exist in the scuba diving industry and help shed some light on them so you, the perspective customer, can make an informed decision. Part one will focus on the Elite Scuba Instructor program that has been created by PADI. Now, I’m not going to solely…
  • Should You Consider Taking a Fundamentals Clone Class?

    Duane Johnson
    4 Aug 2013 | 8:04 am
    Recently, I was reminded of a conversation from a few years ago with a former supporter of mine. He referred to my Intro to Tech class as a GUE Fundamentals clone class. Back then, I didn’t know what to think of my class being called that. My first instinct was to take offense and defend the class I created. After all, I did put a lot of effort into creating a curriculum that I felt added value to my students diving careers. With hindsight always being 20/20, I look back and am quite content with my class being called a fundamentals “clone”. Lets explore my change in thought…
  • Why Rush Into It? Taking AOW Right After OW

    Duane Johnson
    30 Apr 2013 | 8:12 pm
    I’ve gotten many emails from people asking about what kind of time frame to take the Advanced Open Water course. Many people feel that taking AOW immediately after OW is a good idea. For a few people, it may be a good idea. However, for the majority of the diving public, this practice should be avoided. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why people take AOW right after their OW course. 1) Learn to dive deeper – Many, many dive operators across the world require the AOW course before letting divers dive certain dive sites. Thus, new divers feel pressured to take the AOW immediately…
  • Scuba Diving France Park Quarry

    Duane Johnson
    13 Jan 2013 | 12:18 pm
    Just before Christmas of 2012, a bunch of us decided we couldn’t wait for the ice to form and took a short trip to France Park Quarry in Logansport, IN. Normally at this time of the year, our local quarries are closed. The folks at France Park were very nice to let us dive there while they were closed. So Andy and I drove a couple hours to Logansport to meet Jim, Donnie, Brian, Samer, Brandon and Wally for a final dive of 2012. France Park is a nice little place. Max depth was only 20 feet, but the visibility during this time of the year is just awesome. I’d say between 40 and 50…
  • To Improve, You Need A Plan

    Duane Johnson
    8 Nov 2012 | 8:40 am
    I can’t tell you how many people I talk to or see out diving that say they want to become a better diver, but then fail to reach their goal. Now the term better diver is a very subjective term, however it’s the spirit of the effort that matters. The primary reasons why people fail to meet their goal of improvement is that they simply fail to plan out their diving objectives. Quite a while ago, my friend Jim posted an very nice article about the importance of doing practice dives. While it is important to do practice dives, you won’t improve much if your practice dives are…
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    Aquaviews - SCUBA Blog

  • 3 Popular Dive Destinations in the Gulf of Mexico

    Creedence Gerlach
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    If you’re a SCUBA enthusiast, chances are good you enjoy experiencing the wonders beneath the waves anywhere you can.  The excellent news for you is that there are a number of dive destinations in the Gulf of Mexico.  While you can travel to other countries that border this unique body of water, in Mexico and Mesoamerica, there are also domestic sites that will satisfy your desire for a fresh dive destination. Flower Garden Banks via flickr/NOAA’s National Ocean Service This is a mid-water site, approximately a hundred miles off the Texas and Louisiana coastlines. So while you’ll…
  • 5 Sea Creatures of the Very Deep Pacific

    Creedence Gerlach
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Creatures that exist in the deepest parts of the ocean are some of the most mysterious on the planet. They must survive under the harsh conditions of the deep sea, so they typically have quite unusual characteristics. Sea creatures of the very deep Pacific are rarely observed considering how difficult it is to reach them at the lowest depths, but it is widely known that the unique and challenging environment of this part of the ocean leads to extreme adaptation in most species. Let’s take a look at just five species from this inky region of the sea. Basket Star via flickr/Derek Keats…
  • Newbie Corner: What is Snuba Diving?

    Creedence Gerlach
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Snuba diving is a relatively young form of diving that was invented in 1989 and further patented in 1990. Since its inception, it has become popular in a large range of locations throughout the world, such as the Caribbean and Hawaii. So what exactly is Snuba diving? Let’s take a look at the basics. In essence, snuba diving is a combination or snorkeling and SCUBA diving. Snuba diving, like snorkeling, doesn’t require the usage of an air tank in order to breathe while swimming underwater. Instead, the air tank is connected to a small raft that sits atop the water above you. Snuba…
  • Tips for Purchasing the Right SCUBA Fins

    Creedence Gerlach
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Fins are an important part of SCUBA gear because they allow the diver to propel themselves more efficiently underwater. Fins help divers control their actions mostly with the legs and feet, leaving the arms and hands free to make minor adjustments if needed and use accessories. When buying SCUBA fins, one must consider the dive environments and diver kicking style. The dive environment will help determine the type of foot pocket needed on the SCUBA fins. In colder water, divers will also need to wear dive boots to help protect against cold water exposure. Because of the dive boots, divers…
  • Things Are Looking Up: The Stargazer

    Creedence Gerlach
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    A member of the perciform family of marine fish, stargazers include the Northern, Southern, Speckled and Mask species. Inhabiting shallow and deep tropical and temperate salt water, they have been found in diverse locations, such as the U.S., Canada, Indonesia, Fiji, and the Red Sea. The fish’s name is derived from its top-mounted eyes that peer skyward. Stargazers have flat heads, vertically slanted mouths, and tapered bodies. They range in size from 7 to 35 inches in length and can weigh as much as 20 pounds. Lacking scales on their heads, they are silver or pale in color with various…
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    Scuba Diver Life

  • Dive Shows Across the World

    Shelley Collett
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Dive Shows Across the World By Scuba Diver Life Mark your calendars and prepare to network with industry pros, see the latest gadgets, and learn something new at these dive shows.  March 13-14 – Ghost Ships Festival – Milwaukee, WI By Scuba Diver Life The Great Lakes are full of wrecks and this show focuses on exactly those. Head here to talk to extreme explorers, maritime historians, and authors, and take part in shipwreck hunting workshops. March 27 – 29 Beneath the Sea, Secaucus, NJ, USA By Scuba Diver Life This annual dive and travel show features tons of seminars…
  • Career Paths in the Scuba Diving Industry

    Andy Phillips
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    That same wish was the catalyst for many dive professionals who’ve made a career change into the dive industry. Many of our guests on Utila can relate to the desire to wish away their current jobs and are secretly (or even openly) envious of the dive guides and instructors who get to dive for a living. Underneath the glamour of working in exotic locations, diving most days, interacting with excited clients, and interacting with marine life, there are of course also drawbacks — long days, low pay, ear infections, minimal benefits, difficult guests and possibly a transient lifestyle.
  • A Scuba Diver Health Check

    Thomas Gronfeldt
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Many health organizations highlight the benefits of regular health checkups by a qualified physician because such checkups help find any conditions that may become real problems, but which can be treated relatively easily or avoided through lifestyle changes if caught early on. Checkups are particularly relevant for scuba divers, and while most of us had a medical examination when we did our scuba training, that may have been a long time ago. Health and scuba diving Many problems, such as some heart conditions, can develop over time without notice due to the lack, or mildness, of early…
  • Dive Site: Tiger Beach, Grand Bahama, Bahamas

    Jessica Vyvyan-Robinson
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Ask any diver who’s been lucky enough to swim alongside a tiger shark, and they’ll tell you that there are few animals on this planet more majestic. Tiger sharks have an undeniable presence, combining raw power and pure beauty in such a way that those who encounter them cannot help but fall under their spell. Although tiger sharks enjoy a global range and can be seen by chance in many parts of the world, there are only two destinations that offer specifically dedicated tiger-shark dives, South Africa and the Bahamas. The tigers of both countries are equally impressive, but conditions in…
  • The One-Step Method To Becoming A Better Diver

    Guest Blogger
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Gareth Burrows Overweighting is the single biggest issue in scuba diving. When you dive, you’re attempting to maintain neutral buoyancy, and yet everything you’re carrying wants to sink, from your regulators and cylinders to the weights in your pockets. That’s all got to balance with what wants to go to the surface, which is basically any gas pocket, from tiny pockets such as your mask, to larger pockets such as your lungs and huge pockets such as the gas trapped inside a drysuit and your BCD. If you add 5kg (11 pounds) of lead onto a perfectly neutral diver, in order to offset this…
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  • Exploring the Titanic of the Ancient World | History | Smithsonian

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    Thank you Smithsonian Magazine for highlighting our #exosuitproject at #Antikythera last fall. History itself marks the repeat cycle of time, and it is the cycle of time, perhaps, that has kept our focus on and at #Antikythera.Much more work to be done, and secrets will be unveiled... read the article.Donate today using Google 'One Today' program to help us redefine the human element and develop new content. Donate $1 today!Because you gotta look good in the field, shop our store for OO apparel!Related articlesThe Evolution of Learning TechnologiesCool, Yet Creepy, Mind-Control and…
  • the best of both worlds

    20 Feb 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Gotta love it - the plan to dive the methane seas of Titan, Saturn's largest moon - in 2040 nonetheless. That's right around the corner in space exploration years!Despite being in a bit of a science funding slump in recent years, it seems sights are being set on some very bold horizons; manned missions to Mars, and now possibly a dive on Titan.This is all fantastic, and will do much to spur the imaginations of future explorers,  but (the big BUT) what does this say about our ambitions here at home? I am continually perplexed that we have not yet focused ambitions in exploration here on…
  • sunday; snowy sunday...

    15 Feb 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Talk about the woes of winter - this one can't come to an end soon enough. With seemingly every weekend being buried with snow, there hasn't been much time freed up to stay on top of proficiency dives and new experimental techniques which had been the weekend norm for about the last year. This has been frustrating to say the least.I can deal with the cold, its the immobility from being snowed in that gets to me. While I'm probably starting to sound like the whining of the masses that have all been trapped this winter, I suppose a positive thing that arose was a reminder of just how powerful…
  • out of sight, but definitely on my mind

    5 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Hmm...every once in a while a news piece shines some light through the darkness that seems to prevail these days and, if nothing else, makes you think about the ever so important big picture.The recent  report of fisherman taking up what may be a 200,000 year old hominid jaw bone (from a potentially new species) off the coast of Taiwan certainly speaks to that state of inquiry.What jumps out at me is the location of the discovery - dredged up some 15 miles offshore.These are the types of discoveries that cross a desk out of pure luck and good fortune, and leave massive questions to be…
  • Maslow revisited

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Some 15 years ago I was entrenched in studies to become a diving instructor when introduced to 'Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs' by the individual teaching my course. Having just been ever so briefly introduced to this theory, its implications didn't quite register. I did get the take home message of the day, which was that diving requires high performance, and we cannot perform to our highest potential if our basic human needs are challenged. Further to that, while diving, we are dependent on an artificial means to breathe, challenging the most fundamental human need right off the bat.Diagram of…
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  • Voting Now Open For Sport Diver Awards 2015

    Stephan Whelan
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Sport Diver EMEA has launched the 2015 edition of their Awards.  As in previous years they are asking the diving public to cast their votes on the people, products and brands that have made the greatest impact on the dive industry in the last year.  Wakatobi Dive Resort has provided a prize, for one of […]
  • Diviac Releases Andriod, iOS Mobile App

    John Liang
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The developers of the diviac cloud-based digital dive logbook have released a mobile app for iOS and Android. Diviac launched its cloud-based scuba logbook in 2013, featuring direct dive computer connectivity, a marine life database with 14,000 fish and full geo-coding of all logs. With the release of the company’s new mobile app, divers can now […]
  • New Edition Of The Diving Almanac & Book of Records Available For Download

    Stephan Whelan
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    The definitive reference book for all divers – The Diving Almanac & Book of Records – is available in it’s latest incarnation as a free PDF download.  Version 4.2 includes 16 new or updated Diving Records, 25 new or updates Who’s Who profiles and 4 new entries in Diving History. If you are a diving […]
  • Win a GoPro HERO4 Silver Edition

    Stephan Whelan
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It’s back once again – the fantastic competition to win a GoPro HERO4 Silver Edition.  One lucky DeeperBlue reader will be in for a chance to win the GoPro – all you need to do is just follow the entry details below. Win a GoPro HERO4 If you cannot see the entry widget above, please […]
  • Herbert Nitsch Returns To Teach Freediving In Maldives

    Stephan Whelan
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:14 am
    Herbert Nitsch, the Austrian World Record Holding Freediver nicknamed “The Flying Fish”, is returning to Freediving to help teach a course in the Maldives in the last two weeks of April 2015..  Pairing up with Japanese-Danish Freediver Ken Kiriyama, the pair will jointly host the event at the ward-winning luxury resort Sonoma Fushi in the Maldives. […]
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  • How A Drysuit Is Made

    Mark E Newman
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:51 am
    Have you ever wondered just how a drysuit is made? Well we took a visit to Oceanic and Hollis’s Headquarters down in Devon and got them to demonstrate the process that goes into making one – and if you thought it was easy then think again! Each drysuit is carefully handmade and takes between 8 – 15 hours to make from scratch. Now, each and every drysuit is made in a slightly different way, however they do all follow similar stages and here is a breakdown of the 8 stages that go into the production of any drysuit: Stage 1: Measurements Every drysuit is made to measure so when your order…
  • How to Change the Battery on the Oceanic Veo Range of Dive Computers

    Robyn Caldwell
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:05 am
    Do you own a dive computer from the Oceanic Veo range? If the battery ever runs out then did you know you can change it from the comfort of your own home? Kelvin Richards, Regional Managing Director of Oceanic and Hollis shows you how in our easy and quick video. All you need is a new battery, a small stick such as a cocktail stick, a key that came in your original dive computer package, a cotton bud and a tube of silicone. Now you can get started! To see our whole range of dive computers please click >here< or to shop Oceanic dive computers you can find them >here<. For more…
  • Simply Scuba LIVE – February

    Robyn Caldwell
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:36 am
    We are pleased to let you know that the second of our monthly LIVE broadcasts will be next week on Thursday 19th February! In case you missed last month’s broadcast and the explanation of what this new feature is then here are the basic details you need to know. Once a month we will be broadcasting LIVE from Simply Scuba HQ via our YouTube channel. You can chat with us as you watch using the comments section on the video stream, and get your questions answered directly from our in-house scuba specialist. We will also be updating you on the latest news and best new product releases. This…
  • Breathing Life Into the Sentinel

    Monty Halls
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:52 am
    There’s something rather wonderful happening in Somerset – and there’s a sentence you don’t see that often. I’m allowed to say that by the way, as I come from Somerset, and it’s a little known law of journalism that you are allowed to take the micky out of the place you hail from.  Anyway, I digress (which in the third sentence of the first paragraph of an article is a record even for me). The miracle that is occurring is a group of enthusiasts pulling a diving brand up by it’s boot straps, breathing life into a piece of kit that was seen to be on the way to the knackers…
  • ScubaPro EVO Upgrades

    Mark E Newman
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    ScubaPro have upgraded their piston first stages to improve performance and design to give us the EVO range.  The flagship Mk25 and entry level/bailout Mk2 have been upgraded to the Mk25 EVO and Mk2 EVO.   Changes Cosmetically little has changed as the upgrades are mainly internal but ScubaPro have managed to add a blue flare to their EVO first stages.  Neither the Mk25 nor the Mk2 have ever been environmentally sealed in the conventional sense; environmentally sealed first stages prevent any and all water and contaminants from entering the body. So ScubaPro have added an internal…
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  • Hawaiian Monk Seals

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Read on the webOn a group of islands far, far away lives one of the most endangered mammals in the world.  Residing only in the most isolated island chain on Earth, the Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi) calls paradise home.  With a population estimated to be less than 1,500 animals, the Hawaiian monk seal is Hawaii’s only endemic mammal.  Endangered Their closest relatives are the Mediterranean monk seal, with the last small population (less than 400 animals) surviving in the Greek Isles, and the extinct Caribbean monk seal (1952). Having received their name from their solitary…
  • Diving in Kas, Turkey

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Read on the webBetween Dalaman and Antalya lies the small town Kaş. With a bit less than 6,000 inhabitants, Kaş is situated between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. This laid back little town of the Turkish Riviera offers great food, a friendly atmosphere, and a relaxing vibe, but above all, Kaş is becoming a popular destination for divers, a gem within the country. The unspoiled Kaş may not be among the top destinations for diving in the World, but it certainly is among the best in Turkey. There are approximately 50 dive sites around the little town, all reachable within a…
  • Cenote Dos Ojos, Cancun, Mexico

    17 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Read on the webFirst Time in Cenote Dos Ojos I remember clearly the day back in 1997 when I decided I would learn to scuba dive. I was on a group tour of Mexico, and found myself snorkelling at Dos Ojos - "Two Eyes", named after two caverns, which form the opening to one of largest diver-accessible limestone cave systems in the world. Floating atop the crystal-clear waters of the huge entrance cavern, I was thrilled enough with my experience until I saw a group of divers far below me, snaking off into the distance. I realised that my experience paled in comparison to that of the people…
  • Don't Pee in the Dry Suit: 5 Tips for Diving Cold Water and Loving It

    14 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Read on the webCold water diving is fantastic. Most people don't realize it, but -- apart from coral reefs -- the cold water regions are by far the most productive underwater ecosystems on the planet. As the water temperature drops, the strange and beautiful sights increase. Unfortunately, cold water diving has one disadvantage; we're warm-blooded mammals, and we like our bodies to stay that way. Keeping warm in a cold water dive is the most intimidating aspect to doing one, but if you ask anyone who's tried, it's a lot easier than it seems. Here are a few tips for making your…
  • Top 5 Scuba Diving Blogs

    6 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Read on the webAs a diver, a blogger and the founder of a blogging platform built for Divers, I am obviously a big fan of reading scuba related blogs myself. Here is my roundup of my 5 favorite Scuba Blogs online today. 1. This is a great blog with one of the largest social media following. Their founder, Nadia - did a fantastic job with creating a really rich content blog and authority site. She did a great job with maintaining a really good standard of quality in the writing, in the media and the tone itself. The blog is extremely consistent with really useful and/or…
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