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  • Scuba Diver Statistics - Tanks, Suits, Depth, Time Articles
    11 Mar 2014 | 10:57 am
    After analyzing the dive log data from scuba divers on, I’ve come up with a few interesting statistics that I thought I would share. This data is taken from over 3000 logged dives. Most common tanks: 1. AL - 80cf/11L (86%) 2. Steel - 100cf/13L (3%) 3. Steel - 80cf/11L (2%) 4. Steel - 77cf/12L (2%) Most common exposure suits: 1. Full wetsuit - 7mm (25%) 2. Full wetsuit - 3mm (18%) 3. Full wetsuit - 5mm (15%) 4. Shorty wetsuit - 3mm (8%) 5. Drysuit (5%) The average depth for a scuba diver is 54 feet. The average time underwater is 52 minutes. Here is the breakdown of average…
  • Under-Emphasized Dive Skills: Mastering a Proper Descent Scuba Diving
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    A diver should be able to use his lungs and his buoyancy compensator (BC) to keep himself neutrally buoyant (or close to neutrally buoyant) during the entire descent. This is important in order to avoid ear problems, environmental contact, and buddy separation. Here are tips to mastering a proper scuba diving descent. Read more....Read Full Post
  • Scuba diving certification: At home or in the tropics?

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    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…
  • Photographer of the Week - Yorko Summer

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Photographer of the Week Yorko Summer will fill you with macro envy
  • NCDL Podcast: April 13th, 2014 - The 1st Annual Draft Day Prop Bet Special - Apr 14,2014

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    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Zach, Chase and Scuba are back for another episode. Guest TBD.
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  • Under-Emphasized Dive Skills: Mastering a Proper Descent

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    A diver should be able to use his lungs and his buoyancy compensator (BC) to keep himself neutrally buoyant (or close to neutrally buoyant) during the entire descent. This is important in order to avoid ear problems, environmental contact, and buddy separation. Here are tips to mastering a proper scuba diving descent. Read more....Read Full Post
  • Are Shark Feeding Dives Ever Acceptable?

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Read and interview with shark biologist Dr. David Delaney.  Dr. David Delaney has dedicated his career to the study and conservation of sharks. I was interested to learn what he thinks about the practice of baited shark dives. Shark feeding on scuba dives can be done by hand, by tossing fish bits in the water from a boat, or by hiding feeder fish in some sort of receptacle which the sharks approach. Read more...Read Full Post
  • 7 Equipment Adjustments to Improve Your Trim

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:40 am
    Trim is one of the most important (and most overlooked) concepts in scuba diving. A diver's trim refers to his position in the water. A diver in good trim can hold a horizontal position in the water with no hand or fin movements. Trim is affected by arm, leg, and torso position, as well as by body composition and equipment configuration. This article assumes divers already understand the concept of trim in scuba diving, and focuses on how a diver's equipment may be adjusted to correct his trim. Read more...Read Full Post
  • Peacock Flounders

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:47 am
    A pair of rounded eyes poked out of the sand. One eye pointed directly at my dive group while the other focused in the opposite direction. I couldn't believe my luck! My dive group was making its way between two coral heads, and I had just spotted a peacock flounder buried beneath the sand. I called my dive group to a halt, and then slowly finned my way closer to the flounder so as not to frighten it away. Read more....Read Full Post
  • Buoyancy and Freediving

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:36 pm
    By guest author Julien Borde. Freedivers have no control over buoyancy. According to Boyle's Law, the deeper you dive, the more negatively buoyant you will become. This means that because he does not have a BCD, at some point the freediver begin will sink. Even though a freediver cannot control his buoyancy, with a little training can use the buoyancy shift to his advantage. Read more....Read Full Post
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  • 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…
  • Happy 40th Birthday to Me!

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

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

    24 Jun 2013 | 1:43 pm
    [Scuba filter] I live in NYC and received my PADI open water certification this weekend (woo!). I'm interested in weekend dive trips for beginners. As I mentioned above the fold, I received my open water certification the other day. Now I'm eager to get diving. I have a trip planned to Florida in a few weeks. I'm interested in taking advantage of the ocean in my backyard. I know that Wreck Valley is supposedly a popular spot. I think there are supposed to be some good spots in NJ as well. However, I've heard though of NY/NJ diving as being equivalent to the "Mount Everest" of diving, due to…
  • How does scuba diving work?

    3 Oct 2012 | 12:24 pm
    Explain scuba diving to me like I am six years old. I am interested in scuba diving, but don't really understand the technical aspects-- why they use breathing gas different from normal air, decompression stops, nitrogen narcosis, etc. If you were telling a small child about how scuba diving works, as well as its main risks, what would you say?
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  • NCDL Podcast: April 13th, 2014 - The 1st Annual Draft Day Prop Bet Special - Apr 14,2014

    The NorCal Dynasty League Podcast
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Zach, Chase and Scuba are back for another episode. Guest TBD.
  • The Grenadines under the Sea - Apr 08,2014

    World Footprints
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:00 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. Then we'll visit Bequia's Park Bay, home to the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, where a native retired skin-diving fisherman affectionately known as ?Brother King?, has spent more than a decade of his life to…
  • Buy the Book Interviews YA Author Melissa Eskue Ousley - Apr 07,2014

    7 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Melissa Eskue Ousley is the author of The Solas Beir Trilogy. The Rabbit and the Raven, the second book of this young adult fantasy series, was released on November 1, 2013. She is currently working on the third novel in the trilogy, The Sower Comes. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family and their Kelpie, Gryphon. When she's not writing, Melissa can be found swimming, hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, or walking along the beach, poking dead things with a stick. You can find out more about Melissa and The Rabbit and the Raven on Melissa's Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads…
  • NCDL Podcast: April 6th, 2014 - The Guys' Big Boards - Apr 07,2014

    The NorCal Dynasty League Podcast
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Zach, Chase and Scuba are back for the first episode of April and reveal their Top 15 Rookie Prospects with only a month to go until the NFL Draft
  • NCDL Podcast: March 26th, 2014 - LIVE: Trade Talks w/ Zach & Scuba - Mar 27,2014

    The NorCal Dynasty League Podcast
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Chase sits back and listens as Zach and Steaven try to work out a trad
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    Scuba Radio

  • ScubaRadio 4-19-14 HOUR1

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster shares his list of the top 10 dive sites in the US and Caribbean. Plus we speak with a lucky diver who won a spot on the next ScubaRadio ScubaCruise at the Beneath the Sea dive show! Looking for HOUR2?
  • ScubaRadio 4-19-14 HOUR2

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster shares his list of the top 10 dive sites in the US and Caribbean. Plus details on new product called the Dive Flag Plus! Looking for HOUR1?
  • ScubaRadio 4-5-14 HOUR1

    5 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster celebrates the 17th year anniversary of ScubaRadio being on the air! (Hour 1)
  • ScubaRadio 4-5-14 HOUR2

    5 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster celebrates the 17th year anniversary of ScubaRadio being on the air! (Hour 2)
  • ScubaRadio 3-29-14 HOUR1

    29 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster broadcasts from the Beneath the Sea dive show in New Jersey! (Hour 1)
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  • "Tanks for the memories".

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Never believe folks who tell you that nostalgia doesn’t have a future: there’s a lot to be learned from history. Particularly with regard to diving and the common misconception that ‘experience’ is a measure of how long a person’s been doing something rather than a gauge of any knowledge gained. Based on the fact that there are, today, almost as many active divers in their forties, fifties and sixties as there are in the younger age groups, the local dive store recently initiated a scheme intended to get older divers back into the water and bridge the generation gap. The idea…
  • Diving the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

    Sarah Breeze
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Being underwater for up to an hour at a time is one of the most surreal feelings which must be experienced. I qualified as a Open Water Diver through a PADI course in Cairns, Australia in early 2013 and still everytime I go down I am in awe of the world around me. A couple of weeks ago I went diving with ScubaWorld on the Ex-HMAS Brisbane off Mooloolaba, five minutes from where I live. I had never been diving on a wreck before, not having my wreck diving certification however the Ex-HMAS Brisbane has been designed specifically for scuba diving purposes and for this reason, has been opened up…
  • Grand Cayman Adventures!

    The Yummy Bunny
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    Just take it easy mon… Even though it has been a full three months since returning from Grand Cayman, I still get super giddy thinking about it or looking at pictures. I get this nervous, overly-excited anxiety that burns through my body and I just can’t wait to go back. It is such a wonderful place to go! I have been blessed to have celebrated the last two new years in Grand Cayman. Summer has always been my favorite season so getting a nice week long dose of it in December/January is always welcomed. I was a bit nervous being away from home for more than a couple of days, with…
  • Pack smart for your next scuba trip!

    Anne Helmers
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    Packing too much for any trip is a problem that most of us have. Over packing on a scuba vacation means heavy checked bags and lots of stuff you probably don’t need. Let’s face it. If you are a scuba enthusiast you really don’t need much to be happy at the beach but the right equipment. Our family loves to dive and after a year around the world, diving in lots of different countries we have light packing down. Pack a 2-3 suits, 2-3 shorts and a few t-shirts and a light sweater. One pair of good walking sandals. That’s all you need. Wear your heavy items if you are…
  • Pearl Farm

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    And this is why the dive site is called Pearl Farm Jetty. Shells in a frame hanging from the jetty. (Exif here.) Dive Site: Pearl Farm Jetty, Aljui Bay, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, February 2014
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  • SSI/Head/Mares – How’s that going for you?

    John McKenzie
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:26 pm
    The BUZZ on this topic has become a roar. Back in December 2013 SSI (Scuba Schools International) Dive Centers received news of a buy-out unique in the modern dive industry. On January 1, 2014 Head Sports, parent of Mares, would become the owners of SSI. To some SSI dive centers this felt a little like a surprise shotgun wedding inextricably tying them to Mares. Unlike mergers combining two product companies, this was a training agency being acquired by a product company. Ethical questions and anxiety bubbled up, especially for those dive centers not already selling the Mares line.  As one…
  • DC1400 Sea Dragon Pro Duo

    Chaela Sumner
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    We had the opportunity to try out the DC 1400 Sea Dragon Pro Duo recently, and were heartened to find that SeaLife has made some big improvements to its cameras and accessories, taking it a giant leap forward from the SeaLife 600 camera we purchased many years ago. The setup we tried  includes the DC 1400 SeaLife Camera with underwater housing, the Sea Dragon Flash with diffuser, Sea Dragon 2000 lumen light head, Two Flex-Connect Grips (plus we got an additional extension arm) and the Flex-connect tray. SeaLife Cameras is a division of Pioneer Research. The camera specs: 14 megapixel…
  • Seattle Area Dive Show Goes Mulit-Sport

    John McKenzie
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:27 pm
    The number of US regional consumer dive shows has shot up over the last few years. The US Dive Shows company now duplicates its proven formula in seven venues across the county. Combine that with the big standards, Our World Underwater, Beneath the Sea and the Scuba Show in Long Beach, CA and you are into double digits. But dive media mogul Rick Stratton is forging a new and different path with both his Northwest Dive and Travel Expo (NWDS – locally called the Tacoma show) and his re-branded journal. Diminishing attendance at the former NWDS  and exhibitor requests for a venue…
  • HotShotz Heat Packs

    Chaela Sumner
    22 Mar 2014 | 12:36 pm
    An affordable solution for staying warm in colder climes. We dive the cooler water temps of the Pacific Northwest. Since we’re always in the water, staying warm, even with cozy undergarments, can prove challenging at times, especially in winter water temps of mid to low-40s. Our friends have tried various heating units under their dry suits, often with a steep price tag.  Want to try something that works and you can easily afford? The HotShotz heat pack provides an affordable , easy to use solution, starting at only $6. Long time divers boast of using heat packs such as this in…
  • Raise your hand if your dive boat did not sink this month

    John McKenzie
    11 Feb 2014 | 11:03 pm
    It’s been a bad month dive boats in Thailand. Phuket News reported on Wednesday (2/12/1014) that the last three weeks three Thai dive boats have gone down while out on dive trips. All souls on all three boats were rescued safely by near by boats. The latest reported sinking was delayed because Andaman Scuba the owners of the MV Bunmee I  were reportedly trying to keep it quiet. The Bunmee was a live aboard with carrying 15 French divers when it caught fire and went down on 1 Feb. Another live aboard, the MV Blue Star owned by Chalong Sea Sport also caught fire before sinking on 9…
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  • The Motor Reef Wreck, La Parguera PR

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    The Motor Reef Wreck (Photo taken by Pedro Padilla of Island Scuba, Guanica PR) The this site is located on Motor Reef, near Turrumote Cay, off La Parguera. The wreckage lies approximately five miles offshore, at a depth of 55 feet. Dives on the immediate site area revealed only a solitary but largely intact radial aircraft engine, with a single loose component lying nearby. The engine is encased in its cowling, and the propeller is attached and largely undamaged. Interestingly, the propeller blades were set fully feathered into the wind (that is, the blade pitch settings were totally…
  • Western Rocky!

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am Western Rocky is in Myanmar (Burma), in the Mergui Archipelago! Check out this Decorator Crab! The only way I knew it was a crab is because I saw it move....incredible.
  • Fan Forest dive site in Andaman Sea

    26 Mar 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Fan Forest is a terrific dive site in Myanmar, the Mergui Archipelago! Check out my blog on it:
  • Scuba Diver Statistics - Tanks, Suits, Depth, Time

    11 Mar 2014 | 10:57 am
    After analyzing the dive log data from scuba divers on, I’ve come up with a few interesting statistics that I thought I would share. This data is taken from over 3000 logged dives. Most common tanks: 1. AL - 80cf/11L (86%) 2. Steel - 100cf/13L (3%) 3. Steel - 80cf/11L (2%) 4. Steel - 77cf/12L (2%) Most common exposure suits: 1. Full wetsuit - 7mm (25%) 2. Full wetsuit - 3mm (18%) 3. Full wetsuit - 5mm (15%) 4. Shorty wetsuit - 3mm (8%) 5. Drysuit (5%) The average depth for a scuba diver is 54 feet. The average time underwater is 52 minutes. Here is the breakdown of average…
  • World Record Living Under the Sea Attempt

    20 Feb 2014 | 1:20 pm
    News lead…: “This fall, Roane State associate professor of biology Bruce Cantrell and adjunct instructor Jessica Fain plan to live and work under the sea for 72 days. While underwater, Cantrell and Fain will offer the most unique educational experience in the college’s history and raise awareness of issues affecting the oceans. They will host a weekly program featuring interviews with leading scientists and explorers, covering topics such as conservation, undersea exploration and more. Roane State students in Cantrell’s fall online biology class will have an especially interesting…
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  • My Student, "The Scuba Guy"

    Amy B
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    Hello Fellow Scuba Enthusiasts! Less than a year ago, I (a grown woman) knew nothing about SCUBA. In August, I began teaching a 14 year old boy with Autism. He is low functioning academically, speaking is a challenge, he is easily distracted by noises, does not like to be touched and is fascinated with SCUBA gear. My student is excellent at memorizing, but has great difficulty with applying his knowledge and is unable to create or understand abstract concepts (like money...) While learning about MN, the land of 10,000 lakes, my student became particularly intrigued with a photo in a travel…
  • For sale: Zeagle Ranger size large.

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    It has come time to sell my Ranger. I'm not doing as much diving and most of it is tropical. I have taken good care of this BC. Rinsed inside and out after dives and regularly served. There are no signs of wear that I have found. I am including the yellow weight pockets... aka yellow weight thingies. Asking $350 plus shipping from zip of 47802. IMG_2643.jpgIMG_2641.jpg Attached Images IMG_2643.jpg (111.3 KB) IMG_2641.jpg (117.0 KB)
  • Great customer service!

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    I'm a new member, had to join to say thanks! I have a 10 year old Zeagle Tec BC that had developed some "issues". I called Subatoys trying to find out if they had someone who could do some repairs. I also have read enough of the website to know that they have a good relationship with Zeagle. I talked to Joe's son, Joey. After hearing my plight, he suggested I send it to them and they would return it for repairs. I was warned, it would take several weeks after they got it before it would be returned. I made a list of issues and sent it off, then called after a week to see if it had…
  • Just sayin hey everyone!

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    Been some time since I checked in. What's up with this? "There are currently 26 users online. 3 members and 23 guests" Man, this place is a ghost town compared to a couple of years ago. Hope all are doing well. Happy Easter!
  • Handicapped Scuba buddy

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Today was the 2nd class of 2 for a Handicapped Scuba Buddy training course. The 1st day is typical video review of the manual and this morning we took the 60 question exam. The real work was this afternoon with the pool session where we each wore blacked out masks and depended on our buddy for directions scooting around in the pool. The next was having our legs tied together and no use of our legs to learn how to help a paraplegic or amputee diver and to increase our own stress level not being able to use our legs. One challenge had our buddy mistakenly let us descend without controlling us…
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  • Good news on WA shark cull?

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Western Australia has decided to open the shark cull policy to a Public Environmental Review. That is great news! There is a four week period for us to send in our submissions. They have not published an address for those comments to be sent to, which gives us time, to think about how to respond.Swimming with sharks, cage diving, shark diving, are things Shark Diver is known for.Once again, Dashark"s has put together some excellent information for you, in his blog today.sourceThere are a lot of links with information, that help with writing an effective letter to the Environmental Protection…
  • Important information on the WA shark cull!

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    As most of you know, after the WA government stated that the shark cull was for a limited time, they are now trying to extend it for the next 3 years. The WA EPA is asking for comments from the public, and it is crunch time for getting those comments to the EPA and EPBC. The submission deadline is April 16 and Australia is a day ahead of our calender! So for all of you in Europe and the US, you need to get them in by April 15. Shark diving, swimming with sharks, cage diving, great white shark"Da Shark" has put together a great list on his blog, with all the relevant links and…
  • How many bull sharks fit in one picture?

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    On our expedition to Fiji last year, I was fortunate enough to be able to take the picture below. We counted 34 bull sharks in this shot. Great white shark diving, cage diving, guadalupe Island  Now Mike "da shark" tells me, that Sam Cahir has thrown down the gauntlet and taken the following picture. I think he's got 36 sharks in this one. Best shark divecage diving Isla GuadalupeWhile there is no shame in having a professional photographer like Sam take a better picture, I gladly accept the challenge and will try to one up this picture on Shark Diver's upcoming trip to Fiji.We still…
  • "Expert" advice on avoiding a shark attack?

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    The Huffington post had this nice article yesterday, telling their readers  "What Not To Do Around Sharks, According To The Experts"I have to admit, I was curious as to what we should not do around sharks. After all, we can always learn something new.The first think they mention, "Don't freak out!"  Fair enough, splashing and thrashing around wildly, is definitely not advisable in the company of sharks.The second thing is "Don't try to escape by swimming and splashing away furiously". Kind of like the first one, but again, not bad advise.Third "Don't turn your back to the shark!"…
  • Come meet us in San Diego.

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    If you are in the San Diego area on Sunday, April 13, come see us at the H&M landing,located at 2803 Emerson Street San Diego, CA 92106. We are going to be located at the end of the dock. Look for our cages. Cage diving with great white sharks at Isla Guadalupe. Shark diving at it's best with Shark Diver.You can get more information on "Day at the docks" here. San Diego shark divingWe are looking forward to seeing you there!Cheers,Martin GrafCEOShark Diver About Shark Diver. As a global leader in commercial shark diving and conservation initiatives Shark Diver has spent the past decade…
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  • Nice Scuba Diving photos

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Some cool scuba diving images: Scuba Diving in Mexico at Clint’s Wedding Image by Mark & Andrea Busse Scuba Diving inside Mexico at Clint’s Wedding [images by Clint before his fancy waterproof camera packed it in] Scuba Diving in Mexico at Clint’s Wedding Image by Mark & Andrea Busse Scuba Diving inside Mexico at Clint’s Wedding [images by Clint before his fancy waterproof camera packed it in] Scuba Diving in Mexico at Clint’s Wedding Image by Mark & Andrea Busse Scuba Diving inside Mexico at Clint’s Wedding [images by Clint before his fancy…
  • Lastest Scuba Diving Gear News

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    State panel backs draft rules for reducing invasive lionfish population Proposed guideline revisions might include permitting divers to utilize “rebreathers” to pick lionfish. A rebreather is underwater scuba gear which enables a diver to inhale the same air by scrubbing exhaled carbon dioxide plus adding oxygen back inside, producing … Read more on Naples Daily News State moves to allow spearfishing of invasive lionfish A rebreather is underwater scuba gear which enables a diver to inhale the same air by scrubbing exhaled carbon dioxide plus adding oxygen back inside, producing…
  • Follow the 'Addicted Oklahoma' series about the computers plus phones

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:20 pm
    zvideo.c Image by Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious I think this would have been a programming assignment. I threw regarding six boxes of aged stuff from my garage this afternoon. Here’s element of what you will find inside my dumpster should you go diving for it before garbage pickup day. Follow the 'Addicted Oklahoma' series on your computers plus phones As we dive into the coverage online, you'll see all sidebars, attributes, videos, informational images plus pictures, and also different methods to be concerned with you here at The Oklahoman. This really is a story we are…
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  • Types of Rays Targeted for Their Fins

    Creedence Gerlach
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    The various types of rays inhabiting the waters are some of the most beautiful creatures you could ever hope to see when you explore their underwater world. While most everyone has heard about the many conservation groups working with various governments to stop the practice of shark fin trade, not many realize that several types of rays are being targeted for their fins as well. These are just a few of the many types of rays that are being killed for their fins. Often, the ray’s fin cartilage is used as filler for the ever-popular shark fin soup. The fins are also used for making…
  • Top 5 Destinations in Malaysia for SCUBA Diving

    Creedence Gerlach
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Malaysia is one of the most sought-after destinations in Southeast Asia, and once you read through this article, you won’t be hard pressed to see why. Here are the top five destinations in Malaysia for SCUBA diving that have people coming from around the world to see paradise on Earth with their own eyes. Sipadan Island via flickr/No Dust The most famous of numerous diving destinations in Malaysia, Sipadan Island ranks as one of the most popular and best known places to go. Sipadan Island is heavily protected by a local government that wants to prevent overfishing, pollution, coral…
  • 3 Types of Acropora Coral

    Creedence Gerlach
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Acropora coral are some of the most beautiful reef coral found in our planet’s seas. Some of them grow as vast tables, while have tree-like branches or have round habit like certain shrubs or bunches of flowers. Though they look like plants, coral are animals. They’re polyps that build skeletons of calcium carbonate around them and live in great colonies. The more beautiful types of acropora coral have become popular in marine aquaria but can be difficult to keep healthy. However, they grow very quickly under the right conditions. Though there are close to 150 species of acropora…
  • Dive Science: How Boyle’s Law Applies to SCUBA Diving

    Creedence Gerlach
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    Imagine this scenario: a snorkeler or free diver approaches you and asks for a hit of your air — what do you do? Giving strangers compressed air may not actually be doing them a favor if you don’t know enough dive science to be safe. Last week, we discussed the aspects of Charles’ Law and how it applies to SCUBA diving. This week we’ll look at the similar Boyle’s Law and how its principles relate to our favorite activity. Boyle’s Law states that at constant temperature, pressure and volume are inversely proportional; as one increases, the other decreases. A…
  • 5 Beautifully Patterned Fish of the Red Sea

    Creedence Gerlach
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The Red Sea is known to have over 2,000 identified species of fish. A small percentage of these fish are endemic to the Red Sea, meaning they can only be found in its waters. The lengthy coral reef and the Red Sea’s fairly small presence in the commercial fishing industry are credited for the diverse populations of marine species found here. Many of these fish are known for unique physical characteristics like colors and patterns, and these five are some of the most beautifully patterned fish of the Red Sea.   Butterflyfish via flickr/laszlo-photo The butterflyfish is a fine…
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  • Critter Planet

    Guest Blogger
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    by Dustin Adamson The world is a mere speck of dust in our vast universe. That means we can't forget about the small stuff! Critter Planet was filmed in the Philippines and Indonesia, where critter diving doesn't any better. These small creatures are some of the most interesting creatures on earth.
  • Top 10 Manta Facts

    Trevor Sanford
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    Seeing manta rays is no doubt on many a diver’s bucket list. These large, acrobatic, graceful and harmless marine creatures capture the imagination and hearts of every one who has dived with them — and plenty of those who haven't yet had the chance. Here are 10 quick facts about mantas, with something to learn for everyone from the beginner diver all the way to those who’ve already had a few manta encounters. (You lucky folk.) Manta rays are a large form of eagle ray and join them in the classification family Myliobatidae. There are two types of manta: The reef manta and the giant…
  • Review – Sharkskin

    Shelley Collett
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Are you looking for a neoprene alternative, or something light and warm to wear under your wetsuit in really chilly waters that won’t force you to add weight? I certainly have been, and I found something that will be a part of my dive and whitewater gear for years to come: Let me introduce you to Sharkskin, specifically the Sharkskin Chillproof. The company offers five different lines, including Chillproof, Climate Control, Covert, Rapid Dry and Performance. Chillproof is probably the one best suited for watersports such as scuba diving, and the only one I’ve tried. Each type of suit is…
  • REASONS to DANCE: Artists United for Manta Rays

    Guest Blogger
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:45 pm
    by  Charlie Fasano from Ocean Artist Society The house lights dim and the stage lights come on. The anticipation of the crowd that has gathered grows with the expectation of the show they are about to witness. The audience sits beneath and floats above in a circle, shining their lights into the stage. In the center, a living chandelier of circling silver reflect light rays in every direction. The first dancer emerges and the crowd’s excitement grows. Then another dancer, and another. Though their dance is not choreographed, they move with a concerted orchestration hitting their marks. The…
  • Scuba Cartoon: I Need Light

    Nadia Aly
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    How much light do you use underwater? This is the 40th of our scuba cartoon series by Jerry King. Let us know what you think and submit your own if you have any! Don’t forget to share with your diver friends!
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    a new life in the sea

  • 6 months of decompression

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    With the blink of an eye, it had been six months since I had last been in the water. The last time I had been dry for that long was over a decade ago, but under very similar circumstances - that is taking the necessary time to incubate a new idea and take steps towards launching a new program.While there's no place I'd rather be than underwater, from time to time it does take some sacrifice to do these development pushes, but it is indeed necessary to ratchet up new ideas to a successful place.Leading up to this six month dry spell has been a very hard seven years of inshore commercial 'mud…
  • Malaysia 370 | an ocean education rollercoaster

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    I too have been among the masses tuning in almost nightly to find updates on missing Malaysia flight 370. It's been an inescapable event, with it taking front and center for more than a month since its disappearance. While the whole story has proven disturbing from several perspectives - particularly the huge gaps in information gathering, timely investigations, and flat out drop of what were initially perceived at hot sources - the guys with the fake passports, etc - what has emerged, while unfortunate circumstances, has been a rather useful discussion track on the complexity of the search…
  • a perspective on privatized science

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    After stumbling on a recent and timely New York Times article about the privatization of science, I thought it would make for a compelling Blog post to discuss the matter from 'the bottom up'. The article describes several science and exploration initiatives underway that have been financed by private companies or individuals in more recent years, referencing that this private sector excitement may indeed be needed to boost scientific practice given the struggles with public sector/federal funding mechanisms that have been the convention for decades. The article went on to recognize that…
  • First Exosuit Scientific Mission | in Context

    7 Mar 2014 | 11:15 am
    On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, a reception was hosted by the American Museum of Natural History to bring together the many individuals contributing to, participating in, and supporting the Stephen J. Barlow Bluewater Expedition - the mission will make first use of the Exosuit ADS for science while investigating mesopelagic environments for bioluminescent and biofluorescent organisms that may prove useful in developing biomarkers and neuronal activity probes to advance the field of neuroscience. I delivered the below statement for the reception to help present the context of…
  • Expedition Announced | first Exosuit ADS mission for science @oceanopp #exosuitproject

    27 Feb 2014 | 8:40 am
    The first scientific exploration mission utilizing the Exosuit ADS is taking place this summer (2014), approximately 100 miles off of the Rhode Island Coast at a location called the Canyons, while working in the mesopelagic environment (depths of 200 to 1000 feet). The mission, entitled the Stephen J. Barlow Bluewater Expedition in honor of the long-time President and COO of the J.F. White Contracting Company, is a cooperative program between J.F White Contracting, Yale University's John B. Pierce Laboratory, and the American Museum of Natural History.The expedition's mission is to…
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  • Pure Apnea 2014 Dynamic Bi-fin World Championship To Be Held In November

    John Liang
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Pure Apnea has announced that it will hold a dynamic bi-fin freediving world championship competition this coming November.  Pure Apnea has announced itself as a new Freediving education and competitive agency – very much like AIDA International and CMAS. The event will feature two competitions that will take place simultaneously — one in Brno, Czech Republic representing the Northern Hemisphere, and the other in Cape Town, South Africa representing the Southern Hemisphere. Roman Ondruj (Freedive World) will be the head organizer of the Northern competition, while John Daines…
  • [CARTOON] You Got All Your Gear In That Tiny Suitcase?

    Stephan Whelan
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:13 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 “You Got All Your Gear In That Tiny Suitcase?”.  
  • Beyond the Bathtub – Sponges

    Karen Stearns
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Sponges are much more than cleaning accessories; they are the ocean’s original reef builders. Barrel sponge with Glass fish | Photo: Steve Rosenberg Ever think about all the sponges we use to bathe our children, wash dishes or clean the car? Today a majority of these sponges are made through a synthetic process, but there was a time when they were harvested directly from the sea, from the animal that is the origin of the name. As harvesters moved from holding their breath to the use of hardhat diving suits, over-harvesting decimated sponge beds worldwide. Fortunately, man-made alternatives…
  • [VIDEO] Freediving the HMNZS Canterbury

    Stephan Whelan
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    This week’s video is a home made video made of Freediving the wreck of the ex-HMNZS Canterbury in Deep Water Cove on the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. 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 (or just plain interesting) about Freediving, Scuba Diving or Spearfishing.
  • Emperor Divers’ Resort In Egypt Now Offering Freediving Packages

    John Liang
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Emperor Divers has introduced freediving at its Hamata resort in Egypt: The Red Sea offers year round tropical crystal clear warm waters, technicolour coral gardens and marvelous marine life combined with Hamata’s tranquil and peaceful sanctuary. Emperor Hamata also offers freediving lessons with Alessandro Pinna, an APNEA Academy Freediving Instructor with the ability to teach up to the equivalent of 3-star SSI or AIDA. More on the resort: Emperor’s house reef has ideal conditions with onsite support, training dives with a freediving instructor, freediving from one a diving boat…
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  • 10 Tips to Prevent Your Dive or Snorkelling Mask From Leaking

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    A leaking mask is possibly one of the most irritating things that can affect a diver or snorkeller. Following a few simple steps can help ensure you get a great seal and prevent water from entering your mask. Here are my top 10 tips on getting a good fitting mask. Buy a good quality mask. Although all masks look similar, the quality of a mask is usually evident in the quality of the skirt. Make sure when you buy your mask, that you check the seal by moving the strap out of the way, placing it on your face and sucking in through your nose. Whilst you are sucking in, the mask should pull onto…
  • A Buyers Guide To Fins

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:52 am
    Whether you are a professional dive instructor or a happy holiday snorkeler, the need for a good set of fins is a prerequisite to propelling yourself through the water. Without them we are pretty much immobile (certainly in dive gear) and generally splashing around, panting a lot. As we know in the dive world we don’t call them flippers, although, I suspect more people do than don’t. Flipper was a dolphin and we don’t take his name in vain! Realistically it doesn’t matter what you call them.   Foot types If you are diving in warm water where you don’t need…
  • Is The Local Dive Store Dying?

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    With the sad news last week that one of the UKs largest diver training centres Scuba Pursuits had gone into administration does the industry need to take note? Is this just an unfortunate one off or a sign of the health of our industry? Over the years many established and lots of smaller dive centres fail ever year. It is the natural way of things. However I believe we as an industry can do more to help ourselves. One huge concern I have for our industry is the price of training. When I started Simply Scuba in 1995 the price of a PADI Open Water Diver course was £330 now the same course is…
  • The Great Swim to Save Sharks

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    In just over a month, Gene Girardeau will be doing something that has never been attempted before, she will begin a open water swim of forty three kilometres between the tropical islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, which is seven kilometres longer than the English Channel. Gene who is a honorary Master Divers member will be attempting this challenge all in the name of saving sharks. In association with Project Aware’s Finathon and Master Divers Gene will be trying to raise as much money and awareness as possible, but with a target of  3000 dollars (around £1800) for Project Aware to…
  • New Training Lake Opens at Andark

    Tim Harrison
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:39 am
    Divers in the South of the UK will be pleased to hear that Andark has announced the official opening date of 29th March for their new scuba diving training lake in Lower Swanwick. The purpose built facility includes heated changing rooms and showers, a small onsite shop/cafe, a classroom and the training lake which measures approximately 75m x 45m with a maximum depth of 7m. The lake currently has a few points of interest with plans to add more in the future and also convenient training platforms. To coincide with the opening Andark has organised a presentation from John Bantin on Sharks and…
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    Just Spear Fishing

  • Tony Wu Interview: Swimming with Whales

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Today we have a fairly different interview. We managed to sit down with Tony Wu, a Whale & Marine Wildlife photographer with a lot of diving experience. Lets hear what he had to say! How do you get these whale photography gigs? How is one given the opportunity to go take pictures of whales? There’s no career path per se. I’ve been interested in the ocean for as long as I can remember, fiddling around at the beach a lot when I was a kid, playing with crabs, starfish, seaweed, basically anything I could find. Getting into whale photography is something I did as a continuation of my…
  • What is a great speargun for big fish?

    25 Jan 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Looking to do some open water diving? Dive by some oil rigs? Be prepared you will need a powerful speargun that is capable of catching the bigger fish that reside in these areas.   For a fish that is around 100 pounds, you will need at least a double band speargun or even a pneumatic. For this article we are going to discuss what kind of band guns you will need to get the job done. What is an affordable multi band speargun gun? If you are looking for a multi band speargun with more than one band, the Omer Caymen ET. In its longer sizes, this model is available with more than one band.  The…
  • What Speargun should I buy?!?

    25 Jan 2014 | 11:21 am
    One of the most common questions that we get from fellow spearos is “what speargun should I consider buying?”  This is a choice that will depend largely on your spearfishing level and the conditions of your hunting grounds. What is your spearfishing  level? First we should talk about your level.   If you are an experienced spearo the best thing you can do is contact us or give us a call. (Yes, we are one of the few online companies that actually enjoy talking to our customers.)  Fear not, if you are just starting out, you are also allowed to contact us Chances are, if you have been…
  • Want to learn Freediving to improve your Spearfishing?

    23 Jan 2014 | 5:50 am
    For this post we managed to sit down and interview Ashley Futral Chapman, a freediving instructor located in North Carolina and the Bahamas.   If you are not familiar with Ashley, she is a 3 Time World Record Holder, 10 Time National Record Holder, and the 2012 Team USA Captain. Lets see what she had to say: How did get started with Freediving?  I took interest in the sport of freediving in 2008 as a means of spearfishing the North Carolina waters with my husband, Ren.  After struggling with shallow fifty foot dives throughout the summer I decided to accompany Ren to the Cayman Islands…
  • What is the best speargun for the money?

    17 Jan 2014 | 8:42 am
    So… What is the best supergun for the money? The best of anything is debatable, however we do have a few thoughts on which gun you should consider getting. To get started, you have to take the following into consideration: Your level Ultimately, your skill level will decide where you want to hunt.    Different spearguns will be better for different skill levels. Where Perhaps the most important factor, is WHERE you will be hunting. Especially your local hunting grounds water visibility, for example if you do not have clear vis, you do not want a very long gun. It would not make sense to…
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  • Mother’s Day Gifts : The Perfect Women’s Watch

    Best Dive Watch
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:14 pm
    It is that time of year again when we celebrate all of the amazing mothers in our lives. Are you still wondering what to buy for Mother’s Day? Well, how about a timeless piece of jewelry that functions for day wear, for sports, and of course, snorkeling or diving! Women’s dive watches come in all styles, colors, and with various functions to meet the needs of any woman diver from a beginner to an experienced diver. We have selected some of the top women’s dive watches on the market that have reasonable price points, a variety of features, and attractive designs. Dive…
  • Dive Knife Reviews : A Necessary Tool

    Best Dive Watch
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Dive Knife Reviews: A dive knife is an important part of the diver’s equipment. Used for cutting, pounding, digging, measuring, and probing, the dive knife is a multipurpose tool also used to attract the attention of others in an emergency by knocking it against a scuba tank. The blade of the dive knife should have a sharp edge on one side and a serrated edge on the other side in order to be able to cut through seaweed, rope, fishing lines or anything else that could entangle a diver while diving under the water. Good blades are corrosion resistant and should always rinse your knife…
  • Scuba Diving In the United States

    Best Dive Watch
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Scuba diving in the United States offers a variety of diverse environments, some of the best in the world. American scuba divers are fortunate to experience anything from giant towering kelp forests, colorful coral gardens, to ocean bottoms littered with shipwrecks. Here is a snapshot of the most popular dive sites in the United States. California Scuba Diving The dense kelp beds that form surface canopies make diving in California unforgettable. The kelp is a natural shelter for many forms of life. Rock formations act as an anchor for the floating kelp and support other life forms such as…
  • The Dangers of Cave Diving

    Best Dive Watch
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    The Dangers of Cave Diving without Experience or Proper Training The oceans of the world are truly amazing and wonderful places to visit and explore, for this reason thousands of people every year choose to become certified divers. Not only are the oceans the last true frontier on this planet, they also hold some of the most dangerous environments known to man. Exploring them is not for the light of heart, or the weak of mind. Many experienced scuba divers have lost their lives, including scuba instructs, while cave diving. Cave diving puts the “x” in extreme sports. But for the brave and…
  • Diving Equipment Checklist

    Best Dive Watch
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Diving involves a great deal of special equipment. Most likely you will learn what you need to have, how to select it, and how to take care of it from your instructor, from scuba retail stores, or even from scuba books and magazines. Don’t plan on cutting any corners when it comes to acquiring your scuba gear. Quality counts and it will make all the difference down the road. Diving is an enjoyable sport, but it won’t be if you have constant equipment issues. Diving Equipment Checklist Mask, snorkel & snorkel keeper Fins and boots Filled scuba tank Buoyancy compensator Exposure…
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