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  • Photographers of the Week – Joel and Jennifer Penner

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    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    DPG presents Photographers of the Week Joel and Jennifer Penner
  • Fiction author, award- winning journalist D.D. Corbitt on Authors on the Air

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    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…
  • ScubaRadio 1-31-15 HOUR1

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    31 Jan 2015 | 7:40 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster chats with John Chatterton about his unique quest to find a pirate ship. Plus how our love of diving brings us all together. Looking for HOUR2?
  • SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis - plumitapacifica.com

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    garydavi
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    This is the continuation of a series of posts on my blog to promote the e-book SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA – which is a Guide to… the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise… This is a guide book that will give you the kind of insider’s knowledge that you might wish you had before you made your decision to move or not move to Costa Rica. Every blog entry will start with the appendix because that way when you read whatever else I have posted it will 1. make sense (I hope) and 2. give you a point of reference in case you realize you need to read…
  • BOOK REVIEW: The Basics of Rebreather Diving, by Jill Heinerth

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    John McKenzie
    11 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    If you ever think about diving a rebreather, renown rebreather instructor Jill Heinerth‘s book The Basics of Rebreather Diving offers you the best insurance against having a “shiny object moment.” Rebreathers require the largest investment of money and time of any one product a scuba diver can purchase. Jill says, “so often divers choose to buy a rebreather based on one demo pool session or even how it looks.” It’s clear from page one that Jill is not selling rebreathers. She is, as a big sister would, sitting you down and gently helping you truly…
 
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  • 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 billapgar.com 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…
  • A True Renaissance Woman- Yvonne E. Mikulencak

    With Mrs Diane Winbush
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Mark your calendar for January 7th at 8:00 am 2015 as we interview one of America's pioneer and entrpreneur.  Yvonne was selected as  The National Association Professional Woman of the year for 2011/2012.  Yvonne is fine art, advocate, wildlife, rancher, scuba diver, actress, and retired college art professor. She honeed these skills at both West Texas A7M University, where she received her Master of Arts and Master of Fine arts in Studio Art & Art History.Diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of 56, she created Asperger Women association, the first worldwide organization for…
  • Exploring South Africa's other side and Nelson Madela's legacy

    World Footprints
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As the world remembers Nelson Mandela on the anniversary of his death, Tonya and Ian travel full circle from their law careers to South Africa, a destination they hold close to their hearts.  (Hint:  they honeymooned there).  World Footprints shares the lasting legacy of Mandela as it showcases other sides of South Africa, including an extraordinary student exchange program between the University of Missouri and the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. Then you’ll hear about the legacy of animal conservation that stretches across the globe as World Footprints…
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  • ScubaRadio 1-31-15 HOUR1

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    31 Jan 2015 | 7:40 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster chats with John Chatterton about his unique quest to find a pirate ship. Plus how our love of diving brings us all together. Looking for HOUR2?
  • ScubaRadio 1-31-15 HOUR2

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    31 Jan 2015 | 7:40 pm
    This hour Roz from the UK joins the crew to share some diving news from across the pond. Plus will a new full face snorkel bring more people into diving? Looking for HOUR1?
  • ScubaRadio 1-24-15 HOUR1

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    24 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster speaks with Captain Carl Fismer about Treasure hunting off the coast of Ft Pierce. Plus he shares thoughts on a new book from the author of Shadow Divers! Looking for HOUR2?
  • ScubaRadio 1-24-15 HOUR2

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    24 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    This hour Greg and friend shares thoughts on the “Poo-nami” some adventurers experienced when diving with a sperm whale. Plus more celebrities are getting the urge to submerge! Looking for HOUR1?
  • ScubaRadio 1-17-15 HOUR1

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    17 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster checks in with friends for dive reports from Fiji to the Florida Keys! Looking for HOUR2?
 
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  • SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis - plumitapacifica.com

    garydavi
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    This is the continuation of a series of posts on my blog to promote the e-book SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA – which is a Guide to… the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise… This is a guide book that will give you the kind of insider’s knowledge that you might wish you had before you made your decision to move or not move to Costa Rica. Every blog entry will start with the appendix because that way when you read whatever else I have posted it will 1. make sense (I hope) and 2. give you a point of reference in case you realize you need to read…
  • Go Round: Endless Ocean

    Shelby Coulter
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    What kind of fish is that? I better rub it until I learn something. That’s how scuba diving wo
  • Diving Koh Phi Phi

    javanwyn
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:07 am
    On Koh Phi Phi I was really hoping to get to a particular dive site, Hin Daeng. After some research
  • Scuba's Single Reviews

    Robyn
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:08 am
    youtube Scuba hat für FACT ein paar Reviews von aktuellen Tracks besprochen und für die Tracks dann auch Punkte vergeben. Das Video sagt am Ende dann aber doch mehr über ihn als über die besprochene Musik aus…
  • Koh Tao, Thailand

    Nick Domke
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Follow @ndomke Southern Thailand – Beaches, Suntans, Scooters, Diving, Food, and Friends Part 4 – Koh Tao – April 2013 We left Koh Lanta in the morning in a shared van and experienced yet another traffic jam caused by strong wills alone. It was a few hours back to Krabi in the rather warm van that was in no way overcrowded. We were headed to Koh Tao, so we had to get up early the next morning for the 6:15 AM bus to Surat Thani on the Gulf of Thailand. From Surat Thani, we caught the first boat to Koh Pha Ngan and waited on the island infamous for the Full Moon Party. That was not…
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  • BOOK REVIEW: The Basics of Rebreather Diving, by Jill Heinerth

    John McKenzie
    11 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    If you ever think about diving a rebreather, renown rebreather instructor Jill Heinerth‘s book The Basics of Rebreather Diving offers you the best insurance against having a “shiny object moment.” Rebreathers require the largest investment of money and time of any one product a scuba diver can purchase. Jill says, “so often divers choose to buy a rebreather based on one demo pool session or even how it looks.” It’s clear from page one that Jill is not selling rebreathers. She is, as a big sister would, sitting you down and gently helping you truly…
  • DEMA Show 2014 Day 3 Highlights

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

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

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

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

    17 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    travelswithtam.com/fab-photos-friday-amazing-cozumel-diving-2/
  • Thresher shark image shows rare live birth

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:05 pm
    grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/thresher-shark-im...ows-rare-live-birth/
  • DiveBuddy Mobile Website Launched

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    DiveBuddy Mobile is now available! Whenever you browse DiveBuddy.com from a mobile device, you may be redirected to the new mobile version of our website: divebuddy.com/mobile The mobile version is a designed to fit smaller devices with touch functionality. Not all features of DiveBuddy.com are available on the mobile version. However, you will find that most of the things you need, while browsing from your phone or tablet, are available. For example, you can view recent photos, forum topics, articles and events. You can upload new photos, reply to forum topics, post comments, and view member…
  • Jon line for divers or only Tech

    8 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    A Jon line if often known from the tech world of diving, but what about you recreational divers? Do you or would you ever use a jon line? Here’s how all divers can benefit from the jon line on a regular drift dive - Jon line for divers or Tech divers
  • 2014 Market Share of Scuba Certification Agencies (PADI, SSI, NAUI)

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

    DevilDiver
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    Get to grips with the basics of using strobes to release and capture the vibrant colours hiding underwater. Link here: http://www.divephotoguide.com/underw...eid=3d1f56dd8f
  • GoPro Firmware Update to Add Slow-Motion and Other New Features 1-28-2015

    DevilDiver
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Just when you thought your GoPro couldn’t get any cooler, the action cam giant has announced some exciting forthcoming firmware updates for the HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver models that are sure to take your underwater video to the next level. Link here: http://www.divephotoguide.com/underw...eid=3d1f56dd8f
  • Zeagle Stainless Steel Cylinder Bands

    ScubaToys Larry
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Learn More about the Zeagle Stainless Steel Cylinder Bands Metal cylinder bands are a necessity for setting up your BC with twin cylinders and Zeagle offers a set with the Zeagle logo prominently displayed. Available for 7.25" diameter or 8" diameter cylinders.... More...
  • Hollis Pathseeker Reel

    ScubaToys Larry
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Learn More about the Hollis Pathseeker Reel The new Hollis Pathseeker Reels are designed to be the Best-Performing Primary Dive Reels available. The Reels Spool is Injection Molded using Glass Filled Nylon which is Stronger than Traditional ABS providing a Durable and Rugged Core. The Core is Bolted-to-an-Aircraft-Grade 6061-T6 Hard Anodized Aluminum Handle using a One-Piece Marine Grade Stainless Steel Shaft and is controlled by a Stainless Steel Lockdown Screw. All Parts are Engineered with the Strictest Tolerances to eliminate Line Traps or Failures. Reel ... More...
  • Assorted Second Stages

    ScubaToys Larry
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Learn More about the Assorted Second Stages Zeagle Envoy Mares Prestige She Dives Sherwood Maximus Sherwood Oasis Cressi Poseidon XSTREAM ... More...
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  • Colony of Colorful Sea Whips (Ellisella ceratophyta)

    BNS
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Colony of Colorful Sea Whips (Ellisella ceratophyta), Bunaken Island, Indonesiaby B. N. SullivanDespite its appearance, this is not a plant.  It is a colony of Sea Whips -- a type of soft coral.  This colorful species, Ellisella ceratophyta, occurs in many locations throughout the Indo-Pacific region.  I photographed this example at Indonesia's Bunaken Island.Sea Whips are Octocorals.  That is, their polyps have eight tentacles.  Like most Octocorals, they feed at night by extending their feathery tentacles to catch tiny bits of nutrients from the surrounding water.
  • The Channel Clinging Crab (Mithrax spinosissimus)

    BNS
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Channel Clinging Crab (Mithrax spinosissimus)by B. N. SullivanWe were on a night dive in the Turks and Caicos Islands when we came across this crab.  It is a Channel Clinging Crab (Mithrax spinosissimus), the largest species of Caribbean reef crab.How big is he?  We estimated that this crab's carapace measured about 15 cm (6 inches) across.  If you could measure across its spread-legged footprint, however, it would easily be over to 30 cm (12 inches).We were scanning around with our lights across a sandy area off the coast of West Caicos, when we saw this crab gallumphing…
  • Have you ever seen a pregnant shark?

    BNS
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Pregnant Whitetip Reef Shark (Triaenodon obesus)by B. N. SullivanSomeone we know saw a TV program about sharks, and learned that while some shark species lay eggs, others give live birth.  He asked us, "Have you ever seen a pregnant shark?"Yes, occasionally we have seen pregnant sharks, and I even managed to photograph one.  Above is a photo of a pregnant White Tip Reef Shark (Triaenodon obesus) that I took at Sipadan Island, off the coast of Borneo.  She looks like she is about ready to pop!This species is known to breed in the Autumn and Winter.  The gestation period is…
  • Happy Holidays from The Right Blue!

    BNS
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    Christmas Tree worm (Spirobranchus giganteus) and Pillar Coral (Dendrogyra cylindrus), with polyps extendedby B. N. SullivanWe chose this image for our holiday post because we thought it looked festive. We hope you agree.The photo, taken during a night dive off  Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, shows a stand of Pillar Coral (Dendrogyra cylindrus) with its polyps extended for feeding.  Nestled cozily in the coral is a kind of Polychaete worm called the Christmas Tree worm (Spirobranchus giganteus).  The worm burrows into coral and secretes a calcareous tube in…
  • It's a Pipefish, but which Pipefish?

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

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Join Shark Diverand Emmy award winning underwater cinematographer Peter Kragh at the peak of Isla Guadalupe'sshark season, to learn about the many facets of underwater documentary film making. Whether you are just an amateur or an emerging filmmaker, this is an opportunity to get some expert tips to improve your videos and, of course, see some of the greatest sharks in the world.Peter KraghPeter is intimately familiar with sharks. He has filmed everything from little horn sharks to whale sharks and great whites and worked on many Shark Week episodes. He will be there to help you improve your…
  • The "baddest" shark at Isla Guadalupe?

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    I want to introduce you to some of the sharks we have met over the last 14 years at Guadalupe Island.Thanks to the Photo Id project we are able to individually identify the sharks and keep track of who's visiting the Island each year. We are now at over 155 different sharks, some of them having been seen at Guadalupe every years, since we started going there in 2001.A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the ID project here and now I want to start out by introducing you to the guy who got me hooked on shark diving."Shredder""Shredder" was one of the real characters at Guadalupe Island. Never…
  • Australia. Sabotaging Eco Tourism?

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:37 pm
    I hate to say it, but Australia is at it again. After hunting down a tagged shark for simply being too close to shore, they now have declared their intention to "opt out of protections for 5 shark species".The guardian writes that The government is submitting a “reservation” against three species of thresher shark and two species of hammerhead shark listed as protected migratory species under the UN-administered convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals.  The five types of shark were among 31 species granted new protection status at a convention summit…
  • Shark Attack in Australia? What really happened.

    18 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    Shark Attack in Australia? Part 2Yesterday we talked about the teenager who got "attacked" by a shark hereToday he admits that it wasn't really the sharks fault. Watch the video below.Sam Smith now says that the shark would have ignored him, had he left him alone.Funny, how the commentary still refers to it as an attack.I'm glad the kid is going to be OK and that they reported what actually happened. Hopefully that will reduce the hysteria that usually follows an incident like this. Cheers,Martin GrafCEO Shark DiverAbout Shark Diver. As a global leader in commercial shark diving and…
  • Shark Attack in Australia?

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Sky news reports that a teenager was attacked by a shark off Australia's east coast. The article states that Sam Smith was spearfishing off Mollymook beach, 140 miles (230km) south of Sydney, when a shark bit his hand. The 17-year-old's friend Luke Sisinni said they were both filming when they spotted the shark, with Sam swimming down to get footage. Luke told the Ulladulla Times: "He said it spun around and started coming for him, so he stabbed it with his spear to try and scare it off, but it just went ballistic and bit him."So these kids are spearfishing and when a shark comes to…
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  • Lastest Scuba Fins News

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Waterfront Ads Call for details. 949-426-1578. #scuba diving Buoy – $ 20 utilized, in good shape and total. 619-818-3882. #6'8' Kies Step Up Surfboard – $ 220 6'8" x 18 1/2" x 2 7/16" Good condition, water tight and ready to search. Fins and traction pad included. 619-995-5597. Read more on San Diego Reader Complete boats but a lot fewer retail product sales and brand new pupils bedevil scuba shop owners But sales of mask, fins, wetsuits, regulators and all the other gear are down 12 percent and amounts of pupils taking beginner diving courses features…
  • Eldorado's swim maestro

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Eldorado's swimming maestro Possibly considering Barney, Seckler's achievements went mostly unnoticed or underappreciated outside of the swimming and diving bubble. But Eldorado is becoming a juggernaut. The girls tend to be two-time protecting state champions – initial state … Find out more on Albuquerque Journal Connectedevice Cookoo 2 Connected Watch The watch is water-resistant as much as 10 atmospheres, or 330 feet, in order to wear it while swimming, though it mustn't be used for diving. Probably the best benefit about the Cookoo 2's design is it doesn't…
  • Mares Mesh Grid All-metal second Stages

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:20 pm
    http://www.k2scuba.com/product_description.php?category=1&sub_cat=78&product=670 The mesh design for the second stage cover reduces the pressure of water movement… Video Rating: 0 / 5 Thanks for Moseying on over and visiting us! Since you gave us your valuable time, here's Some K2 resources love back:NOAA Ocean Explorer: Scuba DivingTSA: Transporting Scuba EquipmentScuba at Lake Mead National Recreational Area - National Park ...Scuba Diving Safety | Lifeguard ServicesScuba Diving Buoyancy Compensators Recalled by Ocean ... No related posts.
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  • 5 Sea Creatures of the Bathypelagic Zone

    Creedence Gerlach
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    The bathypelagic zone is considered to be deep ocean territory, comprising the area of pelagic ocean between 1,000 and 4,000 meters beneath the surface, with little to no sunlight present in this ecosystem. Due to the limited light and corresponding frigid temperatures found at these remarkable depths, sea creatures of the bathypelagic zone are uniquely adapted to life in this harsh environment. Let’s take a look at just five of these amazing animals. Vampire Squid via news.nationalgeographic.com The vampire squid is actually a type of sea mollusk, growing to reach a maximum length of…
  • Suit of Armor: The Scaly-Foot Gastropod

    Creedence Gerlach
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    The scaly-foot gastropod is an incredible deep sea snail that lives in hydrothermal vents, a harsh environment that subjects it to high pressure, extreme temperatures, and high acidity levels. They are the only known animals to incorporate iron sulfides into their bodies, and their unique shells have three layers to sustain them against threats such as a dissolving shell or being hunted by crabs. The outermost shell layer is made of iron sulfides to protect them from the extreme heat of the vent environment. The thick middle layer is organic, and the innermost layer is made of a type of…
  • 5 Tiniest Crustaceans in the Sea

    Creedence Gerlach
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    The sea is home to a variety of diverse life. Among these life forms, crustaceans are classified as a group of arthropods with a hard exoskeleton and a segmented body. The most plentiful of these arthropods dwell in the ocean, and these tiny crustaceans are commonly known as the “insects of the sea.” Crustaceans are plentiful in the sea and other bodies of water, with thousands of varieties ranging in all sizes. As prey for much larger creatures, these five tiniest crustaceans are a great source of food for an array of marine life. Stygotantulus Stocki via Wikipedia (not actual species;…
  • Snorkeling Fins vs SCUBA Fins: What’s the Difference?

    Creedence Gerlach
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Contrary to popular belief, larger fins are not necessarily better for every type of diving. Different fins are designed for swimming at different depths, which in turn means how easily you can maneuver in the water relates directly to the type of equipment you’re using. That’s where knowing the difference between using fins designed for snorkeling and those designed for SCUBA diving enters the scene. Having the right fin is like having the correct tool for the job. That’s why trying to SCUBA dive with snorkeling fins can result in restricted movement due to a lack of…
  • The Plight of the Bluefin Tuna

    Creedence Gerlach
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    The bluefin tuna inhabits the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Pacific Ocean, and is a popular target for sportfishermen in these regions, as well as a prized food source which fuels a burgeoning commercial industry. This species grows to be quite large, and is considered a delicacy when sliced thin and eaten raw. However, due to these factors, the bluefin tuna has been fished to the point where it is fast approaching categorization as an endangered species. Many agree that this tuna must be protected, yet no one seems able to agree on exactly how to accomplish this. Bluefin…
 
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  • The Bull Sharks of Beqa Lagoon

    Jessica Vyvyan-Robinson
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    On the southern coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, sits the small coastal town of Pacific Harbour. The streets are lined with serried ranks of palm trees, and narrow waterways wend seaward between banks of dense jungle greenery. The town itself is relatively quiet, and yet Pacific Harbour is the ultimate destination of countless divers seeking an adrenaline rush like no other — this is the departure point for Beqa Lagoon, a site that bills itself as the world’s No. 1 shark dive. Although this self-proclaimed title may seem ambitious, those who have dived Beqa often corroborate the…
  • Will This New Full-Face Mask Revolutionize Snorkeling?

    Jessica Shilling
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    As divers, we remember with absolute clarity the first time we took a breath underwater. For some of us, the memory is one of wonder and amazement, but for many, mastering breathing underwater is one of the biggest challenges of learning to dive. It often takes quite some time for the brain to adjust to inhaling in water without drowning, and for many people, breathing underwater feels unnatural and can cause feelings of panic or claustrophobia. These feelings are often exacerbated by ill-fitting masks that allow water to seep under the seal, thereby heightening awareness of the water all…
  • Lost In Translation: How Scuba Equipment Differs From Country To Country

    Jessica Vyvyan-Robinson
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Part of traveling’s lure is exposure to different cultures, from sampling new cuisine, to learning foreign languages, to observing weird and wonderful local traditions. It’s exciting to get out of your comfort zone and see something different, but when it comes to scuba, different can be confusing. If you have ever traveled abroad to dive, you might have experienced the subtle differences that exist between countries when it comes to scuba equipment. Here we aim help to explain those differences so that you can be fluent in the language of diving wherever you go. Aluminum vs. steel tanks…
  • Diving The USS Emmons

    Guest Blogger
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:06 pm
    By Ben Stevens The USS Emmons sits at 138 feet at the bow and 150 feet at the stern on the seafloor, one nautical mile off the northern end of Kouri Island, Okinawa, Japan. As the dive boat arrives at the anchor buoy, which is tied to the ship, the anticipation to see a famous World War II ship, 69 years after it was sunk by kamikazes, wells up in my stomach. We drop over the edge of the boat backwards, finding the ropes that lead down to the Emmons. Descending to the 30-foot buoy and looking down, we can see faint lines that indicate the sides and bottom of the ship. Descending lower into…
  • Off the Beaten Path In Egypt: Part I

    Thomas Gronfeldt
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    The car jumps as it hits yet another pothole, jerking everyone awake. I look around. We’re on the outskirts of El Gouna, a small village in Egypt’s deep south. That means we’ve driven for several hours already, but still have several more to go. We’d arrived earlier this morning at Hurghada International Airport, already more than 5 hours by car from Cairo, and considered one of the main ports to the Red Sea. There, we hopped into a minibus and headed for the open road, making our way further south. We’ve been on the road since the wee hours of the morning, and it is now late…
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  • 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…
  • "the poor have it easy"

    13 Jan 2015 | 3:17 pm
    I've had my nose to the ground for all of 2014, and no sooner do I look up to check my direction when 2015 makes its splash. Where did the year go?As I reflect back on what my peers have suggested was an incredibly successful 2014, despite my being a bit hypercritical of 'progress', I think I've finally come to terms with how to make the most of this passage of time that we are reminded of this time of year...the bottom line - treat life as the journey that it is rather than get hung up on the rather small steps we take in meeting short term goals or ambitions.So, what will 2015 bring? Well,…
  • Now here's some news...

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:20 pm
    This excites me and gives me hope for a future life aquatic - Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain just recently surfaced from a record-breaking 73 day stay underwater at Jules Undersea Lodge in the Florida Keys. The mission marked an ambitious effort to reach out, engage, and educate, all from an alien world that rests literally in our backyard. More on the project can be found here: https://www.roanestate.edu/classroomunderthesea/project.asp.Interestingly, the project comes on the heels of Fabien Cousteau's recent Mission 31, a 31 day stay at the Aquarius Reef Base Habitat, also in the…
  • Cultural Changes in Diving, a response

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

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

    Stephan Whelan
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    This week’s video is from Joe Sheridan and features a great day of offshore freediving, spearfishing and laughing all day in North Carolina. 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 […]
  • Russian Freediver Launches Crowdsourcing Campaign For Captive Dolphin Movie

    John Liang
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Russian freediver Julia Petrik is conducting a crowdsourcing campaign to raise the money needed to fund the completion of a documentary on her country’s captive cetacean industry. Filming of the movie — titled “Born Free” — has been finished. It features behind-the-scenes looks at Russian oceanariums, how dolphins and beluga whales are captured and transported, […]
  • F.I.I. To Host Charity Breath-Hold Competition At The Blue Wild Expo

    John Liang
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Freediving Instructors International (F.I.I.) will be hosting a charity breath-hold competition at the Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo next month. The competition will take place on Saturday, February 21 at noon at the Nautical Ventures Pool. Thirteen-time World Record Freediver Martin Stepanek and World Record Spearfisherman Cameron Kirkconnell will host the event. Local certified free […]
  • The Blue Wild To Conduct Photography Contest

    John Liang
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:13 pm
    The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo is conducting a photography contest where the top three pictures in three categories will receive gift certificates from Divers Direct. The first category, “Macro Underwater Photo,” is for photos that highlight the ocean’s beauty and marine life in its natural state. Category No. 2 is for the same kind […]
  • Diving Almanac Now Available For Free Download

    John Liang
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Are you a diving stats and facts geek? Love learning new trivia about your favorite hobby? Well, a new way to access a lot of those facts for free just became available for your tablet. The Diving Almanac and Book of Records is now accessible for free via a downloadable PDF file. Readers can access […]
 
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  • 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…
  • Fourth Element Arctic Expedition Upgrade

    Mark E Newman
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
      For the beginning of the 2015 season Fourth Element have upgraded their best-selling Arctic undersuit and produced the Arctic Expedition range.   The Legacy The Fourth Element Arctic undersuit is probably the best selling undersuit around the world, used by professional and recreational divers everywhere.  The Arctic is so popular because it is very effective, low bulk and hasn’t needed a design change since it was first produced as it simply works. Backed by years of field testing by the Norwegian Navy, the British Antarctic Survey Dive Team, the French Marines and the…
  • Simply Scuba LIVE!

    Robyn Caldwell
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    We have an exciting new monthly event for 2015 starting next Wednesday on our YouTube channel, Simply Scuba live broadcasts! From Wednesday 14th January each month we will be broadcasting live from Simply Scuba HQ with our in-house specialist bringing you product sneak-peeks, new product releases, upcoming scuba events, and answering your questions live on air. If you would like to send us questions in advance, you can do so via our Facebook page, tweet us using the hashtag #SimplyScubaLive, or on the 14th January sign into your YouTube account and chat with us live in the comments section of…
  • Our Top 5 Simply Scuba Videos of 2014

    Robyn Caldwell
    31 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
    It’s been another great year for everyone at Simply Scuba and our YouTube channel has played a huge part in providing our customers with the best advice and products in the industry. This year we have created a number of product videos to ensure that our customers know the products inside out before they buy them, and to share with you our expertise. We have also worked on some great ‘How To’ videos in order to help you get the best out of your gear and make sure it is working at the best it possibly can. In case you missed any of our videos this year, we have compiled a…
  • Regulator & Drysuit Manuals

    Mark E Newman
    24 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here at Simply Scuba we always try to push ourselves to deliver the best service possible, from taking our own product pictures and videos of everything we sell to only selecting the best quality equipment from the entire range of SCUBA diving equipment available across the market.  What most people don’t realise is that our packing team pay particular attention to high value items like drysuits and regulator sets before we ship them to the customer to make sure that you have the best consumer experience possible. With this in mind for the new diving season; we decided to produce a…
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  • Inexpensive Dive Watches

    Best Dive Watch
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
        Are you shopping for inexpensive dive watches that are precise, durable, and reliable? Just because a dive watch is inexpensive, doesn’t mean that it has to be poor quality. We will list some cheap dive watches below that are appropriate for recreational diving and that are made by reputable reliable manufacturers, combined with good customer reviews. If you still need to brush up on the key features of what you need in a good scuba diving watch, read our guideline here.   We have included the Retail List Price in the chart below, however, many of these are ON…
  • Resilient Orient Scuba Diving Watches

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

    Best Dive Watch
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Here are some of the top prescription scuba mask or snorkeling mask options that will accommodate your face size and have many comfortable features.   RX Scuba Dive Snorkeling Mask Prescription Lenses, Yellow Amazon Price: $74.95 (as of January 29, 2015 10:31 pm - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Please send us your prescription to info@getwetstore.com or fax to (866)422-4584.
  • Best Dive Watches Under $100

    Best Dive Watch
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    Best Dive Watches Under $100 Here is a list of dive watches that are getting 5 Star reviews from customers on Amazon.  These scuba watches under $100 will make your wallet happy and provide you with the functional watch you have been searching for on your next dive! ______________________________________________________________________________________________________     Tommy Bahama RELAX Men's RLX1194 Delmar Blue Dive 3-Hand Date Analog Watch Rating:  Amazon Price: $115.00 $114.00 You save: $1.00 (1%) (as of January 29, 2015 8:43 pm - Details) Product prices and availability…
  • Best Dive Watches Under $500

    Best Dive Watch
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Best Dive Watches Under $500 Here is a list of dive watches that are getting 5 Star reviews from customers on Amazon.  These scuba watches under $500 will make your wallet happy and provide you with the functional watch you have been searching for on your next dive! _____________________________________________________________________________________________________   Tommy Bahama RELAX Men's RLX1197 Grand Prix Dive Chronograph Blue Tachymeter Watch Rating:  Amazon Price: $195.00 (as of January 29, 2015 8:43 pm - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the…
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  • Chasing Crocs in Jardines de La Reina, Cuba

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Read on the webPhotographing saltwater crocodiles in their natural, mangrove habitat is not for the faint of heart.  And I’ll admit I have been known to be the “faint of heart” type. However, for some reason I continue to choose the sorts of activities that terrify me to the core. I believe overcoming our fears is how we grow which is therefore mandatory.  The Fear Up until recently, I sheepishly confess my affinity for crocodiles was nonexistent. And therefore, found it difficult to wrap my head around the idea of getting into the water to photograph them. Yet there I was, several…
  • 5 Characteristics of The Scuba Diving Industry

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Read on the webHaving some experience with the tourism & travel industry as a whole, and being avid traveller myself - I always find myself analyzing the scuba industry in the context of the bigger picture and after some years of this on-going thought process, I feel like I am ready to formalize some of those thoughts. Below are 5 characteristics of the Scuba Industry that I observed. #1: Low Wages The first thing that I hear across the board is low salaries - for everyone. The dive guides, boat captains, instructors and even the course directors (relatively). There is a chorus of voicing…
  • Diving the Cenote Caverns, Riviera Maya

    18 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Read on the webThere are few dives in this world more breathtakingly cinematic than a Mexican cenote. As you dive, shafts of blue light lance the water around you. Wide open spaces collapse suddenly into dark and twisting passageways, before expanding out into another cavern. Giant looming shadows of dark rocks break the ethereal greenish glow of water-filtered daylight, giving contrast as you float through an alien landscape of impossible limestone formations. The Sacred Wells The Mayans called these "sacred wells," and as soon as you get in the water, it's pretty clear why. The Yucatan…
  • A Little Ray of Sunshine In Your Hand: Understanding Different Types of Dive Lights

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Read on the webWhy Use Dive Lights? If all you're used to seeing of coral reefs is blues, greens, and dull reds... you're missing out! Ten or twenty meters underwater, the water filters all light to a deep blue. The coral here is just as colorful as the kind you see near the surface. It's only the light that lacks color. On the other hand, if you've never seen the inside of a dark crevice or an overhanging ledge, you don't know what you've been missing. Lobsters the size of Saint Bernards hang out here. The solution? Get yourself a dive light. It doesn't have to be…
  • Sipadan Island, A Diver's Heaven

    11 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Read on the webThe Legend My obsession with Sipadan began by just hearing the word on various dive trips. The excitement and fascination that experienced divers would talk about this Island with got me really intrigued. "It's the clearest water I have ever seen. It's like diving in Gin." "I have never seen so many massive turtules in my life." "Oh my god; the best diving I have ever done." About 5-6 of such statements later we were really ready to go. After digging into the research of how to go about it, it became obvious that getting to Sipadan is actually more of a challenge than…
 
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