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  • Help me get in shape for my travel adventure holiday

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

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    In the first article of new series The Guide, Lia Barrett explores the notion of “ocean lifestyle” while shooting a campaign for the clothing brand Prawno Apparel.
  • NCDL Podcast: September 1st, 2014 - Week 1 Preview

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    The NorCal Dynasty League Podcast
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    FINALLY! The boys are back with the first ever Weekly Preview Show. Chase. Zach. AND Scuba Steve. Hilarity will ensure. 
  • ScubaRadio 8-23-14 HOUR1

    Scuba Radio
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster presents a twisted spin on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Plus CJs son asks Greg to teach him to dive! Looking for HOUR2?
  • Below the ice of Russian waters

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    Kevin Williams
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    Below the ice of Russian waters Extreme temperatures often bring about radical beauty.  These divers
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  • Help me get in shape for my travel adventure holiday

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

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

    The NorCal Dynasty League Podcast
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    FINALLY! The boys are back with the first ever Weekly Preview Show. Chase. Zach. AND Scuba Steve. Hilarity will ensure. 
  • Who is ready to take a cruise with Ebony on the love boat?

    Ebony Empress
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Tonight we are talking about Cruising for love in 2015. Where should we go together to find love? What is the best month to take the trip? Who wants to take the trip? What events should be included in the schedule? How do we start to plan our getaway? I seriously need a holiday with my Global Dating Crew, who wants to join me? On a cruise you don't have to stay on the ship. You can go rock-climbing, zip-lining, bowling, roller-blading, simulated surfing, ice skating, goofy golf, video games, first-run movies, wine tastings, live Broadway shows, live music, disco dancing and more. Once you…
  • An Evening With Antonio Paris

    GCOM ParaRadio0
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Antonio, the Founder and Director of Aerial Phenomena, is a former US Army Counterintelligence Officer and Department of Defense Counterintelligence Special Agent. He was awarded a Bronze Star for combat operations in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Antonio is also the Director and Founder of the Center for Planetary Science – a science outreach program bringing astronomy, planetary science, and astrophysics to the next generation of space explorers. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from The City University of New York and a Master’s of Science in…
  • Full Spectrum Radio Shark Week Special!

    URN Radio Network
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Tonight Dennis and I are paying homage and attention to the infamous Shark Week! We are Going to be speaking with Vince Kelly who has worked with sharks, dolphins, whales and was a shark diver at the famous Shedd Aquarium here in Chicago. We will discuss everything from facts, to myths, to conservation and stories. It's about truth of the majesty of these intriguing animals and WHY we need to save them.
  • William Donato: An Archaeologist Quest for Atlantis

    Earth Ancients
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    William Michael Donato is an American archaeologist who holds an MA in anthropology and is a regular contributor to the Ancient American and Atlantis Rising magazines and is an advocate of a Bimini location for Atlantis. He was the founder of The Atlantis Organisation (TAO) whose work is now continued by the Apex Institute, which was established in 2001 to investigate sites in the Bahamas and other places around the world that might provide evidence of ancient advanced civilizations. Donato’s Master’s Thesis was entitled A Re-examination of the Atlantis Theory. Donato was a…
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  • ScubaRadio 8-23-14 HOUR1

    23 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster presents a twisted spin on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Plus CJs son asks Greg to teach him to dive! Looking for HOUR2?
  • ScubaRadio 8-23-14 HOUR2

    23 Aug 2014 | 3:16 pm
    The ScubaRadio Ice Bucket Challenge silliness continues in HOUR2. Plus more movies that divers may appreciate more than the general public. Looking for HOUR1?
  • ScubaRadio 8-16-14 HOUR1

    16 Aug 2014 | 5:47 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster shares some personal stories of Robin Williams. Plus now that Shark Week is over, Greg copes with a bit of scream therapy! Looking for HOUR2?
  • ScubaRadio 8-16-14 HOUR2

    16 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Hour 2 continues with Jerry The Diver Guy and his suggestion on changing the name of Shark Week. Plus monster lobsters and the story of Mermaid Sparky! Looking for HOUR1?
  • ScubaRadio 8-9-14 HOUR1

    9 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster shares flashbacks from Bugfest. Plus dive reports from Deep Water Cay in the Bahamas and the Florida Keys. Looking for HOUR2?
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  • Below the ice of Russian waters

    Kevin Williams
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    Below the ice of Russian waters Extreme temperatures often bring about radical beauty.  These divers
  • Dive 262: Some Days You Just Need a Cuddlefish ...

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:57 am
    Dear Critters, Some weeks are so strange and surreal. Like when you leave work on Wednesday afternoon to get the results from your CT and PET scans the day before. And your oncologist tells you that your new tumour is too big and impacting too many vital organs for surgery to be an option. Without palliative treatment, you may only have months to live. If the proposed treatment slows your symptoms down, you might have another year or two, if there are no complications … Staring through the image of the enormous white tumour on his computer screen, you try to calculate how many dives you…
  • Episode #36 - 1 Dad, 1 Kid

    Walking the Earth Podcast
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Listen: SoundCloud | iTunes | Stitcher | Podcast Land | RSS Feed Talon Windwalker is a single father who has been traveling the world with his son for over 3 years. Find out more about Talon and his son at Recorded 17 August 2014 from Cozumel, Mexico; Sa Pa, Vietnam; and New York City, New York, USA This episode is brought to you by Download your FREE audiobook with a free 30-day trial at Also mentioned in this episode: Last episode with Nancy Sathre-Vogel Nancy’s book Roadschooling Find Talon and 1 Dad,…
  • Maui Scuba Diving for Beginners

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Welcome to Maui! Thanks for reading our article Maui Scuba diving for Beginners. Maui is The second largest Hawaiian island in the island chain, a place which proves that heaven can be a place on Earth. If you are planning a vacation to Maui you are in for a treat, if you have yet to make plans, let’s take a quick time travel exercise for you: imagine yourself lying on a sunny beach with a cold drink in one hand and a good book in the other while the calming waves are kissing the shoreline, the water glistening and welcoming you in for a swim, in the background you can hear the palm trees…
  • Island Favorites

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Over the course of my life I have been fortunate enough to visit so many different Caribbean islands and I thought it would be cruel if I didn’t share some of my favorites. So I’m going to list my top 5 and share why I love those incredible spots. 5 – Tortola/Puerto Rico This is a tie because I can’t decide which one I loved more! Tortola was so great, but I also loved Puerto Rico. You can’t go wrong with either one. 4 – Bonaire Bonaire is incredibly beautiful and has AMAZING snorkeling and scuba diving. My only problem was the lack of sandy beaches. After…
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  • Icelandic Odyssey

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    For those of you who are looking for some adventure and don’t mind diving in very cold water, have a look at Iceland, the land of Fire and Ice. Iceland is the only place in the world where you can dive and touch both the Eurasian and American Tectonic Plates, but there is much, much more! Article: Video:
  • It’s more fun in the Philippines!

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    If you’ve to a spare 90 seconds, take a look at the video I knocked up in the the style of the Philippine Department of Tourisms advertising campaign... The Philippines is an awesome place to dive; with more diversity per square inch than anywhere else on the planet you’ll never get tired of finding new cool stuff. Contrary to common belief, there is a very well developed diving and tourism industry in the Philippines, catering for every budget. It’s safe, beautiful, cheap and everyone knows how to smile. If you’d like anymore information on…
  • Finnally PADI features Puerto Rico as a Diving Destination

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:35 am
    If you are interested in traveling to my Home land for Diving , please let me know...This article is not 100% accurate, there are two other airports you can fly in from USA, Mercedita Ponce (PSE) in Ponce PR and Rafael Hernamdez (BQN) at old Ramey AFB Aguadilla PR Puerto Rico Lying between the Dominican Republic and the Virgin Islands in the heart of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is a scuba diving destination with a difference. There’s the hustle and bustle of San Juan, a vibrant city and home to half of the island’s four million inhabitants. Then, there are the world-renowned beaches.
  • Selecting a Training Facility

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Considerations for Selection of a Scuba Training Facility The sport of Scuba Diving has maintained a great record of safety while maturing from an elite sport to one that today enjoyed by the masses. This in spite of the fact that it is a high risk sport which allows people to enjoy a hostile environment. Those seeking to engage in the sport should not consider it lightly but with a serious understanding that it requires a great deal of knowledge and training to mitigate the risks and maintain safety. It is with that knowledge of risk that an individual should research the best training…
  • Giant Croc Eats Bull Shark

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
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  • sex after diving

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    So I recently got back into diving after a 15 year lapse. During my refresher course, I noticed that after logging some bottom time and getting home, I was very easily turned on. Not only did every little touch turn me on but I was more turned on than usual. I was wondering if any other ladies have noticed this or if there is any correlation.
  • Dolphin Dive in Isla Roatan

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    We are going on a cruise next month and I was looking through the excursions and saw one for a dolphin dive through Anthony Keys Resort. Was wondering if anyone has done this before or know anyone who has? My boyfriend is kind of unsure because it is more expensive than many other dive excursions, but he has agreed because I have my heart set on it. Just looking to find out if anyone has done it before... Thanks
  • Aqualung Solfx 8mm semi dry with attached hood XL

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    8mm Aqualung Solfx Suit size XL still has tags attached never seen water $375
  • Labor Day Dive Event

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:53 am
    Join members of the Greater Omaha SCUBA Club for a Labor Day dive at the Atlantic Quarry. Date: Monday, September 1 Place: Atlantic Quarry, Schildberg Construction off Iowa Hwy. 83, Atlantic, IA Time: 9:00AM The club will provide hot dogs, buns, and condiments. Bring side dishes/desserts to share with the group and your choice of beverages. Email if you have any questions or need directions. Hope to see you there!
  • Aeris A3 & A4 Dive Light

    ScubaToys Larry
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Learn More about the Aeris A3 & A4 Dive Light The Aeris A3 Light is a small and efficient solution your dive light needs! With 220 lumens the Aeris A3 Light is bright enough for your night dives, while small enough to make it easy on traveling! Two settings are used; one output that uses the 220 lumens fully when you need it, and the other is at a lower output level that provides you with an option to run your light while also extending your runtime! The Aeris A3 Light is easy to operate with the simple tail cap switch. If you'... More...
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    The Right Blue

  • Unspoiled Reef in the Red Sea

    23 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Unspoiled reef in the Red Seaby B. N. SullivanThis is the kind of scene that divers' dreams are made of: a pristine reef in a remote location. We have been asked many times to name our favorite dive destination.  While it's difficult to choose just one location, we would have to include the Brothers Islands in the Red Sea among our top choices.  The remoteness of these two tiny specks, situated about 67 km (about 42 miles) off the eastern coast of Egypt, has helped to keep their lush reefs unspoiled.  The middle-of-nowhere location also attracts many large pelagic fishes of the…
  • All Tucked In: Clownfish in a Carpet Anemone Mantle

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    Orange Skunk Clownfish (Amphiprion sandaracinos)by B. N. SullivanThis cute little fish really didn't want to have its picture taken.  It was hovering above the tentacles of a carpet anemone when we first spotted it, but as we approached, the fish dived under the anemone's mantle to hide.I settled in at close range, selected the settings on my camera, and just waited. And waited. And waited some more. Finally the little clownfish peeked out (as we knew it would) and I got my shot.The fish is an Orange Skunk Clownfish (Amphiprion sandaracinos). I'm not sure of the anemone species, but I…
  • A Fish with Camouflaged Eyes

    9 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Crocodile Fish (Papilloculiceps longiceps), Red Seaby B. N. SullivanMany animals in the sea have evolved colors and forms that allow them to blend in with their surroundings. Some animals use their camouflage to hide from predators — and some predators use camouflage to fool their prey. The critter in the photo above is a Crocodile Fish (Papilloculiceps longiceps), a bottom-dwelling ambush predator from the Red Sea.  The mottled coloring of this fish matches the sandy areas were it likes to lie in wait for its prey (usually other fishes).  Its body shape, including its head, is…
  • Living on the Wreck of the Zenobia: A Mediterranean Moray

    2 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Mediterranean Moray (Muraena helena)by B. N. SullivanThis is a Mediterranean Moray (Muraena helena).   We discovered this individual while diving on the Zenobia, a large shipwreck in Larnaca Bay, Cyprus. The eel was living in an algae-encrusted drain near what had been one of the big ship's lifeboat stations.The Mediterranean Moray is known to be territorial (like many other species in its family, Muraenidae).  Thus, we were not surprised when the local dive guide who was escorting us told us that this particular Moray had been residing there for quite awhile, and usually could be…
  • A Queen Conch snail, giving us the eye

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Eyes and proboscis of a Queen Conch (Strombus gigas)by B. N. SullivanConch shells, like all seashells, are created by secretions from the mantle of the snail that lives inside. This happens gradually, over the snail's lifetime.  Most people have seen empty Conch shells, yet few have seen the snails that are the natural inhabitants of those large, heavy shells.  Fewer still realize that those critters have wonderful stalked eyes. All of the snails in the family Strombidae, to which Conchs belong, have these stalked eyes.  If you come across a live Conch shell while diving, you…
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  • A whole lot of fighting going on at Isla Guadalupe.

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    We have seen an unusual number of sharks with fresh bite marks at Guadalupe Island this season. It seems like most sharks, over about 12 ft long have some kind of new bite marks on their bodies. Chugey has another nice bite to his head, a new shark's face is all messed up and Kendric has a big bite on his tail. It seems like Thor and Bite Face are the only large sharks that haven't been bitten.I've also noticed a much bigger interest in the cages, by sharks who have been around for years and are used to them. Gunther was nibbling on the cages on a bunch of different occasions. It was…
  • Epic pictures from Guadalupe!

    23 Aug 2014 | 1:37 pm
    On our recent expedition to Guadalupe Island, we had a couple of talented amateur photographers on board. Kyle and Tiffany Chapman. They documented their "real shark week" with these pictures, all taken with a Gopro!As you can see, the sharks have been very cooperative so far this season. They are coming right up to the cages and are checking out our diver. When the swim by, they look you straight into the eyes. I can never get too much of that.We have already found 6 new sharks and 15 that we know from previous seasons have returned so far. I can't wait to go back tonight and see, who else…
  • The boys are back at Isla Guadalupe.

    17 Aug 2014 | 7:42 pm
    We just finished our second trip and the action continued, where it left off on the last trip. A lot of familiar faces are back at Guadalupe. Our boys, Don Julian, Horizon, Kenric, Geoff Nuttall Mike, Drogin Thor and Micks are all back and Lamini, a little female from last season was also around. We counted a total of 15 named sharks, along with 4 new ones and a few we haven’t identified yet.There seems to be a lot of fighting going on at Guadalupe right now. Many sharks are sporting brand new bite marks. I saw Horizon take a big chunk out of a bigger sharks head, which is very unusual,…
  • What is happening at Guadalupe Island?

    12 Aug 2014 | 6:58 pm
    We just came back from our first expedition to Guadalupe Island. It was, what can I say, phenomenal!. We saw over 20 different sharks, with both familiar and new faces. I’m happy to say that Jacques, Bite Face, Johnny, Thor, Squire, Gunther and #148 are all back, safe and sound.Jacques and Criss CrossCriss Cross, who we haven’t seen in a few years also showed up, missing a big chunk of flesh, in the right pelvic area, but the injury seems fully healed. These sharks seem to have a rough live, but their healing ability is absolutely remarkable.Criss Cross with new mutilation.After a flat…
  • Cage free shark diving at Guadalupe?

    3 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    A couple of days ago, I wrote about this video, that was taken aboard "our" vessel "Horizon" last November. REMUS SharkCam: The hunter and the hunted from Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst. on Vimeo.This video is part of the Discovery Channels "Shark week" episode "Jaws strikes back" and is scheduled to run August 11th at 9 pm. Watch how the scientists used "shark cam" to track the hunting behavior of the enormous Great White Sharks at Guadalupe Island.If you want to experience your own "Real shark week", we have just added another expedition to our sold out season. From November 5-10, which is…
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  • 5 Best Dive Sites for Beginners in Florida

    Creedence Gerlach
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    Individuals who recently obtained SCUBA certification are often anxious to discover an exhilarating place to dive. Fortunately, Florida has five dive sites for beginners that will leave them knowing why they chose to pursue this wonderful sport while allowing them to acclimate to their underwater surroundings and use their newly attained skills. Islamorada via One of the best dive sites for beginners is located at Islamorada. This “Village of Islands” that’s located in the Florida Keys has choice diving with reefs that are only 10 to 15 feet deep. A 287 foot…
  • 5 Smallest Shark Species

    Creedence Gerlach
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    If a large number of individuals were polled about their thoughts on sharks, they would probably indicate that these underwater animals are large, menacing and dangerous. Of course, some sharks such as the great white are life-threatening if a person comes into contact with one, but statistics indicate that fewer than 10 percent of shark species have been involved in attacks with humans. In fact, some shark species are even smaller than a foot long and pose little threat to people. African Lanternshark via Used for fish meal and human consumption, the African lanternshark…
  • How to Repair a Wetsuit Tear

    Creedence Gerlach
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    Learning how to repair a wetsuit tear is an essential part of snorkeling and diving. A wetsuit is very sturdy, but it can be damaged like anything else. Fortunately, repairing a wetsuit is a very simple procedure that can be completed in less than an hour. McNett Seal Cement – $6.25 To repair a wetsuit tear, the only equipment necessary is a tube of wetsuit cement. Wetsuit adhesive is a similar product, but it tends to have a longer dry time. Wetsuit cement is faster and the bond is very strong. Fold the wet suit along the cut, pinching the fold so that the two torn edges of the rip are…
  • The Daily Reel: August 27, 2014

    Creedence Gerlach
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    Research Shows Whale Watching is Causing Animals Stress Divers Discover 2,700 Year Old Ferry in the Mediterranean Dolphin Jumps for Joy in Point Defiance   Research Shows Whale Watching is Causing Animals Stress New research presented by various marine scientists from around the world shows that whale watching, an important sector of tourism for many countries and considered a “green” alternative to fishing, may actually be putting more stress on the animals than previously thought. At the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCG) held in Glasgow, UK last week,…
  • Ocean Beauties: Marine Flatworms

    Creedence Gerlach
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Marine flatworms are some of the most fascinating, although simple, creatures in the world’s oceans. These small worms, ranging from a fraction of an inch to about three inches in length, are commonly found in coral reefs around the world, although some live at much deeper depths. They are usually brightly colored in blacks, pinks, blues, reds, greens, and yellows. They are often spotted tucked into crevices, but can also be found moving about in the open. Their bright coloring advertises their toxicity to predators, making many species reasonably safe in open areas. Aside from their…
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  • 10 Awesome Artificial Reefs to Dive

    Nadia Aly
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Artificial reefs are great for marine life, divers and business, so it's no surprise that they're becoming more widespread. They're the perfect underwater scenery for exploring. Here are 10 to dive. 10 Awesome Artificial Reefs to Dive By Scuba Diver Life Artificial reefs are great for marine life, divers and business, so it's no surprise that they're becoming more widespread. They're the perfect underwater scenery for exploring. Here are 10 to dive.  South County Reef, Florida By Scuba Diver Life This artificial reef off the coast of Pinellas County in Florida is home to a huge…
  • The Damage of Dynamite Fishing

    Jessica Vyvyan-Robinson
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Recently, while leading a dive off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, I had my first encounter with the unethical and destructive practice of dynamite fishing. Ten minutes into the dive, my customers and I were left startled and unsettled after a nearby blast resonated with a dull boom across the reef, sending shockwaves pulsing through our bodies. I felt the pressure of the bomb’s explosion in my chest, and it wasn’t until we surfaced and told the skipper that we realized what had happened. He told us that dynamite — or blast — fishing is an epidemic in Borneo and throughout…
  • Secret Spot: Iceberg Diving In Lake Sassol, Switzerland

    Trevor Sanford
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Icebergs in Switzerland? Wait, did you just read that right? Yes, you did. The nearest coast to landlocked Switzerland is 100 miles away on the Gulf of Genoa, Italy, and though the small country may lack direct access to the ocean, it certainly compensates with abundant rivers and lakes. I learned to dive in Lake Constance (Bodensee), Central Europe’s third largest lake after Lake Balaton and Lake Geneva, whose shores touch Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Switzerland features some amazing diving locations, including parts of the Rhine River, deep glacial-valley lakes, small mountain…
  • Water, Water, Everywhere…

    Thomas Gronfeldt
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    As divers, we tend to spend a lot of time in the water, so why worry about our water consumption? Go on a dive trip, especially in a warm area, and you’ll most likely hear the dive guide or tour operator urge you to drink a lot of water. Because even though divers spend plenty of time submerged in it, water intake is paramount to our safety (and enjoyment) when we dive. Dehydration Defined We often hear people say that they are “really dehydrated,” when all they really mean is that they’re thirsty. Most people in the industrialized world, who eat regularly, are rarely in any danger of…
  • Top 10 Dive Resorts in North America

    Nadia Aly
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    There are thousands dive resorts around the world, so we couldn't just pick 10 to cover all continents and oceans. We broke down our favourite spots by continent to give you the best dive resorts wherever you may be. Top 10 Dive Resorts - North America By Scuba Diver Life There are thousands dive resorts around the world, so we couldn't just pick 10 to cover all continents and oceans. We broke down our favourite spots by area—pick your fav! Bonne Terre Mine - Missouri By Scuba Diver Life This underground lake is the largest freshwater dive resort on the planet. The former lead mine…
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    a new life in the sea

  • Lessons From The Last Time Civilization Collapsed

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

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    The last several months, and particularly the past couple of weeks have been nothing short of mind hindsight, in my opinion anyway, bringing the Exosuit full online and science-mission ready has been nothing short of a monumental task in a relatively short timeframe. While one mission has been triaged for a short time, mission #2 is fast approaching: the Return to Antikythera.Among the fortunate few who have had the opportunity to work with the suit at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution this spring and summer were the team members of this 2014 Antikythera Expedition. I had the…
  • the secret it out - the truth about peeing in the ocean

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:09 pm
    We've all done it since we were little kids, but the topic remains elusively among the taboo topics of our generation - peeing in the ocean. Basically there are two types of people out there - those that do, and those that lie about it. Same holds true for divers and peeing in their wetsuits.The topic was taken on recently in a rather scientifically minded way, so I felt compared to share with my co-conspirators living the life aquatic:    So, now that the science is out and in the end we aren't doing any significant environmental damage, perhaps some folks will lighten up…
  • Slip us a few ones and we'll show you...

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am whole lot more of this:Portable inflatable habitat enabling extended human exploration deep within the mesophotic realm. Project supported by Subsalve USA and the National Geographic Society's Waitt Grants Program.We're grinding out finding new life of the aquatic type each and every day, largely in part to ongoing public support. New frontiers are right at our fingertips!Thanks to Ocean Opportunity's new alignment with the Google for non-profits program, you too can help us in 'Redefining the Human Element' with a donation of just…
  • Classroom Under the Sea | Diving In

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    It's rare that I take to any degree of advocacy for others' projects - not because they aren't worth supporting, but rather in the competitive little world we live in, it just gets harder and harder to stand out on your own, let alone when spreading the attention thin.In this case however, 'Classroom Under the Sea' - the forthcoming 72 day mission at Jules Undersea Lab in the Florida Keys - I think there are exciting things to talk about; particularly given that this 'life in the sea' program comes on the heals of Cousteau's Mission 31.Among the many elements I like about the project are that…
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  • 3 Freediving National Records Fall at 2014 EuroCup

    Stephan Whelan
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The first day of the 2014 EuroCup in Kamalata has kicked off in style with 3 new Freediving national records falling before the day was done. Pascal Berger hit 83m in Free Immersion (FIM) for a Swiss National Record, Stig Pryds achieved a Danish National Record with a 73m Constant Weight No Fins (CNF) and Ireland was […]
  • Underwater Metal Detecting Brings Lost Antiques to the Surface

    Michael Bernzweig
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Old Spanish coins, Byzantine-era anchors, modern-day wedding rings: some fascinating items have been recovered from watery burials. True, treasure-hunting with a metal detector is most commonly done on land – but there are plenty of detectorists combining their love of diving with a little exploratory adventuring. Underwater metal detecting can be done in deep or […]
  • Jesper Stechmann and Dena Parsa Crowned Danish Champions

    Stephan Whelan
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    The 2014 Danish Championships have finished in Kamalata, Greece – Jesper Stechmann and Dena Parsa have been crowned as the champions after gaining first place in the Mens and Women’s categories. Congratulations to all the competitors from and you can see the results below. Photos Courtesy of Daan Verhoeven
  • [VIDEO] EXHALE – A Must Watch For All Freedivers

    Stephan Whelan
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:21 am
    This week’s video is a hard hitting short film that follows Aaron Gallagher story of being rescued by his diving partner, and best friend Jack Strickland, after a Shallow Water Blackout.  What followed was a long road to recovery, as the two men fought against the physical and emotional trauma sustained on that fateful day. Got a […]
  • Team USA Announce Co-Captains for 2014 AIDA Team World Championships

    Stephan Whelan
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    The US Freediving Association has announced the USA Freediving Team Co-Captains that will be going to Sardinia in September 2014 for the AIDA Freediving Team Work Championships. Kerry Hollowell will be the Captain for the women’s team and Kyle Gion will be the Captain of the men’s team.  Together they will co-captain the American team. […]
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  • PADI Introduce the ReActivate Program

    Mark E Newman
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Up until now if you’ve been feeling a bit rusty and want to brush up on your skills you needed to take a PADI Scuba Review Course.  PADI have now introduced a much faster, more prescriptive, streamlined program to get you diving again. What Was Wrong With the Old Course? The PADI Scuba Review is designed to ensure that each diver has up-to-date knowledge and practice of diving skills and theory if they haven’t been diving in a while.  PADI recommend that you take a Scuba Review if you haven’t been diving in over six months, many PADI Dive Centres around the world will…
  • Why do sharks scare people so much?

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:26 am
    Recently I came across the infographic below which was shared on Twitter and I thought it put really well visually, how over hyped the danger of sharks really is. I can’t vouch the numbers are absolutely correct but I suspect they are not far off.   I think it is fair to say the film Jaws, which most adults have watched, really caused sharks irrevocable bad press. Suddenly sharks had an agenda -a mean, ruthless, cunning and man eating agenda. It is strange this film had such an effect on the public psyche, I cant think of a single film that has had such a large influence on the…
  • How to take Great Underwater Pictures using Compact Cameras without a Strobe

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    Have you ever wondered why the underwater pictures from your last dive weren’t all that great? Why they were mostly a bluish/green mix of water and far from the beautiful reef and fish life-pictures you see in the dive magazines? You might be thinking that it’s the quality and performance of your compact camera holding you down. But before you go and spend money on new equipment, try to consider what you can do to improve your pictures using what you have already. Let me tell you now, you don’t need a big DSLR underwater camera to capture great pictures. You just need to know how to…
  • Pterois volitans – The Underwater Pandemic

    Mark E Newman
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    With Ebola in the news so much in the past weeks many people have forgotten about the ongoing pandemic of Pterois volitans and Pterois miles are spreading around the world’s oceans and decimating local species since the late 80′s. *details of sightings from the Ocean Support Foundation   P. volantis & P. miles  More commonly known as Lionfish, these species have managed to cross the Atlantic Ocean and are now spreading up and down the east coast of the Americas, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.  Originally endemic to the Indo-Pacific, from the Red-Sea to Western…
  • Aladin Square Temporary Hold – 01/07/2014

    Mark E Newman
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    Towards the end of May 2014 a handful of Aladin Square personal dive computers flooded and were returned to ScubaPro, in the interest of safety ScubaPro issued a temporary hold notice on all Aladin Square PDC’s on the 1st of July 2014 waiting for the results of an independent inspection.  Results After extensive tests, independent expert testers have determined that there was a small fault in the manufacturing of one batch of Aladin Square computers. ScubaPro released the following letter to explain the issue : LETTER_TO_CONSUMERS The conclusion was that: ONLY Aladin Square Computers…
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  • Wetsuits for Women

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    26 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Why wear a wetsuit? First, wetsuits, or dive suits, give you UV protection and defense against sea lice, jellies and other biological irritants that may be in the water. Water conducts heat 20 to 25 times more efficiently than air. The body creates heat to maintain your own body temperature. Water will conduct this heat away from your much faster than if you were in the air at the same temperature. Hence, you will get cold after an extended immersion in any water that is colder than your own body. Scuba diving typically entails staying totally submerged for long periods at a time. Even in…
  • BEST WATCH EVER – Seiko Shogun SBDC007

    Best Dive Watch
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    The Seiko Shogun BEST WATCH REVIEWS: Watch this great video for a review on the Seiko SBDC007 Dive Watch SEIKO PROSPEX Diver Scuba Watch Model SBDC007 5 STAR REVIEWS ON AMAZON!! Seiko Japan 44mm×46mm 200 M Manual English Japanese Made in Japan Waterproof: 200 m, Material Glass: Curved Hardlex, Type Clasp Band: Extenders push divers, Purity of the metal stamping: Titanium, Case Material: Titanium, Case Thickness: 1.33 cm, Band Material Types: Titanium, Bandwidth: 21 mm, Movement: Automatic (with manual winding) The post BEST WATCH EVER – Seiko Shogun SBDC007 appeared first on BEST DIVE…
  • Affordable Dive Watch Orient Black Mako

    Best Dive Watch
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Orient Men’s CEM65001B “Black Mako” Automatic Dive Watch Enjoy the classic appeal of an automatic timepiece with this Orient watch, constructed in polished stainless steel and designed with a sleek black dial. Powered automatically with the movement of the wearer’s arm, this watch functions without a battery. Protective mineral crystal dial window Date window at three o’clock position Water resistant to 660 feet (200 M): suitable for recreational scuba diving…
  • Scuba Diving Lights / Why You Need One!

    Best Dive Watch
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Why Utilize A Dive Light? If you are diving in conditions with inadequate visibility it will be dark under the water. A diving light will certainly aid you to see and be viewed. If you are going to explore inside a shipwreck, a light, plus a spare, is crucial. If you are diving after dark, a light and also a stand-by safely affixed off in a pocket should be part of your equipment. However, you do not need to lug a truly brilliant light for either of those purposes. You’ll be amazed to learn that an effective light will certainly aid you in enjoying a daylight dive on an exotic reef in…
  • Luxury Dive Watches

    Best Dive Watch
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Best Luxury Dive Watches   Here is a list of dive watches that are getting best reviews from customers on Amazon.  These scuba watches over $1000 combine functionality, style, and luxury! _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________     TAG Heuer Women's WAF1412.BA0823 "Aquaracer" Stainless Steel Dive Watch Rating:  Amazon Price: $1,700.00 $1,099.99 You save: $600.01 (35%) (as of September 1, 2014 11:50 pm - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are…
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  • Break Even Analysis: Dive Gear

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Are you considering purchasing new dive gear? Today even the most economical gear packages can start in the mid $500’s. With such a large upfront investment most buyers want to look at the financial impact over the entire lifetime of the gear. While our tool below doesn’t take into account many of the intangible benefits of purchasing your own dive equipment such as the satisfaction of owning your own gear or the added safety and familiarity, it does help consumers visualize the financial aspect of this purchase up to 6 years out. To use the calculator below enter the price to…
  • The Scuba Experience

    5 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    Covering over 71% of earth's surface, the Ocean's of the world contain amazing ecosystems with vibrant sea life that are more beautiful than you could imagine. Unfortunatly humans sometimes impact these underwater habitats in a negative way. Over the past 30 years research has shown a 40% drop in corals , the home of over 25% of earth's marine life. Introducting the Catlin Seaview Survey.  The Caitlin Seaview Survey is a unique global study, working with some of the world's leading scientific institutions, dedicated to monitoring this change and communicating it…
  • 5 Great Caribbean Dive Spots

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Producing a short-list of the best dive spots in the Caribbean is like being the judge in a Miss Universe contest. There are too many contestants, any one of whom could potentially win, but somehow, you have to narrow the field and pick a winner. So what are our grading criteria to help make our decision? We need our own equivalent of a talent contest to make a choice. I propose:   Easy entry Clear water Healthy corals Abundant marine life Dive diversity   There are a lot of destinations that offer all five points across the Caribbean, but some dive spots deserve a shout out, and…
  • 7 Things More Likely To Happen To You Than A Shark Attack

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    Scared of sharks? Don’t be! The odds of getting attacked by these amazing creatures is incredibly low,  less than 1 in 11.5 million. Worldwide statistics show there are generally less than 65 attacks a year, most of which are nonfatal. To put these numbers into perspective and calm your nerves we have decided to compile 7 things that are far more likely to happen to you than a shark attack. 1. Become a US President, 1 in 10 million Congratulation on your election Mr. (or Mrs.) President! Widely considered the most powerful position in America, you are much more likely to sit in the…
  • Selecting a Dive Charter

    24 Jun 2014 | 8:14 am
    When getting ready to go on a dive charter, the first thing that may come to mind is the movie “Open Water”. Now that's not the type of situation that you want to find yourself in. For those of you that haven’t seen the movie and you’re planning to go on a dive holiday, don’t. I’ll give you a quick rundown here so it doesn't put you off your holiday. Couple joins a dive charter. Couple has a great time diving the Great Barrier Reef. Couple surfaces to find that their charter boat has left. Couple are never seen again. Apparently, the genius that was…
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