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  • Where to go on beach/scuba vacation, renting a house, w/in-laws & kids?

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    oneironaut
    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…
  • SSI/Head/Mares – How’s that going for you?

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

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    24 Mar 2014 | 2:30 am
    Ten years ago, this was a healthy coral reef. Thankfully, you can help to restore this once thriving ecosystem. By About.com Guest Author, Stefanie Conrad. Convincing others to be concerned about the health of our coral reefs is challenging. As recreational divers in the tropics, where most coral reefs are found, we pay dive shop operators to take us to the best spots for indulging in the strange and rich diversity of life underwater. It's a paradise that we've escaped to, where we can relax and enjoy peace and quiet surrounded by beautiful vistas. Read more....Read Full Post
  • Scuba diving certification: At home or in the tropics?

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    purplevelvet
    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…
  • Photographing the Great Hammerhead

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    15 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Steve Hinczyski goes head to head with one fascinating and mysterious shark
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  • Coral Reef Restoration

    24 Mar 2014 | 2:30 am
    Ten years ago, this was a healthy coral reef. Thankfully, you can help to restore this once thriving ecosystem. By About.com Guest Author, Stefanie Conrad. Convincing others to be concerned about the health of our coral reefs is challenging. As recreational divers in the tropics, where most coral reefs are found, we pay dive shop operators to take us to the best spots for indulging in the strange and rich diversity of life underwater. It's a paradise that we've escaped to, where we can relax and enjoy peace and quiet surrounded by beautiful vistas. Read more....Read Full Post
  • Tips: 4 Steps to Becoming a Thinking Diver

    22 Mar 2014 | 8:31 am
    It takes time and experience to become comfortable enough in the underwater world to perform complex tasks, or even to think clearly and logically. For divers who are ready to take their diving to the next level, I can offer some simple advice to improve mental control and clarity of thought underwater. Read more....Read Full Post
  • Review: DIN vs Yoke

    17 Mar 2014 | 1:26 am
    Do you use a DIN or a yoke regulator? A surprising number of divers have no idea what type of regulator first stage they use. This is important information, particularly when planning dive trips to locations that may not have tonly DIN- or yoke-compatible tanks. If you have forgotten the difference between DIN and yoke regulators and tanks, this quick review is worth checking out. Read more...Read Full Post
  • Just for Fun - Are You Addicted to Diving?

    16 Mar 2014 | 2:02 am
    There are many signs of scuba-obsession! The ability to talk about a dive for a period of time longer than the dive itself lasted. The inability to hold your breath. Ever. Because its just wrong. Personally, I have spent many long nights at bars talking about equipment configuration. Embarrassing? Yes. But true. Read more | Share Your Response...Read Full Post
  • Buoyancy Basics for Scuba Divers

    10 Feb 2014 | 1:02 am
    Understanding buoyancy is key to safe and easy scuba diving. While the concept of buoyancy may be confusing at first, it becomes clearer when we consider how buoyancy effects scuba divers and what divers need to know to properly control it. Read more...Read Full Post
 
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  • Scuba diving certification: At home or in the tropics?

    purplevelvet
    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!

    miss-lapin
    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?

    oneironaut
    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

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

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

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

    World Footprints
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This World Footprints show will journey to the Grenadines and unlock the mysteries of the sea in a way few seldom see or experience. Our first stop takes us to Bequia (pronounced Beck-way), the largest of the Grenadines. Fresh from a dive at Devils Table with her dive buddy Cathy Sachs of Dive Bequia, Tonya and Cathy will recount their dive and why Bequia offers an unusual diving experience. Then we'll visit Bequia's Park Bay, home to the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, where a native retired skin-diving fisherman affectionately known as ?Brother King?, has spent more than a decade of his life to…
  • Buy the Book Interviews YA Author Melissa Eskue Ousley - Apr 07,2014

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

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

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    26 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Chase sits back and listens as Zach and Steaven try to work out a trad
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  • ScubaRadio 4-5-14 HOUR1

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

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

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    29 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster broadcasts from the Beneath the Sea dive show in New Jersey! (Hour 1)
  • ScubaRadio 3-29-14 HOUR2

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    29 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster broadcasts from the Beneath the Sea dive show in New Jersey! (Hour 2)
  • ScubaRadio 3-22-14 HOUR1

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    22 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster talks about some Florida divers that were charged with feeding sharks illegally. Plus we announce the next ScubaRadio ScubaCruise with Explorer Ventures! (Hour 1)
 
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  • Life List

    pascaalex
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    I love life list. It makes you dream. Things you might do, or not. Its main purpose is to push you toward new adventures. At the same time, life list has perhaps the power to make us walk by opportunities, because life has more to offer than we could ever imagine. Sometimes, instead of ticking off an item, you might add up something you never thought you would do. That is good. And throughout the years, I added a lot of these unexpected items, and most of the time, these are the best! One of the most unexpected was surely to fall deeply in love – helplessly and unconditionally, and…
  • tioman island

    chloe elizabeth
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    One of the coolest things about my company is that we really do have offices all over the world, so when my friends, April and John, moved to Singapore, I knew I had to visit them and that it would be possible because I could work from the office there. In planning the trip, though, I knew I wanted to spend at least a couple of days scuba diving…I searched for locations, but all of them required an additional flight which, with 24-hours of ground time post diving (so you don’t die…or get decompression sickness), was going to make my dream of a weekend dive trip a bit of a…
  • Jewels

    supersecretthing
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:56 am
    Like jewels swimming in the water. (Exif here.) Dive Site: Arborek Jetty, Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, February 2014
  • Something FISHY Goin On....

    sharoncummings
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
      Some of you might have noticed that I have not blogged about any new work lately and that I have been bringing back some older blogs that never got much attention.  The reason for both are two-fold.  First of all I am working on a bunch of new Stone Rock’d tropical fish for a HUGE hotel project in Key West, FL.  And secondly, when I first started my blog, I blogged about my most popular paintings at the time.  But with only 2 followers, no one ever saw them.  So I am giving all of my newest followers a chance to see these works too. The piece above is titled “Tropical…
  • Travel is not free...

    amlred
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:32 am
      It is inevitable that, after settling somewhere for a while – no matter how beautiful, distant and different from home – things start to seem normal again. Totally normal to stroll to the dive shop and launch-spot in the beautiful Gordon’s Bay; to spend a free, sunny day picnicking in the Royal Botanic Gardens; to practice yoga with a view of the ocean. The beauty of our stay in Sydney, however, is that it is completely temporary – and that becomes more and more clear with every passing week, reminding us to truly soak it all in. As the weather cools and the…
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  • SSI/Head/Mares – How’s that going for you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    travelswithtam.com/blog/2014/03/14/diving-myanmar-western-rocky/ Western Rocky is in Myanmar (Burma), in the Mergui Archipelago! Check out this Decorator Crab! The only way I knew it was a crab is because I saw it move....incredible.
  • Fan Forest dive site in Andaman Sea

    26 Mar 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Fan Forest is a terrific dive site in Myanmar, the Mergui Archipelago! Check out my blog on it: travelswithtam.com/blog/2014/03/13/fan-forest/
  • Scuba Diver Statistics - Tanks, Suits, Depth, Time

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

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

    EnigmaCorp
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Hello, im new to the board. i was hoping to network with everyone maybe learn some stuff share some stuff, have fun and possibly connect with some divers in my area. BTW anyone know how to get a custom avatar uploaded?
  • Mares X Vision Mask

    Da Wolf
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    I have a Mares X Vision mask in Yellow that I would like to sell. It has been used only once. I still have the original hard case box that it came in. $25 gets the mask and box. There is nothing wrong with the mask, I can't wear it as the frame squeezes against my face during diving. Message me if your are interested. Click the link below to see a picture of the mask and box. https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.n...19113823_n.jpg
  • undergarment buoyancy

    BUDMAN
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    When I got a new drysuit (used) it came with a wooly bear undergarment. I had been using a ski suit and jacket. I feel the wooly bear is a lo more buoyant than the ski suit. Anyone have any experience with a wooly bear undergarment?
  • Sexist company

    Largo
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    So... I can't help noticing that they don't offer a "Merman" tail. www.finfunmermaid.com
  • Greenbo Lake

    mullannix930
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Some of you have heard me talk about Greenbo Lake's SCUBA Refuge (Dive area), in Northeast Kentucky. Those that have, know that this has been a fight, and the fight continues. I have been informed about an attempt, by one of the people that wanted to keep it from opening, to close the area for several days during the summer. I am not wanting to say why they want to do this at this time, but one of the arguments was that Diver would hurt the fishing. Since this is a brand new area, we need all the time open that we can get. We also need all the support we can get. If you support the SCUBA…
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  • Why Underwater Photographers Need Rearview Mirrors

    BNS
    23 Mar 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Whitetip Reef Shark sneaking up on a diverby B. N. SullivanThis underwater photographer was so completely engrossed in setting up his shot of some tiny creature that he was oblivious to the two sharks approaching him from behind.  The curious sharks ultimately swam right above the diver, as if to have a look at what he was doing, then continued on their way down the reef.  The diver never did see the sharks.Lesson: While you are in the deep, it might be a good idea to look up, down, and over your shoulder from time to time -- if only to see who (or what) is looking at you!The sharks…
  • Stony Corals in the Red Sea

    BNS
    3 Mar 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Red Sea hard coralsby B. N. SullivanThis is one of my favorite reef photos.  It was taken in the Red Sea at an area of Ras Mohammed known as Shark Observatory Wall.  When I took the photo, it was a sunny day and the water was very clear.  I was not very deep beneath the surface, but I was positioned below the corals. I was shooting up toward the surface with a wide angle lens, using the sun as a back-light for the coral.  Pictured are several species of stony corals common to the Red Sea, of the genera Acropora and Stylophora, and some Millepora (which is…
  • Green Sea Turtle - At rest on a bed of soft corals

    BNS
    31 Jan 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), Pulau Sipadan, Malaysiaby B. N. SullivanAs divers, we always exercise great caution around corals so as not to damage them.  Sea turtles, on the other hand, are not always so careful.  The turtle in this photo decided to plunk herself down for a nap right in the middle of a lush stand of soft corals.  We watched her land on the coral and then wiggle a bit as if to snuggle into her chosen spot.The turtle resting on the bed of soft corals is a Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mudas).  She was photographed at Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia, at a dive…
  • The 'Big Guns' on Bloody Bay Wall

    BNS
    9 Jan 2014 | 10:51 am
    Caribbean Brown Tube Sponge (Agelas conifera)by B. N. SullivanAlthough they resemble cannons, these 'big guns' are sponges -- Caribbean Brown Tube Sponges (Agelas conifera) to be exact.  We found this particular cluster of sponges standing guard on Bloody Bay Wall on the north side of Little Cayman Island.  The two larger tubes were at least two feet long.Here is another photo of Ageles conifera that we posted a few years ago.
  • Deep Colors: Masked Butterflyfish Pair in the Red Sea

    BNS
    27 Dec 2013 | 10:50 am
    Masked Butterflyfish (Chaetodon semilarvatus) in the Red Seaby B. N. SullivanThe Masked Butterflyfish (Chaetodon semilarvatus) is one of just a few species in the family Chaetodontidae that mates for the long term, thus they are most often seen in pairs.  They live in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. These are brilliantly colored fishes with bright yellow, vertically lined bodies.  They have a distinctive grayish blue eye mask,  the feature for which they are named.  "Semilarvatus" in Latin means "Half-mask."  The species has several other common names, including the…
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  • Important information on the WA shark cull!

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

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

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

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

    4 Apr 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Shark Diver is going to Fiji in May! Our first expedition is from May 2 -11 and the second leaves on May 9 and returns on May 19For more information call 855.987.4275 or 619.887.4275. Email staff@sharkdiver.com  Lets go shark diving!Cheers,Martin GrafCEOShark DiverAbout Shark Diver. As a global leader in commercial shark diving and conservation initiatives Shark Diver has spent the past decade engaged for sharks around the world. Our blog highlights all aspects of both of these dynamic and shifting worlds. You can reach us directly at sharkcrew@gmail.com.
 
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  • Day 2: Dive 1 / Greeting to Salta Verde (bad vis)

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    Check out these scuba tanks images: Day 2: Dive 1 / Welcome to Salta Verde (bad vis) Image by star5112 chased! Image by Brad Stabler a submerged PVC diver, a memorial. you are able to fill his "tank" with air from a reg plus he’ll blow bubbles. Below, he’s "chasing" Melanie. 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…
  • Dive knife?

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    by wallyg Question by smm18951: Dive knife? Has anybody been aware of the dive knife of Manny, the diver for the discovery channel? I am seeking to purchase 1. They provide it about this site http://www.bigmountainsportinggoods.com any opinions might enable, thanks Best answer: Answer by sonic3601@sbcglobal.netum no whats a dive knife? Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments! 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…
  • Purchase the Atomic SV2 Snorkel at K2 SCUBA

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:20 pm
    http://www.k2scuba.com/product_description.php?category=1&sub_cat=3&product=1369 The Atomic SV2 Snorkel combines the Scupper Valve lower section with the sle… Video Rating: 5 / 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 ... Related posts: Purchase the Atomic SV2 Snorkel at K2 SCUBA…
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  • Awesome New Pool Floats and Lounges Under $100

    Creedence Gerlach
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Spring may have just only sprung, but we’re in for a hot summer full of fun under the sun, so make sure you’re ready with one of these awesome new pool floats and lounges at the best prices you’ll find on the web from Leisure Pro! Solstice Duo Love Seat Convertible – $49.95 $29.95 If you want to spend a day on the waves with your best friend or lover, the Duo Love Seat Convertible from Solstice is perfect for the occasion. Float with your feet dangling in the cool water, or lift the combination seat/footrest out to reveal a mesh insert to keep you cool while you kick…
  • The Daily Reel: April 15, 2014

    Creedence Gerlach
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Northern California Marine Protected Areas to Possibly Expand Research Shows Ocean Acidification Affects Fish Survival Instincts South Africa Shark Tourism Operator Lambasts Brit’s Recent Great White Catch   Northern California Marine Protected Areas to Possibly Expand Public comment is being gathered on a new plan from the NOAA that would double the size of two northern California marine sanctuaries, thereby restricting the presence of cargo ships, aircraft, and recreational watercraft, as well as ban oil and natural gas companies from exploration within their boundaries. The…
  • The History of Remoras and Sharks

    Creedence Gerlach
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Humans often engage in mutually beneficial relationships out of necessity or convenience. Well, animals do the same too. That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the fact that it’s all about survival of the fittest out in the wild. To preserve its well-being, the remora has learned to make friends with an animal that’s at the top of the food chain–the shark. It’s unclear how long remoras and sharks have been coupled up, but the relationship between the two is still going strong today. Most people may not know remoras by name, but they’d probably…
  • March Photo Contest Winner & April’s Judge

    Nick Bostic
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    In February, we revised our Facebook Photo Contest to award prizes and have the top three pictures based on community votes to be narrowed down to a winner by a celebrity judge. Last month, our celebrity judge was… Billy Catoggio Good friend of LeisurePro and Aquaviews Billy Catoggio was our celebrity judge for March. Billy is President and Founder of ScubaNation, an Emmy Award winning TV Show dedicated to the sport of recreational scuba diving. His favorite place to dive is Jupiter, Florida. When I want a dive to be a pure adrenaline rush I go to Jupiter, Fl. Its the only place…
  • Snorkeling 101: What’s a Snorkel Bag?

    Creedence Gerlach
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Snorkeling is one of the most dynamic recreational activities in the sense that it appeals to people across many age groups and levels of interest. Some people consider snorkeling to be a form of aquatic sightseeing, while others think of it more along the lines of underwater exploration. Tusa Reef Tourer Snorkeling Backpack – $11.95 The wide appeal of snorkeling is the limited amount of gear that it requires. Unlike SCUBA diving, snorkeling does not require a certification and training process, nor does it require expensive equipment. In fact, most people associate snorkeling with just…
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  • Shark Addicts

    Guest Blogger
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    By Laura King ad·dic·tion əˈdikSHən/ noun 1. an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something Friends Cameron Nimmo and Mickey Smith, from Jupiter, Florida, are self-confessed shark addicts who grew up around the water and always dreamed of scuba diving. Two years ago Cameron’s girlfriend, Andrea, told Mickey she was going to get Cameron his PADI Open Water certification for Christmas, so Mickey got certified too. They have not stopped diving since. Mickey has been fascinated with sharks since he was a small child. What began with shark toys in the bathtub…
  • Cuttlefish Hunting – The Executioner

    Guest Blogger
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    Guest Post by Dustin Adamson Cuttlefish are amazing creatures.  Much like their relative the Octopus, they are very adaptive to their surroundings, and can change colors and textures to blend in with their environment.  They are also highly intelligent.  During a night dive in the Philippines, I made a friend.  Instead of being afraid of me, this Cuttlefish, decided to team up with me.  For 45 minutes, this Cuttlefish followed me and used my lights to hunt.  With 8000 lumens lighting up the sandy bottom.  It could see its prey better than during the day.  While it missed its prey…
  • Marine Iguanas – Galapagos Islands

    Guest Blogger
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    by Dustin Adamson Sometimes dives can all mesh together and seem the same. During one dive in the Galapagos Islands, I saw something I haven't seen in almost 20 years of diving. Lizards underwater! I once saw an iguana in Bonaire swimming on top of the water. But nothing like this dive. This dive was special. On the West side of Fernandina island in the Galapagos Islands, there is a dive that specializes in seeing Marine Iguanas underwater. Being a very shallow dive, you don't have to worry too much about your air consumption, or the currents that Galapagos is famous for. The only thing you…
  • Scuba Cartoon: Baby Diver

    Nadia Aly
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    Gotta start training them early! Right? This is the 39th of our scuba cartoon series by Jerry King. Let us know what you think and submit your own if you have any! Don’t forget to share with your diver friends!
  • Fix The Funky Blues In Your Photos With Adobe Lightroom

    Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
      Part of being a good photographer is knowing how to be a good editor. Now that you've taken thousands of underwater images, what do you do with all of them? Photo editing software, such as Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, are excellent tools to catalogue and organize your images, and edit your images to take them from so-so to show-worthy! We still advocate trying to improve your photographic chops by shooting it right in the camera, but learning these tools can overcome many user errors, taking an image once destined for the trash can to something shareable with family and…
 
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  • Malaysia 370 | an ocean education rollercoaster

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

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

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

    27 Feb 2014 | 8:40 am
    The first scientific exploration mission utilizing the Exosuit ADS is taking place this summer (2014), approximately 100 miles off of the Rhode Island Coast at a location called the Canyons, while working in the mesopelagic environment (depths of 200 to 1000 feet). The mission, entitled the Stephen J. Barlow Bluewater Expedition in honor of the long-time President and COO of the J.F. White Contracting Company, is a cooperative program between J.F White Contracting, Yale University's John B. Pierce Laboratory, and the American Museum of Natural History.The expedition's mission is to…
  • why to live underwater - 72 days and beyond

    25 Feb 2014 | 11:09 am
    The recent press announcement about the Roane State faculty members planning a 72 day stay underwater is certainly eye catching, and frankly, we need it.This type of underwater demonstration is long overdue. Consider that the Jules Undersea Lodge, where the expedition will take place, has been in place for decades, and while it certainly goes used, I am also confident that its use has not been put to the true test - steps towards undersea permanence.72 days underwater is a bold, visionary step, and along the lines of the vision that pushed the series of life in the sea programs in the 1960's…
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  • Huish Outdoors Acquires Liquivision

    John Liang
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Huish Outdoors has acquired dive computer company Liquivision Products Inc., it was announced recently. Huish Outdoors President Mike Huish said: “The addition of the Liquivision team and products to our growing dive business represents a big step forward for us and we’re very excited to have them on board. Liquivision‘s products will complement our Atomic Cobalt line, and the Liquivision team will position us to bring innovative new products and technology to the market quickly. By combining Liquivision and Atomic Aquatics‘ design and engineering teams, it instantly…
  • [CARTOON] You’d Rather Be Spearfishing?

    Stephan Whelan
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Welcome to our feature – Cartoon Of The Week.  Each week we will feature a new cartoon by Jerry King.  This week’s cartoon is “You’d Rather Be Spearfishing?”.
  • [VIDEO] Remembering Loic Leferme

    Stephan Whelan
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:14 am
    This week’s video remembers the French Freediver Loïc Leferme (28 August 1970 — 11 April 2007) who passed away whilst training for a planned record attempt in July 2007.  Loic was one of the co-founders of the international Freediving Federation AIDA in 1990 along with Roland Specker and Claude Chapuis. Got a great video to share? Feel free to contact us. What is Video of the Week? Our aim is to showcase one video every week that shows off the best (or just plain interesting) about Freediving, Scuba Diving or Spearfishing.
  • The Trees of the Coral Jungle

    Walt Stearns
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Red sea fan and fish with landscape | Photo: Walt Stearns The saying “can’t see the forest for the trees” refers to a person’s tendency to focus on the details to the point of missing the big picture. Divers certainly have no problem seeing the big picture at Wakatobi. The waters reveal a vast landscape of coral jungle. Sometimes, however, it is the details of the seemingly infinite collection of marine organisms – from fish life to the smallest of invertebrates – living within the corals and sponges that are easily overlooked. Some are well camouflaged, but…
  • Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31 To Begin On June 1

    John Liang
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    Fabien Cousteau‘s Mission 31 team will begin its month-long underwater stay on June 1, the team announced this week. Cousteau‘s team will live and work in Aquarius, the world’s only underwater research lab. This will be the longest-duration mission in the lab’s history. Aquarius is deployed 63 feet beneath the sea off the coast of Key Largo, Florida and operated by Florida International University (FIU). The mission will be Fabien‘s first saturation dive, making him the first Cousteau of his generation to become an aquanaut. “The overarching theme for Mission…
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  • A Buyers Guide To Fins

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

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

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

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

    Paul Stears
    25 Feb 2014 | 7:31 am
    It’s awards season in the film industry so what better time to look at how scuba diving is represented in the glitz and glamour of the movies. The film industry has not exactly made the deep blue sea look welcoming over the years.  You’d be nervous just getting in the boat after watching Oscar and Bafta nominated Captain Phillips (2013), a film about a ship being hijacked by Somalian Pirates.  Then when you get into the ocean you could get more than you bargained for, as in 1977’s The Deep, which sees scuba divers in a war with treasure hunters after finding a goldmine in a shipwreck.
 
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  • Tony Wu Interview: Swimming with Whales

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Best Dive Watch
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:32 pm
    While scuba diving, nitrogen from the air you breathe dissolves into body tissues due to the increased pressure. Nitrogen dissolves into your body more quickly the deeper you dive. It is vital to keep the dissolved nitrogen within predetermined limits to reduce the risk of decompression sickness. A dive computer tracks extremely accurate time and dive depth and calculates nitrogen absorption using a decompression model. It will display the time and depth limits you need to stay within. Dive computers include some or all of the following: Depth indicator Maximum depth reached on the…
  • Scuba Diving Gloves Under $100

    Best Dive Watch
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Gloves are one of the key pieces of gear for divers. Diving gloves need to keep the diver’s hands warm and protect them from potentially getting injured by corals or other dangerous elements in the ocean. Diving gloves are available by various manufacturers, models, materials and thickness. When purchasing the perfect glove for your diving adventures, keep in mind which one will be suitable for each specific diving activity and environment you intend to dive in.  It is best to have a clear idea of these aspects before buying diving gloves so that you are not wasting your…
  • Citizen Blue Angels Skyhawk Titanium Eco-Drive Watch

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    4 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Citizen JY0050-55L “Blue Angels Skyhawk A-T” Titanium Eco-Drive Watch You may be asking, “What is an Eco-Drive watch”? Eco-Drive watches are manufactured throughout the world by Citizen Watch Co., Ltd. The Citizen dive watches are powered primarily by either natural or artificial light so you never have to wind it. The Eco-Drive system eliminates the need  for a battery replacement since solar energy is used. The time required for recharging may vary depending on your environment. The Citizen JY0050-55L  watch is water resistant to 200 meters(660 feet) and is part of…
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