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  • DEMA 2014 Coverage: Day 3

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:30 pm
    The third day at DEMA, covering Meikon, Subal, Inon, Bonica, Fantasea, GoPro, Epoque, Saga, Big Blue, GoPole, Sea Life, and Fire Dive Gear
  • Guest: Chuck Wang

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    1000 Breaths
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Jim and Jennifer are thrilled to talk to Chuck Wang.  Chuck was born in Taiwan, raised in St. Louis, MO., and graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in International Business. He is proud to be the son of two dedicated successful immigrant serial restaurateurs. He is inspired by his little brother, David, every day. In 1997, Chuck established a litigation support startup’s presence in San Diego. Having done so in an extremely vertical niche market within 13 months led to a public relations and marketing position at a local digital imaging firm (cutting edge tech at the time).
  • ScubaRadio 11-15-14 HOUR1

    Scuba Radio
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster gets a report on the diving in Belize. Plus ScubaRadio Drunken Santa and friends drop in to set up our diving party plans for the holidays! Looking for HOUR2?
  • New Puerto Morelos Visitors and Friends

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    8 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Hello again friends, Here in Puerto Morelos, visitors and locals alike spend a lot of time in and on the water. Whether it’s our beautiful Caribbean coast, coral reefs, and world class sportfishing, or the tranquility of the cenotes that dot the landscape, there’s something here for every water lover. New friends love to snorkel, scuba, watch whale sharks in season, and take the short ride out to the gorgeous reefs: Happy Puerto Morelos visitors!   And I always love showing new friends around the dozens of wonderful restaurants – meeting the owners and employees of…
  • DEMA Show 2014 – Day 2 Highlights

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

    1000 Breaths
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Jim and Jennifer are thrilled to talk to Chuck Wang.  Chuck was born in Taiwan, raised in St. Louis, MO., and graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in International Business. He is proud to be the son of two dedicated successful immigrant serial restaurateurs. He is inspired by his little brother, David, every day. In 1997, Chuck established a litigation support startup’s presence in San Diego. Having done so in an extremely vertical niche market within 13 months led to a public relations and marketing position at a local digital imaging firm (cutting edge tech at the time).
  • Grenadine Islands of Bequia and Tobago Cays

    World Footprints
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 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.  Cathy will also share how this island has changed her life. Then we’ll visit Bequia’s Park Bay, home to the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, where a native retired skin-diving fisherman…
  • Career Talk w Coach Trina : #EmbraceTheSlash or "The Side Hustle"

    Life Coach Chat Channel
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    #EmbraceTheSlash: Succeeding professionally at this, that AND the other Some of us pursue several professions simultaneously.  We have a 'side gig' or hobby that we devote time and energy to - aside from our primary occupation. You've met them. The history teacher who plays in a band. The executive/avid scuba diver. The techie by day/world traveler/pianist. This show is about "embracing the slash". We were inspired by this article by Jessica Stillman. … and this one by Kate Hamill Trina and Tamarra are both career coaches who also…
  • Going Places and Doing Things that Excite You

    Its Travel Time with Karen
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    We all know people who always seem to be having fun and going places.  And then there are those who talk about what they want to do and where they want to go but they never do it.  Which one are you?  If we look at what's happening it the world we could all be paralyzed with fear, hesitation or concern about lack of resources. But how many of us have seen loved ones pass on to the next life without having lived out their dreams.  Do you have any regrets in life? Now is the time to do the things you want to do.  Find a way to make it happen since next year or tomorrow is not promised to…
  • Healing Fountain - JJHIGGINS - HISTORY OF ANGELS

    GR HealingFountain
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Join us this Monday for the History and Hierarchy of Angels! John J. Higgins is an attorney and former statewide prosecutor who has had a multi-faceted career and life. He has worked on farms, performed firearm repairs, and refinished and sold antiques, all before he finished high school. In between pursuing his college studies, he supervised industrial finishing operations and assisted in developing a powder coating system. After college, he worked fulltime and attended law school at night. He also filmed rock stars and celebrities for public service announcements and produced and emceed a…
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  • ScubaRadio 11-15-14 HOUR1

    15 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster gets a report on the diving in Belize. Plus ScubaRadio Drunken Santa and friends drop in to set up our diving party plans for the holidays! Looking for HOUR2?
  • ScubaRadio 11-15-14 HOUR2

    15 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This hour Greg is joined by Bob Evans from Force Fins, Billy C from Scuba Nation, and the DiveGod-Neal Watson. Looking for HOUR1?
  • ScubaRadio 11-8-14 HOUR1

    8 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    The week Greg The Divemaster talks cave diving with Pete from ScubaBoard. Plus a DEMA preview with the founder of DiveNewswire. Looking for HOUR2?
  • ScubaRadio 11-8-14 HOUR2

    8 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This hour features updates from Clay from Explorer Adventures, Vince from SpareAir, Captain Walt DeMartini, and Chad Barbay from Huish Outdoors. Looking for HOUR1?
  • ScubaRadio 11-1-14 HOUR1

    1 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster gets a preview of the DEMA show from executive director of the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association. Plus a dive report from Palau and a great gift idea for the diver on your gift giving list. Looking for HOUR2?
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  • New Puerto Morelos Visitors and Friends

    8 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Hello again friends, Here in Puerto Morelos, visitors and locals alike spend a lot of time in and on the water. Whether it’s our beautiful Caribbean coast, coral reefs, and world class sportfishing, or the tranquility of the cenotes that dot the landscape, there’s something here for every water lover. New friends love to snorkel, scuba, watch whale sharks in season, and take the short ride out to the gorgeous reefs: Happy Puerto Morelos visitors!   And I always love showing new friends around the dozens of wonderful restaurants – meeting the owners and employees of…
  • Japanese Surfer Scuba Dives to Save Tsunami Victims

    8 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Hideaki Akaiwa was just a regular guy working a regular job when the 2011 Tohoku earthquake shook hi
  • SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis -

    8 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    This is the continuation of a series of posts on my blog to promote the e-book SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA – which is a Guide to… the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise… This is a guide book that will give you the kind of insider’s knowledge that you might wish you had before you made your decision to move or not move to Costa Rica. Every blog entry will start with the appendix because that way when you read whatever else I have posted it will 1. make sense (I hope) and 2. give you a point of reference in case you realize you need to read…
  • 7 Five Star Reviews on Amazon of THE LIFE & TIMES OF AN INCORRIGIBLE

    8 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    G.M. Roberts a great read, October 20, 2014 This review is from: The Life & Times of an Incorrigible (Paperback) Great book written by a great American   5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for serving, soldier. Thank you for sharing your story, August 31, 2014 This review is from: The Life & Times of an Incorrigible (Paperback) Jerry begins in South Florida, near where I grew up. You can smell the South Florida salt air, bringing back memories of a simpler time. Before long, nothing is simple, as Jerry finds himself in Vietnam. Having lived through the era, it is especially fascinating…
  • DOTD#2

    8 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    And now for the next installment, this is from Friday 31st October – y’know Halloween. You’d have thought with the show name and backing music being from a classic horror film we would, but we didn’t opt to go for a special show, because firstly, we’ve only done one show so there’s not much point, also because I don’t really give a shit about Halloween. Focusing more on the music, we had new stuff from Hot Since 82, Huxley (again), Scuba and just so much more. Listen away and tune in next week. W.
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  • DEMA Show 2014 – Day 2 Highlights

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

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

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

    John McKenzie
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    West Marine has quietly teamed up with Mares and SSI to test market a new scuba shop-within-a-shop concept. If successful, scuba shops will be be embedded into larger West Marine stores around the US. Currently, the test market scuba departments are in two West Marine stores: Jacksonville and North Palm Beach Florida. A Fort Lauderdale store will be added to test in the spring of 2015. Starting in October 2014 West Marine will launch an online promotion for their customers to go to SSI’s website and take a free online class. When completed, the students will be directed to finish…
  • DIVER SAFETY NOTICE: Scubapro Aladin Square Dive Computer

    John McKenzie
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Scubapro was immediately proactive the minute a few divers reported an issue with their new Aladin Square dive computer. We were impressed with Scubapro for responding so quickly, directly and with caution to this issue. They immediately notified dealers and kept ScubaGadget informed of the progress of the investigation. We are happy to report that the issue only effects a small percentage customers. To be sure there are no errors we have included the the full text of the notice from Scuba Pro ( ———— NOTICE…
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  • Tips for Shore Diving

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    We were all taught the common sense basics of safety for diving from shore in our classes, but proper technique and the right scuba gear are by no means the end of the learning process. All that advice is solid, sound, and important, of course, but why not take a look at some tips that aren’t part of the standard scuba class, the sort of things divers pick up over time? 1.) Don’t Forget About Wet Gear We all have gear bags to travel with, designed with straps, wheels and handles, to get us through the airport or down the dock. When shore diving we often gear up in the parking lot or along…
  • New To Diving

    5 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    Here is some tips for the new diver. During my course I have seen people sign up for scuba for maybe a honeymoon or one trip. Folks this is not a one time commitment. This is a very important step in your life. When you do decide to embark on this journey. Enjoy every aspect of your experiences: whether they be in the class room, at a scuba park, at a lake, or ocean. Be sure to complete and read everything the instructor gives you. Practice your navigation on land. I like to go to the local football field to practice the square, triangle, expanding square, etc... Learn your compass. Learn…
  • Brion Sullivan (GypsyDiver) - RIP

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    We lost GypsyDiver today. I met Brion through DiveBuddy. We quickly became friends. I had the pleasure of speaking with him a few times over the phone. Every time we spoke, I ended the conversation happier! Each call would include some jokes or interesting conversation that would cause him to laugh, which caused me to laugh. I ran into Brion and his wife, Bree, at a scuba trade show. They were such a cute couple. You can tell that Brion loved her very much. His arm was around her the whole time we chatted. And he never stopped smiling! Brion was such a like-able, fun guy. Brion was a soldier,…
  • New World Record for Deepest Scuba Dive 332 m (1,090 ft)

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
  • Deep Down - A Macy Davis Story

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Note, this is a story, not informational post! The water was a sort of frothy blue. Whales and dolphins brushed the top of the water like whip cream over a hot coco. It was cold, salty, splashing every which way. Fish swam thickly in the water below and swarms of tuna bumped the side of the boat. Lucy hobbled over to her seat, the boat shaking and her stomach churning. "You okay there, Luce?" Captain Logan called from the wheel. Lucy shook her head, her red curls bouncing along as she sat down. Her eyes were green, and slowly turned into a stormy gray. Captain Logan had white hair, slicked…
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  • Hard to draw primary

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:56 pm
    I'm currently working on completing my open water certification in Jamaica. i haven't purchased my own equipment yet so I am using the training centers. I know this is long, but I would like some experienced diver opinions... After working with the same complete diving package for the 4 confined and 1 open water dives, today I ran into some trouble that maybe someone would be able to help me out with. Today I was provided a completely different diving package. After setting up, checking, and testing my equipment, I took a couple of breaths from my primary and found that it was very difficult…
  • Dive Knife

    Zeagle Eagle
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:54 pm
    I just ordered a Spyderco Paramilitary 2. I am going to use it as my primary. Early Christmas to my self.
  • Free Scuba Diver & Optimist

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Hey guys, I'm just your average guy who happens to be absolutely in love with scuba diving. I look at life as the only chance you get, therefore I approach everything with much optimism. I currently dive and reside in Florida yet look forward to diving in few certain spots around the world, especially Australia. I'm glad to be on here and share my diving knowledge and experiences.
  • Aeris A300CS Help

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    My new a300cs went dead today. Changed batteri, but it now only shows "error last dive" and then it goes dead again. Can anyone please help :-) Kind regards
  • AOT Deep Treasure T-Shirt

    ScubaToys Larry
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    Learn More about the AOT Deep Treasure T-Shirt Amphibious Outfitters Scuba T-Shirt... More...
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    The Right Blue

  • Bearded Scorpionfish: A Name That Suits

    15 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Bearded Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis, barbatus), Red Seaby B. N. SullivanMeet the Bearded Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis barbatus).  Both the common and scientific names of this fish refer to the frilly, fleshy flaps of skin protruding from its chin.  (The Latin name "barbatus" translates to "bearded.")Like others in its family, Scorpaenidae, the Bearded Scorpionfish is an ambush predator.  Its strategy is to lie in wait for its prey to come swimming past at close range, and then to spring forth with its mouth wide open to engulf its meal in one big gulp.  In order to do this…
  • A Beautful, Fragile Bryozoan Colony

    8 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    Macro photo of a Lace Bryozoan (Reteporelina denticulata)by B. N. SullivanThis beautiful marine organism is a colony of Lace Bryozoa (Reteporelina denticulata).  Despite their appearance, Bryozoans are neither a coral nor a plant.  Taxonomically, the Bryozoa form a phylum all their own.  Most of the more than 4,000 species of Bryozoans live in the sea.The name Bryozoa translates to "moss animal."  The individual animals that make up the colony are microscopic.  This species builds lacy calcareous structures of interconnected branches, made from the mineralized…
  • Basking Sea Turtles in Hawaii

    2 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), basking at Puako, Hawaiiby B. N. SullivanImagine that you are in Hawaii, walking along near the edge of the ocean.  You come upon a sight like that in the photo at the top of this page -- a sea turtle lying on the sand or on the rocks.  You may notice that its carapace is dry, indicating that it has been out of the water for awhile. You may feel alarmed, wondering if it is stranded.  You think: Maybe a wave washed it ashore and it doesn't know how to get back into the ocean. Or perhaps it crawled out of the water intending to nest, but got…
  • Droopy Gorgonian Sea Plume - Needs Water??

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Gorgonian Sea Plume (Pseudopterogorgia sp)by B. N. Sullivan We were swimming along the pretty reefs off the coast of West Caicos in the Turks and Caicos Islands, looking for things to photograph.  I spotted this Gorgonian Sea Plume at the edge of a patch reef.  The first thing I noticed was that it was quite tall -- with a height  of about two meters.  But the thing that really struck me was how droopy its branchlets looked. The spontaneous thought that popped into my head was that it looked like a large house plant that someone forgot to water!That was a silly thought, of…
  • Cerianthids: Marine animals that look like flowers

    11 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Cerianthid "tube anemone" - Hawaiiby B. N. SullivanThe creatures pictured here look like anemones, but they are not true anemones.  They are Cerianthids, commonly referred to as ‘tube anemones’, which are taxonomically quite distinct from true anemones. Cerianthids and true anemones do belong to the same phylum, Cnidaria, and the same class, Anthozoa, but tube anemones belong to the subclass Ceriantipatharia, a taxon that also includes the so-called ‘black corals’ (Antipatharia). Dark-colored Cerianthid, HawaiiOne of the visible features that distinguishes Cerianthid tube…
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  • "Selfie" shows what sharks are like?

    2 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    When it comes to sharks, the news coverage is pretty atrocious. It seems like they either portray the sharks as mindless killers, or harmless pets. The people that get coverage, are invariably doing something stupid, or flat illegal.An example of the stupid kind is the latest report by the "Mail Online". They are posting an article that features a diver taking "selfies" while leaning way out of a cage, while diving with great white sharks at Isla Guadalupe.This picture reminds me of a professional photographer that was leaning out of a cage, filming a shark and never realized that a second…
  • What is it like to come face to face with a Great White Shark?

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Allan Daveyand his son were part of our first Great White Shark expedition to Guadalupe Island this season. He has documented his experience in his blog, A Truly Great White Shark Adventure.He writes: "Gunther" nibbling on cage. Photo Allan Davey.We had sharks visit on every session in the cage which apparently isn’t always the case. There was a lot more action on our trip then on previous trips. ( This has continued on trips after ours ). Two of the larger sharks exhibited unusual behaviour which prompted discussions amongst the crew. They were repeatedly gnawing on the cage and…
  • Shark attack, surfer kicking for his life?

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Today's headlines of a few Australian newspapers scream "Shark Attack In Australia Had Pro Surfer Ryan Hunt Kicking For His Life",  "Top surfer who survives shark attack after kicking it in the head and Surfer undergoes surgery after shark attack near Old Bar, NSW. So what happened? Another surfer attacked by a great white shark? The reports are stating things like "A surfer survived a shark attack after kicking it in the head as he rode a wave. Ozzie Ryan Hunt, 20, was attacked by a shark while surfing at Wallabi Point in New South Wales. The beast went for his foot repeatedly…
  • No cage shark diving with Shark Diver?

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Mens Journal, in it's October issue has an article on "no cage shark diving". In that article, Shark Diver is mentioned  as offering such dives."There is definitely a bucket list aspect," says Martin Graf, who conducts trips in the Bahamas and Guadalupe through his company, Shark Diver, which began offering no-cage expeditions in 2012. "Read more: want to make sure that everyone understands that we do not offer cage free dives with Great White Sharks at Isla Guadalupe! Our cage free diving is only done,…
  • Do you want to work with sharks?

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    My friend Ingrid Sprake, a project director at Projects Abroad has let me know about an exciting volunteer opportunity, to work with sharks in South Africa.If you would like to apply for this position, you can do it here Placement location: Old Harbour Museum, Hermanus, South AfricaRole: To work directly with the Shark Conservation ProjectMain Research Focus: Scientific shark research, shark conservation, educationEnvironment: MarineAccommodation: Shared volunteer accommodationPrice: From £1,845What's included? Food, accommodation, airport transfers, insurance, personal webpage,…
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  • 3 Fantastic Dive Destinations for Large Pelagic Species

    Creedence Gerlach
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    When it comes to the ultimate thrill in diving, there’s nothing quite like seeing huge pelagic fish. They can be hard to find, though, especially in diverse variety. There’s a huge demand to see them in their natural environment, leading to a lot of discussion about the best dive destinations for large pelagic species. Below are three of the best, known for the diversity of their pelagics and the likelihood of seeing them. Palau via flickr/amanderson2 A popular dive destination that finds itself frequently listed as a favorite of divers of all types, Palau offers a huge assortment…
  • DEMA Show 2014

    Nick Bostic
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:08 pm
    November in the dive world means storing gear for the winter to many divers, but to Aquaviews it means it’s time for the annual Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) Show. The leading industry-only show returns to Las Vegas (yes, a dive expo in the desert) this year and is filled with all kinds of new advances in gear. Our primary coverage will be on our Twitter and Instagram accounts so as to not flood the casual reader of Aquaviews or visitor to our Facebook Page. This year, along with all of the great new recreational dive gear available, we’ll be walking the show…
  • Score a FREE Dive Computer with Our Scubapro Holiday Deal!

    Creedence Gerlach
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    The science is in: everyone loves a great deal, especially when they come around in the holiday season. And for this holiday season, Leisure Pro has something special in store for everyone. Whether you’re shopping for loved ones or treating yourself this year, you’ll love this outstanding Scubapro holiday deal from your friends at Leisure Pro!
  • Meet the Real Cast of The Little Mermaid!

    Creedence Gerlach
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    The 1989 animated Disney film The Little Mermaid made a big splash with kids and grownups alike, bringing the underwater world to life in a beautiful way. We here at Aquaviews still think it’s an amazing movie, even more so since we became divers and got to see the cast in real life! You’ve seen the real life cast of Finding Nemo, and we are pleased to bring you a roundup of the real marine life cast of The Little Mermaid! How many of these characters have you seen on your dives? Let us know in the comments! Octopus – “Ursula” via flickr/prilfish   Green…
  • Be Thankful for Leisure Pro’s November Raffle Giveaways!

    Creedence Gerlach
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Did everyone have a great October? We sure did here at Aquaviews, and can’t wait to bring you the latest FREE SCUBA gear we’re about to give away in November’s new raffle! In-Store Raffle at Leisure Pro’s Showroom Manhattan, New York Sherwood Amphos Air Computer with Transmitter For divers lusting after hoseless air integration, the Sherwood Amphos Computer with Transmitter will make our lucky in-store winner a very happy camper! With two gas settings of 21-50 percent and 21-100 percent, you’ll have plenty of leeway when it comes to the type of diving you want to…
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  • Out Of the Light Zone: Part II

    Guest Blogger
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Katy Fraser After completing my Intro to Cave course, I’ve been diving a lot on the intro cave lines, which are continuous and don’t feature complex navigation, i.e. jumping off the line and connecting to another cave line. After building up my confidence and familiarity with these lines, I ventured just outside the cavern zone for the first time with my camera. On our first dive, I didn’t take my camera; instead we laid the line to the cave line and during the dive I calculated my surface air consumption (SAC) rate. I also made notes of the places I’d like to stop and take some…
  • Ear Barotrauma: Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

    Jessica Vyvyan-Robinson
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Everyone knows that you aren’t supposed to dive with a cold — it’s one of the tenets stressed most heavily during entry-level training. But it’s a rule that divers often ignore — or try to bypass — by using decongestants because sometimes we just can’t resist getting in the water. I used to be one of the guilty parties until my actions caught up with me; I suffered a barotrauma of the middle ear as a result. An ear barotrauma is an injury to the ear caused by abrupt changes in pressure, and can be brought on by several circumstances, as well as by diving with a cold. Barotraumas…
  • 5 Things to Know About Diving The Mangroves

    Nadia Aly
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    5 Things to Know About Diving the Mangroves By Scuba Diver Life Mangrove forests offer a refreshing scenic change and intriguing challenge for adventurous divers. Here are five tips for having the best experience in the mangroves. Shallow Water By Scuba Diver Life Mangroves are found at the opening of rivers where the water is shallow.For ideal depth and visibility, take a dive when the tide is at its highest. Poor Visibility By Scuba Diver Life When in motion, the fine sediment of silt clouds up the river, so divers should minimize kicks. Visibility is best during high tide run-up,…
  • Out of the Light Zone: Becoming a Cave Videographer

    Guest Blogger
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Katy Fraser I’ve been filming pretty much my whole diving career. It started with a little shop on Koh Tao, Thailand, filming open-water students, working off commission and trying to convince poor backpackers they should buy the €50 DVD instead of attending pub a crawl — how times have changed. In saying that, I would not trade that experience for the world, as that’s where my love for underwater filming was born, and the long hours and fast editing built the strong foundation I have today. I believe it’s not just the filming that’s important at this level but equally so the…
  • Hitting The Water: Making the Most of Your Entry Techniques

    Thomas Gronfeldt
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Of all the skills required for scuba diving, from buoyancy to navigation to photography, you may not count getting into the water among them. And yet, when we need to enter the water from a boat, we’re introduced to two relatively exotic ways of going from dry to wet. So read on for a brush-up on boat entrance techniques and a few tips on making them work best for you. Entering the water from shore is fairly straightforward (no pun intended), since we simply wade into the water, careful to maintain our balance as we hit any surf, and keep our BCDs inflated in case we stumble. But for boats…
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  • a VERY brief visit to Hong Kong

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    As I made my way through airport security in Boston, a few things hit me. First, it dawned on me that I’ve barely recovered from the lengthy travel during the recent #exosuitproject at #Antikythera in Greece. Second was that for some reason, the travel process was smoother than ever – perhaps a function of both routine and repetitive recent experience, but also that the entire airport experience did seem to smooth itself out. Security was almost too efficient, leaving me shoeless, beltless, and somewhat a disheveled mess as I was shuffled through in what seemed to be…
  • 'Falling' in at Ft. Wetherill

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Having more completely off-gassed from the three week #Antikythera #exosuitproject in Greece, I felt I had a much needed obligation to realign myself with a quick dive here at home. With kids in the mix, that means a constant shuffle to do anything much 'fun' for yourself, so I made a very early start (everyone still sleeping) and got to Ft. Wetherill in Jamestown, Rhode Island before sunrise.Fall had clearly set in..the morning air was crisp, and I could see a wintry sky out there on the horizon as the sun just started to creep up. Conditions were suboptimal, with wind blowing into both…
  • Home sweet home | #exosuitproject returns from #antikythera

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Wow, what a stretch - despite Greece being a new work locale for me, the start of the 'Return to Antikythera' expedition set in as old hat. As these things go, challenges are defined, solutions are identified, and then it comes down to putting together all the pieces with a degree of flexibility to meet the challenges.Despite all the flag waving and publicity that the project managed to muster, particularly with the excitement of the Exosuit making its debut work performance for science, for me the most important element of the project was appreciating the depth of national pride that this…
  • Antikythera mechanism expedition begins search for missing fragments of world’s oldest known computer

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Nice recent article about the forthcoming #exosuitproject mission to #Antikythera. Will be en route in just a few days.Antikythera mechanism expedition begins search for missing fragments of world’s oldest known computer.Donate today using Google 'One Today' program to help us redefine the human element and develop new content. Donate $1 today!Related articlesAntikythera | Diving through Time2014 Expedition | Return to #AntikytheraHunt for ancient computer beginsDivers sure of new finds from 'ancient computer' shipwreckNew expedition to ancient computer wreck siteInternational Mission…
  • 2014 #Exosuitproject Expedition | Return to #Antikythera

    4 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    In just a couple of short weeks, we're off on the Return to Antikythera Expedition. This year's project has been in development for over a year, and builds on work dating to the very early 20th century when the Bronze age wreck site was first discovered by Greek sponge divers.Over the past several months, I have had the fortunate pleasure of working with the team members of this 2014 Antikythera Expedition including the Chief Scientist, Brendan Foley, his colleagues from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, and representatives of the Greek Navy, training them on use of the Exosuit ADS…
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  • A Brief Chat With Watson DeVore, RAID’s New Head Of North America

    John Liang
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm stopped by the RAID booth at DEMA Show 2014 in Las Vegas this week and had a brief chat with Watson DeVore, the company’s new regional head of North American operations. DeVore is one of a slew of new hires the company has made in the past few months as it aggressively re-launched its […]
  • Ladies First Drysuit Is SANTI Gold

    DEMA Team
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    We at were walking around on the DEMA Show 2014 convention floor when a poster for the Ladies First Drysuit caught our eye at the SANTI booth. We stopped in to talk with SANTI‘s Doug Mudry to find out more. Doug doesn’t hide the fact that he loves women: he thinks they’ve got superior management skills […]
  • Artist Andreas Franke Breathing Life Back Into Shipwrecks

    DEMA Team
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    While venturing through DEMA Show 2014 this week, was captivated by the beauty of the underwater photography of Andreas Franke. All the way from his home in Vienna, Austria, Franke has come to share his unique project, “The Sinking World of Andreas Franke.” Through his experience as a commercial photographer for more than 25 years, Andreas has shot […]
  • Tank Titan Secures Your Tanks From Truck To Boat

    DEMA Team
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Tired of finding chips and scratches all over your boat and car/truck backseat from moving your dive tanks around? has found an easy, affordable solution at DEMA Show 2014. Tank Titan is here to save the day from runaway tanks and make your boat space a little more worry-free and organized with the world’s first inflatable dive […]
  • Doc’s Got You Covered

    DEMA Team
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Dr. Robert Scott cares about your ears. The story goes that the Doc took up surfing in the seventies at the ripe old age of fifty, and soon began to notice a high rate of exostosis (surfer’s ear) harshing the stoke among his fellow wave-riders. Hypothesizing that it was cold air hitting the eardrum that was causing this […]
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  • Underwater Cameras Today

    Mark E Newman
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    One of my friends who I’ve been on a few dive trips with is big into his underwater photography; you name it he has it on his set-up.  With all of his pose-able strobes and expensive camera he does take some incredible pictures, but as he pointed out to me recently; it used to be a matter of you get what you pay for in underwater photography and the price of a good underwater camera used to be a good deterrent for novice divers who need to concentrate on their diving more than taking a photograph.   Cameras Nowadays underwater cameras are easily accessible and in-expensive.
  • How Warm Should I Be During My Dive

    Mark E Newman
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    You’re taught recreational decompression tables and theory during your entry level SCUBA courses and most divers rely heavily on their Personal Dive Computer (PDC) to keep them safe whilst diving but everybody is not the same and it can be dangerous to blindly follow what your dive computer is telling you so you can avoid a visit to one of these.  There are many different factors that affect decompression but I’m just going to focus on how your body temperature can affect your decompression profile in this blog.   Thermal Stress I don’t think anybody truly enjoys…
  • Farne Islands – October 2014

    Mark E Newman
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Why do hundreds of divers decide to go diving in the Farne Isles off the coast of Northumberland? To see the seals of course!  I spent a long weekend in October diving with close friends surrounded by amazing wildlife in British waters.   Early October This is one of the best times to go diving around the Farne Isles if you want to see seals close-up as most of the younger playful seals are swimming out by themselves and the parents are much less protective of them.  The water temperature at the surface was around 14-15°C down to around 10M so it was still nice and warm which was on…
  • How to take Great Underwater Pictures using Compact Cameras: Manual White Balance

    2 Nov 2014 | 2:11 am
    Previously we’ve covered the basics in how to take better pictures using your compact camera underwater and we’ve seen how you can use a strobe to improve your pictures greatly. Now it’s time for you to learn how to really use your camera, and not just clicking on the shoot button. The two previous guides covered how you could get more light in your picture, either by staying in the light or bringing artificial light. In this quick guide we’ll look at how you can get the warm color into your pictures without having the light there at all. Configure your Camera Settings Most compact…
  • Hollis Explorer Rebreather Training

    Mark E Newman
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    With rebreathers becoming more and more common around the world I decided to do my first user course for the Hollis Explorer Rebreather.  The Explorer is a Semi-Closed Rebreather which only uses a small cylinder of Nitrox (32-40% O2) instead of two cylinders; one diluent and one pure O2.   Day One Training started in the classroom with unit assembly and dis-assembly going through each part and its function in the rebreather.   I arrived fully prepared to take pages of notes and diagrams but it really wasn’t required; the Explorer is such a simple and user-friendly unit, paired…
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  • Pyle Underwater Master Snorkeling & Diving Watch – Under $100

    Best Dive Watch
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
      If you’re a scuba diver who likes data as much as avoiding the bends, then the electro-luminescent back lit Snorkeling Master Watch is the best dive watch for you. Just enter in  whether you’re exploring the abyss of a lake or ocean site and it will take care of the rest. It will automatically log stats up to 100 dives. With a range of -10 to 60 degrees Celsuius and zero to 100 meters down, it will even track your starting date and time, dive duration, lowest water temp and max depth reached. The best part is that if you are coming to the surface too fast (greater than six…
  • Rolex Sea Dweller Watches

    Best Dive Watch
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    The Rolex Sea Dweller watch really set the new standards of robustness, precision, functionality and reliability. This is a watch that defies the elements and it is designed to provide the highest degree of resistance in a size that remains wearable and practical.   Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea Dweller 4000 Mens Watch Current Price: $10,500.00 Price Disclaimer   Rolex Sea Dweller Deepsea Mens Watch 16600 Current Price: $10,995.00 Price Disclaimer   Rolex Oyster Perpetual Seadweller Deepsea List Price: $12,175.00 Current Price: $10,365.00 Price Disclaimer   Rolex Seadweller…
  • Rolex Submariner Watches

    Best Dive Watch
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
      The Rolex is at home in the oceans throughout the world where it is a valuable tool for every diver. The Submariner has gained the reputation as the watch of action with a rugged elegance!           Rolex Submariner Black Dial Ceramic Bezel Steel Mens Watch 116610LN List Price: $8,550.00 Current Price: $7,945.00 Price Disclaimer   Rolex Submariner Men's Watch 116610LV List Price: $10,875.00 Current Price: $8,850.00 Price Disclaimer     NEVER WORN ROLEX SUBMARINER MENS WATCH 116619LB Current Price: $34,595.00 Price Disclaimer  
  • Top Rolex GMT Watches

    Best Dive Watch
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    The GMT-Master collection was first introduced in 1955,  and it was designed and created to meet the requirements of international pilots. The GMT-Master II which made its debut  in 2005, has shown to be a valuable timepiece for all professions, especially those involved in long distance travel.  It features a rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel and a separate 24-hour hand. You are able to travel the world and read three different time zones. (Two simultaneously).   Rolex Mens Stainless Steel Gmt II Black Dial List Price: $8,450.00 Current Price: $7,735.00 Price Disclaimer   Rolex…
  • Rolex Submariner & Rolex Sea Dweller Dive Watches

    Best Dive Watch
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
      Rolex Submariner & Rolex Sea Dweller Dive Watches     Rolex Submariner Collection When released in the early 1950s, the first, water resistant to 100 meters, luxury model, Rolex Submariner was similar to rival, Blancpain’s, “Fifty Fathoms” chronometer. However, where the Fifty Fathoms watch was designed for, and marketed to, elite divers and Special Forces in a variety of countries, Rolex focused on one of the fastest-growing markets of the time – the hobby diving market. Rolex’s intent was to make its Submariner 5512 product for everyone. The Submariner has…
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  • 3 Reasons Why Facebook can be your marketing enemy

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:37 am
    Read on the webThe Scuba Industry, like many industries has become extremely dependent on facebook as a marketing platform & tool. I have been carefully observing this phenomena and have some information to share, which I think would be useful to any dive shop, liveaboard, photographer or anyone promoting their brand. My main focus however will be on dive shops, centres & liveaboards. So firstly, I’d like to loosely define ‘Dive Shop’ as any business that sells/rents scuba equipment, provides dive certifications, dive trips or all of the above and is a physical location. Here are a…
  • Top 3 Night Dives in Central Maldives

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Read on the webThe Maldives is a fantastic destination with many different sides to the varied diving available in the Jewel of the Indian Ocean. One of these sides is fantastic night diving. Below I have listed 3 night dives that are truly staples in most liveaboard aka dive safaris itineraries, and if you have not yet been diving in the Maldives you are most likely going to visit one of these sites when you do. #1: Alimatha Alimatha is a Dive Site located that in Vaavu Atoll that houses a popular resort in the Maldives. The dive site itself is sometimes referred to as 'The Jetty' -…
  • Dive Sites in Curacao

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Read on the webMushroom Forest is a popular Curaçao dive site that got its name thanks to its many mushroom-shaped coral formations. The coral heads make a great hiding place for marine life like moray eels, and also attract lots of schooling fish like the Creole wrasse, and blue and brown chromis. Sea turtles frequent the reef here as well, and can often been seen cruising over the coral and sponges. Sport Diver Magazine named the Superior Producer one of the best wreck dives in the Caribbean. The ship sunk in 1977 and now lies 30 meters deep on a sandy bottom, making it a dive for…
  • Diving in Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Read on the webBonaire is one of the Dutch islands that fall under the jurisdiction of the Netherlands in the Caribbean. The smaller uninhibited island of Klein Bonaire, off the west coast, is included in the special municipality. It is often referred to as part of the ABC islands (with Aruba and Curaçao) in the Leeward Antilles. The island is located at the very southernmost point of the island chain of the Lesser Antilles, only 50 miles north of Venezuela. Dutch, Papiamento, English, and Spanish are widely spoken. Because of the islands position so far south, it is out of the…
  • 7 Cool Features on Dive Advisor

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Read on the webThis will be the first of a series of updates that I will be sharing you with what's going on with as a platform. We have been working really hard for over a year in building something really awesome and we’d like to brag a little bit about what we have done. I will keep such updates, short, sweet and rare :) №1 - Media Publishing We have worked really hard to optimize our photo publication dialogue and interface, to make it as user-friendly and as easy-to-use as possible. There are a couple of little nuances that I think make it look cool and stand out…
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