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Needed: a new quarry diving MODEL
Airworks - 6 days 12 hours ago.
Having dove in numerous quarries since the late-60’s, I have substantial experience in this type of dive environment. It appears to me that the primary reason for the decade-long decline in local diving is the general unattractive and ho-hum nature of the quarry/lake diving ambience. The history of scuba diving in quarries shows that their primary use by dive shop owners, dive instructors, and quarry site managers has been overwhelmingly oriented around training and certifying divers on the tech...
Time to Ramp up Inland Diving
Airworks - 22 days 16 hours ago.
The subject of inland/local diving continues to be a subject of intense discussion within the dive industry. The noticeable decade-long decline in local diver participation has created concern in the minds of many dive industry leaders. In fact, one well-known dive instructor in the mid-Atlantic area made the comment that the dive industry is actually DYING! Many problems have been presented and debated, but very few and practical solutions have been forthcoming. DEMA’s "Go Dive Now" program is ...
Blue Mind and SCUBA Blue Mind and SCUBA
Airworks - 25 days 11 hours ago.
While driving from Virginia to North Carolina’s coast for a chartered dive to explore the famous U-352 submarine, my buddies and I decided to take turns reading (out loud for the benefit of the rest) Wallace J. Nichols’ recent book titled “Blue Mind.” We found it to be a very enlightening exposition of why humans are irresistibly drawn to water. “Blue Mind” is a compelling and profound look at how water affects us on every level of human existence: psychological, emotional, physical, and behavio...
Solo/Self-Reliant Diving: Is it for you? Solo/Self-Reliant Diving: Is it for you?
Airworks - 26 days 1 hour ago.
From the days of Jacques Ives Cousteau and the birth of SCUBA, recreational divers have been instructed to always dive in teams of two or more “buddies.” All diving-related activities – equipment checks, descents, ascents, etc., are all to be performed in groups. The “buddy system”, as it is known, is intended to provide safety, fun, and socialization. When the system functions as intended, with two or more competent divers joining forces underwater, the diving experience can be all it’s meant t...
Get Divers to Pick Up Trash Underwater Using #IsThisYours Get Divers to Pick Up Trash Underwater Using #IsThisYours
Kat3rina - 6/10/2019 3:47 PM
An unfortunate fact that we’ve known for so long is that our oceans are struggling. Worldwide fish stocks are dwindling in numbers; microplastics are found in shellfish, there’s a Great Pacific Garbage Patch three times the size of France, and the rising seawater temperatures are disturbing major aquatic systems. Changes to the environment are also changing our waters, and these changes aren’t at all good. In an attempt to hold people accountable for the trash they produce, a social media campai...
2018 Market Share of Scuba Certification Agencies (PADI, SSI, NAUI) 2018 Market Share of Scuba Certification Agencies (PADI, SSI, NAUI)
Greg - 12/22/2018 10:44 AM
According to the certifications added by scuba divers on DiveBuddy.com, the following list indicates the percentage market share by each certification agency. Only the unique certification agencies were counted for each diver. For example, if a diver listed 3 different certifications with PADI and 1 for DAN, the list below includes 1 for PADI and 1 for DAN. All types of certifications were included (entry, advanced, tech, recreational). Link to larger graph Sample size: 3747 unique scuba divers ...
Whale Shark Diving Etiquette Whale Shark Diving Etiquette
h2oman - 4/21/2018 9:27 PM
Whale Shark Diving Etiquette- Ningaloo Reef, Isla Holbox, Gladden Split, Kwatisore Bay, Darwin’s Arch, Simon’s Town, Sun Island, Kilindini Harbor, Donsol Bay, Utila Open Water, 1. Don’t be a pig. Get in the water quickly, but once you’ve swum with him for a few minutes, back off to let the other divers see him from up front. 2. Never grab a tail or ride off their middle fin. They are God’s creatures too, not mopeds. 3. Limit your expectations. Many people have expectations that are way too high,...
Halibut Hunting: California Seminar Halibut Hunting: California Seminar
h2oman - 4/20/2018 8:46 PM
Spotlight Local California: RAW HALIBUT By H2OMAN ...First published in Spearfishing Magazine (for California Trips contact Freedivingfilms.com) Trophies can be hunted and trophies can be married. Most divers who are underwater hunters have the problem that the trophies we are blessed enough to land on land and beneath the sea seem to get into shoving matches back home around the mantel. I got that suffocating feeling again (like you need to come up for air) when she looked up at me. She sat on ...
Pig looking ships Pig looking ships
ScubaScout - 2/21/2018 8:20 AM
PRESS RELEASE They were called pigboats not because they carried pigs. Dr. Daley is an expert on Whaleback ships built in Superior Wisconsin from 1888 to 1898. 43 were constructed; some were unpowered barges while others were independent steam-powered vessels. They were called pigboats because they had a distinctive pig-like bow. Come and listen to Dr. Matthew Daley talk about -In the Wake of Disaster: The story of the James B. Colgate, the Merida, and Lake Erie’s Black Friday Storm of 1916 at t...
Why Should you PAY for your Internship? Why Should you PAY for your Internship?
GooDiving - 2/13/2018 4:40 AM
When it comes down to that moment when you are looking for the best Divemaster Internship and they ask you to shell out a bunch of money...and you are wondering...WHY??? Why Should You PAY for your Divemaster Internship? Take our Divemaster Internship is a Life Changing Experience, not only because you will be scuba diving everyday but also because you will be trained to be responsible for the safety of the people that dives with you, getting in touch with happy, active people from all over the ...
Search PADI & SSI Dive Instructor Courses Search PADI & SSI Dive Instructor Courses
Marlies-Diveoclock - 11/30/2017 8:03 AM
Compare PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDCs) and SSI Instructor Trainer Courses (ITCs). Are you thinking about becoming a dive instructor? Wondering where to do this course and with who? We have created a brand new search engine for you to compare dive instructor courses from around the world. Find the best teachers, dive centers and package offers for your needs! Click here to search dive instructor courses! Are you offering PADI IDCs or SSI ITCs? Create an account on diveoclock.com/pro/ ...
Hollis Prism 2 course Hollis Prism 2 course
trivoodoo - 10/23/2017 11:51 PM
If anybody is interested in the Hollis Prism 2 course, here is the email address listed below. Now until the end of the year, we offer a Hollis Prism 2 course at half price. I am willing to travel with the unit if purchased from us and teach the course anyplace that can support a rebreather (e.g. 100% O2 and CO2 absorbent available ). Since this is our 5th year in operation, we will offer a 50% discount on the course fees. Any boat, park, and consumables are the responsibility of the student for...
Loss of equipment due to poor planning. Loss of equipment due to poor planning.
Scubadad2 - 6/02/2017 12:46 PM
On a recent forensic dive in the Jordan river near Salt Lake City I lost a couple pieces of equipment (My fins specifically) because I failed to understand conditions and plan accordingly. The dive was to look for a firearm used in a recent shooting. We were given the conditions of the water and possible depths of the river (from knee deep to holes as deep as 15’) Being the first one in the water I discovered that using fins was going to be pointless. The deepest point in our search area was onl...
The Restoration Revolution The Restoration Revolution
FtMyersTom - 3/15/2017 6:55 PM
This article was taken from Dan AlertDiver — Q1 Winter 20 The picture is me doing some maintenance on staghorn coral nursery tree in Curacao link to article with photos or pg 18 hard copy alertdiver.com/Restoration_Revolution Gearing up for the largest coral restoration project ever in the Florida Keys For the past three decades the coral reefs of the Florida Keys have been under stress. A poisonous cocktail of high ocean temperatures, polluted runoff from coastal development, coral disease and ...
Treasure Hunting on the Connecticut River
pferreira - 3/01/2017 1:09 PM
WATCH VIDEO: Treasure Hunting on the Connecticut River The Connecticut River is the longest river in the New England region of the United States. Flowing roughly southward for 406.12 miles (653.59 km) through four U.S. states, the Connecticut rises at the U.S. border with Quebec, Canada, and discharges at Long Island Sound. Its watershed encompasses five U.S. states and one Canadian province – 11,260 square miles (29,200 km2) – via 148 tributaries, 38 of which are major rivers.Discharging at 19,...
Night Diving The Great Barrier Reef Night Diving The Great Barrier Reef
joannemiller - 2/21/2017 6:19 AM
If you are looking for the perfect underwater kingdom, the Great Barrier Reef, with its teeming marine life of numerous dolphins and whales, six species of turtle, and more than 150,000 tropical fish species, is exactly what you are looking for. And a unique way to explore this underwater world of extraordinary creatures is scuba diving at night time when you get to see a completely different scenario. The Night Diving Experience: Night is the time when the reef animals, thousands in number, can...
Coral Restoration Foundation CRF Coral Restoration Foundation CRF
FtMyersTom - 1/09/2017 3:53 PM
Our sport and love of the oceans has given us so much pleasure we owe it to the environment to return the favor. Due to intentional abuse of the oceans and reefs, naturally occurring weather fluctuations and diseases the reefs have suffered varying degree of damage. Reefs, to some degree, can restore themselves if the damage is not to severe. But unfortunately now in many cases it is. With our ability to destroy we have the ability help restore. This is exactly what the Coral Restoration Foundat...
Our SSI Freediving course: Part 2 – open water. Our SSI Freediving course: Part 2 – open water.
ArgentAqua - 6/08/2016 6:29 AM
Our SSI Freediving course: Part 2 – open water. On a damp, dreary November morning (nudging the mercury in the thermometer no higher than 10C) we met our instructors at Wraysbury, on the outskirts of London; one of the UK’s best loved and most used inland Scuba venues, tucked under the noisy approach to Heathrow (Europe’s biggest and busiest airport). We were given a pair of ‘open cell’ wet suits, whose soft, very tightly clinging neoprene – although only 5mm thick - was intended to protect us f...
How to Snipe for Gold
Smithsgold - 4/26/2016 12:33 PM
youtu.be/_G0wbwNaFEM Gary teaches you how to snipe for Gold underwater using a Mask and Snorkel and crevicing Tools . Covers places to look and techniques he has learned over many years of Prospecting ....
Scuba is so much more than just a sport!
Airworks - 4/25/2016 7:00 PM
I’ve heard it said that scuba diving is just a sport. Several veteran divers I’ve recently spoken with understand that local/inland diving is a very important part of the dive industry, but also went on to comment that “diving is really more about socializing around hotdogs and hamburgers than just getting wet.” The social aspects of diving are obviously important. However, social opportunities are numerous and plentiful, and most require very little commitment in terms of physical risks and fin...