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A lot can happen in just an instant, especially while on the water. An instant can mean the difference between life and death, and for those involved in water safety, each fraction of time must be precisely calculated. In honor and recognition of the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association (HLA), watch purveyor Time Concepts has produced a commemorative timepiece: the Official HLA Watch.
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We are talking about scuba tanks today; most folks believe that tanks are the most vital part of diving. Certainly, they are very important since it gives you the air you need to breathe. They can however, give you problems if not taken care of. Some folks do not own their tanks and instead rent them for about $15 a day. Others buy their own tanks and have to fill them for about $10 per dive. Divers who travel overseas generally rent them.
Today we are going to talk about the single most important piece of equipment a scuba diver owns; not the tank, not the regulator, it’s your mask. If your mask doesn’t fit or doesn’t work well for you it may not be safe and you won’t have any fun so what’s the point. So, the mask is the single most important piece of equipment.
As the number of divers in their retirement years increases, immersion pulmonary edema (IPE) has begun to move into the focus of dive safety researchers. Also called swimming induced pulmonary edema (SIPE), the condition may occur in young and health swimmers, but the risk increases with age and age-related health changes. While IPE may be fatal, divers who are able to recognize symptoms early and exit the water often have good outcomes, and spontaneous improvements are common. Here’s what you need to know about IPE.
Now, as we stood on the hotel balcony at the Marco Vincent Dive Resort in Puerto Galera, Philippines looking out over the pool and watching the water sloshing back and forth, we understood what life is like here on this part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire”.
Nestled in southwestern California, and straddling the Pacific Ocean, the Channel Islands is one of the United States’ most beloved, beautiful diving destinations. From San Miguel to the northwest, to San Clemente in the southeast, the island chain is renowned for its stunning displays of underwater life, made possible through lush kelp beds and unique geological playgrounds; combine these features with a strong natural bottom, and the result is a resplendent submerged menagerie filled with stellar attractions that urge scuba divers to return again and again. On its own, the Channel Islands makes for a superb addition to any recreational diver’s logbook, though each island (including individual recesses and swimthroughs) has its own distinct flavor worthy of another page; and when you get spectacular spiny lobster hunting, the attraction is manifold.
Located on the Caribbean side of the Yucatán Península, Cancún rises as the most spectacular place to enjoy beautiful turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Founded in 1970, Cancún began tourist projects in 1974, and since then it has grown to be a home away from home for many visitors from all over the world. Cancún and its surrounding areas are located on mangrove jungles: a strip of hotels between a beautiful lagoon and the Caribbean Sea.
Sometime not so long ago the ocean carried a fleet of ships built mostly of concrete. Wood was the preferred medium for ship building for centuries until the late 19th century when ship manufacturing converted to the use of sheet steel. While sheet steel was the go to material for many years it became scarce during the first World War. This is when ship builders turned to using steel reinforced concrete, which uses less refined and easier to obtain steel reinforcing bar.
The topic of diving with cetaceans has many different aspects with varying points of view. This is my personal view as a diver of 43 years and a marine conservationist, not necessarily the view of the organizations I am part of. I write as someone who has experienced chance encounters only a couple of times while in the water, although I have seen them in the wild numerous times. It is difficult to express the feeling of surfacing from a dive and seeing large male orca dorsal fin go by right beside you. Better yet was being spy-hopped by a large male right next to the boat after taking off my tank. To this day I have to wonder if he was seeing if I was that diver he just saw next to him in the water.