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Changing Plans: Flexibility and How it Affects Your Diving

Last month I took a vacation dive trip to Canada. Specifically the St Lawrence River area in Brockville, Ontario. The original plan...

Antigua: Lord Horatio Nelson’s Island

Antigua is the largest of the British Leeward Islands (108 sq. miles) and enjoys world renown amongst knowledgeable sailors, due largely to its rich nautical history. Lord Horatio Nelson based his fleet here during colonial times and visitors to English Harbor on the southeast side of the island can visit Nelson’s Dockyard, a carefully restored example of British Georgian architecture. During the annual “Sailing Week”, hundreds of yachts can be seen crowding this harbor with competitors swapping stories of sailing and carousing, each tale growing larger and larger as the week goes on.

Book Review: Lake Erie Technical Wreck Diving Guide – Comprehensive &...

Lake Erie Technical Wreck Diving Guide by veteran wreck explorer and researcher Erik Petkovic unveils 19 of the estimated 2,000 shipwrecks that dot the lake’s floor, providing highly detailed accounts that cover every spectrum of every dive destination. How deep does the Sir C T van Straubenzee reach? For what purpose was the John J. Boland constructed and when did she sink? Is the Acme still intact and what is the best way to reach her? Which dives are must-dos and which are duds?

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary: Turning the Tide

Divers who enjoy the coral reefs and shipwrecks in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are encouraged to participate as NOAA conducts its first comprehensive review of the sanctuary’s management plan, boundary, regulations, and marine zones. In the Florida Keys, the marine ecosystem drives the economy and the local way of life, bringing visitors to enjoy world-class diving and fishing, year-round warm temperatures, fresh seafood, and a truly unique culture. Approximately 60 percent of the jobs in the Florida Keys are connected the water and the resources within.

DAN – Dive Safer: Safe Spearing and Collecting

Humans have relied on fish for sustenance for thousands of years, turning the throwing of a spear into a commercial, sporting and recreational industry. A huge percentage of the world's population still depends on fishing, and a great way to keep fish populations abundant is to fish sustainably. One of the most rewarding ways to do so is to revert to the ways of our ancestors by spearfishing or harvesting by hand.

Dive Pioneers: A Personal Voyage

By John Christopher Fine When John Cronin was celebrated for his pioneering work as one of the founders...

Flower Garden Banks Reports Latest Lionfish Invitational

plaguing southeastern United States and Caribbean waters. From June 10 to 13, trained volunteer divers and research partners, representing states from around the country, as well as Bermuda, participated in the fifth NOAA Lionfish Invitational: public events founded in 2015, which are designed to help stamp out the lionfish menace. During this period, lionfish catchers successfully removed 237 of the invasive species from NOAA’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS), located off Galveston, Texas.

S.A.F.E.: A Helping Hand to the Underwater Experience

S.A.F.E. is a non-profit organization connected to and named after Scuba Adventures for Everyone, LLC (SAFE), a PADI dive center owned and operated by Kleier and located in Hillsboro, Oregon. The center is equipped with a private classroom and large pool facility specifically designed to accommodate adaptive divers with specific needs: people with PTSD or on the autism spectrum; amputees and people assisted with wheelchairs.

Down the Bayou Road

There’s only three of us: Gordon, a diver we’ll meet up with at the motel; Malcom, the tender; and myself. Malcom and I are scheduled to leave the shop at 1000 Monday, but brake problems keep us there until noon. Several hours later, after picking up the rental boat and compressor outside New Orleans, we arrive at a Ramada Inn, just a few miles from Lac Des Allemands, the 12,000-acre, 10-foot deep, bayou-fed lake we’ll be working in.

Tech Tips: Portable Air Compressors Part II

So here we are at the backdoor of Roger’s air fill station. He carries a lot more here than just his air fill: tanks, scuba gear, and his friends’ gear as well. It gives you an idea of the complexity. Here’s the problem: I mentioned earlier this is an ACFM compressor: you hook up your 80 cubic-foot tank and roughly 10 to 15 minutes later, one tank is full. That won’t work for us. We need four or five tanks filled at once. How do you do that? You obviously hook up more hoses.
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