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2019 Registration Open for NAUI Workshops at DEMA Show

ARTICLE BY TIM WILLIAMS, NAUI MARKETING Registration is now open for NAUI Worldwide’s exhibitor-sponsored workshops and seminars at DEMA...


By James Lapenta I am departing from the usual format of writing about a topic that is specifically designed...


The warm, red-brown water faded to black as the two divers descended feet-first toward the river bed. Armed with screwdrivers, mesh bags...


We have all been told, when going outside into the sun, to slather our skin with sunscreen. It is agreed, nobody wants to have skin cancer or heaven forbid, wrinkles. But, are we, in an effort to save our skin, perhaps harming our bodies and also destroying the coral reefs we all enjoy?

Basic Skills: Changing Plans – Flexibility and how it Affects Your...

Flexibility can be highly beneficial or put them into unnecessarily dangerous situations. When the dive plans change to involve an easier site or less challenging conditions, the new diver can take the opportunity to work on skills and improve them. A change to a significantly deeper or higher current site may result in them seeing a test beyond their abilities that causes an accident.To avoid getting into trouble, they should take an honest look at the entire dive and at themselves. Following this, they need to be frank with buddies, shops, guides, and operations, and when called for, insist on a less risky dive. To not do so may pacify others but this activity is not about pacification. It’s about staying safe and staying alive. Flexibility in planning is not going along to get along. It’s about being able to adapt to changes in an intelligent way that does not pose additional risk to the diver or the divers buddies.


October is a month that bridges the residual warmth from September and the chilly conditions brought on by November. For many scuba divers, depending on locality, it marks the end of thebusy dive season: transitioning into winter before the electrified energy of diving returns full swingin spring. Florida, with its consistently balmy and warm temperatures, both above and in the waters, is a lauded destination during these colder months. REEF Fest 2019 invites visitors of all ages to celebrate all things ocean from October 17 to 20, opening warm, watery worlds within southern Florida.

It is time we stop trying to save the environment and...

Calls to save the planet and all living beings ring out across the land; alarms blaring as we watch the ice melt, the loss in biodiversity, chemical contaminations, and a planet coughing in protest. Time to look at ourselves and come to terms with the reality that the environment is not out there but within all of us. The concept of environment is challenging to humans, it implies that environment is a tangible thing apart from us and surrounding us, which is further from the truth. Humans are not isolated facets of this environment, instead we are interconnected within this environment engaging from micro cellular to viral and biological; we are the environment.

Gaining Weight While Losing Meaning over the Holidays

Article by Elizabeth Babcock, LCSW; Photos from Unsplash.com This article is excerpted from the book, “Why We Overeat and...

Tacoma: City of Destiny

Article by Rick Stratton: Photos Courtesy Bandito Charters and Underwater Sports  Tacoma, the city of Destiny, is a hub...

Ohio Diving: History Below the Waterline from Vermillion to Ashtabula

There is a rich maritime history that lies beneath the surface of Ohio’s Lake Erie. The history associated with these shipwrecks reveals the role marine commerce played in the development of Ohio, the Great Lakes region, and our nation. The Great Lakes were once bustling with ships of all types and sizes. Lake Erie in particular was heavily traveled, as it connected the east with the mid-west at a time when railroad lines were short and roads were nonexistent. For cities like Buffalo, Cleveland and Detroit, Lake Erie was its lifeblood.
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