Saturday, October 19, 2019

Go Diving!

Home Go Diving!
By Mark Norder Out running some errands when my phone rings and I see my boss’s name on the display. "Hey Mark, you at Alaska Ship?" "Ya, Dan,” I...
With Halloween quickly approaching, scuba divers are raring and ready for one of their most favorite, and uniquely eccentric, fall activities: underwater pumpkin carving. Using deft skill and precision, aquatic devotees showcase their creativity in their favorite environment: the gourds gluttonous...
In late July of this year, California-based innovative watch company Time Concepts, LLC launched its latest series of watches under its Szanto brand: the Szanto ICON Signature Series: Shane Dorian. As with other pieces designed under the ICON Signature Series’...

DAN – Dive Another Day

After spending a small fortune booking a trip, looking forward to it for an entire year and then traveling halfway around the world to a dream destination, forgoing one of your dives is probably the last thing...

Commercial Diving: HYPOXIA

Article and photos by Mark Norder KMB18 Mask I hold the bandmask in place while Dave closes the zipper that runs down the back of the hood. He then hooks...
I have been approached numerous times over the years at a multitude of dive shows, conventions, museums, and other establishments throughout the country where I have presented seminars on various aspects of maritime history, concerning research. I have even been cornered...
Last month I took a vacation dive trip to Canada. Specifically the St Lawrence River area in Brockville, Ontario. The original plan was to join my Tech Instructor Trainer Steve Lewis and be an extra set of...
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.

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.
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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