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Hidden Gems: Southern Oregon Coast’s Comradery of Divers

I’m sitting on The Sarge, headed out to the Charleston Jetty. On the boat is Eric and Sherry Trapp, husband and wife duo and long time local recreational divers; Grant Herron and Elizabeth Seely, both young recreational divers; and their boat driver Ralph Penland, a retired fisherman. These are members from Outcast Dive Club, a local recreational...

The Treasures of Lake Mohave

The southwestern United States has had a longstanding relationship with adventure: the rugged tales of the Wild West; Vegas’s shiny, but often seedy history; and America’s favorite highway, Route 66, with its myriad attractions and roadside oddities. This legacy carries into the region’s waterways, and to this day, many treasures and experiences still lie in wait beneath the waters....

Hawaii: Your Underwater Dream Vacation

By Selene Muldowney The mention of Hawaii evokes images of beautiful resorts, pristine waters, sandy white beaches, luau festivities, volcanoes, lava tubes, tropical foods, and lots of sunshine. All the Hawaiian islands are beautiful and unique, home to 1,200 miles of coral reef, lush underwater gardens, legendary volcanoes, and unapparelled adventure. Hawaii is viewed as the dream vacation by almost...

The Sign Says: Gone Megalodon Hunting!


Article and photos by Tom Szabo It was unseasonably cool for March on the Gulf Coast of Florida, but I didn’t care. I fell backwards off the boat - watching the sky flip - then I hit the water. After bobbing to the surface, I signaled to start the decent. February’s high water temperature of 74 degrees was now a...

Port Hardy: Between Civilization and Wilderness

Port Hardy, on the northern  tip of Vancouver Island, borders the civilized world and the natural world. The town, named after Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, former captain of H.M.S. Victory, is the last bastion of civilization where urban wilderness meets nature of the first kind on the North Island. With a thriving population between 4,200 and 4,500 residents, this turn-of-century townsite is the largest community in the region boasting a bustling terminal for B.C. Ferries’ service to several remote communities along the breathtaking Inside Passage and Discovery Coast Passage sailing routes to Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). Visitors can also travel up the scenic Sunshine Coast to Powell River and travel by ferry to Comox, just a 3.5 hour drive from Port Hardy. Port Hardy is the closest commercial Airport providing flights to Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, and many coastal communities.

IVS Launches Trip to the Land Down Under

Indian Valley Scuba (IVS), a dive center headquartered in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, is no stranger to dive travel, and for many years has shared a wide range of scuba destinations both domestic and exotic: from Roatan to Florida; from the Philippines to North Carolina. From November 11 to 26, the center and friends will conduct an unforgettable expedition to Australia, taking in its sights and flavor both below the waves and topside.

Diving into the Atomic Age: Washington’s Titan Silo

Since its inception, scuba diving has gone hand in hand with history: whether it be exploring natural geological features millions of years old, uncovering vessels lost to wind and sea, or tracing the evolution of species and environments. Whenever a diver takes the plunge, they are performing more than just a scuba excursion: there are rich histories scattered throughout North America, whether they be miles off the coast, or deep inland. Such is the case of the abandoned Titan I ICBM (inter-continental ballistic missile) silo: a one-of-a-kind dive located in Washington State’s interior, which showcases a side of the Cold War few people get to experience firsthand: the innerworkings of an instrument of deterrence. Dark, flooded, and trimmed by salvagers, the facility, just like the conflict that ignited its construction, is gone, but far from forgotten. Within these gray remnants pulse a spark of curiosity (particularly for those divers old enough to remember a world where East was divided by West) and a thirst for connecting with the past: diving into the Atomic Age.

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