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Ask an Expert: Should Divers Reveal Their Medications? Ask an Expert: Should Divers Reveal Their Medications?
diverdown53 - 6 days 15 hours ago.
Is the average dive professional really qualified to safeguard — never mind interpret — your personal medical history? By Larry Lozuk Several years ago while managing an IT project at a large health-care provider, I witnessed my team lead being a perfect gentleman. As we returned from lunch, he held the door open for a woman who happened to be walking into the building just as we were. She introduced herself as the facility’s compliance director for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountab...
Save the oceans and expand the marine reserves
JudiHope - 9 days 4 hours ago.
What began as a plea has now turned into a monumental marine movement. Conservation of our oceans is one of the major concerns and steps are currently underway to end commercial fishing in the Phoenix Islands Protection Area which is......
Which Scuba Certifying Agency Should I Use?
Diver96 - 9 days 15 hours ago.
As long as there has been more than one agency providing scuba instruction and awarding certification cards (C-Cards), this debate has raged. Making the decision was a lot easier when the US Navy was the only game in town. Like many things, the answer to this question depends… There are dozens of certifying agencies. The […]...
Diving Terranea Resort: Is The Visibility Curse Gone?
PSD - 11 days 23 hours ago.
I posted on Divevets.com that I was showing up to dive and bringing my ghetto grill and some Korean cuisine. That’s usually enough to pack the house, however with persistent rumors of lingering crappy vis, a swell model that would freak out the most hard core surfer and predictions of an approaching storm, only three […]...
Volunteering in film re-enacting fatal shark attack a solemn memory of Shark Week for BadDiverBill Volunteering in film re-enacting fatal shark attack a solemn memory of Shark Week for BadDiverBill
diverdown53 - 12 days 21 hours ago.
BadDiversTV is behind Bill Hill now but his love for scuba remains and two new passions music and promoting causes have been added. When a funding deal fell through for BadDiverBill’s Quest, which was to find the most interesting DIVE sites, Dive buddies and DIVE bars, Hill’s pseudonym of BadDiverBill was set aside, along with his trademark "adult beverages," hat and sunglasses. They’re gone, but not forgotten. If the opportunity arose, says Bill, "BadDiverBill would don his hat and sunglasses a...
Divers support Stingray City protection
JudiHope - 17 days 3 hours ago.
If you are searching for a year-round destination with plenty of satisfying surf and succulent sunrises finished off with unsurpassed sunsets, there is no better island to visit than the Cayman Islands.Grand Cayman is a diver's......
Move over for Martin County reefs
JudiHope - 21 days 10 hours ago.
There are so many remarkable locations to dive in and around Florida. At the same time, saving coral reefs is a #1 priority so that every time a diver makes a descent to the ocean floor, they quickly become mesmerized......
Episode 004 – Discussion on Dive Knives | Divecast | Podcast
SKubaSteve - 22 days 2 hours ago.
Do you dive with a knife? In this episode I discuss the reasons for diving with a knife. In the tip of the week I offer some considerations about where to mount your dive knife. The Gear Junkie’s Garage is looking forward to a new product from Aqwary call the … Dive in to read more!...
Bad News South of the Border… Good News For Scuba Divers?
Diver96 - 23 days 13 hours ago.
A near empty dive charter departs the pier in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico News of trouble south of the boarder has hurt Mexico’s resorts and dive operators as tourists have decided to go elsewhere. Bad news can provide opportunities for those not put off by the press our southern neighbor has been receiving. If you are looking for […]...
Dive Report: Flat Ocean, Crappy Visibility, a UFO and Lightening
PSD - 25 days 5 hours ago.
July 27, 2014 I arrived at Terranea right at 8 AM. The weather was strange – 82 degrees, humid and overcast; the weatherman forecast a 20% chance of thunderstorms. But, the ocean was flat, and flat conditions usually mean good visibility. I met Reverend Al walking back from a swell check. “It’s flat, but Chipper […]...
SCUBA Diving on the Go!
SKubaSteve - 29 days ago.
In this episode of the Under Pressure Divecast I’m going to talk a little about traveling and SCUBA diving. What do you take? What are some of the considerations we have as traveling divers? Note: Yes… it appears that I’m not as focused as I should be here. Ooops! Tip … Dive in to read more!...
The Five Links Every Diver Should Bookmark
Diver96 - 7/23/2014 4:01 PM
If you are like me, you are always looking for resources to help you plan your next dive. The Divers Reference page has been updated with several planning tools that divers can utilize in planning their next dive. I have also included Five Links to Sites that every diver should bookmark. The Diver’s Resource page provides tools and links to […]...
Diving The Ruby E Wreck
PSD - 7/17/2014 12:44 AM
July 12, 2014 Back on the boat from my first dive, I took off my BCD and sat down. I started to get a little sick – like dizzy – and it felt like my dry suit was constricting. Then I figured out, yes, my dry suit is constricting because the release valve is open […]...
The Key to Successfully Buying Used SCUBA Tanks
Diver96 - 7/16/2014 4:00 PM
The time eventually comes when every serious diver decides to get their own tanks. Tanks are usually the last item on the list for a diver to purchase. They are expensive to buy new and used ones can have their own problems (more on that shortly). It’s hard to beat having a couple tanks out […]...
My Worth Case Scenario…
Scubablog - 7/16/2014 12:00 AM
After checking in with the shop, an independent instructor checked in with me at the boat along with the rest of the customers. I asked one of our regular instructors what the other independent instructor was doing that day with his student and he stated he was just doing some Master Scuba Diver Training. The first dive was a drift dive on a reef with depths ranging from 50 to 90 feet. After the first dive, the instructor and his student returned to the boat with a couple of lobster in a mesh ba...
Self Sufficient Diving
brokenogre - 7/14/2014 6:57 PM
It’s never a good thing to go diving by yourself. Although there is a speciality under most sanctioning bodies for solo diving; if you can help it, dive with a buddy. Now, I’m not saying that you and your dive buddy have to be attached to each other’s hips, but it’s smart to dive with […]...
Diving The Yukon Off The Pacific Swann
PSD - 7/14/2014 1:45 PM
July 12, 2014 I was offered a deal that I could not refuse – the last spot on a six-pack diving boat on a trip to the Yukon and Ruby E wrecks. Financing and a ride to San Diego was arranged thanks to Mean Bob of Divevets. Bob was due to pick me up at […]...
How To Choose The Right Dive Boat In 4 Steps
Scubablog - 7/12/2014 1:36 AM
Dive boats often sway the choice of which dive company I go fun diving with. If you haven’t done much boat diving before, and would like to know more, then join me in taking a closer look at some things you should consider. When choosing a dive center at a new destination, I always look at their dive boats. Over the years, I have come up with a personal checklist that I run through. It is important that the dive boat is well equipped and safely operated. The key factors I look at are: Safe...
Congratulations to our PADI Instructor candidates - onwards into July! Congratulations to our PADI Instructor candidates - onwards into July!
Scubabunnycr - 7/11/2014 2:48 PM
The June PADI IDC finished with a large celebration at Gran Escape once again. It was a Georgia/Georgia party in Manuel Antonio. With examiner Georgia Hausserman coming down and visiting our humble little dive center the heat was on as the three instructor candidates set about completing the examination. After 10 days of preparation, exams, confined water work, dives and more everyone was ready, and with the world cup first round games playing in the background, we sat down for the exams. A day ...
Living by the Rule - Are You Fit to Dive?
Diver96 - 7/11/2014 5:01 AM
I am SCUBA Diver. I am also an avid motorcyclist. Both of these activities involve embracing a certain level of risk. I suppose if you are inclined to one risky activity, you are inclined to another. I also enjoy a number of other “adventure” oriented activities. I will try just about anything twice. For years I have been meeting up with my “adventure” riding buddies for long rides to destinations out west or in Canada. We jump on our Triumph Tigers and take off for a long weekend or more, to a ...