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Kenny Chesney Helps Build Two Reefs in Jacksonville’s St John River

By Wendy Spicher Kenny Chesney’s love of the ocean, the islands and being out on the water inspired the Luttrell, Tennessean to get involved with the Coastal Conservation Association’s project to place two man-made reefs in the heart of St John’s River, less than half a mile from the downtown I-95 bridge. Teaming with the national Building Conservation Trust, Kenny is matching the funds raised to help CCA complete their project. “When you can have a hand in stewarding the health of the ocean,” Kenny said, “you’re insuring the survival of something very necessary for all of us, whether you’re a beach person or someone that won’t go near the water. The ecological balance is very delicate, especially in Florida, so I am honored to help them achieve this goal.” The reefs – … Read entire article »

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DAN provides dive leaders with FREE DIDS boards to enhance dive safety!

Simple, yet incredibly effective, the DIDs system — in combination with roll call — ensures no diver is left behind. Available in two colors accommodating up to 12 divers each, DIDs boards are funded by donations and free to DAN Members. DIDs boards will be available at the DAN booth #3245 at DEMA, or you can request one online today. … Read entire article »

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Worthington Cylinders Special Permit 14157

THE RULES HAVE CHANGED The Department of Transportation has recently changed Special Permit 14157. SP14157 covers all Worthington Cylinder X-Series, 3442 PSI steel scuba cylinders. Changes to SP14157 include how the cylinder is evaluated for pass / fail at the time of requalification hydro test. These cylinders are no longer evaluated by the percentage of Permanent Expansion. These cylinders are now evaluated for pass / fail by the REE (Rejection Elastic Expansion). That is, the Elastic Expansion cannot exceed the Rejection Elastic Expansion. The REE is stamped into the shoulder of every X-Series Worthington cylinder and it is located on our website. A similar change has also occurred to Transport Canada’s TC-SU 4957 Equivalency Certificate. Please note that these changes do not have any effect on Worthington LP-Series DOT 3AA steel cylinders … Read entire article »

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Utila Honduras

Saturday August 4, 2012 – Saturday August 11, 2012 | Register Description: 8 day, 7 night all inclusive Utila Honduras excursion. Arriving August 4, 2012 and depart August 11, 2012. Utila is one of the best diving destination in Central America. If you never been you will like the variety of aquatic life in the area. A very layed back island where rest and relaxation is the norm. It will slow you down. Please join us for this August adventure by signing up while space is available. View more detail the Utila Honduras link. Register … Read entire article »

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My missing cat is returned

When I posted my cat was missing, I never would have imagined her return turning out like this! [singlepic id=348 w=540 h=280 float=center] … Read entire article »

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USS Arthur W Radford placed as artificial reef

PHILADELPHIA — Scrap by massive, metallic scrap, the pieces are being hauled away, leaving only the spine of a skeleton ship that served the U.S. Navy for 26 years. But her old, gray bones will soon begin a new life below the surface. The USS Arthur W. Radford, a 563-foot destroyer that was last deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom, is set to become the longest vessel ever reefed in the Atlantic Ocean when it is sunk this month at a site 28.5 nautical miles southeast of Cape May Point. The reefing of the ship, currently docked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, is expected to create an explosive habitat for fish and marine life for anglers and an underwater playground for divers eager for discovery. And the state says the ship will be safe harbor … Read entire article »

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Death of a Deity

A short by Joe Romeiro. Every year, millions of sharks are intentionally slaughtered. Humans are their own worse enemies. Become involved and reject the practice of commercial harvesting of shark, legal or illegal. Learn what you can and are willing and help spread the word. Also read the article The Day All the Sharks Died by Peter Benchley, written in 2002. An interesting perception and observation 10 years ago and how the reality of that perception is being proven true, today. … Read entire article »

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New Artificial Reef off NE Florida.

July 21, 2011 off the coast of Flagler County, just south of St. Augustine Florida, over 500 tons of concrete was placed as one of NE floridas newest artificial reef. You may see pictures and video of that days deployement at the TISIRI website. … Read entire article »

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Beechcraft Hawker plunges into Athens Scuba Park

The Athens Scuba park was one of my old stomping grounds when I lived in Dallas, Texas. Athens is about an hour SE from Dallas. I first learned of Athen Scuba Park in 1995 while visiting Athens, Texas. Since then until my departure from Texas in 2004, I visited the park extensively to perform training. Here is an article on a new plane just placed in the park made by scuba divers for scuba divers. Athens — It was a new experience in most localities for Memorial Day. Athens Scuba Park plummeted a 14-passenger jet into its crystal clear lake, Saturday, May 28 at noon. Calvin Wilcher, who owns the park with his wife, Shannon, said the plane  was transported  to the lake from an airplane salvage yard in … Read entire article »

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