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Providence Equity Sells Scuba Certifier PADI for $700 Million

By Matt Jarzemsky March 21, 2017 4:52 p.m. ET 1 COMMENTS Providence Equity Partners LLC agreed to sell scuba certifier Professional Association of Diving Instructors to a group of wealthy families and endowments for more than $700 million, according to people familiar with the matter. The consortium includes philanthropists who were drawn to PADI’s efforts to promote oceanic conservation as well as its business, people familiar with the deal said. They purchased the company through an entity dubbed Mandarinfish Holding, named for a Pacific Ocean-dwelling fish whose vivid orange, blue and green colors make it a favorite of some divers, the people added. Orange County, Calif.-based PADI is the world’s largest diving membership and training organization, having issued more than 25 million certifications, according to its website. Scuba equipment salesman John Cronin … Read entire article »

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Submit news worthy event for 1000’s to see

So you believe you have something that is publishable? Are you privileged to new that is currently happening or worthy event occurring in your area that you would like to share? Send your story or news to story@divetalking.com Our Master Editor will review your submission. Candidates submissions of events and news are reviewed my the Master Editor and any submission chosen is then sent to the Chief Editor. If the Editor in Chief likes your submission, we may contact you for further details and publish your story/news on divetalking.com Subjects submitted should be related to ocean awareness, conservation or local events yet can be any subject if related to water, fresh or salt. For example: Diver finds lost ship, or whales found offshore, turtles begin breeding, and so on. They can be a long time … Read entire article »

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Understanding the Recreational Dive Planner, RDP

You are searching on the subject of the Recreational Dive Planner also known as the RDP. You found a good source for that information here at Divetalking. In this session, various ways to use the Diving Science & Technology Corp recreational dive tables supported by PADI will be displayed. From here on the Diving Science & Technology Corp recreational dive tables sanctioned by PADI will be called, RDP. Let us first understand that what you are about … Read entire article »

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PADI now part of Lincolnshire Portfolio

PADI is the largest organization in the world committed to the education, training and certification of recreational SCUBA divers, and to the continuing education and training of SCUBA diving instructors. PADI is also the world’s largest professional membership organization serving the SCUBA diving industry, with a total membership base of approximately 136,000 individual instructor members and over 6,000 retail and resort members in 175 countries and territories throughout the world. PADI was founded in 1966, … Read entire article »

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LionFish Hunt off Jacksonville Fl. July 29, 2012

Join Offshore Dive Charters on a Lion Fish Hunt @ the Artificial Reef: DryDock [singlepic id=744 w=640 h=480 float=center] Two Dives on the Casablanca, One dive on BR Ferry and One dive on the Huggins,  4 tanks, Deep Dives (approx 110 feet), must be Advanced and will need nitrox. Have your lionfish gear ready because they are there…..Need a puncture resistant gloves, pole spear, EMT shears, and either a bag or tube system that doesn’t allow penetration and a stringer … Read entire article »

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Think for a solution, then act

I was just reminded of a true story told to me years ago. I do not recall the source, but I have never forgotten the story. I tell it to every student diver I teach as a reminder of how we need to ‘act’ when underwater. Feel free to use it as an example with your students. Here’s the story: An astronaut was asked the following question: “If you were locked outside your capsule with 10 seconds of air remaining, What Would You Do?” The astronauts answer: “Think for a solution in the first 9 seconds, then act“ When underwater and faced with a challenge, where it be water up the nose, a regulator knocked out from your mouth, inhaling nothing but water, taking your next breath to find out there is NO air, etc… “Think for … Read entire article »

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Cozumel September 2011

In September 2011, a team of divers visited Cozumel Mexico. Our goal was many fold. We all arrived Saturday the 3rd except for one diver who arrives Sept. 1st and departed on the 5th, while the remaining departed Sept 10, 2011. Our first full day was dedidcated to vsiting and hopefully getting into the water wih Whale Sharks. Our Second day (9/5) was spent hunting and harvesting Lionfish and the evening consuming them, ceveche style, kabobed and fried. The ceveche style was my favorite. Had a slght reaction to the toxin which made my throat swell slightly. The feeling was like the tiny bones found in anchivies. I recovered a few days later… Wednesday Afternoon I spend diving with the Marine Park Services hunting and filming lionfish for a documentary, separate from … Read entire article »

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Blue Grotto, Williston Fl. 11/27/2011

For those who are in reach of this dive site, a team of Divetalking divers are heading to Blue Grotto Sunday Nov 27, 2011 to enjoy the peace and the visibility that come to the springs this time of year. If you are available and willing to dive with us, please plan on joining us this Sunday Nov 27, 2011 at Blue Grotto in Williston Fl. We should be arriving shortly after 8AM. Look for the Black Toyota Tundra with the messed up bumpber. The Divetalking team will be setting up and hitting the spring as soon as eveyone present is suited up and ready to go. We plan to perform a couple of dives, shoot some film, hit the bottom and get narced out on Nitrox. If it’s been awhile … Read entire article »

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