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**** ALERT **** Must See and Comment

This is an island in the ocean about 2000 km from any other coast line. Nobody lives on it, only birds and yet ............... You will not believe your eyes!!!!!!! Post your comments below. What should we do? What should be done? … Read entire article »

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Understanding the Recreational Dive Planner, RDP

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. During this Session, you will learn about the various ways to use the Diving Science & Technology Corp Recreational dive tables supported by PADI. From here on the DSAT Recreational dive tables sanctioned by PADI will be called, RDP. Proper safety procedures and equipment should be utilized at all times … 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, and is headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, with regional offices in Australia, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Throughout the Company’s history, PADI member instructors have issued over 20 million certifications.   … Read entire article »

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Argentines plan to shoot gulls to save the whales

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — What began as bizarre bird behavior has turned into something out of a horror film for threatened whales in Argentina, where seagulls have learned that pecking at the whales’ backs can get them a regular seafood dinner. Seagull attacks on southern right whales have become so common now that authorities are planning to shoot the gulls in hopes of reducing their population. Environmentalists say the plan is misguided and that humans are the real problem, creating so much garbage that the gull population has exploded. Both sides agree that the gull attacks in one of the whales’ prime birthing grounds is not only threatening the marine mammals, but the region’s tourism industry as well, by turning whale-watching from a magical experience into something sad and gruesome. Seagulls around the … Read entire article »

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Digital Photography Session being offered

  An opportunity to attend a Digital Photographic Specialty course has opened up and this email serves both as an announcement as well as an invitation to attend.  Course is being conducted in Jacksonville Florida.   Your investment:   *  JRRT Members and Students for certification is  $ 95.00 *   Non JRRT Members/students for certification is $120.00  * Non JRRT Members/students no Certification is $ 75.00 * Non JRRT Members on Active Military Duty pay JRRT Prices for certification   The certification course includes the classroom sessions, 4 hour field study, materials and certification card.   Two dives required to complete the certification (You are required to cover all your expenses for the dives). The date and location of the dives will be announced during the July 17 class. One followup session where we will review the photographs taken below the surface.   Requirements: Camera, Understanding of the … Read entire article »

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Lionfish Harvest Dry Docks Jacksonville Fl.

Join Offshore Dive Charters on a Lion Fish Hunt @ the Artificial Reef: DryDock [singlepic id=744 w=320 h=240 float=center]   [singlepic id=743 w=320 h=240 float=center] The Drydock. [singlepic id=745 w=320 h=240 float=center] Approximately 600 ft length and 120 ft width. Depths from 100 to 130 ft. The U.S. Navy Drydock was placed offshore in 1989 to serve as an artificial reef.  The drydock is heavily encrusted with Atlantic winged oysters, barnacles, and a type of soft coral (telesto riisei).  Sea urchins and arrow crabs are abundant, and occasional scallops and thorny oysters decorate the reef. Sunday, June 24, 2012 Embark on The “Diamond Diver” A 46 ft. Newton with full accommodations The largest diveboat serving Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia Where to meet the boat? 9954 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226 at 6:00 AM EST Boat located at map Saturday…Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 … Read entire article »

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Divers Direct Sponsors Multi-Location Beach and Reef Cleanup

Divers Direct Sponsors Multi-Location Beach and Reef Cleanup

Sunday, April 22nd FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Divers Direct, Florida’s largest retailer of SCUBA diving equipment, announces its 2nd annual “Scrub & Grub” beach and reef cleanup to benefit multiple locations throughout the state of Florida. This year’s event is being held on Earth Day (Sunday, April 22nd) to bring awareness to the importance of maintaining the health of the aquatic environment by engaging in “green” practices when enjoying this natural resource. Each of the Divers Direct store … Read entire article »

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Death of a good friend, my captain, Bill Newman

I was browsing my sent emails, cleaning up and came across this. Bringing tears to my eyes, I spend many consecutive weekends offshore with Bill. Man he knew the spots and placed you right on top of the wrecks. When you dropped in and hit the bottom, the objects were always right there. I miss Bill, his boat Seabeast. The memories will live my lifetime. Diver’s death investigated; friend says gas mix is crucial By DANA TREEN The Times-Union,  As investigators continued looking into the death of an experienced Jacksonville dive instructor and charter operator Saturday, a close friend on the boat when he died said his friend was using a sophisticated mix of gases that might be to blame. An autopsy today of William David Newman, 40, will determine whether the mixture that allows … Read entire article »

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Claims of finding DECO

Today, Sunday February 26, 2012 a first person report of DECO, the Great White begin spotted in Ginnie Springs. The report today came in from the Divers Supply Jacksonville Dive Club. The post reads: “Kim Fair DECO lives!!!   First congratulations to Derrick and Daniel on successfully completing the rigors of the Rescue Diver course!!  After completing RESCUE Checkout scenarios, a foray was made into the ballroom to search for the elusive Great White.  We were not prepared  to record our encounter, but after searching through out the cavern, DECO was found peering out prepared to pounce on unsuspecting divers.  Our group remained calm and slowly backed out to the safety of the surface.  DECO is there!!!” “ “Larry Davis Congratulations! Sounds like you found her. I will present awards at the team meeting for each of the … 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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Fridays dives at Blue Grotto, Williston FL

Here are a few pictures from todays dive. The strobe connector from the Nikonos dual port to the hot shoe on the camera disconnected in the decent. No strobes were available to me during the dive. All shots are taken without strobe and with all natural light.     … Read entire article »

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Ginnie Springs

Spent the day diving Ginnie Springs testing out and practicing with my new camera gear. Here are some of the shots from todays dive   … Read entire article »

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Pacific Paradise – Palau – November 20-28

Palau live aboard opportunity. Please join me on a pacific adventure. One of the best regions in the world to dive. Book before Sept 3, 2011 and you may save $700 off the charter rate. Contact me here ~ Rates are based on double occupancy. ~ All prices quoted USD. ~ Rates are subject to change without notice. ~ Single Supplement rate is 1½ times the charter rate  if an individual traveler prefers a private room “Master” staterooms are larger and can have different configurations depending on the yacht. They can have a double      bed, a queen or 2 singles that make into a queen (couples preferred). “Deluxe” staterooms have a double bed and one single bunk. “Twin” staterooms have two single bunks (singles preferred) and share a bathroom with one other stateroom. “Quad” staterooms have four single bunks … Read entire article »

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Cozumel Lionfish and Whaleshark Expeditions + More

You are invited to join a group of divers on a number of expeditions September 3-10, 2011. The adventure begins Saturday September 3rd when you arrive on the island of Cozumel Mexico. Your all expense paid package includes an all inclusive week of 8 days, 7 nights hotel with meals and drinks, plus 10 dives. Sunday we are offering an all inclusive adventure to the whaleshark migration. This is an all day event where we shuttle over to the mainland and are brought up north to the boats to be shuttled out to locate migrating whalesharks. You will have the opportunity to get into the water an film the majestic creatures and they feed and migrate. You are then brought to an island where we will enjoy a delicious lunch before heading back to Cozumel. Monday offers an opportunity … Read entire article »

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Making It Count – May 2011

Putting It to Work: Who’s Using REEF Data, May 2011 By Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., Director of Science Every month, scientists, government agencies, and other groups request raw data from REEF’s Fish Survey Project database. Here is a sampling of who has asked for REEF data recently and what they are using it for: -Researchers used data on yelloweye rockfish frequency of occurrence in the San Juan Islands in Washington to evaluate population status for the San Juan County Community Development and Planning Department. – The Tunicate Response Action Committee (TRAC) in Washington State evaluated data on three invasive tunicates that are included REEF’s Pacific Northwest program. – A scientist from Florida Fish and Wildlife requested data on yellowtail snapper populations in the Southeastern US to conduct analyses for a stock assessment.   The Faces of REEF: Member … Read entire article »

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