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RAID Eliminates Professional Fees

RAID Eliminates Professional Fees

RAID will shake the dive industry to its roots today by announcing Zero FEe-Membership* to all its professional members and dive centers. The industry norm is to charge instructors and dive centres an annual fee to do business with them. RAID has torn up the status quo and once again offered something new and unique in the diving marketplace. At a time when the diving world is still reeling from the ravages of COVID and … Read entire article »

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Advancing your Scuba Skills and Rating

Advancing your Scuba Skills and Rating

Divetalking added under the Learning Tab an offer to Advance your scuba skills and rating. Looking to up your knowledge and skills while earning certifications? Reach out to me and together we will organize a plan to fulfill your goals. Click here to read more and to contact me to talk about your opportunities. … Read entire article »

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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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Diving related Organizations

There are a number of scuba and related organizations around the world. Most of them have high standards and provide comprehensive diver training. Is there enough difference that it really matters which on you are certified through? The agencies around the world pretty much meet the same basic standard for open water scuba instruction. Open water courses include a syllabus of diving theory (physics, physiology, and so on) along with practical skills. Classroom or homework supports the student whether a rookie or experienced diver who is looking for more. Some agencies allow leave the number of lecture hours and pool sessions at the instructor’s discretion. Also, it is not uncommon to see some instructors exceed an agency’s minimum standards. In my humble opinion being restricted to teach just the minimum, no more, … Read entire article »

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Recreational Dive Planner Challenge

So you believe you know how to use the Diving Science & Technology Corp. Recreational Dive Planner, RDP? Visit Dive Planner Quiz and take the quiz. When you complete the questions, compare how you answered to the others who have taken the quiz before you. It is great as a refresher or for new student divers to use as a learning tool. … Read entire article »

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Crime Scene Investigation: Medical and Legal Considerations

[singlepic id=918 w=320 h=240 float=center]   What: CSIDT (Crime Scene Investigator Diver Technologists) – International Conference Medical and Legal Considerations in Crime Scene Investigations Where: Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center 701W. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90831 March 29 & 30, 2013 Who: Mack S. House Jr. HU1-828-380-9955U Douglas Bannister U1-828-308-6670 Conference is in classroom setting, therefore seating is limited. Please register early. How Much: Standard Tuition: $ 225.00 U.S. Registration must be submitted no later than- March 22, 2013 Registration includes: Course Manual (includes copyright material) Refreshments Certificate of Completion Lunch Room reservations ~ Special Rates do apply for this event. Who should attend: Law Enforcement Officers, Dive Educators, Crime Scene Investigators, Forensic Nurses, First Responders, Firefighters and medical/legal professionals. Speakers: KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Published Author Mack S. House Jr.: CSIDT-International, Published Author in Underwater Forensics Commercial Scientific Diving, International Speaker, Consultant and Recognized Expert in … 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

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. http://www.lincolnshiremgmt.com/portfolio.html   … Read entire article »

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Fishinar

Tune in to the next Fishinar  presented by Blenny-lover and REEF Board Member, Anna DeLoach. Anna is a renowned videographer and naturalist with a soft spot for the members of the adorable Blenny family. The Fishinar starts at 8:00pm EDT (7/31/2012) and can be watched for FREE from the comfort of your home. You won’t want to miss out on this one!! For more information and to register go to REEF’s Fishinar Page at http://www.reef.org/resources/webinars … 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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Scuba Extreme Adventure Sports & Travel

Scuba Extreme Adventure Sports & Travel It is the second annual Small Business Saturday, come show support for your local dive shop and remember everyone who comes in gets a FREE gift from us to show our appreciation! We will be in the store until 3:30 this afternoon. … Read entire article »

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Divetalking looking for experienced contributors

Divetalking is looking for individuals experienced in all things related to the ocean to be experienced contributors to Divetalking. This could be dive professionals who would like to contribute their experiences on techniques, videographers who would like to share their must knows and how to’s. Marine Scientists, biologists, research members and so forth on field observations and studies, artifacts hunters. Any topic that is water and marine related is needed. There are a lot of resources out in the minds of experienced individuals and Divetalking is looking for contributions from anyone willing to spend the time sharing their knowledge and experiences so that others may learn from them. It doesn’t matter what the subject is as long as it relates to our world oceans. With your help and contributions, we can make … Read entire article »

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Lionfish and Whaleshark Expeditions September 3-10, 2011

September 3 – 10, 2011 I will be visiting Cozumel to create a documentary on the subject of Lionfish. Lionfish I am opening the Lionfish expedition up to individuals who have a need to experience Lionfish handling and would like to experience the consumption of any lionfish caught the day of your expedition. Your time will begin with about a 1 hour introduction to the nature of Lionfish, where they are from, what they mean to the local environment, techniques for safely handling. We will then proceed to the boat, heading to locations to begin the hunt for the lionfish. The days diving ends with the proper handing to clean and prepare the lionfish caught that day for consumption. Yes, you will be eating any lionfish caught that day. A lionfish cookbook … Read entire article »

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