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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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ScubaExreme is Moving to a New Location

Out with the old and in with the new. ScubaExtreme is moving to a new and larger location off Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville Florida. [singlepic id=126 w=640 h=480 float=] Admin … Read entire article »

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Cozumel Mexico – August 13 – 20, 2011

Cozumel Mexico – August 13 – 20, 2011 This trip has been moved to September 3-10, 2011. This is a call to divers. I may not have met you and you me but I am sending out this invitation asking if you would like to join a team of divers from Open water to Master Instructors on a trip to Cozumel Mexico, on any number of days between  August 13 – August 20, 2011. The goal, dive and have fun. Meet new people and make new connections. I am producing a documentary on Lionfish and perhaps you could be one of the lucky divers to be filmed capturing and eating your catch for dinner that very night. Because of the location of the lionfish, expert diving skills will be required. There will be more than … Read entire article »

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Divetalking.com … Read entire article »

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Cozumel – August 13 – 20, 2011

  Cozumel Mexico – August 13 – 20, 2011 This is a call to divers. I may not have met you and you me but I am sending out this invitation asking if you would like to join a team of divers from Open water to Master Instructors on a trip to Cozumel Mexico, on any number of days between  August 13 – August 20, 2011. The goal, dive and have fun. Meet new people and make new connections. I am producing a documentary on Lionfish and perhaps you could be one of the lucky divers to be filmed capturing and eating your catch for dinner that very night. Because of the location of the lionfish, expert diving skills will be required. There will be more than just filming lionfish, there are wonderful drift dives … Read entire article »

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What does it mean to be a diver?

Why do you dive? How does it make you feel? Post your replys with your ideas. Larry … Read entire article »

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First Annual Dish and Dive

WhaaaaaSuuuuup? ScubaExtreme is hosting their first annual Dish and Dive. This year it is at Ginnie Springs. Go to Dive! Go to Eat! Go to have Fun! Bring a friend and make a friend. Contact ScubaExtreme by phoning 904-269-8021 or email with the subject Dish and Dive to let them know how many plan to attend and for more details. Larry … Read entire article »

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Latest News From ScubaExtreme

Rock on ScubaExtreme!  November looks like a fun month. Pompano Nov. 13-14th. Free food at Ginnie! What else do you need? Yes, Friends. Email or call Scubaextreme for details. Winters coming upon us. If your hanging up your mask for the winter, first, your hanging it  up too soon. We’re still diving! Get your training done before the outside weather gets too cold. Florida springs are a constant 72ish degrees F year round and one of the advantages of living in the Sunshine state, the Springs are crystal clear.   Looking forward to seeing you in Pompano and Ginnie Springs this month. I know it’s been a long year for me. This is a nice way to end this year and begin the next.     … Read entire article »

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Recent Post on facebook

I placed this post out under PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) Discussion Topics area this morning. Why are Instructors excluded from being a choice for students to select when registering/signing up elearning? a few years ago, PICs were available online except for Instructors. Now elearning is online and ALL Teaching Status Instructors are not listed as a contact for the prospective student. Take the total number of Teaching Status Instructors there are in the database. Divide the number of IRRAs into that number and tell me if the quotent is a realistic number? That number represents the number of instructors / IRRA. It’s over a 100 instructors / IRRA. What is the average number of Instructors / IRRA? Perhaps 10. Why is there such a deviation between the two numbers? Now, take that difference, … Read entire article »

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New Years Dive 2o11

If you are interested in a New Years Dive at one or more Florida Springs, 2011 post your interest here or email lars2923@divetalking.com with the subject: New Years Dive 2o11 You will be updated to time and location as well as attendees. This is usually an over nighter and diving the next day as well. I hope you will make it. Larry Davis … Read entire article »

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Scuba Extreme Team Meeting #2

Extreme Team Meeting Notes                                                 September 22, 2010 Thanks to everyone who came out to our meeting last week we had a fun and informative meeting and are looking forward to our next meeting October 27th at the shop from 6 pm -7 pm.  Please feel free to invite your interested dive buddies, friends or family. Those in attendance were Sarah Kopp, Regina Ferraro, Larry Davis, Fred Sills, Patricia and Jerry Mushaben, Blake Cooper, Patrick Johnson, Sharon Wilson, Norine Blanton, Joe Kistel, Gary Clem, Larry Giggey, Dian Schichtel, Zac McClain, John Roberge, Tara and Jason Johns The meeting was started with Gary Clem sharing his megalodon tooth and manatee rib bone which he found in Venice Beach, wearing his fanny pack and doo rag of course.  This started some discussion about planning a shark tooth … Read entire article »

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PADI Member Benefit not available to all Instructors yet paid for by all Instructors

I thought PADI stood for Professional Association of Dive Instructors. Today I received an email stating my PADI Professional Renewal is coming due. Let me take a step back a few years. While attending one of the PADI seminars at DEMA in Orlando, 2008 I had the opportunity to ask the PADI Panel this question. Why are Electronic PIC submission only available to IRRAs and not to ALL Instructors? PIC stands for Personal Information Card, PIC and IRRA Stands for International Resorts and Retailers Association. Please understand that the PIC is required by ALL instructors when submitting for certification of their students. Its a fundamental need of all qualifying students. Why limit electronic submission of PICS to just IRRAs? A year and a half later, PADI announces PIC is available online to ALL Instructors. Now, a few years … Read entire article »

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Full Face Mask check out

Today, Joe Kistel and I took off to Blue Grotto at 8am. Joe is the founder of  TISIRI. My goal this trip is three fold. First, a checkout dive to see how I feel on my first dive after surgery. I felt great! Buoyancy was spot. I wore my usual, drysuit, Zeagle 911 BCD, slipstream fins, gators and 10 pounds of weight. I ended up being over-weighted. I couldn’t believe it. I was adding air to my BCD and my drysuit at 30 feet. Kewl. I can drop some weight from my belt! The second goal was to speak with Ed, the owner of Blue Grotto about putting together a video of Blue Grotto. Well, Ed and Judy are out of the country at the moment. The third was to test out the … Read entire article »

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Tritonshall

divetalking and tritonshall have traded links. Visit tritonshall for articles related to the field of diving and all things related. … Read entire article »

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Scuba Instructor Insurance renewal coming due

Vincenia sent out an email which I received today. Here is what it reads: Coverage Level:            Instructor Equipment Liability:   Not Selected Excess Liability:           Not Selected It’s that time of the year to think about insurance. Fortunately you are currently signed up for automatic renewal under the PADI Professional Liability Program. In addition to peace of mind, professional liability rates continue to remain steady and have not gone up since 2002. PADI Members, such as yourself, on automatic renewal are given priority over other members. Therefore, in order to beat the June 30 rush, we will be charging your account on or around May 17, 2010. Please note that if your payment is declined this will cause a delay in your renewal. Why not take a moment to update your account? Above is the current information we … Read entire article »

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Divemaster Course 2010 04/15

Tonight, Thursday April 15, 2010’s  session will be exams on the subject: physiology and DM conducted programs. Good luck gentlemen. Larry Only one student took the exams tonight. They made an 85% on the Physiology and a 55% on the Divemaster Conducted Programs. … Read entire article »

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