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Does your Dive Insurance cover Corona

Does your Dive Insurance cover Corona

A Public Service Announcement regarding all those entering into the United States… Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021) Location: Worldwide:The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Event: Effective January 26, all airline passengers … Read entire article »

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The Recreational Dive Planner – Instruction for use

The Recreational Dive Planner – Instruction for use

So you’re new to diving and you’re not learning the recreational dive planner. Perhaps you are learning but want to know more before you take a closures or as a refresher. There is a new article out on Divetalking that will walk you through the RDP. It also has links to many other articles out at Divetalking on the subject. … Read entire article »

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RDP Plus – Properly Calculate Total Bottom Time on repetitive dives

RDP Plus – Properly Calculate Total Bottom Time on repetitive dives

One of the most common errors I witness as an Instructor is calculating the correct Total Bottom Time on the Recreational Dive Planner. The failure to add Residual Nitrogen Times to the Actual Bottom Time leaves the diver with an increasing accumulation of nitrogen in the body. Why is this a problem? It exposes the diver to the possibilities of Decompression Illness which could lead to serious harm to the diver. Why is calculating Total Bottom … Read entire article »

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Florida Passes Law Prohibiting the import, export, & sale of shark fins

Florida Passes Law  Prohibiting the import, export, & sale of shark fins

The Bills Oct, 2019 CS/HB 401 was formally submitted by the Florida State Affairs Committee and Kristin Diane Jacobs, Florida House Representative and cosponsors Buchanan; Casello; Daley; Duran; Goff-Marcil; Gottlieb; Grall; Killebrew; LaMarca; Massullo; Mercado; Overdorf; Polo; Pritchett; Roth; Smith, C.; Stark; Stevenson; Watson, C.; Webb; Willhite along with companion bill 680 by Rules and Commerce and Tourism and Environment and Natural Resources and Hutson (CO-SPONSORS) Gruters; Stewart; Berman; Book was recently passed. “What happens to … Read entire article »

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Invasion of the lionfish – From Reef to Table

Invasion of the lionfish – From Reef to Table

There is a species invading the Eastern United States seaboard, the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, Mexico, Central and South America with unprecedented, alarming speed. Armed with venomous spines, a non-discriminating palate, ability to survive in various salinities and depths, high reproductive rate, a gluttonous ambush predator voracious of your food supply. The invader appears exotic to some, to others an opportunity. This non-indigenous species is commonly referred to as: Lionfish. Lionfish Watch this National … Read entire article »

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California Spiny Lobster Season

California Spiny Lobster Season

Recreational lobster season opens at 6:00 a.m. on the Saturday preceding the first Wednesday in October and closes at 12:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday (night) after the 15th of March. **The season no longer starts at midnight for safety reasons** For current regulations, please visit the Current California Ocean Recreational Fishing Regulations for Point Conception to the U.S. – Mexico Border.Recreational Bag Limit: Seven lobsters per person.Minimum Legal Size Limit: Three and one-fourth inches, measured … Read entire article »

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A Quick Survey to help us understand our audience

Please complete as many of the questions as accurately as possible. Your answers help us understand our audience that allows us bring topics with interests suited towards your level of experiences and interests. [perfect_survey id=”11869″] … Read entire article »

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Understanding Enriched Air Nitrox

Understanding Enriched Air Nitrox

Let me start the article with stating what you are about to read is NOT a substitute for training from a certified Enriched Air Instructor. What you read here compliments that instruction. It may be used to prep before you participate in instruction or as a refresher. Enriched Air Certification is earned only through a certified Enriched Air Instructor. Do Not attempt to dive Nitrox without being certified. If you are interested in becoming Enriched … Read entire article »

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Out of sights out of mind

Out of sights out of mind

What are they so upset about? So, what will you do about it? … Read entire article »

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Cozumel Dive Map

Cozumel Dive Map

Divetalking has published a Cozumel Dive map which may be found under the Travel Dashboard. It is an interactive map showing locations and providing descriptions of some of Cozumels most famous and common dive sites. Click on Cozumel Map to visit the dive map directly. … Read entire article »

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DEMA 2020 in New Orleans Announcement

DEMA 2020 in New Orleans Announcement

The DEMA Board of Directors has determined that, for the safety and financial well-being of DEMA Attendees and Exhibitors, DEMA Show 2020 will not take place this November in New Orleans. DEMA Show 2020 Exhibitors who have made a payment(s) toward their exhibit space can specify, by submitting the form below, which of the following options they would prefer in regards to these funds. The following options are for exhibitors who have already made payments towards … Read entire article »

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PADI Forms

PADI Forms

Divetalking has put together a page where commonly use PADI Forms (in English) may be found. The forms are printable, completed handed or emailed to the Dive Operator. By filling out the forms in advance, you can assure they are filled out correctly as well as save time during the check in process… The forms page may be found under Learning (above), then select PADI FORMS or you may click here on PADI FORMS to be … 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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Is Insurance Important?

Is Insurance Important?

How important is having dive insurance? While on a liveaboard trip, I witnessed someone who was injured. I can say without any doubt, the small investment to get insured before he took the trip saved this diver a ton of money. We were about to embark on a week long liveaboard dive trip when I asked this diver, an acquaintance I made while I did some contract work in New York, if he had dive … Read entire article »

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There is a problem and you can help!

There is a problem and you can help!

People around the world are being affected by current events regarding the coronavirus. Transportation suspended, postponed and cancelled for the fear of spreading the virus. Businesses shutting down because their revenue streams have stopped or slowed so much they can’t afford to pay the employees. People who work in the service industry feel the effects of this and are feeling it hard. Tips, which many in the industry depend on has come to … Read entire article »

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Missing diver Cozumel, MX

Missing diver Cozumel, MX

Lost diver by playa rocks in Cozumel. Missing diver in Cozumel. Cozumel.- Cameron Donaldson, Sports Diver with extensive experience based on the island was reported missing by his own mother with whom he was diving this afternoon through the area of playa las rocks, North of the city. Port authorities coordinated by the ensar of the secretariat of Marina (Semar) Armada of Mexico already lead the search for it, although the alert was passed to anyone who … Read entire article »

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