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Surveying the reefs of the Cayos Cochinos Natural Monument off the coast of Honduras

It was 7AM on Saturday morning at the Banana Republic Guesthouse in La Ceiba where I found myself with eleven other diving enthusiasts on the morning of the first day of our expedition. We had come together from various parts of the world to spend two weeks with Biosphere Expeditions to survey the reefs of the Cayos Cochinos Natural Monument in the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of Honduras (this part of the Meso-American Barrier Reef, the world’s second largest reef system, and has been identified by the Smithsonian Institute, The Nature Conservancy, the Word Wildlife Fund, and the World Bank as one of the key sections of the barrier reef system to preserve). The purpose of the survey program is to provide data on the current biological status and population levels of protected species of the reefs within the marine protected area for the Honduras Coral Reef Fund (HCRF), the managing agency responsible for the conservation of the islands. All this is part of an international coral reef research program, called the Reef Check monitoring program. The results from the Cayos Cochinos survey will be compared to other parts of the Meso American Barrier Reef System and worldwide in terms of the abundance and diversity of corals, algae, invertebrates, and fish.

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Fitness and Scuba Diving

by David Miner

Scuba diving is generally not classified or thought of as an athletic sport. Athletic sports like running marathons, football, bike racing, swimming, etc. require large amounts of training and cross training on a weekly or daily basis. There are training programs, coaches, personal trainers, books, etc. for probably every athletic sport today. If you want to get into shape to run a marathon, there are an unlimited number of resources available to help you accomplish your goal. But what about scuba diving?


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Why DEMA Should be Open to the Public

At least for a couple of days anyway!

by David Miner

DEMA (Dive Equipment Manufacturers Association) is the only international diving trade show where thousands of diving professionals congregate for four days to immerse themselves in the diving industry. DEMA is all about diving! Diving equipment manufacturers, dive travel businesses, diving educators, and diving professionals fill thousands of square feet of a convention center to do business, promote the sport of diving, build relationships, have fun, and educate themselves. There is no other diving trade show where ALL of the diving industry comes together at this level. The amount of diving experience, knowledge, and information to be had is overwhelming, which is why it takes four days to get through it all. The other big trade shows around the country are typically two days and about half the size (or less) of DEMA.
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I’m Advanced Certified…

So Why All of the Charter Boat Restrictions These Days?

by David Miner

I’ve been diving for many years with my advanced and nitrox certifications, but lately on a number of different dive charters in different locations, I’ve been restricted by boat captains and/or dive masters to not go below 100 feet and forced to be accompanied by a dive master on all dives. I’ve also been restricted to dive times based on the “air” divers on the boat when I was diving nitrox. These restrictions are becoming more and more frequent with charter boats…something I haven’t experienced this much since getting advanced and nitrox certified over 14 years ago. Why is this happening and getting more and more common?

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