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Marine Conservation and Dive Training

Why Marine Conservation Should be an Important Part of All Dive Training Courses
by David Miner

Diving is a multi-million dollar business with money being spent on dive training, dive equipment, and dive travel by people wanting to dive on reefs around the world. Reefs are prolific habitats for thousands of species of marine life and have called these reefs home for millions of years. People travel thousands of miles and spend thousands of dollars to be able to dive on a reef and experience the richness and beauty a reef dive provides. In a poll conducted by last month on where people dive the most, the “ocean” was checked the most, meaning that most people dive in the ocean and mostly on some type of reef structure, whether artificial or natural.

Notice some of the tips of the coral are white – This is a result of the coral
bleaching (dying) from sea temperatures being too high

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DEMA and the Public Shouldn’t Mix

by Christopher Buttner, VP and President of PR THAT ROCKS!

Just some random thoughts, facts and observations. As someone who was a trade show consultant to Fortune 500 companies, a sales and marketing director, a trade show coordinator, an owner of a PR firm for 12-years – sometimes working with scuba industry clients – and someone who participates in about ten trade shows annually (yech), the last thing a manufacturer wants to do is have any part of their trade show dollar going to opening an industry expo to the public.

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Things to consider when night diving

Night diving is an extremely exciting type of diving. Night diving offers a glimpse into a word that changes drastically when the sun sets. The opportunity to see creatures that you would never see during the day come out at night. When you dive during the day, you’re able to see much more around you, which probably means you don’t focus on any one area for very long. Night diving is different; it allows you to focus your attentions in the area your light is illuminating. Anything outside the area of your light beam, you can’t see and don’t focus on. That means your focus and concentration is on a much smaller area allowing you to see much more.


For some, night diving may sound scary. Not being able to see everything around you may be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Don’t focus on what you can’t see, focus on everything you can see, which is transformed at night. Colors become more rich with your light and critters come out at night that are amazing. Night diving does require some special equipment, higher skill levels, and different procedures.


Preparing for a night dive

Preparing for any type of dive is essential, but when night diving, preparing can be invaluable. It’s important that you’re completely comfortable in the water and that you’re skilled in buoyancy control is top notch. You should also be very familiar with your equipment and know where everything is.


You can also prepare by diving the site during the day. This allows you to become familiar with the area and type of reef, ledge, or wreck you’re diving. Choose an area with easy entry, calm conditions, and shallow water. If possible, arrive at the dive site before dark and become oriented with your surroundings.


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How to use a compass underwater

Finding your way underwater, preventing getting lost, and not having to navigate with aids like coral heads and sand ripples makes carrying a compass on every dive extremely important. But carrying the compass is only half the battle; you also have to know how to use the compass. Using a compass underwater is different than on land. There are many influences underwater that can cause problems when trying to swim in a straight line or when returning to the boat.

Many people are intimidated by compasses and think they are difficult to use, but that isn’t true at all; they are actually very easy to use and anyone can learn.

A majority of the compasses on the market today are what is called needle direct compasses. The compass has a magnetic needle that points north and a bezel that can be rotated around the needle. The bezel is marked from 0 to 360 degrees in a clockwise direction. The compass also has a line on its face, known as a lubber line, which is used to ensure that the compass is pointed in the same direction that your are going.

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Lessons Learned!

Are you prepared for the environment you’re diving in?

by Don Reynolds

My best dive buddy, Mike Rowley, lives in Lodi, California. Fortunately, we’re able to get together a few times a year and enjoy the warm waters of the Caribbean. I live in the Northeast (New York), and I’m not real fond of cold water. But Mike had been after me to come to the west coast to do some diving, and I finally relented.

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