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 Divingindepth.com 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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Spearfishing Regulations

Spearing is defined as “the catching or taking of a fish by bowhunting, gigging, spearfishing, or any device used to capture a fish by piercing its body. Spearing does not include the catching or taking of a fish by a hook with hook and line gear or by snagging (snatch hooking).” The use of powerheads, bangsticks, and rebreathers remains prohibited.

Each U.S. state has specific regulations for spearfishing. To find out about spearfishing regulations in your state, do a web search for the following:

State + Spearfishing + Regulations

For Florida regulations, click here.

For general fishing regulations for every state, click here.

For outside the U.S., do a web search for the following:

Country + Spearfishing + Regulations

Chris Kovaz – February 2010

DivingInDepth.com last displayed Chris Kovaz’s work several years ago. Chris has graciously supplied more of his photographs for display.

Chris, is currently Digital Media Director for DiversOnly.com. You can hear him weekly on Divers Only Radio.  He is an active diving photographer whose photos first appeared on DivingInDepth’s website several years back. He graciously agreed to appear on our site again!

Chris has been diving 15 years, since the age of eleven. His certifications in rescue diving, nitrox, wreck diving and underwater photography.  His diving mask is custom and is fitted with prescription lenses.

His equipment:  a Canon 1DS Mark II with a Sea Cam housing. He  uses Ikelite 150 and ion z240 strobes.

Next trip: Chris is going to Soccoro  islands in January of 2011.

Contact:

email Chris [email protected]

the pictures …

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Underwater Photography Frequently Asked Questions

What are all the white spots on my pictures?
The “white spots” or backscatter are caused by the strobe being too closely aligned with the camera/lens. The light from the strobe goes straight out and bounces off particles, dirt and other crud in the water directly back into the lens creating highlights or white reflections off the particles. See the backscatter article in our Lights & Strobes section for more info on the subject.

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Free Diving Gear Guide

The four fundamental pieces of free diving gear are the mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit. Weight may be required depending on the thickness of your wetsuit. The gear designed today is sophisticated and increases safety, comfort, and performance. Knowing your equipment, maintaining your equipment, and having faith in your equipment is essential for you to feel relaxed and comfortable in the water.   The gear you need is listed at our sister site DivingGearGuide.com: