There are several different organizations that offer Scuba Diving training and instructions for adult and children: PADI, The Professional Association of Diving Instructors and NAUI the National Association of Underwater Instructors. Besides PADI, YMCA instructional programs include summer diving courses designed for kids. In addition, local scuba diving organizations and resorts offer overnight summer scuba camps. There are even scuba trips and vacations that come complete with scuba training… Continue
Added by Kathy Dowsett on May 30, 2011 at 6:00pm —
There has been much discussion lately about the digital revolution at the turn of the present millennium. Changes in the last century, however were probably far more dramatic to a person born in the middle of the 19th century than what we are seeing today. A person growing and living on the shore of one of the Great Lakes would have witnessed many dramatic revolutions in technology as economic conditions in transportation forced rapid changes in the types of ships and cargo plying the… Continue
Added by Kathy Dowsett on May 5, 2011 at 6:42pm —
On a nice summer weekend on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, you might expect to see a few joggers, a line for bagels and lox at Barney Greengrass, or maybe the guy who delivers the Times. It's no wonder I always get a few odd looks from the doormen who see me pushing a luggage cart filled with steel 120s, a dry suit, and a camera
big enough for its own car seat down the sidewalk in the early morning.
Added by Kathy Dowsett on April 26, 2011 at 6:17pm —
for those who might be interested, I've become the San Diego SCUBA Examiner [writer] for Examiner.com, here:
Added by Michael Bear on February 16, 2010 at 9:10pm —
To me, touching or petting a shark or any other marine creature is not an non-respectful way of interacting, in a few words in doesn't mean you are not respecting the animal. Of course animals shouldn't be chased or harmed, punched or anything like that, but touched is definitely not the same. Touching a shark isn't a problem as long as you respect it and don't grab it or pull it. I've had experience touching animals in the wild like turtles, rays, small sharks and even the enormous Whale Shark… Continue
Added by Isa Baquerizo on February 2, 2010 at 6:30pm —
"We Dive, We Swim and We Interact"
Why dive with sharks?
Well its simple basically, because we can’t be more fascinated by these amazing creatures, well some of us, we just can’t resist to interact with these animals in the wild, encountering them face to face. Sharks Diving, I think, it’s an awesome experience because you have the opportunity to see sharks behavior, and their gracefulness. I personally believe that Diving with Sharks is not only about… Continue
Added by Isa Baquerizo on February 2, 2010 at 6:00am —
Have you ever wondered how many young shark lovers are out there in the world? Well, let me introduce myself to begin with.
Before you read, all my blogs specially this one are giving my own opinion and knowledge please remember that other people think differently.
Im Isabel, Im 14, I’ve loved sharks ever since I was little and my passion for sharks is enormously big. I’ve always had, and I still have, the dream of swimming with sharks. When I really got into sharks I… Continue
Added by Isa Baquerizo on February 1, 2010 at 9:24pm —
On December 27th 2009 Mad Fish Dive Centre's new boat, "DIVE ME
", arrived at Matava's dock!
Both guests and staff were very excited tosee the first glimpse of the custom designed alloy dive boat on the horizon along The Great Astrolabe Reef next to Waya Island.
The new boat is completely innovative and new to the scuba diving industry in Kadavu, and indeed the Fiji Islands. This dive… Continue
Added by Stuart Gow on January 18, 2010 at 6:34pm —
Merry Christmas to all DiversOne Members --- we now have hit the 1,000 member----wonderful!!!
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday, and great diving in 2010!!
Kathy for www.kirkscubagear.com
Added by Kathy Dowsett on December 21, 2009 at 6:52pm —
Whether it was working under water in the construction of docks, or later as a deck officer on ocean-going ships, the early days of Veljko Pesakovic’s career meshed nicely with his passion for scuba diving
A young student in the naval academy in the former Yugoslavia at the time, Veljko’s diving training led to jobs, as well as recreational… Continue
Added by Kathy Dowsett on October 26, 2009 at 6:43pm —
Mainly to due to the recent uptick in encounters between San Diego divers and Sevengill Sharks, I've set up a website site devoted exclusively collecting and collating Sevengill Shark data at:
As you'll see, it's still in a rather primitive form and there's no 'hard' scientific data yet, but I hope that in time, it will grow as a central… Continue
Added by Michael Bear on October 22, 2009 at 6:00pm —
I'm interested in knowing if you could take a job anywhere in the world that offers great scuba opportunities, where would you choose to go?
I am considering an international job (not diving--diving would remain a hobby), and would like to know the opinion of those of you who have actually dove in these various locations. Where could I go and never get tired of diving or where would there be a lot of places to dive?
I'm looking forward to your feedback.
Added by Margie Fuller on October 22, 2009 at 9:30am —
See p. 16, under Marine Life Encounters for an account of my dive buddy's and my close encounter with a 7 Gill Shark off La Jolla.
After 30 days, when the issue goes online, I'll post a permanent link to the article on my blog, 'Rapture of the Deep.'
Added by Michael Bear on September 29, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort and Bite Me Gamefishing Charters take the leading role in the world with a major shark conservation initiative in the gamefishing community.
KADAVU, FIJI ISLANDS – 14 July 2009 – Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco-Adventure Resort and Bite Me Gamefishing Charters are proud to take a world wide leading role in the the international Shark-Free Marina Initiative.
The international Shark-Free Marina Initiative works with marinas, boaters… Continue
Added by Stuart Gow on July 30, 2009 at 7:00pm —
---We just had a couple of spaces open up on our Magical Maldives live aboard dive/snorkel charter. Any openings in your schedule?
You are invited to join in the fun and adventure ----
The Maldives on the Manthiri http://www.manthiri.com/
10 day trip August 16-26, 2009
This is a spectacular place.
Check out their website and also ours for great pictures of this unique place. Our Maldives Pictures -- Click here This wonderful boat caters to 12 divers with 12… Continue
Added by Kandie Vactor on July 10, 2009 at 4:20pm —
Today I witnessed the most amazing thing I have ever seen. Whales
. Seeing these creatures in their natural environment is single handedly, without a doubt the greatest most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Earlier that morning I had been a guide for our guests. We went to Eagle Rock, one of our nearby dive sites, and saw 16 Grey Reef Sharks
moving together in one big pack,… Continue
Added by Stuart Gow on July 9, 2009 at 7:51pm —
The Shark Alliance is marking Global Ocean Policy Day by calling on EU Fisheries Commissioner, Joe Borg, to strengthen one of the EU’s most important and far-reaching policies for sharks: the ban on "finning" (slicing off the fins and tossing the body at sea).
The EU is the lead supplier for the global shark fin trade, which is driven by demand for the Asian delicacy, shark fin soup. The EU finning ban is currently among the weakest in the world.
Species that dominate the… Continue
Added by Greg Nowell on May 14, 2009 at 3:07am —
Matava has won the PADI Asia Pacific Member Awards 2009 in the category Project AWARE Marine Environmental Award 2009
KADAVU, FIJI ISLANDS - 15th April 2009 - Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco-Adventure Resort is proud to announce that it is the official 2009 winner of PADI Asia Pacific Member Awards 2009 in the Project AWARE Marine Environmental Award 2009.PADI
The PADI Asia Pacific Member Awards were developed to better recognise the achievements of those PADI Dive Centres and… Continue
Added by Stuart Gow on April 15, 2009 at 8:01pm —
It's been a pretty long day and I'm beat, but I didn't want to let the day pass without sharing an absolutely amazing close encounter we had with a juvenile Grey Whale as well as a quick summary [HA!] of the dive.
Dive buddies: Barb, Dave H.and NOAA Jim
We headed out from Mission Bay Channel at around 9:30 this morning and made our way under beautiful sunny skies towards La Jolla--a marked contrast with the scowling, dark skies of the day… Continue
Added by Michael Bear on April 12, 2009 at 5:00pm —
Weather conditions expected to be optimal
StMaartenDivers.com, in collaboration with Scuba Fun, has seen tremendous interest in the Deep Recession Dive Bailout Package. StMaartenDivers.com has decided to do what our 401(k)’s have been doing for the past few months…… DIVE!! We are offering a 2-day dive special on March 24th and 25th. The prices have been cut on the 4-dive package to what basically equates to MADNESS!! Normally, a 4-dive package costs $170 plus $20 for gear, if needed.… Continue
Added by stmaartendivers on March 9, 2009 at 10:30am —