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Deep dive world record attempt ends in tragedy
Dr. Guy Garman, a St. Croix physician and scuba diver, was attempting a world record 1,200 feet deep dive off St. Croix on August 15, 2015. The dive was scheduled to be ten-hour and twenty five minutes total. Support divers were supposed to meet Garman at 360 feet after 38 minutes on his way up, but he never arrived at that first stop. Garmin, who had almost 600 dives to his name, but reportedly only had been diving for four years, had a previous personal deepest dive of 810 feet in April 2015. [ee St. Croix Source] -- Posted Sunday, August 16, 2015 by chb

National Geographic short: The dangers and excitement of cave diving
Cave diving is one thing. Doing it in arctic climates in snow and ice is another. A short movie produced by Klattermusen, a team of outdoor enthusiasts in northern Sweden, shows the close camaraderie between them as the Expedition Bjuralven team explores the longest underwater cave in Sweden. [See video] -- Posted Monday, August 3, 2015 by chb

DAN testing underwater drone that may revolutionize diving safety
DAN Europe announced it is testing CADDY, which stands for "Cognitive Autonomous Diving Buddy" and is an underwater drone and floating satellite designed to understand the body language of a scuba divers in distress. CADDY is essentially composed of two ‘robots' operating autonomously — one from the surface and another one from the vicinity of the diver. The latter will interpret a scuba-diver's behaviour and is intelligent enough to detect anomalies. Meanwhile, the surface robot navigates the underwater drone and can communicate with the command centre in case of emergency. [See DAN media release] -- Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by chb

Divers remove invasive surgeonfish
The Miami Herald reports how two divers in Florida spotted a bright yellow fish they had never seen before, and reported it to the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, a Key Largo-based non-profit organization that serves as a regional clearinghouse for control of exotic marine fish species. The fish was a mimic lemon peel surgeonfish, native to the Indo-Pacific and the first of its kind documented in Florida waters. It was caught and a REEF representative said the removal might have averted an ecological disaster similar to the spread of lionfish — another Indo-Pacific invader now well-established in the Western Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. [See Miami Herald report] -- Posted Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by chb

New scuba depth record: 1,090 feet
On September 18, 2014, Ahmed Gabr, a 43-year-old Egyptian broke Nuno Gomez' previous depth record of 1,044 feet. Both record were done in the Red Sea off the coast of Dahab in Egypt. Descent took 14 minutes, the overall dive with deco almost 14 hours, and Gabr, a special forces officer in the Egyptian Army and diving instructor for 17 years, used 92 tanks. See how it all went at Ahmed Gabr's website and also on on the Guiness World Record site. -- Posted Thursday, October 9, 2014 by chb

New GoPros!
GoPro announced three new cameras, those being the top-of-the-line Hero 4 Black (US$499), the Hero 4 Silver (US$399), and a new basic camera, just called Hero (US$129). Most important features: the Hero 4 Black can do 4k/30fps, 2.7k/50fps and 1080p/120. The Hero 4 Silver seems to have roughly the same capabilities as the old Hero 3 Black but includes, a first for GoPros, an integrated LCD. The new entry-level Hero can do 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps and is built directly into a waterproof housing. [See GoPro press release] -- Posted Monday, September 29, 2014 by chb

The demonization of whale sharks
Whale sharks are among the least aggressive creatures on earth. They feed on plankton. Yet, it's seems to become fashionable among attention seekers to demonize these gentle giants. A video on whale sharp "attacks" made the rounds a few weeks ago. Now there's another clip that bleats "Insane Shark Crash!" and goes "The scuba diver has to scurry out of the way to not become lunch during shark week!" Yeah, right. [See YouTube video] and ScubaDiverInfo's report on whale sharks] -- Posted Monday, August 18, 2014 by chb

$2 million private pool with cave and scuba
Imagine having a 360,000 gallon 60-foot wide, 26-foot deep pool with a 300-foot river, diving rock, hidden grotto, cave system, bridges, and a kitchen. That's what US$ 2million bought a couple in Utah. [See $2 million scuba pool] -- Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 by chb

DUI acquires Ocean Management Systems
DUI along with their European partners, BtS Europa AG and CCR Sp. Z o.o. has acquired Ocean Management Systems (OMS), a maker of high end technically-oriented dive equipment. The new company will be called Ocean Management Systems GmbH and will be based in Germany. -- Posted Monday, August 11, 2014 by chb

Travelog: St. Kitts and Saba with Explorer Ventures
The ScubaDiverInfo team spent seven adventurous days onboard Explorer Ventures' Caribbean Explorer 2, testing equipment and diving off the islands of Saba and St. Kitts. Our illustrated travelog covers all the details of the trip. And this time the weather cooperated and we had great conditions, unlike on the same itinerary back in 2010. [Read Saba/St. Kitts scuba travelog] -- Posted Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by chb

Costa Condordia dive video
Days before salvage workers attempt the historic task of refloating the marooned Costa Concordia off the coast of Giglio, Italy, newly released video has revealed the ghostly world -- frozen in time -- deep inside the luxury cruise ship. See 7-minute scuba video of divers around and inside the Costa Concordia. -- Posted Saturday, July 12, 2014 by chb

CBS Miami on Florida cave diving
Nice feature on cave diving by CBS Miami's David Sutta, including a great seven minute cave video covering Florida caver Brett Hemphill's experiences and adventures. [See Cave Diving: The Explorers] -- Posted Monday, June 30, 2014 by chb

Learning about Lake Huron shipwrecks
Michigan State University Extension published an article on the Lake Huron waters that are home to many diverse shipwrecks—from wooden schooners to steel-hulled steamers—lying pristinely preserved by the cold, fresh waters of the Great Lakes. Diving and snorkeling these waters offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore underwater history. To learn more about northern Lake Huron shipwrecks and visiting these sanctuaries at the NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary website. Another great resource is Discover Heritage Route 23. -- Posted Monday, June 30, 2014 by chb

Shore diving on Bonaire
The Miami Herald ran a nice article by Kayleigh Kulp on shore diving on Bonaire. The author describes the freedom that comes with being able to dive from the shore whenever and wherever you want, using rental gear and vehicles, and being able to exchange tanks at 24-hour drive-throughs around the island. [Read "On Bonaire, diving from shore beats taking a boat"] -- Posted Monday, June 30, 2014 by chb

AERIS merges with Oceanic
American Underwater Products (AUP) announced the merger of two of their recreational dive companies, AERIS and Oceanic. Each of these companies currently offer similar product lines to the diving industry worldwide. Effective September 1st, 2014, these lines will be combined and sold exclusively under the Oceanic brand. [See press release] -- Posted Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by chb

Cool and useful gear: StarTech's 7-port USB charger
Every now and then we need to mention some of the truly useful gadgets that come into our lab, that we end up using all the time, and that a lot of our readers out there could probably use, too. One such gadget is StarTech's 7-port USB charger. It's amazing how nice it is to charge all your gear at once and use only one wall outlet. [See StarTech 7-Port USB Charging Station] -- Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 by chb

Great White bites off 6-GoPro rig
What happens when a Great White Shark really doesn't want to have her picture taken? Even with a six-GoPro 360degree rig? Well, she just bites the cameras off and lets them drop and vanish in the abyss. Good thing for the divers that the cameras were mounted on a long stick. [See video on YouTube] -- Posted Friday, June 13, 2014 by chb

How deep is your love?
It's always nice to see couples getting married underwater. In this instance, they got married underwater and they weren't even divers! [See How deep is your love?] -- Posted Tuesday, May 27, 2014 by chb

Lionfish invasion growing in Florida waters
Lionfish, beautiful to look at and usually willing subjects for underwater photographers, have now spread all the way up the US East Coast to the Carolinas and as far south as Brazil. The ScubaDiverInfo.com dive team certainly sees them more and more wherever we go. Read the Tampa Bay Times article on Lionfish invasion growing in area waters. -- Posted Saturday, May 10, 2014 by chb

Prince William becomes British Sub-Aqua Club president
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as president of the British Sub-Aqua Club. BSAC is the UK's leading dive club and also the UK's scuba's National Governing Body, providing internationally-recognized diver training via a network of clubs and centers across the country and overseas. -- Posted Saturday, May 10, 2014 by chb

CONTOUR returns to POV camera market
Contour, pioneers of the action sports camera industry, is now under new ownership and seeks to once again be a key contender in the Point of View (POV) camera market. After completing a financial overhaul, reorganizing its plans for new product innovation and building a framework for improved distribution, Contour says it is back on the map, re-launching its website that currently offers the Contour+2 with wireless smartphone connectivity, the waterproof ROAM2 and a range of accessories. -- Posted Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by chb

Olympus reveals its latest outdoor camera
Olympus, the company that pioneered outdoor cameras, is expanding outdoor shooting and sharing capabilities in even the most challenging of conditions with a new flagship. The STYLUS TOUGH TG-3 brings a high-speed f2.0 lens, expanded macro capabilities, GPS, and Wi-Fi for sharing pics and full 1080p video from (almost) anywhere. Divers can take it down to 50 feet, and the camera can handle almost any abuse in the great outdoors. [See description, analysis and specs of the Olympus TG-3] -- Posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by chb

Mark your calendars: DEMA 2014
DEMA, the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association, announced that the DEMA Show 2014 will take place November 19-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. DEMA also reorts that Trade Show News Network (TSNN) announced its list of the top 250 trade shows of 2012 and DEMA Show has been recognized with this prestigious rank. This is the fifth time in recent years that DEMA Show has been recognized as a top trade show of the year! [See DEMA Show 2014 page] -- Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 by chb

Canon Powershot D30: waterproof to 82 feet!
We love the small and handy size of waterproof cameras, but all too often we can't take them on dives because their depth rating won't allow it. The new PowerShot D30, Canon's latest waterproof camera, provides a solution as it is waterproof to 82 feet, 20 to 50 feet more than the competition. The 12.1 megapixel PowerShot D30, which is also temperature-resistant down to 14F and can handle 6.5 feet drops, has built-in GPS, can shoot full 1080p HD video, ad retails for US$329. We can't wait to test it! [See Canon press release and Canon D30 product page] -- Posted Saturday, March 8, 2014 by chb

About.com's oxygen administration recommendations
Natalie Gibb, who writes about.com's Scuba Diving section, ran a very helpful article about administering oxygen to victims of a scuba diving accidents. Gibb explains how and why pure oxygen helps, how it affects various types of diving accidents, and touches on the primary considerations for administering oxygen. [See Oxygen First Aid Is Recommended for All Scuba Diving Injuries] -- Posted Thursday, February 13, 2014 by chb

Liquid Image unveils new video products at 2014 CES in Vegas
Our friends at Liquid Image (the ones that make the scuba video masks we've been using and testing for years) launched some exciting new products at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. One is the Ego LS, a 4G LTE enabled wearable and mountable Camera that can stream action video live through a cloud service to social networks. This one's certain to be a strong competitor to GoPro. Another is the Liquid Image OPS Swim Goggle for HD video for smooth in water/underwater motion. -- Posted Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by chb

PADI being sued over bad air diving death
The family of a woman who died in Cabo San Lucas allegedly from lethal levels of carbon monoxide in her scuba tank is suing PADI, accusing PADI of inadequately covering precautions against carbon monoxide, which is taste- and odorless. It seems questionable to us that PADI should be sued over this, but having had firsthand experience with bad scuba tank air in Mexico and the lack of response after reporting it, ScubaDiverInfo supports stricter testing and procedural regulations. [See article on CBCnews] -- Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by chb

Celebrating 90 at 90
A British Royal Navy veteran celebrated his 90th birthday with a 90-foot wreck dive off the coast of Cyprus. Ray Wooley, who said he stopped logging dives after he reached 1,000, said "After all these years of diving I just thought I'd take the opportunity to do something underwater to celebrate getting to the age of 90." [See article at Wirral Globe] -- Posted Monday, November 25, 2013 by chb

PADI to include computer simulator in open water courses
PADI and DiveNav have entered into an agreement to include access to DiveNav's computer simulators for PADI Open Water Diver students learning with the computer option. Available are DiveNav's divePAL Advanced and Nitrox dive computer simulators, with one model-specific recreational computer simulator of the student's choice. Limited distribution of this new feature will be available as early as December 2013. -- Posted Friday, November 1, 2013 by chb

Roatan's "Prince Albert" #1 Most Amazing Sunken Ship on Earth
The "Amazing Beautiful World" ran a feature entitled "10 Most Incredible Sunken Ships on Earth" and, according to them, one of our most favorite wrecks is also their most incredible sunken ship. That'd be the Prince Albert off Coco View resort on Roatan, Honduras. That's certainly quite an honor. [See 10 Most Incredible Sunken Ships on Earth]
-- Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by chb

Now available: Becoming A Scuba Diver
"Becoming A Scuba Diver -- From Pool to Sharks: Journey & Reflections Of the First 250 Dives" by Conrad Blickenstorfer is now available on Amazon! It's a detailed 370-page book on becoming a diver, from the first breath underwater, learning the dive gear, the initial frustrations of a new diver, then the first dives at Lake Tahoe, advanced classes and dives in Florida's sinks, caverns and rivers, and the magical first ocean dives in Roatan. From there it's on to drift diving in Cozumel, the first liveaboard experience in the Caribbean, the first thrilling encounters with sharks, diving wrecks and kelp, playing with seals, diving with the giant mantas of Socorro, and swimming with whale sharks off Isla Mujeres and in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico. Between diving experiences there are contemplations on scuba-related topics: altitude diving, dive computers, nitrox, cave diving, rebreathers, nitrogen narcosis, Hollywood's portrayal of scuba, Cousteau's legacy, humorous encounters, and self-analyis as a diver. I invite you to share my journey through the first 250 dives. [Get Becoming A Scuba Diver on Amazon!] -- Posted Saturday, October 5, 2013 by chb

The Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy
Mermaid aficionados alert: The Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy offers its students, both young and older, realistic mermaid tails and a comprehensive course load including mermaid snorkeling, mermaid scuba diving, and mermaid fitness. Yes, it's true. See the The Philippine Mermaid Swimming/Monofin Swimming Academy. -- Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by chb

Scuba divers raise warship
A team of scuba divers launched a full scale rescue mission of a warship, and they actually raised it. It was a very small warship though, just about four feet long. The ship, a model replica of the American Second World War destroyer USS McNair, had sunk in choppy waters and poor visibility at Setley Pond near Southampton in the UK. [See article] -- Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by chb

Is Lake Tahoe still clear?
On August 6th, the 7th anniversary of my PADI Open Water Certification, Carol and I finally went up to Lake Tahoe for a dive again. Over the years I have reported on the ins and outs of high altitude diving in great detail, and so I won't go into that again. This time, I wondered whether Lake Tahoe was still as clear as it used to be. [read more...] -- Posted Saturday, August 10, 2013 by chb

Juneau, Alaska, hyperbaric chamber closes
Alaska Public Media reports that after more than 30 years of operation, scuba diving emergencies can no longer be treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. Now, the closest chambers for public use are in Anchorage or Seattle. One of the reasons the hospital decided to discontinue the program was the chamber hadn't been used since 2011, the other was cost. The hyperbaric chamber was moved out of Bartlett Regional Hospital three weeks ago, and now sits in NOAA storage in Juneau waiting to be shipped to Seattle. [Read why and how this happened] -- Posted Saturday, August 10, 2013 by chb

Rock quarries as a scuba diving option
The Chattanooga timesfreepress.com reports on local rock quarries as great option for local scuba divers that can't always travel to more distant dive places. The report includes a description of the Loch Low-Minn Dive Resort near Athens, Tennessee, where ScubaDiverInfo.com's very own Carol Cotton uses to train and certify her scuba students. [See article] -- Posted Thursday, July 25, 2013 by chb

DEMA Show dates for the next few years
DEMA, the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association confirmed the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL as the venue for DEMA Shows 2017 and 2019. So for those who like to plan ahead, here are the DEMO show dates for the next several years:

2013: November 6-9 | Orange County Convention Center, South Halls, Orlando, FL
2014: November 19-22 | Las Vegas Convention Center, North Halls, Las Vegas, NV
2015: November 4-7 | Orange County Convention Center, South Halls, Orlando, FL
2016: November 16-19 | Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls, Las Vegas, NV
2017: November 1-4 | Orange County Convention Center, South Halls, Orlando, FL
2018: To Be Determined
2019: October 30-Nov 2 | Orange County Convention Center, South Halls, Orlando, FL
-- Posted Thursday, July 18, 2013 by chb

Lionfish Public Service Announcement
DEMA, the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association, released a PSA aimed at providing basic first aid instructions for Lionfish. The release comes in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission adopting changes that will waive the recreational license requirement for divers harvesting Lionfish using certain gear. The FWC has also excluded Lionfish from the commercial and recreational bag limits, allowing people to take as many invasive fish as they can. [See DEMA's Lionfish Public Service Announcement on YouTube, and REEF.org's Lionfish Rsearch Program] -- Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by chb

When it rains on a dive trip...

Dive trips are expensive and you want to get in as much precious diving as possible. You can't wait to get the next 10 or 20 dives under your belt. But when you get there.... it rains. [Read of the ScubaDiverInfo team's latest adventures]
-- Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by chb

Alabama Reef Foundation sinks "LuLu"
On May 26, the "LuLu," a newly re-christened 271-foot retired cargo ship, was sunk in about 110 feet of water, 17 nautical miles south of Perdido Pass in Orange Beach. The event was the culmination of a nearly year-long effort by coastal tourism officials through the nonprofit Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation to build a new year-round scuba diving attraction with whole-ship reefs in Alabama, adding to one of the largest artificial reef programs in the U.S. [See photos of the Lulu's sinking] -- Posted Friday, May 31, 2013 by chb

Study: Clinical aspects of hyperbaric treatment
A total of 5,278 DCI cases among commercial fishery divers (about half on scuba, half on surface hoses) were treated from February 2000 through December 2010 in a hyperbaric facility in northern China, yielding the DCI case series study with the largest number of cases treated in a single hyperbaric unit. Interesting reading. [See Decompression Illness: Clinical Aspects of 5278 Consecutive Cases Treated in a Single Hyperbaric Unit] -- Posted Saturday, May 18, 2013 by chb

Olympus to cut back drastically in compact cameras
Olympus -- which we always had a fondness for because of their engagement in underwater cameras -- reported it had returned to profitability in fiscal 2012, but its imaging business posted a loss for the third straight year. And with its market for digital cameras rapidly shrinking, Olympus dramatically lowered its 2013 sales target for compact digital cameras to just 2.7 million, down from 5.1 million in 2012. Our take: It's mostly a matter of everyone now having a smartphone with a built-in camera. We always liked Olympus and have done numerous detailed underwater camera reviews for them, but for the past two years they have refused every one of our requests for review units, so unfortunately we could not help them spread the word. -- Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by chb

Honduras yet again delays ban on commercial lobster scuba diving
Honduran lobster divers continue to get bent and die, and declines in lobster harvests drive them to dive deeper and longer. Honduras had committed to outlawing commercial scuba diving for lobsters, but has been delaying the ban to give the roughly 3,500 people who rely on it for a living to transition to other jobs. [See "Time for Honduras to End Scuba Diving for Lobster"] -- Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by chb

Blog: A few days of diving in Florida, and logistics
One thing that's different about a week of meandering from dive spot to dive spot is logistics. When you fly somewhere and stay at a resort or liveaboard, you get to park your gear and be done with it. Not so when you move from place to place. Here's how the ScubaDiverInfo.com team spent a few days of driving and diving and exploring in Northern Florida.... [read illustrated blog] -- Posted Friday, April 5, 2013 by chb

New: ScubaDiverInfo.com's video page
Whenever we test underwater video cameras and still cameras that can do video (which is most by now), we compile and publish videos shot with those cameras. We usually upload them to YouTube for viewing there, but have now added our own video pages from where you can see most of the videos, sorted by camera. [See ScubaDiverInfo's Video Page] -- Posted Thursday, April 4, 2013 by chb

Fujifilm introduces rugged freeseproof XP200 camera with wireless, 1080p/60 video and 50 foot depth rating
With the 16-megapixel FinePix XP200, Fujifilm adds a most impressive offering to the rugged/waterproof camera space. Its 50-foot depth rating makes the camera truly useful for many dives, and is a definite and much appreciated step up from the 33 feet that was the maximum for these types of cameras for several years. And it's freezeproof as well and can handle drops from more than six feet. Add to that 5X optical zoom, 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second, and the ability to wirelessly view and transfer pictures, all for a MSRP of US$299. [See description, analysis and specs of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200] -- Posted Friday, March 22, 2013 by chb

Review: SeaLife SL975 Fisheye Wide Angle Lens
SeaLife's SL975 Fisheye Wide Angle Lens (US$299) snaps onto any SeaLife DC-Series housing. ScubaDiverInfo.com tested the lens during a recent scuba product review expedition in Honduras and came away impressed. Used with our review SeaLife DC1400 rig, the SL975 lens provided roughly 16mm wide angle, making spectacular shots possible. See our analysis of the SL975 and the kind of underwater images we shot with it. [See SeaLife Fisheye Wide Angle Lens review and image gallery] -- Posted Thursday, February 14, 2013 by chb

Review: SeaLife AquaPod
The key to getting good pictures underwater is getting close, and especially so if you use a wide-angle or fisheye lens. But getting close can spook the fish and critters, and it's not a good idea to get within a foot of, for example, a moray or a lion fish anyway. SeaLife to the rescue with their simple but ingenious US$69.95 AquaPod monopod. Usable with almost any camera with a tripod mount (and it even comes with a GoPro mount), the AquaPod quickly became indispensable to the ScubaDiverInfo.com dive team. [See SeaLife AquaPod review] -- Posted Monday, February 11, 2013 by chb

Ski 'n Dive the same day: Homestead Resort Crater
We've often thought of skiing and diving at Lake Tahoe the same day, but Utah might be an even better place to do that. The Zermatt and Homestead Resorts in the Utah village of Midway are offering a winter lodging and activity package with skiing the beautiful Wasatch Mountains and then scuba dive in a natural, geothermic hot spring known as the Homestead Resort Crater. The crater is sort of like Devil's Den meets Hot Tub, a 65-feet deep cavern crater with 92 degree water! [See Homestead Resort Crater video] -- Posted Monday, February 11, 2013 by chb

DEMA calls for nominations for the 2013 Reaching Out Awards
DEMA is requesting nominations for the 2013 DEMA Reaching Out Award, asking the Diving Industry to submit the names and qualifying information of those Industry professionals who have made a significant contribution to the sport of scuba diving. For details about nomination requirements and selection criteria review the 2013 Reaching Out Award Nomination Form. -- Posted Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by chb

Book review: The Cavern Kings, by Jeff Bauer
Author/cave diving instructor Jeff Bauer's independent but immaculately executed book "The Cavern Kings" (288 pages in print; also available as eBook) tells the tale of three friends who, after a close call underwater, decide to take a cavern diving class. It's a story of friendship, relationships, personal goals, triumph and tragedy. While a work of fiction, there is a great deal of detail on cavern diving, making the book both entertaining as well as informative. See review of "The Cavern Kings"] -- Posted Monday, January 21, 2013 by chb

The Treasure Hunter, and how one thing leads to another
Blog entry: "This isn't totally scuba-related, but it's close enough. And it's another interesting example how one thing can lead to another and then to another. So I am in Roatan at CoCo View resort, listening to resident expert Doc Radawski's most interesting lecture on Roatan's history, politics and general dynamics. That included a chapter on treasure hunting, which is always an interesting subject..." [Read more] -- Posted Monday, January 14, 2013 by chb

Liquid Image announces even tinier Ego Mini HD action camera
At the 2013 CES in Las Vegas, Liquid Image, makers of the video mask, introduced the Ego Mini WiFi-enabled sports camera that's even smaller than the already tiny Ego that we recently used for video diving off Roatan. The Ego Mini measures 1.6 x 0.85 x 2.0 inches and was designed to fit inside helmets for unobtrusive use and reduction of wind resistance. The Ego Mini can take 12mp stills, record 1080p/30 and 720p/60 video, an cost US$199.99, with a deepwater housing optionally available. -- Posted Thursday, January 10, 2013 by chb

Liquid Image EGO camera underwater video
Liquid Image, the folks who make the video masks that we always take on our dive trips, introduced the stylish little EGO mountable HD vidcam and ScubaDiverInfo.com tested a couple on our recent product review trip to Roatan. About the size of a GoPro but rounded and colorful, the 1080p-capable EGO comes with WiFi, a smartphone interface app, and runs just US$179.99, or US$219.99 with an underwater housing. We used it with and without an optional Liquid Image torch. [See video we shot with the LiquidImage EGO on YouTube.] -- Posted Monday, January 7, 2013 by chb

DEMA 2012
For 2012, DEMA was back Las Vegas after last year's event in Orlando. The annual conference was held November 13-16, but this time at the Sands and not at the Las Vegas Convention Center. ScubaDiverInfo was there, and we saw a lively, informative show covering a wide cross section of anything and everything related to scuba diving. [See our illustrated report on DEMA 2012] -- Posted Saturday, December 8, 2012 by chb

Casio develops pocket-size transceiver for Scuba use
Casio announced it has developed an underwater transceiver that lets users have spoken conversation via ultrasound and bone conduction technology when scuba diving. Casio says the device is small enough to attach to the strap of a diving mask so divers can converse normally with the scuba regulator in their mouths. [See Casio Yamagata press release] -- Posted Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by chb

Scuba tank-powered dirt bike
What all can you do with a scuba tank? Dive, of course, but an engineering school graduate in Australia used it to power a dirt bike. The O2 Pursuit bike, which looks quite impressive (you first don't even see the tank), runs over 60 miles on a full scuba tank, and can reach almost 90 mph top speed. [See Air-Powered Motorcycle Runs on Scuba Tank, Rotary Engine] -- Posted Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by chb

Fighting Asian clam invasion in Lake Tahoe
A project is underway at Lake Tahoe to rid iconic Emerald Bay from an Asian clam invasion by using large rubber mats to suffocate the pests that have already overrun the southeast portion of the lake. [See article] -- Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by chb

Obama and Romney pumpkins underwater
You know it's election time in the U.S. when even the ever popular underwater pumpkin carving at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary produces likenesses of the two candidates for President of the United States. [See Florida Keys hosts underwater pumpkin carving contest] -- Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by chb

Full review: Panasonic Lumix TS20
For about half the cost of one of the top-of-the-line waterproof compacts, you can get the 16mp Panasonic Lumix TS20. It, too, can handle big drops, dust and icy water, but the depth limit is 16 feet, about half that of the more expensive waterproof cameras. And there are fewer features and no GPS. We gave the Lumix TS20 a good workout around and in the water. Are you saving money with this camera? Or will you regret not spending a bit more? [See full review of the Panasonic Lumix TS20] -- Posted Saturday, October 20, 2012 by chb

GoPro Hero3 -- good news for divers, and everyone else
GoPro released the Hero3 with a slimmer, lighter body, integrated WiFi, a better lens, better audio and numerous other improvements. The Hero3 has a new flat-lens housing that's compatible with all older mounting hardware. The Hero3 comes in three very different editions (white (US$199), silver (US$299), and black (US$399), so there's now a GoPro camera for everyone. [See our detailed analysis of the Hero3] -- Posted Thursday, October 18, 2012 by chb

Full review: 16MP/1080p Nikon Coolpix AW100
The Coolpix AW100 represents Nikon's first underwater camera since the fabled Nikonos ceased production back in 2001. A sleek, elegant 16-megapixel camera, the AW100 has a 33-foot depth rating, can handle 5-foot drops, is freeze and dustproof, can do 1080p HD video at full 30fps speed, has a bright 3-inch display, and includes powerful GPS capabilities. ScubaDiverInfo.com tested the US$349 Coolpix AW100 on intense dive trips in the Sea of Cortez and off Isla Mujeres. [See full review of the Nikon Coolpix AW100] -- Posted Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by chb

Crater Lake, Oregon, closed to divers until next year

With its surface at 6,700 feet, Oregon's Crater Lake lies higher than Lake Tahoe (6,230 feet), and at 1,943 feet, it's deeper too (Tahoe is some 1,644 feet deep), and it's supposed to be the clearest lake in the US. But now the roundish Crate Lake, which has a diameter of just five miles, has temporarily become closed to divers while park ecologists develop a plan to keep out invasive species. Not that diving Crater Lake is easy. It's a one mile hike down 700 feet, and then another hike to the best dive site. Watch the terrific 10-minute movie to get an idea of what Crater Lake is all about.
-- Posted Thursday, August 30, 2012 by chb

Liquid Image HD324 video mask: diving Cancun
Cancun may not be known as a primary dive location, but there's plenty to see underwater! ScubaDiverInfo.com used the latest Liquid Image video mask, the HD324, to dive the world-famous underwater museum, swim and dive with whale sharks, and explore the shallow reefs teeming with fish. [See Liquid Image video mask HD324 video on YouTube] -- Posted Sunday, August 26, 2012 by chb

Bad air
You've read about bad air, but may have never experienced it yourself. What does bad air mean? Simply that the air in your tank is somehow contaminated. At worst, it contains carbon monoxide from the exhaust of a compressor. That can be deadly and you can't even taste carbon monoxide. Jacques Cousteau described one such incident at a dive at the Fontaine des Vaucluses that nearly turned fatal. Most of the time, bad air isn't as serious, but it can still affect your dive majorly. [... read more] -- Posted Saturday, August 25, 2012 by chb

DEMA works with Garmin to expand reach of DiveCaching
DEMA has begun working with Garmin's geocaching website, Opencaching.com to promote the real-life environmentally-friendly, in-water game of DiveCaching which is geocaching with the added twist of caches and landmarks hidden underwater. DEMA now encourages those owning a DiveCache on other sites to also log their cache with a free account on Opencaching.com. [See DEMA press release] -- Posted Friday, August 10, 2012 by chb

Ultimate Diver Challenge: Palm Beach Count
Think "Survivor," but with underwater mazes, blackout masks and imaginary sea critters in need of rescue -- all against the watery backdrop of Palm Beach County's celebrated scuba dive sites. And the show is even expected to air in January of 2013, once producers shop it to various networks. [See 'Survivor'-like reality show in PBC puts divers to the test] -- Posted Friday, August 10, 2012 by chb

Full review: 16MP/1080p Pentax WG-2 can handle 40+ feet
The Pentax Optio WG-2 represents Pentax's 13th generation of tough, waterproof cameras, and the maturity shows. Sporting a unique design, the 16-megapixel Optio WG-2 has a 40-foot depth rating, can handle 5-foot drops, is freeze and crushproof, can do 1080p HD video at full 30fps speed, has a wide-format 3-inch display, and is chuck-full of features and tricks. ScubaDiverInfo.com tested the US$349 Optio WG-2 on a week of diving and exploring in the Sea of Cortez. [See full review of the Pentax Optio WG-2] -- Posted Thursday, August 2, 2012 by chb

Review: Sea of Cortez Midriff islands on the Rocio Del Mar
Scubadiverinfo.com spent a week on board of the 110-foot Rocio Del Mar live-aboard vessel. The trip began at Puerto Penasco at the northern end of the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, and took us exploring the Midriff islands, with diving at Angel island, Salsipuedes island, and San Pedro Martir. We swam with whale sharks, sea lions and dolphins and enjoyed the stark beauty of these untouched, uninhabited islands. [Read our full review of the Rocio Del Mar liveaboard experience]. -- Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by chb

Full review: The rugged, waterproof Canon PowerShot D20
Three years ago, Canon introduced its first waterproof compact, the PowerShot D10. It was a good camera, but had a few areas that needed improvement. Canon listened and fixed everything with the PowerShot D20, introduced this year. It's a US$349 12-megapixel camera that is waterproof to 33 feet can handle 5-foot drops, temperature extremes, and can also shoot 1080p HD video. There's a terrific 3-inch screen, good battery life, and logical controls. ScubaDiverInfo.com tested the PowerShot D20 on a week of diving and exploring in the Sea of Cortez. [See full review of the Canon PowerShot D20] -- Posted Thursday, July 26, 2012 by chb

ScubaDiverInfo.com off to the Rocio Del Mar!
Your intrepid ScubaDiverInfo.com editors will spend the next week (July 7 to 14) onboard the good ship Rocio Del Mar. We'll be cruising and exploring the Midriff islands in the Sea of Cortez. Expect a full report on the Rocio Del Mar live-aboard, as well as our field impressions of the Canon PowerShot D20, the Nikon Coolpix AW100, the Pentax Optio WG-2, the Panasonic Lumix TS20 and a gaggle of GoPros, including 3D. -- Posted Friday, July 6, 2012 by chb

Jessica Biel now a professional scuba diver? Not.
When actress Jessica Biel tweeted that she had just completed her PADI Advanced Open Water scuba certification, the media fell all over itself proclaiming that Biel was now a "professional scuba diver," "deep sea diver" and certified to "perform solo scuba dives." A wee tiny bit of fact checking would educate any professional news person that advanced open water certification does not a professional deep sea scuba diver make... -- Posted Monday, July 2, 2012 by chb

Rhea's Diving Services divers reach new record depth at Fontana Lake, TN
It's been reported that our friends at the renowned Rhea's Diving Services dive shop in Maryville, Tennessee, reached a new depth record at Lake Fontana, 399 feet. What makes that even more impressive is that at the current lake level of 1,700 feet, which qualifies Lake Fontana diving as altitude diving, the Rhea's divers record actually amounts to a 425 feet dive in terms pressure ratios. -- Posted Monday, June 11, 2012 by chb

Full review: Olympus Tough TG-810
Sometimes you don't want to take a long a big-bulky dive housing. That's when a waterproof camera like the Olympus Tough TG-810 comes in handy. The 14-megapixel TG-810 has a bright, hi-res 3-inch LCD, can do 720p HD video, and handle 33 feet of water (as well as 6-foot drops and icy temperatures). We examined the TG-810 during a full year of diving in diverse, demanding environments and came away impressed. [See review of the Olympus Tough TG-810] -- Posted Friday, June 8, 2012 by chb

ScubaDiverInfo.com resort/liveaboard reviews rank high on Google!
At ScubaDiverInfo.com we pride ourselves in creating some of the most detailed dive resort and live aboard reviews in the business. Apparently Google thinks so as well as most of our recent reviews rank in the top 5 on Google! Coco View, Roatan? #3. Explorer Ventures Turks & Caicos? #1. The Solmar V? #6. The Occidental Grand on Cozumel? #1. And so on. -- Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by chb

Australia to allow diving on Japanese WWII sub
Australia will open up to divers the wreck of a Japanese mini submarine that attacked Sydney harbor during World War II. Anyone caught damaging or removing part of the wreck would face penalties of up to US$1 million. [Read article] -- Posted Monday, May 28, 2012 by chb

GoPro flatlens housing now available
GoPro has announced the launch of its own Dive Housing with a flat glass lens that allows for sharp stills and video underwater in all resolutions without vignetting. Waterproof to 197ft / 60m, the new Dive Housing is compatible with all of GoPro's HD HERO cameras, mounts and accessories. The package includes the waterproof Dive Housing, a protective lens cap, tether string and assorted mounting hardware. MSRP is US$49.99. Important: a flattens hosting is absolutely necessary to get sharp video underwater with a GoPro Hero camera! -- Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 by chb

DEMA and DAN release Lionfish PSA
DEMA and the Divers Alert Network (DAN) collaborated on a new public service announcement aimed at providing basic first aid instructions for Lionfish related injuries. The PSA is in response to the increasing number of reported injuries which have been attributed to the species' alarming population increase and invasion into nonnative waters. [See Lionfish PSA on YouTube] -- Posted Tuesday, May 8, 2012 by chb

Scuba Show 2012 in Long Beach, CA
This weekend (May 5th and 6th), the Scuba Show 2012 will be taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center. It will offer more than 310 exhibitor booths and about 50 different informational and education seminars on the deep blue world of scuba diving. The event has been a staple in Long Beach for about 25 years. [See Scuba Show] -- Posted Friday, May 4, 2012 by chb

Interview with a NAUI instructor and scuba shop owner
Businessreport.com ran an informative interview with Mark Smith, former commercial diver, NAUI instructor, and owner of Underwater Adventures in Baton Rouge, LA. [read] -- Posted Tuesday, May 1, 2012 by chb

Northwest Dive & Travel Expo
The Northwest Dive & Travel Expo will celebrate its 5th year in Tacoma, WA April 21-22, 2012. Founded by Dive News Network Media Group in 2008, the Dive & Travel Expo will showcase the snorkeling, scuba diving and travel to the passionate traveler and adventurer. [See Dive & Travel Expo website] -- Posted Friday, April 13, 2012 by chb

Book review: Setting the Hook, by Peter M. Hunt
This independent but immaculately executed 276-page book tells the tale of a diver's relationship with the Italian cruise liner Andrea Doria that sank in 1956 and subsequently became the ultimate scuba adventure, the "Mount Everest of diving." The book fully deliveres on the diving, adventure and technical fronts, but it is the human angle of the author's very personal journey that elevates this book above a mere description of events. [See review of Setting the Hook] -- Posted Monday, April 2, 2012 by chb

Full review: SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo
SeaLife's latest underwater camera, the DC1400, has 14-megapixel, tons of features, and, most importantly, can now do 720P HD video. ScubaDiverInfo.com did a detailed test of the DC1400 Pro Duo package (list price US$1,129) that includes camera, housing, a strobe, a video/photo lights, brackets and cables. [Read full review of the SeaLife DC1400] -- Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by chb

DEMA comments on ADA requirements for pools
DEMA submitted comments in favor of delaying the deadline date for certain requirements of Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act on March 23, 2012. The extension of the date for compliance with the new requirements proposed by the Department of Justice relate to provision of accessible entry and exit for existing swimming pools and spas outlined in the 2012 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The comments were submitted by Tom Ingram, DEMA's Executive Director. [Read DEMA comments] -- Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by chb

Edelman PR refuses review
Edelman PR refuses to let us review Adobe Lightroom. Talk about alienating the media. -- Posted Monday, March 12, 2012 by chb

DEMA's 2012 Board of Directors
DEMA, the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association, announced that its 2012 board consists of Stephen Asmore of Tabata USA (President), Bonnie Borkin Filippi of Bonnier (VP), Jeff Nadler of PADI (VP), Tim Webb of Caradonna (Treasurer), and Werner Kurn of Ocean Enterprises (Secretary). -- Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2012 by chb

Scuba tank explosion in Houston
Alarming report from Houston where KVUE News reports that one or more scuba tanks exploded in a car fire [Read report] -- Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2012 by chb

World War II ship to be artificial reef off Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Fort Myers Beach will soon have another attraction in a World War II ship that's planned to be sunk as an artificial reef in about 100 feet below the Gulf. The ship is the 165-foot USS Mohawk, and the Lee County Commissioners, which moved forward with a plan, think the USS Mohawk artificial reef could be in place as early as next summer. -- Posted Thursday, February 23, 2012 by chb

New cave diving certification program debuts
The Our World Underwater scuba show is taking place February 17-19, 2012, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention center in Chicago. Among the many new products and programs to be available to diving enthusiasts is a new Cave Diving certification program being introduced by the National Association of Scuba Educators (NASE). -- Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by chb

About those new fishing limits in the U.S. Caribbean
A very widely reprinted Associated Press article says "US government imposing limits on fish catches in its Caribbean territories for the first time" (see example). Those interested in seeing the source materials to form their own opinions, check NOAA's Southeast Fishery Bulletin, the NOAA FAQ about the annual catch limit, and for those who really like all the detail, the NOAA Compreshensive Annual Catch Limit Amendment for the U.S. Caribbean that was actually released in October 2011. Other good sources are the NOAA Fisheries Service and the Caribbean Fishery Management Council. -- Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 by chb

The GoPro phenomenon: how much better is the new GoPro Hero2?
No sooner did we publish a big feature on GoPro and its tiny Hero high definition camera that's taken the world by storm than GoPro released the Hero2. Is the new Hero really twice as fast and twice as sharp, as GoPro claims? And have some of the issues we had with the original Hero been fixed? We gave the tough little Hero2 a full workout, both above and under water. [Read The GoPro phenomenon: how much better is the new GoPro Hero2?] -- Posted Tuesday, January 3, 2012 by chb

The amazing Tank Bangers
Some divers sort of sing underwater, but no one does it like The Tank Bangers! See for yourself! -- Posted Tuesday, December 27, 2011 by chb

Divers find 1940s plane off Florida
A group of scuba divers did a 185-foot "random drop" off the coast of Palm Beach County and found a remarkably well preserved airplane that may be a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver that went down in the early 1940s. [See wptv.com report and video] -- Posted Tuesday, December 27, 2011 by chb

Night dives: exploring fluorescence
Did you know that a lot of coral and sea creatures are fluorescent? You normally can't see the fluorescence, even on night dives, unless you use special lights and filters. Scubadiverinfo.com procured some special fluorescence detection gear from a company called NIGHTSEA and used it on night dives at Coco View Resort on Roatan. Talk about experiencing and exploring an entirely new world! [See "Night dives like you've never experienced before"] -- Posted Thursday, December 22, 2011 by chb

Anderson Cooper: The Gardens of the Queen
In case you've missed Anderson Cooper's "The Gardens of the Queen" on CBS, you can see it now on the 60 Minutes website. It's rare footage from some completely protected reefs off Cuba. Lots of sharks, good interviews, too. [See The Gardens of the Queen] -- Posted Monday, December 19, 2011 by chb

ScubaDiverInfo.com product testing week on Roatan
ScubaDiverInfo.com editors are spending a week at the Coco View Resort on the Honduran island of Roatan to test and review a variety of dive and underwater photography and imaging gear, including cameras and lights from Canon, Olympus, Sealife, Bonica, JVC, Liquid Image and GoPro, and new Scubapro gear. Also on the agenda: fluorescence night diving with custom flashlights and filters from NightSea. -- Posted Friday, December 9, 2011 by chb

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