January 2008

Bonaire has an all-new official website
Tourism Corporation Bonaire has announced the launch of their new official website www.tourismbonaire.com. The site has been developed according to Bonaire’s new branding guidelines, and provides visitors with easily accessible information while capturing the Island’s friendly charm. The Diving portion of it covers dive sites, fish & reef, underwater photography, tech diving, courses, dive operators, as well as courses and the Bonaire Marine Park. -- Posted Wednesday, January 30, 2008 by chb

General Hoyt S. Vandenberg to be sunk May 15, 2008
On May 15, 2008, the retired U.S. Air Force missile tracking ship 552-feet General Hoyt S. Vandenberg will be sunk to form Key West's newest artificial reef. Theship is currently at Virginia shipyard where workers are removing environmental hazards and fittings that could be dangerous to scuba divers. Plans are to scuttle the ship in the Florida Keys National Marine SanctuaryScuba divers. Before the Vandenberg was decommissioned in 1983, she tracked manned U.S. space missions, beginning with the Mercury program in the early 1960s. See details at bigshipwrecks.com> -- Posted Sunday, January 27, 2008 by chb

New Olympus 10 megapixel camera waterpoof to 33 feet
Olympus introduced two new cameras in its SW (Shock & Waterproof) series. The US$299 Stylus 850 SW is a 8-megapixel camera that's waterproof to ten feet, can survive drops of five feet, and freezing temperatures. It's designed for all sorts of outoors activities including skiing and snorkeling. The US$399 10-megapixel Stylus 1030 SW, shown on the left, is tougher yet. You can go diving with it, down to 33 feet (and probably more), drop it from almost seven feet, subject it to extreme temperatures, dust, sand, whatever. It also has a terrific hi-res 2.7-inch LCD and a 3.6X 28-102mm optical zoom that enables wide angle photography. The only bad thing: it won't be available until March. [Read full description and specs of the new Olympus Stylus 1030 SW] -- Posted Wednesday, January 23, 2008 by chb

DEMA launches "Be A Diver" campaign
DEMA, the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association, is launching a marketing campaign and new website under the "Be A Diver!" slogan. You can view the commercial below or go to the Be A Diver website.
-- Posted Monday, January 14, 2008 by chb

Liquid Image 5megapixel digital camera mask
Oceanic built a full dive computer with headsup display, so why not design one with a camera built in? That's exactly what Liquid Image is now introducing. The Liquid Image Underwater Digital Camera Mask combines a 3.1 megapixel camera for kids or 5.0 megapixel digital camera for adults with a mask. The camera can do still pictures and video at 18-25 frames per second, uses a Micro SD card, is powered by two AAA batteries and has 16MB of integrated storage. It has a LCD display, a USB port, and comes with ArcSoft Photo and Video Impression software. To shoot a picture, line up the crosshairs in the mask. The mask is primarily for swimming and snorkeling as its maximum depth is 15 feet. [Check Liquid Image Digital Camera Mask] -- Posted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 by chb