August 2009

The sharks of Turks and Caicos
Shark tours are cool, but seeing sharks in the wild is even better. If you want to see plenty of sharks on a nice Caribbean dive vacation, go to Turks and Caicos. We saw dozens of sharks off West Caicos on our seven day trip aboard the Turks & Caicos Explorer II, including reef sharks, blacktips, nurse sharks and I believe also a silky. [View Turks and Caicos shark pictures] -- Posted Thursday, August 27, 2009 by chb

Review: Panasonic's waterproof, shockproof Lumix TS1
After years of building Toughbook computers, Panasonic has entered the waterproof/shockproof/dustproof camera market with the 12.1-megapixel TS1. The camera has a terrific folding 28-128mm equivalent zoom, can do 720p high definition video, and excels in picture quality. Max depth is limited to 10 feet though. [Read review of the Panasonic Lumix TS1]
-- Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 by chb

Review: Canon D10 at Thunderdome
We put Canon's waterproof, freezeproof and shockproof 12-megapixel digital camera to the ultimate test, at the submerged Thunderdome off the Turks and Caicos islands. Our impressions of the uniquely style US$339 Powershot D10 are overwhelmingly positive. [Read review of the Canon Powershot D10] -- Posted Sunday, August 23, 2009 by chb

When your dive computer fails
Dive computers are remarkably reliable, and they usually run what seems like forever on a battery. But what happens when your dive computer quits on you? [...more] -- Posted Thursday, August 20, 2009 by chb

Scuba tanks do explode
It doesn't happen often, but sometimes scuba tanks do explode. The latest report is from Australia where a scuba equipment manager got injured when a tank blew up while being filled. There's a reason why inspections are mandatory. [See report] -- Posted Tuesday, August 18, 2009 by chb

Record mass dive in Indonesia
To mark Indonesia's 64th Independence Day, almost 2,500 scuba divers set a new world record for the largest mass dive off the coast of North Sulawesi. The challenge was part of the Sail Bunaken 2009 maritime event that was held to assist Indonesia's efforts to establish the Sulawesi town of Manado as a world-class tourist spot. -- Posted Tuesday, August 18, 2009 by chb

2008 DAN Diving Report available for free download
The 2008 DAN Diving Report is now available for free download as a PDF file from the DAN website. You don't need to be a DAN member to get it. The 137-page report includes a detailed compilation of dive incidents, statistics, recommendations and explanations. [Go to the DAN 2008 DAN Diving Report download page] -- Posted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 by chb