PADI Scuba Diver course comes under fire

Anyone familiar with the diving industry is aware that PADI, the US-based diver certification agency, is often criticized for introducing programs based more on marketing objectives than educational ones. Some of that criticism is justified; much of it is nothing...

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Deeper Blue gets snarky at the BBC

The BBC's January 31, 2006 reportage of Israeli inventor Alon Bodner's revolutionary tankless underwater breathing device followed Deeper Blue's breaking news of this development by a little more than three months, a stunning comeback from past performance. Via Deeper Blue...

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Titanium regulators and nitrox safety issue?

My local store has just told me that it has been determined within the last year that titanium regs are bad to use with all mixes of nitrox. He claims that the titanium is a fire hazard and that most...

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Advantages of trimix for recreational diving?

I just finished up my gas blender class today and the instructor mentioned something about a recreational trimix class offered through naui. Didn't get a chance to go into it further with the instructor due to time, so I was...

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Underwater photographers = crap divers?

Getting a good photo is no excuse for damaging the environment. This is where we underwater photographers are most vulnerable to criticism. Adding a camera and strobe will affect buoyancy, and once the eye is glued to the viewfinder,...

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Thinking about scuba diving with a rebreather?

An overview of rebreather world, an internet forum focussed on rebreather diving, but in addition to the usual forum type content, rebreather world also has plenty of articles and resources for scuba divers interested in rebreathers. Via ScubaGeek...

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Confused about best Strobe Sync method

I'm a Nikonos user but have been bitten by the digital bug. The choices out there are really overwhelming with different cameras, housings and strobes. I'm sorting through most of this OK but am a bit confused on the best...

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Maximum depth discussions

Assuming that one has an an adequate gas supply, of the best possible gas (neox/heliox e.t.c) mixture, and assuming that they have a bit of a suicide wish, what would be the maximum possible depth one could descend to before...

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How Many Divers Is Too Many?

We've mentioned before that humans are the single biggest threat to coral reefs. Although divers aren’t usually singled out for their destructiveness, general human activity – such as cyanide fishing, pollution, and overfishing – is the leading cause of...

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BSAC Launch New Forums

The British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) have just announced the launch of their new Forums. Based on the popular vBulletin software (same as the DB Forums incidentally) their aim was to bring a much needed update to the forums,...

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