Innocent Bystanders

By Bill Gleason Each year, thousands of tons of garbage get dumped in the sea and local waters. Once it sinks beneath the surface, it’s usually forgotten. Sure, headlines on mercury levels and toxic waste greet us occasionally in the morning paper and on the evening news. These remind us of the lingering effects of…


Composing Great Underwater Photograhs

By Marty Snyderman Last September, the largest event in the history of diving captured attention around the world-and I do mean world! Divers in all 50 United States (a record) and in 89 countries (another record) staged underwater cleanups. Underwater Cleanup ’96 took place Saturday, September 21 and was the result of thousands of volunteers…


A Moment for the Millennium

By Al Hornsby After months of reading “Millennium” magazine articles, millennium this, millennium that, I made myself a promise that Skin Diver would not jump on that particular bandwagon. It is certainly a notable time, but it really doesn’t have a hell of a lot to do, in a real sense, with why we all…


Snorkeling: An Activity That Lasts a Lifetime

By Joel Simon Over the last 20 years, I have had the privilege of teaching thousands of people to snorkel. Many of these students have been more than 60 years old. The oldest was a spry 92 years young. During this period, I, too, have been educated and inspired. It seems I’ve been preparing for…


The Golden Years: It’s the Season for Snorkeling

By Joel Simon “Snorkeling begins at 70!” These are not my words. They belong to Barbara Gillot, an energetic woman from Salinas, California, recently introduced to the wonders of the undersea world. Barbara is not alone. Many of her contemporaries share her enthusiasm for snorkeling both as a recreational physical activity and an exhilarating firsthand…


What is Essential for Snorkelers?

By Joel Simon In this issue of Snorkeling Tourbook we focus on a variety of accessories available for today’s snorkelers. As the sport evolves, so do the products designed for our comfort, safety and education. However, to even determine what items qualify as accessories, we must decide exactly what is essential. For this I reflect…


Divers Can Do!

By Bonnie j. Cardone Recounted herein is a success story; one in which divers decided something they valued had to be saved and found a way to do so. California has a large population of divers because it offers a wide variety of places to dive. The Channel Islands, however, are the most dive popular…


Ocean Cops

By Bonnie J. Cardone, Editor Not a month goes by at Skin Diver without at least one letter or e-mail from an Ocean Cop. These people scrutinize the pages of our magazines looking for photos of divers touching;or seeming to touch;marine life. Then they write to complain. One man recently e-mailed a list of photos…


Submerge!

By Al Hornsby Since my first editorial, back in May, when I wrote about following the dream to be involved in diving, Ive received dozens of letters from readers acknowledging theyve had a similar dream. Many have asked for advice about how best to follow through. Others have shared their special moments, times when the…


Where Are We Headed?

By Paul Tzimoulis, V.P. and Executive Publisher Every January someone asks, What do you envision for the future of diving? To predict the future, we must sometimes examine the past. The answers are often buried in our history, where subtle trends are the predictors of the future. During the past five years a trend is…