5/8ths of my scuba heroes are Australian

Melinda Herndon, Scuba Instructor Director eScuba Pty Ltd 5/8ths. That is the healthy fraction that Australian scuba diving pioneers played in exciting and inspiring me. That’s sort of amazing considering how few of them there are in the world relative to the other 7 billion of us. These five figures infused me with a sense…


SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Award

By Bonnie J. Cardone IT TAKES A TRUE COMMITMENT TO DIVING Although its divings most prestigious award, you dont have to be famous or the president of anything to become an SSI Platinum Pro. You do, however have to have a true commitment to and a passion for diving, one that drives you to make…


Snorkeling with Hawaii’s Turtles

By Tammy Peluso Every destination has its signature attraction; perhaps sea lions, Manta Rays or Whale Sharks. Without question, the stars of Hawaii’s underwater extravaganza are the turtles. Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas), best identified by the single pair of scales on the front of their heads and their dazzling green and brown flecked shells…


Hawaiian Encounters

By Al Hornsby As we slide along a smooth sea in our big inflatable toward Oahu’s northwest tip, the shoreline that slips by is a mix of new and old Hawaii. There are stretches with a few scattered hotels and lovely homes nestled right against the beach, but much of the rest is undeveloped. Here…


Romantic Getaways – Hawaii

Kauai Text by Brad Doane Born of fire, Kauai has thrust herself from the sea and touched the heavens above. The island is a place of such extreme and sublime natural beauty that the harshness of everyday reality is forgotten and replaced with lush mountain tops and blue waterfalls. Under the magic spell of falling…


Factbook: Panama

  Geography Location: Central America, on the lowest part of the Isthmus of Panama that links North America and South America. The Caribbean and Pacific are to the north and south, respectively. Colombia is to the east and Costa Rica is to the west. Capital: Panama City Geographic coordinates: 7 10 N, 77 83 W Area: 77,082 sq km…


Diving for Seniors

By Fred Bove, M.D., Ph.D. The inevitability of aging ultimately becomes apparent to divers. As time goes on, we need to consider the changes that occur and modify our diving to accommodate reduced physical conditioning, development of chronic illness and less mobility of muscles and joints. Some scientists suggest the risk of decompression sickness increases…


Flying After Diving

By Fred Bove, M.D., Ph.D. I recently received several questions regarding the pro- per time to fly after diving. The dilemma usually occurs at the end of a vacation, when you want to make those last dives. Is it reasonable to dive on the day of departure? Should you finish diving the day before or…


Diving and Blood Thinners

By Fred Bove, M.D., Ph.D. We have received a number of inquiries recently about divers who take the anticoagulant Coumadin. Although the ability of the blood to clot is one of the most important defenses against blood loss when injured, there are certain conditions where reducing the ability to clot is beneficial. Coumadin is used…


Medical Update From the UHMS

By Fred Bove, M.D., Ph.D. Last June, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society held its annual meeting and new information about current research was presented. There was considerable interest in unexplained lung congestion (pulmonary edema) developed while diving. This is associated with severe shortness of breath, cough, frothy material coming from the lungs and abnormal…