Safe, Successful Commercial Diving

by E.R. Cross Each year hundreds of recreational divers will make the decision to become commercial divers. Most will start their careers by attending a commercial diving school. For this reason, recreational divers should know what diving schools teach. Also, they should be aware of future trends in diving technology. Divers should know both the…


A Diver’s New Year’s Resolutions

By Jeanne Bear Sleeper Make one of your New Year’s resolutions a commitment to personal growth and enjoyment through scuba diving. Since you have already quit smoking, lost weight, fixed everything around the house and are performing 110 percent at work, this is the year to focus on recreational diving excellence! A thoroughly non-scientific survey…


Why More Divers Choose Pro Dive

By Bill Harrigan Confidence can be a precious commodity. New pilots about to solo usually wish they had more. Same for first time skydivers. And, of course, there are new dive instructors with their very first students. Confidence is a hallmark of Pro Dive graduates, a reflection of their ability and competence. In fact, Pro…


Your Place in the Diving Industry

By Jeanne Bear Sleeper Where are you willing to live? What experience, talent or credentials do you bring to the job? Who do you know? How much money do you need to make? These are the four factors, in order of importance, that contribute to landing the right job in the diving industry. Where Are…


Scuba Instructors Go to Sub School

By Bill Harrigan Learning your job on the cutting edge can be challenging and fun, the problem is knowing where to find it. Technology is changing the world so fast it’s hard for anyone to keep up. If you are considering a career in diving and want to be sure your training incorporates the latest…


Dixie Divers Guides Snorkelers and Divers

By Shirley Vanderbilt The Vanderbilt family (unfortunately, no relation to the writer!) built Florida’s first marine life attraction along the northeast coast in the early 1900s. For decades, Marineland has been reconfigured and expanded, entertaining and educating generations of visitors about exotic life. Anyone remember the ’50s horror flick, Creature from the Black Lagoon? It…


Ease Into a Diving Career

By Walt Stearns Looking for something different in a scuba instruction career development center? How about an IDC training facility that provides its candidates with the training needed to become a PADI instructor as well as providing room and board in a homespun setting? Offering this type of arrangement, in conjunction with its course program,…


Ten Weeks to Take-Off

By Bill Harrigan If you could have a responsible, well-paying job in the dive industry ten weeks from today, regardless of your current experience level, would you take it? That’s the question Bob Brayman is asking at his International Career Diving Institute at Hall’s in Marathon, Florida. Hall’s has a long tradition of turning out…


Continuing Your Dive Education

By Stephen Frink Research recently conducted by the National Travel Monitor revealed ‘vacationers seeking underwater adventure now outnumber those seeking fun on the tennis court, golf course, or ski slope.’ However, unlike skiing, golf and tennis, scuba diving requires a certain level of education for safety and even more for pure, relaxed enjoyment. Ocean Divers…


Scientific Diving Defined

By Jeanne Bear Sleeper Scientists scuba dive to gather information. This might include collecting samples, observing animal behavior, recording which organisms inhabit an area, searching for artifacts or photographing underwater habitats or organisms. Like recreational divers, some scientific diving is for the purpose of merely seeing what’s there and looking for new critters, behaviors and…