Bottle Collecting

By Jeanne Bear Sleeper Bottle collecting is an equal opportunity underwater activity for fresh and saltwater divers. Virtually every body of water used for transportation of goods or recreational activities, such as boating and swimming, has been used as a trash dumping site. From coins and tokens falling out of swimsuit pockets to steamship china…


PADI Advanced Open Water Video: Watching TV CAN Be Beneficial

By Ty Sawyer Okay, so you’ve learned to dive. With open water certification card in hand you can rent or buy gear, get your tank filled and dive to your heart’s content in most places in the world. But, are you fully able to experience the vast underwater environment and all the variety it offers?…


PADIs Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving

By Ty Sawyer PADI introduced its first Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving in 1988. It was crammed, cover to cover, with comprehensive, helpful and pertinent information for divers of all skill levels. But technology has advanced and opened new arenas of information, practice and tools for todays diver to explore. So, PADI responded with a second…


NAUI’s Colorful Guide for Snorkeling Kids

by Tamara Collins Snorkeling can be incredibly fun for the adventurous child but even the adventurous can have trepidation. A little instruction will teach children the skills needed to be comfortable in the water and prepare them for the experience. Learning does not have to be a tedious task! Your kids can have fun; especially…


Snorkelers Beware: Marine Animals that Cut, Bite and Sting

Text and Photography by Tammy Peluso When the subject of dangerous marine creatures comes up sharks are usually the first to be mentioned; 20 years later, the memory of Jaws lingers on. Actually, sharks are on the low end of the ‘danger’ scale. Of the more than 250 species of sharks identified, only about 40…


PADI Open Water Diver CD-ROM

By Ty Sawyer PADIs new multi-media CD-ROM training course for open water certification takes you into a classroom, pool, equipment area and travel center before you even get wet. Its packed with more than 200 minutes of video and loads of full color graphics, all complemented by an informative text that takes new divers toward…


Divers Institute of Technology

By E.R. Cross Commercial divers of the 21st century will find themselves in a world of underwater science fiction. The giant strides made in the development and improvement of diver support equipment in the past century will become even more technical. Deeper, longer dives will be possible. More complex offshore work will be required. New…


A Boat Diving Primer

By Bill Harrigan Each dive operation’s system may be unique in the details, but all are generally very similar in content. If you took the best ideas from each one, you’d have a complete guide to boat etiquette that would cover everything from safe diving practices to good manners.   On a recent trip to…


Blue Water Adventures

by Jeanne Bear Sleeper Blue water diving is the closest you may get to a space walk without being an astronaut. It is diving in a clear water environment in which there are no fixed objects and no functional bottom. It may also be the most frightening, disorienting, hazardous dive you will ever make. Blue…


Teach Your Kids to Swim

by Joel Simon All mammals can swim. Even cats. I remember learning this in grade school as part of our introduction to the natural world. In fact, there are very few animals that cant swim in one way or another. Many dont, or at least not often, but they are able should the need arise.…