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|In Over Your Head !!!|
With summer just around the corner and diving season just getting started, many people haven't been doing as much during the winter as they should have been to keep themselves or their equipment in shape.
|I Don't Use Facebook|
|While we have a number of divers who don't use Facebook in today's world it is one of the quicker ways to communicate with divers. So this month I thought I would show just a few things we posted in the past couple of weeks. I not quit sure the reason some would rather not be on Facebook but I pose a question to those divers. If we could set you up with a Facebook account that would guarantee you would not get one piece of mail in your normal email account would you be interested to give it a try? How about if we had a evening session on how to do it, any interest? If we get just 3 people to either call or send me a email we'll set it up. In the mean time here are just a few things we have posted.|
|It's with regrets that we need to let everyone know that Donny Speck is no longer working with Sunken Treasure Scuba Center. Donny has chosen to to move in a different direction that he felt was going to be more beneficial to him. Best of luck, Donny|
This message, along with reminders of what's going on and last minute additions are put on Facebook every week.
|We had pictures from the Annual Wine & Cheese Party, along with pictures|
from the floor at Beneath the Sea, in New Jersey
|Rich receiving and achievement award from PADI's Northeast. Regional Manager,|
Stush Doviat and old friends Karin Sahm and Peter Foster-Smith from
Sunset House in Grand Cayman
|An award winning photo from the PADI Update in Williamsport, PA|
|Finally there is a lot to learn from others, the pictures can be a lot of fun and|
bring a smile to your face. Bottom line is it's interesting, fun and your
already on Facebook somewhere, even if you don't think so.
|The Perfect Card if You Don't Own Gear Yet|
|A great gift helps keep divers diving. As they dive more they become more comfortable, gain confidence, are safer divers and meet new friends. Our 6 Pak program offers that and a lot more. With a 6 Pak card the diver gets to choose 6 dives listed on our schedule, come dive with a Sunken Treasure staff member and get all the gear needed to make the dive. The Cost? Just $99.00 for 6 dives. YES, that's $99.00 for all the|
|equipment you need to rent and the opportunity to have a group of people to dive with. You can do the math, only $16.50 per dive. That can be a savings of up to $23.50 per dive. Pick-up your Six Pak card today at the store. Dates so far: 6/1, 6/9, 6/13, 7/7, 7/20, 8/3, 8/11, 9/4, 9/13 & 9/21. Unlike other years, dives will include at least 6 different dive sites. Some of the dives included will be Dutch Springs, Pine Creek, Loyalsock, dive sites in the Williamsport area, a chance to use an U/W Vehicle and even make a night dive. So get your card today.|
|May Divers Social|
|Not a dive club but a chance for divers to get together once a month during the winter months for a lunch on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and talk diving or anything else as far as that goes. Each month will be at a different location in hopes of getting close to your home. May 15th dinner is at teh Texas Roadhouse in State College at 5:30pm If your sure you are coming let us know that way we have a heads up as to how many are coming, however if you can show up at the last minute, do so.|
|20th Annual Dutch Springs Memorial Day Rally|
As usual we'll be making our annual Memorial Day Trip to Dutch Springs. The day we plan to be there is Sunday, May 26th.
|Northeast Diving Equipment Group (NEDEG) is agroup of individuals dedicated to preserving, promoting and diving a variety of underwater gear from all around the world. They'll give you a chance to actually dive some of the gear you would normally only see on television or old movies! This includes historical gear such as vintage and modern Navy diving helmets, modern lightweight commercial diving helmets, double hose regulators, and other open circuit gear. Learn about the history of diving and the equipment that|
evolved from the past.
♦>>Sunday May 26, 2013: NEDEG diving activities >>>are allowed from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM..
♦>>Monday May 27, 2013 Memorial Day >>>NEDEG diving activities are allowed from
A small donation to the NEDEG is, however, appreciated but optional. Donations received will be used for equipment purchases, gear maintenance, fuel, and other operating costs.The only requirements to dive are a current C-Card (SCUBA Certification Card), and the general healthy physical and mental ability to handle the gear. We make no guarantee of time or equipment availability, but will make a sincere effort to get any qualified diver an underwater experience with a helmet. They also advise bringing your own drysuit / undies or wetsuits and personal scuba gear.
|Beginner Scuba Lessons|
There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time. It takes a little getting used to -after all, human beings weren't designed to do that - but after a few minutes of awestruck wonder, most participants realize how easy scuba diving really is. The biggest challenge instructors have with teaching new divers is coaxing them out of the water each night when class is over. The fun part? Well it's all fun! As a certified diver, fabulous dive destinations, exciting people, unparalleled adventure and common tranquility await you.
|Not Sure Try Scuba Free|
Discover the Scuba Experience
|Open Water Training Dives|
|Please remember that you have only 12 months to complete open water dives or you will be required to take a scuba review (cost $39.95). Dates for 2013 are listed on our web site. As time nears you can call the store to make arrangements to do your dives. Group training dives during the summer are $35.00/dive and $45.00/dive from September 1st thru May 31st. Please call or email us about one week before the desired dates. Click here for schedule. If these dates don't work you can schedule dives by appointment. Cost is $40/dive in the summer and $50/dive in the winter.|
Currently we are doing dives by appointment
|1 Equalize on the surface before descending|
2 Equalize immediately upon descent and continue to do so every few feet to avoid >>discomfort
3 Don’t wait until discomfort before equalizing
4 If you have trouble equalizing, ascend slightly and try again
5 Use a line to help control your descent and maintain a feet-down position
6 DO NOT attempt a lengthy or forceful Valsalva maneuver. You may rupture your >>eardrum
|Pain Management: When to Worry|
|The most common dive injury, particularly in novice divers, is middle ear barotrauma and, as an instructor, it is important to be able to recognize an ear injury, identify a more serious injury and manage either effectively.|
As you know from your dive training, equalizing techniques enable the higher-pressure air from the throat to enter the middle ear and equalize pressure. Divers who don't sufficiently equalize, or that are congested, can injure themselves.
If divers surface and describe a feeling of fullness in the ears or crackling sounds (as if there is water or fluid trapped in the ears) they may be experiencing a barotrauma. If this occurs, divers should discontinue diving and you should advise them to see a doctor. Divers should not resume diving until all symptoms are resolved. Injured divers should also be discouraged from further attempts to equalize as this can exacerbate the injury.
If divers surface complaining of ear pain, facial pain, vertigo, nausea, hearing loss or ear ringing (tinnitus), this could indicate a severe case of barotrauma. The eardrum may be perforated, resulting in pain and possible infection. Divers should discontinue diving and seek immediate medical care.
Advise divers against treating any dive-related ear injuries with eardrops, as they are alcohol based and designed to prevent an infection called otitis externa (swimmer’s ear). They will not successfully treat the injury and may cause unnecessary pain.
For more information about ears and ear injuries, you can read the DAN Diving Medicine FAQs on ear equalizing or Stop the Drops! Ear Pain Management. You can also download the Divers Guide to Ears (291 Kb PDF) or take DAN’s online seminar Ears and Diving. If you have any questions, contact the DAN Medical Information Line at 1-919-684-2948 .
|YouTube Video of the Week|
| This video posted 5/9/13 Want More YouTube ???|
Look what we've been doing on the STSC Channel....It's Just a start!
|Is Your Picture On Our Wall of Fame? Stop in STSC and find out.|
|Air Fill Cards Save You Money|
|Don't forget to get your STSC Air Card and save. Air fills are normally $6.00/tank however if you pre-buy ten fills, you get 13 fills for $60.00. That's just $4.61 for each air fill.|
|Adventure Dives*!#%Adventure Diver#%*!Advanced|
This is just so confusing could someone help me? Where do I go from here?
What are Adventure Dives?
|Adventure Wreck Diver|
|Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past. Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they’re intriguing to explore, exciting avenues of discovery, and usually teeming with aquatic life.|
The fun part of the Adventure Wreck Diver is visiting wrecks, unlocking mysteries and starting to gain the knowledge and experience that allows
|you to see things others overlook. Sometimes, only the trained, experienced eye recognizes that a small hole or open door likely caused the vessel’s demise. 5/11 with Brian|
|Adventure Night Diver|
|As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your dive regulator. A deep breath and into the underwater night. Although you’ve seen this dive site many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light.|
Introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that comes out after the sun goes down. See your favorite dive sites from a whole new perspective at night. 5/18 with James
|Peak Performance Buoyancy|
|Peak Performance Buoyancy: Divers who’ve mastered the highest performance levels in buoyancy stand apart. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost as if by thought. They interact gently with aquatic life and affect their surroundings minimally.|
The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure Dive helps refine the basic skills you learned as a
|PADI Open Water Diver and elevates them to the next level. The fun part of this course is giving your dive skills a polish you may not have thought possible. 5/25 with Rich|
|Navigation Adventure Dive|
|Adventure Dive Navigation: Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator course. Finding your way is not a matter of luck! When everyone’s buzzing about a reef or checking out a shipwreck, they’re having a great time – until it’s time to go. Then they turn to you, because as a PADI Underwater Navigator, you know the way back to the boat. 5/25 with Greg or 6/15 with James|
|Deep Adventure Dive|
|After your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There’s something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts dives.|
This course gives you the opportunity to explore the deep. It’s exhilarating. 5/26 with Rich at Dutch Springs
|5/10-12 - Shore Tour 2013 with JT|
5/11 - Fun Dive with BH at Willow Springs - Day Trip
5/19 - Divers Social - 5:30pm - Texas Roadhouse in State College
5/26 - Dutch Springs - Day Trip
6/1 - 6 Pak Dive at Slabtown - 1:00pm at STSC
6/9 - Fun Dive with James Turner at the Antlers Club - am Dive
6/13 - 6 Pak Dive at Jay Street - 6:00pm at the site
6/22 - Fun Dive with Greg Delker at Pine Creek - 9:30am at STSC
6/23 - Free Gear Day - 9:00am at STSC
|The First Five Minutes|
There is a point in a dive that many expert divers rate as the most challenging. It is at the very beginning. To be more precise, it is the first five minutes of the first dive of a dive trip. The degree of difficulty increases the longer it has been since a divers last dive, but it also decreases rapidly as the dive progresses.
If you are not a "grizzled" veteran or you haven't been diving in awhile, making a smooth transition to the underwater world will require deliberate preparation. A diver will most likely experience equipment problems early in the dive, so it is only sensible to take your time in the initial phase.
Here are some hints to help you avoid feeling stressed at the start of a dive:
|2013 - UPDATE - Jay Street Bridge Dive Site Waiver - UPDATE - 2013|
The Jay Street Dive site was closed down in 2011 and No Trespassing signs were posted. At a monthly meeting Woodward Township voted to keep the signs up and enforce No Trespassing. However the relationship that the Township has had with the divers has been a good one and they will allow divers to continue to dive there as long as they fill out a wavier which you can download here. You now need only fill out the waiver once which is good forever. You can either mail it or drop it off at the Woodward Township Police Station/Township Building or drop it off at Sunken Treasure Scuba Center and we'll make sure it gets there. Please don't dive until you fill out the wavier. They can just as easily close down the site to all. Also please pay attention to the parking signs. There is NO PARKING on the bridge side of the pavilion or anywhere in the grass.
|Gold! Gold! Gold!|
|Join Us and Look for Maine's Swift River Gold|
Somewhere in the mountains of southwestern Maine in Oxford county, there exists a ''mother lode'' of gold beyond the wildest dreams of any prospector. Pure conjecture? Not at all, that statement is based on solid fact and research.
For 50 years, concentrated efforts have been made by professional geologists to find the source of gold in Oxford county's brooks, lakes and ponds. The precious metal, along
|with some occasional platinum, is found everywhere. Presently, research is continuing in the Wilson Mills area, very close to the New Hampshire border. There is very definitely gold in "Them Thar Hills", particularly in the region of Eustis. Near Byron, the Swift River and its many feeder streams have produced more gold than all of the other (known) Maine gold regions combined. Anyone who can handle a pan will find small traces of the color if he is willing|
|to spend the time. As many as a dozen persons can be seen panning the stream on a given day during the summer months.|
Back in 2002 I started prospecting in this area and have had a great time there taking many people to look for gold. In 2006, I stared writing the distinctive PADI Specialty called Gold Prospecting Awareness. In 2008 PADI approved this
|course. The Gold Prospecting Awareness Specialty course is intended to serve as a safe and supervised introduction to diving for gold. The course is designed to familiarize you with the skills, knowledge, planning, procedures, techniques, hazards, conservation and enjoyment of Gold Prospecting. In August, Sunken Treasure plans to take a group of only six divers to this area in search of the elusive metal. We plan to |
late Thursday afternoon and return late Sunday.
|Trip Includes: indoor and outdoor classroom work in PA & ME, learning how to pan, how to use a sluice box and how to operate a dredge & hookah system, hotel for one night on the way up, 2 nights at the local campground in ME, breakfast on Saturday & Sunday, lunch on Friday & Saturday and use of all prospecting equipment.|
This is a PADI distinctive PADI specialty and as such you will recieve a certification card at the completion of the course. Travel expenses are shared along with all gold found. A non-refundable $100.00 deposit holds your spot. Balance must be paid by June 30th. (hotel & camping is based on double occupancy) Cost: $469/person. I will be taking only 6 people for this program so get your deposit in as soon as you know your going.
Trip dates 8/15-8/18.
|Discover Local Diving at Dutch Springs with STSC|
|Dutch Springs has several topside amenities. Surrounded by 50 acres of grassy fields and woods, there is plenty of space for the 400 divers per day that visit on an average summer weekend. Facilities include a heated changing building with restrooms, an enclosed picnic pavilion and an air fill station. To encourage families of divers to participate, kayaks, paddle boats and aqua cycles can be rented, and camping is allowed on weekends. A mobile food stand and picnic tables are provided. Dutch Springs offers no scuba sales, rentals or instruction. To|
|scuba sales, rentals or instruction. To encourage families of divers to participate, kayaks, paddle boats and aqua cycles can be rented, and camping is allowed on weekends. A mobile food stand and picnic tables are provided. Dutch Springs offers no scuba sales, rentals or instruction. Click here for more information, dates and wavier|
|Of all the things divers fear, none looms more frightening than the prospect of being stranded at sea. It's not an idle concern, for no matter how many safety precautions are taken by boat operators, it happens. Hollywood even made a 2004 movie about it, Open Water; its story is loosely based on a true-life incident about two divers left behind by their dive boat, never to be found again.|
In November 2010, a revolutionary new safety product was introduced to the market that offers divers the ability to send a GPS-specific distress signal and stay in two-way contact with responding boats. It is called the Nautilus Lifeline
|The Nautilus Lifeline is unlike any other safety device on the market today. It utilizes modern marine-safety technology and makes it available to every person in and on the water. Divers and boaters are no longer reliant on someone else to send a distress signal in the event of an emergency; that ability can now rest in each individual's hand. This is just part of an article written by Stephen Frink for Alert Diver Magazine. Click here to read the entire article|
|Hollis M-3 mask|
|Visibility is the most important aspect of any dive. The new M3 mask provides that with distortion free vision and superior fit. This low profile design uses a rigid frame and two lenses with an extra clear glass which is valued for its attractive appearance and optical qualities. The low iron content produces a higher light transmittance and a reduced green tint inherent in other glasses. This makes the lens distortion free and helps improve color and visibility in low light conditions underwater.|
|Frameless 100% pure silicon skirt|
Saint-Gobain Diamant - Crystal Clear Lenses
Wide vision and low volume
4 way buckle design for superior comfort and storage if needed
|One of the new items we brought back from the BTS show is the SCAP. Scuba divers, surfers, and all other water sport enthusiasts pose the same complicated question again and again. How can I control wild wet hair, beat the cold and look good while doing it? With the style you crave and the function you need, now there is a single solution. Meet The SCAP. |
The SCAP features:
• Interior band with specialty designed grip zone so The SCAP controls your hair and stays on your head
An all in one solution. The SCAP keeps hair in place, insulates the head, and expresses your adventurous spirit. Now available at STSC
|Intova SS 1000 Camera|
|NEW HYBRID DESIGN!!!|
Reliable and durable polycarbonate housing with electronics mounted directly into the waterproof housing. This unique new design allows for a low cost and reliable waterproof video camera. SS-1000’s unique and patented design is in a class of its own. Video quality is amazing for the price and still photos are a Snap. The rugged housing is waterproof to 100 feet with durable polycarbonate
|construction, dual O-ring design, Cam-Lock sealing system, shock absorbent liner, full function buttons and compact enough to easily fit in a shirt pocket. Its ready to use out of the package with batteries preinstalled and enough onboard memory for several minutes of video or approximately 90 still photos. Upgrade the memory with micro SD cards up to 16GB. The low cost makes SS-1000 a perfect option for Camping, Hiking, Skiing, Fishing, Boarding, Boating, Biking, Kids and more. In stock at STSC for under $50.00|
|Light & Motion Camera Tray|
|For those of you who dive but sometimes shoot photos with a compact camera, this is the accessory for you! In just three easy steps, you will be shooting photos with your SOLA™ Dive light. The tray is versatile and fits almost all the compact camera housings on the market. The light arm is very flexible so you can position your light at any angle. You must also purchase a video locline mount kit in addition to the compact camera tray in order for this setup to work properly. *Ships with appropriate screw and allen wrench. In stock at STSC for under $100|
|STSC Wet Suit Trade In Program|
In the interest of helping our younger customers, Sunken Treasure Scuba Center adopted a trade in program last year on new suits. This program is for those buying wetsuits for our customers 15 yrs of age and younger.
Here is how it works.
|≈ Trade in within the 2nd year and receive 30% of the cost towards a new suit for that diver|
≈ Trade in within the 3rd year and receive 20% of the cost towards a new suit for that diver
≈ Trade in within the 4th year and receive 10% of the cost towards a new suit for that diver
|Fourth Element Hydroskins|
|Those who know the 4th Element brand know that they are a quality company delivering quality products. Fourth Element Hydroskin's are Ultra Smooth Rash Guards Constructed from high grade lycra based fabric, the Hydroskin Rash Guards are designed to wear under a wetsuit or semi-dry suit or as a UV shield for other watersport activities. The ultra smooth fabric reduces friction between the skin and a wetsuit, and helps to stop chafing of tight/ill-fitting suits. To see even more of the great selection of colors offered click here http://life.fourthelement.com/hydroskins/|
|Not Just for Diving - DryBase from 4th Element|
|Using ultra fast wicking fabric, the Drybase garments are the ideal alternative to cotton underneath a thinsulate or other undersuit. The garments' exceptional wicking performance means that the skin is kept dry and the wearer is much more comfortable during and after the dive, and is able to get the most out for the performance of their undersuit|
Designed with a looser fit, this top can be worn on the way to the dive and then worn as part of a layering system, next to the skin. Flat seams make the top very comfortable and the wicking
fabric keeps the skin warmer and drier. Wear underneath your everyday clothes prior to the dive, and then there is no need to get changed completely, thus helping you to stay warmer beforehand.
|undersuit. It can be worn on the way to the dive and then worn as part of a layering system, next to the skin. Flat seams make the top very comfortable and the wicking fabric keeps the skin warmer and drier. Wear underneath your everyday clothes prior to the dive, and then there is no need to get changed completely, thus helping you to stay warmer beforehand.|
|My glove of choice whenever I'm not wearing neoprene gloves. |
Great for warm weather diving and ascent lines to keep hands from getting stings or cuts.
• 2mm perforated neoprene with Spandex 4-way stretch fabric
• Synthetic suede palm is reinforced in high wear areas
• "Barnacle" pads at palm and finger tops for added durability and protection
• Silicone tactiles on finger tips and palm provide excellent grip
• Adjustable hook & loop wrist closure
Summer inventory of sizes in should be in stock by 4/15
|Coming Soon - Aeris Accel Fins|
|The Aeris Accel Fin, One Fin, Any Ocean! The Accel Fin Design chooses Power over Frills. This Compact and Responsive Fin has Clean Lines and Efficient Shape that makes it an Excellent All-Around Fin. The Accel Fins pronounced Side Rails and Center Channel Direct Thrust behind the diver for Maximum Propulsion. The Fins Vents at the Base of the Blade Improve Water Flow down the Length of the Blade for Greater Efficiency. With its Excellent Water Flow Characteristics, the Accel allows divers to swim efficiently with Multiple Kicking Style's, from scissor to frog to sculling.|
|The Accel's unique, High-Stretch Strap Design dramatically Reduces the Bulk and Drag of typical Open Heel Fins, all while being effortless to slip on and off. The Accel's Foot Pocket Posts also Accept Standard Quick-Release Buckle Fin Strap Assemblies. The Fins Streamlined Foot Pocket design accommodates a wide range of boot styles. Underneath, the Textured Sole provides Traction on Boat Decks and other Slick Surfaces. The Highly Durable Monoprene Synthetic Rubber Blade material ensures the Accel will last long after it becomes the divers' favorite fin.|
Look for them in Sunken Treasure sometime after February 15th.
|Aeris Ion Lt|
The compact ION LT has been reduced in weight by removing the swivel and by adding our ultra-flexible braided MaxFlex hose. Paired with the ultra-compact AT600; a brand new over-balanced diaphragm first stage weighing in at just 1.5 lbs."The ION feels light in the mouth due to its small size and ABS/Polycarbonate composite construction, plus it's a great breather, as evidenced by perfect scores on the ANSTI breathing machine." -- Scuba Diving Magazine's 2008 Scuba Lab Review
|League 100 from Princeton Tec|
|Light weight and comfortable shape make the League 100, Princeton Tec's newest handheld waterproof dive light, and an ideal secondary in the water. This light may even become your favorite on dry land. This unobtrusive light hides out of the way until it is turned on. The sculpted shape makes it feel like an extension of your hand and it provides impressive output - 210 lumens for ten hours.|
|Armor Light Travel Bag®|
|The Lightest Dive Roller|
Large enough for a complete set of gear. Stores easily and makes a great boat bag! 100% non-corrosive parts with no useless add-ons to get caught, torn and broken during travel.
• Durable, yet light weight 420D Dobby fabric and aircraft quality webbing
• Strong, rugged wheels
• Easily pulled by a comfortable handle. No metal handle to corrode, bend or cause problems.
• Repairable zippers
• Lots of bottom and corner protection
• Protection for the zippers
• Protected ID pocket
• Size: 30x16x13.5"
• Volume: 6450 cu in
• Weight: 6.2 lb
|AERIS A SERIES|
The AERIS A SERIES line of dive computers is poised to set a new design standard. The A300 is a sophisticated yet basic dive computer in a small, ergonomic wrist or console unit; packed with advanced fearures for even the most experienced divers, but also out-of-the-box simple for new or less frequent divers who want something they can grow into.
The A300 boasts a high resolution Tissue Loading bar graph which allows for at-a-glance feedback that lets you control your dive on the fly and regulate your dynamic conservative factor. The bright
Green/Yellow/Red indicators make it easy to monitor your dive. It displays only essential information during the dive in large easy-to-read digits so you know how deep you are and how long you can stay there.
The A300 separates itself from the competition with the use of NORM and TECH modes. NORM mode is selected by default as an out-of-the-box solution that provides all the necessary settings and information for divers who just want to get in the water. When switched into TECH mode, advanced features and fine-tuning become available that will satisfy any experienced diver.
The 3-button interface allows for intuitive forward and backward navigation through a host of personal settings and options - and packs advanced features including Dual Algorithm® with Deep Stop, 2 Nitrox mixes to 100%, Audible Alarms, and Firmware Update (with optional interface cable) into a compact, rugged wrist computer.
►Powered by Dual Algorithm® with Deep Stop
. ►3 Operating Modes: Air/Nitrox, GAUGE (with run timer) and FREE (tracks
►3 Operating Buttons with intuitive “Step Back” interface
►Switch between up to 3 Nitrox mixes to 100% O2 with individual PO2 alarms
►Single button access to “Last Dive” display
►Audible Alarm with flashing LED light
►24 dive on-unit log book
►Firmware Auto-Update with optional USB cable
►A300 Operating Manual
|We heard all about it at this year's PADI Update and starting the week of November 5th, ScubaEarth, the online scuba resource and social community for divers and other water lovers will be available for everyone. This is the one-stop place to research, plan, and share dive experiences. ScubaEarth will host everything from current weather and dive conditions to photos and videos. Not only is ScubaEarth a place to help you decide where you want to go on your next dive vacation but it will also help you deciding on when to go and what to pack. Also, you will be able to keep a digital logbook and share it with your dive buddies and also keep a digital record of all your PADI Certifications. So starting November 5th, be sure to check out and join other divers at SCUBAEARTH! So click here check it out and choose us as your dive shop of choice.|
|Scuba Lessons in the comfort of your home..Start Today!!!|
|That's right, let the Adventure begin. We always have private courses going, but this the flexible solution for today's busy lifestyle - eLearning or a Private Course. Start the knowledge portion of your scuba program right now and complete the water skills and Open Water Dives with STSC or complete your open water dives anywhere in the world with a student referral.|
Don't Miss It ....Imagine exploring underwater with your best friends, hovering near a tropical reef, hanging with a pod of dolphins above a shipwreck. But wait! How can your friends go with you if they don't dive? This is your opportunity to turn your friends into dive buddies. So how easy is it? Just get them to push the Get Started button and before you know it they'll be right there diving with you.
|Complete your sessions in any pool where we train at or in confined open water weather permitting.|
An additional instruction fee does apply for the pool/confined water and equipment use.
|Did You Know|
Why Buy Dive Gear
|9 Things to do before your next dive|
With spring just around the corner here are 9 things you can to do to
1. Get your gear serviced. One tenet of dive safety is the regular and thorough servicing of your gear. Why wait until the weather really warms? Take it to your local dive shop now so it’s ready to go when you are.
|Great New Things from DiveAssure|
The Annual Multi-Trip Travel policy is back, and its better than ever!
DiveAssure was the first to introduce an annual multi-trip dive-travel policy to its members. US residents can now register for our new Annual Multi-Trip Plan and get covered for ALL trips OUTSIDE the United States, including dive trips, adventure trips, business trips and more (certain exclusions apply). Among the plan’s main advantages:
Ski coverage is now available to members and partners
While our new travel plans are designed specifically with diving in mind, general comprehensive travel insurance benefits are included to cover other types of trips- including skiing. With the ski season starting soon, your clients (especially those who are already DiveAssure members) can purchase their ski coverage from DiveAssure and be better protected while adding to your earnings.
Why do diver's knives rust although they are made of "stainless steel" ?
Interstitial Emphysema - Gas trapped in the spaces between organs after lung barotrauma.
|Photo Tip of the Month |
Take pictures when the sun is overhead
|In order to get the maximum light into your pictures, shoot while the sun is directly overhead for the best natural lighting photos. The reasons for this is that the light refracts off the surface of the water when the sun’s light is angled, and only a part of the light enters the water. When overhead, the suns light entering the water is the greatest. Even so, using a strobe or fill flash in addition to the suns light will help improve your photographs further..|
|AWARE Dive Tip|
|Dive carefully to protect fragile aquatic ecosystems|
Many aquatic organisms are delicate and can be harmed by the bump of a camera, the swipe of a fin or even the gentle touch of a hand. Some aquatic organisms like corals grow very slowly and breaking even a small piece can destroy decades of growth. By being careful you can prevent long term damage to magnificent dive sites.
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|The Best Wetsuit Warranty in Writing|
|Henderson Brand wetsuits are backed with the most comprehensive consumer warranty in the business. With over 50 years of experience in designing and manufacturing wetsuits we have developed a reputation of quality and performance. Since every Henderson wetsuit is originally designed and manufactured at its USA factory, Henderson can provide warranty and repair services, unlike other brands that|
simply resell wetsuits designed and manufactured by companies outside the USA. The Customer experience and Customer service are our number one priorities. We understand that there are many choices for you to consider and Henderson wants to make certain that every wetsuit that bears our logo provides the confidence and trust our customer has come to expect from Henderson Dive Wear.Henderson neoprene wetsuits that have been registered by their owners at ( hendersonusa.com) are warranted for up to 10 years as follows:
|Scuba/Travel Insurance with options..DiveAssure|
|Now, with insurance protection through your membership in the DiveAssure association, you can have the comprehensive coverage you need to enjoy your year round dives and diving vacations. For as little as $75, DiveAssure gives you immediate membership that includes worldwide coverage for a full year.|
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|Ever been somewhere and suddenly wondered, “Hey, is there a PADI Dive Shop around here?” Now you can find out in a flash, with the free PADI App for your Apple and Android OS based phone or tablet. It lets you use your phone to search by city, state or zip/postal code for PADI Dive Centers or Resorts all over the world —or select your current location and find the closest PADI Dive Center or Resort.|
The PADI App gives you the option to view your search results in a list format starting with the closest Dive Centers and Resorts, or map format. Click on the listing and you’ll get the center’s contact information and PADI Five-Star status (PADI store rating). With some listings you’ll even get things like the PADI courses offered at that facility, brands of gear they carry and more. Your PADI App Here Today
|This book is available for download on your iPad with iBooks or on your computer with iTunes.|
Masters of Disguise
by Annie Crawley
Published by Dive Into Your Imagination
Finding Frogfish Masters of Disguise takes readers on a visual exploration discovering one of the most amazing fish in the sea, frogfish! You will get to see videos of real frogfish in the wild! These animals are masters of
|camouflage. This book challenges you to discover where they hide and why. You will be entertained as you learn how these fish walk and stalk their prey. This interactive book features award winning video from What Makes A Fish, A Fish produced by Dive Into Your Imagination.|
|Success at CITES|
|We’ve had an amazing breakthrough in shark and ray conservation and you made it happen.|
I am proud to say that proposals to protect 8 species of sharks and rays from the devastating effects of international trade were successful.
This is an unprecedented victory for these vulnerable marine species and a testimony to the strength and power of diver's
voice. There were times when it seemed out of reach, but your commitment and dedication made this a reality. Thank you so much!
|Florida's Golden Galleons|
On July 24, 1715, a Spanish treasure fleet sailed from Havana, carrying a cargo of 14 million pesos in gold, silver and jewels. In the Florida Straits, near present-day Cape Canaveral, the fleet ran into a hurricane, with the disastrous loss of ten ships and 700 lives. Little was salvaged at the time. For more than two centuries, sand and sea held their secrets well. Occasionally, however, tides and storms tossed blackened silver coins up on the beaches, tempting would-be treasure hunters. Among the most successful was the Real Eight Company, contracted by the state of Florida to recover the valuable treasure and historical artifacts under the supervision of state underwater archaeologist Carl J. Clausen. Spurred by the unique finds on the ocean floor and curious about the full story behind the tragic event that had scattered this fabulous treasure along Florida's east coast, he and Robert F. Burgess determined to record the history of the ill-fated fleet. In writing their book, the authors needed the
|answers to hundreds of questions. What was it like to cross the Atlantic in the eighteenth century? What precautions were taken against pirates? What caused the delays that led to sailing at a particularly treacherous time of the year? What really happened the night of the hurricane? How much treasure was lost? How many people survived? The authors discovered that pieces of the historical jigsaw puzzle lay scattered all over the world. They examined hundreds of documents recovered from dusty archives: official statements, depositions, royal court orders, private and public letters, and ships' manifests. After ten years of research, the authors finally had all the facts, which enabled them to reconstruct the story. Florida's Golden Galleons is that stunning story, meticulously detailed and excitingly told, of the sinking of the great fleet and of the successful modern-day efforts to bring its treasure once more to the light of day.|
|We Are Water|
We Are Water is a passionate documentary exploring our spiritual and physical connection with water, the source of life. Breathtaking underwater footage from award winning filmmaker Jill Heinerth. This film labor of love and the continuation of many years of water advocacy.Now available from Jill Heinerth's store on Amazon.
|Financing available at Sunken Treasure Scuba Center|
|In our on going effort to support the changing needs of the dive community, Sunken Treasure Scuba Center is pleased to announce the availability of 48 month credit financing or 90 days same as cash for all qualified buyers on new equipment purchases at our Scuba Center.|
So what does this mean? Are you tired of a limited dive season or just don't want to dive cold anymore? How about a Dry Suit to keep you nice and toasty warm at prices starting under $40/month. Or a Sea & Sea 2G digital camera as low as $30/month. You can even get a complete dive package for Summer/Caribbean diving for just $29.37/month for 48 months.
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