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Fish round-up : the Humpback Whale

by Ksso on August 25, 2011

When it comes to whale-watching, the Humpback whale likes to be the star. This gigantic animal, around 12 to 16m long, is friendly and curious about object entering its environments and can often come for minute drolling around a boat full of excited whale-watchers. The Humpback is totally harmless to humans, set aside its huge raw force (being hit by a whale finn must hurt...). It feeds exclusively on krill and small fish. The species is pretty well scattered around the oceans with about 80 000 specimens migrating up to 25 000 km yearly from the cold northern waters in summer down to tropical waters.It's easy to recognize with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobby head. Since it's...

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Self-Sufficient Diver & Solo Diving

by Ksso on August 22, 2011

Self-sufficient diving or "Solo Diving"  may sound like an odd concept for all scuba divers out there. Since the first training day, whatever the organization that's training you, you get brainwashed with the "Never Dive Alone" mantra. Nevertheless since the late 90s the idea of solo diving is starting to catch up acknowledging that  a properly trained and prepare diver willing to solo dive could actually do it. In 2001, a senior PADI official acknowledged for the first time that solo diving could be carried out in safety by suitably experienced divers. The first training agency to offer a Solo Diving certification was Scuba Diving International (SDI) in 1999. In 2011 the SCUBA training...

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Diveboard feature updates: Dive profiles, Spots and Privacy

by Ksso on August 16, 2011

This update was way more complicated than we anticipated. On the outside, little changed. On the inside, a LOT did.

Enhanced dive profiles : We now have a "future"-proof system to manage dive profiles.Since we opened Diveboard as alpha, we've been surprised beyond expected by the variety of format you are using and the variety of information they can store. We started by a simple depth/time support, but this was definitely not enough.We have expanded upport to add more data to the dive profile infos, such as the temperature in pascal's dive below. Most importantly we now ensure that when you upload a profile to Diveboard, we'll keep the raw data "at hand" (in the database) to ensure that...

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Under the ice: scuba in Switzerland

by Ksso on August 16, 2011

The DailyMail just shared those incredible pics by Photographer Franco Banfi who braved sub-zero temperatures in Sassolo Lake, Switzerland to take those incredible shots. The scenery is simply breathtaking.

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Underwater art exhibition in Florida Keys

by Ksso on August 11, 2011

An underwater art exhibit has debuted on a former Air Force missile tracking ship ( the USNS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg)  sunk in the Florida Keys.Austrian art photographer Andreas Franke is exhibiting a dozen digitally composited images 93 feet underwater on the weather deck of the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg. The exhibit is at the National Marine Sanctuary. Officials who spearheaded the 2009 scuttling said Sunday that Franke photographed the wreck last year and added other elements to create the artwork. One picture depicts a girl wielding a butterfly net to capture fish shown in an original underwater image of the wreck. In another, kick boxers compete adjacent to one of Vandenberg's iconic...

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Alert Diver Magazine - Summer 2011

by Ksso on August 10, 2011

As usually, free for DAN subscriber !

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In this issue:

Free Diving15 basic rules for saferfree diving

Bullettin BoardDAN launches its newonline Shop

Medical line  Hyperthyroidism and DivingWhen Treated, This Disorder May Not Necessarily Keep You Out of the Water

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Padi approaches 20 million scuba diving certifications

by Ksso on August 10, 2011

20 Millions scuba certifications will have been issued in third quarter this year by PADI since its creation in 1966. That's a pretty huge number which reflects how popular scuba diving is becoming. To celebrate this milestone, Padi is organizing a contest where the 20 millionth diver to be certified and his instructor will win a live aboard trip to Australia's Great barreer of reef.Padi's press release :The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the world's largest scuba diving training and certification organization, announced Friday that the organization will soon issue its 20 millionth scuba diver certification. To celebrate the occasion, the organization will be...

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Biological classification for dummies

by Ksso on August 08, 2011

Recognizing fish and naming them properly is one really important skill as a scuba diver. If you want to convey you dive experiences, you gotta use better words than :"I saw a big fish, it was silver and long and had a big eye and a short tail"... This kind of description could be any kind of fish and it's definitely not going to awe your audience. But I agree, biological classification is kind of a nightmare to understand and goes to a level of detail that can totally blow past the casual diver.This is an attempt at explaining the dos and don'ts of fish naming, trying to find the right balance between complexity and detail vs usability and trust.

The Biological Classification ...

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FFESSM N2 certification: going yo-yo

by Pascal on August 04, 2011

The French FFESSM N2 (equivalent to CMAS 2 Stars or PADI AOW) diver certification is not just about going deeper. It's definitely about autonomy. It allows the certified diver to go up to 40m accompanied by a N4 diver, but it also allows him to dive in autonomy with another N2 diver up to 20m.I just passed the certification (already waited too long), and really the whole point of the whole training was about getting safely your buddy back to safety, i.e. on the surface. And I can assure you that the instructors from Easy Dive on the French Riviera really took this responsibility seriously. We had to bring up several times instructors who had "fainted" and were falling head first into the...

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GoPro and Scuba

by Ksso on August 03, 2011

GoPro is a tiny camera dedicated to catching the excitement created by extreme sports in HD. It can be easily stuck to about anything and, best of all in our case, it comes with an underwater housing that can get down to 180feet / 60m! Many have adopted it (see below Joi wearing a GoPro HD Helmet HERO Cameraon his helmet). It comes with a variety of hooks and straps making it easy to stick it to your gear.

To make things even better, Snake River Prototyping has released an adapter for the GoPro Hero HD POV cam's underwater housing. BlurFix fixes the GoPro HD underwater focus issue by placing a flat 55 mm filter in front of the housing's OEM fish-eye lens. Included with the lens is a low...

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