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Fish round-up : the Butterflyfish

by Ksso on September 28, 2011

I love Butterflyfish, they usually come in pairs and are kind enough to swim into the bule letting you take cool shots at them. Butterflyfish are part of the Chaetodontidae family which counts about 10 genera and 114 species. As described by the University of Michigan,members of this family vary considerably in terms of color, but all butterflyfishes share certain morphological traits such as a deep, laterally compressed body, ctenoid scales that extend onto the soft-rayed portions of the dorsal and anal fins, and jaws that may be slightly or extremely elongated. They can measure up to 30cm although the typical butterflyfish is more around 20cm and usually can be seen around 15-30m...

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Fish round-up: Meet the boss : the Triggerfish

by Ksso on September 20, 2011

Triggerfishes are members of the Balistidae family which accounts for about 40 species. The Triggerfish is a fairly common species that can be found all over the oceans in tropical and sub-tropical waters (I recently saw a bunch in Thailand). The indo-pacific ocean offers the most diverse set of species.Divers know the triggerfishes well, especially if you've been diving during their nesting seasons since they get really aggressive. I heard numerous reports of divers being chased by them for a long time (and enven during deco stops which can be a hassle) -  in those circumstances do not hesitate to kick the triggerfish with your fins.The Triggerfish has a small but strong- jawed mouth...

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Arthur Kerns' gear pick : Princeton Tec Impact XL Dive Light

by Kernsart on September 18, 2011

This is a guest post by Arthur Kerns. Arthur Kerns is a Divemaster at Diveshack USA Bullhead City,Arizona. Has been diving for 36 years and professionally for 22 years, and is cross affiliated with NAUI, PADI, and SSI.Let me start by saying that the Princeton Tec line of dive lights, impressed me from the first time I saw them. They look well built, and suited for the environment they were intended to endure. Not only were they good looking, and designed with ergonomics in mind, but are built to withstand that occasional drop. The lanyards are strong and dependable, able to withstand a hang-up on a rock or railing, and are included with the light. The Princeton Tec Impact XL L.E.D....

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Diveboard feature update : print to PDF

by Ksso on September 16, 2011

This week's new updated is an unexpected one : the ability to print your dives. I say unexpected since of course the feature was on the roadmap, but definitely not expected to be delivered before October/November. Yet since in a single week we had so many requests over that feature we just had to deliver it so there it is ! In your "Bulk Manager" (the Bulk upload button), you'll now find a "Print" button in the manager pane. Hitting it will generate a PDF of the selected dives. If  you print that pdf while making sure you keep the exact dimensions (no zoom or fit to page) you get the exact size of a standard PADI logbook page ! Cut and punch it and you can file it ! We tried to avoid...

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Arthur Kerns' Gear Pick : Ocean Reef G.Diver Full Face Mask and GSM Communication System

by Kernsart on September 08, 2011

This is a guest post by Arthur Kerns. Arthur Kerns is a Divemaster at Diveshack USA Bullhead City,Arizona. Has been diving for 36 years and professionally for 22 years, and is cross affiliated with NAUI, PADI, and SSI. The Ocean Reef G Diver Full Face Mask, is an engineering marvel. I got to dive this mask durring a demo, and had to think this article out before posting anything about the mask. I own a full face mask and expected to don and dive the Ocean Reef G Diver as usual. The mask I wore for the equipment demo was outfitted with the Ocean Reef G SM communication system. This is a two-way communication system, with a push to talk, release to receive button. In the end, I found that...

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Diveboard feature updates : "Blazing Fast" dive edition, power to the users !

by Ksso on September 06, 2011

This update has been on our mind for a very, very, very long time. We've been frustrated by the limitations of the dive editor wizard we had in place:

too little space to let us add more data kinds

too little flexibility to rearrange the data and make it both easier to read and manage while giving it more depth for advanced users

too slow to load (for some stupid reason it was loaded on demand instead of being pre-loaded within the page)

We broke it all to give you a totally rebuild and blazing fast dive editor with plenty of space to arrange the data in a readable way.To date the features are the same as with the previous editor, but with speed, and we're now busy at growing them.Aside...

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Arthur Kerns' Gear Pick : Cressi Master Frog Fins

by Kernsart on September 05, 2011

This is a guest post by Arthur Kerns. Arthur Kerns is a Divemaster at Diveshack USA Bullhead City,Arizona. Has been diving for 36 years and professionally for 22 years, and is cross affiliated with NAUI, PADI, and SSI. For some time, I was always using my Scubapro-Jetfins for every diving application. I had used these icons of scuba diving for work, recreation and freediving. After years of service and all round use, one of my fins developed a small crack. Unmoved by this, I continued using them until one day when I pulled them out of my gear bag, the crack had become a missing chunk. A tear almost appeared in my eye when the realization that I would actually have to replace my old...

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