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The Dive that Never Was

by Shelley Collett on January 13, 2014

In a previous post I talked about a dive that I probably shouldn't have done.  I did learn from that mistake though, and made wiser choices in the future. Adrenaline junkie though I am, I have learned how to evaluate a situation better and take calculated risks. And while I enjoy and thrive on facing my fears, sometimes the fear wins. And sometimes, that’s okay.During the months after initially getting certified diving and moving through an advanced certification along with some specialties, my dive buddy and I were diving quite a bit in Florida.  Springs, caverns, the Keys... we were doing it all during our winter in the Sunshine State. ...


The Importance of Coral Reefs

by Shelley Collett on January 13, 2014

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In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.~ Baba Dioum

Whether you're a scuba diver or not, it's almost inevitable that you've heard talk about saving the coral reefs. Even as a scuba diver, it's possible you've dismissed these notions. It's possible you think the threat is overstated or that the screeches you hear are from chicken littles or 'tree-huggers'. It's also possible that you don't really understand why it matters in the first place.  They're just a bunch of coral, right? I mean, as a diver they're pretty to look at, but they couldn't really be that big of a deal,...


My First Mistake

by Shelley Collett on January 11, 2014

We all make mistakes throughout our lives, but most of the time we live to tell about them and hopefully learn something from them.  Sometimes, we feel the desire to tell others... nay, warn others about these mistakes in an effort to prevent them from making the same ones. And still yet other times we don't say anything at all in the hopes that our friends will actually make the same mistake and we can point and laugh at them. (Or maybe that's just me?)

One of the first mistakes I made diving nearly cost me my life. Well maybe not quite that dramatic, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it. At the time I was certain I was going to die, and that's what matters, right?  The dive is...


Diving the USCG Duane

by Shelley Collett on January 11, 2014

As excitement and fear coursed through my body, the last thing I could see before my head went under water was the thumbs down signals from all of the other divers with me.  With a full exhale, I grasped the mooring line alongside the others and pulled myself hand over hand down into the depths.  Below me was the guide and a couple other dive teams on the trip, behind me my dive buddy and current boyfriend.   The line was very large for my hands and difficult to grip, but we each continued downward toward our goal one hundred feet below us: the deck of the USCG Duane, destined to be the deepest dive I had done yet, and my first without an instructor with me. ...


MARES acquires SSI

by Ksso on December 11, 2013

Mares is one of the largest scuba gear manufacturer, founded in 1949 in Italy as a speargun and dive mask maker it has since vastly expanded to anything scuba. SSI is a certification agency with 2500 shops reselling their certification packages.

Something big just happened today : a manufacturer, Mares, just acquired a certification agency, SSI. I'm pretty sure that kind of aggregation in our market is a first !

Here's the email sent today by SSI to their affiliated dive shops :

We are proud to announce HEAD/MARES has signed an agreement to acquire Scuba Schools International (SSI). The effective date will be January 1st 2014. In recent years, SSI has become one of the fastest growing...


Dive Site Orientation Series - Homestead Crater

by SKuba Steve on December 09, 2013

Hi Dive Buddies!

I'm excited to be publishing the first installment of the Dive Site Orientation Series. In this video we tour the Homestead Crater in Midway Utah. If you read my previous post you may remember that there will be two versions of each video. The first one here is the Vimeo version or VEdit as I'm calling it without the funner footage and pithy commentary by your's truly.

Read on for some history of the Homestead Crater, services offered and, of course, the link to the Youtube edit where SKuba Steve is attacked by aliens!

If you just can't wait...

The Vimeo Edit:

Tour - Homestead Crater - VEdit from SKuba Steve on Vimeo.

General Information ...


Why Dive a Computer? - Dive Planning!

by SKuba Steve on December 05, 2013

Another beautiful shot by Mika Hiltunen - thanks for sharing Mika!

I'm a gear-o-phile. Okay now that we got that out of the way...

Dive computers are a great addition to your dive system. When a diver on a limited budget asks me what they should purchase first, a dive computer is always high on the list (usually right below regulators - but every situation warrants some thought). I don't sell diving computers, I don't get commission when one a diver buys one but I'm passionate about getting divers into computers.

And here's why...

Increased dive time


Dive planning

Gas mixture programming

Dive logging


Dive Planning ...


My UW pics

by Ksporry on November 25, 2013

Not gonna do the blog thing again, but do want to occasionally show some of my pics. Since I host my pics on Flickr I rather just provide the link.

Have a look and feel free to leave comments!


Diving With Computers - Safety Considerations

by SKuba Steve on November 22, 2013

Last week I listed the following reasons I dive a computer and discussed the first one:

Increased dive time


The tables seem like they were designed to sell dive computers

Gas mixture programming

Dive logging


In this week's exciting episode of 'Why Dive a Computer?' we'll explore some safety considerations related to SCUBA diving with a computer.

Here is a summary of SKuba Steve's dive computer do's and don'ts!

Diving Computer Do's

Plan your own dives

Tell your computer the truth

Diving Computer Don'ts

Don't perform decompression (or Nitrox) diving without proper training

Don't share dive computers

Let's get to it... ...


Reef Ball Foundation: rebuilding reefs one ball at a time!

by Ksso on November 22, 2013

At Dema I had the opportunity to meet with Todd Barber who manages the Reef Ball Foundation.

For those who haven't heard about reef balls, they're basically concrete hemispheres laid on the bottom of the ocean and planted with corals to build an artificial reef. As time passes, coral will eventually grow to totally cover the ball and make it indistinguishable from regular reefs.

I knew about such initiatives but I had no idea the scale Todd pushed it to - with over 750.000 reef balls deployed in 70 countries and 7000 sites in over 20 year - that's a hell lot of reef balls !  ...


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