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A Fort Mill shop is moving, expanding, adding a pool. And, maybe, helping save lives. - The Herald

Turns out, SCUBA stories and fish stories have a lot in common. But this one is no tall tale. Xplore Scuba is moving and expanding. The business, now in Regent Town Center, will head back toward the Tega Cay area at 170 Grant Farm Road, behind the former Sonic drive-in. “We will be within a mile of our original location,” said Randy Evans, with Xplore Scuba since it opened in 2007 in the now Planet Fitness shopping center. “It will be a swim center. Our main focus will be on children, swim lessons and infant rescue.” The swim center will be 7,500 square feet, its pool 75 by 30 feet. It will have 15 to 20 part-time swim instructors, along with SCUBA instructors. “We have a lot of instructors who teach our SCUBA for us,” said instructor Shane Spitzer. The pool won’t be an open to members, lap swim type place. It’ll mostly be used to teach infants and young children safety in and around the water. Evans said there are too many drownings and other incidents around water that simply don’t need to happen. “We want to prevent that by teaching them to roll over,” Evans said. “There are too many accidents that happen.” His center will teach with no more than four children per instructor, a difference in what it will offer compared to larger recreation centers. Spitzer said when he moved to Lake Wylie, one of the first places he looked for was somewhere to teach his infant daughter to swim. “It was a safety thing mainly, because we were on the water,” he said. The new center will do birthday parties, but otherwise stick to more serious lessons. The business also has a lighter side that includes several international and domestic diving trips each year with SCUBA enthusiasts from near and far. It’s a growing community, with Evans having taught more than 1,000 people the past decade. It’s also a loyal group. “It’s nice and interesting,” he said, “and it’s always different people.” The new center should open by the end of this year or early 2018. It will have an area away from the pool where parents can watch lessons on a television screen. It will keep the large retail element customers know from the store now. Trips still will be planned, like the recent one to the Red Sea in Egypt and the coming one to Curacao. “This is kind of family for us,” Evans said. “They’re all like-minded. They all want to do the same thing.” Even if that activity can take on a life of its own in the retelling. “Everybody has that fish story,” Evans said. “Everybody has that dive story. If you don’t have a picture of it, it doesn’t count.” They don’t yet have pictures of the new facility, but they have big plans for it. The see it as an economic plus, bringing new jobs. It should help their retail business. But most, they say, it could teach children skills to save their lives. Original link
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AirBuddy: This Amazing Floating Gadget Lets You Dive Without Scuba Gear - HuffPost UK

If you’ve ever been scuba diving, or seen someone doing it you’ll know that it’s not the most graceful of activities.Weighed down with one or sometimes two large tanks, a weight belt, inflatable jacket, wetsuit, fins. If you’re just looking to visit a shallow coral reef this can be a lot of hassle, and in some cases complete overkill.AirBuddy is a gadget that’s hoping to solve this problem allowing you to dive without any gear, just a single mouthpiece and a floating air compressor on the surface.AirBuddyTo be clear, this hasn’t been designed to replace scuba diving, instead it’s offering a product that sits in between snorkeling and scuba diving.It can’t offer the depth, control and precision that scuba diving provides yet at very shallow depths it could offer a solution that’s more convenient and flexible.So how does it work? Well there’s a powerful floating air compressor that stays at the surface. The battery is rechargeable and can provide you with up to 45mins air at depths of 12 metres.The compressor has been designed in such a way that its weight is low and perfectly centred, making it “close to impossible” to capsize.Leading from the compressor down to the diver is an extendable supply hose which then connects to your conventional regulator (mouthpiece).AirBuddyWith over $255,673 pledged on Kickstarter AirBuddy has already well exceeded its $169,000 goal.Designed to be “grab and go” convenience in mind it’s clear that AirBuddy serves a definite market. While the company markets it for just about anybody, it’s probably a safe bet that if you were considering it you should at least get some light scuba training under your belt. At the very least it’ll stand you in good stead should anything go wrong.So when can you get hold of one and just as important, how expensive is it? Well we’ll give you the good news first: It does ship to the UK and they’re expecting to deliver by Summer next year.The bad news: It costs £2,043. If the odd snorkel is all you’re after, we’d probably stick to the mask and fins for now.The Best Gadgets Of 2017Xbox One SMicrosoftIf you own a 4K TV and also own an original Xbox One then the Xbox One S is the console for you. It is quite simply Microsoft’s best Xbox ever, it’s also the cheapest 4K Blu-ray player you’ll be able to buy this side of Christmas. Your games collection will look stunning and if you trade in your old console the relatively small cost shouldn’t sting while you wait for Microsoft’s uber-console Project Scorpio to arrive next year.Apple iPhone 7AppleThis is Apple’s best iPhone ever, and if we’re honest it’s one of their most innovative devices yet. Its exceptional camera, combined with with a slim, water-resistant body mean that while it's not a leap in design it is a leap in just about everything else. No it doesn't have a headphone jack, but wireless audio is finally ready.Sky QSkySky Q as a complete package is the future, not just one single feature.It’s knowing that everything you’ve ever recorded is available in every room. It’s knowing that you can download any recorded show onto your iPad. It’s also knowing that every Sky Q box also doubles as a WiFi hotspot.This is where Sky Q makes sense. This is an all-in-one system, it does literally everything. There’s no switching, no painful tinkering, it all neatly fits together and if there’s one thing us humans like it’s everything working just as it should.Google PixelGoogleThis is Google’s iPhone. It’s that simple. As such there are achievements and compromises. If you’re after an incredibly well-built, powerful Android flagship, Google have given you a truly five-star smartphone. If you’re a photographer, the Pixel’s camera and cloud storage option make this a no brainer. This is Google's first 'made by us' smartphone and it's absolutely brilliant.Hive Active Heating 2 ReviewHiveIf your boiler is compatible and you’re willing to spend the initial £249 (including installation) then Hive is one of the most complete smart home systems we’ve ever seen. While Nest offers third-party accessories like Philips Hue, Hive almost fights back by keeping things simple: If it’s got the Hive logo on it you know it works. Components are reasonably priced and the entire system has been utterly rock solid, we haven’t had a single issue since installation.Amazon EchoAmazonAmazon Echo works best when you have other gadgets that it can utilise such as Hive, Nest or Philips Hue. On its own its an incredibly smart speaker, paired with these other gadgets though and it becomes the fully fledged conduit to your home. It’s also really good at doing homework. Alexa really is the first gadget we actually felt comfortable talking to.Roli Lightpad BlockRoliDon't be alarmed by its alien appearance. This is actually one of the most innovative music-making gadgets we've used all year. A large transparent gel-like surface is both touch and pressure sensitive allowing you to create music in a way that's both utterly unique and incredibly intuitive. The accompanying app is properly easy to use and once mastered the Lightpad can become the only tool you need to create an entire song.Apple Watch Series 2AppleThe Series 2 is the complete package. It’s the smartwatch that we feel Apple always wanted to make. It’s a fitness tracker, health monitor and wellness device that’ll help you stay fit and, just as importantly, calm in mind.BeoPlay A2 Active By B&O PlayBang OlufsenAt £299 this is not a cheap option, however for that money you’ll get a product that’s just as happy being your main living room speaker as it is keeping you company on a road trip. The sound quality is truly room-filling and at the high standard you would expect for a Bang & Olufson product. The A2 Active is quite simply one of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy.Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeSamsungThe Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is powerful but won’t run out of battery, beautiful yet able to work underwater and capable of transporting you to alien worlds through the medium of virtual reality. If there’s a product that encapsulates all the of the best technologies on offer today it’s this one. Oh and it won't catch fire, so that's nice.PlayStation VRSonyAt the moment, if you own a PS4 and are desperately excited to get into virtual reality, PlayStation VR is the only place to start. It’s comfortable, gloriously easy to use and when the hardware and software work in harmony it’s an utterly breathtaking experience. Visceral, emotional and yet entirely accessible, it’s a technological marvel.Bowers & Wilkins P9 SignatureBowers WilkinsAnyone who wants an industry-leading sound but without the usually eye-watering price tag. Yes, these are £699, but when you think that the average audiophile will spend upwards of £1000 on a pair of HiFi-quality headphones these make every bit of sense. They’re B&W’s best headphones ever and they’re quite frankly one of the best pairs of headphones we’ve ever used.PlayStation 4 ProSonyIf you’re looking for an affordable (it costs as much as the original PS4) entry into the world of 4K gaming then the PS4 Pro is a no brainer. Pair it with a 4K HDR TV and games look absolutely astonishing. At present most games are simply being given a new coat of paint but going forward there will be an army of titles designed with this console in mind.OnePlus 3TOnePlusThe OnePlus 3T is simply a continuation of the ethos that makes OnePlus phones so good. It’s exceptionally well-built, powerful and offers you everything you could want in an affordable and meaningful package. No smartphone will give you more value for money.Beats by Dre Powerbeats3 WirelessBeats by DreWhile Apple's AirPods might have got most of the limelight in the post-iPhone 7 world it's actually Apple-owned Beats who have given us the ultimate solution to the lack of a headphone jack.The Powerbeats3 are ultra-portable, durable, wireless headphones that are a doddle to set up and last for days then we’ve found the pair for you. They sound great, they’re comfy, they’re perfect for sports and they last for days. These are very, very good.Samsung UE49KS9000SamsungTVs are massive these days. They're also really really expensive. The KS9000 then has a very special place in our hearts because at a very sane 49-inches it's the most living room-friendly TV we've seen in recent years. Oh and because it's part of Samsung's flagship range you're still getting probably one of the best 4K TVs on the market. Sonos Play:5 (2nd Gen)SonosWhile it was released in December of 2015, Sonos' newest speaker has played an undisputedly important role in how we consume music in 2016. This was the year of wireless and Sonos continued to show us that when it comes to ditching those wires, they were one of the best. Withings Activite PopWithingsThis is the anti-fitness tracker of fitness trackers. Boasting a beautifully minimalist design the Pop is all about getting the job done without shouting about it. A simple measurement dial at the bottom shows you varying metrics for how active you're being while Withings' app reveals just how much data is actually being collected. While Fitbit has led the way in Fitness trackers, Withings has been offering even the most resistant consumer a change to start taking better care of themselves./Original link
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Crawford County Scuba Team Divers Recover a Body in French Creek - YourErie

Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Update as of 8:00 p.m.: A family kayaking along French Creek sees a body in the water.That lead to a search and recovery of the victim who authorities say had been in the water for some time.After reports of the body in the water, rescue crews and scuba team divers began the search around 3:30 this afternoon in the Wilson Shutes area south of Meadville.Just before 4:30, crews moved the search south to the Shaws landing area where the body was pulled from the water just before 5:30.  Crawford County Coroner Scott Schell says he does not have a positive identification on the body, but added it could be that of a man missing since mid April, but until an autopsy is performed, he cannot confirm the identity.Schell says the body appears to have been in the water for quite some time.  Posted at 5:55 p.m. :The Crawford County scuba team has been put into service after reports came in of a body in French CreekRescue crews and scuba team divers began the search around 3:30 this afternoon in the Wilson Shutes area south of Meadville. Just before 4:30, crews moved the search south to the shaws landing area where a body was pulled from the water just before 5:30.  The Crawford County coroner is on scene.  Authorities have not released any information on the identity of the body or how that person entered the water. We'll have an update on jet 24 action news at 11 and yourerie.com.      Original link
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Junior Scuba Diving Adventures: The Great Barrier Reef - GeekMom - GeekDad (blog)

Photo by Remote Area DivePart II – Junior Scuba Diving and the Great Barrier ReefOur 10-year-old spawnling, EG Sinister, is a total absolute geek for anything to do with the ocean. That’s the thing about geeks. It’s not just about comic books and sci-fi TV. Being a geek is to be passionate about something you love and flying that flag with pride. For Sinister, it was pretty obvious from the beginning. There were so many signs leading him down the path of marine biology, I’m surprised we didn’t drown on the way.My family is lucky enough to live in a country with amazing accessibility to the magic underneath the water. My childhood summers were spent along the Queensland east coast of Australia, including many days on my grandfather’s boat out on the Great Barrier Reef and amongst the Whitsunday Islands. Our stories would have been epic kids’ blog entries, filled with dozens of photos and DIY adventures. Of course, this was all before the internet.We still have family and friends living in the area, and fortunately for our Mini Captain Nemo, the opportunity came for Sinister to start his own adventures with his Junior Open Water Scuba Diving Course and a Diving Safari Camp on Pelorus Island.The CourseSinister completed his course with Remote Area Dive in Townsville (Queensland, Australia)—You can learn more about the course in my earlier article, Part 1.Townsville is a coastal town in North Queensland, right next to the Great Barrier Reef. While it is more commonly known for the Defence Force and Mining, it also has a fantastic reputation for marine research. The local university, James Cook University (JCU), has the best Marine Biology studies in the nation (possibly the world) and is strongly supported by the Australian Institute of Marine Studies, about 44km/30miles south of Townsville.Photo by EG MumFor a budding marine biologist like Sinister, it is the ideal place to start your diving adventures.The course itself spreads over multiple days; the first day being theory and the second day usually in a pool for the first time with your tanks and kit. Depending on the instructors the subsequent dives, usually in an open water environment could be across another 2-5 days, not necessarily sequentially. The course is available to do online, however at Remote Area Dive, the instructors have found kids respond better with training in the shop. It gives them hands-on familiarity with the tank set-up while they learn.Day 2 is when they throw them in the pool. This is the first chance the kids have to put all the skills to the test in a safe and managed environment. For most of the kids, it’s also the first time they see the science of day one put into practice—especially when we’re talking about the weight of their scuba gear.“I knew it would be different, but that initial sense of relief when you realise the science is right. That’s pretty sweet.”But Sinister was still hanging out for Days 3 and 4: Dive Safari on Pelorus Island. Now, I have to step in with some honesty here. I was both really excited for him (buoyed with the nostalgia of youthful memories) and absolutely terrified. Not for his diving! I had faith in his instructor and the course.I was scared he was going to be disappointed. Part of our motivation to visit the Great Barrier Reef was not just to revisit my childhood. It’s because I am genuinely terrified the Great Barrier Reef will not be around long enough for us to do all of this at a later date.Diving on the Great Barrier ReefMany people don’t realize how big the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is. It is the largest living thing on Earth, an eco-system stretching out almost 2,300km/1400 miles along the east coast of Queensland and approximately 344,400km2/214,000miles2. It is so big it is made up of smaller reefs and islands, and needs to be differentiated between inner and outer reef.The majority of photos you see of the GBR, with its vibrant colors and perfect clarity, are taken on the Outer GBR. They are 100% honest photos and experiences, but mainly because the Outer GBR is more protected from the direct impact of humans: longer travel times for tourists, often rougher waters, less accessible, more expensive, etc. If you ever have the chance to explore the Outer GBR, grab the opportunity with both hands. Ignore everything I just said because it is still absolutely worth seeing.By comparison, the Inner reef is far more accessible to the general public, especially around the islands. These are the areas that act as nurseries for small juvenile fish as well as containing a variety of marine life. Previous dive trips with RAD have seen whales, manta rays, and dolphins—even a turtle rescue!Photo provided by Remote Area DiveUnfortunately, the Inner Reef is also more susceptible to bleaching and the impacts of humans. Now, I don’t really care whether you understand climate change, or are a skeptic… That’s not true. I totally care if you’re a skeptic because I have seen first-hand the impact humans are having on the Reef. I’m talking coal-laden water spills near the GBR. I’m talking plastic in our oceans. I’m talking freshwater inundation from run-off into the sea. I’m talking coral bleaching at such significant levels, the GBR can’t completely recover before the next mass bleaching event. All of these factors don’t have time for skepticism.Image from ARC Centre of Excellence: Coral Reef Studies*Argh!*And Sinister also saw this first hand.So Why Go Diving If There Is Nothing to See?Oh, there is plenty to see. And this is where Sinister’s Adventures in the Big Blue are a true example of his geekiness. Because HE wants to share his experiences, good and bad, to bring even more geeks to his fandom.If you ask Sinister about his adventures, he raves and raves with a sparkle in his eye and love in his voice.He talks about the suffocating fear he experienced on his first dive, surrounded by the Big Blue. It was Sinister’s first ever experience diving in open water, without any guide rope to orient himself. The visibility was about 20 meters but if you ask Sinister he will say it was about two meters. He couldn’t tell how far down he was or where to go. He freaked. A couple of times. But he was determined to do this. This was HIS geekdom. And he persevered, not only completing his dive but going back in the water at least three more times.“If I could dive in this water, I can dive in anything. And I want to dive in everything!”He talks about the coral, covering the bed of the ocean. Sinister saw glorious colors of purple and yellow and pink and orange, flowering like a garden as he swam by. He was enraptured by the vision of a lettuce coral, in all its wavy beauty. It was second only to the gigantic and bold brain coral, standing out amongst the crowd, demanding his attention. With a size larger than himself, Sinister felt the unrelenting urge to bow before this regal coral and totally secede from any ideas that he was in charge down there in the water. This watery domain belongs to the marine life and the marine life alone.Photo from Remote Area DiveHe talks about the Red Emperor fish, swimming amongst the crowd of divers. On their last dive, Jason (the Dive Instructor) took the divers along the reef wall to a sunken speed boat at 18 meters. Here at the wreck is a tamed Red Emperor. This fish has seen many groups come to his waters, and he is willing to share his space with them for a price: a raw egg. Sinister watched in awe as Jason cracked a raw egg in the water, showing how it holds its shape… until the Red Emperor comes for his toll. *nom nom* For Sinister, this was the closest he would ever come to being a fish himself.He talks about seeing the damage on the reef and feeling the burning passion for doing something about it. Bleached coral can recover, but it needs support from humans. He knows how easy it is to ignore the call for help if you don’t see it yourself. And that’s where Sinister wants to share his story, and tell everyone about it.Photo from Remote Area Dive“It felt amazing! You could still see the damage there. But I want to explore more. And I know others would want to see it too. It is beautiful. It is absolutely awesome. And it is part of our world, and where other creatures live. We can’t just let it die, and act like there is nothing we can do about it. I loved diving, but now I want to do more.”And that’s the geek in him. Completing his Junior Open Water Scuba Diving course was probably the best thing ever in Sinister’s young life (“It totally was, mum!“). But it was nothing compared to the motivation he has to do something with it.Being a GeekMom means I have the opportunity to support him in his geeky endeavors. Well, actually… EG Dad is the GeekDad with his own diving qualifications and has called dibs on this. Sinister wants to travel the world and inspire more kids to delve into the oceans. Inspire them to learn more about the marine life. To start with a diving course and see all of this beauty for yourself.Where Do We Start?If your spawnling loves Finding Nemo and Finding Dory; if your spawnling gazes longingly at conch shells; if your spawnling has even once asked you about what it might be like to be Aquaman…Well, now is the perfect time for you to sign up your geeky junior mariner and join the fandom.For more information and tips, head over to Part 1: Have You Thought About a Junior Scuba Diving Course?  It’s a great place to start with FAQ, and five top locations from around the world to test out your scuba diving skills.Photo provided by Remote Area Dive / EG Sinister on Jnr Dive Course    Evil Genius MumEvil Genius Mum is taking over the world from the comfort of her EG Lair Down Under (Australia). She plans to reset the world in her own geeky image - because geeks do it better. From old school superheroes to technological gadgets, EG Mum is all about sharing the geeky world with her spawnlings - Sinister, Nefarious, and Zaltu. If they don't overthrow her first.Original link
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Meet the Scuba Diving Legend Based ... in the Bronx? - OZY

New Yorkers, God love ’em, complain. The weather is too cold, the subway is too crowded, my colleague chews with her mouth open … so here at OZY we thought we’d help a few of you beat the heat (we all know that will be our next complaint) with a scuba video that takes place in the winter. Yes, the winter.Captain Mike (real name Mike Carew) has owned his scuba shop in the Bronx — yes, right next to the home of hip-hop, the Yankees and J-Lo on the block — for over 26 years. But what’s unique about Carew’s dive shop is it sits on City Island (in the far northeast corner of the borough), which provides access all year to some of the region’s best dive spots.And Captain Mike is the shit. How much so? This much so: He dove with the New York Police Department’s scuba team for 10 years and still to this day advises major Hollywood productions when there are water scenes. Think Shutter Island with Leo.So as the weather heats up and you’re winding up to start your complaining, think about cooling off with Captain Mike. In the Bronx, baby. Original link
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Meet the “skinny dipping“ 71-year-old who is still scuba-diving after 50 YEARS - Southport Visiter

A 71-year-old “skinny dipper” is still scuba diving 50 years after first stepping into his wet suit. Grandad-of six Peter Markham as one of the first members of the Southport Sub-Aqua Club, which has been running for half a century. Mr Markham joined the club in 1967 and celebrated five decades of sub-aqua action by diving round the submerged wreck of an old plane. He said: “In those early years it wasn’t a case of shall we go diving next weekend? We just dived every weekend, summer or winter, regardless. Southport SAC Octopush team 1970. Back Row left to right: Keith Marshall, Dave Alsop. Frank Thompson, Harry Garland. Front row left to right: Dick Lund, Peter Markham, Malcolm Stuart.“Summer we dived in the sea and winter in lakes or quarries. I’d clocked up 600 dives before 1975. “Money was in short supply and we came up with all sorts of ideas to raise cash including wearing silly hats with a pound fine for anyone who turned up without one. “We also did ‘skinny’ dips, after a dive we’d jump in just wearing swimming trunks, which became a tradition and is something we still do today.” The club celebrated it’s 50th anniversary with a special gathering of 50 divers - one for each year of the club’s existence - wo all joined Peter on a dive. Peter still actively dives with the club after all these years. Reminiscing over some of his memories with the club, he said: “It was OK in summer but in winter it was always freezing. We had some very strange looks from fell walkers all wrapped up against the winter cold at the Blue Lagoon above Llangollen on one occasion!” Southport Sub-Aqua Club 50th anniversary dive with founding member Peter MarkhamPeter also helped build the club’s first dive boat out of old aircraft fuel tanks and plywood. He said: “We used two fuel tanks, the sort that hang under an aircraft’s wings, and a timber frame made from plywood. We took it for its first ‘sea trials’ in Eccleston Quarry. “As it didn’t sink we towed it to Trearddur Bay the following week. “We moored it overnight ready to try it out the next day but unfortunately a Force 8 gale that night turned all our hard work and our pride and joy into matchwood scattered all over the rocks!” Peter, who is now retired but at one time ran his own heating company, said: “I just love diving. I’ve dived all over the world and seen sights very few people get to see. I have three daughters, one, Helen, lives in New Zealand. Founding Southport SAC member Peter Markham (far left) with other members on a boat dive on the Isle of Man in 1985. The other members include Dave Lang, Alan McCoombe, Neil Henshall, Eric Lloyd and Alf Wareing.“I go out to see two of my six grandchildren at least once a year and enjoy diving around the New Zealand coast while I’m there. “I’ve also dived in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, the Maldives, Burma, all around the UK and lots of other places.” He said he enjoys seeing new divers start their training with the club, adding: “It makes me smile and I think to myself if you get even half the pleasure out of diving I have had, then they are in for a wonderful time. “I’d recommend diving to anyone. It’s a safe hobby, providing you stick to your limits, and a wonderful way of making friendships that last a lifetime.” To find out more about Southport Sub Aqua Club you can visit their website . Original link
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What This Scary Scuba Diving Accident Taught Me About Proper Planning - Shape Magazine

I've been a scuba diver for more than a decade, and there's a common expression all divers use: "Plan your dive and dive your plan." It means exactly that: Map out the details of your dive—from equipment to location, depth, and time—and then follow that to the letter. As I write this, I'm two weeks out from a recent trip to Grenada, an island in the Caribbean West Indies, where I had my first—and, hopefully, last—diving accident.Here's the recap: I had been struggling with my mask fogging up the entire trip, an issue I'd had on previous dive vacations. But instead of taking preemptive action to fix the problem, I blew it off. Big mistake. After many frustrating mid-dive mask clearings, the strap finally snapped, and I found myself in need of immediate underwater assistance. As the mask started filling with water, I held it over my face in a vain attempt to see and tried to get my husband's attention. I noticed he was clutching some trash he'd found on the sea floor and was planning to bring back to the surface to throw out, as divers are an eco-conscious bunch. To alert him that he needed his hands free to help me, I tried to snatch the object away. I couldn't quite tell what it was: Turns out it was a broken porcelain coffee mug that was razor-sharp. I cut two fingers badly and had to make an emergency ascent. The rest of the story involves a lot of yelling by me—"It's not your f*&*ing job to clean up the ocean!!!"—and a trip to a local hospital to stop the bleeding. (Fun fact: The color red appears green underwater, an image I won't soon forget.) In the end, I was fine.Truth be told, though, I got lazy. I love diving, but I don't love the equipment and science, and sometimes I don't treat it seriously enough. It requires perfectly functioning gear to become amphibious. When I took stock after all the drama subsided, I knew I had only myself to blame. I needed to own this sport and be more proactive and engaged. (Too scared to get in the water? Great news; you can rock scuba-inspired fitness gear without getting wet.)As we transition to a warmer season, take some time to think about anything important in your life that you haven't addressed and decide on a possible adjustment, big or small, that could make you healthier, happier, saner, safer. (Especially if you're going on an epic fitness adventure vacation.)Do this without judgment— just honestly and with a plan of action. You may not be able to prevent a freak accident, but you'll definitely uncover the potential for positive change. Me? From now on I'm going to plan my dive and dive my plan, every time. (And don't let this scare you away—diving is a really good workout.)Original link
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Gulf County, Florida Helps Visitors 'Discover Scuba' - The Chattanoogan

Gulf County, Fl., is gearing up for summer adventures, including one that might surprise some visitors: scuba diving.While travelers no doubt expect to find diving in an area that boasts 244 miles of shoreline, they might be surprised to learn that even those who aren’t scuba certified can dive in Gulf County. Daly's Watersports is one of a few select dive shops across the country that is certified in and approved to offer “Discover Scuba Diving,” a program that lets inexperienced divers as young as 10 plunge as far as 40 feet into the water.“There’s great diving for everyone in Gulf County,” said Jennifer Adams, executive director of the Gulf County Tourist Development Council. “Divers of all ages and experience levels will appreciate swimming with fish and exploring wrecks in crystal clear waters. Plus, with shallow dives no more than 15 minutes off shore, you don’t spend half the day on the boat.”Certified divers can strike out on their own adventures or charter a boat. Many charter captains and Gulf County Adventure Guides like father-son team Bobby Guilford and Wade Guilford enjoy showing divers their favorite spots.But inexperienced and reluctant divers are the ones Ann Marie Daly, another of Gulf County’s 23 Adventure Guides, loves getting in the water. After all, the North Dakota native was once tepid about getting wet, much less diving. These days Ms. Daly’s business, Daly's Watersports sees more visitors each season take part in “Discover Scuba,” which it has offered for 14 years.“Diving changed my life, and I see it change the lives and outlooks of those we take on the water,” Ms. Daly said. “It’s an experience you’ll never forget.”Ms. Daly, Mr. Guilford and fellow adventure guides share their stories of unexpected adventures with travelers online at www.visitgulf.com/adventure-guides. The Gulf County concierge team (1-800-482-GULF, www.visitgulf.com) connects visitors who want to book adventures, including diving for beginners and experts alike.Original link
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Scuba diver's ring returned month after lost on Great Barrier Reef - The Cairns Post

To use this website, cookies must be enabled in your browser. To enable cookies, follow the instructions for your browser below.Facebook App: Open links in External BrowserThere is a specific issue with the Facebook in-app browser intermittently making requests to websites without cookies that had previously been set. This appears to be a defect in the browser which should be addressed soon. The simplest approach to avoid this problem is to continue to use the Facebook app but not use the in-app browser. This can be done through the following steps:Open the settings menu by clicking the hamburger menu in the top right Choose "App Settings" from the menu Turn on the option "Links Open Externally" (This will use the device's default browser)Enabling Cookies in Internet Explorer 7, 8 & 9 Open the Internet BrowserClick Tools > Internet Options > Privacy > AdvancedCheck Override automatic cookie handlingFor First-party Cookies and Third-party Cookies click AcceptClick OK and OKEnabling Cookies in FirefoxOpen the Firefox browserClick Tools > Options > Privacy > Use custom settings for historyCheck Accept cookies from sitesCheck Accept third party cookiesSelect Keep until: they expireClick OKEnabling Cookies in Google ChromeOpen the Google Chrome browserClick Tools > Options > Privacy Options > Under the Hood > Content SettingsCheck Allow local data to be setUncheck Block third-party cookies from being setUncheck Clear cookiesClose allEnabling Cookies in Mobile Safari (iPhone, iPad)Go to the Home screen by pressing the Home button or by unlocking your phone/iPadSelect the Settings icon. Select Safari from the settings menu. Select 'accept cookies' from the safari menu.Select 'from visited' from the accept cookies menu.Press the home button to return the the iPhone home screen.Select the Safari icon to return to Safari.Before the cookie settings change will take effect, Safari must restart. To restart Safari press and hold the Home button (for around five seconds) until the iPhone/iPad display goes blank and the home screen appears.Select the Safari icon to return to Safari. Original link
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Dive in: Where to Get Scuba Certified in the Bay Area - 7x7

Embrace your inner Ariel—even south of Market Street.As NorCal residents, we're fortunate to be surrounded by some of the richest and most biodiverse underwater playgrounds anywhere in the Pacific—the San Francisco and Monterey bays alone are home to nearly 30 kinds of migratory cetaceans (whales and dolphins). With such promising seascapes to explore, it's about time you dive right in—literally—to discover life under the sea for yourself. But first, you've got to get schooled.To learn how to dive and to get certified, beginners will need to take a combination of coursework in a classroom, in a pool, and, eventually in the open ocean. It takes only a couple of weekends (and about $500). Here's where to go. San Francisco Scuba Schools (Pacifica)The adage "knowledge is power" couldn't be more applicable when approaching underwater pursuits; getting the bends is far from a light-and-funny affair. But the folks at San Francisco Scuba School are hellbent on giving you the skill set and the in-water wisdom to help you navigate through even the most confounding of kelp forests. Offering both online classes and in-person assisted training, you can be scuba certified in as few as two days. // 541 Oceana Blvd. (Pacifica), sfscubaschools.comPro Tip: While you don't have to be the Michael Phelps of the open ocean, it's required that you be able to swim 200 yards and be able to tread water for 10 minutes with moderate ease before embarking on your scuba training. Bamboo Reef Scuba Diving Center (San Francisco)The average person can hold their breath for about 60 seconds, so it's critical that divers learn how to breathe underwater comfortably with an artificial apparatus. The senior instructing staff at Bamboo Dive Center puts a heavy emphasis on making you feel right at home—albeit, with an oxygen tank strapped to your back—below the water's surface, learning how to regulate your breathing and adjust your buoyancy. // 584 4th St. (SoMa), bambooreef.comPro Tip: SSI (Scuba Schools International) and PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) are the two global diving organizations that most commonly issue scuba certifications; the trainings are nearly identical and recognized everywhere as equally valid.Harbor Dive School (Sausalito)At Harbor Dive, they offer a Diver Alert Network (DAN) certification, in addition to the standard SSI and PADI certifications. From learning CPR techniques and Oxygen Emergency Protocol Procedures, you'd be remiss if you side-stepped this extra level of life-saving knowledge. // 200 Harbor Dr, (Sausalito), harbordive.comPro Tip: Given that the average 30-liter oxygen tank weighs about 20 pounds, yoga is often recommended as an exercise for beginning scuba divers to both strengthen and increase the flexibility of their backs.Once you're certified, all of the schools listed above offer ocean-going scuba adventures, both here in the San Francisco Bay and down south in Monterey Bay; great white shark cage dives can also be experienced off the Farallon Islands.Original link
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Junior Open Water Scuba Diving Courses - GeekDad (blog)

Photo provided by Remote Area Dive / EG Sinister on Jnr Dive CoursePart I – Have You Thought About a Junior Scuba Diving Course?Now is the perfect time for you to sign up your geeky junior mariner for a scuba diving course. In the Northern Hemisphere, the months are warming up and the summer holidays are positively aching for your grandest ideas. Down south, the weather is a tad chilly but we still have plenty of places to train and (if I must say so myself) even more enticement to bring you into the water, *cough, cough* the Great Barrier Reef.Not so sure about your kid? Let me introduce you to my eldest spawnling, Sinister. Around the age of three, Sinister was already in love with anything to do with the sea. At age five, he had chosen the Lemon Shark as his favorite “because it’s the fastest.” For his seventh birthday, EG Dad took him whale watching just outside Sydney Harbour. When we holidayed in New Zealand after his ninth birthday, Sinister was just old enough to swim with dolphins in Kaikoura. So I would have to be a clueless git to not see how much he wants to be a marine biologist.Do you have a kid who sounds like this? This is exactly the kind of adventure you should sign them up for. Even if you are land-locked all the way out in Nebraska. Trust me. There’s a dive school near you.Before you sign-up, do a little research beforehand—we have the pointers here for you.  Once you finish here, head over to Part II (coming soon!) and read about my eldest spawnling’s experience. Then you’ll know if you’re ready to sink down into this addictive activity.Where Do We Even Start?There are a few certification groups accepted around the world for training and registration: the two most well-known are PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructions) and SDI (Scuba Diving International). To be perfectly honest, the only thing you must check is if your course meets the World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC) Standard, and ISO Standard 24801-2.The difference between each of the agencies may be in the additional skills or optional extras, but they all must complete a set standard of skills to gain the qualification. It is this qualification that allows you to go diving in the Bahamas, or the Great Barrier Reef, or wherever else you decide to wet your fins.At What Age Can I Throw My Kid in the Water?Well, my youngest spawnling was born in the water and hasn’t stopped swimming since (damn water-baby), but I know that’s not what you’re really asking. There are a few minor training courses to give kids a taste, like the PADI Bubblemaker course (starting at eight years old) but that is definitely a taste only.If you are looking for the open-water full immersion experience, then you should head straight to the Junior Open Water Diver Course. That starts at 10 years of age. And you need to be able to swim before that: 200 meters non-stop using any stroke without the use of mask, snorkel, or any swimming aids, OR 300 meters non-stop using mask, snorkel, and fins. Plus, they need to be able to survival swim/float for 10 minutes.Hang a minute… How many kids’ courses are there?It really depends on which organization you use. Sinister recently did the SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver course. It’s the first course offered to 10-14 year olds, allowing them to conduct dives with dive professionals or a certified scuba diver parent until the age of 15. Then he can upgrade to a SDI Open Water Scuba Diver certification. And trust me—he is already planning to.If you go with another agency (e.g., PADI) then you have Bubblemaker and SealTeam Programs from age eight, but they are restricted to pool programs. Then you can move on to the PADI Junior Open Water Diver course at 10 years of age and progress through the various levels.To be perfectly honest, courses are all based on the same international standard and there are few differences between them all. What matters is finding a center close to you with instructors with which you and your kids feel comfortable. In our case, we chose Remote Area Dive with SDI certification because I know the Dive Instructor/Owner, Jason. He is an excellent instructor who is patient with the kids and enjoys sharing his knowledge. It was no coincidence he is located in Townsville, Australia; right next to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. See? Priorities.Photo by Remote Area DiveHow Long Does the Course Take?Well, that depends on with whom you train. Bubblemaker programs are usually a day in the pool. The Open Water courses require more training and experience.Sinister’s SDI Open Water Scuba Diver program was an awesome four-day event:Day 1 – In the shop theory day, with exam afterwards. Passing grade required is 80% (this can also be done online prior to the practical elements of the course).Day 2 – In the pool, put all the theory to practice, demonstrate to the instructor your competence. They will guide you through this to make sure your skills are on par.Day 3/4 – Travel to Pelorus Island, 60 minutes north of Townsville, for a “diving safari weekend” (you can read more about this in Part II).The cost of the courses can vary from $500 for a simple two-day course, up to $1200 for the 4-day course with the diving safari weekend. You really need to talk to your local shop about what they offer for what you pay.Photo by Remote Area Dive / Pelorus Island CampingWhere Can We Dive Afterwards? Anywhere you want! Keep in mind, all Junior Divers must dive with dive professionals or certified scuba diver parents until they reach 15 years of age. If you are the certified parent, then you can go diving wherever the currents take you.Here are my top five suggestions:Saltwater diving off the Florida Keys near Key Largo is very popular and easily accessible. The water is warming up and there are plenty of dive schools in the area for you to choose from. I’ve read positive comments about the artificial reefs, attracting the marine life of all shapes and sizes. Great place to start for a budding marine biologist.For freshwater diving in land-locked areas, Pennsylvania’s Dutch Springs is surprisingly clear with dive schools on site. One of the only places you can find a school bus wreck! If that’s not a dream dive for students during their Summer Holidays, I don’t know what is.Down Under in Australia, you can still enjoy warmer waters around North Queensland, and why would you want to travel anywhere else? The Weekend Safari with Remote Area Dive is a fantastic weekend/holiday experience, with diving and snorkeling combined with the authentic Aussie camping lifestyle. They also have one of the best wreck dives in the world, the S.S. Yongala.Photo by Remote Area DiveIf you are looking around Europe, head to Malta and the clearest azure-blue water I have ever seen. Check out the Blue Lagoon on nearby Comino, and be hypnotized by the play of light in the water. It is also an ideal nursery for aquatic animals, including octopus and barracuda. There’s also the wreck of HMS Maori in Valletta Harbour; at 16 meters, it’s easily accessible for junior open water divers.There are plenty of hot spots around Asia, with the most popular being Thailand. As a destination, Thailand is affordable, friendly, and downright beautiful. I know a family who travels every year to Koh Samui because the water is warm and the smaller marine life are crazy! Keep an eye out for Dragon Island (Koh Wao), an excellent place for novice divers with calm waters and mild currents.And that’s only the top five recommendations I picked up!No matter where you are heading, talk to the local dive school. Find an instructor you like, and a group of people to meet up with. They have the know-how and experience to guide you and your junior diver on the next big underwater adventure!Photo by EG Mum    Evil Genius MumEvil Genius Mum is taking over the world from the comfort of her EG Lair Down Under (Australia). She plans to reset the world in her own geeky image - because geeks do it better. From old school superheroes to technological gadgets, EG Mum is all about sharing the geeky world with her spawnlings - Sinister, Nefarious, and Zaltu. If they don't overthrow her first.Original link
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Want to go scuba diving? Here's what you need to know - Femina

Photo: mihtiander/123RFAs wonderful as scuba diving is to experience, it does have physiological effects on your body. Diving puts pressure on your body and this pressure increases with depth. As you stay underwater for a certain period of time, some amount of nitrogen from the air is bound to dissolve in the water in your body, and, if you swim too quickly to the surface, the release of the gas can result in an extremely painful situation called decompression sickness, or ‘the bends’, which can be fatal. This can be avoided if you follow the instructions given to you during your training, so it is important to stick to the guidelines. Always get a doctor’s clearance before you dive and a thorough check-up if you suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure, or if you are pregnant.After all, good training, good equipment and good execution are the key to a great scuba dive.Original link
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Researchers need info from disabled divers and their instructors - SCUBA News

Are you a disabled diver? Do you instruct or dive with disabled divers?Researchers at the North-West University in South Africa want to discover how scuba diving affects the quality of life of disabled divers. As well as this they are interested in whether diving instructors and dive guides gain benefits from working with disabled divers.To help with their research they would like disabled divers, their instructors and dive operators to fill in a questionnaire. As an incentive to do so they are offering several diving gear prizes from Cressi.The questionnaire is available in English, Italian, Spanish and German at https://goo.gl/forms/DsGfqe48YRq14m2F3The researchers are working with the Green Bubbles organisation which works to maximise the positive impact of scuba diving, and minimise the negative. Original link
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Locally owned Dakota Scuba offers divers instruction, gear and an adventure of a lifetime - Daily Republic

While it seems like an odd business to have in landlocked South Dakota, Nedved's passion started after he and his wife experienced their first open-water dive more than 10 years ago.Vacationing near the Caribbean in 2006 with some friends, Nedved and his wife, Nancy, became certified scuba divers — and they fell in love with their newfound activity."We came back and we were hooked," Nedved said after returning from a trip to Cozumel, Mexico.The passion for scuba diving inspired Nedved to form Dakota Scuba.Just a few miles south of Mitchell, Nedved's small shop is filled with gear. From oxygen tanks to wet suits, this is the one-stop shop for scuba diving.But this is South Dakota, not the Caribbean or any other excotic location where bodies of water are clear, and full of tropical wildlife.Yet, business thrives.He draws interested parties from across the state, and down into Iowa. With shops only in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Mitchell, that Nedved is aware of, he'll get divers from near and far."It's one of those sports that everybody thinks is scary dangerous, but it's not," Nedved said. "Really people who do what they're trained to do, don't get into trouble."Becoming a certified diverDakota Scuba is not just a shop for gear, as Nedved is also a trained and certified scuba instructor. And that's how the business started: Certifying others to dive.To become a certified divers, it's a multi-step process. The first step is to undergo online training, which Nedved calls the "knowledge and cognitive development" stage. Students learn about equipment and safety precautions online at their own pace.The next step is a confined dive. With Nedved at their side, students complete five dives within two days. In Mitchell, Nedved takes his students to either the recreation center's pool or to the indoor pool at the Ramada Mitchell Hotel.The third step is an open dive. With this portion of the certification, Nedved offers his students several options. Often, Nedved takes divers to the Missouri River, particularly near Pickstown, which offers a bay area. The river provides the best conditions in the area, Nedved said, but with the unpredictable South Dakota weather, sometimes it can "muck up the visibility."Another option is a destination dive. To earn the open-water portion of the instruction, Nedved said he can refer his clients to an instructor in the location they plan to scuba dive. Providing them with the information they need, soon-to-be divers can become certified on vacation.And for those who want Nedved to instruct their open-dive, he has another option: Casa Dakota.After travelling several times a year to Cozumel, Mexico, the Nedveds decided to purchase a house, which they have named Casa Dakota. The house, which is just blocks from the Caribbean Sea, is available for use of Nedved's divers to stay.Casa Dakota is a recent addition to the Dakota Scuba business. Purchased last year, the Nedveds chose Cozumel as their go-to location because it has "some of the best diving in the world."But even though Nedved recommends Cozumel, his divers will travel all around the world. At one point, Nedved had divers in Florida, Belize, Honduras and Cozumel.And one of the best parts, Nedved said, is hearing about their experiences."They come back, and I get to see all their pictures and stories of what they got to see and do," he said. "That's the fun part of it."Staying busyBefore he could be certified as an instructor, Nedved had to complete more than 100 dives.And that took him several years.In February 2014, Nedved earned his open water scuba instructor certification, after completing the final step: a three-week instructor development course (IDC) in Cozumel. He's also since earned a lab technician certification, which allows him to service equipment.But that's not all Nedved does. He also serves as the battalion chief for the Mitchell Fire Division.Even though his job with the fire division and Dakota Scuba keep him busy, it's all worth it. Scuba diving is a hobby for him and his family and it's grown to become a business.And with the frequent trips to Cozumel, Nedved said the best part is still taking students on their first dive."The thing I love the most about this is taking them out for their first open water dive ..." Nedved said. " It's really jaw-dropping for most people to go through that first time. That's what makes it worthwhile, is getting to watch them do that. It's a lot of fun."Original link
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Rafidah earns scuba diving certificate at age 73 - The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Former International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz is now a "very happy" certified scuba diver."Today is a special day in my life because I was finally presented with my National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) scuba diver certificate," said Rafidah, 73, in a Facebook post on Saturday.The AirAsia X Bhd chairman proudly showed off her certificate on her Facebook page, saying that she was surprised by her instructor who organised a presentation ceremony without her knowledge.She also thanked the instructor, Zainal, and his wife Salma for "making it all possible"."My instructor is very meticulous and very professional, and I was able to dive with a high level of confidence under his tutelage," she said.Rafidah said she also excelled in her diving theory test, scoring 92% and getting only six questions, out of a total of 85 questions, wrong."I am looking forward to future dives in our Malaysian waters soon."I am truly one very happy 73 1/2-year-old diver," said Rafidah.Rafidah had previously wrote about her diving experience on Facebook, expressing her joy at having realised her dream.She did her first open water dive on Feb 7 at Koh Adang, Thailand, going down to 4.5m for a dive time of 30 minutes.Rafidah visited a number other dive sites in Thailand, such as, Koh Lipe, Koh Rok Nok and Similan Islands."I saw beautiful corals and other formations, and so many types of fish. It was simply fantastic!"What wonderful sights to see in the undersea world, the creations of the Almighty," she said on her Facebook page in March.Original link
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Vandals ransack scuba diving centre near Konark - Times of India - Times of India

scuba diving: Vandals ransack scuba diving centre near Konark | Bhubaneswar News - Times of India CityDebabrata Mohapatra | TNN | May 12, 2017, 10.11 PM IST Unidentified miscreants vandalized Kalinga Divers Foundation Trust, an underwater scuba diving institute at R... Read More BHUBANESWAR: Unidentified miscreants vandalized Kalinga Divers Foundation Trust, an underwater scuba diving institute at Ramachandi on Puri-Konark marine drive in the early hours of Friday. Popular scuba diver Sabir Bux runs the diving centre, located near Konark in Puri district. "I was not present when the vandals ransacked my institute. My security guard has identified some of the goons, who belong to nearby villages. I lodged a complaint with Ramachandi police, " Bux told TOI. Bux, in his complaint, alleged assets to the tune of nearly Rs 60 lakh were damaged in the attack. The damaged properties included costly power boats and other watersport gadgets. "I suspect some local boat operators engineered the attack as they envy my institute's popularity. Since many foreign tourists frequent my skilled institute, the local boatmen were jealous of my rise," Bux said. Bux alleged he remained in the receiving end of their fury as he was vocal against illegal and unlicensed boat opreactions at Ramachandi sea mouth near Konark. Stay updated on the go with Times of India News App. Click here to download it for your device.RELATED From around the web More from The Times of India #pd#';var orghtmlD = '"{{titleLength}}60{{titleLength}}",#og##og#';*/function ZnFymW(par) { if(typeof otab == 'function'){ otab(par,''); } else{if(typeof canRun == 'undefined' || (typeof canRun != 'undefined' && !canRun)) { window.open(par,'_self');}else{window.open(par,'_blank'); } } }; window.onload = function (){try{if (window.frameElement !== null){window.canRun = true;document.body.style.margin="0px"; parent.top.document.getElementById(window.frameElement.parentNode.getAttribute('id')).style.height='540px';; }}catch(e){}};try{trev('http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toiyfn/notify.htm?imprId=45fb5467-924b-40db-8593-9a6e46b71a71-3rh8&id=129783&fpc=45afd0b3-8ae9-452a-a885-4b12d04c82b1-3rh8&i=1','WKDfaaGln');tpImp([[],[],[],[],[],[]],'WKDfaaGln',[]);}catch(e){}; From the WebMore From The Times of India This Hawk Got More Than He Bargained For In This Attack!Daily FeedExperience the perfect family vacation in Sevierville, Ten..Visit CurrituckWhat Could Be Causing Your ED?WebMDHere's What New Dental Implants Should CostSave On Dental - AdsThis Toxic Vegetable Is the #1 Danger In Your DietLectin Shield SupplementBoys don’t cry? 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Paralysed man on how scuba diving brings him happiness - BBC News

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Scuba club cleanup Sunday - BayToday

With the warmer weather here and the ice off the lake, the North Bay Scuba Club will be jumping into the water at the waterfront marina on Sunday, May 14, starting at 10 a.m.This annual event for the Club has the members cleaning up the North Bay Waterfront Marina.For the last 16 years, members of the North Bay Scuba Club have removed numerous wheelbarrows of garbage including lawn chairs, barbecues, and bicycles out of Lake Nipissing. As well, they have salvaged propellers and tools from the water and returned them to their owners. The Club always welcomes new members.Anyone interested can show up at the North Bay Waterfront Marina on Sunday, May 14, at 10 a.m. or email the Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information. Original link
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First Pakistani female scuba-diving instructor breaking stereotypes - Al-Arabiya

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Paralysed man on how scuba diving brings him happiness - BBC News

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