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SCUBA News announces winners of World Dive Map contest - SCUBA News

SCUBA News are pleased to announce the winners of our contest to win a map of the best dive sites in the world. Divers from around the world entered the draw and the lucky winners were…Grand prize winner of the museum-quality jumbo canvas print on heavy, 100% cotton cloth measuring 150 x 90 cm (59″ x 35″) worth $140 from Awesome Maps is Jaime Moreno.Winners of the re-writable dive maps are Mitchell Coughran, Eero Väänänen, Nariman Khajeh Kazroni, Bruce Copas and Rick Mahan from as far apart as America to Finland to Australia.If you didn’t win, but would like one of the maps, they are available from Awesome Maps. Completely illustrated by hand, the maps are designed to spark your wanderlust and animate your inner traveller. As well as dive maps they have also crafted surfing and snow maps. Original link
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Scuba diver has cleaned Lake Tahoe post-fireworks for over 30 years - Sierra Sun

As beach cleanups go on along Tahoe’s shoreline following the Fourth of July festivities, down below the lake’s surface a scuba diver is busy cleaning up another mess.Neal Melton has been hired to clean up underwater after fireworks displays on the South Shore for over 30 years, starting back when Harrah’s put on the event, then Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and now Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority.“The first time that I cleaned up the fireworks we had 28 dives on the location,” said Melton, who estimates each dive lasts for roughly an hour. “When I first started I had people helping me do it, but now I’ve got it down basically to an art.”This year it took Melton just eight dives in the waters near Edgewood Tahoe.In addition to debris from the fireworks, which are set off from barges in the lake, Melton said the number one thing he finds is beer bottles.Unlike on the beaches where pieces of plastic and cigarette butts are the top two types of litter cleaned up by volunteers, Melton said he rarely sees any plastic underwater.“The most unique thing I’ve ever found underwater was a boat life jacket,” said Melton.Melton has been diving since he was 18-years-old and lived near Laguna Beach. Inspired by the movie “Sea Hunt” and ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, he spent his youth hanging around the dive shop waiting until he was old enough to take his first plunge.After that, he was hooked. To date Melton’s dived in Florida, Fiji, Mexico, Bonaire, the ABC islands near Venezuela, and Honduras.In 1976 he moved to Lake Tahoe and started diving right away.“Cave Rock was my first time. The water temperature was about 42 degrees. Just freezing,” said Melton.He became fascinated with how the lake was formed.“Crustal plates shifting, volcanic action and glacial action,” he explained. “I can dive by D.L. Bliss State Park and there is a granite wall going down 1,000 feet. The sunlight has these streams coming on down, and you can see mackinaw and rainbows and Mysis shrimp. It’s just spectacular.”He spent 21 years as a dive instructor here on the South Shore, and during that time he dove down into Tahoe’s cold waters anywhere from 300 to 400 times a year.“Every time you go underneath it’s a different experience,” said Melton. “Basically there is no sound besides your bubbles. It’s almost hypnotic in a way. You can go underneath the water, and you might have been a little stressed out, but you come back on up and you’re a different person.”Though Melton doesn’t dive nearly as much as he used to, he can’t picture himself stopping anytime soon.“I’ve liked it from the beginning, and I still like it now,” said Melton. “You can talk to any diver and they will say it’s one of the best things to do.” Original link
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Scuba diving in the summer - KWTX

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) A different way to stay cool this summer is scuba diving. The underwater adventure allows people to swim with the fishes and explore attractions and what lurks in the deep water. Scuba Divers Paradise is located at Stillhouse Hollow Lake in Belton. They offer diving courses to anyone interested in learning about scuba diving and all it has to offer. Bill Ford is one of the owners of the shop. He has been diving for four years and says "It's more of a relaxing environment. There’s no noise down there other than you breathing and whatever creatures are making noises,” Ford said. Classes are required before you can officially go diving, but most places let you try it out in a pool before you make a commitment. Antonio Lugardo and his wife Anabella have a love for diving like no other. They love it so much they decided to have their wedding under water. "Even though I was an instructor, I was like ok I do not know what's going to happen here,” Lurgardo said. “But after we were under water the water actually has this calming sensation and all we had to do is just hold hands and just repeat the vows." Instructors sink items like motorcycles, boats and other man made attractions to give divers something to look at. C.J Gargagliano has been diving for a year. He spends almost every week diving. He says whether you are an advance swimmer or not instructors will always take the time to work with you. "There's nothing to be afraid of and the instructors here, even if you are afraid will make sure you can get over those fears,” Gargagliano said. If you would like to learn more about scuba diving at Scuba Divers Paradise visit the link below. https://www.scubadiversparadise.net/ Original link
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Missing scuba diver found in mud at bottom of northern Alberta lake - Calgary Herald

Error 400 (Bad Request)!!1400. That’s an error. Your client has issued a malformed or illegal request. That’s all we know.Original link
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Scuba diver drowns in lake near Athabasca - CBC.ca

Search and rescue teams retrieved the body of a scuba diver Sunday afternoon after the man drowned Saturday at a lake near Athabasca, Alta. RCMP say. The 44-year-old man was reported missing at around 3:45 p.m. on July 15 at Island Lake, around 30 kilometres northwest of Athabasca. His body was found at the bottom of the lake by divers and search and rescue on Saturday evening, Staff Sgt. Jeremie Landry said. Dive teams were working all day Sunday to recover the body from the lake. RCMP are not releasing the man's name. The Edmonton Medical Examiner's Office has ordered an autopsy.  The circumstances surrounding the drowning remain under investigation. Island Lake is around 30 kilometres northwest of Athabasca. (Google Maps) Original link
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Katy Perry squeezes her ample assets into slinky bikini | Daily Mail ... - Daily Mail

She was recently pictured getting cosy with a hunky Spanish singer during her seemingly never-ending Italian getway. And it seems the fun never ends in the life of a pop singer as Katy Perry continued to revel in her holiday by enjoying a dip in the azure waters of the Amalfi coast on Friday.The Bon Appétit hitmaker proved she wasn't afraid to get stuck in as she put on a scuba diving mask before perusing the Tyrrhenian Sea with her girlfriends.Scroll down for video It seems the fun never ends in the life of a pop singer as Katy Perry continued to revel in her Italian holiday by enjoying a dip in the azure waters of the Amalfi coast on Friday Make a statement in zig-zags like Katy It seems all of our favorite stars are away sunning themselves right now and the latest A-lister to give us sunshine envy is Katy who was spotted on the beach in Italy. The singer looked fab in a bold, zig zag bikini which made for a statement match against her peroxide blonde, cropped do. Her graphic patterned two piece looks like a Missoni number and although her particular style isn’t available to buy right now we have found some similar beach-y buys below. Head to MATCHESFASHION.COM to find a whole host of different colorways or bag yourself a bargain at Boohoo where you'll find stylish swimmers for a steal. * PRICES MAY NOT BE AS ADVERTISED ...NOW GET ONE LIKE IT Opting to flaunt her ample assets during her sun-soaked beach day, Katy, 32, squeezed her sizable bust into a slinky bikini, which was adorned with a vibrant zig-zag motif.The two-piece's scanty top boasted a particularly gaping cut between the bust, allowing the beauty to put her generous cleavage on full display. The design appeared a little too skimpy during some moments, as the star was regularly seen adjusting the number while chatting to friends.  Sizzling: The Bon Appétit hitmaker proved she wasn't afraid to get stuck in as she put on a scuba diving mask before perusing the Tyrrhenian Sea with her girlfriends If you've got it, flaunt it! Opting to flaunt her ample assets during her sun-soaked beach day, Katy, 32, squeezed her sizable bust into a slinky bikini, which was adorned with a vibrant zig-zag motif After cooling off, Katy retreated to a shady corner of the pebbled beach, where she sat on her phone Page-turner: Katy later reclined on the rocks and read Nigel Warburton's A Little History of Philosophy Peachy: Katy flashed a hint of pert derriere as she chatted with friends on her relaxing sojourn Working up an appetite: Katy munched on some chicken and salad as she reclined on the pebbly beachShowcasing her natural beauty, Katy chose to soak up the rays make-up free and left her short, blonde locks free from styling tools.She donned a navy embellished straw hat to protect her porcelain skin from the punishing rays. It's hardly surprising the star - who is scarcely pictured without a glamorous hair and make-up look - chose to keep her style so natural, given that she frequently hopped in and out of the water on the stone-coated beach.In fact, Katy appeared fixated on the sea as she slipped into its shallower waters and looked in awe at some of its marine life as she looked through a pair of goggles. Bon Appetit: Seemingly having worked up an appetite from all that fresh sea air, the beauty - who recently unveiled a food-centric video for her latest track - tucked into a chicken drumstick Who are you texting? Katy looked pensive as she got in some texting and looked off to the side Check you out: Katy appeared to be checking out her tan as she flashed some major cleavage in her string bikini Work it out: She donned a navy embellished straw hat to protect her porcelain skin from the punishing rays Busting out: Katy's ample bosom appeared to be in danger of spilling out as she reclined on the beach  Life's a beach: Katy was the epitome of beach glamour in her chic printed bikini Glowing: Katy looked relaxed and healthy as she revealed her stunning bikini body on a break from her gruelling performance schedule Buxom: Katy looked showstopping in her tony string bikini and chic straw hat After cooling off, Katy retreated to a shady corner of the pebbled beach, where she sat on her phone before turning the pages of Nigel Warburton's A Little History of Philosophy.Seemingly having worked up an appetite from all that fresh sea air, the beauty - who recently unveiled a food-centric video for her latest track - tucked into a chicken drumstick and some salad.Fit for a singing superstar, there was a lavish buffet served up on the beach with the star's friends seen helping themselves to the barbecue. She later gave a glimpse of her pert derriere and ample bosom as she bent over to rummage in a cream and brown beach bag.   Kicking back: Katy seemed transfixed by the book as she enjoyed a quiet moment of reading  Sunsoaked: The Teenage Dream hitmaker flashed a glowing tan as she stretched out her lithe frame on the beach Peaceful: Katy looked serene as she closed her eyes and enjoyed a moment of solitude during her afternoon Glittery: Katy showcased some metallic and very sparkling pink nails as she went to reach for her book Chilling: Katy looked peaceful as she enjoyed some shut-eye in the sun while showing off her toned midriff Glamorous: Katy looked funky for her beach day and wore heart shaped gold studs as she kicked back Solitude: Katy looked deep in thought as she chilled out in the picturesque location But in true superstar style, it wasn't long before the singing sensation headed back to her lavish yacht.The luxury vessel appeared to possess all of the requirements needed for a fun day at sea, as countless inflatables were seen onboard.The daredevil star  was seen taking a leap from the deck into the crystalline waters below.  Hungry: Fit for a singing superstar, there was a lavish buffet served up on the beach with the star's friends seen helping themselves to the barbecue Pert: Katy looked phenomenal as she rummaged in her bag and flashed her arm tattoo Beach babe: Katy showed off her toned thighs and pert bust as she walked around the beach adjusting her bikini top Sea life: Katy looked beautiful as she stood ankle-deep in the water and prepared to dive in Leggy: Katy flashed her muscular legs and peachy rear as she tapped away on her phone Jaw dropping: The star looked incredible in her tiny swimwear as she worked the bikini from all angles Busty: Katy revealed her ample assets as she prepared to dive into the water for a spot of swimming Brave: Katy braced herself as she prepared to dunk her head under water and observe the aquatic lifeShe scrunched her pretty features up as she hilariously prepared for the cold shock of hitting the water. Katy flashed her taut midriff and peachy posterior as she flew into the air. Inspired by her show of bravery, her friends were quick to follow her as they took a leap and joined her in the water.Katy could be seen braving the water as she did her best to keep her platinum crop above the waterline and splashed about.   Quick snack: Katy was then seen eating some raisins as she took a quick breather on the beach Chatting: Katy looked like she was catching up with a few friends or perhaps uploading an Instagram shot as she perused her phone Beach babe: Katy looked like a goddess as she reclined on the pebbles and struck a coy pose Idyllic: Katy blended in with fellow holidaymakers as she relaxed in front of the azure waters Laidback glam: Katy showed off her natural good looks as she looked up something on her phone Beach bum: Katy looked phenomenal as she flashed her rear and toned pinsAs she clambered out of the chilly waters, Katy put on a bootylicious display as she flaunted her peachy posterior and flawless legsShe was seen chatting with a few bikini-clad friends as she enjoyed her time onboard.Enjoying her trip to Europe, the star was toting some binoculars as she enjoyed the luxury on the yacht by sitting back on some cushions At one point she looked as if she was recreating the famous scene from Titanic as she put on a stunning display at the bow of the boat, looking out onto the idyllic scene. Firm friends: She was seen chatting with a few bikini-clad friends as she enjoyed her time onboard  Glam squad: Katy looked sunkissed as she chatted with friends before taking a leap off the boat Apprehensive: Katy looked slightly worried ahead of her big leap into the sea Here she goes: Katy took the leap as her excited friends watched on and recorded her on their phones Airborne: Katy looked lithe as she prepared to splash into the water from the deck of the boat Making a splash: The star comically screwed up her face as she hit the chilly crystalline waters  Frolicking: Katy pulled a face as she splashed  about in the water with a glamorous friendThe Rise songstress later put on a jaw-dropping display as she prowled around the deck of the luxury yacht, revealing her sunkissed lithe limbs and toned midriff.Her platinum locks quickly dried off in the sun and looked casually chic in a tousled crop.She showcased her peachy derriere as she turned around to towel herself off. Pert: As she clambered out of the chilly waters, Katy put on a bootylicious display as she flaunted her peachy posterior and flawless legs A little help from my friends: Katy's pals gave her a helping hand as she clambered back aboard the yacht Wow factor: Katy looked sensational as she emerged from the sea and back onto the boat Perks: Katy gratefully accepted a hot towel as she dried herself off aboard the lavish yacht, showcasing her peachy posterior Closer look: Katy looked through some binoculars as she surveyed the stunning scenery Eagle eyed:  Enjoying her trip to Europe, the star was toting some binoculars as she enjoyed the luxury on the yacht by sitting back on some cushions Curvaceous: Katy showed off her jawdropping curves as she dried off after her chilly dip Leggy: The Rise songstress later put on a jaw-dropping display as she prowled around the deck of the luxury yacht, revealing her sunkissed lithe limbs and toned midriff Eye-popping: At one point she looked as if she was recreating the famous scene from Titanic as she put on a stunning display at the bow of the boat, looking out onto the idyllic scene   Original link
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Scuba Instructors Offer Lessons At Pittsburgh Zoo « CBS Pittsburgh - CBS Pittsburgh / KDKA

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Amphibious mammals known as humans are the center of attention at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.The “Go Dive Now Pool Tour” is back for a weekend visit. Local scuba instructors offer lessons to beginners. “Scuba diving is one of the most awesome sports in the world,” says Beth Cochran, owner of All Things Aquatic Dive Center. “And you can do it at any age, from 10 to 99.”Among those about to dive for the first time is Beth Carlton. The North Hills woman has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. As her husband watches, Beth’s initial fear and excitement gave way to a sense of relaxation, of energy and movement, that she had not experienced in many years.“Look, I can move my feet,” she exclaims. “And I can’t do that at all. And it doesn’t hurt. Nothing hurts. And it feels so nice. And it’s just fun. And it’s fun I haven’t had in a long, long time.”The traveling scuba pool is open to zoo visitors through Sunday. Don’t forget your swimsuit and towel.Join The Conversation On The KDKA Facebook PageStay Up To Date, Follow KDKA On Twitter Original link
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UVic using scuba divers for science - Victoria News - Victoria News

University of Victoria researchers are calling on the local sport diving community for help counting at-risk species, such as the rockfish, in our local waters. Guardians of the Deep, a new research program led by marine ecologist John Volpe and grad student Stefania Gorgopa of UVic’s School of Environmental Studies, is turning to local scuba divers for assistance with surveys of marine fish populations in protected areas around Victoria and the Gulf Islands. “We need citizen scientist diver volunteers of all skill levels to count fish, essentially,” says Gorgopa. “Unlike terrestrial systems which are easily monitored, marine communities can be very challenging to work in and as a result our collective knowledge is extremely modest. We have many at-risk species in local waters, including rockfish, and we have little to no idea how they are doing.” To overcome this, Gorgopa is seeking to enlist the local dive community in an effort to increase the number of eyes in the water. The research will evaluate local fish communities, assess local conservation areas, while also comparing fish count data provided by citizen science volunteers of different skill and experience levels. Throughout the summer, Volpe and Gorgopa will hold focus information sessions for interested and experienced scuba divers. There are permanent dives sites in Victoria (Ogden Point and Henderson Point) and on Galiano Island where there will be free boat dives offered to qualified volunteers. Original link
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Shivamogga: Victim of Hawaii scuba diving tragedy loses life - Daijiworld.com

Daijiworld Media Network - Shivamogga (SP) Shivamogga, Jul 12: V Shruthi (20) from here, who had slipped into coma following an accident during scuba diving at Hawaii in which her oxygen mask had got detached, lost her battle for life. The young lady, who became comatose on June 30, breathed her last on Sunday July 9 night, her family sources confirmed. Father of the lady, Vishwanath, confirmed that Shruthi's body has been donated to a hospital at Hawaii. He added that her ashes would be brought here for performing final rites. At the time of Shruthi's accident, which happened during her journey with her husband working in USA whom she had married last year, none of her family members had passports. They had applied for passports after the doctors at Hawaii felt that the presence of close ones could make some difference in the condition of Shruthi. While Shruthi's mother, Shakunthala, and brother Karthik, became successful in getting passports under Tatkal scheme and travelled to Hawaii on July 7, her father, Vishwanath, could not travel with them as his passport had not arrived on time. Shruthi had married Seetharamakrishna from Vijayawada, currently working for Yahoo at San Jose, California, last year. She was on a tour of Hawaii with her husband by making use of holidays, when tragedy struck the family on June 30. Original link
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Scuba Diving Hall of Fame nominations open | Cayman Compass - Cayman Compass

The late Gladys Howard was honored in the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame in 2015.Nominations are open to consider local honorees for this year’s International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, managed by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism.The department is interested in scuba diving trailblazers who have made significant contributions to the sport in Cayman.The Hall of Fame has recognized 30 local honorees since it was established in 2003, including Nancy Easterbrook, Gladys Howard, Dr. James Polson, Kem Jackson, Peter Milburn, Don Foster, Ron Kipp and Stephen Broadbelt.This year, the Hall of Fame is inducting ScubaPro co-founder Dick Bonin, filmmaker Krov Menuhin, Resort Course scuba diving developer Gardner Young and 1940s underwater camera designer Kurt Schaefer.Hall of Fame founding board member Rod McDowall said the nominations recognize the important role that diving plays in Cayman’s tourism sector.“Scuba diving is such an integral part of our tourism offerings in the Cayman Islands, and it is important to remember those people that made their mark in the industry here. We are looking for people that are pioneers and household names in Cayman’s scuba diving and water sports industries,” Mr. McDowall said.The deadline for submission is Aug. 4. The induction ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 29.To nominate an individual, visit www.nominatedive.com.Original link
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Sailing drones are collecting data from the Arctic to the tropics - SCUBA News

Over the next four months, NOAA scientists will launch unmanned ocean vehicles, called Saildrones, from the Arctic to the tropical Pacific Ocean to help better understand how changes in the ocean are affecting weather, climate, fisheries and marine mammals. The wind and solar-powered research vehicles will travel thousands of miles across the ocean, reaching some areas never before surveyed with such specialised technology.In mid-July, scientists will send off the first unmanned sailing vehicles from Alaska, with two sailing north through the Bering Strait into the Arctic Ocean and another crossing the Bering Sea. Traversing Alaska’s inhospitable waters, the remotely-operated vehicles will track melting ice, measure the ocean’s levels of carbon dioxide and count fish, seals and whales to better understand their behaviour and population.Surveying more than 3,100 nautical miles in the Bering Sea, the drones will collect data on walleye pollock, Northern fur seals that prey on them and the elusive North Pacific right whale. This work will build on research conducted during 2016, including a study of fur seal feeding rates. Carey Kuhn, ecologist with NOAA Fisheries’ Alaska Fisheries Science Center, and her team will also attach video cameras on fur seals to record feeding and verify the species and sizes of fish that fur seals are eating. “We are excited to be able to use the video to see the ocean from a fur seal’s point of view,” says Kuhn. “Critical information about fur seals is still lacking and using the video camera and unmanned sailing vehicle will help us better understand this declining population.”Fur Seal in Bering Sea. Photo by Captain Budd ChristmanIn September, scientists will launch two more unmanned systems, this time from California, on a six-month 8000 nautical mile round trip mission to the equator and back to improve the Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS). TPOS provides real-time data used by the US and partner nations to forecast weather and climate, including El Nino. The unmanned sailing vehicles will take part in a larger field study with NASA, and visit mooring sites along the array of observing buoys. “Saildrones can do adaptive sampling like research ships, but at a fraction of the cost,” says Meghan Cronin, PMEL oceanographer. “We’ll be testing whether this new, enhanced tool can provide a suite of measurements at a quality that matches research ships and proven mooring technology. If this is the case, they may become a powerful tool to provide key observations for weather forecasts.”Drones will not replace other oceanic research systems. “Ships, buoys and satellites are still necessary, but these unmanned sailboats give researchers expansive views of the furthest corners of the world’s oceans.Summer of sailing drones, NOAA Original link
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Scuba diving experience comes to Pittsburgh Zoo - Tribune-Review

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Emotional tributes paid to beloved drama teacher who died while scuba diving at disused quarry - Mirror.co.uk

Emotional tributes are being paid to a popular drama teacher who died while scuba diving at a disused quarry. Kelda Henderson was diving at the site with friends when she failed to surface. The alarm was raised and a fellow diver desperately tried to find the 36-year-old in the 10-metre (33ft) deep quarry, but was unable to reach her, the Daily Record reports. The mum-of-one worked as a drama teacher at the exclusive George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh, where staff and students were left "shocked" after learning of her death. Ms Henderson, 36, was diving at the site with friends when she failed to surfaceRead MorePrincipal Cameron Wyllie yesterday paid tribute to the teacher, saying: “Ms Henderson was an immensely talented, compassionate and vibrant person who loved teaching drama. "She inspired a love of her subject in many young people over the years. Those of us at school are very shocked.” Ms Henderson's was recovered by police at Prestonhill Quarry in Inverkeithing, Fife, yesterday morning. A rescue mission was launched by police, fire crews and HM Coastguard after the alarm was raised at about 10pm on Sunday night. Ms Henderson's body was recovered from the quarry by a police dive team (Image: Daily Record)A source told how a male companion tried in vain to reach the experienced diver. The source said: “The man that was with her desperately tried to get to her in the water but he couldn’t reach her. “He called the emergency services straight away but it was clear that something had gone very wrong.” Police said the tragic death is currently being treated as “unexplained”. Security fences were erected at the quarry in the wake of two deaths in 2014 and 2015, but were badly vandalised by youths within days of going up. Read MoreThe water is littered with debris from fly tippers including wire cabling and at least two cars. Locals have called for the quarry to be drained and filled in to avoid any more deaths. SNP councillor Alice McGarry said businesses were working on a scheme to set up a supervised diving centre at the site. Prestonhill is popular with scuba divers from across Scotland who regularly train at the site.Original link
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Scuba Scare: Diver Looking for Golf Balls Encounters Gator That Bit His Arm - Inside Edition

A man in scuba gear is recovering after he was attacked by an alligator that bit his arm as he went diving for golf balls at a Florida course last week.Scott Lahodik was attacked by the gator as he was underwater collecting balls in at the Rotonda Golf & Country Club Palms Course in Charlotte County.Onlookers called 911 after he emerged from the pond."It’s all the way down to the bone," one called said of the wound on Lahodik’s left arm.Despite the ordeal, Lahodik is expected to recover.Diving for golf balls is a common practice and a $200 million industry. The recovered golf balls are resold for profit. However, there's always the risk of a deadly encounter with a hungry gator.The gator was euthanized, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission protocol.Original link
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Scuba diving victim dies - The Hindu - The Hindu

Staff Reporter Shivamogga, July 10, 2017 22:48 IST Updated: July 10, 2017 22:48 IST ";var device = "";for ( var type in WFClientTypeDef) {if (window.matchMedia(WFClientTypeDef[type]).matches) {switch (type) {case "xlarge":device = 'desktop';break;case "large":device = 'desktop';break;case "medium":device = 'tab';break;case "small":device = 'mobile';break;}break;}}var writeOnDocument = true;var skipOnDeviceValue = "[medium, small]";var noSkipOnDevice = skipOnDeviceValue.length > 0;if(noSkipOnDevice) {if (skipOnDeviceValue.indexOf("large") > -1 && 'desktop' == device) {writeOnDocument = false;}if (skipOnDeviceValue.indexOf("medium") > -1 && 'tab' == device) {writeOnDocument = false;}if (skipOnDeviceValue.indexOf("small") > -1 && 'mobile' == device) {writeOnDocument = false;}}if(writeOnDocument) {d.write(adcode);}}(document);Shruthi, the 21-year-old girl from Lakkavalli village in Chikkamagaluru district, who sustained injuries recently during scuba diving in the U.S. and subsequently slipped into coma, died on Monday.The victim was married to Seetharamakrishna, a software engineer from Vijayawada, who was working in California. The incident took place when the couple went to Hawaii island for a holiday on June 30.Following the mishap, she was admitted to Maui Memorial Medical Centre in Sunnyvale. Karthik, the brother of the victim, has said that water had gushed to her brain causing damage to the cells. She failed to respond to treatment.The family has decided to donate her organs. The cremation will be held in California.Karthik and his mother had flown to the U.S. to look after her.Original link
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Woman diver feared dead after failing to resurface after scuba training at Fife quarry where two teenagers recently died - The Scottish Sun

Fears grow Police were called to Prestonhill Quarry in Inverkeithing around 10pm last night to search for the diver A SCUBA diver is feared dead after she failed to resurface at a Fife quarry where two teenagers died recently.Police are still searching for the woman in the “ongoing incident” at Prestonhill Quarry in Inverkeithing. The quarry where two teenagers died in the last few years Kirkcaldy lad John McKay, 18, died at the quarry in June 2015, and Cameron Lancaster, 18, from Burntisland, died there in August 2014.Police Scotland inspector Ian Stephen of Dalgety Bay Police Station said: “We are coordinating efforts to trace a diver who got into difficulties whilst scuba diving in Prestonhill Quarry, Inverkeithing.“The incident was reported to police around 10pm on Sunday, July 9, at which time Fire and Rescue officers and HM Coastguard, along with police officers and the Police Scotland helicopter made their way to the quarry to undertake searches. Most read in news MORE CASTLEMILK DRAMA Police sealed off house in Castlemilk for several hours in incident possibly linked to Glasgow gun murder which killed Jamie Lee PARK 'AMBUSH' Slain dad Jamie Lee's killing during Castlemilk bloodbath linked to five-year feud over death of close family friend KIDNAP ORDEAL Vicious thugs abducted Hamilton gym boss before attacking him with machete over cash row between crime mobs PARK MURDER PROBE Cops launch murder probe after man was stabbed to death in Strathaven park STABBED TO DEATH Police and ambulance crews rush to park in Strathaven after a man is stabbed to death FIGHT ARRESTS Four women arrested over street brawl in Castlemilk next to scene of Jamie Lee gunfight murder PEDIGREE CHUMPS Brothers-in-law unload 160 boxes of 'dog food' at Glasgow pet grooming salon only to discover they'd been sent £6million drugs haul HARDCORE PORPOISE East Kilbride man caught with sickening stash of videos of humans having sex with dolphins and other animals dodges jail 'CHILLINGLY EVIL' Sick thugs who blitzed a family’s pet lizards in a blender were told they could dodge jail if they volunteered to help animals in Aberdeen SCARE BALLOON Nine-year-old girl collapses after sucking helium from balloon at McDonald’s in Dundee KEEP ON RUNNING Hero jogger leaps into the Clyde to save drowning woman and then continues on his run like nothing happened BLOODBATH Shooting victim Jamie Lee was gunned down during vicious gang brawl in Castlemilk just three weeks after birth of baby son Inspector Stephen continued: “We believe that the diver got into difficulties and failed to resurface. Further searches will be undertaken during the day, led by specialist officers from Police Scotland’s Dive and Marine Unit.“The woman’s family has been made aware of the incident.  Further updates will be issued when appropriate.”We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun Online? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0141 420 5266Original link
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Scuba diving gear recalled due to potential of bursting under pressure - KMTV - 3 News Now

Suunto has recalled all Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitters and Suunto Tank PODs because they could burst under pressure. According to a statement on its website, 'Suunto has identified a potential safety risk affecting all Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitters and Suunto Tank PODs which wirelessly transmit tank air pressure to compatible Suunto dive computers. In two reported incidents, the exterior case of a Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitter has failed during regular dry land pressure testing. Although extremely rare, this represents a potential risk of injury due to the risk of bursting.'The affected products included:Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitter SS019098000 and SS005397000 SUUNTO WIRELESS TANK PRESSURE TRANSMITTER Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitter has a black cone-shaped plastic case – with SUUNTO, FINLAND printed on top of the case. The old model has a black plastic base. The new model has a transparent plastic based with an LED light. Size: diameter approximately 4 cm, length approximately 8 cm Compatible Products: Suunto D4i, D4i Novo, D6i, D6i Novo, D9, D9tx, DX, Vytec, Vytec DS, Vyper Novo, HelO2, Vyper Air. Suunto Tank POD SS020306000 SUUNTO TANK POD Suunto Tank POD has black cone-shaped plastic case with SUUNTO TANK POD, MADE IN FINLAND printed in gray color on the case and a transparent plastic base. Size: diameter approximately 4 cm, length appoximately 8 cm Compatible products: Suunto EON Steel dive computer. All consumers who have a Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitter or Tank POD are instructed to take their products to an authorized Suunto dive dealer or a Suunto Authorized Service Center for a free inspection and upgrade. All Transmitters and Tank PODs must not be used before the upgrade has been made. As a complementary service, Suunto will provide a battery replacement free of charge and a one-year warranty from the date of inspection for all upgraded products. Original link
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Where to scuba dive on Maui's south side - Hawaiimagazine.com

Scuba divers visiting Maui may already be privy to Molokini Crater and Honolua Bay, but Maui’s south side shouldn’t be overlooked. From Kihei to Makena, there are plenty of dive spots to choose from off its miles of sandy beaches that allow easy accessibility into the water and conditions that work well for all skill levels.  Here’s a look at five locations where you’ll encounter reef, lava rocks and caves to explore.Makena Landing/Five CavesThis south side venue is popular for night and daytime divers because of its easy shoreline entry, nearby shower and bathrooms, and high probability of seeing marine life. You’re likely to come across sea turtles resting in the nearby caves, and rumor has it the occasional whitetip shark is spotted during early morning dives here. You can access this location by driving along Highway 31 until you reach Makena Road. Turn right and you’ll see the beach. Entrance to the dive site is a simple walk, but be prepared to swim a bit to get to the coral and caves located on the right, near the rocky point of the bay. The maximum depth is about 30 to 40 feet. Click here to view the location.Photo: ThinkstockKeoneoio BayAttracting divers and snorkelers who enjoy exploring a remote location protected from development, Keoneoio Bay, also known as La Perouse Bay, is located at the end of the 1,238-acre Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve, Hawaii’s first natural reserve and home to Haleakala’s last eruption. Portions of this part of the island are closed off to the public in order to protect the area’s reefs, anchialine pools and native vegetation. The bay, however, is located at the end of the reserve and is open to the public. Divers might see plenty of tropical fish and, fingers crossed, a dolphin pod if conditions are right. Follow this link for directions. Just remember to respect the wildlife and be careful with your entry; the area is rocky. Note: There are no facilities on site and La Perouse Bay is best to dive during the winter months.Photo: ThinkstockPalauea BeachAlso known as White Rock, Palauea Beach is a wonderful dive off a sandy beach that is typically not crowded, thanks to its somewhat discrete location. Positioned near the Wailea resorts off Makena Road in a residential neighborhood south of Polo Beach, it has reef and rock formations that house various marine life. Swim out towards the outer edges of the beach and enjoy a dive of about 45 feet. There are no showers, but last we checked, there is a port-a-potty.Palauea Beach, facing south. Photo: Wikimedia CommonsWailea BeachA beautiful place to see tropical fish, such as eels and surgeonfish, that is ideal for beginner and intermediate divers, as the entry is easy and the depth ranges from 20 to 40 feet. Parking, showers and bathrooms are available for public use. Head towards the Grand Wailea and follow the signs to Wailea Beach. Enter the water and head towards the rocky area on the left. Morning dives are best here.Wailea Point. Photo: RosaSay/FlickrSt. Anthony’s WreckUnlike the other shoreline dives previously mentioned, this dive is accessible by boat or by taking an underwater scooter. Located about a half-mile off the coast of Wailea, St. Anthony’s Wreck was intentionally sunk to about 60 feet in 1997 as an artificial reef, and today it attracts everything from trumpet fish to octopus. You’ll need to book a dive with a local scuba shop to see this 65-foot-long sunken ship. It is known as Maui’s only official artificial reef. Bring a flashlight to enhance visibility.  St. Anthony's Wreck.Photo: Stephanie Batzer/Flickr Original link
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Want To Work In The Scuba Industry? UK Retailer Simply Scuba Is Hiring - DeeperBlue.com

Are you based in the UK and keen to get into the professional side of the industry?  UK diving retailer Simply Scuba is looking to hire someone to join their customer service team.Simply Scuba is one of the UK’s leading online retailers for diving gear and has been around since 1995 (1 year older than DeeperBlue.com!).  Whilst their focus has traditionally been on Scuba and Tech Diving, they have recently introduced new Freediving and Spearfishing sections.Simply Scuba is looking for:“A Customer Care Agent who can provide our customers and other team members with accurate and detailed advice on technical scuba products to assist customers in making an informed buying decision. We need someone to join our current hard working and dynamic customer care team in helping us to ensure high levels of customer satisfaction is held throughout all four of our brands. Customer satisfaction is a critical success factor for an online retailer; as such the role of a Customer Care Agent is crucial in ensuring that that customer’s needs are met in a timely and professional manner. The primary function of the role is to facilitate customer communications via telephone, email and social media, to identify the needs of the customer provide them with the desired outcome to their query.”If you are interested then head over to the Simply Scuba Job Vacancies page and get your CV over to them! Original link
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Scuba diving gear recalled due to potential of bursting under ... - WPTV.com

Suunto has recalled all Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitters and Suunto Tank PODs because they could burst under pressure. RELATED: More recall newsAccording to a statement on its website, 'Suunto has identified a potential safety risk affecting all Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitters and Suunto Tank PODs which wirelessly transmit tank air pressure to compatible Suunto dive computers.In two reported incidents, the exterior case of a Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitter has failed during regular dry land pressure testing. Although extremely rare, this represents a potential risk of injury due to the risk of bursting.'The affected products included:Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitter SS019098000 and SS005397000 SUUNTO WIRELESS TANK PRESSURE TRANSMITTER Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitter has a black cone-shaped plastic case – with SUUNTO, FINLAND printed on top of the case. The old model has a black plastic base. The new model has a transparent plastic based with an LED light. Size: diameter approximately 4 cm, length approximately 8 cm Compatible Products: Suunto D4i, D4i Novo, D6i, D6i Novo, D9, D9tx, DX, Vytec, Vytec DS, Vyper Novo, HelO2, Vyper Air. Suunto Tank POD SS020306000 SUUNTO TANK POD Suunto Tank POD has black cone-shaped plastic case with SUUNTO TANK POD, MADE IN FINLAND printed in gray color on the case and a transparent plastic base. Size: diameter approximately 4 cm, length appoximately 8 cm Compatible products: Suunto EON Steel dive computer. All consumers who have a Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitter or Tank POD are instructed to take their products to an authorized Suunto dive dealer or a Suunto Authorized Service Center for a free inspection and upgrade. All Transmitters and Tank PODs must not be used before the upgrade has been made.As a complementary service, Suunto will provide a battery replacement free of charge and a one-year warranty from the date of inspection for all upgraded products. Original link
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