One Good Photo Per Dive

Whenever I have an extended break from diving I get a little nervous leading up to the day of the dive. Thinking in advance of waking up at 4 am so I wouldn’t miss the boat departure from Ventura at 6 am didn’t help. As the days grew closer I… 

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Diving Shaw’s Cove

I didn’t do any diving for all of September as we traveled to Montana and Michigan, so I’d been itching to get underwater. Luckily the opportunity came as friends were heading down to Laguna Beach to dive Shaw’s Cove yesterday. As much as I hate waking up early just to leave the house by 5:30am it was… 

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The Best Dive and Travel Bag

What’s the best dive bag? How about the best dive travel bag? Their the one and the same: Aqualung Traveler 1550 series roller bag By the end of last year (2014) this dive bag had been on countless dive trips in my car, on boats and even on airplanes. I would throw… 

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New Open Water Materials

Just received my new Open Water materials (for the 2014 update) from PADI as part of a “Start Up Pack” that contains: OW Prescriptive Lesson Guides OW DVD Confined Water Slates Open Water Slates The latest OW Manual Quizzes & Exam booklet Exam answer keys I’m looking forward to teaching… 

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Oil Rigs and my E-PM1 camera

I took my new Olympus E-PM1 underwater camera on what was my first fun boat dive of 2013 (as an instructor I don’t count student boat dives). The photo doesn’t look like much but it’s quite a step up from my SeaLife DC1200. I’ve only got one strobe hooked up… 

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UK AquaSun eLED light review update

Back in 2010 I wrote that I was diving with UK’s AquaSun eLED dive light and I enjoyed the light. Well it’s 2012, I’m still using the light but I’m a little more aware of it’s downsides. First I don’t like the rechargeable battery, mainly because it requires taking the… 

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Nitrogen Concentration Levels

After a weekend doing wreck diving in San Diego on the Lois Ann (fun boat) I can’t help but wonder if there is such a thing as a dangerous level of nitrogen concentration in a person? My dive computer of choice is the Suunto Vyper Air and one of the things it… 

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Master Scuba Diver Trainer

A week ago I submitted my online application to PADI for Master Scuba Diver Trainer or MSDT and in less than a week I had a letter from PADI saying congrats and my new credentials: I only wish I had chosen the Project Aware card design like I did with… 

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Nudibranch feeding on a Tube Anenome

Craig sent me this video of a Nudibranch (Dendronotus iris) feeding on a Tube Anemone and from the looks of it this Nudibranch is quite quite large. Check it out: Monterey Shootout 2012 Macro Video First Place from Walter Marti on Vimeo.

Bonne Terre Mine

I came across this article in Alert Diver magazine on the Bonne Terre Mine in Bonne Terre, Missouri. Then I found this video excerpt from the History Channel’s trip: The Alert Diver article boasts some really nice photographs from the mine which you can find in this gallery. The dive site seems like… 

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