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  1. Feeding the Animals: Is it Ever OK?

    If you have ever been to a zoo, you have seen one or more signs conspicuously displayed that say "DON'T FEED THE ANIMALS." Interestingly enough, I have never seen a sign like that under the sea while diving. To some people that means it's just fine to feed the animals- a fishball to attract sharks, green peas to draw out a moray eel, or chopping open an urchin to feed the Garibaldi's in the kelp forest off southern California. I have seen all of these. I have also seen the Sunset House mermaid ...
  2. How dangerous is diving?

    How dangerous is diving? Great question. And the answer is... as dangerous or as safe as your want it to be. There is no question that putting on equipment and submerging one's self beneath the surface of a lake or ocean has inherent and obvious dangers. But if you limit you dives to open water, within recreational limits, maintain good health, and maintain your diving skills as an active diver, and dive only with quality equipment, well maintained, do a thorough buddy check, dive with ...
  3. Credentials and Competence

    Having spent another summer working with student divers at all levels, and having been diving on a few trips with certified divers at all levels, I have been thinking lately about the correlation between certification level and competence in the water. I am big proponent of continuing diver education, whether an advanced open water course, specialties, or even professional track certifications like DM and Instructor. I think every diver who invests themselves in a continuing education course ...

    Updated September 2nd, 2012 at 04:26 PM by DivemasterDennis (typos)

  4. Beer at a Training Weekend?

    Summertime is the time for open water training in Colorado, and we have 5 events over the summer. We call them "open water weekends," and we have anywhere from 15 to 30 students at each, in classes from open water through rescue and many specialties. Dive master candidates work on their requirements as well. We set up a large canopy, fire up the grill, and make it a real event. I have attended about 50 of these weekends, a couple as a student and the rest as part of the training staff. Last ...
  5. Some Things are More Interesting to Look at Than a Compass

    As you know from many of my posts on the discussions here on scubaboard as well as few other blog posts, I am big on navigation. I like to know where I was, where I am, and how to get to where I want to go while underwater.
    Last weekend my local dive center had its second open water weekend of the summer. We had 20 open water students, 4 advanced open water students, two rescue diver students and a man doing his altitude diving specialty. I was privileged to work with the advanced ...

    Updated July 12th, 2012 at 09:34 AM by DivemasterDennis (typos)

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