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Dive dry with dr. Bill #454: The wonder of a child

When mid-August arrives, I know it is time to prepare for my annual trip to Howland's Landing on the West End of the island. Last year I did so in Packy's jeep, but it cost $50 to fill the tank so I looked for options that were more in line with a divebum's budget. Fortunately…
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Beach Diving Done Right

Beach Diving Done Right Pure diving freedom just takes some planning and a little know-how. By Scuba Gear Reports.com EVERYONE LOVES A good boat dive, whether it’s a day trip or a five-day live-aboard adventure. That said, there is something special about beach diving. It’s the luxury of driving up to the beach of your…
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Sidemount Diving – What is it and why would you want to do it?

Sidemount Diving – What is it and why would you want to do it? Text by WDM’s Joe Porter Photographs by Heidi Porter and Gene Page It all started when I was at the Beneath The Sea dive convention in New Jersey and as my taxi pulled up to our hotel, I reached around to…
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Cam Buckle Assembly Instructions

[TABLE=width: 100%] [TD=width: 20%] The attached files contain step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and images for lacing webbing through cam buckles. There are some excellent videos on the Web, but there are times when the portability of a hard-copy, higher resolution, and the option of editing are desirable. These files are in the public domain and can…
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Best Critter Dives

Underwater science is usually rather dull. Hours spent collecting data. Data that's not particularly interesting in and of itself. Data that becomes interesting only when conjoined with similar data from other sites and times. The media stars of underwater science like Sylvia Earle and Bob Ballard reach out from the pages of a glossy book…
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Should Shark Week Focus on Conservation?

First aired on July 27, 1987, Shark Week has become an annual event. It is now broadcast in over 72 countries and last year over 30 million viewers tuned in worldwide. This is a fantastic forum to discuss the current plight of sharks, to discuss the 100,000,000 being killed each year, and to explain the…
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Some new AQUATIC allies join the fight against Lionfish in Roatan

Much has been written about the ongoing battle with the invasive lionfish population that is growing in the Caribbean and Gulf Coast. The invasive lionfish have no known natural enemies and are currently causing destruction to many once thriving reef populations. Sunday, in an exclusive interview with DiverWire.com, Nic Bach of the National Roatan Marine…
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A Day with Stephen Frink

Stephen Frink has oft been cited as the “Last Pro Photographer Standing” in the Scuba Industry. While this appellation might upset a few working photographers, no one can deny that the length, the breadth and, of course, the depth of this man's work far surpasses anyone working as a pro photographer today. His images are…
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Just Say Thanks - SUDS Diving

Saying “thanks", sounds easy but too often we let those opportunities pass us by. We see our men and women in the military at airports and throughout the community and they are most often always willing to help each other and lead a helping hand. The military community is fiercely committed to taking care of…
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Scuba Buoyancy Masterclass 4of9 - Assessing Your Weight Requirements

Assessing Your Weight Requirements Divers can achieve precise and correct weighting through the application of several assessment methods. As the diver progresses in experience, whenever they change equipment or whenever they change diving environments (salt/fresh water) they should re-assess their weighting. During initial stages of diver development, changes in breathing patterns and increased relaxation underwater…
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Anatomy of a 17th Century Shipwreck

Text written by John Mattera Photos by John Mattera & Howard Ehrenberg We do not know what name she went by, so we have given her one. As a matter of course, we have given her a few. Her name changes as we learn more about her, or more precisely, as we grow to know…
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