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Waterproof Dive Card

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Jake 10, Oct 7, 2020.

  1. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

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    Yeah, it was... also read the OP title, “...and fish card”.

    They have recently made it somehow more awful? It’s still the best hard-copy book I have seen, ponderous as it may be.
     
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  2. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I have found that these cards are typically sold at the destination in local shops. They've not been extra expensive to buy at the local shop so we get them at the destination and treat 'em as souvenirs.

    My keys fishID card came from Flakeys dive center, my Cozumel card came from Dive Paradise's dive shop. I've never been to Bonaire.

    Anthony's Key on Roatan actually had a big education facility where you take classes on environmental stuff and other things. They had a local fish ID class that was pretty good and I think that's where we got our Roatan card.
     
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  3. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

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    In what way? I find them quite easy to use and incredibly helpful.

    The STRI website and app are also incredibly helpful. Shorefishes - Homepage

    I'm in the camp of not liking the underwater cards. Just bulk to flap/flutter around. I prefer to review/study ... dive/identify ... review/study ... dive/identify and repeat.

    You could also join REEF and attend their regular fishinars. I've found them very helpful as well.

    Lastly I've found that an underwater camero/gopro also help a great deal to allow you to capture video or photos to then research after the dive to identify or confirm what you saw.
     
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  4. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

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  5. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

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    One additional piece of advice. I don't know where you currently are in terms of fish ID skills but just start high level and get better over time. You begin with being able to ID the family/genus. That's a snapper, that's a grunt, that's a blenny, that's a damselfish, that's a surgeonfish, that's a jack, etc, etc. From there you learn over time how to differentiate the species of snapper, grunt, damselfish, etc., etc. There really is no end to it! I'm far better than I was 4 years ago but I have alot more to learn and refine.
     
  6. Jake 10

    Jake 10 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    here is another example of what I am looking but it seems they are only sold to boat operators, hotels, and resale stores

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  7. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I have the Reef Fish ID books. I presume we’re talking about the same thing?



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    They are static and difficult to navigate. Simply an eVersion of their books. I’d like to see a better implementation of the ID algorithm. Would require a lot of work unfortunately. A lot of tagging which my grandchildren may enjoy one day because it’s not happening now. Market is miniscule. I teach an advanced Fish ID class specialising in Indo and the Philippines. Those books are useful but only to a limited degree.
     
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  8. lowwall

    lowwall Loggerhead Turtle

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    I think the OP is looking for waterproof diving and fishing location cards, not fish ID cards.
     
  9. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Probably correct. Needs to change Thread Title to something more appropriate!

    Currently:

    Waterproof Dive & Fish Card
     
  10. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Once you learn how they are organized I can navigate them well enough. No organization structure will work for everyone. Theirs is as good as any. Just my opinion.

    I like the STRI website for online, more up-to-date data with more photos. I use that site as much or more than the REEF books. But I still use both regularly.
     

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