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My UW pics

by Ksporry on November 25, 2013

Not gonna do the blog thing again, but do want to occasionally show some of my pics. Since I host my pics on Flickr I rather just provide the link.

Have a look and feel free to leave comments!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ksporry/sets/72157634118662212/

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Diving With Computers - Safety Considerations

by SKuba Steve on November 22, 2013

Last week I listed the following reasons I dive a computer and discussed the first one:

Increased dive time

Safety

The tables seem like they were designed to sell dive computers

Gas mixture programming

Dive logging

Convenience

In this week's exciting episode of 'Why Dive a Computer?' we'll explore some safety considerations related to SCUBA diving with a computer.

Here is a summary of SKuba Steve's dive computer do's and don'ts!

Diving Computer Do's

Plan your own dives

Tell your computer the truth

Diving Computer Don'ts

Don't perform decompression (or Nitrox) diving without proper training

Don't share dive computers

Let's get to it... ...

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Reef Ball Foundation: rebuilding reefs one ball at a time!

by Ksso on November 22, 2013

At Dema I had the opportunity to meet with Todd Barber who manages the Reef Ball Foundation.

For those who haven't heard about reef balls, they're basically concrete hemispheres laid on the bottom of the ocean and planted with corals to build an artificial reef. As time passes, coral will eventually grow to totally cover the ball and make it indistinguishable from regular reefs.

I knew about such initiatives but I had no idea the scale Todd pushed it to - with over 750.000 reef balls deployed in 70 countries and 7000 sites in over 20 year - that's a hell lot of reef balls !  ...

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DIVEBOARD AT DEMA 2013 ORLANDO, FLORIDA

by Kernsart on November 18, 2013

DEMA 2013, in Orlando, Florida seemed bigger this year, than last. The floor of the Orange County Convention Center, filled with gear, travel venues, accessories, and much more.The opening day air, was filled with the excitement of people in the diving industry from all over the world. Vendors readied and waiting for the crowd to enter, could hear "SCUBA RADIO" pumping up the crowd with music and giveaways. The veterans, talked among themselves, checked text messages, looking up on occas-ion for a familiar face, or distracted by the noise of the crowd. The newcomers, starry-eyed, searching for friends and perhaps a glimpse of one of the diving world's superstars. Then the doors opened on...

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A Short Film "Underwater Poker Benefit 2013"

by SKuba Steve on November 16, 2013

Hi DiveBuddies!

Just a short film from our Underwater Poker Benefit event this year.

Enjoy!

SKuba Steve

underpressurediveblog.wordpress.com

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Why Dive a Computer? – Increased Dive Time!

by SKuba Steve on November 15, 2013

Editor’s note: There are six basic reasons I dive a computer and I wrote a really nice wordy word blog post about it and it was so long even I wouldn’t read it so… I’ve broken it down into six segments which I’ll post on Friday mornings (beginning with this one). Thx!

Now… why dive a computer?

I’m a gear-o-phile. Okay now that we got that out of the way…

Dive computers are a great addition to your dive system. When a diver on a limited budget asks me what they should purchase first, a dive computer is always high on the list (usually right below regulators – but every situation warrants some thought). I don’t sell diving computers, I don’t get commission when one a diver buys one but I’m...

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Diveboard & GBIF team-up for the first citizen science platform monitoring marine species

by Ksso on November 14, 2013

GBIF, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, has announced today that Diveboard has integrated their network to become the first citizen science platform providing user-generated data helping monitor the evolution of the marine ecosystem.What does it mean ?It means that every time someone logs a dive and marks down the species he's encountered, scientific data will be published to GBIF for scientists to use and support their research.Why does it matter ?Marine biologists always need data to support their research, and conducting large-scale surveys is always complicated. By empowering recreational divers with the proper tools we can help them make a difference and visualise &...

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Philippines wrecked by typhoon Haiyan - time to help!

by Ksso on November 13, 2013

As you may already have heard, typhoon Haiyan struck Philippines last friday causing massive amount of disaster and an estimate of about 2.500 deaths and 600.000 people left homeless by the category 5 typhoon. The island of Cebu, a very popular travel destination for scuba divers has been totally wiped out with about 90 to 95% buildings destroyed including hospitals and clinics.

The city of Tacloban one of the largest in the country with 220.000 has been ruined just the same (see the picture below)

Typhoon Haiyan devastated the city of Tacloban in the Philippine province of Leyte.Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images  ...

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DEMA 2013 is ON!

by Ksso on November 06, 2013

The DEMA show is the biggest  trade show in the industry. This year it's taking place in Orlando, FL, and the Diveboard team is there to meet and greet fellow divers - and cover the latest industry news.

We're here on a mission: explain to as many shops as possible that asking their customers to log their dives with them and leave a review is the best way to keep a connection with their past customers and hopefully have them think about them and recommend them to their friends.

The show opens today, but the networking floor was already on last night at the Rosen hotel where I got to hear so many inspiring stories about new found shipwrecks or artificial reefs being created ! Engaging with...

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