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Free Marine Science and Conservation course

by Ksso on January 23, 2014

Coursera has made a name of itself as a prime source for online courses - mostly in the technical field. But this time is the scuba diver's passion which is being taught by David Johnston from Duke university.The course's outline, name's Megafauna, seems amazing and would be an awesome crash course for anyone willing to get more involved in Diveboard's citizen science projects.

This course is about sea turtles, whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, sharks, giant squid and other large ocean creatures - collectively known as marine megafauna - and what they can tell us about how the ocean works and why it is so important for all life on earth. This course will help you learn about life in the...

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Water Up Your Nose

by Shelley Collett on January 22, 2014

Everyone hates it, right?  It’s why you see so many people holding their noses before they jump into the water.   One of the biggest problem skills I've seen as an instructor is breathing without a mask underwater. Some people handle it fine, but others have extreme, nearly insurmountable difficulty with it.   After a couple of difficult sessions with some student divers, I decided to try and learn how to teach the skill better.  I needed a better way to impart knowledge instead of just saying, “Just don’t let the water in!” without really knowing how to tell them not to let the water in. I really didn't understand why or how I was keeping the water out myself. I just did it! I always...

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Neptune Islands - Great White Shark Cage Dive

by Luc Rodgers on January 14, 2014

Hey,  just wanted to share a video of a cage dive I did in May of 2013 out of Port Lincoln, South Australia. I went with the Calypso Star charter and their boat and staff were excellent. If you're ever in the area I highly recommend.

Great White Shark Cage Dive from Luc Rodgers on Vimeo.

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The Dive that Never Was

by Shelley Collett on January 13, 2014

In a previous post I talked about a dive that I probably shouldn't have done.  I did learn from that mistake though, and made wiser choices in the future. Adrenaline junkie though I am, I have learned how to evaluate a situation better and take calculated risks. And while I enjoy and thrive on facing my fears, sometimes the fear wins. And sometimes, that’s okay.During the months after initially getting certified diving and moving through an advanced certification along with some specialties, my dive buddy and I were diving quite a bit in Florida.  Springs, caverns, the Keys... we were doing it all during our winter in the Sunshine State. ...

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The Importance of Coral Reefs

by Shelley Collett on January 13, 2014

Coral by

Matcenbox

In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.~ Baba Dioum

Whether you're a scuba diver or not, it's almost inevitable that you've heard talk about saving the coral reefs. Even as a scuba diver, it's possible you've dismissed these notions. It's possible you think the threat is overstated or that the screeches you hear are from chicken littles or 'tree-huggers'. It's also possible that you don't really understand why it matters in the first place.  They're just a bunch of coral, right? I mean, as a diver they're pretty to look at, but they couldn't really be that big of a deal,...

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My First Mistake

by Shelley Collett on January 11, 2014

We all make mistakes throughout our lives, but most of the time we live to tell about them and hopefully learn something from them.  Sometimes, we feel the desire to tell others... nay, warn others about these mistakes in an effort to prevent them from making the same ones. And still yet other times we don't say anything at all in the hopes that our friends will actually make the same mistake and we can point and laugh at them. (Or maybe that's just me?)

One of the first mistakes I made diving nearly cost me my life. Well maybe not quite that dramatic, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it. At the time I was certain I was going to die, and that's what matters, right?  The dive is...

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Diving the USCG Duane

by Shelley Collett on January 11, 2014

As excitement and fear coursed through my body, the last thing I could see before my head went under water was the thumbs down signals from all of the other divers with me.  With a full exhale, I grasped the mooring line alongside the others and pulled myself hand over hand down into the depths.  Below me was the guide and a couple other dive teams on the trip, behind me my dive buddy and current boyfriend.   The line was very large for my hands and difficult to grip, but we each continued downward toward our goal one hundred feet below us: the deck of the USCG Duane, destined to be the deepest dive I had done yet, and my first without an instructor with me. ...

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