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Thursday, September 17, 2015 1:39:41 PM America/Denver

This Saturday, the 19th - one day only.... save 25% off classes! This is your chance to get your advanced diver, your rescue diver, intro to tech diving etc etc and save some money while you are at it!

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Win a free Cozumel dive trip!

Thursday, September 17, 2015 9:47:26 AM America/Denver

Win a free trip to Cozumel! We will be giving away a free spot on our 2016 Cozumel dive trip to a lucky winner this Saturday, Sept 19th at our anniversary sale.

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Local Divers Special

Monday, August 10, 2015 5:55:45 PM America/Denver

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Underwater Photography – Camera Equipment

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:17:00 PM America/Denver

When choosing which camera to purchase as an amateur underwater photographer, there are many options. Digital cameras have become the status quo in underwater photography just as they have on land. They have the advantage of being able to hold many more shots than standard photographic film, which typically does not exceed 36 frames per roll and cannot be changed underwater. Digital cameras also have a greater depth of field, image clarity and faster shutter speed than film cameras, making digital the obvious choice for underwater photography.

A major decision for many amateur photographers is choosing between a compact camera and a digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera. The preference between each camera type usually comes down to a decision between the flexibility and potential for higher image quality of dSLR cameras versus the lower cost, portability and simplicity of the compact camera, or 'point and shoot'. The dSLR cameras are typically able to equip different lenses underwater for greater versatility.

Some cameras are created specifically for use underwater. For greater versatility many photographers prefer 'dry' cameras that can double as underwater cameras with the addition of a housing, or waterproofed camera case. Most housings are made specifically for a certain brand or body type of camera, and can be created from plastic, silicone or slightly higher-priced aluminum materials. Housings also enable the photographer to utilize any lens in their possession for greater image quality and diversity, as opposed to many exclusively amphibious cameras.

Regardless of the material they are made of, housings use waterproof silicone rings and joints to enable access to the camera and its functions. These housings may also have connectors to attach external flash or strobe lighting. Some basic housings allow the use of the flash on the camera, but the built in flash may not be powerful enough or properly placed for use underwater. It is recommended to have at least one, if not two, external strobe lights that are situated away from the main body of the camera. These strobes would be connected with fiber optic cables to the main camera flash, which can then be disabled or adjusted accordingly.

Underwater photographers typically prefer wide angle or macro lenses, both of which allow close focus. Since this removes the need for long underwater distance between camera and subject, use of these lenses will increase color and image sharpness. A wide angle lens increases the peripheral view, allowing for photos of large subjects such as a coral reef section or shipwreck. A macro lens allows the photographer to take a photo very close to the subject with an emphasis on detail and clarity. Both are considered vital for underwater photography.

There are some problems with using cameras inside a watertight housing. Because of refraction, the image coming through the lens port will be distorted, especially when using wide-angle lenses. To correct this, photographers use a dome-shaped or fish-eye port, which corrects the imbalance. Most manufacturers make these dome ports for their housings, often designing them to be used with specific lenses to increase their effectiveness. With macro lenses the distortion caused by refraction is not a problem, so a simple flat glass port may be used. In fact, refraction increases the magnifying power of the macro lens, so this is considered a benefit to photographers who are trying to capture very small subjects. Or one could simply purchase a camera made for underwater photography and simplify the experience.
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Underwater Photography; Shooting Split Images

Thursday, June 21, 2012 1:50:00 PM America/Denver

Split-shot underwater images, also known as 'over-unders' or 'splits,' are underwater photos where the top half of the photo is above water, lending a dramatic and unusual contrast. This advanced technique requires great attention to detail and setting, as the problem in balancing contrast and sharpness is often difficult to correct in graphic editing software such as Photoshop.

This staple of underwater photography was pioneered by National Geographic photographer David Doubilet, who used it to image scenes above and below the surface of water simultaneously. Split images have become popular in marine biology textbooks and recreational diving magazines and books. Popular subjects often show divers swimming beneath a boat, or shallow coral reefs with bright tropical fish in the foreground.

The ideal conditions for a superb split image are good overhead natural light, relatively calm water, and little to no wind. The best time of day for clear photographs is close to noon when the sun is directly overhead as it lights up the top layer of water, greatly assisting in image quality. Sunny weather also provides a blue sky as well as good light penetration. Positioning the sun behind the camera will minimize the exposure difference between the over and under sections.

Even with good precautions, the brightness in the top half of the photo will usually be greater than the underwater half. Choosing lighter undersea backgrounds such as sand shallows will greatly assist in image clarity. The best image will result when the subject underwater is positioned as close as possible to the camera. Strobes may be used underwater to compensate for the difference in brightness. If light is lacking, one half or both halves of the split image may be out of focus or dull, rendering the image unsatisfactory.

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density filters may also be used to reduce the difference in contrast between the sea and the sky. Besides using a good quality wide angle lens and a small aperture setting (which admits less light to even the bright balance) a split focus diopter may be used to manipulate the shot when all else fails. A split diopter is a half convex glass that attaches in front of the camera's main lens and makes it possible to have one plane in focus in one part of the image, and a different focus in the other half.

Though the preparation may seem intimidating, it is necessary, as it is very difficult to artificially reproduce the appearance of a split image in post-production, without sacrificing quality and realism. Digital editing techniques on a program such as Adobe Photoshop may be used to mesh two underwater photos into one whole. Yet for those striving for a truly exceptional underwater photo, nothing can top a genuine split image brought to life with proper equipment, skills and preparation.
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Underwater Photography; Flash and Strobe Lighting

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 1:37:00 PM America/Denver

The proper use of flash or strobe lighting is one of the most difficult yet fundamental skills of underwater photography. Learning to compensate for the physical differences between water and air is vital. Water refracts light at a higher index than air, magnifying objects up to 25% closer than they appear. Water also drains color at increasing depth and distance, particularly the longest wavelengths of color, or 'hot' colors such as red and orange. Photos taken without underwater lighting look drab and blue, due to this wavelength absorption. A strobe or flash supplies light at high speed and at varying levels for optimum color and clarity depending on the subject and setting.

The camera flash and/or strobes are used to supplement the overall exposure and to restore lost color. Generally they should not be used as the primary light source. Ideal image quality is achieved when the ambient, or natural, light from the sun is clear and undiluted by floating particulates or strong ocean currents. In situations such as the interior of shipwrecks or sea caves, wide-angle images can be shot exclusively with strobe lights, but this is the exception to the rule. Photographers strive for an aesthetic balance between the available ambient sunlight and artificial strobe lights. Strobe lighting by itself without diffusing panels can create a harsh spotlight that has a sharp contrast. Deep, dark or low visibility environments can make this balance more difficult and are generally avoided, except when the goal is to make blurred or dark shots to evoke mystery.

When using strobe lighting the photographer must be prepared to position the strobes in such a way as to prevent backscatter.
Backscatter, which appears as hazy dots in an underwater photo, is common and mainly caused by strobes or the camera flash lighting up particles like sand or plankton in the water between the lens and the subject. It can also be caused by lighting up the water directly behind the subject, and is easier to detect against a dark background. The best technique to avoid backscatter is to position two strobes far from the main body of the camera lens, lighting up the subject with the edge of the light beams. Various systems of jointed arms and attachments may be used to manipulate off camera strobes.

There may be situations in which the photographer sacrifices the aforementioned precautions against backscatter. For instance, when using a macro lens for very close range photography there is a loss of light due to the lens being moved further away from the camera sensor. Because of this, the viewfinder will be slightly dimmer. This issue is resolved by moving the strobes closer to the body of the camera and aiming them at full strength ahead. The subject is normally very close to the lens, and available sunlight often fails to provide adequate light for sharp, clear photos.

Ambient sunlight may be used exclusively for a photo shoot, but is not recommended. In shallow water, using custom white-balance camera options may provide excellent color without the use of strobe. Using color or gel filters over the lens to overcome the blue-green shift may balance color settings. The quality of color would vary with depth and water visibility, and there would still be a significant loss of contrast without strobe or flash lighting. Using color balance options on digital cameras often 'warms' or 'cools' the entire frame, often ruining the shot, and should be used as a last resort. Often this is a hassle to correct in postproduction and it is always best to create the optimum lighting at the time the image is captured. Ambient light photography underwater is ideally used with silhouettes, light beams, and large subjects such as whales and dolphins.

Digital cameras have drastically improved many aspects of underwater imaging, but it is unlikely that the use of flash lighting will ever be eliminated completely. From a practical and aesthetic standpoint, the use of flash remains essential in maintaining image clarity, color and sharpness in an underwater environment. The loss of color and contrast is always best addressed by preparing a photo shoot with adequate lighting, both ambient and artificial.

Efforts may be taken to correct lighting mistakes in postproduction with software such as Adobe Photoshop, or lesser programs such as Picasa and iPhoto. Yet it cannot be overstated that the most balanced, beautiful photograph is best when post editing is minimal and the preparatory lighting setup has been thorough.
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Underwater Photography - Lighting the Shot

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 12:57:35 PM America/Denver

When you are shooting photographs underwater, your will encounter different obstacles in lighting your ideal image than you would in air. Water refracts light at a higher index than air, which makes objects appear larger and closer than they are. Water also absorbs different wavelengths of light depending on depth. This means that the longest and weakest wavelengths of color, such as red and orange, are absorbed before blues, greens and violets. Water will even dim the contrast and sharpness of your photos.

The most important factor for optimum light for your underwater subject is the quality of light. The light that creates your camera's exposure will come from the sun and optionally camera strobes and flash. Quality of light depends on four different factors, regardless of what the light source is: 1) The amount of light visible 2) the color of the light, 3) the direction of the light, and 4) the amount of diffusion or softness.

Visibility in water decreases exponentially the deeper you go from the surface and the farther you are from your shot. Even in clear water, the recommended distance to your subject is 12 inches or closer for a macro or close up photograph. For distance shots, preferably in good weather and clear water, a maximum distance of 40 feet (12 meters) is a good guideline.

Even in the most tropical, clear blue water you will need to bring lights like a camera flash or underwater strobes with you. When shooting in natural light, it can be difficult to get the higher shutter speeds necessary for very sharp photos, unless they are shot in bright light at large apertures. This can work for you if your goal is a backlit silhouette shot or for creative effects such as panning or showing motion. For everything else, use your strobe lights and your flash. A strobe or flash provides filler light that heightens your shutter speed. The full spectrum of visible light you now have will bring back the missing reds and oranges that are so easily lost at depth, along with clarity and detail.

Always review the weather for the day of your photo shoot, to ensure you have strong sunlight and calm water. The more disruption from water currents and cloud cover you get, the more difficult it will be to get that clear, sharp picture. Be aware of any silt, sand or debris that may be floating in your area, and always watch for fellow swimmers and worsening weather. Backscatter, those blurry grey dots that can ruin an otherwise perfect picture, worsens when the level of floating particulates is high.

The last factor to consider is whether or not the ambient or artificial light in your scene is “hard” or “soft”. Hard light has a bright spotlight quality that creates higher contrast and sharp shadows. Soft light is diffuse and usually comes from multiple directions, creating less contrast. Choosing a diffuser for your camera can soften the effect of strobes, spread out the light for wide angle shots, and reduce the backscatter effect. Whether or not to use a diffuser depends on the photographer's situation and camera subject. So make sure you bring the right equipment for your purposes. Read More
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Cave Diving Venues

Monday, May 28, 2012 9:50:14 AM America/Denver

Beginning with the U.S., one of the best places to cave dive is around the area of Central and Northern Florida. The first underwater cave system explored in the US is the Leon Sinks cave system, off of Tallahassee Florida. A massive system, it spans Leon and Wakulla counties in a series of connected caves.

The Weeki Wachee Spring is one of the deepest caves in the U.S. with strong outflow currents, making penetration very difficult. Most of the commonly explored caves in Florida have permanent guidelines making for easy exploration of the limestone caves.

The Grand Bahama Island is home to a massive underwater cave system, making a labyrinth underneath the whole of the island and extending out into the surrounding sea bed. The caves are home to some simple harmless sea life including a blind cave fish and remipedia. The limestone caves used to be air-filled, thus still containing stalagmites from the ice age.

Cave diving is a relatively popular sport in Australia, where the amazing caves and sinkholes beg for exploration. In south-eastern Australia, there are some amazingly clear-watered sinkholes and caves, due to the lack of silt. Cave diving began here in the 1950s. After a series of cave diving deaths from 1969 to 1973, the Cave Divers Association of Australia (CDAA) was formed to assess and certify Australian divers at different levels of training: Deep Cavern, Cave, and Advanced Cave.

The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico is home to a 10 kilometer strip of caves along the Caribbean coastline. This explorable section of a larger strip starts in Cancun and ends at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. The caves are polygenetic, meaning that they have had more than one cycle from air to water.

These Mexican caves began as water caves, and when sea levels receded long ago, they filled with air and began collecting speleothem deposits. Now refilled with water, these underwater speleothem are part of the draw to viewing these caves. Speleothem are delicate and must be carefully conserved by divers swimming past.

With cave diving in Brazil, Italy, and the U.K, there are many more areas across the world for cave diving enthusiasts to explore with a variety of different flora and features in each underwater system. As with all aspects of cave diving, the geography and geology of the system to be explored is important for each diver to study to ensure proper foreknowledge of potential challenges. Examples include currents, wildlife, and preservation issues.

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Cave Diving Safety

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:49:40 AM America/Denver

Sheck Exley wrote a publication on cave diving safety in 1977 called, “Basic Cave Diving: A Blueprint for Survival.” He described true stories of cave diving accidents and detailed what could have prevented each one. Although a variety of mistakes can be made cave diving, Exley proposed that all cave diving accidents could be attributed to at least one of a handful of cardinal rules being broken.

The primary five rules Exley described are often recalled with the mnemonic “The Good Divers Are Living.” However, in the United States, many trainers teach the mnemonic “Thank Goodness All Divers Live,” with a switching around of the order of the five rules.

1) Training is vital for the cave diver. A safe diver will never push beyond the limits of what is taught to be safe and reasonable. Training goes in stages with each level more difficult than the last, adding greater knowledge and experience to earlier trainings.

2) Guide lines are used to connect the leader of the dive team to the outside of the cave entrance. It is a thin but strong rope that the team can follow back the way they came to avoid getting lost or turned around in the cave. Failure to use this is considered the most frequent cause of cave-diver fatalities as divers can so easily lose their way inside the caves and run out of air before they find their way out.

3) Depth rules are vital for divers to understand, because with increasing depth, more air and decompression are required. The maximum operating depth (MOD) is a depth that no diver should pass beneath without the potential for sudden death. And nitrogen narcosis is a real threat in a cave.

4) Air management is based on the “rule of thirds.” One third of the initial gas supply is allowable for ingress, a second third for egress, and the final third is reserved for saving a fellow diver should an emergency occur. But if there is little to no outflow from the cave, it is best to be even a little more reserved with the air supply.

5) Lights are so important in a dark environment that if a light source went out, the diver could become completely disoriented and lost. For that reason, all divers are recommended to use a primary source of light, bringing two additional sources as backup.

Following these five safety guidelines, especially after extensive training, can prevent potentially deadly incidents, making cave diving a much safer experience.

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Cave Diving Overview

Thursday, May 10, 2012 9:47:36 AM America/Denver

Cave diving is a thrilling version of underwater diving drawing a greater following every year, as some underwater divers grow bored of the usual and seek something more exciting. Cave diving provides an often unexplored realm to view with the aid of underwater lights.

Cave diving requires special equipment, and in the United Kingdom is an add-on to the very popular sport of caving. In the U.S., cave diving is a variation of scuba diving. Rebreathers are necessary equipment for cave diving, devices which greatly extend the breathing time underwater in case of being lost inside a cave for a time.

Diver propulsion vehicles are commonly used to get down into the caves and dry suits are needed for maintaining proper body heat in the cold environment well hidden from the sun. Cave diving requires great skill and extensive training with inherent risks like drowning and decompression sickness.

Cave diving can be as low-intensity as cavern diving, diving into caves no further than 200 feet and not beyond the reach of natural light. But others explore far beyond this, penetrating caves thousands of feet deep and well beyond the reach of the sun. Silt and sand get kicked up into the water with the diver’s passing, making visibility a challenge even with the aid of artificial light.

The rewards for the extensive training, expensive equipment, and bravery are great as underwater caves often have flora and physical features that cannot be found elsewhere. And while many argue that cave diving is a deadly sport, statistics reveal that most deaths that have occurred in cave diving have been due to lack of training or proper equipment.

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Cave Diver Training

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 9:41:26 AM America/Denver

Cave diving is not something just anyone can pick up and try. It is a highly dangerous and specialized form of diving reserved only for those who have undergone extensive training in stages over time. Academic training has been proven to be absolutely inefficient as a standalone method. Without increasing levels of experience, new divers will panic under circumstances a more experienced diver could handle and still follow protocol.

Going into underwater caves involves, at times, great depths and pressure. A lack of light and the kicking up of silt reduces or eliminates visibility without aid. And currents through the caves add to the complexity of the dive.

Cave diving training begins with the academic portion, learning about equipment like rebreathers and diver propulsion vehicles. The configuration of the equipment naturally varies and protocols and techniques for using them are taught as well. And while the divers’ safety is the primary focus of all cave diving training, the ethical considerations of preserving the ecology within the caves is taught as well.

Real life training starts with cavern training, when divers practice using gas planning, reel and handling, communication, propulsion techniques and using the buddy system. Introduction to cave training builds upon those basic techniques, allowing divers to go a little deeper than the cavern zone. These trainings will often be done at sites that contain permanent guidelines installed for lasting use. Successful completion of this part of training results in basic cave certification and the ability to penetrate to 1/6 of a double cylinder unit.

Apprentice cave training adds to the basic certification and teaches divers how to do complex dive planning and practice decompression on deeper dives. Apprentices in training will be able to go deeper into the caves with permanent guide lines and also explore some of the side lines. With apprentice certification, divers can go in as far as they can with 1/3 of double cylinders.

Finally, full cave training leads to final certification. Such experienced and well trained divers are able to do multiple guideline jumps between mainlines and sidelines. They can dive deeper, with the skill of decompression to elongate diving time. Fully experienced and trained cave divers are better equipped to handle emergency situations and remain calm enough to solve the problem and get to safety.

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Types of Diving

Thursday, April 26, 2012 11:07:35 AM America/Denver

Underwater diving began in earnest about 60 years ago. It was a sport for relatively few curious and adventurous individuals. Today, it is a massive industry with many thousands of divers diving for different reasons.

Some divers are professionally employed for such purposes as oil exploration and offshore construction. Others dive for recreational pursuits like wreck diving or ice diving.

Occupational types of diving include: dive guide touring, dive training, military diving, dive search and rescue, lifeguard diving, crabbing, pearl diving, ship wreck salvage, underwater fishing, mine and bomb clearance, and underwater welding.

Types of diving that use underwater photography for an occupation or field of study include: professional underwater photography (for films, magazines and other publications), marine biology, underwater archeology (as with the Titanic), hydrology, geology, and oceanography.

Finally, diving for pleasure comes in several varieties including: standard scubadiving, wreck diving, ice diving, cave diving, and deep diving. Additionally, underwater photography is a hobby and personal pursuit of many recreational divers.

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History of ANDI International

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 11:06:40 AM America/Denver

In 1988, Ed Betts and Dick Rutkowski founded American Nitrox Divers, Inc. now known as ANDI. The goal of their new company was to standardize the training of sport divers and instructors. Also, they wished to hone and solidify the procedures for refill station dispensing for Enriched Air Nitrox Diving.

Rutkowski was the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Deputy Diving Coordinator and served NOAA for a total of 33 years. He retired from this service in 1985, three years before co-founding ANDI.

Rutkowski is credited with introducing “Nitrox Diving” training to the sport diver industry in 1987. He did this with his business called IAND. Not to be outdone, his founding partner has an extensive history of his own. Betts co-founded Island Scuba Centers, Inc. in 1968 in New York. He and his family ran what was, at the time, a very rare high-tech dive center for 29 years. As a practical engineer, he developed his own specialty gas production and delivery systems and hyperbaric chambers.

Although ANDI’s founders separated, the company now serves 68 countries and counting. ANDI’s training manuals come in a number of languages including Italian, Hebrew, English, Dutch, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Greek, Japanese, and Chinese. The company continues to expand around the globe as one of the top diver training companies in the world.

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ANDI International

Thursday, April 12, 2012 11:06:00 AM America/Denver

There are a great many diving products companies around the world today, but not as many diver training companies. ANDI International is one of the largest diver training companies in the world. It is also one of the fastest growing.

Founded in 1988, ANDI started with training for Enriched Air Nitrox diving, or “SafeAir” diving. As technology improved, ANDI moved into technical diver training and closed-circuit rebreather system training.

In 1999, ANDI began training worldwide entry-level divers with its open water sport diver program. With worldwide reaches expanding, ANDI now trains divers near regional headquarters located in Israel, Australia, The Netherlands, Greece, Japan, the United Kingdom, Republic of Philippines, Latin America, Middle East, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Taiwan, Republic of Korea, Republic of Maldives, and, of course, the United States.

Some of ANDI’s current diver training courses include technical diving, exploration diving, dive medic training, open water sport diving, instructor programs, technician programs, SafeAir training, rebreather training for CCR and SCR systems, and specialty-focused training.

ANDI’s mission is to preserve the underwater environment while providing the opportunity for both customers and employees to reach their potential. They focus on shaping and leading the diving market in diving products and in diver training. ANDI is committed to meeting or exceeding commitments and earning the loyalty of its customers.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012 11:05:29 AM America/Denver

Bob Hollis started scuba diving in the earliest stages of the sport, during the 1950s. All the beautiful sights underwater led him into underwater photography. A mechanical engineer, he was able to make his own equipment to accomplish this.

He started making the equipment in the back of his sporting goods store, the Anchor Shack. Divers and other customers started asking for his homemade equipment, quickly turning into a mail order business.

In 1972, he founded American Underwater Products under the business name of Oceanic. Several sister companies have been founded by Hollis, to continue marketing a variety of diving products and lines.

It wasn’t until 1998 when Hollis created Aeris, to focus on the development of diving computers. The goal of the new company was to raise the bar in both the technology and features of diving computers.

Today, Aeris sells a variety of scuba and snorkeling equipment. And their goal has broadened to raise the standards of diving equipment. They continually seek to make improvements on current underwater products in form, function, and value.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 3:49:00 PM America/Denver

One of the world’s first manufacturers of scuba diving equipment, TUSA was founded in 1952, at Tokyo, Japan. Kazuo Tabata started the dream for his company with a handmade mask and goggles he had made in his garage.

Today, TUSA’s headquarters remain in Tokyo, and facilities are located around the world in Taiwan, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, and the United States. The entire company is bound by its commitment to the highest quality standards in its ISO 9001 certified facilities.

TUSA invests a great deal of time and resources in new product innovations--even new materials. TUSA was the first to use surgical crystal silicone mask skirts. Its Liberator model was the initial mask using this material.

TUSA was also the first to think in color and introduce bold hues to diving products. Who wants all black, anyway? TUSA Sport Snorkeling Equipment is one of the finest lines in the world.

The need to grow and expand has led TUSA to dive into other product lines. Their VIEW Swimming Gear and Vitalshot Golf Equipment have been developed with the same dedication to quality as their diving equipment has for decades. TUSA continues to hold its place in the diving market, leading in both quality and innovation.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 3:48:30 PM America/Denver

Ludocivo Mares, founder of a world leading company in diving equipment, started producing his own designs in masks and spear guns in 1949. Determined to make a quality change in diving products, he started out with a little factory in Rapollo.

Based in Italy, the Mares company of today is one of the best-known producers of diving technology. Continually striving to improve the diving experience, Mares steadily beats competitors to new ideas, technologies, and improvements for diving products.

One factor that sets Mares apart from its competitors is its dedication to studying and seeking newer and better materials for diving products. The company’s mission is to “Enjoy diving with advanced performance through superior technology.”

One example of Mares’ innovation in diving materials is called “LiquidSkin.” In manufacturing this exclusive material, Mares uses a bi-silicone construction. In testing, it is 270% more flexible and 45% softer than other silicone diving materials.

Another example is the LCD display using Thin Film Transistor (TFT) technology. Mares managed to be the first to put smartphone technology into their dive computers. Mares continues to surprise the diving world with their innovations, and 60 years strong, they're not slowing down.

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Dive Rite

Thursday, March 15, 2012 3:47:48 PM America/Denver

Mark Leonard and Lamar Hires started Dive Rite in 1984. Both men were underwater cave explorers and cave diving instructors living in northern Florida. At the time, cave divers typically tried to adapt standard diving products or make their own to handle the unique environment of underwater caves.

Leonard and Hires wanted to change that. They began the development of technical diving gear with the founding of the very first technical dive gear company. Some of their first inventions were the canister light and the Classic Wing, making a name for Dive Rite and changing the way many people approached the diving experience.

The first company to come out with a Nitrox-compatible computer, Dive Rite launched the “Bridge” in 1991. 5 years later, another brand new innovation was the TransPac harness. Around this time, Dive Rite had only 13 products.

Today, Dive Rite is a worldwide producer of diving products, selling to 23 countries around the globe. With now over 300 products, Dive Rite continually seeks to develop new technologies to offer cave diving enthusiasts.

One of these innovations is the O2ptima FX, an electronically driven rebreather that has a fully closed circuit and constant PO2, with a built-in decompression. This facilitates cave exploration, in which immediately getting back to the surface is not an option. Dive Rite encourages education and conservation as it strives for a safer and more focused cave diving experience.

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Atomic Aquatics

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 3:37:00 PM America/Denver

Doug Toth and Dean Garraffa founded Atomic Aquatics with the introduction of their first diving product. Their T1 Regulator was the world’s first Titanium regulator. The diving world was truly impressed and, from that day, began using the T1 regulator to set the bar for other regulators.

The T1 came with more than one innovative feature. The lightweight titanium material was only one of these features. The “seat-saving” orifice and the Automatic Flow Control (AFC) were other aspects that lifted this regulator above the rest.

Since then, Atomic Aquatics has not stopped pursuing the newest and greatest in regulator technology. Their regulators continually drive the competition forward in innovation and quality. They now sell a variety of regulators for divers with different skill levels and diving budgets.

In addition, the company has made a name for itself with its “SplitFins,” a product that, like the T1, took the competition by storm. SplitFins continue to win awards and knock out other companies’ fins when compared in performance testing.

This drive for excellence is a passion of the founders. Atomic Aquatics works hard to develop new technologies and ideas for diving products. They rigorously test each new product to ensure the highest performance standards. Dean Garraffa was quoted as saying, “If we can’t design a product to be the best in its category, then we won’t build it.”

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Win an Hollis LED Mini 3 Torch!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 4:02:43 PM America/Denver

Did you know that Dive Addicts is always giving SOMETHING away on their Facebook page? These giveaways are completely free and only take 10 seconds to sign up for. Plus, there is usually an additional prize for getting a few of your friends to sign up. Sign up before Dec 24th 2011 for your chance to win a Hollis LED Mini 3 Torch! Read More
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Hammerhead FLEX Sidemount Rebreather

Saturday, November 26, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

One of the many reasons we love HammerHead Rebreathers and the team that builds them; innovation. The Dive Addicts rebreather team has been diving the HammerHead since it's inception and has loved every moment of it. In fact, Randy was a part of the first group of instructors made in the world. Read More
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Frequently Asked Questions About The Open Water Diver Course

Monday, November 21, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

Q: What does it take to get certified to SCUBA dive? A: Dive Addicts offers a choice of group and private schedules with the opportunity to learn either in the classroom or online. After personal academic study (traditional book, or online options), class lecture and skill training in our indoor heated pool, you’ll have two days to complete 4 Open Water checkout dives which may be completed at a local lake or on your vacation. Read More
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TED- Edith Widder: Glowing life in an underwater world

Saturday, November 19, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

I discovered TED a while back and have decided that some of these great talks need to be shared with the diving community. After all, their tagline is "Ideas worth spreading". Some of them are a bit long, but very worth watching and listening to. Some are way above my head, but I learn something from every one I watch. Most will not be about "SCUBA diving" per se, but will deal with issues very closely related to our great lifestyles. Anyway- I find them very interesting, hopefully some of you will also! Read More
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Diving Concerns for Ears and Equalization

Monday, November 14, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

At one time or another, every diver has had some type of difficulty with ears. Ear problems in diving don’t usually affect hearing, but they certainly can. This installment about diving health will deal with common diving abnormalities in the ears and sinuses. There are two basic mechanisms of ear injury in SCUBA: moisture and pressure. Not only are ear problems common, they are the most likely problems that will keep you out of the water. Read More
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Hollis Explorer Sport - Coming Soon!

Saturday, November 12, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

Dive Addicts has long been recognized as one of the world's leading rebreather training facilities. With 3 in-house rebreather instructors, 2 of whom are instructor trainers, Dive Addicts can provide training from the Open water level all the way to Advanced Mix Gas Instructor on several different rebreather units. Read More
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CCR Cave Diving Course

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

We now have two more CCR Cave Course instructors at Dive Addicts. One of our students recently finished up his course in Fort White, Florida and he loved every second of it!
CCR Cave Diving by Scott Olcott
Last week I went to Fort White, Florida to take a CCR Cave Diving course. I went with my father-in-law and brother-in-law who were training to be instructors for the course. We left on Friday afternoon and got there that night. Our instructor for the class was Phil Short who is an instructor trainer from the UK. The course was pretty stressful especially at the beginning, but towards the end of it I really started enjoying the dives.
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Fish Identification- Part 3

Monday, November 7, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

After writing down specific markings I see on a fish, I make note of the basic body shape of the fish and some of the defining characteristics of it's shape. The basic knowledge of fish anatomy comes in handy (Fish Identification Part 2) so that you know which parts of the fish to observe. Sometimes a quick sketch is faster than writing all of this down. Read More
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TED- David Gallo shows underwater astonishments

Saturday, November 5, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

I discovered TED a while back and have decided that some of these great talks need to be shared with the diving community. After all, their tagline is "Ideas worth spreading". Some of them are a bit long, but very worth watching and listening to. Some are way above my head, but I learn something from every one I watch. Most will not be about "SCUBA diving" per se, but will deal with issues very closely related to our great lifestyles. Anyway- I find them very interesting, hopefully some of you will also! Read More
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Fish Identification -Part 2

Monday, October 31, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

A basic knowledge of fish anatomy is always helpful in identifying fish. It will help you keep better notes on the defining characteristics of fish. The basic body shape and the positioning and shape of the fins are especially important in identification. For example, the tail fin, also known as the caudal fin can take on many different shapes. We will look at some of those shapes in part 3. Read More
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Fish Identification Part 1

Monday, October 24, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

My favorite part of scuba diving is seeing the aquatic life. Their movements, color and the way they swim is a thing of beauty. Ove the last decade, I've become very interesting in correctly identifying the fish I see and I've been trying to keep a running list of the animals I have seen underwater. Sometimes I carry an underwater slate and write down the markings I see on fish so I can identify them later. Read More
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Decompression Illness? - Part 1, On-Site Exam (CCRJosh.com)

Monday, October 17, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

This is more of a resource than an article. I did not come up with this exam- it is taken from the DAN website. If you are not a member of DAN, I would highly recommend supporting the research that the organization is conducting. See the DAN website for more information. Read More
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TED- Jeremy Jackson: How we wrecked the ocean

Saturday, October 15, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

I discovered TED a while back and have decided that some of these great talks need to be shared with the diving community. After all, their tagline is "Ideas worth spreading". Some of them are a bit long, but very worth watching and listening to. Some are way above my head, but I learn something from every one I watch. Most will not be about "SCUBA diving" per se, but will deal with issues very closely related to our great lifestyles. Anyway- I find them very interesting, hopefully some of you will also! Read More
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Choosing a Technical Diving Instructor (CCRJosh.com)

Monday, October 10, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

The most important part of your tech diving learning experience is making sure you have a great instructor. Why is this? Because you want to complete these “technical” dives as safely and as efficiently as you can. You want to enjoy it and live to dive another day. At least that is what I assume MY students want. If you want to just shell out the cash to get a card, there are instructors around that will do that too. Read More
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Top 10 Reasons To Dive With Dive Addicts

Sunday, October 9, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

3- Organized trips to local and exotic dive destinations.

  • DAA (Dive Addicts Anonymous) Is always leading local Dive-A-Longs. See Schedule HERE.
  • Dive Addicts is currently planning this years trips. For updates visit TRAVEL on our website.
  • Dive Addicts have taken thier happy customers to California, Nevada, Fiji, Beliz, Truck Lagoon, Bikini Atol and everywhere in between.
  • Let Dive Addicts do your trip planning for you so you can enjoy it more. Click HERE to read about past trips.
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Tech Video- Utopia Cave (Sardinia)

Saturday, October 8, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

Many people know that technical diving, cave diving in particular, is my passion. It is what I lie awake at night thinking about. Many people also ask "what is there to see?" I decided to start finding (and hopefully shooting) some videos that would help express the absolute awe that some of these dives can inspire. Keep in mind that the video cannot adequately express how cool tech diving is, but it is as close as we can get while still on the internet! Read More
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Snorkeling With A Small Child

Thursday, October 6, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

My daughter (age 3) had her first snorkel lesson in the ocean a couple of months ago. She has mastered snorkeling in the pool and she was excited to see some fish. She was adorable in her gear and she saw a yellow sting ray, a trumpet fish and a few other little fish. She was thrilled. We were in a very calm little swimming area and she had a great time! Read More
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Is this Heaven? (CCRJosh.com)

Monday, October 3, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

Although the bottom time of this dive was fun, it was actually the deco that made it so enjoyable. Sitting through my 2 hours of deco I had plenty of time to sit and observe and think about what was going on around me. What was going on around me? I was in the middle of what could only be considered a perfect CCR dive. My father, little brother and I had been diving together all week (Inner Space 2010) and our team was clicking, making the dives a little less stressful. The visibility was amazing, marine life gleaming all around me. Fishes, rays and a turtle swimming around these foreign bubble-less beings. We had been practicing drills and safety procedures earlier in the week, but now we were just diving for fun. Read More
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TED- Brian Skerry reveals ocean's glory -- and horror...

Saturday, October 1, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

I discovered TED a while back and have decided that some of these great talks need to be shared with the diving community. After all, their tagline is "Ideas worth spreading". Some of them are a bit long, but very worth watching and listening to. Some are way above my head, but I learn something from every one I watch. Most will not be about "SCUBA diving" per se, but will deal with issues very closely related to our great lifestyles. Anyway- I find them very interesting, hopefully some of you will also! Read More
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Bikini Atoll

Monday, September 26, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

In May of 2007 I had the profound honor of diving off the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands with my husband Scott and Mike Robinson, Michael Thornton, Matt Mimnaugh (Dive Addict instructors) and seven other Dive Addicts. The trip to Bikini was not smooth. We touched down on seven islands and took 48 hrs. to arrive. The plane was overcrowded and there were live chickens and coolers of fish and oysters sitting in laps. It was third world and sometimes uncomfortable but the people were beautiful and friendly. There are layers of history hidden beneath the culture that we couldn’t even begin to discover but our aim was to touch a tiny piece of history that few get to experience. Read More
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3rd Annual Dive-a-Thon!

Monday, September 19, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

The 3rd Annual Dive-a-Thon was a huge success! We had more participants than the previous 2 years and even more exciting dives to talk about. Prizes were donated by various manufacturers and Dive Addicts, who organizes and hosts the event every summer. Read More
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Huntington Reservoir - Sept 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

Huntington Reservoir is a high elevation lake at 9100ft with a brisk water temperature of 38 degrees F. On September 12th, Kelly (a Dive Addicts instructor), Merrill, Leon and Amy Smith (me... another Dive Addicts instructor) were headed to dive Electric Lake in the Manti-La Sal National Forest and found three lakes of interest, all within close proximity of each other.....Huntington, Cleveland and Electric. Upon further inspection of the three lake for entry points the decision was made to dive Huntington for the day. Read More
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Event Seminar Schedule

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

Friday Sept 9th-
Sale open to the public
2-6pm FREE discover SCUBA experience
6-8pm FREE snorkel class & demo

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1st Annual DA Spearfishing Extravaganza

Friday, August 5, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

A group of about 25 participants had a great time down at Fish Lake for our 1st Annual DA Spearfishing Extravaganza.

Since it was more of a friendly competition that a tournament, we had prizes for everyone for various achievements. Also we weighed all the fish but didn't necessarily have a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. Here are a few notable awards (and the weights that I can remember): Read More
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Bear Lake Dive-a-Long 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

A group of about 30 divers from all around gathered for a dive-a-long at Bear Lake hosted by Dive Addicts. Good food, good friends, good diving and good fun! Read More
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So you want to dive out of the country?

Sunday, July 17, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

Staying healthy during a dive trip should be our number one priority, right? So, how do we do that? In this installment, I will discuss some of the components to maintaining health. You can control many of the variables involved. Let’s get started! Read More
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Rescue Me - Why I Want ALL of my Dive Buddies to be Rescue Divers…

Sunday, July 17, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

In every class that I teach there is at least one person who asks the question “what level do I need to be at to become a truly secure, advanced diver?” My answer is always the same. Rescue Diver. This class also happens to be my favorite recreational course, both to take and to teach, because of the in water time. You spend about three times as much time in the water than in the classroom during the Rescue Diver course. This means you will actually practice the skills over and over, instead of just talking about them. Read More
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Training Refund Policy

Thursday, July 14, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

The following is a description of Dive Addicts' store policy regarding training courses and certification. A deposit of $75.00 (included as part of the total course fee) must be paid to reserve a place in the class and class size is limited depending on the course taught.

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Decompression Illness

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

Interested in reading more about Decompression Illness? There’s more to it than what you learn in your Open Water class. Read this Dive Training article, Beyond the Soda Bottle, An In-Depth Look at Decompression Illness for more information.

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Catalina Trip '10 Review

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

Dive Addicts has returned home from their little weekend excursion to Catalina Island, CA with stories and tips to share. Despite a day of boat diving where every diver was as green as the sea, everyone had a great time! Be sure to check out more photos on our Dive Addicts Facebook Fan Page here.

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Importance Of Proper Training And Equipment

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

This article illustrates the importance of proper dive training and equipment.

Safety Issues for Sport and Technical Diving: Training and Equipment

Proper Training

Divers need proper training for specialized environments, equipment and gas mixtures.

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Dive In To Education Program

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

Granite Park Middle School is “Diving In to Education” by offering free SCUBA diving certification and gear to the top female and male student each term. The Dive In to Education Program is sponsored by Dive Addicts and South Valley Motorsports. Students are rewarded for their grades, citizenship and achievement of academic goals outlined in their application to this program.

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Diving Physical Examination

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

Dr. Worth is the medical director of hyperbaric medicine at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. He is subspecialty board certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. He is also a NOAA certified Diving Medical Officer.

When I took SCUBA lessons, the talk I got from my instructor was simple, “Here’s the medical statement. You need to write ‘No’ on each line. If you write ‘Yes’ then you get to see your doctor for an examination.” I suspect that many instructors approach this statement in exactly the same way. Why? Could it be that instructors look at physicians as denying the student opportunity to start into this hobby/sport? Or, maybe the instructor has really never known that the objective of the diving physician is to ensure that the student is safe in the water and that health issues can be managed so that the student can SCUBA dive.

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Roatan '10 Trip Preview

Sunday, February 28, 2010 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

Leaving the cold winter of Utah in late January early February is fantastic on it’s own, but combine leaving the snowy streets with four boat dives a day in sunny weather and you might feel like you’re living a dream.

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Dive With Santa Free!

Sunday, December 27, 2009 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

Thank you to all who joined us for our underwater photos with Santa Saturday, Dec. 19th!

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Ricks Cave Update 3

Monday, October 5, 2009 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

First off we have an announcement to make- Matt has officially named the second waterfall “Vestal Falls.” Very fitting being as the word “vestal” means pure, or virgin.

Now for the exploration update…

Oct 6th 2009
Update and Photos by Josh Thornton

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Ricks Cave Update 2

Monday, September 21, 2009 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

Josh Thornton, Matt Mimnaugh and Amy Smith ran up to Ricks for a quick dive. Amy ended up volunteering to clear rocks from the entrance for an hour (MANY THANKS!) while Matt and Josh went on what was to be a leisurely dive. The dive was full of the usual excitement in being in a barely known cave, and the awe of the 100+ ft of viz.

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Ricks Cave Update 1

Friday, September 4, 2009 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

Almost a year after my dives in this system last fall, I was finally able to see the end of the line and actually lay some new line!

Richard and Tom Lamb went in first. They waited in the dry section so they could get some video of us coming around and up into this beautiful section of the cave. Michael Thornton, Matt Mimnaugh and I went in as a team about 20 min behind Richard and Tom.

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Ice Diving In Deer Creek Reservoir

Monday, January 19, 2009 10:00:00 PM America/Denver

While some Dive Addicts are escaping the cold to travel abroad, others are facing with a chainsaw! These “Polar Bear Divers” cut through the ice this past Sat., Feb. 13 at Deer Creek Reservoir for an Ice Dive to 109’. The technical challenges of Ice Diving were discussed at our recent DAA Meeting.

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