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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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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Aeris

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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TUSA

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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Mares

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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