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Turning Oil Rigs into Diveable Reefs, 02/2015

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When an offshore well stops producing oil, what should be done with the rig? Surprise: The cheap option -- leaving it there -- may actually be the environmentally-friendly one, an option supported by nearly all divers who have had the chance to dive oil rigs. And some environmentalists, but not all, agree. There's a nationwide battle over to take the rigs down vs. leaving them as is.....  Read more >


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Nai'a, Tonga and Fiji: one trip to seek humpback whales, the other to dive colorful reefs
Will you join Sylvia Earle and not eat fish?
British report on dive deaths: the aging diver is at risk
To dive by land or by sea: which is best on the Caribbean island of Curacao?
The rigs-to-reefs program is good for fish -- so why are some environmentalists against it?
The battle over Miss Scuba
How is your dive insurance during a medical emergency overseas?
John Bantin tries to save a diver's life but still gets attacked in court
Bahamas shark attacks snorkeler
Can Jennifer Lawrence turn freediving into a blockbuster?
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Great new dive op in the Sandy Bay area of Roatan. Owned and operated by Texas expats. Small fast boats to many dive sites within 5-1... ... Read more

Aqua Mania Adventures/Cruise ship Report in St. Maarten
"Good Cruise ship excursion"
filed Feb 26, 2015 by Hugh E Aaron (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 7 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
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We were in St. Maarten for a day call on a cruise ship and arranged to dive with Aqua Mania Adventures. I was very skeptical, as the ... ... Read more

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La Bulle/Cruise Ship Report in St. Barth
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Editor's Pick of the month

Deep Deep
by James Nestor

My fellow divers, I can't imagine that anyone who has had a chance to slip below the surface and marvel at the life there won't find this a fascinating read. James Nestor, a fine journalist (he has written for Outside, Men's Journal and the New York Times) with a keen eye, has produced the best underwaterfocused book since Shadow Divers a decade ago. It's a fine adventure and a thrilling ride all the way from the surface down to 28,000 feet, and back.

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Trapped Under the Sea Trapped Under the Sea;
One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles into the Darkness

by Neil Swidey

In 1999, hundreds of feet under the ocean, five divers traveled to the end of the new Boston sewer tunnel - devoid of light and air - to complete the construction; one didn't return and another was sentenced to a life of trauma-induced drug addiction and prison. It was a "dry penetration," but commercial divers were selected for the job because they were trained in mixed gas technology and could handle construction in dark and dangerous circumstances. Neil Swidey, a staff writer for the Boston Globe, tells the compelling tale of the harrowing and deadly task, against the backdrop of bravery, corporate greed, political infighting and construction incompetence. A great book for mixed gas divers.

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Drop the Dive Travel Weight: Part II, 08/14
Other Dive Travel Groups, 07/14
Drop the Dive Travel Weight: Part I, 07/14
An Underwater Attack Makes World Headlines, 06/14
Anatomy of a Free Flow, 06/14
Are Some Male Divers Too "Helpful?", 05/14
Sea Hunter, Cocos Island, Costa Rica, 04/14
Tax-Deductible Cocos Dive Trips, and Others Around the World, 04/14
The Decline of Dive Training: Part II, 04/14
Choose Your Dive Boat Wisely, 03/14
Buddy Dive Shut Down in the Galapagos, 02/14
Divers Who Get Lost at Sea, 02/14
Lionfish: The Caribbean Endgame, 02/14
Travel Tips & Helpful Dive Hints: Part I, 01/14
This Dive Resort is Taking a Stand, 01/14
Husband Sues PADI for Wife's Death from Carbon Monoxide, 01/14
The Fight to Stop Seahorse Photography, 11/2013
Can a Diver with Heart Issues Have an Accidental Death?, 10/2013
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