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OW Diver Students Take Written Exam Underwater

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A New England dive shop has come up with an unusual approach to scuba examination. The divers finishing up their Open Water certification have an option to take the written exam while hovering underwater. East Coast Divers, an SSI shop based in Brookline, Massachusetts, says that taking the exam while neutrally buoyant is not a requirement for the program, but rather a challenge, created for the newly trained students to help them get completely comfortable underwater.

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New Historic Underwater Trail Opens in Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay

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On Monday, October 1, the state of California opened the Emerald Bay Maritime Heritage Trail - an underwater showcase of Lake Tahoe’s historic sunken watercraft and barges. The bay is the final resting place of several recreational boats, launches and barges used on the lake during the early 20th century. These boats were likely intentionally scuttled (sunk) in 1950s when they outlived their usefulness. Nowadays, they serve as reminders of the golden age of recreation in Tahoe.

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Diving Lingo 101: Glossary of Terms, Phrases and Slang

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Diving is a rich sport when it comes to names, expressions, and technical words. It is pretty easy to get confused, if you are new to the diving scene. I remember going on one of my first boat dives and being asked if I was carrying a sausage. “Huh… I didn’t bring food”, I replied, which caused fits of laughter among my fellow divers. Yes friends, the learning curve was steep. To make it a bit easier for you, we have put together this glossary of the most commonly used diving-related terms, phrases, slang and acronyms.

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Wetsuit Buyers Guide: Wetsuit Types

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If you are looking to buy a wetsuit, the terminology, and a huge range of choice, can be a little confusing. You need to consider the type of suit, it’s thickness, construction, and fit. So where do you start? In order to help you make a well-informed decision and choose a suit that will be ideal for your needs, we have decided to create a series of starters guides, dealing will all things wetsuits.

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Manatee vs. Dugong - What’s the Difference?

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Both manatees and dugongs, nicknamed "sea cows", are slow-moving herbivorous (mostly) marine mammals that belong to the Sirenian animal order. The first sailors were persuaded that these creatures were sirens (or mermaids), hence the name of the order. There are five known species of Sirenia - the West Indian manatee, the Amazonian manatee, the West African manatee, the dugong and the extinct Stellar’s sea cow (hunted to extinction in the 18th Century). Although, manatees and dugongs have a lot in common, they are oceans apart in terms of location, biology and behavior.

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Posted in: Marine Life

Freediving Record Governing Associations: AIDA vs. CMAS

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In one of our previous articles we have discussed all of the different competitive disciplines in freediving. Today we have decided to look at the organizations that make up the rules and regulate the competitions. Currently, the world of apnea is governed by two world associations: CMAS and AIDA - both ratify records, both declare their athletes world champions.

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Posted in: Freediving
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