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Wetsuit Buyers Guide: Wetsuit Construction

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In the first part of our wetsuit buyers guide series we have talked about all the different shapes of wetsuits and their best use scenarios. Today, we will discuss another important aspect you need to consider when choosing a wetsuit - it’s construction, namely the type and quality of the seams, zippers, neoprene, lining, etc.

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Underwater Pumpkin Carving - Halloween Tradition for Scuba Divers

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Halloween is almost here, and while most people are preparing costumes, putting out spooky decorations and stocking up on candy, scuba divers head to the sea equipped with pumpkins and carving knives.

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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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