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End of the Year Divers Digest: the Highlights of 2018

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2018 is coming to an end, but before we say goodbye to this year, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the most exciting diving-related news from the past 12 months.

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Divers Found a Shipwreck with a 1927 Chevy Parked Inside

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Divers in Lake Huron have recently discovered the wreckage of a ship named the Manasoo. While neat in and of itself, the wreck revealed another amazing piece of history: a 1927 Chevrolet Coupe. Despite spending 90 years 200 feet (61 meters) below the surface of Georgian Bay, both the ship and the automobile are in excellent condition. The bow of the vessel is pointing up; the pilothouse, ship’s wheel, and lifeboats are all unscathed except for the invasive zebra and quagga mussels that almost completely cover the surfaces.

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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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AWARE Week 2018 - Take Action for the Ocean

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From 15-23 September 2018, divers, instructors, dive centers, resorts and local dive groups all over the globe will come together to celebrate the ocean and act for change. A collaboration between PADI and Project AWARE, the AWARE week aims at spreading the message of conservation and empowering more divers to look after the underwater world.

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