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Into The Drink Season One Premiers Sunday Feb, 7. | Misc. Article

Into The Drink Season One Premiers Sunday Feb, 7.

Views: 3465 | Date: Feb 02, 2010Author: Addict

The anticipation is over!  The new scuba tv program, Into the Drink (intothedrink.tv), has just wrapped up filming its first season and will premier episode one on Feb. 7, 2010.

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Discovery's 'Deadly Waters' is a Joke and Les Stroud is an Idiot. | Misc. Article

Discovery's 'Deadly Waters' is a Joke and Les Stroud is an Idiot.

Views: 5189 | Date: Aug 03, 2009Author: Addict

Deadly Waters IdiotAfter being extremely unhappy with the promotion of this year's "Shark Week" on the Discovery Channel, we watched "Deadly Waters" with Les Stroud to see if this years' week of programming perpetuated the general public's irrational fear of sharks.

My conclusion is that the context in which the statistics on shark attacks are presented are intentionally and severely over-dramatized.  Sharks are not man eaters.

With the stupid tests that Les Stroud uses to prove how deadly the waters are, and the untrue statements that he makes, he proves himself to be an idiot.  With his foolish statements he intentionally perpetuates an irrational fear that hinders efforts to stop the massive slaughter of nearly 100 million sharks each year, contributing to the demise of the delicate oceanic ecosystem.

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How Many People Do Sharks Kill Each Year? | Misc. Article

How Many People Do Sharks Kill Each Year?

Views: 19183 | Date: Jul 25, 2009Author: Addict

Worldwide, sharks have killed:
2008: 4 people
2007: 1 person
2006: 4 people
2005: 4 people

EVERY DAY people kill over 200,000 sharks.

"Sharks kill fewer than 4 humans on average each year, while humans kill an estimated 100 million sharks annually. You're more likely to be killed by a lightning strike, bee sting, falling coconut or falling vending machine than a shark bite." - SharkAngels.org

"Media hype feeds our irrational fear of sharks. In 2007, one person died from a shark bite, worldwide. Three people died from falling in sand pits, 20 from dog bites, 49 from lightening strikes and 79 from hunting accidents. 747 people died from bicycle accidents."

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Into the Drink - Scuba TV Show coming soon! | Misc. Article

Into the Drink - Scuba TV Show coming soon!

Views: 4350 | Date: Jul 16, 2009Author: Addict

I have been anxiously awaiting the TV debut of Into the Drink for quite some time now.  The LiquidAssets.tv crew travels to many dive destinations worldwide, exploring local culture, trying the cuisine and diving the reefs. 

 

Into the Drink is now a syndicated TV show set to Launch on several networks nationwide in January of 2010.

 

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RECALL: Oceanic and AERIS SCUBA Regulator First Stages | Misc. Article

RECALL: Oceanic and AERIS SCUBA Regulator First Stages

Views: 4870 | Date: Dec 11, 2007Author: Addict

ROMI Recalls SCUBA Regulators Due to Drowning Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Oceanic and AERIS SCUBA Regulator First Stages

Units: About 6,000

Manufacturer: ROMI Enterprises, of San Leandro, Calif.

Hazard: An internal component that seals air between the high pressure first-stage and the intermediate pressure second-stage can fail. This can result in uncontrolled flow of air to the diver and pose a risk of serious injury or death.

Incidents/Injuries: ROMI has received two reports of units malfunctioning during diving and six reports of units malfunctioning while being tested by dealers prior to delivery to consumers. No injuries reported.

 

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Sharkwater Movie Review | Misc. Article

Sharkwater Movie Review

Views: 5804 | Date: Nov 04, 2007Author: Addict

Sharkwater is a film by Rob Stewart.  It is a documentary style film that covers the shark finning epidemic.  Shark finning is the process of catching sharks, and cutting their fins off.  Sharks are typically thrown back into the ocean alive without fins where they sink to the bottom and drown.

Shark fins are most widely in Shark Fin Soup - a Chinese delicasy.  Once reserved for the wealthy, Shark Fin soup is now commonplace with the recent Chinese economy boom.  Considering there are virtually no laws restricting the finning of sharks, and the high prices paid for the shark fins - it has become a very profitable ocean industry, especially in the Caribbean.

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Lost Baggage - What Is Wrong? | Misc. Article

Lost Baggage - What Is Wrong?

Views: 3630 | Date: Oct 21, 2007Author: Addict

I usually save my rants for another of my websites, but I have reached the limits of my understanding and patience with the airline industry.  What is wrong?

We just returned from Turks & Caicos, and for the third trip in a row our luggage has been lost.  Our luggage was lost on our trip to Fiji in April, and also lost on our trip to Roatan, Honduras last October.

The reports from the US Department of Transportation's - Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) claim that the incidence of delayed or lost luggage is about 8 incidents for every 1,000 passengers.  So you basically have just under a 1% chance of having lost luggage (BTS Press Release).

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INCREDIBLE!  'Tonic Immobility' - Shark Week Episode. | Misc. Article

INCREDIBLE! 'Tonic Immobility' - Shark Week Episode.

Views: 39707 | Date: Aug 05, 2007Author: Addict

I thought I had seen it all when it comes to sharks.  I was way wrong!

This years Shark Week on Discovery Channel, ended wiith "Sharkman" - an incredible story of a man who not only swims unprotected with Great White sharks, but he touches... strokes... and even puts them in a sleep-like trance using a gentle touch.  Out of all the Shark Week programs this year - this is the one that you just can't miss - whether you are a fan of sharks, or not.

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Scuba Personalized License Plate Ideas | Misc. Article

Scuba Personalized License Plate Ideas

Views: 13309 | Date: Aug 05, 2007Author: Addict

SHARKB8Just got new license plates for Jennifer's (ScubaChick) car!  "SHARKB8" - I snuck over to her work and ripped her old ones off, took them to the DMV, got the new plates, ran to the dive shop and grabbed the Scuba Diver frame, returned to her work and put the new plates on her car.  I think they are really cool - and now I need my own license plates.

GOT IDEAS?? I have a sporty silver car, and was thinking of the following:

SHARK
NARCD
NARCED
DIVER...

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The TSA is Brilliant! | Misc. Article

The TSA is Brilliant!

Views: 3648 | Date: Jul 24, 2007Author: Addict

The Transportation Security Administration.  Wow!  What a wonderful use of our tax dollars!  An agency specifically designed to: "protect the Nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce."  Essentially, this is an organization that completely defeats it's own mission by being "politically correct".  Their motto should be "Our mission is to defeat terrorism by not offending anyone, and preventing any form of water and/or deodorant from entering any form of public transportation."

After the tragic events of 9-11, I was willing to give up some freedom for the extra bit of security it would provide.  Unfortunately, my idea of security included attempts to stop the blowing up of airplanes and other acts of real 'terrorism'.  What we have accomplished is the thwarting of accidentally spilling your water bottle mid-flight and keeping the elderly from making their flight with senseless 'extra security' checks.

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Shark Week 20th Anniversary Celebration | Misc. Article

Shark Week 20th Anniversary Celebration

Views: 5788 | Date: Jul 22, 2007Author: Addict

Shark WeekWe were invited, and attendended the Shark Week 20th Anniversary Celebration in New York City on July 18th.  It was supposed to be a sneak peek of the upcoming shark week on the Discovery Channel.  This was my first time to N.Y...

It seemed to take FOREVER to catch a cab to get to the Shark Week Event - finally a Town Car stopped and took us over.  As it turns out there was an explosion a few blocks away just a few minutes before we tried getting a cab (turned out to be a steam pipe) and so everything was crazy.

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Innovative Scuba Concepts Regulator Component Recall | Misc. Article

Innovative Scuba Concepts Regulator Component Recall

Views: 2554 | Date: Jun 11, 2007Author: Addict

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Swivel for a Scuba Regulator

Units: About 170

Importer: Innovative Scuba Concepts Inc., of Colorado Springs, Colo.

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EPA Issues Permit to Sink Oriskany / May 15th? | Misc. Article

EPA Issues Permit to Sink Oriskany / May 15th?

Views: 2926 | Date: Feb 21, 2006Author: medical1

PENSACOLA, FL (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency today issued the Navy a permit to sink the retired aircraft carrier USS Oriskany off Pensacola Beach in May.

The agency issued a permit for disposal of chemical toxins known as polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs aboard the ship.

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Greenpeace Damages Reef | Misc. Article

Greenpeace Damages Reef

Views: 3057 | Date: Nov 02, 2005Author: Addict

MANILA (Reuters) - Greenpeace said Tuesday it will pay nearly $7,000 in damages after the environmental group's flagship, the Rainbow Warrior II, hit a coral reef at a world heritage site in the southern Philippines.

The accident Monday was "very regrettable," Greenpeace said in a joint statement with the Tubbataha National Marine Park, but it laid some of the blame on maritime charts showing its ship was 1.5 miles from the reef.

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New Invention: Breathe Like the Fishies... (no tank!) | Misc. Article

New Invention: Breathe Like the Fishies... (no tank!)

Views: 3617 | Date: Jun 13, 2005Author: Addict

Exerpt from IsraCast:
"An Israeli Inventor has developed a breathing apparatus that will allow breathing underwater without the assistance of compressed air tanks. This new invention will use the relatively small amounts of air that already exist in water to supply oxygen to both scuba divers and submarines. The invention has already captured the interest of most major diving manufacturers as well as the Israeli Navy."

Alon Bodner is currently working on the full-scale prototype that, in a few years, could change the way we dive.

Read the full story here.

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New Depth World Record: 318.25m | Misc. Article

New Depth World Record: 318.25m

Views: 4186 | Date: Jun 13, 2005Author: Addict

A diver in South Africa has broken the world depth record for SCUBA.

On Friday, June 10, Nuno Gomes of South Africa dove to a depth of 318.25m (1,044 feet), breaking the 2003 record of 313m held by Mark Ellyatt. This was Gomes' second attempt at this world record - failing on his first attempt last year due to equipment failure.

The 52 year old engineer took 20 minutes to get down to that depth, and 12 hours to ascend.

Gomes now holds 2 world records: Deepest Sea dive and Deepest Cave Dive.

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Tsunami and the U.S. | Misc. Article

Tsunami and the U.S.

Views: 2690 | Date: Dec 29, 2004Author: Addict

As the death toll rises (67,000 at the time of this writing) and the international relief makes its way in, many have been disappointed at the U.S. efforts to assist the effected areas.

At last count, the U.S. has pledged $35 million to relief efforts, in what appears to be one of the largest natural disaters in world history.

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Tsunami: Letter From Scuba Diving Couple | Misc. Article

Tsunami: Letter From Scuba Diving Couple

Views: 4684 | Date: Dec 28, 2004Author: Addict

This is a letter from a Colorado couple who was vacationing in Thailand, and on a dive when the Tsunami hit. A local Colorado news station did a story on the mother of the couple, who had to withstand over 2 days not knowing what had happened to her son and daughter-in-law.

With permission from Kirk and Sherry, we are reprinting the letter sharing their story.

To All,

Thanks for your concern. We were in the middle of the tsunami, and have been given a second life. On Christmas day, Kirk and I decided that we would go on a scuba diving trip on a liveboard boat. We were planning on doing day trips for diving, but the Similan Islands were 30 miles from shore and there were no day trips available. We were staying at Bangsak Resort right on the beach and it was beautiful. Because the scuba trip was so far away, we booked a four day trip and then we would return to the resort and spend New Year's on the beach. We left our luggage and passports with the resort and headed off to the Similan Islands.

The morning of the 26th we were on a dive and at about 30 feet deep when a strong current appeared. Sherry was about ten feet form me and I was suddenly spun around and was beginning to be sucked down. Sherry was being pulled up and we were able to get together just as the current became very strong and the sand created a white out. I would guess we were traveling about 20 mph at zero visibility. We kept an eye on our depth gage and were able to maintain our depth at about 30 feet. We surfaced after about ten minutes and found ourselves in very angry water that was boiling and whirl pooling. We were fairly close to shore, but decided to kick away so the boat could see us and could pick us up. After about ten minutes the boat found us and picked us up. We were diving with nine other people and were all spread out over about a mile. Everyone surfaced and everyone was okay. The captain said the water rose about 30 feet instantly. We spent the next two night floating at sea before it was safe for us to come ashore.

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SCAM Alert! | Misc. Article

SCAM Alert!

Views: 3263 | Date: Oct 24, 2004Author: Addict

Since I plan to get classified ads up for our members soon, I figured I would post this to get the word out.

The people that need to watch out for this scam are the 'sellers'.

Since I am selling my timeshare I have had 2 different offers come in from people attempting to scam me. Here is the basis on how the scam works:

A seller puts a product up for sale on the internet. The seller is contacted by a potential buyer. The buyer shows interest and agrees to buy the product and send a cashiers check to complete the purchase. The buyer contacts the seller stating that he accidentally sent too much money for the sale, and asks the seller to deposit the cashiers check in their bank account, and send the difference back to them (minus a small amount that the seller can keep for the trouble).

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Bouyancy Control Kills Kids! | Misc. Article

Bouyancy Control Kills Kids!

Views: 2614 | Date: Oct 09, 2004Author: Addict

"Scuba diving weights are constructed of lead a highly toxic persistent polluter. Lead pollution is most harmful to children - it can lead to brain damage as well as other significant health problems."

"In the light of the foregoing, it does not seem appropriate that Vrygrond and Lavender Hill's school children, should have their mental development affected, so that American scuba divers might better control their buoyancy." - IOL, 9-30-2004 -

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Ivan Updates: Cayman | Misc. Article

Ivan Updates: Cayman

Views: 2557 | Date: Sep 11, 2004Author: Addict

9/14 3pm EST - I can no longer access caymannetnews.com, and it looks like they may have had their server crash. Reports from other sources have reported that the East and west ends are connected again as the water has subsided some. There were several reports of the surge separating the island into 2 land masses.

The Cayman authorities have stated that they have no reports of casualties, and they have raised their report from 50% of structures with damage to 80% - other reports say as high as 95%.

Ivan has pounded the western banks of Cuba, but there are no reported deaths. Ivan was a Category 5.

Predictions are that Ivan will drop in strength as it moves across the gulf, but will still be devasting when it makes landfall in the U.S.
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9/13 11am EST - With some of the strictest building codes in the Caribbean, Cayman structures were still ripped apart with ease as Ivan battered the tiny islands.

Desriptions of "cars floating around like toys" and structures being torn apart like "matchsticks" are the reports coming from CaymanNetNews.com.

As Ivan travels northwest through the Yucatan it appears it will hit the western coast of Cuba on its way north to the Florida panhandle.

Mandatory evacuations for residents of Key West have been lifted.
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9/12 11am EST - Ivan is 30 miles SW of Grand Cayman, and expected to just brush the west coast.

Widespread flooding is reported all over the island. Power is out on all 3 islands. Waves are at 20 ft. Roofs have been torn off of well-built homes, and completely torn apart others. there is a report of a house at 8ft above sea level having ankle deep water inside.

Ivan is currently a category 4 with 155 MPH winds (156 MPH is a category 5).
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Hurricane Ivan: Category 5 | Misc. Article

Hurricane Ivan: Category 5

Views: 2512 | Date: Sep 09, 2004Author: Addict

Hurricane Ivan reached reached Category 5 strength early Thursday morning, and continued its heading northward. It is expected to make landfall southeast of Kingston, Jamaica sometime Friday. Some 700 British have evacuated the island to the Dominican Republic, and British Airways has stopped it's service to the island.

The hurricane has reported sustained winds of 160 MPH, and has taken at least 20 lives. Landfall in Florida is expected on Sunday to Monday, and the Keys are now under evacuation orders.

Yesterday, Ivan hit Grenada damaging 90% of homes and other structures, including the prison - which left prisoners to run free.

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Hurricane Ivan Flattens Grenada | Misc. Article

Hurricane Ivan Flattens Grenada

Views: 3707 | Date: Sep 08, 2004Author: Addict

Reuters is reporting that hurricane Ivan has devistated Grenada in the lower caribbean, killing 20, and is heading west.

Hurricane Ivan is currently a category 4 hurricane, and just north of Bonaire. Experts predict that the storm will shift to to the north, and head towards western Cuba.

The Miami Herald is already reporting that Ivan could postpone the Dolphins vs Titans football game scheduled for Sunday.

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Bottom Time World Record | Misc. Article

Bottom Time World Record

Views: 2455 | Date: Sep 07, 2004Author: Addict

Jerry Hall of Bluff City, Tennesee surfaced after 5 days of bottom time on Friday Sept 3, 2004. This feat surpassed the old Guiness World Record (also held by Hall)by over 2 days.

Here is the link: Bluff City man tops himself, locks up world scuba record

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Left at Sea | Misc. Article

Left at Sea

Views: 3355 | Date: Sep 07, 2004Author: Addict

Should we be scared?

After watching a story on 20/20 last night about the couple left on the Great Barrier Reef, it brought back my curiosity of the likelihood of this actually happening. Although intrigued, I have even consiously avoided seeing the movie that is loosely based on this couple, "Open Water". Being a relatively new diver, and being land-locked in Colorado, I figured that incidents of being left behind by a dive boat may be more publicized to big diving destinations like Florida, but in Colorado, do we ever hear of it?

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