Bob Meistrell, who began making wetsuits for surfers and divers in the early 1950s and with his twin brother, Bill, founded Body Glove, one of the world’s largest wetsuit companies, died on Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Catalina, Calif. He was 84 and lived in Redondo Beach.
SCUBAPRO, PADI, Beneath the Sea and Stan Waterman would like to congratulate the winner of the “Are you a Waterman?” competition, Hillary Kenyon. The competition, which honored Stan Waterman’s extensive contributions and was a means of giving back to the dive community, was geared towards inspiring the next generation of watermen.
Every day, divers remove harmful rubbish from our ocean, and beverage containers are one of the top items found during Dive Against Debris surveys around the world. It’s time to Kick the Can with Project AWARE.
A massive photograph taken by Jim Hellemn of a stunning California kelp forest has been reproduced on 26 glass windows of the gift store of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. During the project, Hellemn took more than 8,000 images throughout California’s Channel Islands over a period of eight weeks, and used more than 1,200 of the photos in creating the final mosaic on glass.
Seven million tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year. Suspended in the water column of the North Pacific gyre, the swirling stew of plastics known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a problem so vast, many marine scientists and government agencies think cleaning it up is impossible. While many of the cleanup inventions lack feasibility, outside-the-box ingenuity just might lead to a clean ocean. Can we clean up the Pacific Garbage Patch?
Strange shipwreck discoveries are not unusual, but few rival the puzzling paddlewheel steamboat that Bob Hawley uncovered in 1988. Read the story about a Kansas City farm that yielded a great find, a 19th-century steamboat
Monday, March 11th, was a historic day for sharks in Bangkok, Thailand, at the meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CITES CoP16). All shark and ray proposals have been adopted in Committee including Oceanic Whitetip, Hammerheads, Porbeagle, Sawfish and Manta Rays.
Because of an emphasis on design and technology, divers tend to assign greater priority to things like face masks and fins than they do to their more important biological bits and pieces. Take ears, for example.
The Galapagos Aggressors I & II are ready to take you on a trip of a lifetime with more day dives, more night dives and more land hikes! The new itinerary includes Wolf and Darwin Islands, Baltra, Punta Carrion, Bartolome, Cabo Marshall and a brand new addition to our itinerary, Cabo Douglas where guests will have the opportunity to interact with marine iguanas as they feed in the water.
Bangkok is currently playing host to the largest most effective wildlife conservation agreement in the world, CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). And Project AWARE is on the ground drumming up support for sharks and rays. Read more here …
The 2011 PADI Sea the Change Conservation contest encouraged both divers and nondivers to grab -video cameras and document their underwater conservation and protection efforts. PADI Divemaster and Diving Society member Seth Greenspan, who is based in New York City, won the first-annual contest for his submission, Documenting -Global Coral Reef Restoration. Greenspan’s video, which details the global decline in healthy coral reefs, as well as several creative international restoration projects, netted him $5,000 for his efforts.
Action Accelerates with My Ocean More…Divers everywhere are uniting like never before for a clean, healthy ocean. Each and every day we’re amazed by your dedication and your ocean actions.Project AWARE’s My Ocean online community has been helping you connect, organize and shine a light on your underwater actions for change. Every week the underwater data, photos, blogs and events you post are on display. And you’re inspiring others to mobilize around the world.
Don’t miss your chance to witness and shape the future of rebreather diving on 18-20 May 2012 at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida, USA. Rebreather Forum 3 (RF3) is a three day event that includes everything from try dives on cutting edge rebreather units as well as thought provoking and informational seminars.
We told you to act fast! There are only a few spots left on PADI Diving Society’s infamous Total Submersion event 9 – 16 June 2012. Society members are counting down the days until they are back in Grand Cayman and enjoying the usual tomfoolery that Total Submersion offers - so what are you waiting for?Packages include*:• Roundtrip on-island transfers • Seven nights accommodations - Sunset House • Four days of two-tank boat diving - Sunset Divers
The next time you complete a PADI certification course (or replace a lost certification card) you can become an ocean hero in one simple step: make a small donation to select the Project AWARE version of your card.What happens next? You get a cool picture card to show off your support and 100 percent of your donation supports Project AWARE ocean initiatives to protect the places you love to dive.
You may have read in the recent issue of the Sport Diver’s January/February 2012 issue that the PADI Diving Society is celebrating 15 years of total mayhem, shenanigans and the best dive adventures!For the past15 years, the PADI Diving Society has hosted events all over the world with special guests including Wyland, Bob Talbot, Rogest, Guy Harvey, Barefoot Man and more. Society continues to show divers how to live the dive life, connect members through Sport Diver magazine and continues to be the perfect complement to your lifetime PADI certification.
Together they've traveled more than 96,500 kilometres/60,000 miles across four continents and now they’re planning to scuba dive in Borneo with PADI Diving Society! Join The Lost Girls and avid PADI Divers -- Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner -- as they discover the exotic wonders of Malaysia’s Borneo and the magical islands of Mabul and Sipadan.