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Spider Scuba Diver

I am by no means a fan of spiders. The scare me more then just a little bit. Even when I see pictures of them I usually turn the page. When I was a kid, watching the movie Arachnophobia was about the worst horror movie that you could show me.

All that being said, this article I stumbled upon today was pretty neat. Its about how water spiders use their silk to trap air and use it as a scuba tank. I guess we are still man imitating nature under the water. Its a short article so check it out.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/08/070828-scuba-spider.html

Endless Ocean - Scuba Diving Game

I, and several of my fans love to play video games, especially on the Wii. The Wii lets you experience a game unlike any other console that I have played. That being said, there are just some games that I don't think will work for the Wii. In this case it is a scuba diving game called "Endless Ocean" (in japan it is called Forever Blue)

I love the idea of of a scuba diving game that does not promote violence (shooting sharks) or exaggerate what the scuba diver does. Instead this game focus's on the idea of locating different types of coral or fish, or taking a scuba diver on a guided diver. All in all the game is about swimming around in a giant ocean (which you can also do with your friends via the internet) and seeing what there is to see. You can even take pictures underwater. I hope that this game leads to more people wanting to learn to scuba dive but ....

The game is limited in plot. Other then seeing the ocean I don't think people will be really int…

North Carolina Wreck Diving

This has been a summer where I have had a lot of stuff going on and haven't had a lot of time to scuba dive. This past weekend I had the chance to go down to Hatteras, North Carolina and do some wreck diving. I would have to say wreck diving is one of my favorite things to do. Not only do you get to see lots of fish life but you also get to see man made structures that have been sunk. Its interesting to see what the ocean does to a ship even after a couple of months under water.

On this past trip I had the opportunity to do some underwater video work for a couple of minutes. I have to say, after my brief experience I am not a fan of it. I think its neat that you can share your experience underwater with other people but its too much effort for me. I think I will stick with still photography.

Below is a video of me on the wreck of the Dixie Arrow. Behind me is a school of Atlantic spade fish (Chaetodipterus faber).Supposedly a good fish to eat but I have never tried. Enjoy t…

WWI U-Boat Ready to Sink More Ships?

A World War I U-boat sunk in the English Channel is being disturbed by boat traffic passing overhead. This U-boat, which is still loaded with torpedo's could become dislodged from the sea bed and float back to the surface. If it collides with another ship, this could create an explosion sinking another ship. Authorities are researching what to do regarding this U-boat.

Link TheDailyMail

Aquariums

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My wife and I have frequently thought about having an aquarium in our house. The biggest reason that I would like an aquarium is the feeling of relaxation it brings to me. I know I don't want a fresh water aquarium. I think it has to be salt. I like a lot of the coral life that I can grow in a salt water aquarium. I also think many of the salt water fish I can put in there are prettier.

One day when this happens I will journal that on this blog, until then I will talk a little bit about other aquariums that impress me (not that I have seen them in person). Today's aquarium is the aquarium housed in the Berlin Radisson. It is 25 meters tall and houses over 2,500 tropical fish. You can see a picture of it too the left. It is not something you would just go and shove in you house. It looks like it should be something that people have to pay to see (other then the cost of a hotel room). If anyone goes there please take pictures and let me know what it is like.

Scuba Certification - How to choose a Dive Shop

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Choosing a dive shop and / or dive instructor can have a significant impact on how motivated your are to scuba dive once your are certified. That being said, I hope that what follows will help you choose your dive shop / instructor when the time is right for you.

The first thing you need to understand is the primary goal for the dive shop and some instructors is that they are in it to make money. Without money a scuba shop cannot pay it's bills and thus cannot keep its doors open. So expect at some point the dive shop to ask you to purchase training, equipment, and other services as needed. That being said, you should not walk it the door and be asked, "What are you buying today?."

So, what should you look for in a dive shop.
1. Atmosphere and Attitude
I put these together because they are both important to me. Every dive shop, regardless of what brands they stock, carry a certain atmosphere and attitude to them. Find one that meets your expectations or lifestyle. Th…

Virginia Scuba Sites

As a frequent scuba diving and instructor I try to look around the web to see what other dive shops in the area are doing. Maybe someone has a good promotion that I can "borrow" or a class that I would like to take that my dive shop does not offer. To do this I had created a list of links / bookmarks that I browse once in a while. Mine are mostly dive shops and dive spots in and around Virginia.

Recently I stumbled upon a website which does directory listings for scuba shops. This website, www.dmoz.org is a user created and edited directory listing that is then used by AOL, Google, and The Internet Archive, etc. After seeing how useful it was I decided to become the editor for Virginia scuba diving section of the directory. Feel free to browse my links and if you want to suggest your own, just click on the top where is says suggest URL.

Certification Agencies

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Several times a year I get asked if I should stay with -blank- certification agency or is -blank- better. I am sure that some people feel very passionate about their certification agencies and I have to say that I like the onces I have dealt with. These include PADI, NAUI, SSI, TDI, NACD, etc.

In my opinion, there is no single better agency for general scuba training then another. Even when you get the more advanced skills many of the agencies teach a lot, if not all, of the same concepts. It really all boils down to the instructor teaching the class. If you like your instructor, you are probably going to have a good class. If you don't like your instructor, you probably are not going to continue further into the sport.

That being said, there are always exceptions.

Look and Feel

For those of you who don't know me, I am not a beginner at webdesign. I have designed several website for people as well as for myself. Having done that, I am not an expert nor do I claim to be. That being said, programming for a blog site is just painful. I have decided to go with a default template that I can change colors on because after spending 4 hours trying to make it fit into my current website, I just gave up.

Please bear with me for the next month or so while I work on getting these colors changed / improved up. If you would like to comment on what the colors should be, let me know and I will give it a try.

First Post

I never really thought I would be a blogger. I read blogs all the time. Some of them from people I know, some are run by companies for profit. I have debated whether to start a blog for a year or so now. My first concern would be that I would never have time to post (many of the ones I read are updated daily or several times a day), or that I wouldn't have any interesting content.

So here is what I have decided, the frequency of update will be whenever I feel like it. Hopefully at least once a week though. The topic will be related to scuba diving but the title is Ramblings so who knows. I may just ramble on. Feel free to leave comments if you like, I will try to read them as I get them.

Enjoy