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Charlie Foreman wrote a post about this time few years back for the TSA Blog about traveling with scuba gear. We decided to share it again this summer for those of you who might have missed it. Enjoy this very informative post!
Before you get on that plane that takes you to an exciting destination, you must first think about how you should pack your dive gear for the flight.
Here are some suggestions to make sure your expensive equipment arrives safely to your paradise adventure.
May 12, 2016 | SDRStaff
by Gretchen M. Ashton, CFT, SFT, SFN, NBFE
Turks & Caicos Islands are nestled in the Atlantic Ocean at the southernmost tip of the Bahamas due north from the Dominican Republic. Consisting of two island groups, Turks and Caicos is separated by the 7,000-foot deep Turks Island Passage. There are more than 40 dive sites along the west edge of Grand Turk. Most of them begin in 25-to-30 feet above sand or reef and drop over the spectacular vertical wall. Visibility is stunning, reefs are lush with abundant larger than life marine life, conditions are mild-to-moderate and the water is warm.
May 3, 2016 | SDRStaff
by Jennifer Idol
The national parks system in the United States celebrates 100 years of service through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation this year. They have launched a campaign to “find your park”. Unique diving opportunities abound in many of these parks. I discovered an opportunity to dive historic artifacts in one of my favorite parks, Glacier National Park.
May 2, 2016 | SDRStaff
Singapore is normally known for great food, shopping and business. For years we have been asked about diving in and around Singapore while passing thru. Now adding diving during business trip or layover is easy.
Thanks to owners of well known Indonesian resorts of Tasik Ria Resort in Manado, North Sulawesi and Derawan Dive Lodge in Kalimantan. They has opened another dive center on Bintan Island, Indonesia, which is only an hour by ferry from Singapore.
Our small and cozy dive center, Tasik Divers Bintan is located in the Trikora area on the island of Bintan, part of the Riau Islands, only an hour by ferry from Singapore. Trikora is our home base and gateway to a number of dive sites off the east coast of Bintan Island, only a 15 minutes boat ride away.
April 28, 2016 | SDRStaff
Diving in and around Puerto Galera started back in early 1981 when Brian Homan, an Australian from Maitland NSW, started Capt’n Gregg’s Dive Center on Big Lalaguna Beach in a small space underneath the Hobbit House Bar and Restaurant managed by Ray and Rosita Ramos.
Snake, a fellow Australian, teamed up with Brian around July 1981 and together they started exploring the area, looking for dive sites and wrecks.
The Hobbit House was destroyed by a typhoon on Boxing Day 1981 but luckily, the dive shop being underneath, survived. Most of the hobbits then returned to Manila and Ray and Rosita rebuilt the establishment and called it Rosita’s Inn. The Hobbit House is now a well known music club located in Ermita, Manila where the hobbits are the waiters and they also own and operate the business.
April 24, 2016 | SDRStaff
A huge congratulations goes out to Charmaine Chow and Stanley Chow who just got married in the best conditions possible ‘Underwater in Puerto Galera, Philippines’. Yes that’s right, Asia Divers conducted a mock under water wedding with our resident “priest” (Jamie Gladwin), the groom and the bride all on scuba.
April 12, 2016 | SDRStaff
Marco Vincent Dive Resort has recently returned from its first visit to Maestra De Campo, Coron Bay and Apo Reef. We spent 6 wonderful nights exploring some of the best wreck diving in the Philippines. Coron Bay is home to a fleet of Japanese ships that were sunk during 1944. With Cathedral Cave and Barracuda Lake Coron is one of the most diving areas in the Philippines. Read more
April 6, 2016 | SDRStaff
What is Critter / Muck Diving?
By Tom Gorman of Gorman Dive Adventures and Travel
Photo by Mike Bartick
If you have not been to Anilao, Philippines, well, you should! It is rapidly gaining the reputation as one of the globe’s most Bio-diverse marine life destinations. Critter buffs in the know have been keeping one of the world’s best scuba diving locations secret long enough.
April 3, 2016 | SDRStaff
Steve Miller shares his love of the underwater treasures that lie within a stone’s throw of the resort’s shoreline.
No bubbles. That’s always a good start to the day. As I complete the usual pre-dive leak check and lift my camera housing from the freshwater tank, a porter appears and immediately takes it from my arms. Smiling, he asks “will you be needing a taxi boat today?” Looking out to where the turquoise waters of the shallows transition to a deep blue, I reply “no, I think we’ll just swim along the jetty to the wall.”
March 31, 2016 | SDRStaff
by Gretchen M. Ashton, CFT, SFT, SFN, NBFE
Most divers don’t think “blue water diving” when visiting this tropical vacation destination, but the Hawaiian Islands are located near the middle of the Pacific Ocean more than 2,400 miles from the United States and more than 4,000 miles from Asia. Channels around the nine most commonly known Hawaiian Islands range in depth from 200 to more than 10,000 feet deep. The sheer size of the land masses can give divers a false sense of security. Conditions around the islands change quickly. Shore diving is prevalent with rugged volcanic terrain or steep deep sand and pounding surf. Read more
March 30, 2016 | SDRStaff