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98. Sea Hunt It’s Still Alive takes season 3 for Asylum plus Wet Notes news and information update
Coral Restoration Foundation's Coralpalooza 2023 is set for June. You can get a jump on early registration by signing up on their website.
Did you know that there are four grades of oxygen. Listen for a brief update on O2 grades.
Oceana has had some big wins in 2022. Here are a few quick updates.
The Nation's Attic next vintage dive gear auction is set for December 10, 2022. There are some interesting old helmets on the list along with a great vintage Rolex.
If you are an underwater photographer, you can enter the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2023 competition. underwaterphotographeroftheyear.com
Clearly Cayman and Reef Divers Resorts have announced that they have sold Cobalt Coast on Grand Cayman. This sale will allow them to reinvest in their other three properties on Little Cayman, Cayman Brac and Turks and Caicos.
Sea Hunt It's Still Alive takes us to season 3, episode 1 - Asylum (also known as Canal Escape). Mike's mission is to rescue a freedom fighter from a small island embassy off the coast of South America. He must navigate a heavily guarded canal system, reach the embassy, teach the freedom fighter how to dive and make his canal escape.
97. A discussion on DEMA Show 2022 plus Wet Notes news and information update.
The Emperor penguin is now on the US endangered species list due to habitat loss and could be extinct by 2100 if we don't curb greenhouse gas.
According to the latest statistics from DEMA - new diver certifications for Q3 2022 are down by about 4.8% from Q3 2023 and the trend continues to go down.
There was a new shipwreck discovered in Lake Superior. The whaleback barge 129 was found off Whitefish Point in about 650 feet of water.
Coral reefs can recover if they are properly protected. Kiribati has protected their reefs and they have been able to regenerate.
The REEF trip to the Caymans in May 2023 has changed location. Originally planned for Cobalt Coast on Grand Cayman, the trip has relocated to Cayman Brac.
The Scuba Educational Alliance of Connecticut (SEACT) has obtained 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit corporation. You can make tax-deductible donations at seact.org
The Dive Equipment and Marketing Association - DEMA Show 2022 ran from November 1 - 4, 2022. This year's show was certainly a bounce back show with about 50% more exhibitors and attendees than 2021. Listen for my take on the show. It was a jam packed four days with so much to do and learn.
96. A recap of our trip to Little Cayman plus Wet Notes news and information update
Halycon now has a new color to customize your wing - Tie Dye. You can check it out on their website.
Divers Alert Network is having the DAN Party at the DEMA Show this year. It will be on Tuesday November 1 at 6:30 at the Rosen Center.
Erik Petkovic on M/V Explorer recently found a World War I German U-boat off the coast of Virginia.
The Travel and Leisure Show is introducing a Dive and Water Sports Pavilion at all of their shows.
How do sponges get rid of mucus? The sneeze.
Atlantis Dive Resorts and Liveaboards have some interesting programs to help you dive with a purpose.
Our week of diving at Little Cayman Beach Resort is in the books. It was an absolutely amazing dive trip. Because of the size of our group, we had two boats with Reef Divers - Paradise Diver and Island Diver. The resort, diving and dinning is top-notch. Every time we run this trip, it sells out. Listen for my recap on our week on Little Cayman.
95. An update on the Boston Sea Rovers 2022 Show plus Wet Notes news and information update
The PADI Club trip to Key Largo in Florida was a great success with about 30 divers making three great stops in Key Largo, Islamorada, and Key West.
The Florida Keys Tourism Council has put out a new video - "Dive Safely in the Florida Keys featuring Steven Frink and Dan Dawson.
There is a new dive operator in South Maui - Island Style Diving. Javier and Christina Cantellops have purchased Mike Severns Diving and the boat Pilikai.
Where is the dive industry going. One report tells us that equipment sales is expected to grow over the next three years but at the same time another report shows that diver participation is dropping as compared to other outdoor water sports.
The Boston Sea Rovers 68th Annual Clinic was held on October 1 and 2, 2022. The pre-clinic workshops started on Friday September 30 along with an exhibitor appreciation cocktail party, the Boston Sea Rovers Intern benefit dinner and the speakers cocktail party.
Saturday and Sunday featured two full days of seminars covering shipwrecks, maritime history, exotic places, sharks and underwater photography. The exhibit floor featured a range of destinations, training agencies and equipment vendors.
The main event is the Saturday night film festival. This year Chuck Davis served as the master of ceremonies and was also named the Boston Sea Rovers Diver of the Year. The award was presented by Brian Skerry and Bob Ballard who zoomed into the film festival from the research vessel, M/V Nautilus somewhere in the Pacific. Also featured in the film festival were Joel Penner, Jim and Pat Stayer, Keith Ellenbogen and Tara Roberts. Chuck also presented a tribute to one of his mentors, Ernie Brooks.
The Boston Sea Rovers is switching back to its traditional March timeframe in 2024. The plan is to have a film festival in 2023 to keep the streak going at 69 and then in 2024 the show will pick back up with the 70th anniversary.
94. Sea Hunt It’s Still Alive takes us to season 2 for The Raft plus Wet Notes News and Information Updates
The Beaufort Gyre is a whirlpool in the Arctic that stores fresh water, sea ice and heat as it rotates. Every five to ten years the current changes direction and releases this sea ice and fresh water into the North Atlantic. There is an issue. It hasn't reversed in over twenty years. When it finally does release, there will be greater impacts to Europe and the North Atlantic fisheries.
NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Blueprint calls for the elimination of shark feeding. This ban does not impact those who chum for catching sharks. DEMA opposes this ban.
Lake Hydra (the rebranded Dutch Springs in Bethlehem, PA) has release more information on diving at the Lake Hydra. You will only be able to dive there with a dive professional that is insured. The plan is to open in April 2023 and more details about their reservation system will be release later.
According to an article in Hakai Magazine by Jea Morris, beach showers are sending a flood of harmful contaminates into the ocean. These showers are not connected to municipal sewers and dump all of their runoff into the sea.
At the upcoming DEMA Show, Tec Clark is moderating a panel discussion on the Power of Podcasting as it is related to the dive industry. I have been asked by Tec to be part of his panel.
Sea Hunt's 1959 second season ended with the episode titled - The Raft. In this episode, Mike is called to blow up a wreck that is containing high explosive that propose a significant danger. Mike must find the highly volatile explosives, secure them, and finally detonate them. Mike dives doubles and then needs to free dive into the wreck to complete his mission. But danger abounds as he tries to escape the ultimate explosion.
93. Introducing Scuba Educational Alliance of Connecticut, plus Wet Notes News and Information Update
The Women Divers Hall of Fame is now accepting applications for their 2023 scholarship and grant programs. Deadline for application is October 31, 2022. Find out more at wdhof/scholarships.
There is a new show coming to the Discovery Channel on diving. It is called Destination Dive. Their first episode aired earlier this month. It was about the Florida Keys. New episodes however won't be aired until the summer 2023, but you can check it out on their YouTube channel.
Maui County is banning all chemical sunscreens. This prohibition will start October 1, 2022 and includes the sales, distribution and use of all chemical sunscreens. You can only buy and use sunscreens with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.
NASA has reported that the loss of Antarctic sea ice has double it's previous estimate.
The Florida Manta Project has teamed up with the Angari Foundation and Digital Life to create the first digital anatomically accurate animated model of a manta ray.
The Scuba Educational Alliance of Connecticut is a new non-profit organization to foster the development of a new generation of ocean stewards through scuba diving. Because learning how to dive or extending diving education can be cost prohibitive for young people, SEACT will look to provide financial support through grants and tuition assistance/scholarships. Our plan is to launch our Ocean Steward I program in the spring of 2023. Other programs are in development.
You can find out more about Scuba Educational Alliance of Connecticut at seact.org.