Scuba Shack Radio was created in support of Scuba Shack's mission to empower individuals with the knowledge, ability and experience to venture underwater in pursuit of their aspirations and to advocate for ocean health and sustainability. By providing news, interesting information related to scuba diving, the underwater world and how to protect our ocean environment, I hope to provide a service that helps make a difference.
103. We take a look at Emperors of the Deep by William McKeever plus Wet Notes News, Information and Commentary
The Driftnet Modernization and Bi-catch Reduction Act was included in the 2023 spending bill and signed into law by President Biden. This law will help protect marine life from this destructive fishing method.
If you want to see the boat used in Sea Hunt, then head out to the Long Beach Scuba Show in June. The Argonaut (Five Sea Sons) is the Trojan Sea Breeze boat built for the final season of Sea Hunt. Find out more at argonautwm2050.com
If you are looking to learn more about diving here in New England, check out the expanded website from Maura Keane - iDiveNewEngland.com
Shearwater Research has released an update to the firmware for the Perdix 2, Petrel and Teric dive computers. The Perdix 2 and Petrel are at V95 while the Teric is at V23. If you own a Perdix or Perdix AI, make sure you are at V93. The Peregrine is at V86.
One of the major challenges facing scuba shops is access to pools for training. Each dive shop must try to solve this issue alone. We must seek out, convince aquatic centers that we are a valuable customer and then contract at a reasonable rate. This continues to get harder. Is there an opportunity for the industry to address this challenge collectively. Maybe. Perhaps the various training agencies could leverage their influence to engage nationally with large pool operators, like maybe the YMCA, to make more pools accessible to dive centers.
Emperors of the Deep by William McKeever takes us on a journey of discovery about sharks following his witnessing a destructive shark tournament that he describes as a murder scene. McKeever focuses on four major shark species to learn more about sharks. He learns about the great white, mako, hammerhead and tiger sharks. He seeks out experts from around the world to understand shark physiology, behavior and their habitats. From there, McKeever then moves to the perils facing sharks. The human perils of destructive fishing methods, shark finning, and shark tournaments. The final part of Emperors of the Deep we are introduced to those individuals who are dedicated to protecting sharks. He completes his two-year journey by diving with great white sharks off South Africa.
102. Special Episode – The story of PADI’s RDP with Dr. Alex Brylske
The Professional Association of Diving Instructor's Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) was a revolutionary development promoting safe dive planning for recreational divers. Up until this time, most dive planning centered around Navy dive tables that really didn't fit what recreational divers were doing. In the early 1980s Dr. Alex Brylske was on the PADI staff and right in the middle of the development of the RDP. In fact, Alex took the first call from Dr. Raymond Rogers who was instrumental in the creation of not only the RDP but also the PADI Wheel.
Listen to the complete interview with Dr. Alex Brylske for the behind the scenes development of the PADI Recreational Dive Planner and the PADI Wheel.
101. Sea Hunt It’s Still Alive – The Destroyers, plus Wet Notes News, Information and Commentary
Scuba Shack Maui is for sale. If you want to own a dive shop and live on Maui, you might consider the turn-key operation in Kihei.
Find out more about Scuba Shack Maui.
Lake Hydra (the former Dutch Springs) is scheduled to re-open in 2023. The original plan was to open in April 2023 but it looks like that might be delayed. Ken Kraft is hoping to have part of the quarry open by June.
The Small Passenger Liability Fairness Act was signed into law when it was added to the defense authorization bill. It is expected that this act will seriously impact liability insurance for dive boat owners.
When it get's cold in Florida the manatees head for warm water sites. They will seek warm water over eating, so the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has set up one feeding station at the Cape Canaveral warming area.
Commentary - Is the drysuit causing a decrease in northeast diving? How can that be - drysuits allow us to dive year round here in New England. But drysuits are expensive, require additional training and experience. By touting the drysuit are unconsciously causing new divers to NOT dive here in the northeast. What do you think?
In this installment of Sea Hunt It's Still Alive we are heading back to season 4 for episode 3 titled The Destroyers. Mike is working with a Coast Guard team to figure out how two Navy destroyers collided when the radars were jammed. Mike must fight off two scooter divers. He uses razor sharp coral to shred one bad diver hose and rams a second diver with a Porto Sub to capture the saboteurs.
100. Looking back at 100 episodes plus Wet Notes news and information update
The Coral Restoration Foundation recently did a webinar on their accomplishments in 2022. It was a record year for them where they out planted about 44K corals, plus so much more.
Divers in North Jersey are in search of Old Bergen - an 1812 cannon stolen in 1980. They were diving in the Hackensack River. They think they heard metallic noise when probing. They will need to head back later to attempt to find Old Bergen.
NASA is projecting an alarming rise in sea level in the next thirty years. This rise impacts all US coastal areas. The study is based on 30 years of satellite observations.
On December 14, A Dram of Diving hosted a live facebook event on the Power of Podcasting. I participated in the panel and you can watch the event on the Dram of Diving Youtube Channel.
The 2023 Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) Board of Directors election is now open for voting. I have been fortunate to have been nominated for a position on the board representing the Retailer segment. Voting continues through January 2023.
Scuba Shack Radio Episode One premiered on March 17, 2019. I launched the podcast to add my voice. Listen to my reflection on four years and 100 episodes of Scuba Shack Radio.
99. Discover Scuba – hear what I think plus Wet Notes news and information update
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) recently agreed to strict new import and export regulations on over 50 species of sharks. Great news for these apex predators.
The scent is back in Sink the Stink. The new 40% stronger version is our go-to wetsuit and neoprene cleaner with the clean, fresh scent.
Oceanic has released their dive computer app for the Apple Watch Ultra. Their app turns the watch into a fully compatible dive computer. There is also a companion iPhone app. The Oceanic+ app is a fee based app that range from a daily rate, monthly, or annual. There is also a family plan. Oceanic will also be releasing a housing to take you iPhone underwater and display the computer.
The bell from the Great Lakes shipwreck, GP Griffen, a passenger steamer that sank in 1850 has been donated to the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, OH. The bell is the only thing that is left from the wreck and was found in 1974 by a local diver, Louis Key. Key's family donated the bell.
On December 14, 2022 I will be participating in a panel discussion on A Dram of Diving. This will be an encore of our panel discussion from DEMA that was hosted by Tec Clark. The live event will be on Facebook and Youtube starting at 7:30 eastern time.
Last month on A Dram of Diving they had a discussion on the experiential scuba programs - like discover scuba or try scuba. The discussion centered around the risk and value of the program. The risk was centered around the level of professional conducting the program. As a PADI dive shop, we routinely conduct Discover Scuba Programs. If done correctly, with properly trained and certified professionals, the program is valuable to our industry.
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.