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    Instructor recommendation needed, Naples FL area.

    I need to find an "old style" instructor in the Naples, FL area to handle, in January, the entry level portion of training for a strong water person who will be going with me to the Galapagos in June. Preferably with cool water University/AAUS experience.
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    Tech Rental Gear on Big Island - Poll

    My wife has opened a room in our house and an outbuilding as vacation rentals. A couple of potential guests (knowing my background) have inquired about the availability of rental gear, since it has become difficult to travel with gear on the airlines these days. Now, renting diving gear is...
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    Happy birthday Woody. This Land is Your Land.

    THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND words and music by Woody Guthrie Chorus: This land is your land, this land is my land From California, to the New York Island From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters This land was made for you and me As I was walking a ribbon of highway I saw above me an...
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    Peter Hess

    Peter Hess: wreck diver and attorney who litigated on behalf of divers' rights to recover artifacts from US wrecks has died. Peter was a Boston Sea Rover, Admiralty Lawyer, and former Board Member of the Explorers Club. His contributions will be long remembered. ls I heard about Peter's...
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    Bill Hamilton

    I received word last night of the death of R.W. "Bill" Hamilton, Ph.D. He died of natural causes, surrounded by his family and some of his many friends. Bill made many lasting, significant contributions in the fields of diving physiology, medicine, research and education, to name a few...
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    Article: Best Critter Dives

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    PADI Tec Xplor Day Events

    Who's planning on going? Speaker list: Drew Richardson, Karl Shreeves, Jeff Loflin, Luke Inman.
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    Split from A&I Yukon thread: Gas Rules in OW Solo Dives

    Why on earth would that be at about 1000psi? Especially if you're diving solo and don't have to have gas for a buddy? When did the rule of thirds become applicable to a no ceiling, open water diver?
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    I write like ...

    Here's a site that analyzes your writing and compares it to many well known writers' works. Try it out. It tells me that I write in a style similar to Robert Louis Stevenson (Pt. Lobos Story), Arthur C. Clarke (Tuna Story) or David Foster Wallace (Bull Shark Story). I come out with just RLS...
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    The Kessel Run

    For those of you who don't know, the Kessel Run's an 18-parsec route used by smugglers to move glitterstim spice from Kessel to an area south of the Si'Klaata Cluster without getting caught by the Imperial ships that were guarding the movement of spice from Kessel's mines. Worlds along the...
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    Thumbing the dive

    Why are all these people thumbing the dive before they even get wet?
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    Help Identify the Culprit

    He's got a camo spearfishing suit and wears a pair of blue/black duck feet. Can't be many pairs of those fins on the Big Island.
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    BSAC on “Hogarthian rigging” and “Primary take” for “out of gas response”

    Originally sent to all BSAC Technical Instructors.
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    Need Swimmaster Wideview Mask and Farallon Snorkel

    If anyone has available (or comes across) either of these items please let me know. I need both rather badly. Thanks, Thal
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    Photo Widget Test

    Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus) with head stained red from iron-rich soil sediments in which it forages for food, Svalbard, Norway <embed src="" flashVars="photoId=4676partnerId=531821&photographerName=Flip Nicklin...
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    What to self-teach, how to self-teach it, an how to practice it.

    Lots of folks on another thread agree that there are many things that can be self-taught. Here's a thread for exploring that concept in greater breath and depth. Let's start with dry suits, if you are self-taught ... tell us the details of the process you went through. Other items and skills...
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    Need to find SeaTurtle cleaning and Deep Scattering Night Dive on Big Island

    I need to find two thing on the Big Island: A cleaner wrasse station is is dependably frequented by Sea Turtles. Someone who is diving or taking people out to dive the Deep Scattering Layer at night when it comes up unto shallower water. Any leads for either would be appreciated.
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