Monthly Archives: April 2019

Scuba Shack Radio #4 – 4-28-19



In this episode we discuss Sunset House in Grand Cayman, defogging a mask, and Project Drawdown.

Sunset House in Grand Cayman has been serving the dive community for over 60 years now. Let’s hope they keep up the good work. Sunset House’s rooms provide all the essential amenities you need to make you stay comfortable. Their boats are well maintained, convenient for diving and offer relatively short trips to some great reefs. Shore diving is spectacular with so much to see. Throw in My Bar and I rarely leave the grounds. Town is a short walk or complementary shuttle ride away. Keep up the good work Sunset House. https://www.sunsethouse.com/

Defogging a mask is a relatively simple skill. Too often however we see that this skill was probably not explained very well. If the mask is properly cleaned then a drop or two of any defog solution will be enough so long as you don’t wash it off by rinsing too hard. We use Sea Drops from Gear Aid and it has served us well. Couple of drops, let it dry, quick rinse before entering the water and you will be all set. Simple but often not done correctly. We sometimes see people putting on the sea drops and then doing a heavy rinse essentially wiping out the benefit.  

Project Drawdown is described as the most comprehensive plan ever produced to reverse global warming. It is that point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begin to decline on a year-to-year basis. Project Drawdown was founded in 2014 by Paul Hawkins, author, entrepreneur and environmentalist. Check out the 100 Solution to reverse global warming. https://www.drawdown.org/ 

 

 


Scuba Shack Radio #3 – 4-14-19



In this episode we discuss a visit to REEF HQ in Key Largo, Hakai Magazine, an update on Plastic Bank

During our recent dive shop trip to Key Largo, we conducted a PADI Fish Identification course in conjunction with REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation).  Our visit to REEF included an introduction, lecture on the various fish encountered in the Florida Keys, and how to conduct a fish survey. The next morning we were off to do two surveys, diving with Horizon Divers. Our surveys were conducted on The Wreck of the Benwood and Sand Bottom Cave on Elbow Reef.

Hakai Magazine is an online magazine started in 2015 with a mission to explore science, society and the environment from a coastal perspective. Hakai Magazine is funded by Tula Foundation. You can find out more about Tula here – https://tula.org. Hakai Magazine is fascinating with great articles and audio versions. Two articles in particular that are of interest (both audio and written) are “Citizen Science comes of age” and “Hey Beacher, leave those fish alone”. Here are links to both.

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/citizen-science-comes-of-age/

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/hey-beacher-leave-those-fish-alone/

Plastic Bank is an organization that stops ocean plastic while reducing poverty. Essentially, they pay people to recycle plastic. The plastic is then recycled and sold as social plastic. You can get all the details regarding their work on their web site. Recently they announced a partnership with SC Johnson to open 8 recycling centers in Indonesia along with the first mobile recycling center. 

https://www.plasticbank.com/sc-johnson-partners-with-plastic-bank-in-indonesia/#.XKZ5qZhKiM8

In addition to Indonesia they also operate out of Haiti, and the Philippines.