Monthly Archives: July 2019

Scuba Shack Radio #10 – 7-21-19



In this episode we discuss boat bags, IUNC Red List,, and the movie that inspired Sea Hunt –  Underwater Warriors

Once you get to your dive destination and are ready to go to the dive boat you will want a boat bag to get all of your gear to and from the boat. Two options are the Akona Delux Mesh Duffel and the Akona Delux Mesh Backpack. Both bags are durable, pack nicely for your trip, and make hauling your gear to the boat practical.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUNC) Red List of threatened species is now over 100,000 species. Sadly, no species improved their status during the recent reporting period. Many turtles and sharks are on the endangered list. For more information, use the links below.

https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2019/07/18/record-high-number-species-threat-extinction/

https://www.iucnredlist.org/

Underwater Warriors is the movie that inspired Sea Hunt. The movie was released in 1958 and was produced by Ivan Tors. It is based on the book by CDR Frances Fane – a pioneer with the Navy’s Underwater Demolition Team. The movie traces the evolution of the UDT from swimmer, to rebreather diver, to open circuit aqualung diving. The movie stars Dan Daily and Ross Martin. Zale Parry of Sea Hunt fame is also featured.


Scuba Shack Radio #9 – 7-7-19



In this episode we discuss why buying a regulator from your local dive shop matters, bamboo and global warming, and the World Recreational Scuba Training Council

Regulators are a critical piece of your dive gear and represent a significant investment. As we all know, there are a lot of options for purchasing online. Why not buy your regulator online? Well for one thing, brand new regulators are shipped in a box and not assembled. Unless you are comfortable and capable of properly assembling your new regulator, you are taking a risk. When you buy from your local dive shop, the regulator will be properly assembled and more importantly tested to ensure the adjustments are proper. Don’t leave it to chance. Your local dive shop can compete on price plus adds the value of personalized service.

Bamboo is technically a grass that can be an important cog in the climate change battle. With its incredible ability to sequester carbon along with its compressive and tensile strength it is one of the most versatile plants on earth. Bamboo can be used to replace high emission material like cotton, plastic, steel, aluminum and concrete. Bamboo grows readily on degraded or abandoned land and if we increase our acreage by 37 million, this plant can take 7.22 gigatons of CO2 from the atmosphere. The links below provide more detail.

https://www.drawdown.org/solutions/land-use/bamboo

https://www.inbar.int/global-warming-of-1-5-c-how-can-bamboo-help/

The World Recreational Scuba Training Council or WRSTC is dedicated to world-wide safety of recreational scuba. They produce the minimum standards for training agencies. There are four different components. RTSC for the US, RTSC Europe, RTSC Canada and RTSC Japan. RTSC US is based out of Stuart FL and has 9 member training agencies. PADI is one of those agencies. They publish their standards on their website. It might make for some interesting reading.

https://wrstc.com/