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26. Boat Diving Etiquette, Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and Sea Hunt – It’s Still Alive – The Aquanettes

In this episode we discuss boat diving etiquette, the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, and Sea Hunt – It’s Still Alive – the Aquanettes.

Boat diving is fun and convenient. Boats however are small and move around a lot and can present some challenges. With a little common sense and etiquette you can make it enjoyable for everyone. My number 1 rule for boat diving etiquette is to follow the boats rules even if they do things differently than you are accustom to doing. Be mindful of your gear. Don’t spread it around. Follow the boats procedures for getting in and out of the water. If you want to do something different – just ask. Remember you are not just a paying customer on the boat you are also their guest.

The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 was signed into law on October 21, 1972. This act called for the protection of marine mammals with a moratorium on taking and importation of marine mammals and marine mammal products. It also called for the protection of marine mammals from commercial fishing operations and mandated the development of commercial fishing gear to eliminate harm to marine mammals. This law also established the Marine Mammal Commission and the Committee of Scientific Advisor that are both still active today.

The Aquanettes is an episode from season 4 of Sea Hunt and aired on March 25, 1961. In this episode Mike is training 3 women “Astronettes” who are going on a mission to Venus. A little bit of science fiction for Sea Hunt. One of the women has some problems and panics a couple of times underwater and it causes a fight between two of the Aquanettes. Mike breaks up the fight by throwing them both in the water. One of the women decides to go in on her own to make up for her panic attack. Now Mike and the others must find the missing Aquanette. Sharks are in the area and causing a problem with the rescue. Mike is ready to fight off the man-eating shark with a knife but ultimately uses a spear gun to save the day. 

Where did the term SCUBA come from?

The report titled On Using Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus was written by Walter A. Hahn and Christian J. Lambertsen in 1952. A really interesting read from the early days of Scuba Diving. They cover the swimmer, the physics and physiology of diving along with training in both open circuit and closed circuit scuba. They are quick to point out that this is not a training manual.

On Using SCUBA


25. Our First Interview, Emergency Oxygen – are you prepared, and Your Next Dive travels to the Bahamas to dive with Stuart Cove

In this episode we have our first interview with Ron, discuss the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course, and Your Next Dives takes us to Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas  in Nassau.

From the very first day I started Scuba Shack Radio, Ron Weller – one of our dive instructors has been talking about getting guests on the show. For this 25th episode, I thought it was appropriate that Ron be my first guest. Ron talks about how he started diving, what keeps him motivated and describes a couple of his most memorable dive.

Are you prepared to act if someone needs emergency oxygen? As we are taught from the beginning in scuba diving, oxygen is a primary treatment for both decompression illness and near-drowning. While scuba diving has an outstanding safety record, sometimes things go wrong. You can be the person to help by knowing how to administer emergency oxygen. PADI offers the Emergency Oxygen Provider course for everyone. You don’t need to be a certified diver to gain this valuable specialty. Be the one who can come to the aid of someone in need.

Stuart Cove Dive Bahamas is located on the southwest side of New Providence Island in the Bahamas. You can stay at any number of affiliated hotels and take the Stuart Cove shuttle to the dive shop. We normally stay at the Orange Hill Beach Inn. Stuart Coves locations is built like a seaport fishing village and was once used as a movie set for the film “Flipper”. They have full facilities including a retail store, photo center, classroom, rental shop, gear lockers and showers. The 46 foot Newton dive boats are spacious and well maintained. They also have several other boats. You can dive wrecks, reefs, walls and experience sharks. Our trip with Stuart Cove has been running for over 15 years now.

24. Travel Insurance, Wind Power in the US and Scott Carpenter – Astronaut and Aquanaut

In this episode we discuss dive travel insurance, the current state of wind power, and Scott Carpenter – Astronaut and Aquanaut.

Who doesn’t like a great scuba diving trip? As we know, we need to plan our trips well in advance and in many cases make a significant investment. Things happen and we should really protect that investment with trip insurance. There are a number of products out there to insure your dive travel. Divers Alert Network and DiveAssure offer a variety of products that cover single trips or annual trip insurance. You can check out these options on their websites.

2019 was the 2nd warmest year on record. No doubt that carbon dioxide is contributing. Wind power is a great option to help reduce emissions. You can gain a great deal of information on the state of wind power in the United States at the American Wind Energy Association web site. In 2018 wind energy reduced 201 million metric tons of carbon dioxide avoided the equivalent of taking 42.7 million cars off the road. Wind energy is part of the solution.

Scott Carpenter was one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and he was also a pioneer aquanaut. His book that he co-authored with his daughter details his journey. He joined George Bond as part of the Navy’s saturation diving program and participated in both the Sealab I and Sealab II projects. His 30 days underwater on Sealab II was a record for living underwater. After his diving career was finished he rejoined NASA and was instrumental in the development of underwater training to simulate being weightless. Scott Carpenter was a true American hero.