Category Archives: Scuba History

Scuba Shack Radio #8 – 6-23-19

In this episode we discuss deep diving, cleaning stations and Sea Hunt – It’s still alive – the final show “Round Up”

What is deep diving? According to many training organizations it is any dive below 60 feet. Why? There is a section in Alex Brylske’s book “The Complete Diver” titled Deep Diving Re-examined. Dr. Brylske talks about what he considers deep diving – the range between 80 and 130 feet or as he describes it the forgotten 50 feet. He also discusses things to consider before venturing deeper than 60 feet, specifically experience and training. As for training PADI has a great Deep Diver specialty course that consists of 4 deep dives and you must have the experience of either PADI Adventure or Advanced Diver with 20 logged dives to participate. Stay safe with experience and training and minimize the risks.

Observing a cleaning station on a coral reef is fascinating. Cleaning stations are a classic example of symbiotic mutualism. The cleaner and the client both benefit. There is a two-part article in the winter and spring editions of Alert Diver magazine from Divers Alert Network by Anna and Ned Deloach on cleaning stations titled “Pest Control”. They discuss some interesting elements of the Bluestreak cleaner wrasse and the Pederson cleaner shrimp. Here are some other links that have more information on cleaning stations.

The final episode of Sea Hunt titled “Round Up” aired on September 23, 1961. The new underwater sequences were filmed in Nassau. Mike had 2 jobs in this episode. One was to recover floating bombs from a wreck and then blow up the ship. The second job was to recover and disarm a torpedo that was fired into an underwater pipe at a hydroelectric plant. The first job was really a repeat of an earlier episode with a new twist. On the second job Mike finds the diver who sent the torpedo into the pipe and wrestles him to the surface. The diver is a young Jack Nickelson who says “How many times to I got to tell you there ain’t no bomb”. Well there was. Mike saves the day and closes the show by saying see you next week, but now we know that wouldn’t happen. The series is over after four years and 155 shows.

Scuba Shack Radio #7 – 6-8-19

In this episode we review some new Osprey Dive Bags, Climate Change – the book and introduce a recurring segment called “Sea Hunt – It’s alive”

Going someplace great to dive means that we have to get our scuba gear there in a tough and durable bag. There are many great bags out there and we recently brought in some new dive bags from Osprey. Two of the bags that I think are really awesome are the Transporter Wheeled Duffel 90 and the Shuttle 130L/36. First they are super lightweight. On my scale the Wheeled Duffel came in at 7.9 pounds and the Shuttle was 9.6 pounds. My current dive bag is 12 pounds empty. I then packed my Apeks XTX 50, RK3 fins, 3 mm wetsuit, Light and Motion Solo, boots and Halcyon Eclipse 30 with the backplate and two masks . I still had some room in the duffel and had all kinds of space in the shuttle for packing another 9 pounds of stuff. All-in-all, the Osprey bags are incredible and I will surely have one when we hit Little Cayman and the Philippines later this year.

“Climate Change – What everyone needs to know” written by Dr. Joseph Romm is an important read if you are concerned about what we are doing to the planet. The NY Times Magazine calls it “The best single-source primer on the state of climate change”. Dr Romm takes you through the basics of climate science, extreme weather, projected impacts, avoiding the worst, politics and policy, the role of clean energy and climate change and you. I particularly found his discussion on the challenging aspects associated with transportation enlightening. We need to find a way to curb our use of petroleum-based transportation.

In this new recurring feature I will be reviewing an episode of Sea Hunt. Sea Hunt was a television program that ran from 1958 to 1961 (four season) with 155 shows. It featured Lloyd Bridges as ex-navy frogman Mike Nelson. The show was filmed at Marine Land of the Pacific, Catalina Island, Paradise Cove Malibu, Silver Springs FL, Cypress Garden FL, Tarpon Springs FL, Nassau and Grand Bahamas. We are big fans of the show and hope you will enjoy our reviews on future episodes of Scuba Shack Radio.


Scuba Shack Radio #6 – 5-26-19

In this episode we discuss wet suits, The Ocean Foundation, and the History of Diving Museum

One of the questions we often get at the shop is what thickness of wet suit should I buy. Our answer is it depends. It depends on where, when and how you dive. A 3 mm wet suit gives you a lot of mobility and lessens the weight that you need to carry. A 3 mm wet suit might be the best option for water temperatures at 77 degrees of above. You might choose a 5 mm wet suit if water temperatures are below 77 degrees. If you aren’t sure, the 5 mm wet suit might be the most versatile option.

The Ocean Foundation is a unique community with a mission to support, strengthen and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of oceans environments around the world. They have spent $48 M over the last 13 years on marine conservation. They also sponsor a program called Seagrass Grow – a program for carbon offsets. Here are couple of links to the Ocean Foundation and the Seagrass Grow program.

The History of Diving Museum is located in Islamorada, FL. It was founded by Drs. Joe and Sally Bauer in 2000, opened to the public part-time in 2005 and finally full time in 2006. It is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting artifacts, antiques, books, documents, photos and oral history relative to the history of diving. The museum also is home to The Bauer Diving History Research Library.