Category Archives: Scuba Travel

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.

https://www.diversalertnetwork.org/travel/

https://diveassure.com/en/home/

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. https://www.awea.org 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.


Scuba Shack Radio #23 – 1-12-2020



In this episode we discuss the PADI referral process, the North Atlantic Right Whale, and another installment of Sea Hunt – It’s Still Alive.

If you live in a part of the country or the world where it gets cold in the winter you might not think you can still learn to scuba dive. You can by doing something called a referral. Essentially, you do your confined water training with your local dive shop in a warm pool and then go someplace warm for your open water certification dives. Work with your local dive shop to set up the referral, make sure all of the paper work is in order and to understand what you will experience when you arrive. Better yet, travel with your local dive shop to someplace warm to get your open water scuba diver certification.

The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered species on the planet. With only 400 to 450 of the whales left, they are experiencing low birth rates coupled with unusually high mortality rates. Since 2017 there have been only 12 births while there have been 30 deaths. The North Atlantic right whale is threatened by entanglement, vessel strikes and noise pollution. You can learn more about this whale from the following sites – https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/north-atlantic-right-whale https://us.whales.org/whales-dolphins/species-guide/north-atlantic-right-whale/

For this installment of Sea Hunt – It’s Still Alive, I review an episode from season 3 – Pirate Gold. In this episode, Mike is in the Bahamas working for a construction company creating a new channel to a marina. The story is about a boy who is scuba diving with his friend trying to find pirate gold. The boys find some dynamite before going diving, set the timer and go diving. While diving, one of the boys gets trapped underwater because of a blast. The other boy (Jeff Bridges) goes for help. That help is Mike who saves Joey after many challenges.


Scuba Shack Radio #22 12-29-19



In this episode we discuss Sink the Stink, 4Ocean, and Your Next Dive takes you to Atlantis Dive Resort in Dumaguete Philippines.

Sink the Stink is our go to product for cleaning our neoprene wetsuits and boots. The product is based on technology developed by Bob Denton based on work he had been doing for the oil and gas industry to remove contaminants using bacteria. As an avid diver Bob realized that there was an application for using bacteria to clean wetsuits. The technology is based on good bacteria in Sink the Stink eating the bad bacteria in the neoprene that causes the bad smell. A little bit of Sink the Stink goes a long way in cleaning your gear. Check out Sink the Stink. http://sinkthestink.com

4Ocean is a global organization based on optimism with a single purpose of ending the ocean plastic crisis by cleaning the ocean and coastline and stopping the inflow of plastic by changing consumption habits. It was founded by two friends – Andrew Cooper and Alex Shulze who were disappointed with the amount of plastic they encountered on a trip to Bali. Their response was to establish a business model where they would sell bracelets and pledge to remove one pound of trash for each product purchased. It is not a non-profit organization and does not accept donation. 4Ocean is a making a difference. Find out more at https://4ocean.com

The Atlantis Dive Resort in Dumaguete is located about 300 miles south of Manila – a short 1 hour flight from Manila to Dumaguete. The resort is located on a private beach in Dauin – 30 – 40 minute ride from the airport. The rooms are very nice with either a king size or two queen beds, a couch and desk. Some rooms have double sinks with a walk in shower. Toko Restaurant is where you will take your three meals featuring an ala carte breakfast followed by a blackboard menu for lunch and dinner featuring soup, salad, up to four entrees and dessert. The diving is close to the resort with 10 minute boat rides. The biodiversity is outstanding. With trips to Apo Island to see amazing coral diversity and Oslob on Cebu to snorkel with whale sharks you won’t be disappointed. We are looking forward to our trip in 2021.