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Episode 15 – 9-22-19



In this episode we discuss the value of a log book, the Sea Turtle Conservancy, and motion sickness

I consider your log book as a very important piece of your dive gear. Unfortunately, the dive log is often neglected by divers. It is your dive diary. If you keep your dive log up-to-date you will be able to look back and relive those dives. You will know how the dive went, what you wore on the dive, the conditions and so much more. Be a conscientious diver and maintain your dive log. Listen to a couple of my dives from my dive log.

Sea turtles have been under threat for a very long time. The Sea Turtle Conservancy https://conserveturtles.org has been working to protect sea turtles since 1959. Originally the Sea Turtle Conservancy started as the Brotherhood of the Green Turtle in response to the book The Windward Road by Dr. Archie Carr. One of the threats currently faced by all sea turtles is artificial lighting. Listen for more information on how the Sea Turtle Conservancy is helping to address this problem.

For some divers boat diving is a challenge. It is a challenge because of motion sickness. We just don’t know why some people are prone to seasickness while other aren’t. There are several articles on the DAN website that discuss possible causes, medications and other remedies. A lot of great diving is done from dive boats. Hopefully if you suffer from motion sickness you will be able to find the best remedy for you. 

https://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/articles/Motion_Sickness

https://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/articles/Motion_Sickness_Updated_2003

https://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/articles/Transderm_Scop_The_Patch

 

 


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/


Scuba Shack Radio – Episode 1 – 3-17-19



Welcome to the first episode of Scuba Shack Radio – a bi-weekly podcast in support of our mission of empowering individuals to venture underwater and to advocate for ocean health and sustainability.

In this episode we discuss dive computers, growing coral in Bonaire, Beneath the Sea in New Jersey, and some discussion on ocean conservation.