Saturday, 29 June 2013
Monday, 24 June 2013
With many credits to his name, not least the co-creation of the Drager Model 138 rebreather, he was always exploring, discovering and expanding our knowledge of life beneath the sea.
To some people he was controversial, to others a man of wisdom, to everyone he was aspirational, someone we all wanted to be when we grew up. He shall be sorely missed.
|The classic Hans and Lotte photo that everyone remembers|
Hass has published many books, including “Aus der Pionierzeit des Tauchens’’ (“From The Pioneering Days Of Diving”), and has made more than 100 films about the underwater world. Among many awards they have won, are those from the Historical Diving Society.
Friday, 21 June 2013
Link: HERE & HERE
|One man and his isopod. They should make that into a new show. Not good at herding sheep though.....|
|"my isopod and me, as happy as can be, tra-la-la-la-la"|
Thursday, 20 June 2013
Marine scientists at CCMI's Little Cayman Research Centre say the coral nursery project established in September last year to help replenish local reefs is doing well. As a pilot project, researchers deployed a single structure, multiplying four parent colonies of staghorn coral to 58 new individuals. After 3 months of the trial, all colonies have survived and are growing rapidly.
“The indirect beneﬁts of this conservation project and a healthier reef ecosystem will positively impact local tourism and improve local ﬁsh stocks,” noted a report from the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI).
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Go get your physical or digital copy today!
Sunday, 16 June 2013
|"Want to by a copy of watchtower, guv'nor?"|
|"Yea, I'll just let it all hang out"|
Update as of 7.32am. He's still there. He's been hanging on all night, bloody dosser......
Update as of 10.56am. Bob, as we call him, is still there. I think someone super glued him to our window as a joke......
Update as of 12.38pm. News flash, Bob has moved about an inch to the left. More news as it arrives.
Update as of 13.36. Bob has finally gone. Farewell sweet Bob, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. Good riddance!
Friday, 14 June 2013
One start up software company, Vertigo Games based in the Netherlands, is developing an online multiplayer dive game using the Oculus headset to create a truly immersive experience. Check out the video!
"World of Diving is the first online multiplayer diving game, with which we will recreate that feeling of wonder and discovery you get at the bottom of the ocean. Our team is all set to take you on the otherworldly experience that is World of Diving - all from the comfort of your own (hopefully quite dry) home."
"Starting out in the Caribbean, you can enjoy the real-world diving spots that were recreated by our team, while the entire world’s oceans are waiting for you to explore thanks to a technique called procedural generation."
"While World of Diving will appeal to both hardcore simulation fans and casual diving enthusiasts, we feel it is important to focus our development efforts on making the world fun… and not just a mathematical model. World of Diving will be a place for you to hang out with your friends - whether you have met them in or outside of the game – where you can swim with sea turtles, hunt for the great white shark or party on your own luxury yacht."
If this has you salivating at the mouth, then stop by their Indiegogo website and donate some money to get this project of the ground.
Whatever type of diving you're into or even if you're not a diver but just love the life aquatic, this is the place to hang out and share with like minded people.
Come join us and be part of the family!
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
“By exploring this extreme and previously uninvestigated section of the Earth’s deep seafloor, this research seeks to extend our understanding of the limits (in terms of extreme environments) to which life can exist on Earth, to understand how geologic processes might generate the prebiotic materials believed to have been an essential precursor to life on Earth, and to help prepare for future efforts to explore for life on other planets"
Who know what they'll find on this expedition. My hopes is some underwater foreign object like in the Abyss, but somehow I doubt it.............
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
"Once found only in the Indian and Pacific oceans, before spreading in recent years to the Caribbean and Atlantic, lionfish have been found in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time in more than 20 years, scientists report"
"Authors of a report published last week called for immediate monitoring and control of lionfish in the Mediterranean to be carried out to try to prevent an invasion of the creatures. The invasive species has wreaked havoc on coral reefs in the Caribbean."
We are starting to see natural predators to the lionfish here on the island with groupers and sharks developing a taste for the fish. We can only hope that there isn't a population explosion in the Med and that it can be managed effectively and efficiently.
Saturday, 8 June 2013
"Probably the most obvious contribution tec diving has made is the constant innovation and refinement of diving equipment. It takes time to trickle down but we now regularly see single cylinder wing and backplate systems with long hose configurations that keep the diver in a beautiful position while they dive, ensure they are uncluttered and streamlined plus are able to respond to out of gas emergencies with ease and flexibility."
"Use of sidemount wing systems is not quite so widespread yet but with mainstream manufacturers bringing out systems designed for the open water diver which are extremely lightweight, streamlined and easy to use I don’t think it will be long before sidemount diving is the second most popular PADI specialty (EANx is the most popular)."
The evolution of Tec ultimately always filters down to the humblest of divers, whether it be technique or equipment. Have a read and see what you personally think about what Tec can do for you. You may be surprised.....
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Ok so due to circumstances beyond our control, we've been without broadband for a little while now as well trying to move house, do cleaning, build furniture and 10 million other jobs. If I didn't have a reason to turn grey, I've got one now!
Unfortunately because of all this shenanigans, the diving has had to take a back seat for the past few weeks but we plan to get wet again very soon and get back to some semblance of normality. Hopefully.
In the meantime please enjoy this shot of an ice cold mudslide as I sit in the local coffee shop and leech their bandwidth. Safe diving everyone.