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Lifelong Learning Comments Off on Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

Posted by on Apr 11, 2020 in Blog

I’ve often heard the question asked, “Why should I take a specialty or continuing education class?” There are many answers to that question and I’ll bet at least one can be applied to any diver. Here are...

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Huck Finn & SCUBA?

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Blog, Videos

Huckleberry Finn & SCUBA Diving? Admit it.  You read Huckleberry Finn as a child, and students are still reading it today. While the literary themes and styling have not changed, in recent times some of...

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Burkifornia – Day 9 Comments Off on Burkifornia – Day 9

Burkifornia – Day 9

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Blog

Burkifornia ’16 – Day 9 Today was our last day on Route 66. We slept late, got an early lunch and left Barstow, CA for Santa Monica Pier. It was already pretty warm out when we packed the car and...

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Burkifornia – Day 8

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Blog

Burkifornia ’16 – Day 8 Memorial Day 2016 – Burkifornia ’16. We woke without our alarms and started the day slowly. It was pretty warm in Kingman, AZ, unlike the cool mornings we’ve had along the...

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Burkifornia – Day 7

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in Blog

Burkifornia ’16 – Day 7 This morning we got up early, grabbed breakfast at Denny’s and left Holbrook, AZ – one of many towns we’ve seen that embraces the history of Route 66, “The Mother Road.” We...

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Burkifornia – Day 6

Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Blog

Burkifornia ’16 – Day 6 This morning we were up early and running to the Sandia Peak Tramway for a ride up and down and a stay at the peak long enough to take in the incredible view! It was a...

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Burkifornia – Day 5

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Blog

Burkifornia ’16 – Day 5 Today started out slower and later than usual as we decided to hang out in Amarillo and see the town. That, and all the driving catches up and we just wanted some extra...

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Burkifornia – Day 4

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Blog

Burkifornia ’16 – Day 4 Today started earlier than the previous days as my co-pilot was eager to get on the road. She wanted to reach Amarillo, TX today so we could spend some extra time there....

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Burkifornia – Day 3

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Blog

Burkifornia ’16 – Day 3 Day 3 turned out to be another long day of driving. Who knew Missouri was such a long state! We got a late start, but followed Route 66 out of St. Clair, MO, through a...

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Burkifornia – Day 2

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Blog

Burkifornia ’16 – Day 2   Day 2 of the Burkifornia ‘16 trip was even more fun than the first. We left Indianapolis this morning, got right on the interstate and headed for Springfield, IL....

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Burkifornia – Day 1

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Blog

Burkifornia ’16 – Day 1 Semper DIVE!®’s trip to San Diego began this morning at 10:43 AM as we departed Burke, VA for the West Coast! If I didn’t mention it before, we’re taking historic Route 66....

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BIG News

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Blog

BIG News! Since December we’ve been hinting in our newsletters and social media about a BIG announcement. Well, we’re ready to let you in on our secret! It’s really BIG news. The type of news that will bring...

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Blue Mind Comments Off on Blue Mind

Blue Mind

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in Blog

Blue Mind I recently finished reading a very interesting book that I think everyone who loves the ocean should read. It’s by no means a fast or easy read, but certainly worth your time! The book, by Wallace...

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A Movie Premier in December Comments Off on A Movie Premier in December

A Movie Premier in December

Posted by on Feb 21, 2016 in Blog

A Movie Premier in December It may be February, but I want to tell you what we did one evening in December and what it will mean for you… soon! Our friends at Patriots for Disabled Divers hosted a movie...

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My Favorite Dive Site Comments Off on My Favorite Dive Site

My Favorite Dive Site

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Blog

My Favorite Dive Site Most divers have a favorite dive site.  For some it’s a site they dove once or twice while on vacation.  For others, it’s a site near home that they dive regularly.  Favorite sites earn...

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Snorkel: Yes or No

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Blog

Snorkel:  Yes or No? Unequivocally, YES. For your own safety, yes.  To meet the requirements of most SCUBA training agencies, yes.  For your convenience in rough waters at the surface, yes.  To more...

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Servicing Your Regulator Comments Off on Servicing Your Regulator

Servicing Your Regulator

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Blog

Servicing Your Regulator   Happy New Year!  It’s early January and ‘the weather outside is frightful;’ it’s frigid cold and snow is in the forecast. As much as I want to dive, I don’t even want to go...

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Thanksgiving & Black Friday Comments Off on Thanksgiving & Black Friday

Thanksgiving & Black Friday

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Blog

  Thanksgiving & Black Friday Yes, that’s turkey you’re smelling and snow in the forecast.  Winter is around the corner and wow, did it come fast this year!  Many of you may be wondering where...

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San Diego (La Jolla) Diving Comments Off on San Diego (La Jolla) Diving

San Diego (La Jolla) Diving

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Blog

San Diego (La Jolla) Diving A few weeks back I was out in San Diego on business and brought my dive gear with me.  I lived there for about 2½ years in the late 1990’s and enjoyed shore and boat diving on a...

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Preventing Gear & Car Theft

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Blog

Preventing Car & Gear Theft Last year I was in San Diego on a business trip and wanted to do some diving.  Unfortunately, my regular dive buddy in California hadn’t dived since I left moved away in late...

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Sunscreen – Your Skin or the Reefs

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Blog

Sunscreen – Your Skin or the Reefs I was sitting on the beach a few weeks ago watching a mother spraying sunscreen and getting some of it on her child. The rest went into the air, on someone else, on the...

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Handicapped SCUBA Association Comments Off on Handicapped SCUBA Association

Handicapped SCUBA Association

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Blog

Sharing my love for the sea by teaching new divers and introducing them to the underwater world is a joy for me. Any instructor can tell you how much fun it is to see a new diver’s eyes open wide with...

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Revisiting David & Goliath

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Featured

Photo of the Day David and Goliath Revisited “David and Goliath,” Gold Winner at Our World Underwater 2013. Another outstanding photograph of Jack Crevalles at Cabo Pulmo, Mexico. Says...

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The River Under The Sea Comments Off on The River Under The Sea

The River Under The Sea

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Featured

♦ The River Under The Sea ♦ ♦ The Cenote Angelita, which translates as ‘little angel’, reveals what looks like a river winding through a forest to divers                       ♦ The swirling mist...

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Deep Sea Diving In A Wheelchair Comments Off on Deep Sea Diving In A Wheelchair

Deep Sea Diving In A Wheelchair

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Featured

  Deep Sea Diving In A Wheelchair When Sue Austin got a power chair 16 years ago, she felt a tremendous sense of freedom — yet others looked at her as though she had lost something. In her art, she aims...

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Seasickness 1


Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Blog

After doing a Florida fresh water spring dive a few days earlier, we were all set for some ocean diving. My daughter/student was thrilled to finally get into the ocean for the first time.

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Florida Springs Dive Comments Off on Florida Springs Dive

Florida Springs Dive

Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in Blog

Florida Springs Dive Crystal clear waters, constant temperature year-round, lots of aquatic life.  That’s what we always hear about Florida spring diving.  So, I decided it was time to see what the...

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Environmental Divers Comments Off on Environmental Divers

Environmental Divers

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Blog

Environmental Divers These divers always strive to leave no trace.  Environmental divers are conscientious of their environment and will always strive to leave no trace. This means a diver will make it his or...

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Dive Computer Comments Off on Dive Computer

Dive Computer

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Manuals

UWATEC Dive Computer Smart Z displays all important dive and decompression data and comes with a unique receiver which can receive tank pressure data from a transmitter. Mounted at the high pressure (HP)...

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PADI Dive Planner Comments Off on PADI Dive Planner

PADI Dive Planner

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Manuals

PADI Dive Planner    The purpose of the Recreational Dive Planner is to make all dives no decompression dives. Proper planning assures that all dives, single or repetitive, are within the no...

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O2 Oxygen Analyzer Comments Off on O2 Oxygen Analyzer

O2 Oxygen Analyzer

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Manuals

ANALOX O2 Oxygen Analyzer   The O2 EII® is ergonomically designed, and equipped with several features to ensure ease of use, and reliability. The instrument has been designed to be held in the left hand...

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Nautilus Lifeline Manual Comments Off on Nautilus Lifeline Manual

Nautilus Lifeline Manual

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Manuals

Nautilus Lifeline Manual We encourage you to read through this Operations Manual before using your Nautilus Lifeline VHF-GPS Radio for Divers. This will help you access the latest additional features of your...

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Latex Seals for Drysuits Comments Off on Latex Seals for Drysuits

Latex Seals for Drysuits

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Manuals

 Latex Seals For Drysuits and Trimming Guide The sizing guide below is for regular latex seals only. Do not use this guidelines for heavy-duty or RS-style latex wrist seals.Download...

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GP4000 Compass Comments Off on GP4000 Compass

GP4000 Compass

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Manuals

GP4000 Compass GP-4000 COMPASS+ is an advance wrist-top dive computer that not only provides all essential dive information such as dive time, temperature, depth etc. to a diver in an easy-to-understand...

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Cape Hatteras, NC Dives Comments Off on Cape Hatteras, NC Dives

Cape Hatteras, NC Dives

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 in Blog

Cape Hatteras, North Carolina   Last week we headed down to Cape Hatteras for a weekend of wreck diving in tropical conditions.  It was a long drive, but the four dives were worth every minute of time stuck...

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Phantom Cave Exploration Comments Off on Phantom Cave Exploration

Phantom Cave Exploration

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Blog

Phantom Springs Cave Exploration   Deep in the desert of West Texas lies Phantom Springs cave. Exploration divers have hit a record depth of 462ft/140.8m making it the deepest natural underwater cave...

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One Ocean One Breath Comments Off on One Ocean One Breath

One Ocean One Breath

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Blog

One Ocean One Breath a freediving collaboration between dual record holders eusebio and christina saenz de santamaria   “We use freediving as a means for exploration and adventure, to discover...

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Spring has sprung Comments Off on Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in Blog

Spring Has Sprung! Spring is here and summer is not far behind.  It’s time  to start checking out your gear and making sure everything is ready for the diving season – and for those all year divers, making...

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Beta, beta and more beta…

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Blog

Beta, beta and more beta… After months of work, worry, frustration, and do-overs, Semper DIVE!‘s website is finally in the Beta Test phase.We sent out site info to a small group of divers and friends...

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FreeDiving with Dolphins Comments Off on FreeDiving with Dolphins

FreeDiving with Dolphins

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Blog

FreeDiving with Dolphins Freedive record holders Eusebio and Christina Saenz de Santamaria freediving with a pod of over 60 incredible Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins in Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii....

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