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Fish Fridays Blue Angel Fish

Fish Fridays Blue Angel Fish

Common Name: Blue Angelfish Latin Name:  Holacanthus bermudensis Location: Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida, rare Bermuda and south to Brazil Distinct Features and Information: The juvenile Blue Angel is quite different from that of the adult. Juveniles are dark blue with a yellow tail, a yellow area around the pectoral fins, and brilliant blue vertical bars on […]

There is no BP oil in the Mexican Carribean or on the shores of mexico at all

There is no BP oil in the Mexican Carribean or on the shores of mexico at all

As instructors, we love to teach, and that can go beyond scuba diving.  As business owners in mexico, we feel we have a responsibility to teach others about what we have learned while working here, the culture, the environment, day to day stuff. For the last few weeks we have had some emails from people […]

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Fish Fridays….Loggerhead Turtle

Fish Fridays….Loggerhead Turtle

Common Name: Loggerhead Latin Name:  Caretta caretta Location: Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Northwest Florida, Cay Sal Bank (Bahamas), Quintana Roo (Mexico), Sergipe and Northern Bahia (Brazil), Southern Bahia to Rio de Janerio (Brazil). Distinct Features and Information: The loggerhead is characterized by a large head with blunt jaws. The carapace and flippers are a […]

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What is life really like as a dive instructor?

What is life really like as a dive instructor?

Well, as the PADI commercials say it is a lunch break on the beach, you walk around and tell people what to do, you take divers diving every day…how great is that, and really we mean it, being a dive instructor is GREAT.  But there is far more to it than just hanging on the […]

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Can the IPad Measure Up?

Can the IPad Measure Up?

Many scuba divers are tech heads and the super tech heads do seem to gravitate towards more technical diving and more gadgets when they dive. Who thought we would ever see the day when a PC computer could go underwater?  In the video below is an example of a PC going to minimal depths, but […]

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Fish Fridays Porcupine Fish

Fish Fridays Porcupine Fish

I swear Disney has used the Porcupine fish as a model for some of their characters. Common Name: Porcupine fish   Latin Name: Diodon Hystrix   Location: Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean, also Gulf of Mexico, north to Massachusetts, Bermuda and south to Brazil, circumtropical.   Distinct Features and Information: They are sometimes confused with puffer fish. Porcupine […]

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Fabulous Fish Fridays!!! The Pipefish

Fabulous Fish Fridays!!! The Pipefish

Common Name: Harlequin Pipefish   Latin Name: Micrognathus Ensenadae   Location: Rare South Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean also Bermuda and south to Brazil   Distinct Features and Information: Pipefish look like straight-bodied seahorses with tiny mouths. The name is derived from the peculiar form of their snout, which is like a long tube, ending in narrow and […]

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What is your preference, Back plate or Jacket style BCD?

What is your preference, Back plate or Jacket style BCD?

It is interesting when showing students or customers a black plate and wing style buoyancy system. Some remarks are, “it looks too technical”, “that plate must be hard on the back”, “where are the pockets”, and the best of all, “it’s not colorful or pretty looking.”  Dont judge a book on its cover, there are […]

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To pack your dive gear or not to pack…this is now the question with all the new airline luggage fees

To pack your dive gear or not to pack…this is now the question with all the new airline luggage fees

Scuba Diving is a sport that demands travel, which is one reason some of us dive!  It also demands you eventually own your set of equipment, both for comfort and for safety. The problem is that modern airline luggage policies make hauling all that gear an expensive proposition.  If you are recreational diver that only […]

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Riviera Maya Fish Fridays-Toad Fish

Riviera Maya Fish Fridays-Toad Fish

Common Name: Splendid Toad Fish Latin Name: Sanopus Splendidus Location: Common in Cozumel. Apparently endemic, not reported elsewhere. Distinct Features and Information: The Splendid Toad fish is quite an interesting fish. This toadfish is unique in that it has only been found in one place. Cozumel Island, Mexico. The splendid toadfish is a sluggish, bottom-dwelling […]