WIN A FREE TRIP

If our monthly Belize Trip Giveaway To the GEM of  BELIZE, St. George’s Caye Resort   and

and  a quarterly 7 night Dive Package for TWO to Kungkungan Bay ResortLembeh Strait, Indonesia the “critter capitol of the world”.
That’s Right… Trip is for Two Divers 
wasn’t  enough

 

WINNING IS EASY!  In fact you might already be entered to win.

SIX EASY WAYS TO WIN – DETAILS

ONCE IN A LIFETIME SCUBA EXPERIENCES FOR 2019

Are you fantasizing about an epic dive trip to a remote destination? Or maybe a weekend or short  closer to home? Or becoming a Dive Pro?  You’re sure to find the perfect place on our WHERE TO GO IN 2019.   SDR’s staff have spent much of the past years traveling, researching, experiencing firsthand so we are confident in our recommendations.

From a scuba certification class in Cozumel, to incredible shark dive experiences around the world,  to Underwater Photo Workshops in exotic locations, to the most romantic dive holiday, to becoming a citizen scientist, To a Safari…. the experiences are as diverse as they are desirable. Tick one or more of these “Bucket List” experiences off in 2019.

15 LIFETIME DIVE EXPERIENCES

CUTTLEFISH, DYK?

One of the brainiest, most bizarre animals in the ocean.

A bizarre, alien-like creature like no other. It’s an animal with eight sucker-covered arms growing out of its head, three hearts pumping its blue-green blood, and a doughnut-shaped brain. It has the ability to change its color and shape to blend in with seaweed and rocks, and it has a knack for switching on electrifying light shows that dazzle its prey.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CUTTLEFISH

STUNNING IMAGES OF BABY LIONFISH

Underwater peacocks: Baby lionfish smaller than a thumbnail put on a luminous display as they flare out their colourful fins in stunning images captured at night.

Luminous fish captured at night 100 feet below sea level by diver who was ‘privileged’ to make discovery. Amazing images show tiny fish each just days old in the Atlantic ocean five miles from the coast of Florida. Lion fish flare their translucent fins out to show off a magnificent display of colours including blue and yellow.

MORE PHOTOS & FACTS

Paper Nautilus, Octopus of the Open Sea

Why the argonaut, or paper nautilus, may be your new favorite cephalopod.

Walking along a shore facing the open ocean, a beachcomber may make an extraordinary find: a paper-thin spiral shell, anywhere from two to around ten inches across, intricately patterned with ridges. These aren’t snail shells. They’re the egg cases of the paper nautilus, the world’s only seafaring octopus.

Paper nautilus is actually the name for the shell of female Argonautidae. This family of small octopuses lives in the pelagic (open ocean) zone rather than near the seafloor like most octopuses. They are unrelated to the better-known chambered nautilus.

the function of the paper nautilus shells has puzzled naturalists all the way back to Aristotle. It is now known that, unlike most octopuses, female argonauts do not lay their eggs in a hole. Rather, they use the shell as a mobile breeding chamber, and may breed several times in their lifetime.

Finn and Norman also determined that the shell has another function benefitting the pelagic lifestyle—it helps the female argonaut maintain buoyancy

FULL STORY

PUPPIES & DIVING

Wriggling puppies dart here and there on blindingly bright sand against a backdrop of almost impossibly turquoise water. The combination is almost too much. Almost! Puppies and paradise. Pure bliss.

And it’s tourists who are walking these ambassadors of cuteness along Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, the Turks and Caicos’ gateway island and travel hub. These puppy “socialization walks” are designed for the dogs, but visitors seem to very much enjoy them too.

ENHANCE YOUR DIVE VACATION WITH PUPPIES

8 GREAT RUM COCKTAILS

You Can Make at Home.  If rum isn’t a staple in your summertime drinking regimen, you’re doing something very wrong.

What other spirit can instantly transport you to a beach vacation in the tropics? Whether you kneel at the altar of Tiki or are just an occasional Daiquiri dabbler, chances are there’s a rum drink perfect for you. Not sure where to start?

Here are 8 rum cocktails you can mix at home right now.

BEST TRAVEL TRIP EVER

Pack half the clothes and bring twice the cash!

FOR MORE DIVE & TRAVEL TIPS by Real Divers & Experts on everything from Travel, to Dive Gear to Photography, everything & anything dive related.

PLEASE SHARE YOUR TIPS. Your fellow divers and travelers will not only appreciate your Tips but they will benefit from them, too.

OLDER THAN DINOSAURS

Last South African Coelacanths threatened by oil exploration.  Just 30 are known to exist.

Bright blue, older than dinosaurs and weighing as much as an average-sized man, coelacanths are the most endangered fish in South Africa and among the rarest in the world.  Dec 2000 brought  excitement when divers found a small coelacanth colony in underwater canyons near South Africa’s Sodwana Bay, adjacent to the iSimangaliso wetland park and world heritage site.

Now the Rome-based energy group Eni plans to drill several deep-water oil wells in a 400km long exploration block

FULL STORY

PICTURE PERFECT

What Makes a Good Image Great.

The first lesson in learning to make a good image is to look for elements that would lead the eye through the image.  Since western civilization reads from left to right, a good image will reflect that familiar direction.  We interpret this as “good composition.”

Here are a few composition guidelines that can help you achieve this.  

Tutorials By:Brook Peterson

JUST DISCOVERED

Scientific divers from the California Academy of Sciences discover new species of dazzling, neon-colored fish

Named for Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty, a new species of fish enchants Academy scientists; only known home is remote Brazilian archipelago.

“This is one of the most beautiful fishes I’ve ever seen,” says Dr. Luiz Rocha, the Academy’s Curator of Fishes and co-leader of the Hope for Reefs initiative. “It was so enchanting it made us ignore everything around it.”

Upon discovery, the deep-diving team was so captivated by their finned find that they didn’t notice a massive sixgill shark hovering above them in an exciting moment captured on camera.

FULL STORY

Muck Diving - Tulumben - Bali

Video by Evan Sherman  The short film, The Not So Silent World, combines new techniques with a fresh perspective on the post-production process. It’s not just about the acquisition of the image, it is how the images are packaged and presented that have the most impact on the viewer. Through an untraditional approach to editing and the addition of sound effects, this film takes you into “the muck” like never before.

Evan Sherman is the owner of Seasick Productions, a full-service multimedia company that specializes in underwater imaging.

Muck. Yuck. Right? Wrong!   If you have never heard of muck diving before, it does sound completely unappealing and actually the reality of what you are doing is essentially as it sounds. Muck diving, critter diving, rubble diving – whatever you call it, is poorly named and gives a negative connotation for an environment where ones’ eyes widen again and again with each fascinating new critter.  What is Muck (Critter) Diving

New Coral Stamps

Four new postcard stamps celebrate the beauty and wonder of coral reefs. Each stamp depicts a type of stony coral, along with associated reef fish, in a highly stylized manner:

  • Elkhorn coral, shown with two French angelfish
  • Brain coral, with a spotted moray eel
  • Staghorn coral, with bluestriped grunts
  • Pillar coral, with a coney grouper and neon gobie

MORE ON THE STAMPS 

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

FLIGHT CANCELLED, DELAYED

Things to Do Immediately Next time you experience an air travel annoyance, these tips will help you rebook your flight, get compensation, and keep comfortable while you wait.

As airline passenger horror stories continue to pop up in the news, It’s important to learn everything you can about how to control your experience when things go wrong.  Frequent travelers have an arsenal of tools available to them when air travel doesn’t go as planned.

Follow these pro strategies next time you encounter a surprise disruption when traveling.

SDR FRIENDS ON LOCATION AROUND THE WORLD

Check to see if you or any of your friends are  in this video.

Send us your Photos & Videos    For every photo & video you share, your entered an additional time in our DREAM DIVE TRIP GIVEAWAY.

Every Month, a Lucky SDR member will WIN a package to ST. GEORGE’ S CAYE RESORTBELIZE

And Once Every Quarter, SDR members will WIN  a Package for TWO to KUNGKUNGAN BAY RESORT, INDONESIA

DETAILS ON HOW TO ENTER

DIVE TRAVEL FITNESS

Safety and performance for diving includes preparing for the varied physical effort required above and below the surface, training the body to cope with the stresses of pressure at depth, and maintaining good health to reduce risks associated with diving.

To be a better diver, the diver must also train out of the water. While diving is usually considered moderate-intensity activity, there are differences in the physical requirements for diving….

Aerobic & Resistance Training, Flexibility, Body Weight

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DIVE AND TRAVEL INDUSTRY UPDATES

Thailand – Important Update

Similan National Park New Regulations

Please be aware that new regulations released by the Thailand National Park Authority relating to entry in to the Similan National Park now dictate that a maximum of 525 divers may enter the Similan National Park each day. This means that we have to pre purchase entry tickets from 60 days prior to a cruise.

MORE INFOMATION

Subway Watersports Donation

Subway Watersports Donates Boat to Roatan Marine Park

Subway Watersports, the on-site dive operation at Turquoise Bay Dive Resort on RoatanHonduras, recently donated a 27-ft boat to the Roatan Marine Park to assist in that organization’s efforts to protect the vital Roatan marine environment. The boat, named the “Isabelle Sirenna”, was immediately put to use by Marine Park Officials who now regularly patrol the Northeastern sector of the island near where Turquoise Bay is located.  DETAIL

Tasik Ria, Manado Indonesia - Latest Upgrades

We have been busy at the resort creating an even better experience for you our guests.
We upgraded  our pool view rooms with new floors and wet. rooms. We retiled our sea view rooms last year and the response was so good we thought we do the same in the pool views.

For the Photographers; We have  refurbished our camera room, so guests can utilize that if they wish to.
For our Divers; Our  boats have had a major overhaul also, with new engines for Voyager and Aquatica on the way. Add to that our latest long speed boat to accompany our existing small  speed and you have options for large & small groups, plus even individual for more specific  diving.

As part of our commitment to reducing single use plastic, we now have stainless steel straw. Also we have water dispenser points around the resort so guests can refill their bottles at no charge, refilling means reusing which means less plastic!  We are constantly improving all aspects of your diving and experience with us.

MORE ON TASIK RIA RESORT

PSI / PCI Training Schedule at Dive Show

If you need to inspect tanks (or just want to learn about the process) you need this formal, recognized training.

PSI / PCI has conveniently schedules Training sessions around the USA’s Dive shows.

PSI-PCI, is the gold standard for visual cylinder inspection training, the only training recognized, endorsed and used by the cylinder manufacturers and recognized by USDOT, CGA, and other rule making entities.

PSI / PCI Training Schedule

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