Happy St Patricks

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A green St Patricks Day drink that’s actual delicious Green beer and whiskey shots are the coin of the realm on St. Patrick’s Day.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t dress up your drinking experience.

Fortify yourself with the Irish-whiskey-and-egg Gaelic Flip cocktail.

INGREDIENTS:

14 oz Irish Whiskey
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 tsp Allspice liqueur
13 oz Simple Syrup
1 Egg

Add all ingredients into a shaker and dry-shake (without ice) to emulsify.

Fill with ice and shake again.

Strain into an Irish Coffee mug or rocks glass.

Garnish with grated nutmeg.

 

DIVE INTO AN UNDERWATER SCULPTURE MUSEUM

Museums have come a long way since the days of “walk, look but don’t touch” and museums are no longer just on land, some of the most spectacular are where you least expect to find them. So,  take a dive into an underwater sculpture museum.

At a time when our ocean’s coral reefs are in crisis we need to look for help from many sources. One fascinating area asks, can we produce artificial reefs that are not susceptible to ocean warming and coral bleaching and still provide a habitat for marine life? What if we can create artificial reefs that are works of art. One sculptor thinks we can.

Jason deCaires Taylor is a sculptor, environmentalist and professional underwater photographer. A prolific sculptor, he became the first of a new generation of artists to shift the concepts of the Land art movement into the realm of the marine environment. He gained international notoriety in 2006 with the creation of the world’s first underwater sculpture park, situated off the west coast of Grenada in the West Indies. Now listed as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic the park was instrumental in the government declaring the site a National Marine Protected Area. This was followed in 2009 when he co-founded MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte), a vast collection of over 500 of his sculptural works, installed between Cancun and Isla Mujeres in Mexico.

DIVE INTO MORE UNDERWATER MUSEUMS

the Great Blue Hole

The Great Blue Hole is a world-famous landmark and dive site within the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System. Courtesy of Belize Tourism Board

8 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About the Great Blue Hole

Legendary researcher Jacques Cousteau made this massive underwater sinkhole famous, but he wasn’t the first to dive its deep blue waters.

As one of the world’s most recognizable natural wonders, Belize’s Great Blue Hole draws hordes of snorkelers and divers every year to marvel at its size and beauty. But there’s more to the underwater sinkhole than meets the eye.

Jacques Cousteau took the Calypso and his submarine into the hole in 1972 to examine the stalactites suspended from overhanging walls.

The Great Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize is a circular 305 m across and 123 m deep hole in the carbonate reef. It is a Belize National Monument and became a World Heritage Site in 1997. Jacques Cousteau took the Calypso and his submarine into the hole in 1972 to examine the stalactites suspended from overhanging walls. The Blue Hole formed during past ice ages, when sea level was 100-200 meters lower than at present. Dissolution of the carbonate rock created a subsurface void that subsequently collapsed. On land, these features are called cenotes.

MORE ON THE BLUE HOLE

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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?

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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

8 GREAT RUM COCKTAILS

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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

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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

Coelacanths have remained almost unchanged for 420m years. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

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

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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

STUNNING IMAGES OF BABY LIONFISH

The tiny lionfish are smaller than a thumbnail and were captured in these stunning images fanning out their translucent fins to display their kaleidoscopic colours. Females produce up to 2 million eggs per year. Babies hatch in just 2 days and until they are bigger remain relatively near the surface of the water

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.

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NEW WHALE SHARK BEHAVIOR CAUGHT ON FILM

On a  expedition to Indonesia‘s Cendrawasih Bay, Conservation International’s Mark Erdmann learned how whale sharks often congregate around bagan (lift net) fishing platforms to eat the small silverside baitfish that the fishers are targeting. The sharks have also learned how to “suck” the fish out of holes in the nets!

Human activity is the biggest threat to all shark species – from the smallest, the Panama ghost catshark to the largest, the whale shark. Poaching, ship collisions, by catch, sonar waves, environmental degradation, plastic pollutants are some of the biggest contributors to the decrease in the population of the shark species.

Find out how you can protect the gentle giants of the ocean

PUPPIES & DIVING

Tourists can take potcakes out on morning "socialization walks."
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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

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.

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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 RESORT, BELIZE

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

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DIVE TRAVEL FITNESS

MR Mixed Race Man (age 31) & Mixed Race Woman (age 24), PR Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, Bora Bora Island,  Society Islands, French Polynesia, South Pacific

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

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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

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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

Vatu-i-Ra Conservation Park – Fiji

Mount Mutiny is a seamount. It’s named in honor of Captain Bligh, who charted it as he passed nearby shortly after the mutiny on the Bounty. Photo Credit: Nai'a live aboard

Stretching across the channel that links Fiji’s two main islands is a blue-green jewel of forest and reef.  Called Vatu-i-Ra, the seascape and its vibrant seas are laced with coral reefs, masses of colourful reef fish, and sea turtles, while the adjoining landscape of coastal forests is alive with crested iguanas, tree frogs, and sea birds.

Tourism Suncoast has been working with Wildlife Conservation Society, our communities from district of Nakorotubu in the province of Ra, the Ra Provincial office, the traditional/customary owners of Vatu-i-Ra Island to develop the Vatu-i-Ra Conservation Park.  FULL STORY

PSI / PCI Training Schedule at Dive Show

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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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