THE COVERS
Articles & Editorials
October 2011 • Volume 21 Number 10

    

Photos by Barry & Ruth Guimbellot

Combining boating and diving is a great way to double your fun — and more than double your "to do" list. In this month's cover feature, "Bon Voyage: Diving From a Private Boat," Lynn Laymon gives us a look at what it's really like as master and commander.
FEATURES
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Bon Voyage:
Diving From a Private Boat
Ready to take the helm on your own scuba adventure? It can be very rewarding, but the responsibilities can be daunting, too. It pays to be in the know about all things nautical before you plan to venture from shore without a professional captain and crew.

By Lynn Laymon
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Are We There Yet?
Navigating the Pitfalls
of International Travel
With a love of the ocean and sense of wonder and adventure as a
backdrop, we can find the common ground on which to bridge our
differences, explore common ground and create new friendships far
from home. But dive travel can also bring about an opportunity for
misadventure. The author offers tips for avoiding some of the common traps that can snare unwary travelers.
By Robert N. Rossier
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The Basics of 'The Big Three':
What Divers Need to Know About
Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbon Dioxide
Rarely, if ever, do most people give these atmospheric actors much thought because there are few circumstances where the composition of air is of any consequence to our safety. But the moment one descends underwater wearing a scuba tank, the rules change dramatically. Each one of these gases — including life-giving oxygen — takes on the potential to do serious damage to the human machine.
By Alex Brylske
COMMENTARY
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Editorial: ERROR CHAINS
By Mark Young
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Buddy Lines:
Use of Knife Questioned
 
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Dive Observer:
Radford Finally Sunk Off East Coast
By Gene Gentrup
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No Dumb Questions:
Health and Safety Issues Concerning Kids on Scuba
Questions from our readers
By Alex Brylske
DIVE EXPLORATION
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Global Dive Exploration Map
A geographical guide to great dive destinations across the globe
 
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Dive Geo: Exploring the Pacific's 'Coral Triangle':
The Philippines
Biodiversity and more
By Jesse Cancelm
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Passport:
Dive travel deals from all over
Compiled by
Gene Gentrup
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Diving USA
Dive travel opportunities across America
 
EVERY MONTH
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Scuba Skills:
Seeing Clearly Underwater:
Tips for Keeping Your Mask Fog-Free
Eliminate the annoyance
By Linda Lee Walden
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Instructor Tips: Take Me to Your Leader:
Surviving and Thriving as a Trip Leader
Tips for multitasking on the go
By Barry
and Ruth Guimbellot
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Always Learning: Déjà vu All Over Again: Revisiting Old Friends
On returning to a familiar reef
By Marty Snyderman
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Dive Shop
Compiled by
Gene Gentrup
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What’s That?: The 'Wow Factor':
The Spectacular Atlantic Spotted Dolphin
Who doesn't love dolphins?
By Marty Snyderman
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Behind the Lens: The Magic of Sunlight
A powerful strobe
By Marty Snyderman
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Premier Classifieds
 
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Dive Training Classifieds
 
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Dive Training Quiz
Test your knowledge of the information in this month's issue
 
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Final Check:
What It Looks Like When …
Your Gear is Definitely Yours
Put your name on it
By Linda Lee Walden