THE COVERS
Articles & Editorials
December 2011 • Volume 21 Number 12

    

Photos courtesy of Joi Ito
Front cover photo by Grant Graves
Inside cover photo by Steve Lantz

Ice diving puts a whole new spin on the phrase, "chilling out." This month's cover feature, "C-C-cold Comfort: Training and Equipping for Ice Diving,"
explains what divers need to know in order to venture beneath the ice safely.

FEATURES
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C-C-cold Comfort:
Training and Equipping for Ice Diving
Ice diving is a serious endeavor that requires special training. The duration, number of dives and even academic content of Ice Diving specialty courses vary significantly depending on the individual instructor, the training agency and even the location where you plan to dive. It's not for everyone, but for some hardy souls, ice diving is an adventure not to be missed.
By Lynn Laymon
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On Becoming a Complete Diver:
A Comprehensive Series
There is one important limitation to writing for a periodical, and that's the fact that the work exists for only a limited time. Unlike the permanence of a book, unless archived by devoted readers or libraries, one's collective work in a magazine is soon lost to landfills and incinerators. So, in celebration of Dr. Alex Brylske's 20th year as senior editor, Dive Training is pleased to present a series of excerpts from his forthcoming book, "The Complete Diver: What Your Instructor Never Told You."
By Alex Brylske
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Sea Change:
A Diver's Guide to Charitable Giving
If you had to place a dollar value on the benefits you receive from diving, what would it be? Priceless, no doubt. Giving to charitable organizations is a terrific way to ensure that you and future generations may continue to enjoy the underwater world. The author provides an overview on how divers can donate — and provides a list of worthy causes.
By Amy Gulick
COMMENTARY
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Editorial: An Anti-Claus Christmas
By Alex Brylske
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Buddy Lines:
Buoyancy and Removing a Weight-Integrated BC
 
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Dive Observer:
Marshall Islands Sets Up World's Largest Shark Sanctuary
By Gene Gentrup
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No Dumb Questions:
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:Fiji's Idyllic Outer Islands:
Taveuni and Kadavu
Far and away, beautiful
By Marty Snyderman
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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:
How to Enjoy That Sinking Feeling:
Tips for Descending Safely
Submerging made simple
By Linda Lee Walden
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Instructor Tips: Happy Endings:
Teaching Students About Safety Stops
Creating the habit of hanging out
By Robert Rossier
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Always Learning: Mucking About:
Diving Off the Beaten Path
Finding magic in the muck
By Marty Snyderman
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Dive Shop
Compiled by
Gene Gentrup
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What’s That?: They're Not Built for Speed:
All About Puffers and Boxfishes
Strange construction and poor swimming skills
By Marty Snyderman
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Behind the Lens: Be Quick But Don't Hurry
It's about preparation and anticipation
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 Scuba Cylinder Is Not Well Maintained
Take care of your air
By Linda Lee Walden