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Scuba Shack Radio #23 1-12-2020
"Welcome to Scuba Shack Radio episode. twenty-three recorded Sunday January Twelfth Two Thousand and twenty Scuba Shack radio is a biweekly podcast. In support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability experienced to venture underwater in pursuit. Shoot their aspirations and advocate for ocean health and sustainability Again everyone and thanks for listening to Scuba Shack Radio Radio. I'm your host Jeff Singer Piano here we are the two new decade two thousand twenty. While seems not that long ago we were talking talking about y two k remember that will now. That's twenty years ago. A lot is changed and still a lot of changes on the horizon. We're ready ready. Are you speaking of change yesterday. We smash the record high temperature for January eleventh here in the Hartford area. The local newspaper said we topped out at sixty eight degrees Fahrenheit. We had the garage door open at the shop yesterday all day. What a Beautiful Day Day while that was fantastic can only think about what is going on globally and the impacts? If we don't all admit an address the very real thing called called climate change so let's get ready for the first segment of Scuba Shark Radio in two thousand twenty If you live in a part of the country or the world where it gets cold in the winter months you you might not think that you could still learn to scuba dive or have options to get your actual scuba diving certification. But you can buy doing something uncalled referral and for us. That's a patty referral. That's the beauty of training organization like Patty with its worldwide standards standards for consistency and quality. And I'm passing along this information today because you may already be scuba diver and know someone who's interested interested in learning to scuba dive this winter. Or you may be someone who's always been interested in scuba diving but feel like it's too early the in the year to start to learn but you can as a new England dive shop. We can only reasonably offer open. Water certification dives appear between late May through October while we've pushed into November in the past it often whether the weather gets very iffy and were chanting it while we can push our own diving because of our dry suits. It's a little bit challenging for our students who are in seven. Bill neater wetsuits doing our first. I open water dives so we often talk to our customers who are interested in diving into winter about training with us for their confined water dives appear appear in New England and then going some place a whole lot warmer for their for open water dives many times our customers have already planned trip someplace. Warm to get away from the New England winter. So they're able to now at on Scuba certification when they get down to their destination. Now there's a little bit of planning that needs to go in into this so we want to help. All of our students with that planning I will talk to our future. Divers about outwear. They're planning to go and if they have any thoughts on who they're planning to dive with sometimes people have already done their research and make contact sometimes not many times. We've already had some experience with that place. No the dive shop or can make some suggestions now. One of the things that we we did down at Demos. We reached out to a number of dive shops in these warm water areas so that we could make contact as a new England dive shop knowing that some of our divers would eventually make it. Their example of this was one of our divers a couple of our divers who trained with us. We're going to Hawaii for their certification dives who we had made contact with that dive shop team and would have it. There was a little bit of a challenge. Some of the paperwork when they got there but we were very. He quickly able to resolve that issue and our divers got their certification. Now we also like to make sure we make the contacts who we can relay okay on to the divers just what to expect when they get there. The cost the gear rental aspects whether they're going to need a pool evaluation all the things that David own have any surprises and we have a good contact point for us up here in New England now once our divers completed. They're confined in water. WanNa make sure that they have all the right paperwork in order that there's copies of the medical statements to lie. Book is filled out. We make a copy of the back of the student folder. And we give them paper copies of all that and also we haven't electronic copies of that. They can quickly be emailed around so all the paperwork needs to be an order now. Another option that we offer for our divers is to come with us on a dive trip because sometimes we have trips in the middle middle of winter and they can come on that trip and do their certification dive in a couple of examples of this is we have one of our divers heading to believers service in February to do his open water certification dives and then also we have a trip to key largo in the April timeframe and we already have a couple of our divers heading down near for us with us to get their certification in the warm sunny waters off of key largo. So just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't learn to scuba dive. You should check out your local shop or if you hear New England give give us a call and we can help you out open. Water diving in the winter and learning to dive is not off the table. Think about doing something something like a Patty referral panel In an earlier episode I talked about the UNC or the International Union for Conservation of nature and its red list of endangered species and then in September a segment on how noise noise. Pollution is impacting one of those endangered species of whales. Now I've been reading the book Leviathan by Eric. J Dolan and it's the story the American whaling so I thought I'd do a little bit of discussion a little bit deeper discussion on one of the most endangered whales. And not just the whale but one of the most endangered species on the planet and that's the North Atlantic right whale now. The North Atlantic right whale has been on the endangered species list since nineteen seventy. It was hunted almost to extinction by the whalers in the early nineteen or eighteen nineties. And why would they hunted. So Oh prolifically Because they were the right whale to hunt they were close to the coast. They swam slowly a lot of times. They floated right at the surface and when they were killed they floating without wailing they would recover but sadly we know they're still facing dangerous. Wanted things is that they've had a very low growth rate in recent years. The numbers are going in the wrong direction. There's estimated to be only four hundred to four hundred and fifty of these animals left since two thousand seventeen. There have been only twelve recorded births at the same period of time. They believe that thirty already. Whales have died. You can do the math. It's minus eighteen if you put that in. A percentage against the four fifty. It's a four percent decrease crease in population in just two years now the region is from New England and the mid Atlantic to the southeast east North Atlantic. Right whale grows up to fifty two feet in length and weighs about seventy tons and they have a lifespan of about seventy years. They're filter feeders. They feed on zoo plankton and COPA PODS and a filter it through their baleen and and they can feed anywhere in the water column. It's estimated that they consume between two thousand two hundred to five thousand thousand five hundred pounds of food every day. These whales are endangered from three fronts. The key things are entanglement in Ghost fishing that vessel strikes a big problem and ocean noises. I relate on in an earlier episode. Now you can go out and find a lot more information about the North Atlantic right. Whales a couple of websites fisheries dot noah dot Gov or US dot dot Wales Dot Org on us dot Wales Dot Org. There's also an opportunity to adopt a whale now. A couple of weeks ago I was reading online online from a paper down in Florida that they had spotted a North Atlantic. Right whale calf off the coast of Georgia I think and it was a very encouraging news but sadly yesterday I saw an article from the Boston Globe on January knife that said A newborn North Atlantic right whale suffered injuries now. It was thought to be the fourth live birth this season but was injured most likely by a boat propeller propeller hopefully with awareness and education. We can make progress on all three fronts of entanglement vessel strikes. The ocean noise can help the North Atlantic. Right whale survive. Ah It's time for another installment of sea hunt. It's still alive and this time I'm going to take you to season. Three two episode called Pirate Gold and and it was the fourteenth episode of that year in Ninety second over overall episode of the series and it aired on the ninth of April nineteen sixty and in this episode. Mike is now in the Bahamas. And he's down there working for a construction company who are using high explosives to clear a path. Ask for a new marina. And Mike's job is to inspect after the explosions happen and to clear away. Any debris with an underwater vacuum back to make sure things are stable but the story is all about two boys who are out scuba diving in search of pirate gold old so the scene shifts to the kids being on the on the beach getting ready for their second dive talking about going down there. When one indicates Joey Turner finds a piece of the dynamite? That the Construction companies using so kids being kids. They set the timer. You make sure it's real. And then they take it with them underwater. Well all of a sudden we see an explosion. What happened next thing? We know we see Mike going to someplace called the Nassau Beach Lodge to have the lunch with a date. While they're they're getting ready to have lunch someone comes in and says we need you. Mike Serious we have a kid trapped underwater and his friend Kelly Bailey and Kelly. Bailey is actually Jeff Bridges. He added. Dude who is Lloyd son who who says his friend got stuck under water so they raced through town to get to the dock and take. Mike spoke the argonaut out there out underwater television television camera with amazing clarity searching underwater. And they can't find anything. Well Kelly finally festivals up and says that they were in the as zone where the blasting area so they head over to that site. They can't see any bubbles might jump in then with a forward roll with doubles from the from the deck of the ARGONAUT. He's doing his searching underwater. And Time's running out the scene scene shifts to joey being stuck and he can't reach the dynamite to turn it off well. While Mike Searching received a great French Angel go fish. And as Mike's looking at the Angel Fish he says it guides them to the bubbles. Well Mike can't get his head in but he sees joey in the rocks aren't moving. And he sees that the dynamite in a timer is is is running out so he taps Signaled signaled Joey to make sure he knows he's there. He races to the surface uses a boat hook but he can't reach the dynamite with the boat hook so so he's doing all kind of contortions to get the dynamite. Finally he goes back to the surface and gets his underwater vacuum and he gives Joey to signal. Okay you hear the dynamite tick tock tick tock he swings back and forth trying to get the The dynamite finely fine we he's able to suck it up with vacuum and turn it off but now there's another problem. Joe Is running out of air and he can't get to joey because the rocks or too Too Heavy so back to the surface again and comes down with a line and abode hook and as luck would have it. They finally get the rocks from the the cave open mic Swinson with spare tank and switches. It over to to Joey Mike again saves the day. But it's not over yet. The next scene is on the dock with Mike. Giving the boys are starting to lecture on Scuba diving and how great a sport it is but how dangerous it can be and some of those dangers are like playing playing with dynamite. Finally might tells them. Don't go skin diving again. Without an adult was. The boys are walking off. Joey's mom gives them a little tap on the bottom. Claire Gives Mike a kiss for saving today. And and Mike says I'm hungry sounds like they never got their lunch. Was We're closing out. Sea Hunt Episode Fourteen from season three. Mike talks about three fifths of the world being covered with water. And how little we know about it and how skin diving can make us learned learned about the ocean. Well that's episode. Oh twenty three and the first of two thousand and twenty in the first of the new decade thanks again for listening to Scuba Shack radio very much appreciate it also very much appreciated if you give us a rating out there on your favorite podcast application. Finally please check out the Scuba Shack Radio facebook page where I will provide some more information do a few polls and keep the discussion going really excited about two thousand and twenty any and hope that you continue to listen. We'll talk to you again in a couple of weeks but SCUBA SHACK DOC. Radio is a biweekly podcast and supportive our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability and experience to venture underwater in pursuit of their aspirations into advocate. Gate for Ocean Health and sustainability. Talk to you next time
Scuba Shack Radio #24 1-26-20
"Welcome to Scuba Shack Radio episode. Twenty four recorded Sunday January. Twenty six to two thousand and twenty Scuba Shack radio is a biweekly podcast. In support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability experienced to venture underwater in pursuit. Shoot their aspirations and advocate for ocean health and sustainability Horgan everyone and thank you for listening to Scuba Shack mccreadie. Oh I'm your host Jephson penal here we are the last weekend of January two thousand and twenty. It's been a pretty mellow weather month here in January worry. Although last weekend we did have a little bit of snow as we headed up to the Boston area but now we're really turning our attention to spring. The days are getting longer and we'll see what the groundhog has to say a week or so about winter. I'm pretty much guessing. We're still going to have six weeks left. February can be a pretty brutal weather weather month up here in New England but before that or have a few things I want to cover today and I hope you enjoyed the show Who doesn't like traveling to a fantastic location for a full week or more of incredible diving? I no I do and I can't wait until my next adventure. We do a lot of research and planning and putting together an exciting travel program and our schedule is normally laid out a year or more in advance. Also we know that a lot of people WANNA plan out their trips scheduling wise with school work in their vacation a lot of times. You may need to make some investment to ensure you have your trip booked for example. I suspect we're like most other dive shops. who require a non refundable both deposit to lock in your trip and as we know things happen and you might not be able to go on that trip? So what do you do well. We highly recommend commended. You consider purchasing trip insurance or travel insurance. I suspect everyone is familiar with insurance. You pay a premium to accompany to protect something like a car. You're home and if something happens you can file a claim but let's dive a little deeper into tr travel insurance specifically for Scuba Industry. Because we're a little bit different now. There are a number of plans out there that you can purchase and you can go out there on the Internet and search for some but I'm going to talk about two of them specifically that are related for scuba diving travel and that's from divers alert network. They offer a product and then there's another company dive assure that also also offers a product very familiar with the divers alert network trip insurance. Because I've had it for a number of years they have three different. Our Ah for single trip coverage they have a basic a premium in elite in essentially the higher. You go the more coverage you get. They also have something called annual trip. Insurance for two more trips knows also have three plans. There's the traveler the explorer and the voyager. Now they all cover medical expense trip cancellation interruption delays baggage coverage They're all very much the same. Whether it's a single angle trip or multiple. You can go out to their website or search on Google. I personally have the annual trip insurance from Dan. Fortunately I haven't had to use it now. The premiums are all based on where you live so you have to put your stayed in there as well as your age because of the medical coverage in involved now. Dive assure is very similar to Dan. You also become a member of divers Shur and they offer dive accident insurance much like the Dan does and on their Travel Insurance they also have single trip insurance. They can get a standard deluxe or elite where you can and get a single package covers multiple trips so the very similar in in their coverage now to test this out I went in tried to look at Getting a quote for a trip that we have upcoming in October to bon air and put all the parameters in both sites. My where I live in my age and The quotes came back pretty close for example. Dan came back on their basic coverage to to be one hundred seventeen dollars while dive assure came back at one hundred twenty seven dollars. I think there's a little bit difference in in coverage but they're very very close interesting thing about dive. Assure though was I tried to. lookit putting in a trip to key Largo and wouldn't let me do anything I'm for Trips within the United States so that was a little bit different. But again if you're going on that special trip that once in a lifetime on trip or bucket list trip or just any trip that you're scheduling for your scuba diving. We highly recommend that you consider travel insurance because as we know things happen. Do you WANNA protect that. Investment a Did you see the latest update from Noah. Climate in two thousand in nineteen was the second warmest year on record. It was two point. Zero seven degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the pre industrial average. That doesn't sound like a lot but it is no doubt in my mind that co two emissions are a major contributor to this record year. There are a lot of options options out there to reduce the CO two output from time to time on the show. I'm GonNa try to talk a little bit about some of those ways. What's going on right now and up? Date the discussion today. The state of wind power in the United States a source of a lot of good information on wind power in the United Thirty States is at the American Wind Energy Association or a W. E. A.. Dot Org site. The American Wind Energy Association is a National Trade Aid Association for US Wind Energy. It promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for the American consumer. Now Awa is led by a guy named Tom Kiernan. He's the president and CEO and he was the past president of the National Parks Conservation Association which he led for fifteen eighteen years. WHO's a Deputy Assistant Adleman at the EPA and he was also president of the Audubon Society of New Hampshire? Now the Awa Awa site is really cool. There's a lot of great information out there. especially if you click on the TAB that's called Wind One oh one and it gives you a lot of wind facts at a glance. It's a highly visual and interactive site. There's something really cool out there. which is a map showing the wind capacity by state? So you can see where your your state stacks up if you live in Texas. You're by far the biggest producer of wind energy with twenty seven thousand Megawatts Iowa. Iowa was a distant second at nine thousand megawatts now Connecticut we only produced five megawatts. So we're way behind. Behind some of the key facts. There was one hundred thousand one twenty five megawatts of wind energy produced with fifty seven thousand seven hundred wind turbines bovines across forty one states including Guam and Puerto Rico and that number has tripled in the last decade in two thousand one. There was almost nothing. Nothing from a wind power perspective. Kansas now leads the way with thirty six percent of their energy being produced by wind power wind energy does reduce co two by. How much will in two thousand eighteen for two hundred and one million metric tons of CO two avoided? Now that's equivalent to reducing the emissions of forty two point seven million cars not only that it saves on water order consumption estimates. There was one hundred one point. One billion gallons of water. Consumption view voided at thermal power plants. Now an interesting thing. Is there wind energy map. You can see all the wind producing projects in the manufacturing facilities throughout the United States. You you can zoom in on your state or location now each one will give you the benefits of wind wind in my community. There's interactive map the installed capacity where your state ranks the projects turbines things that are under construction under construction and or the advanced development. Also gives you in an idea of the equivalent number of homes being powered by a wind energy and the potential environmental benefits. One of the other great things things you can download a fact sheet for your state so as we go forward in time. Let's hope that the wind energy continues to expand hand in the United States and starts to help reduce that number of emissions of co two and starts reversing these warmer years. Here's our on record. Did you have have heroes when you were younger. Real Heroes Real people. I'm of a certain age. Were my heroes. Were seven American pilots. Who became the mercury seven astronaut? Not these seven men Alan Shepard Gus Grissom John. Glenn Wally Chirac Gordon. Cooper deeks Layton and Scott Carpenter or who many young boys stories like me want it to be like a couple of these guys. I followed them to the Naval Academy. But I didn't pursue being pilot. That's another story but like like one of them. Scott Carpenter. I followed him to the ocean. Scott Carpenter was born in May of nineteen twenty five and he died in October. Two thousand thousand thirteen at the age of eighty eight his path to becoming a mercury astronaut is fascinating and you can read all about that and his book that he co authored with his daughter titled for Spacious Skies Guys. It's a great read but Scott was more than an astronaut. He was also a knock. Were not his only spaceflight was in May of nineteen sixty two. You and that was three months after John Glenn's orbital flight and you can hear Scott on John Glenn's flight with the uttering the phrase Godspeed John Glenn now that was his only flight that he ever took in space and there was a lot of controversy about it related to how he piloted the capsule and landing so with Scott not being able to fly again or not having a flight he decided to pursue another path in the book that he co authored with his daughter they discuss. How Scott was not scheduled to make another flight with NASA so he decided to pursue something different and he wanted to go to a lecture at Mit to hear Jacques Cousteau speak and then he approached him with a proposal that he wanted to join jock? Cousteau's rose divers. They had some dialogue and and jot determined that it might be a good idea of Scott work with the US Navy. Now Scot wasn't even a diver from the account in his book. He was exposed to the ocean when he was stationed in Hawaii and they talk about him snorkeling with his family family often ever beach. Remember being outed of a beach for some softball games when I was stationed out there in the Navy I guess being a national channel Hero has some advantage so he was able to connect with George Bond. Who is heading up to navy saturation diving program at the time and planning C.? Lab One Scott joined the program I he needed to learn how to dive. Obviously not that great of a challenge for someone who ventured into space he was was supposed to be part of the crew on C. Lab one but right before the mission he crashed his motor. Scooter in Bermuda the site of C.. Lab One and was a pretty bad accident and he was had had to be evacuated. Now they didn't know Scott was ever going to be able to die again but he was cleared an actually he was named. CEO of the C.. Lab To mission which was going to be off California in two hundred feet of water and it was actually a nice tat where ten men would live for fifteen days. Each Scott stayed for thirty while on that mission He got stung by a Scorpion working fish and was in pretty bad and painful State but there was caused concern but He stated out for thirty days now while Scott was on there. There's there's a film that the Navy had produced it's vintage archives. It's about thirty minutes long and you can look at it. That goes into all of the C- lab too and it shows Scott playing playing the Ukulele while he's down in NC lab to And then there's also a scene where he's talking to Gordon Cooper one of his mercury seven buddies who was on a Gemini flight at the time so he was talking from the ocean floor to the Gemini Capsule that was In orbit and Scott was going to be part of C. Lab three but He was no longer able to dive. I've so he wasn't cleared for saturation diving. So then therefore he went back to NASA where he was working with the astronauts and one of the things it was interesting is he was instrumental in introducing the pool training as a simulator for weightlessness in space first. They were very skeptical about doing it. But it proved who've to be Quite innovative so Scott Carpenter was not only an astronaut. WHO's also an awkward not He's one of my heroes growing up in a great American hero and another link in our diving history Well as we close out January of two thousand and twenty I wanNa thank you again for listening to Scuba Shack Radio. Hope you're enjoying the show as always we very much. I appreciate if you would like us on our podcast APP on your favorite podcast APP stitchers Google play. Wherever you're listening? We hope you like the this show also take a look at our scuba shack radio. FACEBOOK page is a lot of great information out there. I put some fillers in for different things we talk about the show. have some polls going on things like that. But I'll be back again in a couple of weeks who to number episode of Scuba Shack Radio Eh. Scuba Shack radio is a biweekly podcast in support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability and experience adventure adventure underwater in pursuit of their aspirations into advocate for ocean health and sustainability. Talk to you next time
Scuba Shack Radio #20 11-30-19
"Welcome to Scuba Shack radio. Episode Twenty recorded Saturday November thirtieth two thousand nine hundred eighty nine Scuba Shack radio is a biweekly podcast. In support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability experienced to venture underwater in pursuit. Shoot their aspirations and advocate for ocean health and sustainability Well hello again. Everyone and thanks for listening to this leads episode of Scooby Shack Radio. I'm your host Jeff Center penal. Come into your day early this time because tomorrow morning Donna and I are going to be heading out to the Philippines for eight days of diving arriving with Atlanta's dive resorts both in Puerto Galera and Duma getty We're hoping that we're able to get out on time tomorrow. We're dodging snowstorm here in north east to Apparently going to be six to twelve inches in Connecticut of snow. And then when we get to Minoa it looks like there might be a typhoon heading that way so so it should be a little bit of an adventure. But we're up for and we're really looking forward to the trip to the Philippines also earlier this week Scuba Shack Doc. Radio now is on facebook and you can find us at Scuba Shack Radio on facebook. Go out there take a look. I'm filling in some of the gaps with the From previous episodes roads or the latest episode with some more material and hope that you can give me some comments out there but check out the scuba shack radio on facebook at Scuba Shack Radio Radio. And give us a like if you think. I'm doing a good job in a now we'll get on with the show Are Open water class. We're introduced to basic underwater navigation on those last two dives. We were required to use a compass both on the surface and underwater. Pretty simple navigation just an out and back reciprocal bearing now using a compass. Underwater and being able to navigate effectively is important skill and you can mash straight over time. I know it took me a little bit of time to trust the compass and and to keep things simple most people are probably familiar with classic analog compass they know that the needle always points to to the north and they understand the components like the rotating Basil And the Lubber line while not going to try to teach underwater underwater navigation in this podcast or how to use a compass. But rather I wanted to talk a little bit about my Go-to Compass and why my my compass of choice is the Sinto S. K.. Eight in the Susanto S. K.. Eight is a liquid filled compass and it's billed as the world's most popular dive dive compass. Now they claim that both the northern and southern hemisphere models can be used over a wider area of the globe and that's primarily because of the upgraded magnets in the compass now from a measurement standpoint if you think about The compass the euro as its round. But if you look at it in a square pattern it's probably two and a half inches by two and a half inches on square square in about one point seven two inches high. So it's pretty low profile. It's not very big You can get it in a wrist. I strap version or a bungee mount and some people do put them in their consoles. Now I prefer the Bungee Mount now. I know that some of our divers like strap they just feel. It's a little more secure and it goes on a little bit easier than the Bungee gene now. One of the biggest benefits of this compass is its ability to function with a high degree of till now you can tilt this compass compass plus or minus thirty degrees and that they claimed that that's about two to three times larger till than most compasses. This is out there now. The Basil Ratchets every fifth degree. So what that means is it's very smooth turning on the Basil and also so it it doesn't it's not susceptible to dirt debris really clogging it up so it smooth turning in in all conditions. Now there are also digital. Compasses and I've had a number of them. But I've never really taken the time to practice navigating and had a digital compass on a soon to- d-6 computer my Souto Viper and also on my perfect say I in one of the reasons I never really took. The time was because I found that they they were very sensitive to movement so I started focusing in on the computer and trying to stabilize the compass to the point where it was very distracting. And I wasn't really paying attention to what was going on around me so I decided to use my computer for dive related Information Asian and use my analog compass for navigating now that doesn't mean that that's the only way to do it. Some people are very good with the digital compasses and use them quite. Yeah well I just haven't taken the time to practice but my go-to compass and if you're looking for a really reliable a highly effective analog all compass. You can't go wrong with the Sutanto S. K.. Eight and and and one of the podcast cast that I subscribe to is magazine in Hawkeye magazine does audio versions of some of their articles for their podcast. Well recently Hook sponsored a five part series that they kind of spun off as a separate podcast and it was titled Ballast. That's an interesting subject. The show is hosted by Ellen. Kelsey and Ellen is a PhD in science education and International Environmental Policy. who also has a BS degree in zoology and she is a author and writer for Archive magazine as well? So it's a five part series. Each podcast is somewhere around. Sixteen to twenty minutes long. So it's not really Like you're investing time An hour podcast who they're in short segments and there's five different Pieces first one is called the history of balanced. The second is the ballast of colonization. The third is the ballast of living things. The fourth is the ballast in your life. And the last one is the ballast in the sky. So what is balanced through. All I think most people know that it's You have to add weight to make ships stable and usually they would use things like gravel sand iron lead US other store or stones or water to actually weigh the ship down now the PODCAST has lots of interviews with experts from all over the world talking about balanced for example. There's a Professor of Maritime Archaeology Texas saying M Felipe Castro who talks a little bit about it. There's a woman from the Royal BC Museum Su e Chung. There is a gentleman named Stephen. Stephen Lieberman who is a social cultural anthropologist. Studying slave ships and balanced was used in slave ships and then there was an assistant. Tim Professor of mathematics from Yale College in Singapore Michael Gassner. Now they talk a lot about how allister's allister's effected the world and how it can just change things. One of the things for example is during World War Two The liberty ships tips would go over to England loaded with stores and Or supplies for the war and when they emptied out they would need ballasts to got to make the return trip. Something heavy so what they Used was all the rubble from the blitz that was happening in England from Bristol England and it would come back on the liberty ships in get deposited in Brooklyn so there's a lot of Bristol England kind of on the New York shoreline there now There was also an interesting piece in the in the podcast where they talked. It's to a archaeologist. Matt's Burn Stream who has actually written a book and it's called Ballast leading with history. And it's he's an archaeologists and he talks about how ballast is used and discarded. So it's not just a in the ocean or in the water that we we look at balanced. There's also a segment on ballast in the sky. And that's how they actually use weights counterweights in these skyscrapers I to ensure the stability of of of the skyscraper but I thought I just Thi this up a little bit it was a really interesting podcast. The five parts segment. I think you'll find it enjoyable. It's very well produced. I enjoyed it and I wanted to share that with you today. Right it's time for another installment element of sea hunt. It's still alive in this time. We're GONNA take you back again to season one in to an episode titled The FIBRIN and Matt Help. Let me pick this one out in mainly picked it out because it has a lot of Zale Perry underwater and I thought that would be appropriate. Having just had had a chance to meet her at team a a couple of weeks ago now this was episode thirty five of that year and it premiered on September. Sixth Nineteen fifty eight. It has double barrelled spear guns scooters triples. You name it. Everything is in this This episode the premises around a Group Group of local skin divers In Zale is one of those local skin divers. Her name is Queen. Miller in this This episode food and she is married to dewitt. Miller who is played by Courtney. Browne and the whole idea here is that there's a group of divers going going out but one of them obviously is going to be bad diver now. They're headed to an island called Sand Granada and off of this island. Here's a secret navy base out there air but Mike taking the group to the other side of the island so they should be out away in a in an area where they they're able to actually doc. The bad diver is somebody that nobody knows. He's replacing a guy who couldn't make the trip so he shows up with this large scooter underwater camera and a double barrelled spear gun while Mike takes him out to the to the island and he wants a checkout accounted. I the the the new diver with his scooter to make sure he's okay and the water so mike happy with it they buddy everybody up Obviously Zale and and Courtney or buddied up as a married couple of the new diver is with another woman. WHO's diving and there's a couple of guys who are out spearfishing? Mike's happy with everybody underwater. So he comes back up to the surface and he gets on the Wing of the plane with the pilot and are actually playing chessel. They're more after a little while. Mike figures he needs to go back down and check on his divers will trade about this time that The one woman loses loses bad diver. He takes off on his scooter. 'cause he's going to go to the to the secret part of the island to try and get pictures picture of. What's going on of secret underwater rocket launcher that? The navy's testing well L. A.. That's her name. She's all upset because she can't find the Her body and Mike all upset because he says he's never lost diver before and he doesn't like the feeling well one of the scenes They're all kind of around the airplane and I thought it was interesting. Because you're sitting on the wing of the plane clean. And she had this really huge knife strapped to her waist. It was kind of interesting to see the knife The size of that knife. Well nope now. They're searching for the bad diver in. They have to take the plane up to look around but they still can't find him the rest of the divers or in a raft looking for the bubbles. Also well Mike finally decides that he may have to look on the navy side of the the island so he gets permission from the Navy to go in and look and sure enough. He spots the bubbles of George Peterson the bad divor- well he goes down and he's he he sees George Trying to take pictures of this underwater rocket launcher but he tries to surprise him but He says George was actually a little bit stronger proven. He thought in a better swimmer so now mike trying to get away from his scooter as you can. Guess he's got the double barrel spear gun on on the scooter. He shoots the first Spear at Mike but it misses him because he gets deflected by the current. Mike finds a cave that he's going to swing when towards second spirit goes off and it also misses them. Mike Hides in the cave and as George Zinn he attacked George. Chokes looks off his air hose in an underwater fight and then actually brings him to the surface. So a lot of action in here. A lot of underwater scenes with Zale doing some of her underwater stunts. Actually in in this episode. Her and Courtney take the regulators. COW's mouth and do an underwater kissing scene kind of reminiscent of what was happening in underwater warriors as well but that's episode. Oh thirty five from season. One called the Amphibian again it was filmed in silver springs. Florida thought it was a good one to cover this time because it it featured a Lotta Zale Perry in in your underwater sequences so thanks again for listening to see hunt. It's still alive. Uh Well that wraps up episode twenty Scuba Shack Radio can't believe made it to twenty but again I wanNA thank everybody's out there listening and giving me encouragement to keep the show going. It's really a little bit of a Labor of love for me and I'm enjoying having the opportunity to speak with you every couple of weeks. So we're off tomorrow to the Philippines also told that we Have smooth travels and get there and void to typhoon. In the meantime if you have an opportunity Give us a rating out there on your favorite podcast APP Give us a rating on itunes or stitcher or Google. Play or wherever you listen to also please take a look at Our facebook page to new. It's out there at Scuba Shack radio. we're trying to keep it fresh in a lot of good stuff out there but again Thanks thanks for listening. And I'll talk to you again and a couple of weeks when we're back from the Philippines Bud Scooby. Jacques Radio is a biweekly podcast in support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability. Inexperienced venture underwater in pursuit of their aspiration than to advocate advocate for ocean health and sustainability. Talk to you next time.
Scuba Shack Radio #22 12-29-19
"Welcome to Scuba Shark. Radio episode twenty two recorded Sunday December. Twenty ninth two thousand Nineteen Scuba Shack radio is a biweekly podcast. In support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability experienced to venture underwater in pursuit. Shoot their aspirations and advocate for ocean health and sustainability Hello again everyone. And thanks for listening to Scuba Shack Check Radio I'm your host Jeff Cintra Penal. Well here we are. It's the last weekend of the year in the last week of the decade. Certainly the last has ten years of ushered in a lot of change and I'll bet the next ten years will see US continue change to go on pretty rapidly. Let's hope it's changed for the good especially with great progress in combating climate change ocean pollution and protecting the aquatic world that we all love. Public awareness is paramount amount in gaining every day was reading our local Sunday paper this morning. And you're at least three different articles in various sections of the paper that talked about climate change. Really hope the ten years from now when we look back we can say well. We made a difference. I mean when we first started diving Tom who owned a dive shop at the time recommended that we use a product oughta called sync distinct for cleaning gear. Well first off. I thought that was a really strange name for a product in second I didn't have an appreciation asssociation for just how ripe your wetsuit boots could get well. We learned that pretty quickly so we bought the product and near a couple of things that impressed us from the start. First of all. You only need a little bit of the product in a tub or barrel full of water and second it really worked in taking out the odors from our neoprene so I thought I talk a little bit more about seeing the stink. I know there are a lot of products out there for cleaning neoprene. NBC's boots and they all are fairly effective. I would guess but argo to product is sink stink while I was at Dima. I had a chance to meet Bob. Denton who invented the product when he was in the tried and booth at the time because when he originally developed sink to stink tried it was first distributor. Bob Relayed the story of how he came up with the product and how he developed sink the stink and you can read all about that on the website sink. The stink dot com when he developed this. He was working for the oil and gas industry on a project using bacteria activity to remove contaminants. Bob was also an avid scuba diver. And he was on a trip with fourteen other other club members. Want to drive back. I think from Florida to North Carolina or something like that any realized just how smelly fourteen divers drivers neoprene get so. He thought he tried to do something about it. took him some effort to come up with the right type. Blend and and concentrations of the bacteria that would be used to destroy the odor's in neoprene while not destroying the neoprene gene itself. Now the technology is based on bacteria instinct thing which are considered the good bugs and the good bugs eat the bad bugs or bad bacteria in the neoprene that caused the odors so the bacteria in sync stink Carr's kept in a state of suspended animation in when it's mixed with warm water. The good bacteria go to work and it creates a biofilm tom that penetrates deep into the neoprene. So the good bugs eat the bad bugs in clean up. The odor's in your wetsuit. Now a couple of things it only takes a quarter ounce of the product to make twenty gallons of of of product. And you can get sink the stink in either half ounce packages for ounce bottles or half gallon and that's what we use at the shop. We have a half gallon that we use every time we take the gear out we rented in sync stink. Now Bob talked about the turtle pack which is a plastic pack. That you've probably seen out there. They're phasing that out and they're going with for more environmentally safe foil. Pack now the new version of sync distinct. They've taken the fragrance out. And that was based on consumer feedback. Personally Donna and I both liked the fragrance that the original product had makes your stuff just seen nice and clean and fresh now the idea. Is You rinse your wetsuit. In freshwater first and then you rinse it in sync stink and Dan hang it up and just let it dry and the good bacteria go to work on the bad bacteria and you'll have a nice clean fresh wetsuit for for your next dime so checkout sink stink. It's our goto product few using Wanting to clean your wetsuit or your boots eh Eh. Do you have a four ocean bracelet. I got one. I got the jellyfish bracelet a team of this this year and I got that by signing the four ocean. Pledge Book there to do one thing to protect the ocean environment but just what is for Ocean to unique organization and they have a simple purpose and that is in the ocean plastic crisis. And how did they want to do this. I just cleaning the ocean and the coastline and second stopping the inflow of plastic based on changing consumer habits. It's an organization nation founded on optimism. The founders are a couple of guys Andrew Cooper and Alex Schultz and they started for ocean in January of two thousand seventeen. It's a global organization that is trying to attack the plastic crisis from all angles. There's a couple apple youtube videos out there by the founders Andrew and Alex and I'll post those on the Scuba Shack Radio facebook page later so you'll have an opportunity to take a look at them Andrew and Alex our college friends and surfers when they were on a surf trip of a lifetime to Bali and got there and they were disappointed with all the plastic that was on the beach so they asked the locals about why didn't clean the beach. The response it was they had they'd cleaned beach but so much came right back in. Its place so they wanted to do something about it. They created the business model where they would sell bracelets and for each bracelet that they sold. They would pledge to remove one pound of trash from the ocean or coastline navy do this by paying workers to fund cleanups and then they could also make donations to other organizations stations that needed scale in their cleanup efforts. Now it is not a non nonprofit organization organization and it does not accept donation it is funded exclusively by the four ocean products. That they sell right now. There are over twenty different bracelets that you can get is that each bracelet has a different colored lanyard that represents something in the marine world for example. There's a bracelet for the Manta Ray Bracelet for the sharks for the everglades for the dolphins jellyfish. One I just mentioned the seahorse you can see them all when their website. I think I'm trying to decide. What is the next bracelet that I wanNA get approximately sharks? Maybe that's the one that I'll go for. They also sell products hats and t shirts and they're all cotton ought not so there's no synthetic or micro fibers to pollute the ocean. If you look out there they also sell drink wear reusable the Yeti tumblers ambler bottles. I guess the good news is those are sold out so It's making a difference. There's also single use alternatives. There are a reusable Chico bag that you can get from four ocean as well one of the other things. It's pretty interesting is you can can go and look at their tracker and they show the amount of trash that they have removed from the ocean since two thousand seventeen they. They removed seven point four million pounds of trash from the ocean coastline. You can also look at what's been done weekly now. They operate out of the US. In Florida Haiti and Indonesia also was really cool was when we were down. Dima Patti hit teamed up with four ocean so patty for Ocean project aware all working together to help sustain the oceans. So I encourage you to go take a look at the four ocean. Website support them. They're a not a nonprofit profit they don't accept donations and they really are making a difference looking forward to my next bracelet If you've been listening to the podcast you know the Donna and I just got back from our trip to the Atlantis dive resorts in the Philippines. Where we spent some time at the resorts in both Puerta Galera which is about seventy miles south of Manila? The van and ferry and in Douma Geddy which is about three hundred miles south of Manila. So one hour plane ride. We add an absolutely fantastic dive live trip and as I mentioned Atlanta's has to resort. Plus the live aboard called the Atlantis Stories. Today your next dive. I'm GONNA take you to the Atlanta's dive resort in Douma Getty first of all. You'll fly into Manila from the US and it's a long flight for for example direct from JFK. You can fly to Manila overnight and there are a lot of options from various points in the US in the West Coast. Once you get get to Manila. You'll be transferred by the Atlanta's organization to a flight to do Magadan on an airline called Seibu Pacific as I mentioned. It's just the short one hour flight in the morning. Once you get to do a getty the attendance will pick up your bags from the baggage claim and load them on a van. Where you'll it'll take about a thirty to forty minutes Ride to the resort which is down which is just outside the Duma getty city. You'll get to the resort. It's a little short Dirt road down to the resort. Not Very Long. But it's interesting flows through to the resort. And once you get there you walk completely. Threw the resort to the front desk area. Where you'll check in immediately when we got to the place it made us feel at home? We got there at a later in the day. We were there at dinner and we all sat down to dinner and while we were waiting for dinner. They gave us a quick neck massage. While we were getting manning served so pretty interesting the rooms. We were very very impressed with the room. They're really nice. They can have either a king size bed. Ed or double beds Our Room had a nice couch in it. It was a desk spacious so we could lay out all of our stuff. Also Our Room had double sinks in the bathroom very very nice room. The rooms also had a deck associated winning which are sheltered and they had a ceiling fan on top of the deck. A nice place to dry your bathing suits out or some gear. Plus there was a lounge chair out on the on the deck area. Now I did notice that some of the decks also had hammocks on them. Let's talk about the food to Tokyo. Restaurant is outstanding. You will get three meals a day their breakfast which is all car. You can get a Omelettes waffles. French toast If you're going there eggs benedict are pretty good The one that I really liked where the chocolate banana French toast luncheon dinner. There's a menu board and you can get a super salad. There's up to four entrees on their things like chicken beef fish noodle stir FRY PASTA ASTA and then two desserts this talk about diving. Wow it was outstanding you take aac either. A small motor launch or sometimes there's a larger Bach abode. Noser like with the outriggers on it few on the bottom boat. They're very spacious. Die Sites sites are very close. One to ten minutes away and you can get either muck diving or muck and ref- or just just just reef and we were very very amazed at the colors the fish life the biodiversity. It really seems like it's on steroids. Loyd's compared to the Caribbean. There was not a lot of depth there we usually stayed in the sixty foot range and every dive was sixty minutes. It's or more visibility. Came in at about eighty feet. Also we did a trip to Otto island which is about a forty forty five to fifty minute boat ride where we did three dives. The coral on Apo island was fabulous. I think they say there's over six hundred species of quarrel in six hundred and fifty species of marine life on UPO island. Another thing that we did was your trip over to Seibu. Two Oz. Lob Job where we snorkeled with will sharks now the dive locker is pretty spacious. You get a little cubby for your certain in gear. There are showers into dive locker. Rinse tanks and an area for nighthawks analysis and recording. Debriefing area is Outside and you go through a brief between each dive at what you do you come back between dives to shore change out your tanks get briefed and go forward Lord. There's a Cameroon a classroom. And there's an on site SPA and pool if you don't WanNa take die a take a day off a diving you can do other tours. There's a city tour where you can go out and do some shopping you can get up to five dives a day. Atlantis dive resort. We were so impressed that we are planning to go back in two thousand twenty one with the shop trip so so if you're looking for an adventure of a lifetime consider the Atlantis. Dive resort in Douma Getty As close out two thousand nineteen. Thank you again for listening to Scuba Shack Radio. Please check out our facebook page at Scuba Shack radio. And I'll have more information about the things we talk about on the show. Also I would appreciate any feedback or if you want to provide a rating when you're five podcast APP. That greatly helps so from Scuba Shack radio. I wish you a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to continuing the podcast in twenty twenty by Scuba Shack radio is a biweekly podcast and supportive our mission to empower our individuals with knowledge ability inexperienced venture underwater in pursuit of their aspirations into advocate for ocean health and sustainability. Talk to you next irks gone.
Scuba Shack Radio #19 11-17-19
"Welcome to Scuba Shack radio. Episode nineteen recorded Sunday November seventeenth. Two Thousand Nineteen Scuba Shack radio is a biweekly podcast. In support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability experienced to venture underwater in pursuit. Shoot their aspirations and advocate for ocean health and sustainability Organ everyone and thanks for listening to this latest episode Scuba Shack Radio. I'm your host Jeff Singer piano. Well we just got back from our Dima trip yesterday afternoon we flew in from Orlando and we had a lot of fun down on air for three days. And we're GONNA talk a little bit more about that in the first segment of today's show but I Couple things. We have a lot going on again this week. We've got a couple of pool sessions up here with refresh irs and some Pool practice training. And then we'll be heading up to the Boston. Sea Rovers meeting later on in this week is it's getting down to crunch time for the sixty sixth annual clinic up there and dampers Massachusetts in March so Hope you're enjoying the show. Oh and here we go. Yeah so the first segment today. We're GONNA talk a little bit about out of Dima recap Again Dima is the dive equipment and Marketing Association and it held its annual show in November every a year and We were down in Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida. This time for three very full days. down there where we I had the opportunity with me to meet with all of our primary business partners Look at new products Research Different Dive travel options Visited with a number of organizations who are committed to the ocean health and sustainability. So we had a pretty good showing down there from the Scuba Shack team Along with me Donna came along. We met up with Manti An and several of our instructors Mike Jill and Ron and then Ryan's daughter Lizzie. WHO's a junior at the University of Florida? I think he's studying marine biology. She who and Lizzy works with us in the summer. We're had worked with US FOR A couple of summers is also an instructor so Scuba diving world. It's a small world while we were down on the floor we ran into rick and Rick Couple of our partners from our little came in trip they were on our boat and then they switched over to The other boat with our dive team the they shared in our adventures of getting off of little came in. But funny to see Rick and Rick Down there Along the way one of the things that Don on and I did was while we were down there. We attended the annual Dima update on meeting their annual meeting. And it's pretty interesting to hear or some of the stuff that's going on with the association We got observe the Community Champions Award winners Where they this is the first first year they done that and they had three different winners? So's interesting to see them. And then Here's some of the talk about some of the facts about the show and there's a lot of fallacy out there says the show isn't growing but according to the president of Dima the show is still the same size it's not Getting any smaller the figures show that it's still where it needs to be an interesting fact that he talked about is that there are only sleep about twenty five venues in the United States that are capable of handling a show the size of Dima so it is a very big trade show in future episodes. I'm going to talk a little bit more about some of the things that we saw down there but I thought I at least talk about today. Some of the people that I met while I was down there first off we had the opportunity to say. Hello to Zale Perry. Yes she's a Dima ambassador still going strong long Zale you might recognize the name from the seahawks days So she was the underwater actress doing a lot of the diving on seahawks and we talked with her a little bit. One of the other people that I met was Bob. Denton and Bob is the inventor of sink the stink and in a future episode facility going to talk a little bit more about that cleaner. It's our goto choice and very interesting talking to bob about how he created Sink distinct We met up with autumn bloom. Autumn is the founder of stream to see we had a very interesting talk with our regarding her products The sunscreens that she uses along with new products WE'RE GONNA test one out. which is her new masty? Foggier had a great talk with her about out since natural fibers versus synthetic fibers. In some of the things. We could do to help their talk with Catherine. In Castle Garcia she is the executive editor of Dive Training Magazine We talked with her a little bit about her book that she just put out call or was put out last year. I think it's called Ocean. Metaphor met a guy named Gabe Severino From the Spicy Shark He's the owner and founder and he created various hot sauces. They're out of New Hampshire up here in New England and Their whole goal is producing these hot sauces with their various Levels of heat and it all goes into protecting sharks Stopped by the four Ocean booth where we made our pledge to help but the the ocean and got our jellyfish bracelet and we're looking at At some things there may be doing some work with Four Ocean Started to zero in on our April key. Largo trip We talk with Rainbow Reef for settling in on that That dates We talked with the history of diving museum. Ziam may be getting some time over there Also talked to coral reef restoration and potentially doing some work with them. While we're down in key largo so in end of course with Refi we want to do more of the fish identification work down there along the way. Finally we bad up with Stuart Cove and we we got all our details worked out for our may trip to Nassau. And then borough made our way to the Atlantis booth where we finalized. All of the details for Donovan is upcoming trip to the Philippine. So a really powerful for three days went by very quickly at. It's amazing just how much there is to see and do scuba is alive and well and if anybody ever has the opportunity to ten Dima do it a it originally. I wanted to do a segment on recycled plastic clothing. How great ideas that we take plastic waste out of our oceans and the landfills and we turned it into the fabric brick? That produced clothing. Sounds like a no brainer in sustainability. Well researchers have found that well intentions may be doing more harm than good in the plastic recycled clothing arena why because these synthetic fibres release micro fibers when they're washed and they're tiny synthetic threads that are less than one millimeter in size in they may be the biggest source of plastic that are being dumped in the ocean according to Dr Mark Brown who is an ecologist and post post doctoral fellow at the national center of ecological analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara California the spin in rinse cycle of of a washing machine sheds a large number of plastic fibres an east fibers can't be filtered for example he estimates that one synthetic synthetic garment can produce one thousand nine hundred Micra fibers per wash with fleeces being the worst so billions of people washing billions of garments billions of times a year. You do the math. Plus there's another aspect of these little micro synthetic fibres they absorb toxins so the synthetic fibres with the toxins will work our work their way up the food chain now. Five gyor's the organization organization that worked on the microbial leads in cosmetics and Other abrasives are now turning their attention to micra fibers. So we'll we'll see if there's GonNa be some solutions for this in the future. Dr Brown has had a hard time getting the textile companies to listen. He's got a project called benign by design Did talk a little bit with autumn. Bloom down the stream to see About her her rash guards that she had out there and we had a very interesting talk about the fabrics that are used in it now. She uses epinal Equiano which is E. ACO NY l.. Essentially that's really recycled nylon. And it's using nylon that's been discarded and repurpose purpose. So it's a it's a really a closed loop system so if you have a chance to research do that pretty interesting. There's also a fabric called reprieve and that's made exclusively out of recycled plastic bottles. So what can we do about these micro fibers. Being released. A A couple of things one of them is you can hand wash certain things in that will cut down on. The number of micro fibers released the other aspect that you can and do. There's something called guppy friend their bags that you can put in the washing machine you can put your garments in those washing In the washing machine and captures the micro fibers and then there's something also called core of. CRA balls there. They go in the wash. You just put them in the washing asking machine and they apparently attract The the microphone. Finally there is something you can do on your washing machine itself. And it's called Lint v Dash to our. It's actually a filter that you can bolt on to the discharge of your washing machine which will capture sure alive. The microphone so again originally started out plastic recycled plastic clothing. Great idea but there's always a different aspects aspects that we have to consider and You know there are solutions out there so just be mindful of them and really look for those products. That may have canola in them because that seems to be a really cool way of recycling nylon and fishing nets Time for another installment installment of your next dive and today I'm going to take you to Little Cayman. The Little Cayman Beach Resort and dive with reef divers. So this is fresh off of our Tober trip so I thought I'd take you about talk a little bit about the experience. We had down there and if I had one word to describe it outstanding first of all getting getting too little cayman you have to go through Grand Cayman and there's a small plane flies over. It's a twin otter only has seventeen seats in it. So your bags bags may not be on the same flight as you but they eventually get there. Hopefully it will get there in time for the morning. Dives just be patient That's a little airport there. There are no lights on the runway. So you have to get in. Before the sun goes down. We had a little adventure getting into too Little Cayman poop. So if you can plan your when your your plane ride over as early today as you can and your your bags will get there. Now if your bags don't and you have happened to WHO To get stuck date they do switch up the dive boats a little bit so your bags get there and you will get all of your dives into a very very good about making sure you you get all your dodging Little Cayman Beach. Resort is top notch. The rooms are very nice for a dive hotel. We had an Oceanfront Room Matt. How Nice Balcony that overlooked the ocean Very nice there well decorated and maintained the all inclusive aspect is topnotch watch The three meals are superb. There's something for everyone whether you're a vegetarian. Their seafood steaks pasta salad chicken and the desserts. Wow you'll definitely need to go on a diet when you get back the pools a great place After diving decompress in desalinate You can sit out there and in the large outdoor bars just steps away so you can go and get a beverage. And then make your way to the pool. There are hammocks beachside and they're also a great place to relax. We got to sit down and one one of the afternoons when our diving got blown out We just relaxed in a hammock down by the beach now reef divers or a great dive operator. They're They're outstanding. Well they have four forty forty six foot newton dive boats. I love the Newton dive boats. They hold twenty Max divers. That's the marine park rules. Now nitric set up is pretty cool. They have four stations where you can analyze your tank mark. You're logging in your tank. Shows up on the boat. When you get there you'll take all your gear gear down that a boat You'll put your BC and regulator. They never come off the boat. They stay there They get rinsed right on the boat. And if you don't think too rinsing him you can go down and watching. Gotcha they clean up all the gear Every day at the end of the dive. You'll just take your your gear back. Basic your your wetsuit boots and things like that you'll take take them back and rinse them out in their four large rinse tanks and they have drying shed. It's a large Drying shed that's organized by boats. Who you'll hang your your wet suit up and your fins In in the area in the drying shed gets locked up at night and they're ready to go in the morning the diving. Some of the best diving that I tied in the Caribbean Bloody Bay Wall is awesome. It's some of the best diving as I said that I've have experienced. I particularly liked the area that was known as Jackson Blade area in. And I like that because you had many wall on one side. I too large sand patch and then a main wall and there were plenty of swing. throughs where you can go down the wall or up the wall. Some great photo opportunities lease of lots of turtles nurse Sharks Yellow Rays Eagle Rays Grouper. And all the normal Caribbean suspects. We even got to see some really small. Aw Sea slugs that were pretty colorful when you actually get down and looked at them we did do a day trip over two km brock where we dove on the record. The tibbets hits which is a large of Russian frigate that they sunk a number of years ago. It's broken up by the hurricanes but a great wreck dive for for the morning. Now the the general manager of a Little Cayman Beach Resort McNair. He did a fantastic job. He was always around. And when the Twin Otter broke down he really coordinated the all of our activities for getting off of the The the island so What a first rate dive operation? We can see why our trip sold out so fast Little Little Cayman is a fantastic diving spot. Little Cayman Beach resort will be our Goto spot. We're hoping to get another trip down here on our calendar I just as soon as we have an open spot so I hope you enjoyed this latest edition of your next dive and again if you have something that you want me to to review or talk about just pass it along yeah well. I hope you enjoyed episode nineteen of Scuba Shack Radio again. I thank you for listening as always if you have any shows suggestions or comments or feedback. Please pass them along. You can get oh hold me it scuba shack radio website or on our no more normal scuba shack Website out there are on our facebook pages. Well always looking for different Show suggestions or comments or feedback. Continue to do this. I'll be back again in a couple of weeks We'll continue to talk like a little bit about the dive. Communities Ocean Health and sustainability and. Oh yeah stay tuned in a couple of weeks for another edition of Seahawk. It's still alive. Talk to you then. A scooby shock. 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"Shaquille O'Neal will do you and say anything especially if it helps them to win. In the end it's one thousand nine hundred nine and shacks basketball fee nominee COL- high school in San Antonio Tonio in two straight seasons. He's led his team to an unbelievable sixty eight and one record and this year. He's pulled down seven hundred ninety. Be One rebounds that's still the state's all-time record by the way shacks hero is David Robinson. Sins another behemoth the seven foot one former naval officer and rookie sensation. For the San Antonio Spurs shacks got pictures of the Admiral Robinson's nickname plastered all over his bedroom walls and then one night in January shot goes to a spurs game at the hemisphere arena the loudest arena in the NBA. He watches in is Robinson. The rookie goes toe to toe with the New York. Knicks All Star Center Patrick Ewing the admiral scores. Twenty points with three huge plays down the stretch to help the spurs beat the Knicks after the game shack waits outside the arena. This hoping to meet his idol. A young shack is all smiles. Miles as he spots is hero emerging he asks Robinson for an autograph Robinson says yeah come on. I don't have all night or he's short with the teenager. Visibly annoyed that he has to sign yet another autographed. He barely even glances at the young wide eyed shack O.`Neil is crushed. Shack is now thinking he's GonNa go home and rip down. All of his Robinson posters. His hero has become his enemy. He he thinks if I ever see him on a basketball court I'm going to destroy him and fast forward. A few years Shack Shack remembers. How San Antonio's big man treated him as a teen and save something extra for Robinson dunking on him whenever he gets the chance anytime time they face each other in one game years now into his career checks still feels that fire and dunks his nemesis so hard that the all star our center Robinson falls to the ground being shack he takes a second to admire his destruction stands over Robinson and tells him stay down? Don't get up and it's all because Robinson wasn't nicer to him all those years ago pretty wild story story of revenge and the last laugh right. It probably be even better if it were true. Did I hate them. No just had to create stories in my head to make me. You're like a funny story about him. Not Not giving me autograph. That wasn't true but every karate movie. The student has to take out the teacher. The thing to always remember about Shaquille O'Neal is no matter where he is. He's performing on stage as the star of the show and deep down shack knows every hero needs an origin story in an evil enemy to ignite their fire. I it's David Robinson whether Robinson knows was it or not. And now there's an even bigger threat to shacks heroic spotlight a player on his own team. Who thinks he's the real real hero? Cobi right you're from wondering I'm Dan Rubenstein and this is sports wars Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal to dramatically different people and players who are each fueled by winning. Only if it's on their own terms shack is a force of nature both in the low block and more and more in pop culture. He wants to be adored by the public almost as much as he wants to win and become the best center ever Kobe on. The other hand is private. standoffish doesn't really want to make waves. Except when he's is on the court there he wants to control everything and be. The reason the Lakers win the more they played together. The more fed up shack gets with sharing the spotlight with the kid who's ton nothing and plays like he's done it all and Kobe. He just wants the big man whose sucking the air out of every every room in every arena to get out of his way. This is episode two powered by Fury. It's one thousand nine hundred indy six and Kobe. Bryant's and eighteen year old. Rookie with the Lakers. Right now. He's alone in his bedroom in a big beautiful house and Pacific Palisades. superwealthy beat Eastside neighborhood in L.. A. where he lives with his parents. This room is his happy place he spends hours alone. Here playing Nintendo and writing poetry. All the while shack is in his first year with the Lakers. He's always out about N- La Cruising with his buddies and his giant Ryan Silver Mercedes. That's customized with the Superman logo upfront for shack in his personality. The great thing about success is he can share it with those around him and really the world for Colby. What's great about his success is he can finally create his own private world where no one can bother him before laker games shack is a whirlwind? Is he arrives to the Locker Room. Like a human tornado. He's in big baggy clothes as he laughs and jokes with everyone in sight he's an oversized team clown. When Kobe arrives it's a very different five? He shows up quietly selfish shirt and a perfectly tailored suit. He goes out of his way to make sure he looks like a man. As opposed is to the teenager. He is one who still lives with his parents. His teammates joke that he probably doesn't even own a pair of jeans. Shack has never never fully become an adult and Kobe has never really been a child. The difference between the two is clear before every tip off. That's when the Lakers huddled just just outside the locker room in a circle with their arms around each other shack in the middle leading them jumping up and down. His voice rises above his teammates as they shout one. One two three four Lakers. And there's Kobe standing a few feet away. He watches but never joins in since since he was a kid. Shack has always wanted to be loved and fit in whereas Kobe just never really cared. What other people thought? Maybe it's the way that they they were raised. And it's not just that they grew up in different neighborhoods they grew up in entirely different. universes Kobe's the youngest the three and the only boy everyone dotes on him. He's the little prince of the household. Kobe learns basketball from his father. Joe Bryant known as Jelly you being Bryant during his. NBA playing days at three years old Kobe's sitting in his living room bright eyes locked onto the TV watching his dad played for the San Diego Clippers Kobe as he recalls years later plays right along with him I used to put on my my jersey. You know I have my shorts on and when you play we'll play too. I have a little you know in the living room. I'll play then. They take a not taking time out. Sit Down had some water. You know while you're wiping sweat off denise stop playing not playing again. I'm three zone. I'll do this for the entire game when Kobe's five years old his dad's NBA BA career. Comes to an end but Joe's still good enough and still wants to play professionally so he signs with an Italian club and brings his young family with him overseas. There are a close knit group and they'll get even closer now that they're the only black family in their new Italian hometown. Kobe is is just shy of six years old when he first tells his dad she wants to play in the NBA. But he's worried he's not tall enough. He's in first grade and when he looks around his classroom restroom wonders. Is there anybody here. I'm taller that he won't have his big growth spurt until eighth grade when it comes. He grows so fast that his sneeze hirth in Italy. Kobe's a loner. He's a black kid and a white country in American and an Italian culture basketball though gives him an escape escape. He knows that in most other sports he needs a group of people to play but in basketball you just pick up the ball and go dribble. His grandparents sent him boxes filled with videotapes of NBA Games. He watches Michael Jordan magic. Johnson Larry Bird's or through the air launched threes and lead fast breaks. He sees them play like no other players he's ever seen no matter how difficult their moves. He tells himself. Yeah I can do that soon okay. Built he's less interested in what these players are doing. Then he is in why they're doing. He watches individual plays over and over again dissecting that trying to understand the thinking behind each small move by the time he's ten years old. He's trying out the moves. He's been watching on tape against his dad's pro teammates and he's holding his own against them can't get enough basketball constantly playing dreaming creaming about living it breathing eating the sports. His favorite Italian phrases are Tina La Bamba which is shoot. The three and belly similar TITA PITA beautiful shot when it comes time for Colby to enroll in high school. The Bryant family returns to the states and they settle in a wealthy healthy suburb outside of Joe's hometown of Philadelphia many NBA players. Don't grow up upper-middle-class Kobe. They come from all over urban in rural suburban. You name it but Kobe's comfortable background is somewhat unique. Kobe clearly comes from money he's been known to cruise around around in his dad's BMW but he also works hard every day. He's on the court running through workouts and putting up endless shots he plays. What what he calls shadow ball? Kobe pictures himself playing one. On five as he weaves through defenders working on his foot work and perfecting every move of his game once. He's on his high school team. He's clearly different level than any of the other kids trying to garden. Kobe sets the all time scoring record for the state of Pennsylvania beating the old record set by NBA Alzheimer Wilt Chamberlain by the time. He's a senior in high school. Every single top hop college basketball program is recruiting him part but after giving it some thought he decides he's ready for a bigger challenge. Koby Bryant is heading straight to the pros check didn't have a former. NBA Player. Dad But basketball is still a family business business and the O.`Neil Family Shekh learns the game from his stepfather. A former army sergeant shack calls him. SARGE and SARGE is tough he. He rides shack heart every morning. He inspects a young Shaquille is room and tosses a coin on his bed. If the coin doesn't bounce shack has to to make the bed again sarge instills the same level of discipline on the basketball court. No matter how much shack improves. SARGE is never. We're satisfied if you don't play. Well you don't eat. He says and he means it despite this or maybe because of it nothing matters more four to shack than earnings serge's respect and as a quickly growing boy getting to eat shack born march of one thousand nine hundred seventy two ways of very normal eight pounds at birth. He grows fast though by the time he's a year old. His mother Lucille has to bring along his birth certificate when they take the train train to prove he qualifies for Half Price Children's bears. No one believes he's under five. It being big is tough for young shack. He's sensitive about his is other kids make fun of him and call him Shakila the gorilla. He didn't ask ask to be big so more than anything he just wants to fit in and be like. That's a feeling that doesn't soon go away. He stops trick or treating when he's eleven eleven. He's six foot four by then and no one buys that. That's a fifth grader. Wringing their doorbell dressed in that Halloween costume he even starts hunching over when he walks to. Maybe maybe avoid being ridiculed. He usually just takes it though sometimes. He loses his cool one day. He's in in class when a kid calls out Shaquille. Didn't you wear those scenes yesterday. Check answers by promptly bouncing the kid's head off his desk this kind of thing though he realizes is no way to make himself light so he tries another approach when he wants to make friends with somebody he clowns sounds around or break dances in the middle of the hallway. It's hard enough for anyone during those awkward years to feel comfortable in their own skin but imagine in being a couple heads taller than everyone in class and the older he gets the more he grows a kid his size stands out he. It feels like everyone's always looking at him gawking. He's ashamed and embarrassed even years later when he's a college NBA superstar those those feelings. Never quite go away his thirteenth birthday. He's six foot five. An army doctor predicts grow to seven feet at least at this point check figures. His options are limited. One be a free can never fit in order to be an athlete. His his favorite sport is football because he has the size the aggression and he loves to tackle but Sergey Shack Mom Lucille. Steer him to basketball. They tell them it's a sport tailor-made for their son to be successful for shack. It's a big deal. The here's mom and Stepdad. Believe he can succeed at anything. Even in a big man's game shack tries to hone his skills is if he weren't huge he works on what he calls. Small Guy Things filling the lane on a break driving passing and nimble footwork. SARGE teaches them fundamentals. That some basketball's greatest have mastered how Bill Russell Physician himself anticipated shots to block. How Wes unseld through long outlet passes for easy buckets have Jerry West perfected? Did his jump shot by fifteen shack is the star of his high school team in San Antonio and apparently success on the court has given him some much needed needed self esteem. He starts calling himself. A child superstar. The broadcast crew calling the McDonald's all American game the Premier High School basketball. The ball showcase agreed Shaquille. O'Neal school player. He's gone from being ashamed and unable the fit in with classmates to being cheered on by a jam packed Jim of students basketball has given him purpose and confidence size that made him feel like the freak is now an unbelievable asset decides to Play College Basketball at Louisiana state where he continues to dominate As a two time all American and two time player of the year and then with the first pick in the nineteen ninety two NBA draft the Orlando Magic adjuncts Shaquille O'Neal from Louisiana State University even before he plays his first game in the NBA Shack setting records his contract forty one million dollars over seven. Years is the biggest ever for a rookie. Thanks to his focus on smallman Maughan skills. He's a giant with surprising agility in touch legendary. NBA Stars can't help but think and talk about his potential Shaw Hall of Fame Center and now announcer. Bill Walton talks about what shack can become in one broadcast. Shaquille O'Neal can become the best player ever to play basketball. Whether he does depends on him. He has all the ability. The physical skills the mental skill family background the discipline. The work ethic ethic now is just whether he puts his time in mind to it. He enters the league with two burning desires to destroy anyone who tries to guard him and and to be loved. The first part is easy he just plays hard. The being loved part is harder for that. He studies what makes other players popular after he notices. Magic Johnson smiles a lot he also watches players. Who fans tend to avoid the players who scowl and curse? He tells himself self. I'm staying away from all of that. So piece smiles a lot. He doesn't curse at least not in public from basically his first day in the NBA NBA. With the Orlando. Magic Shack is a phenomenon at just nineteen years old. He's a ready an NBA star. He can hardly really believe how much money he's making. All he really wants is a sweet car into buy a house for his parents find the time. He's twenty four and being courted the Lakers. He's set for life. He's got a twenty two car garage. She wears huge gold and diamond cross around his neck and owns a mansion in Florida. Florida that overlooks a lake in the gated community. That's also Home Tiger Woods when the Los Angeles Lakers come calling for new free agent shack back in Nineteen ninety-six and offer him ninety eight million dollars over seven years. He nearly accepts it then. He learns that one of his mattress robbing of the Charlotte Hornets. Another Center I've been is you're able to producer Matt so on board asked ask for the offer from La. It isn't greed man. I mean I got money. Shack says the issue is pride and his pride is satisfied when the Lakers offer him and he accepts a hundred and twenty three million dollars over seven years in La Shack continues to be his own unique creation. He shows himself to the world is the happy larger than life goofball. He wants to be he also so likes to remind the world. He's pretty smart so he gives himself nicknames. Big Aristotle the Big Shakespeare list so long that one of his teammates names him the big whatever he calls himself today. He's happiest in his big brother role giving useful life advice to his teammates. He tells them being honest honest with the woman makes her love. You even more that. If you ever meet Bill Gates. Don't say what up dog instead you say Mr Gates. Hi How are you redoing. Shack is one of the guys and that other brand new Laker in the summer of Nineteen Ninety six. Kobe Bryant. Well he he isn't. Hey you know this. We're only a week away from Valentine's Day and if you still haven't taken advantage of the unbeatable rose bouquet deals from one eight hundred flowers dot com. Tom I have to ask. What are you waiting for? Come on why. Why are you just sitting around take care of all year? 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Sports worse Kobe Bryant arrives to the NBA several years after shack his rookie contract three eight point. Six million dollars over three years pales in comparison to shacks verse contract thanks to the. NBA's brand new rookie pay scale. But he's making money in other other ways before playing a single NBA game. Kobe signs an endorsement deal with Adidas becoming one of the basketball faces of the shoe giant early on in his career he makes cameos and TV shows and goes on interview shows as a guest. All in the name of increasing. The visibility of the Kobe Bryant Ran France. And it's all happening with Kobe still a teenager when you've got your MBA contract. He weren't old enough. You're not legal. Sign it ahead of my mother and my mother and father back when you turn eighteen. Did you like you had to replace on it now. You're legal. You're still not legal to have a drink. Academic Salinger beneath Kobe's confidence is more more confidence Lakers head coach. Del Harris Calls Koby of boy in a man's game and in many ways he is. He's still living at home with his parents and he's kind of a Momma's boy even if he is the one who paid for the house. He likes the comfort of homemade meals sales of watching movies with his family on his parents bed. He doesn't date unless you count going to his high school prom with popstar brandy and that. That really wasn't a date so much as it was a photo off on the court when Kobe tougher talks trash. The other guys aren't buying it. Sure her he's a tough player but not in the way guys are tough when they grow up hard. These guys respect their own kind of tough unlike like most of his teammates. Kobe knows the value of presenting himself professionally during interviews and is extremely disciplined. When he talks to reporters he never say as has check one says to reporters? I'm not going to answer that dumb ass question instead. He'll go out of his way to go to reporters with a smile and ask you guys his name for anything. He's well mannered. Always polite one Lakers executive watching him in his rookie year. Thanks please God. Don't let this this guy change but a teenager spending half his time making millions in front of a crowd who can't wait for him to take off as a star is bound to feel the effects of money and fame in Kobi's fourth year with the Lakers. He spent Christmas with his fiancee. Vanessa of beautiful young woman. He met and fell in love with the year before on the set of a music video his music video. Kobe's doing everything he can to build his persona Anna and turning some of his poetry to wrap is briefly part of that anyway among his gifts. Vanessa of Pomeranian puppy they name Gucci Gucci. She gives him a giant Diamond Watch. Shack spends that Christmas morning in the decidedly. Less ritzy South L. A. Neighborhood Food of once he doesn't announce his visit to the community or the press instead wearing his Sheka clause read Santa Hat he knocks on doors ars and gives out five hundred presents. He picked out and bought himself for kids in the area and what they do on this. Christmas doesn't mean. Kobe isn't charitable or that shack doesn't enjoy the finer things. The two are just different in one thousand nine hundred ninety six when they become teammates who can see the differences in the way they each respond to fouling out of a game shack. Fouls out of a game. The Lakers winning and he leaves the court to the sounds of the star wars theme and the boos and cheers of the fans after the game ends. He's sitting in front of the locker. Room looking depressed 'embarrassment he stews when reporters asked him about it he mutters. I ain't got shit to say when Kobe fouls out of a winning game. He's not depressed depressed at all. He just shrugs and after the game says I really didn't care man. He means it. They're winning. He did his thing. He doesn't care the fans cheer or blue. Kobe gets all of the confidence he needs from Kobe himself. Kobe never doubts his own value. Wall Shack is always wondering what other people think. They're two very different men who traveled to very different pats. Now they're both stars. ARS being paid a lot of money by the Lakers to win championships together. Their talent and potential together is becoming more and more or obvious over their first few years together but after another early playoff embarrassment in nineteen ninety. Nine this time a sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Oh spurs the Lakers are clearly still missing one ingredient to pull the tight rope lakers marriage together. They need a leader for coach coach. WHO's fluent in NBA superstar language to both get the best out of his all stars and to get them to sacrifice and coexist for the greater? Good would they want no they need the NBA. Coaching Zen master himself Phil Jackson in the next episode of Kobe versus Shack Phil Jackson becomes the head coach of the La. Lakers Jackson picks shock to lead the team on and off the court. And of course Kobe's Kobe's got a problem with that. Which makes it everyone's problem? I hope you've enjoyed this episode of sport. Sports if you did you can subscribe on on Apple. PODCASTS spotify Google podcast wondering DOT COM or wherever. You're listening to this right now. If you're listening on a smartphone tap or swipe over the cover the art of this podcast you'll find the episodes and some offers from our sponsors. I supporting our sponsors. You help us offer you the show for free if you like. What you've heard we'd love for you to give us a five star rating and tell your friends how to subscribe another way to support us is to answer a short survey wondering dot com slash survey? 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Scuba Shack Radio #21 12-15-19
"Welcome to Scuba Shock. Radio episode twenty-one recorded Sunday December Fifteenth Two Thousand Nineteen Scuba Shack. Radio is a biweekly podcast. In support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability experienced to venture underwater in pursuit pursuit of their aspirations and advocate for ocean health and sustainability Hello again thanks for listening to Scuba Shack Radio. I'm your host Pinot but we returned a few days ago from our amazing trip to the Atlantis dive resorts both Puerto Galera and Dumaguete in the Philippines. It was outstanding. We made it out in New York just ahead of the snowstorm on December. I got to Manila on the evening of December. Second just ahead of the typhoon. Typhoon caused a suspended an extra day in Manila as the storm passed before we had a down to Puerto Galera but the typhoon didn't do a lot of damage so we were able to get in our dives down in Puerto Galera. I'll be talking more about the Atlantis dive resorts in the next episode Scuba Shack Radio when I featured in your next dive. Also I WANNA say There was a big win yesterday for the Navy football team as they snapped a three-game every game losing streak to army. So congratulations to the midshipmen. Were all pretty happy here in the household here about the navy win so now let's get on with the show it from the beginning of my diving career. I've always carried a camera. Underwater water zoom matter of fact on my first diving key largo. I had a disposable film camera. You just shot at what you wanted to take a picture of named and send out your film to be developed in hope that you got something good. The pictures were very blue and very grainy so from there I it went on to a digital sealife camera with a strobe. It took some great underwater shots not satisfied with stills. I switched switched over to a video camera and I went with a Sony HD video camera that shot tape because back then the Kodak's for HD video radio weren't well established and I bought a gates housing for it. Then I went back to stills and got a Canon G. Twelve took awesome great shots still wanted to go to video so I went to a Gopro. Now is really a pretty cool camera and we still have that and shoot video with the GOPRO. Oh still photography a little bit better and I went with the Nikon w three hundred without a housing and took that underwater into water very lightweight and compact. But I didn't really like the way. The underwater shots came out so while Dima I had a chance to talk to a number of vendors urge and decided to go with a package and the package on went with his from eight light. And it's the Olympus t g six with the light housing now. That package comes pretty pretty good package. It comes with the camera it comes with the accolade housing the action trae to with the left handle hello. DRC ONE TTL receiver for those of you. That don't know T. L. stands for through the Lens and that means that it's a receiver that adjusts the flash power our to properly exposed to subject and also comes with a fiber optic core the DS fifty one strobe and a compact ball arm for quick quick release after talking to Jean Ride. Berg there who runs Ike Light. We also opened up as part of their dive store. Twenty twenty program where We will be able to pass on some great savings to our customers gene suggestion. I also got the wide angle three three inch dome port for it and that was for doing work in the Philippines now when you use the td six that has Several underwater modes olds. There's a normal mode a wide mode a macro and a microscope mode for shooting under water near our three filter settings that you can say shallow shallow nude in deep now. I didn't have a lot of time to really Learn how to use the camera before we left. I only got it like a couple of days before we. We actually left for the Philippines so it can be a little intimidating. I burn still learning how to use it. What I did find? I found it Quite challenging to do some of the macro or microscopic work underwater. My eyes are a little bit of a challenge. I think I need a new prescription on my mask. So we'll be working in on that as well also. I need to take some time to learn more about the strobe at settings when you use them and how to position it overall this is a very very powerful setup and can be expanded when we were in Portugal Awry. We did a trip over to verity island which it's just an amazing Underwater adventure and I used a three inch wide angle in a wide mood underwater and got some really nice shots of of the expansive. The Pinnacle Now I also was shooting In both Jay Peg Ross. So you get to two images ages when you shoot. You GotTa J. Peg in a raw image now. I do some pretty basic photo. Editing and I primarily Murli use iphoto for some cropping and adjustments in white balance and things like that not very powerful. But one thing. I- photo you cannot do. Is Edit the raw photos but what you can do. Is You can download a program from Olympus it's called Olympus Works base and you can then edit the raw images in in that I played around with it a bit but haven't really had had enough time to to work with it now. Also you can get an additional Dome Port Sixteen Stone Report for that or that light housing for the Olympus t g six if you really Wanna get even wider angles so now. I'm hoping that that this is the camera that I'm going to use and really learn how to get the most out of. I've got a lot of work to do to to get get up to speed with it. But if you're looking for a reasonably affordable alf outfit for underwater photography take a look at the. You're quite package for the Olympus t g six it when I was planning to show I wanted to do an update on the recent causing l.. I reported earlier this year in my blog that the race in causing all were closing in October because of stony coral tissue lost disease and they expected those reefs to be opening up again in December. But I wasn't able to find anything specific about the reefs opening back up again. Also a lot of our divers like to dive in the Florida keys. Not as also being impacted by the stony coral oral tissue lost disease. So I thought I'd do a little bit of an update there on that particular item quick recap stony coral tissue loss disease. Zeze is a lethal disease. That was first reported in two thousand fourteen in Florida now while its causes are unknown own. They suspect that it's bacterium. That's causing the disease. Since it was first reported in Florida back in two thousand and fourteen it spread read to Jamaica. The Mexican Caribbean Saint. Martin Saint Thomas and Dominican Republic. Now there are some highly susceptible type of coral to the disease and they are particularly brain coral pillar coral elliptical star coral smooth. smooths floral maze. Choral those are the ones that are highly successful now in doing some research. I came across this great website right. It's called A. G. R. A. Or the Atlantic Golf Rapid Reef Assessment Program. And and it's a program that Champions Coral Reef Conservation an empowers those who protect these diverse ecosystems and it was first started in Nineteen Nineteen ninety-seven by Dr Robert N Ginsburg now. The goals of age E. R. R. A. R. doc scientifically typically sound comparable regional surveys of the health of coral reefs promoter collaborative learning platform training exchange and open access Advance our scientific understanding of coral reefs analyzed data results and provide easy access to data and serve as a catalyst list to conserve impacts partnerships create effective communications to a wider audience. Now if you go to the A. G. You are a website that's h. e. r. Dot Org and you click on the coral disease outbreak. You get a lot of Information related related to the stony coral tissue loss disease. It provides the description characteristics latest news tracking tracking the disease and provides several videos that you can actually look on the website now. What's so different about? Stony coral tissue loss US disease well first of all there are many coral species that are impacted by this particular Malady it's got a high prevalence. There's a rapid mortality rate in the coral. They're high rate of transmission and it goes over a large geographic area and it is taking a long duration so it's very different than things they found in the past now some good news Florida has introduced some interventions and they seem to be helping out and they're using topical applications of either chlorine or Amoxicillin they're also using some poxy to help save the corals what they're also doing some so nappy tation where they cut off the disease part and allow the rest of the according to to grow and then there's also some relocation they actually move the coral from one area to another that's not impacted by disease now. Amoxicillin seems to any more effective than the chlorinated treatments that they've been using So there's a lot going on here with stony coral tissue loss disease. I would encourage you take a look at this Go out to the age E. R. R. A. Website And you'll get a lot of great information on this and see just what's happening. We're hoping that the reef soap and soon in Causa Mel and let's also hope that we get this disease under control in back in two thousand eighteen. We had a booth at the Hebron Harvest Fair here in Connecticut and women came up to to me at the booth and said that her father in law introduced scuba diving to the United States and his name. Was Jim Kale. That's interesting so I figured I'd do a little bit more research on. That took me a little bit of time but I finally got around to it first off. Jim was a navy defraud. Men were formerly known as the UT in he was actually when one of the first classes of the ut called the Amphibian Rogers Rogers after you get out of the navy. He wanted to continue diving so he started a salvage business and not alternately turned into into a company called New England dive in that went pretty much countrywide. They were doing a lot of work around the country. Jim was born in one thousand nine hundred ninety six and he passed away in two thousand eight and you can read a lot about him on his wikipedia page now. According to wikipedia Jim was a now. He Co founder. In if you go out to the Boston Sea Rovers page. He was also an original member of the Boston. Ymca Sea Rovers now. There's a quote on the wikipedia page says cousteau invented scuba diving Piquet Hill introduced to the United States. A couple of other interesting things You know he started the WHO. We caught by scuba training camp camp which was on children's island in Salem Massachusetts and apparently he started that with buster crabb. Who's the actor who played Tarzan? Also it says that he consulted to Lloyd bridges on Seahawk. Haven't been able to verify that in any of my research with C. on but that's an interesting tidbit now. One of the things that I came across on the Wikipedia page was a reference and it was to a book written by. Jim's brother. Bob Okay and that book is called diary of the depths and it was published in nineteen seventy two by Robert Ellis Kahlil. Now it's really interesting. Read I found. I was able to get a copy from Abe books and It's a really quick. Read and it recounts stories by Jim Along with several of other stories of Robert himself and then there's a couple of other divers that talk about Some of their adventures in diary of the depths. One of the interesting ones Is a couple of chapters by a fellow named Frank Sanger S. A. N. G. E. R.. And Frank was a double amputee. Who Lost an arm and a leg when he was two years old and a trolley act in peabody Massachusetts but frank became a very accomplished diver and worked a lot with Jim couple of stories? Jim Recounts his training as the U. D. T. Frogman in. He talks also about his time in Greenland where they were sent to blow up icebergs and also also some of the work that he had to do under the ice in recovering. Soldiers lost in a truck accident there. Also a couple of chapters in there. Were Jim Bob. Talk about. The workday did in underwater evidence recovery in a very publicized murder case in Massachusetts couple of chapters that are stories by Frank. Sanger recount the work that he did recovering bodies on a lear. Jet That went down on in Boston harbor and also worked at. They did on trying to recovery bodies from something called the Texas Tower which was the tower built way out in the Atlantic about sixty miles out as a radar intercept during the cold. War in Texas Tower went down in a storm and they were sent out to try and and save a anybody that might have been in the Texas Tower. Unfortunately no one was saved but Frank recounts some of the interesting and hazards of that dive so it took me a little bit different direction. Action trying to research Jim K.. Hill to diarrhea the depths in some of the history of New England diving. But I thought I'd pass along very interesting interesting stuff in the history diving. The United States is pretty pretty pretty cool Kim. Well that's episode. twenty-one Scooby Shock Radio Hope you enjoyed the show and again thank you for listening as always we appreciate any feedback or comments or so suggestions you can. Oh send them along to me either at the Scuba Shack Radio website. Or if you go out to facebook At Scuba Shack radio you can leave me a message. There as always please give us a rating on I tunes or your favorite podcast application. It would be very much appreciated hard. I believe that After this show next show will be after the Christmas holiday. So hopefully you all have a happy holiday and we'll talk to you in a couple of weeks scuba shack. Radio is a biweekly podcast in support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability and experience to venture underwater in pursuit of their aspiration into advocate for ocean. Health and sustainability. Talk to you next time
Scuba Shack Radio Episode 1 3-17-19
"Welcome to scuba shack radio episode one recorded Sunday March seventeenth two thousand nineteen. Scuba shack radio is a biweekly podcast in support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability and experienced venture underwater in pursuit of their aspirations and to advocate for ocean, health and sustainability. Hi, everyone and thank you for tuning in. This is the inaugural edition of scuba shack radio. And I'm your host Jeff singer piano, by way of introduction. I'm one of the four owners of scuba Shak here in rocky hill. Connecticut owned a dive shop along with my wife, Donna, and our son Matthew and our partner Monte Fitzpatrick. We've been part of the scuba shack family since we learned to dive way back in the early two thousands and Monty has been part of scuba shack family since the early nineteen nineties. So the opportunity came along a couple of years ago for us to purchase scuba shack. We jumped on it. And there's been no looking back for two years now. So we're very proud to be the next custodians of the dive shop that's been in business for over forty years. And we're very proud to be a Patty five-star instructor development center. So why are we doing this? Now, why am I starting a podcast in two thousand nineteen well podcast. Pretty big way. We get a lot of information out there. I listened to several different podcasts and always looking for some good new things out there to help pique my interest in different things that are going on. And we hope to that by having the short segments on this podcast will be able to talk a little bit about things that are happening in the news with a quick moment things that are happening around ocean health and conservation, some ideas around what's going on with training, and you know. It's something that we wanted to do for a while. Or I've wanted to do for a while. And we're going to try to keep it up over a BI weekly basis. So hopefully, you'll find it interesting and informative and you'll listen as we put new podcast episodes out there. One of the things that I started doing last September was writing a weekly short blog for our website. And I tried to do something similar to what I'm doing here with the podcast. So the the blog will keep going out on a on a weekly basis, and we'll try not to repeat things between the blog and the and the podcast, but on occasion, there might be things that I think are critical enough or have some great information that I want to make sure that you don't miss either. Whether you're reading the blog on scuba shack CT dot com or whether you're listening to scuba shack radio, but I'll try not to repeat things. And if I do. Well, that'll be the way it happens. First thing I wanna t- up today is a little bit about gear. And there was recently an article in the latest version of the undercurrents magazine, titled is your computer as your old, computer safe. Well, that's that's a really loaded question. You know, if you think about it, I have a son to Geico computer that I got two thousand and four and we still use it. It's still available and I have that. But got me thinking a little bit about when when and how old should your computer be before you replace it last year? I wrote in September in the blog a little piece that that point people to towards an article in alert diver magazine about replacing your dive, computer, not your people had a chance to read that. But you can go out and and look at. The alert diver magazine online and probably find that that article out there if you're interested. So I wanna start this off by talking a little bit about the computer that I own I actually own. Five different computers. I have the gecko like I said the soon toe gecko from way back in two thousand and four. I also have a son to- d six that I bought in probably two thousand and seven and quickly followed that up with a viper computer off from Souto. So you can see we were pretty much as soon dough kind of dive shop for a while. In a long came then Sherwood shearwater with their their phenomenal computers and also Aqualung came along after they lost the distribution rights to sinto with with their own computer line. So in addition to the gecko d-6 in viper. I also own an I three hundred c from aqua lung and a perfect AI. So one of the things that we wanted to to talk a little bit about is do you know, what algorithm your computer uses? Well, it's worth a little bit of research. You don't have to be. Physicist or mathematician, or you know, any great mind understand that these these algorithms are different based on the computers that you use. And you should know what? Algorithm your computers using. So for example. The products uses the boom in GIF algorithm. More gradient factor. Algorithm minutes based or you'll hear it called the Z H L dash sixteen Charlie algorithm by Bullman. And actually when aqua lung bought the came out with their line of computers. The I three hundreds and the I one hundred in all of their different ones. They're they're based on the Pelagia exe- plus algorithm that was developed by Dr John Lewis, which is also based off of the boom in Z H L dash sixteen Charlie Charlie algorithm. So on the other hand as a different model, it's called the reduced gradient bubble model. So just a little bit different. Some of them have a little bit different conservative factors on them. But, you know, pretty much when we dive are dive with the shearwater or the viper or the I three hundred what I gotta say is as I'm looking at those computers underwater one my primary one is my backup. They're pretty darn close as far as the no decompression limits. And and. How things are happening. So it's all a matter of of what you have on your computer, and the settings you can you can make on them. So. If your computer's old that doesn't necessarily mean that you need to replace it. But please do a little research out there and see what's new and there's plenty of stuff on the web. Just Google your boom in algorithm, or your RGB m algorithm. And you'll just get a lot of great information out there. Pretty much. Everyone knows the coral reefs are engaged or with climate change believe it or not I believe that it is happening. But some people may not. But there are coral reefs that that are really str- stressed out and under danger. So anytime you read a good story about success or people trying to help coral reefs, you you you get excited a little bit. And the latest edition of dive news wire that I saw there was a an article in there called Alcorn coral planted at Bonnier die site oil, slick leap. So I was wondering, where's the oil slick, but that's that's a different story altogether. But what happened here is that they got a grant down in Bon air to try and grow some corals and do it in a pretty resourceful way. So what happened here was they took. Some coral and created one of those Christmas tree type of farms where they grow in the coral and let it grow for about a year. And then what happened is they were able to take it out planet on oil slick reef. So what's happening there is it looks like the corals are alive and prospering. And you know, after two months they were able to see seven hundred sixty three quarrel being planted back on the reef and different strains were strategically planet to maximize their their diversity. And it looks like it's working. So so good news on the on the coral reef front and actually we're heading the Bon air and twenty twenty. We got the dive shop trip down there. So maybe we'll try to find oil slick leap and see what's happening with those corals. My latest weekly blog. I talked a little bit about the trip. We gave up to the Boston sea Rovers in danvers of Massachusetts last weekend. And you can read all about that all the fun. We had up there and all the activties that went on at Boston sea Rovers on on the weekly blog at scuba shack CT dot com, but there's another show in east here that that's coming up towards the end of the month. And that show is called beneath the sea, which is labeled as America's largest consumer scuba dive travel show, you know, in all the years, I've been associated with with the diving community I've never had the opportunity to make it down to beneath the sea. There's always been something else going on at that time of year. Whether I was traveling or we were doing training, or there was just too many things to get in the way of it. Well, we still have things getting in the way we actually have to run the dive shop. And we'll be working that weekend through Saturday, but on Sunday, Monte, Matt and I are going to head down to beneath the sea. We've got some appointment set up down there to meet with some people and the C show. So I'm really looking forward to that to getting down there and seeing what is labeled as the largest consumer scuba and dive travel show in the US. And it'll be down at the New Jersey Meadowlands Expos center and Cicak and those dates run on March twenty ninth through the thirty first so view in the northeast or you want to get ready for the dive season consider heading down to beneath the sea in in New Jersey in in a few weeks. I know we're looking forward to it. Was out poking around the project aware website, and I like to go out there every once in a while to see what's new or what news articles they might be covering from project aware scuba shack is a one hundred percent aware participant. And we donate to project where for every Patty certification. We issue and we're very proud to be part of one hundred percent aware. It's our way of giving back. There's ton of organizations out there and a ton of places that can be supported, but as a dive shop, we've we've selected project aware as our as our primary. Organization that we want to support in in in ocean, health and conservation. But there's usually an article out there that was posted a press release by ocean, conservancy and notion conservancy really has a lot of great stuff out there. You can go out there on the web and look at their stuff and see everything they're doing to support healthy and sustainable oceans. But it was a Rica recent economic world economy world ocean summit that was held in Abu Dhabi. United Arab Emirates, recently and ocean. Conservation teamed up with a whole bunch of other organizations to announce the launch of something called urban ocean. And they labeled it as an initiative to engage cities in the fight for clean, healthy sees by improving municipal waste collection and management systems. So they're going to work with these city government, and these leaders civil societies private-sector things like that. To try and reduced marine plastic waste from our cities that go out into the ocean. And just 'cause a lot of problems out there. You know, if you've been reading the blog or or just in general understand what's going on. We we have a big problem with plastic in the ocean. Not just plastic, but micro plastic when it all breaks down, and it it's causing us a lot of problems. There's a lot of energy around it, you know, in reducing single use plastic in trying to come up with solutions for getting rid of the plastic. I guess the idea is maybe weedy to just stop making so much plastic and using it I I know that's that's easy to say. But really difficult to do. I know here today shop we get a lot of gear in and it comes packaged into lot of sing. Will use pack plastic that we have to get rid of. So anything we can do along the way to be sustainable. We got rid of all the plastic cups in all the plastic that we don't need here at the shop. We've still working on some of the things like the the the plastic cutlery the forks and things that gap but getting rid of the single use plastic is something big. And I asked you just go out take a look at all the different things that are out there. There's plenty of information on on how we can reduce plastic and just try a little bit whatever you can do in a little help. I'm hoping that we're well on our way to solving this problem in my lifetime. We have it. I wanted to keep this fairly short to start. I wanted to see if I could get a few things out there and some information Seok goes listening to how I might sound over the Airways. Not sure how it's going to go. We'll we'll get this in front of some people, and we'll see what the criticism is or the feedback or how we can make it better. I enjoying trying to figure out how to get information out to people and trying to help divers and people that are like minded in a sustainable planet. So appreciate your listening today. And hopefully, I'll be back in a couple of weeks with some more. Scuba shock radio is by weekly podcast and supportive on mission to empower individuals with knowledge of -bility inexperienced to venture underwater in pursuit of their aspirations into advocate for ocean, health and sustainability talk to you next time.
35. A special Fathers Day Edition of Your Next Dive the Maldives with Peter Katz
"Welcome to Scuba Shack Radio Sunday June twenty, first, two, thousand and twenty. A. Scuba Shack radio is a biweekly podcast in support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge, ability and experienced venture, underwater in pursuit of their aspirations, and to advocate for ocean health and sustainability. Hi again, everyone and thanks for tuning into Scuba Shack radio for this special father's day episode. I'm your host Jeff Center piano. First off I want to wish all the dads out there happy father's Day. Like Mothers Day celebrating this year, certainly going to be different. For some of US are dads are no longer with us. It's been twenty three years now since my dad passed on, but that doesn't mean I don't take a few minutes out of today and think about him. If your dad still with you, please take a few minutes to let him know how much you care. On today, show I have a special your next I feature. I had a chance to sit down with Peter Cats. Talk about his adventure to the Mall Dis. Peter is a patty master instructor here with Scuba Shack and he also runs are awesome. Nassau Beach, Memorial. Day weekend. Although this year, we because Kobe, we had to move it back. We'll be going in October. We had a great conversation. It goes a little bit longer than a normal show, but it's real really worth it to hear all about the Maldives, so here's my conversation with Peter Cats on your next died the Maldives. A! Well today on this segment of your next I've. I told you. We're going to do something a little bit different and what I've asked. Peter Catch to join me here today. On the Scuba Shack Radio on your next dive to talk a little bit about his trip to the mall that just completed earlier this year, so welcome Peter to Scuba. Shock Radio Thank you jeff. But he used to be here. Yeah, so. I go a long way back. Heater was actually assistant instructor when I was taking my first patio open water class so I tell foot long pier and I've known one another so thanks Peter for for coming on board. Now you. You've dove all over the place. You've been all over the world diving. What made you decide to go out to the Maldives? Interesting that you ask that question. Preface by saying that I haven't really been all over the wow. I'm starting to cover a bit more especially since I'm now retired. But The Maldives has been on my bucket list of dive destinations and I started diving in nineteen, Eighty, seven, and I read a lot of scuba magazines with articles on exotic locations, and I've been diving in. New England I've done. York Beach Cape. Ann Block, Island. Places Rhode Island. Connecticut Birth East for the dry suit these days. I can barely squeeze in Norfolk and still squeeze in it, but also done a lot of the Caribbean Puerto Rico all three. The Cayman Islands all of the islands. You Know Aruba Bon Air Koryo. The Turks and Caicos Rotan believes Saint Martin Save Okay as well as believe it or not. I didn't know if you knew this but I've done. Salah is we've been down there. Times down. There was or covert. Again actually I even started doing that running the trip for Scuba Shack back when we were still using mass centre. Long before they went out of business. been diving there for a bit, but at this point I really wanted to experience some of those more foul off exotic destinations while I still in on now that I'm retired. I'm partially there, so. So, but one of the reasons why we chose I. Say we because Dive Buddy and I chose this now. These was for Manta, Ray in whale shark encounters. I mean you don't get to see those every day. No, you don't know you don't especially in Long Island. You're. Right. So you! Did your research there You know so so I understand that that that a lot of the Maldives I've seen read where it's mostly drift diving I guess you can do some sure diving, but it's mostly drift diving out there, right? your. There's there's a lot of that and they say you have to use live aboard right for most of them. Well. To to experience the most, I would say yes. There are Resorts on various islands. The Maldives are an archipelago similar to the Bahamas. There's about a thousand islands. Okay, not all are inhabited, but there are a number of them in on those some of those ev resort setup, endive operations, and you can go and stay at the resort and go with a dive operation. But you're going to cover your limited. To see a lot, yeah! Exactly live aboard. Go all over into a lot of. You can actually when you go to book live aboard, you can select based on the time of year. Which section of the Maldives dive? They have a northern route, a central route and the southern route. Okay, and which one did you do? We ended up in the central route which turns out to be the one that's probably the most popular it's also. Probably based on the time of year we went The water's very calm things of that nature. There come on the surface. So you chose a live aboard. Did the central ru which live aboard? Did you go on well? we. I say we. Pete Walden is my buddy and we were actually. In truk lagoon, and towards the end of our dive trip there and he was all gung house is I live aboard adventure? And he was all Gung Ho to do another one, and so I said well, you know maladies has always been on my bucket list, so he immediately got gets online and starts going through leases. Hey, I found a couple of liberal boards. We could do so I contacted. Once we got back. I contacted Donna, your scuba shelter and. She got in touch with the adventure dive adventures. Yeah, we do a lot with them. We were down Dima when we we, we hooked up with them to to get to get some information exactly, and as it turns out Adrian of cuisine, Dream Yeah had just come back from the Maldives on a live aboard. Perfect time exactly, and that's how we ended up with the emperor explorer, and she said it was practically brand new boat. Whose Brandon for this year? And She was raving about it, so we didn't hesitate on her recommendation. Got To the and a little bit the we'll come back to. A little bit about that because I want to talk a lot about the diving here you know. Overall how how would you describe the diving out there I. Would I want to say that I? Don't think it's for a brand new diver. Okay, okay. If you just got certified on, Sunday, you don't WanNa be diving there on Thursday. Okay a little bit of experience. You need him. Yeah, I would definitely say the more experience you have on your the belt, your belt, the more enjoyable it will be coming. I've had a lot of data dive experience, but I've never had this style dive experiences so for me. It was took a few times to kind of get my act together in your. Cup Yeah Yeah especially. So you're saying that it was a little bit current down there. A little bit of a current a little bit not every dive fortunately, but the bulk of the dives they. Part of the equipment that must have with you on each dive is a submersible. Surface martyr. Your and also they give you a divorce. REFUND RS grab one right, so the idea is. He getting the water, you follow the dive leader. Each were broken into group. So you have a dive leader. You're not allowed to go off on your own. Which is fine by me because they know where to go. You swim with the current to a certain spot. They have your hook in Okay and you're GonNa just stay there until they pick you out until they say until you're low on gas, and then you give them the law and gas. You UNHOOK and. Follow the current back into the shallows and come to the surface. Why brand new divers wouldn't be. Be, be comfortable in that and can get into some trouble, but You know so so. Tell me a little bit about some of the stuff you saw out there. What did you see it was different? With that was different. Well, let me start with what I saw. That was similar. Okay, but but in a way different, okay, first of all I saw a lot of a lot of wildlife. I mean and they seem to. They love to take. It places where you could see sharks. And we saw. White tipped remarks. Grey sharks black tip sharks Lots lots of sharks. Unlike the Bahamas you'd never get really close to them. Okay, you kind of like real. And they swim. They swim by. A, quite a distance. I mean I took some photographs, but I'll be honest with you. Have you. Stay there for so long, and it actually gets rather boring. Okay, yeah. You might as. We dive a lot in the Bahamas. You've been there with me many times. We're not hooked into anything and we got the sharks right up alongside. You know from raiders, women overhead, and this is not even doing the shark dive this swimming around so that was A. Little bit different. But what about the did you get to see? The Manta's out there as it turned out. Yes, we all okay. We had like three. Manta encounters guy and again we were. Revoked in for the bulk of them, but on one one of them when I kind of knew what saw what was going on I didn't Hook up right away and I got some really good shots. Until the dive master grabbed me and pulled me giving. Up Your bad divers. I got the the the y'all. Male Yellow Line I can't cross the yellow. You? Got To be separated by. Be socially dissent from the Manta Rays. But they're beautiful and these are not little mandatory. Eighty oceanic ones. The coast on the ocean. Yanni get to be pretty big. These were good size. I don't think they were totally the ocean. Sixteen feet, but they had to be a good twelve question anyway. I mean all I know is man when they're swollen straight at you and you're buying the lens of a camera. Try to get pictures. They get big real Selah. All Right? So, what other stuff did you see besides the man we had to? Will Shark encounters. Person which was. The first one we had was actually at night. And it was not a knife. We were anchored. In we have they have these lights. They put on the back of a boat underwater. Shark came right up to the back of the boat and just came right to the surface. Pretty cool. It was the only. Out of my Tommy Bahama shirt very very. At the. Second time was in the water but it was disappointing because we were not on scuba okay. Yeah, it was snorkel gear of course. I jump in the water without the snorkel, which was a dog. We don't like we don't like the snark. Forgot to grab it, I didn't have it. I might my mask and and as a result, I ended up not seeing it but it was a real. cluster. If I, describe it to you, you're. GonNa fail. Everybody wants to get in. You know we all know. It's been half bad. If was only our boat, oh! steamboats there with people all the way, and they're trying to see this poor little whale shark little. Twenty five thirty feet from I say so basically my dive buddy all got to see this guy. Peed had snorkel on, and he's an excellent Jesus. Maria. Dive and right, and that was the advantage because I would say out of the twenty three people on board our boat. I'd say maybe four people saw okay so I didn't feel that bad I saw it at night. Get Wet. Stressed myself there you go. so while you were there. Did you have a favorite site that usually I have to look at a piece of paper, because I cannot pronounce the name. You can't pronounce Okay Yeah Sunday Games, or Definitely off the wall Yeah, let me let me just find him. I got him here. favorites, actually I I can't say there was one, but there were four that really stood out. The first was the fish factory that I can pronounce Trish. Okay so you needed to write out when? I handed down because you think I can remember all this stuff. That's at the North Mali toll. Okay, it's not a drift dive and it was like one of the first is. We did in what they do. Is They? Put in the water. Let you get acclimated. Water. Temperature's nice and warm I had a three meal. And never got cold and. You've got to practice deploying in taking off the hook. Okay, so you got years and the also got the practice deploying the. Marketable Yep boy, so that was really cool. But one of the things that was amazing about it. and I didn't get any pictures because I didn't take my camera. I they want. They wanted us to do all these. Stuff I. I didn't need enough another thing to overload me. Ills they have more frequent eels. You can shake a stick up and they're big. And they're different colors. And you would find multiple eels in one hole in the coral. Okay, you can find three or four ill sticking their heads out once. It was really fascinating, so that one I liked a lot and they had some. Big raise southern like look like southern race. Okay. Excuse me! So the second though was the. Full she and South Ari Atoll. okay. Yeah, there's running there and we used a refocus, and we gotta watch seven-man Array swimming around. And that was really cool. That's where I got those really good pictures. Before you were isolated. Style I got the. Finger. The the third. We do kind of like a night dive we went in. It was still dusk. In we surfacing was dark, but but it was on a wreck called the. Fest do wreck it's north. Korea told. The was flat. Calm warmest can be no current how? Oh. Is this is a dive that a relatively. New relatively new dive on Iraq that was. But it was really cool. Because we have a wreck and rex are nice, but. Spent the year before he joined. Truck Recruit Lagoon doing a scabs. But. It was a nice little wreck. No penetration, but it was covered with stuff. Okay. It had these like they weren't. Silverside sir were like little, Glassy, eyed, some kind of crazy little fish, little fish fishing schools squirms. You almost couldn't see the wreck because of the number of fish. So, that was really cool. And then the the re, also butter, a other, the wreck of butter to reef, which was really cool, but one of the things that was really neat. There was a frog fish on the side of the whole of the wreck. Okay and I got pictures. Avenue Lebron got photographs. That was really cool eight dive with a frog. Fine. Yeah? Yeah, and then we go over to the reef and we find Rock Fish Scorpion Out The WAZOO and we also find a lot of an enemy or out and feeding. God beautiful. And, there was I found. A. Version of a sea cucumber. That was white. And it looks the mouth. Her head of it looks like a Hydra Yeah. Okay, I've never CIS before. Those in the Pacific. Yeah, that's the they see a lot of different stuff so I never saw before so I got pictures. That was really cool and my fourth. Favourite was the Ala Matha at Volvo. That is like current and we went with the flow. It had a white sandy bottom. Gorgeous Sandy bottom. In fact, it was funny as our dive guide goes right down on the bottom, takes fins off and starts running on the running towards them, of course, my my Buddy did the service I know. I'm cracking up and I've taken pictures of them running so anyway, but that was really cool. We had some there. We have very close encounters we weren't hoped in. We're just going with. The flow is nice, gentle, easy beginner nurse drift dive in Gersh oxo. Okay, yeah That is babies were big and close encounters. Come right up to me was really cool. Talking like little puppies down their dogs, right? They WanNA follow you around. They were really cool. got to see spotted Eagle Rays there and there's this gorgeous looking fish. It's called an Oriental Sweet Lips Oh. Yeah, yeah, they're blue. They're black and yellow in silver The yeah, and they're. They're a member of the grunt family guy, not but they're larger than the grunts that we see in the Caribbean that was really really really cool, so so you got four key guys and for good types. I really stood out the others were. But again like I said some of them. Where you go and you, you hook in in you watch. Some sharks swim by at a distance, yeah! Minutes of that I'd tell you that gets boring. Yeah, you, WanNa WanNa get moving and see other stuff, but I guess there's nothing. Zero, so we've got one least favor I gotta tell you okay. At least for my least favorite, okay. I, was with WHO's feel feel at the North Korea toll. And I tell them. That was like Mr Toads wild ride. Okay, you WANNA. Talk about current current Oh my God we jumped in. We're following our dive guide in the current grabs us. Let me tell you you don't WanNa. Turn your head sideways. Right off your face, we go flying through. There's like this little swim through cavern like thing. We got shot through that thing and I mean we saw some gorgeous soft corals that were blue. Incredible couldn't stop to see anything. Oh and. Pounding I'm going like a madman I'm the no. Control. That's not good. So in terms of what I like to do you know go slow. Go Nice and slow. Off Yeah not going to happen on that dive, so that was my worst least favorite. Okay, so so let's get back to the boat a little bit okay. Tell me a little bit Can you tell me a little bit about what was the emperor, Emperor, explorer or explorer? Edward Explore. Votes that was there is now is the newest one. What's the routine like? What do you want the routine and tell you a little bit about the boat? T for routine I because. It's not quite like Carribean live aboard diving. Okay, okay, yet are a little more strict here, It's it's. Because of how we have to do. They have to plan according. Yep, so it's not first of all they're guided dives. Okay so. We had twenty three people. The bodes twenty-six and they broke us into groups and actually did a good job. We got the old people group. which was good there was there six of us. Two couples from Europe and. Pete myself and so there's three couples. That we argued like. Anyway you guys. Okay Yeah I. Know but anyway So that they do they scheduled four dives a day. Okay, okay, there's one before breakfast. Oh, but they. When I give you the briefing, they have like a continental. Brace yourself to coffee. Something to John so after breakfast after that I I've we come back. We get cleaned up quickly and you go and have a real. Sit Down Breakfast and they're. Very Nice, they have a buffet of all sorts of. Foods plus they do eggs to order in gangs and. Caught plenty of coffee juices. That's really good that that's typical. It's typical in terms of all the food they give you. So after breakfast. You do a second dive. And then I would do launch an afternoon after lunch. Do another dive and we usually will move to another dime. And then. There's a basically a late afternoon dive, okay? Today. And again, depending upon the like the one we did on the wreck We got in a little latest, so that you know, so you got it on. Die I die but there. They know that there's no current. They got to lose anybody and of course inbetween dives. If you're not eating a main meal, they have a snap snacks and all that stuff. that so that's really that's how by the way you do not dive off of off the you know you don't know. They have a boat. They have a little boat that. Donnie Johnny Donny Donny Donny drew right. down. I had to remember actually I had a remember. Donny drew's name because it's spelled weird. But it's IT'S D. H.. O., U., or something like that and I and I, but they pronounce Adani with the little. Boat is seventy eight feet. Law that's. Okay I both by the way the main one hundred thirty eight feet long. Okay, so seventy eight feet long it's got. A roof all twenty six years twenty six dollars. You set up on one tank. That's typical of any. Move or they have nighthawks and air in the pump it pump it right to the right to the Ready to your tank, yeah! They do a membrane system there. And the that goes off and picks us up. So that's that's what we dive off. There's a real bathroom in it, not a marine bathroom. They have on the back that got showers. Hot Towels available after every dive. In most of the dive crew sleep on it. Okay, Arcadia! They still in that, so they're not on our boat After dinner, you know that type of thing so it it's it's very comfortable. And you just get used to it. It's at the routine and you get used to the routine. I guess the food's good It's a food is interesting. Okay, so a little bit different. I, if you've got if you really picky I mean, I'm sure you do they give you a Ryan yeah sure. Some of it is. There's a lot of curry, okay? But they do some pastas. They do rices they do. Usually it's like. Fish some form of. Other, protein I'd be chicken, Bacon, or either rarely beef. But often in that port. It'll be lamb. Okay, okay, yeah. They have salads fruit. Stuff like that, very. Nobody goes hungry. Yeah, I'm sure you don't honor. Decent, so you say emperor, explorer pretty good option, right? No doubt, yeah, it really is They treated you really well. The boat lays out beautifully. We ended up with. It's got. An upper Sunday. There's a deck that's got three CAM, three or four cabins on it. That was we were on in that deck, also had the bar, okay, and lounge area. Wine or beer one glass of wine or one glass of beer as Included with your meal with your gender meal, obviously not with your lunch. You're diving. And the other they have they'll mix cocktails. It was quite pleasant than they had. The main deck had the salon. which was where we met for dive briefing, and it had our meals, and it was quite spacious. Yeah, it was quite nice, and then there's a below deck where they have more than. Excuse me more the cabin. Perfect perfect so so again now we live here on the East Coast United States were about as far away probably from the Maldives as you can get. Almost anyway so. Tell me a little bit about your travel out there. How'd you How'd you make your way out there? interesting? that. We started to hitching early in. A. We We work with Adrian on that Our I thought was we had miles and stuff like that to fly on united. But it created a hassle in terms of flying out of Hartford to get to another place to finally get. It just was not worth it. End Up doing the two main airlines that with the least hassle we're going to be either Emirates or Qatar. Price Wiser Pretty Close We ended up going with Emirates because we heard that there really. Wanted to top airline in the world reservist, and exactly and we had just done the year before that trip to truck, and we had flown on united. MHM IN. We did the we paid a little extra to get that. Economy plus economy plus Yep. It wasn't enough. To long out those. We were faced with the same thing. The flight was going to be from JFK. To. Dubai Dubai and that runs about twelve fourteen hours. And then from Dubai to Molly Molly in the Maldives. That's the short flight. That's only four hours Jar nearly I would've thought our for our. Way You have to run ours. What we decided to do, we looked into this. It's about fifteen hundred dollars. I think it was to fly. Coach and which considering the distances you're going around trip, think. That was reasonable. It's pretty yeah, but we decided to go business class. Okay, man. That it was not. It's not a cheap upgrading. How about thirty five hundred dollars more milk? About five thousand dollars a piece for just that's A. that's a price that's. That's just to get there, not counting what you have to pay for to live aboard. Live aboard was cheap by the way it was cheaper than the flight yeah. Cheaper you could have done to people in the live aboard for what causes for the flight But it was worth algorithm. Right down to once you're you're flying on business class. I mean they did have first class if I thought that. Was Expensive. that. There is a classic I. Class Was Astronomical Yeah Yeah, but one of the things they did for us. They sent a car with a driver to pick us up. That's now wasn't free. If we lived within fifty miles, of JFK, they have ordering, but we had to pay the extra seventy dollars seventy seventy miles, which ended up, being less, then taking an Uber Uber. One way right so they did it trip force, so that worked out great, so the car came and picked me up in West. Hartford picked up. Pete, and Bloomfield and we zoom down there right right in in. We're going business class way business class. Check in, if and then since we're early enough. We had to go to the lounge. Visit A. Business class had automatic. You had access to that. which was wonderful. We had sat down and breakfast. You know it was fine. We were flying an Airbus. A three eighty is the dual decker one. Over yeah okay. Economy class boards. The lower area and we had a direct from the direct from the business. Class LOUNGE PRETTY COOL Yeah, that was. Not Everybody can get those business class seats. But You know if you're willing to go the economy route. To get out definitely I mean it without a doubt and I gotTA. Tell you from what I understand even in economy classes. They give you more. Than the American carriers, but I have to tell you. They wined and dined us there. We have like our own little. cubicle type of arrangement with this wide screen. Why good size! With MTV movies. They took water for dinner. You know I had the filet Mignon in wonderful wines, and then if after a while you want to stretch your legs and you go to back to. Back. In big, sit back there if you want. Tender, taking care of you getting your drinks or Snacks desserts. And then the seat. When you're tired because. Latte out loud. Our pillow or blanket got place for legs. You just have took my c. pap machine I had that. Right there. It was wonderful and then I. Before. I went to bed. They took my breakfast daughter. So. Ask The flying back and forth was the best. Well. We're here to talk about the diving. All right so so that's the Maldives, so you would definitely recommend it to people on their bucket lists to get out there and do some diving. Get on to live aboard and have some fun. I would definitely say Again get some experience diving bell, get some. Don't want to be a brand new diver doing that. because of the current refocus business on visibility surprisingly is not spectacular map You know you would think Oh, it's. Actually. We're on the confluence of the Arabian Sea in the Indian Ocean. Okay and I think that's why we hurt and obviously wouldn't get. The Manta rays of didn't have stuff. Stuff. Out in the you know the cut the stuff that cuts out the visibility brings. The mantis rings the branches. You sure so. Okay so you know so, that's that's the these That's a lot of information there. Hopefully, people find it interesting you know I think. that. Was You got you got that in just before the pandemic right? Yes it was. It was like we'll move that early March. Yes, we actually came back on March tenth, and honestly we're sitting. I it was March, Tenth Week landed in Cabo. We're sitting in the airport like the ninth. March where in Mali it were in were in the loud business-class land, sitting around, and I happened to see a thing. that. The coronavirus had hit two people at an Italian resort on one of the I little. And I thought Oh my God. So we're lucky we got out. We got into JFK. On the tenth. Forty minutes from the time. The plane landed until we cleared immigration and Customs. Forty minutes I mean, and that was walking like a half like two miles to get to all those places there, but we zoomed right through everything beautifully a week later. Our Backup, so you got? Big Time well, you know we know. We missed the Nassau trip. This may were hoping to get that on in back down there with Stuart Cove in October. We're hoping that still is going to happen. So You probably not going to be doing much much traveling between now and then I would suspect No actually had a trip to Disney planned with my granddaughter for July and Disney is reopening day. We were to leave. So needless to say that got postponed out, but I I have faith that we're going to be able to do the October yeah, we're. We're trying to steward sent out an email. He's gotten himself ready. To open up and go. We just have to wait for the Bahamas to open. Yeah, yeah, we'll see you know. I was looking down there today. It's still closed. CAYMANS are still closed to travel so We're going to have to do some northeast diving I guess, but you know one of the things Peter very much. Appreciate you coming on and talking to me today about the Maldives I'm hoping that you'll Come back in a in a little bit and we'll talk a little bit about truck lagoon. How's that sound? Yeah? I think I could talk for a couple of days on that You know I if you're sitting rex. An opportunity see a couple of different REX. Yeah, yeah! Trucks on a lot of people's bucket list, so we'll come back a little bit down the line here on your next dive and we'll talk about Truk lagoon so thanks for coming into that. You're welcome Geoff my pleasure. ME. Well I hope you enjoyed my discussion with Peter on diving in the Maldives. Peter always has some great stories and loves to talk about diving. Hopefully, we'll have him back soon to talk about some of his other adventures. That's it for today and again, wishing all the dads out there happy father's Day goodbye. Scuba Shack radio is a biweekly podcast in support of our mission to empower to the duels with knowledge, ability and experience to venture underwater in pursuit of their aspiration and advocate for ocean, health and sustainability. Top to your next time.
25. Our First Interview, Emergency Oxygen are you prepared, and Your Next Dive travels to the Bahamas to dive with Stuart Cove
"Welcome to Scuba Shack Radio episode. Twenty five recorded Sunday February ninth two thousand and twenty Scuba Shack radio is a biweekly podcast. In support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability experienced to venture underwater in pursuit. Shoot their aspirations and advocate for ocean health and sustainability Hello again everyone. And thanks for listening to Scuba Shack Radio on your host suggestions for Pinot will congratulations to the Kansas City chiefs from Kansas City Missouri and Andy Reid Longtime Eagles Coach for the Super Bowl Win. Andy's is wanted to really good guys in the game. Also last Sunday was groundhog day. Groundhog didn't see his shadow. So I guess that means spring is right around the corner. So let's let's hope that The groundhogs right this time and today in celebration of our twenty fifth episode. I'm going to be breaking some new ground. We're going to be doing our the first ever interview so stand by for that but it's going on with the show in a last year. When I started scuba shock radio I was here at the shop? WHO's on Sunday? I think I was in the back room. Recording some things for it was still a work in progress and during that time we were having a class going on at the same time and Ron Who was one of our instructors here was teaching that class and he came back and asked me what I was doing and told them I was putting together Scuba Shack Radio and from day. One Ron's been asking me about about. How did we can do some interviews on scooby shack radio? Well it's been a long time for me to get comfortable with the format and things that were going on and and I really didn't want to do an interview back then but now I think its time and who better than to have ron the first person ever to interview on Scuba Shack Radio. So I WANNA welcome rod to Scuba Shack Radio. Welcome run well thank you jeff. I'm very excited to be here. I know you're right. You've been pushing me three hard art over the last year to to get get some interviews going but you know the other night you were here teaching a class and I thought it was pretty interesting when you pulled out your original certification card. I think it was from the Ymca and you pass it around very young man at that time. So when did you start diving. Ron Well I got my open. Water certification in nineteen ninety six. I do like to pass that cord around to the class because it does get chuckles. Yes sure But I did start in nineteen ninety-six I was certified through the Ymca. Which of course does no longer certification the That's gone by the wayside but we learned a lot from the YMCA back then in one thousand nine hundred six. How did you get interested in scuba diving? So I probably like a lot of people It all started with going on a vacation. My wife and I had gone to Hawaii. Why went out to Maui and we tried one of these patty classes discovers discover school? But it's actually on in my record. I has taken that class We did a discover scuba in Maui and it was a very sort of truncated short class. They kind of tossed just in the water and I went down and I was just hooked for the minute that I went and started sending. Okay yes. That's that's how it happens for for a lot of us. I know that's how we got involved in diving with matthew going and doing some discover scoop is out when we were on now as well and you know it's been been eh life changing event so that's a long time ago ninety-six people come and go with the sport. We we see a lot of people do their training and then they dive a couple of times. I'm done but but what's kept you diving over the years so what I tell my students and I mean this sincerely that once you're an open water a diver. Every vacation becomes an adventure. You're not just going and seeing the sights on land. You're able to go and see this beautiful L. underwater environment. And that's kind of what what's kept me going Dove Allot at Fort Weather. All because I do do like northeast diving and I've dove on a lot of vacations and sort of kept me going until of course my daughter Got The bug for diving. And that's kept me going sort of at double speed and Lizzy Yep Lizzie Ron's daughter actually worked here at the shop for three summers Right right after she got out of high school. She's now a junior at the University of Florida and Kinda really Heading up she's also patty instructor and now instructor Pretty impressive for a young lady of what twenty twenty twenty years old twenty years old. Yeah so so yeah so a few years ago after we bought the shop Back in two thousand seventeen. Ron came to me and said he wanted to become a dive master so we worked on his dive master and Manti godden into the instructor and he became a Patty Open Water Scuba instructor in May of last year and has been really helping us out a lot. WH- what do you like about being an instructor on well. First of all let me just mentioned Jeff that I was I had been coming to scuba shack back back in the old days when Thomas entity owner was here I would come with a guy that I worked with and we would get some tanks and go on night dives And then when you guys took over the shop and my daughter worked here. She wanted to take some advanced classes and that sort of A. Why did it as well? Well to To learn and I'm telling you of when I when I when I went through the dive master course with you and Monte and Peter Cajole and It was it was an eye opening experience because it was Intensive and I learned a tremendous amount. So you've been very supportive of us in we appreciate the The the The the support you've given us in all the work in and experience experience. You're passing onto our students now so we're GONNA finish up here. I'm going to ask you a question too hard. One people ask me a lot of times times and I know a lot of people get asked but best I've ever do. You have one so when I think of my best dives I can think of two of them. They both involved diving with my daughter. And that is to me that sort of makes dive extra-special when you can dive it with somebody you care barrier and so I remember We were in Maui. My daughter was probably about seventeen eighteen eighteen and we went diving at the cathedrals. Oh I love those places right first and second cathedral using here this was second cathedral and it was just a beautiful beautiful sight. And I remember you know Looking back at my daughter Lizzie and we are is. Were you know so wide. We were so excited ready to do it. And so that was one of my favorite dives and the other one I can think of. Jeff is where we were down in. Florida We had Lizzy I think had gotten her advanced diver and we went on A. I don't remember the name of the site but it was a huge adrift dive and I just remember being pulled down the water. That was really my first experience with that. And we were we were on a wreck and almost hanging On for dear life until we drifted way down and when we popped up finally there were coast guard boats all around and we were told we were getting too close to trump's compound migrated and so we no harm no foul but it was. It was a memorable dive life. Yeah so so pretty cool stuff so yeah sounds. You're still have the passion for diving like we all do and You know we're we're very excited about the upcoming die seizing and all the work that we've got to do out ahead and we're very pleased that you're part of the staff here Scuba Shack working with us and an and how's it feel to be the first person interviewed on Scooby Shock Radio. It is a tremendous honor. And it's about time pack your appreciate it and We'll get more interviews in the future. Thank you very much. Thank you Jeff. It sometimes things don't always go the way we plan for some of us who live in this part of the country. We might have to drive in snow. Snow is slippery Brie and we may start to slide around bit knowing how to react in. These situations is an important part of our safety. The same can be true in scuba diving. We have a fantastic safety record in scuba diving. Unfortunately accidents are rare but as we all know accidents do happen. Are you prepared one of the ways we react to certain dive related accidents to deliver oxygen to the person who was injured injured. Do you know how to administer Oh to do you know how to set up the equipment. Do you know how to safely handle oxygen is. It's definitely a good idea to have this knowledge and experience. Now you can get this knowledge and experience through practical application or like a lot of ways we gain a knowledge is through a class now most training agencies or I think all of the training agencies have some sort of Oh to administration creation class as well as divers alert network has the emergency oxygen class. You can also get this training through your first date or CPR CPR. Some of the classes also offered that. But I'm GonNa talk a little bit more about the Patio Emergency Oxygen Provider Class and normally. It's held with the rescue class. But it's also standalone class. And the good thing about it is. You don't have to be a certified diver to get this training being an certification now like most patty courses there's a knowledge development component and a skills development component. You learn about the the use of Emergency O.. Two you have more discussion on diving injuries. You'll have a little bit of dialogue around the Emergency O.. Two equipment it safety considerations and how to maintain emergency oxygen equipment. Now there's three goals in the Patty class and that's the develop your practical knowledge of Vo two equipment. How it's used in near drowning and decompression illness? It's to increase your emergency. First Responder Onder ability and your ability to assist divers suffering from near drowning or decompression illness. Now some people who are working towards their master scuba diver raining and guess what this class counts towards that rating as well now I can tell you from firsthand experience. The Not everyone knows how to set up emergency O.. Two kits and when things go wrong you need all hands on deck. Think about it. Wouldn't you want to be the person who can help out united emergency. Help save a fellow diver. They do back in October. I started this new segment titled Your Next Dive. And since then I've taken you to Maui Ian Lohyna where we were diving with behind find a divers then. We traveled to little came in at the Little Cayman Beach Resort and most recently we had had it to Atlantis dive resorts in Douma Getty in the Philippines. We're back again and this time we're going to take you to Nassau Bahamas where you're next. Dive is with Stuart Cove. We've been running a shop trip for well over for fifteen years. Now with Stewart and Stewart cove has been around since nineteen seventy eight and. They're the biggest operator on new providence. Island they operate out out of the southwest side and because of its location. You're going to have to take a shuttle bus. Stuart Cove provides from your hotel to dive shop. There are a number of hotels hotels that are affiliated with Stuart Cove and for us we use aren't chill beach in. That's about fifteen minutes or so from the hotel to the dive shop. Orangeville is an ECLECTIC place and will not use your typical high end hotel. We've grown to like it aren't chill is inexperience now. Steuer we're coast facility is really cool. It's built like an old time seaport village. It was actually a set used in the movie flipper when they filmed it down in new providence island with Paul Hogan as you enter the gate you walk down to dock passed a myriad of dive boats to the main dive shop for check in. There's a lot of facilities here. There is a rental center there showers. There's a classroom. There's a gear locker a photo center and a fool will retail shop have quite a few dive boats and the best for me or the forty six foot. Newton's they also have a four other what they consider are large boats and two medium boats that you can charter. The boats are spacious well-maintained ready to take you to a whole lot of great dive sites. It's if you like rex. You won't be disappointed. There are many different sites to visit including things like see. Viking Port Royal Bahama Mama and the bond wrecks which which were used in the James Bond movies and one of my favorite sites is the ray of hope and I'll come back to that in a in a minute or so. Reefs and walls are abundant. There are approximately thirty five different dive sites one of the big reasons. I love. Stuart Cove in the Bahamas are the sharks. The animals are magnificent and again in the water with them is a profound experience. And that's why I like the ray of hope. It's located very close to one of the shark doc feeding areas and we can debate whether that's a good thing or a bad thing but I'm not GonNa get into that here. A lot of the sharks do visit the ray of hope and you. We can get some really great experiences on Iraq with the sharks diving around you. Doing Ford is a day like we often do. You'll come back to doc and you can grab a burger or a fish sandwich from the grill. Wow does it taste good and get you refueled for the afternoon guys. So so if you're heading down to Nassau Bahamas and you WANNA get some diving in a highly recommend that you take a look at Stuart Cove and his dive Operation Asian down there. It's a great facility and ready to take you to some great dive spots and get some really cool experiencing so that's it for this addition of your next dive and new it well. I hope you enjoyed today's show. I WANNA thank Ron for being my first ever guest on Scuba Shack radio. We're hoping to be doing more that down the road so stay tuned also scuba shack radio now l.. has its own domain. Our website is at Scuba Shack. RADIO DOT COM also check out our facebook page at Scuba Shack radio or for our instagram page. As always we would very much appreciate any feedback comments or suggestions. Also if you go out to your favorite podcast broadcast APP would really be great if you could give us a rating or let us know that we're doing something good out there for the scuba diving community again. Thanks for you're listening to Scuba Shack Radio on back again in a couple of weeks by scuba shack. Radio is a biweekly weekly. PODCAST in support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability and experience to venture underwater in pursuit of their aspirations than to advocate for ocean. Health Sustainability. Talk to your next time.
34. Lets talk about save-a-dive kits and Healthways an original scuba equipment provider
"Welcome to Scuba. Shack Radio episode thirty, four recorded Sunday, June, seventh, two, thousand and twenty. Scuba Shack radio is a biweekly podcast support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability and experienced to venture underwater in pursuit of their aspirations and to advocate for ocean health and sustainability. Hello again and thanks for joining me here on Scuba. Shack Radio I'm your host Jeff since Pino. Our world has changed so dramatically again in the two short weeks since my last show. I can only hope that we do continue to change to be a better country and a better world. Speaking of change I'm going to changing up the show a bit. I'll be moving from my three segment format to a less regimented approach. And we'll let the topics play out a little more. That probably will mean to show runs a little longer. Just need to see how it goes. So for today. I'll be talking to my partner here. It's Shack Monte Fitzpatrick about. Save a dive kits. And then I'll come back and we'll look at another early dive equipment manufacturer. Ways. So, let's get started. Uh. Well today I'm here with my fitzpatrick. Monte is my partner here? Scuba Shock here in Connecticut Montes Patty Course Director here at the shop and again, welcome Monte to screw Shack Radio Oh. Thanks Jeff. Hey Yeah. It's been a while. It's been over year. Having gotten you on yet, so This is great having you on the show today so so why you know why? Why a big thing you you do it. The shop here is really run the whole repair side of the business over there. We've got a lot of stuff it comes in. We do a lot of repairs on on quick, but one of the things that we know is that divers out there quipped sometimes fails in the field and they have to do some field repairs on it and. It's always good to have a dive kit, so we're gonNA talk a little bit about saving died kits today on that front. So what? What are your thoughts about these prepackaged save dive kits that you can buy out there? Well, honestly I mean the saved. I've kits a good idea, but the problem with a prepackaged unit is. It's really not made for the equipment that you have. The wrong mass drab or the wrong stuff out there, so so really, we. We Really WanNa tell her save a dive kit from your gear. Right exactly. Yeah! Yeah, so okay, so, but there are some things some basic things that people should have inside save a dive kit. That appre standards, so so we want to go through some of those things, so in your opinion, what are some of those basic pieces of equipment? We need an save a dive kit. Well first off. All rings are always a necessity one. We're diving one of the biggest failures. Failures that people have. Is the tackle ring on the valve Yeah, yeah, very often. You know they get a lot of us They're exposed to the elements all the time they do wear out We replaced them on our annual inspections. everything that comes in so a diver should have you know three or four of them in the kitchen? Yeah, just in case and to be careful if they're enriched air divers, WE WANNA! Make sure that they have the right ordering for that. Right over the by tunnel ring is. Added Vitamin overeating. Of course. Yeah, I think those are the Fourteen v fourteen years. But, there are a little bit bigger. You Have A. Dim Valve didn't valves. A slightly different There are several rings on a Din Valve. There's the main contact over in which is a very fickle ring that screws in and again if you're a den diver. have one of those because that's the major failure point on the den, and also there's an additional ring. If you unscrew the Din Valves and additional ordering on the inside, I actually should have okay. Yeah, so you got to rings there, so you should have a couple of rings there and your shop can help you figure out what brings. You should have absolutely just slightly different depending on the manufacturer, so that's the tank and it didn't valve What other you know? What's of some of the other rings? That people should well. We also want to make sure for all your hoses. Your! HP hoses high-pressure hoses and your low pressure is that you have all rings that where they connected to the first stage your they often fail, or if if for example, the hose gets loose, and you've tighten back and you might pinch it so before. Yeah, I WANNA. Make sure we have. We have a few of those as well and remember the HP. HP The high pressure hose. All rings are different size than the pressure rings. Okay, right? Yeah, yeah, a little bit different so so all rings. You have to go crazy to see some of the save a diversion ring. Kids have neck bows are the tank valve the neck rings, but Uh, that you're going to be replacing Matt in the field. I mean most people would. Replacing ended itself as it has got to be very careful, because a lot of people hit hit the the handle with a hammer and to off, and that's not how you do it so. Don't be replacing your neck ring out in times, so all ring so yeah, get a little package of them we have. Little package of old rings. You can get You don't have to go crazy with them. so okay so rings now let's go through some of the other stuff. What are other pieces that people should have well without a doubt? One of the biggest failures that you'll see out in the field is mass straps. Breaking off you know again, your mask is exposed to the elements is exposed to sunlight, which is a big killer for for for for straps so they do break and. Again in this case, we WANNA make sure. We had the right strap for your mask in a lot of it. It's gotTA FIT in a lot of those same dive kits. They'd just throw the cheapest thing in there. They can absolutely fine, and it may work. It may not work, so we WANNA. Make sure that if you're carrying an extra strap that we've been fitted to your mass previously so that you can have the proper equipment and. In the field additional, you might have velcro so velcro strap and we WanNa have a velcro replacement. Your APP is well. Yeah, so you usually replace it with one of the slap straps, and then just keep the older silicon strap as a replacement. Absolutely you know if you're like us. We just haven't extra mask with. Your. So! What else do we need in our savings? Well, depending on what type of fin setup that you have now right now, very popular spring straps, which again if you break one of those and you've really done something wrong I've seen one of our instructors have one. Why have said on my on my my old rockets that been there probably about fifteen years now. Okay, so they don't. They don't wear vow. My minor like eighteen twenty years old and they're. They're Chacha exactly but if you're going if asset offense that actually uses you know the the the rubber straps on or You want to make sure that you have one that she can replace. You want to write the right Strat or finshed strapped for your thin, so it's very important to do that, so so he went mask fins. All rings What else do people need? Well? You know if you're using a snorkel and a lot of divers that are at more advanced levels, sometimes will not bring a snorkel and with him, because they consider to be more of an entanglement issue, but if you're using a snorkel keeper. Is always a great idea to have If you if you WANNA use that again. The snorkel comes generally with a plastic keeper which they'd snap. Actually the best one that I like it. A little rubber ones that you can slide over the over. For an expensive locker so yeah and just throw it your kit and you're good to go. Okay, so we got the snorkel What about? You know what are what are so many other things maybe should. People should have okay well. One of the things that happens out the field lot of times as you find my. Gosh I ripped her. I bit through my mouthpiece. Especially when you see that whale show Zach. Grind your teeth underwater either. But yeah mouthpieces, always a as a great thing to have now. Regulator Manufacturers have a lot of them have a specific mouthpiece that goes with that regulator. For example, we are relatively large apex dealer. Apex has a comfort bite mouthpiece, which actually says it kind of sits on the top of your mouth and holds regulator and. Well. Yes, you could replace it with a cheaper about peace, but you're gonNA see the difference says you want you WanNa, get the mouthpiece that is generally manufactured for your regular. Also look at it and say I need one of those in my savior. Dive and your shop would have you know if they're selling that particular. They should have the part that goes with it, but they're gonNA. Have to make sure you have ZIP ties. Oh my Gosh! Yes, yes, we live with ZIP ties. That's always a good thing to have in the a dive. Kid is a handful of ZIP ties. It'd be something. Definitely. Add a long. Just go to Home Depot and pick up a bunch of ZIP ties or your hardware store exact low need. Not. Scuba specific. Isn't. Okay and then. You know one of the things that I've had to deal. With is a little bit of an air leak around my high pressure gay. S PG you know so typically. What what does that mean? Well? They call what happens is inside your your SPG Your pressure gauges as you guys know. The pressure gate swivels around right, so you can move in different directions, you can turn it and you know. Show your buddy what it is, and then look at yourself, and it will swivel on the end of the hose. There is a little pin in. In there and they call a couple of different things here. People call him swivel pins always called the swivel pin right. The actual real name is air school. What they call them and again it's when they start to leak. You'll see a stream of bubbles heading out and they. The the thing is they have very small rings on them. They do wear out after a while because again. It's moving around in there. You know they they should be taken apart every time their service clean in which we do when we do a servicing, but they do wear out after a while and the swivel pin. You know you're talking five or six dollars to keep it in your, and it's and it's a two minute job to replace it, and it will save against saviors die, but again there's different ones for your guest. Pending. The right one. It depends on the the SPG that you have. They have different ones. There's two. There's two major ones that that that they use but. Identifying which one happened to having Kit Yeah so so we've gone through. Some of the you know the. There's other things that people can have obviously if you go crazy like us, we we kinda bring a spare dive shop with US pretty much, but but you know so mouthpiece rings strap thin straps zip ties air school You know what they have for. You to to provide a little lubrication here well, a little tiny tennis silicone is a great thing to have for a few dollars and your local dive shop should have. you know that you just put right on her? Because any ring that you're going to replace you WanNa, put a little Minnesota little. On it before you go, so so we got a basic setup of a dive kit now. The, things are need some tools out there. So what? What specifically are you going to need to? Should they be carrying for tools? Well I'll tell you the best tool that you can get in your bag. There is an adjustable wrench. Little little little adjustable ranch that you can put in air again that way. You're not having to carry three or four different wrench sizes in there. And the big thing with the adjustable wrenches make sure you keep it dry and clean because they do up. I actually had two little ones. Yeah, you can carry. Like so adjustable ranch! What somebody other things well, it's always good to have a phillips. Screwdriver Phillips said you know and then flat blade screwdriver as well as always a good thing I know. They don't they don't take up much room. And then one other thing you might WanNa think about are what they call a hex wrench If you're going to be taking airports in and out of your. Call Them. HEX wrenches, but They. They have a standard size for most ports majority of the manufacturers four millimeter. Five million five millimeter you have an apex generally is good So you WANNA have one of those in there, but he can fit it to your equipment because you might have a different size depending on who the manufacturer you can get. The little little sets of them. They're really not that expensive, and you just throw them in your in your. Dive. What about you know? What about some other things like you know? I I carry around a needle nose pliers Neil knows a really great and here's. Why first off you get a nice reaching. You can get inside things that are you know that you might not be fingers into, and secondly majority of need? A little suppliers have a cutter on them. Yeah, EX, exactly so if you're going to be putting that zip tie on, you have something you can cut it off offer. Yes, so that's always. Always a good thing. You don't need a lot of tools. You just need some basic things out there. A couple of adjustable wrenches, screwdrivers and Allen wrenches deal knows you'll be good to go at stuff, so so we hope today we talked a lot about your saving dive kit and the tools that you might need to get out there but just having a kit and having the tools is not enough of course not. You've got to have to know how to make the repair. To have to be able to save a dive out there so what? We're going to hope to do here in the next few weeks starting next week. We're going to start to put some How to videos out on scoop shack. TV OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL WITH SCUBA SHACK. Where you're going to be able to learn how to well, we're going to show you how to replace. an old ring on the tank valve in the field. WE'RE GONNA. Show you how to replace a swivel pin on your HP side on your for your high pressure gauge. Okay, we're also going to show you how to replace an ring for your low pressure hoses going into the the first stage we're going to What else are we going to do well maybe to show them how to replace a mouthpiece? Piece? Shot to do that. If, we really get creative. Will Ripping Strip of now? We already did that. That's the equipment special. Jeff. You made a good point. Right there I mean we. Patty has a really good equipment specialty class that they they have YEP We teach it here at the shop virtually right now, because again the social distancing, but our class is three nights long and goes well beyond what Patty teaches you, so if we can run that we can get people signed up for that. We need a little bit of that, but but this is Great Monte we save a dive. Ca You know I remember when I started I? Had to learn stuff, and you know this. This is a good start with. Appreciate you coming on today and talking about it and we really look forward to to the videos that we're going to be out there. I'll absolutely thank you so very much. Yeah, thanks to take care. Guys have great diving. Bye! Bye, bye! Several months ago, I did a segment on voight. One of the original five scuba equipment manufacturers in the United States. As a reminder, those original five were decor. US, divers swim master Voi-, and health ways, and we know that void bought swim master in the early nineteen sixties. Today. I want to continue the discussion on these original five with a look at health ways. My research took me on some interesting twists and turns. A relay what I pieced together. But I'll caution. The things might not been. Things may have been a little bit different than what I present here. First. Let's talk about the founder of health ways. That was Richard Klein. Richard was born in one, thousand, nine, hundred, six in Maine. And he enlisted in the marine. Corps at the age of fourteen. Back then I guess you could get away with lying about your age. While he was in the Marines Richard studied calisthenics in bodybuilding. and. When he was discharged, he ended up in Atlantic city acting as a strong man. That's when he was discovered by a paramount pictures executive who brought him out west to the paramount studios where his job was to make. The movie stars Look Fit. While in his job, at Paramount Richard Started, a company called health ways. Hollywood and Nur tagline was America's way to health. The company had a wider range of fitness equipment and early nine thousand nine hundred fifties. They had water sports. Department that included things like Basques spear guns. And Fins and they called the Finns Webbie's. In one thousand, nine, hundred fifty four health ways obtain distribution rights to the LG. Declare regulator. If you WANNA learn more about LG Arpan. There's a great article in one of the old journal of diving histories by I'd liberal shelf. You can go and do some research on that. In one, thousand, nine, hundred, fifty, six, Richard Hired, Richard, E. Dick Anderson to establish a scuba equipment department. Diver Dick Anderson is interesting, Pioneer and scuba, and I'll probably have to do a podcast just on his accomplishments. They're pretty extensive. Diver. Dick also brings on Sam Lecoq to help him design house ways own regulator. They introduce their double hose regulator and name Scuba. I guess the copyrighted the name. Scuba I read somewhere that because of this copyright. US divers had to go with the term aqualung. The scuba regulator was produced between nineteen, Fifty, seven and nineteen fifty-nine. During this time both Dick Anderson and Sam la coke had left health ways. Sam Start at sports ways another manufacturer and produced a regulator that he called water lung. The water long. Caused some litigation with US divers because they were using the term aqualung. Don't know how that turned out. By one, thousand, nine, hundred, Fifty, eight Dick Anderson rejoined health ways, and he was the chief engineer of research. By nineteen sixty, the company was producing a new model called Scuba Deluxe. Health wise also developed scuba. Pack Harness. The Scuba Star Scuba air in something called the snark. Air SORTA like a snorkel with a pony bottle on it. By nine, hundred, sixty two. It looked like the company was developing a line for professionals called scuba pro. Well Richard Klein hired Bonin and Gustav Delay To head. Up this line. But. Unfortunately health ways went into bankruptcy on December nineteen, sixty two. And you'll find Dick Bonin and Gustav Della Vella Bought Scuba Pro for one dollar. And started what we now know today as scuba pro. But wait, there's more. And this is where things get a little hard to reconcile. Richard Klein unfortunately died in nineteen, sixty three. But health wage did not. According to Alec Pearce on one of these youtube videos, health ways continue to make regulators for scuba pro. I tried to find out more about the bankruptcy, and it took me to a document from the Small Business Investment Company Program from August one, thousand, nine, hundred, sixty three. Near as an entry that shows health ways of having sales of two point, nine million dollars with ninety six employees and a prophet of twenty, one thousand eight hundred dollars. It looks like they got some investment money and statement said they were on the road to profitability and operating in the black. Somewhere along the way health ways was acquired by elden industries in Los Angeles. From what I gather Eldin was a may have been a toy company, and it's really hard to find out information about them. In any event, the last thing I could trace was nineteen seventy-one Scuba Cadillac from health ways that showed it as being a subsidiary of elden. I also read along the way that they sold scuba equipment to sears Kmart nine, thousand, nine hundred seventy S. I wasn't able to actually nail down when health ended. So my journey to find out more about one of these original five US scuba manufacturers provided some fascinating twists and turns and Lake Oj all journeys I passed a few interesting side roads. Some I went down. And others yet to be explored. Hope. You enjoy this look at health ways. been. That wraps things up for this episode. Hope it was informative. We'll be getting no save a dive videos up on Scuba Shack. Youtube Channel Real soon in the meantime. Please check out scuba shack. TV He can do that simply by searching out on Youtube for Scuba Shack and you'll get to see all our videos. I'll be back again in a couple of weeks with another special episode. Think Maldives. To Ban take care. Scuba Shack radio is a BI weekly podcast in support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability inexperienced to venture, underwater pursuit of their aspiration to advocate for ocean, health and sustainability. Talk to you, next time.
Scuba Shack Radio #18 11-3-19
"Welcome to Scuba Shack. Radio episode. Eighteen recorded Sunday November third. Two Thousand Nineteen Scuba Shack radio is a biweekly podcast in support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability experienced to venture underwater in pursuit pursuit of their aspirations and advocate for ocean health and sustainability Hi Everyone and thanks for listening to this latest episode of Scuba Shack Radio. I'm your host Jeff Singer penal will we're back from our trip to little came in and won an awesome trip it was. We got down there on a Sunday. got into the Little Cayman Beach Resort and had a great week diving Some with twenty five of our divers some outstanding dives Great Food Food and Great Company. And we're looking forward to another trip down there at some time in the future. We'll have to get that into schedule. It's also November here in New England and we had a couple of frosty mornings. But that's life up here in the North Eastern We're still diving. Got Some classes next week and in a couple of weeks after that when we get back from Dima so die season still going strong and we're having fun From my very first pool session in Scuba diving in two thousand and four. I've always had a house. He on buoyancy compensator at Scuba Shack. Were very passionate about the house. He on product line and particularly with its stability control durability That comes with that Halcion. I'm back plate and wing in fact I still have that original eclipse thirty halcion configuration. Mainly right now I use it for the pool. Because because over the last few years I've upgraded to a halcion infinity thirty system and I did that because of a couple of things one it has the weight at tank adapter that I can use. Plus it also has the sinche system sorts adjustable Especially when you're going between wet suits dry suits it also has i. It's primarily my rig now that I used for New England cold water diving up until the little came in trip We always would take our stainless steel back playing wing on our travels with us to a warm weather destination. We just have to take the tank bands often often pop out that way to tank adapter in we were good to go but that all changed this time for a little came in trip Donovan. I switched over to the halcion traveler. BC in fact we had five of our divers make that switch three other Of Our professionals why why the wait just to let you know the infinity a thirty BC without the wait at tank adapter after in came in and about fourteen pounds on my handheld scale. And I did the same thing with the traveler. BC in that weighed seven so you can see half the weight. That's a big benefit especially as you're trying to pack with your airline bagging keeping in your weight limits also As you're packing things up to get down to the boat. That takes a lot of wade out of that bag as you're walking down Or if you have a distance to travel now the traveler pro arte traveler BC from Halcion. The way it works is Has a nylon back played in it. So that's where it gets alive. It's weight savings and on that back plate there are four wait pouches in each pouch can take up to three three pound weights so you can see you. You can put twelve pounds on that back plate for me down in Little Cayman I was using ten in the back plate with my three millimeter wets wetsuit. Probably maybe a little bit heavy. But we're still dialing it in a bit so ten pounds on. That was plenty for my three mill wetsuit. In fact like most of our divers could could use their three mills without having to go to a weight belt or any additional weight while we were there If you need more weight than that you can put the The active control ballast weight. Pockets it's on That halcion makes go on your waistband They can hold up to five pounds each. So you get ten pounds there and if you need even even more You have the option of pudding. The Trim Tab pockets. That halcion makes back on your Your tank band so you can get an additional ten so a lot of options there for waiting as you go. The traveler also comes with that system just like the infinity so it's easy to WHO to adjust as you switch your suits and perhaps if you're going from three to five million might just send it up a little bit more now we pick the traveler BC They halcion also has a version of this called the traveler pro and the difference being that the traveler. Pro WPRO has a replaceable bladder. And that's not. The traveler does not have that replaceable. Bladder also the traveler just comes in a standard the under thirty pound. Lift capacity while in the The traveler pro. You can get Options of twenty thirty or forty pound lift left so we were very very pleased with our switch over to the halcion traveler BC. And it's now are warm weather go to BC the and it's lightweight great options ability in the water. You think diving your Your regular infinity. We're very pleased. We made the switch Have you ever heard of the keeling curve. Will the keeling curve is a graph of the the accumulated co two in our atmosphere than that's been measured from nineteen fifty eight to the present and it's named for a scientist. Charles David David Keeling now. Mr Killing died in two thousand and five but the work on the keeling curve continues on today by his son some people think the keeling curve curve is one of the most important works of the twentieth century in fact science. Historian Stephen Weird describes keeling curve as the central icon of greenhouse gas effect in his book the discovery of global warming. He states that it's that the keeling curve is not quite the discovery of global warming. But it's the discovery of the possibility of global warming. Charles Keeling had been doing studies on. Co Two around California when he obtained funding funding to do some larger studies in both the South Pole and on the Big Island of Hawaii at WanNa Lohan and over the years WanNa low was chosen in for the long term monitoring mainly because its remoteness. And it's free from contaminants so I'm not going to go into the science of how they collect the CO two measurements. But we'll talk a little bit about the results and the results are astounding so from nineteen fifty eight to two thousand is in an eighteen. We've gone from three hundred and fifteen parts per million of co two in the atmosphere. That's three hundred and fifteen molecules sales of co two for every million molecules of air to four hundred and six parts per million. So you can see what a dramatic rise to put descend a little bit of perspective. Scientists were able to tap into gas bubbles in the polar ice cores that they believe are from from nine thousand years ago and Indo though that analysis they found that the co two levels back nine thousand years ago where between two hundred seventy five two hundred eighty. Five parts per million dramatic rise in a few short years primarily the rise going from that to eighty five to three fifteen coins commensurate with the rise of the industrial age in the nineteenth century. Not only only are we doing more. Co Two in the air. By burning fossil fuels were also Deforesting the the earth and not just eliminates a lot of the Carbon Carbon sinks that are out there the curve shows the acceleration since one thousand nine hundred fifty eight and it's alarming another thing. The curve shows is the seasonal variation of co two in the atmosphere and that's mainly because When the summer and spring bring time comes the vegetation grows and it takes up a lot of the CO to co two levels drop and then when the leaves die off and things the vegetation dies it releases co two back into the atmosphere and that stayed pretty consistent about five parts per million? And it's like a little sine curve in the overall curve now up until the mid twentieth century everybody thought that the co two would be all absorbed by the Oceans Nations Munoz. We know that's not the case today. The oceans just can't handle it all and also it would be creating an acidified ocean out there which is happening as well. So the keeling curve is really dramatic. work that shows Halcion to is growing coming in the atmosphere And if you want to dive a little bit deeper into some of this you can also look at something called the hockey stick graph and that's more around. The the temperature rise in chose how the curve goes up accelerated commensurate with the CO two emissions. So a lot going on here with the keeling curve. It's fascinating science. It's interesting to go and look at do you little bit more research. I know that global warming thing is real We were down in the CAYMANS and I was really amazed at the water temperature at this time of year was still eighty five. Eighty six degrees. I May that may be normal but oh I think I was expecting something a little bit lower than that may be eighty one or eighty two so global warming. It's real and we got to address it take a on the night. September Twenty Fifth Nineteen Twenty Five A. US Navy submarine the fifty. One collided with a steamship. The city of Rome off a block island submarine sank sank in minutes and it settled in one hundred thirty. Two feet of water. Thirty three men died that night on submarine and only three survive the book by Commander Edward Ellsberg titled On the bottom tells the story of the salvage operation which he commanded he ended. It's an incredible story of our diving. History the things that they were doing in nineteen twenty five were pretty remarkable and their efforts to salvage that submarine or incredible commander Ellsberg describes in great detail. The dives the challenges the setbacks in the ultimate success in raising the fifty one it wasn't until July Fifth Nineteen Twenty six that they were able to raise that submarine. I cannot imagine what it was like. For those divers in four hardhats suits going down one hundred in thirty two feet walking onto the submarine and then into the submarine to secure and make it available. to be salvaged also the incredible amount of work. They had to do to rig up the submarine with the pontoons necessary to bring it from that depth. Not Going to retell that story but thought I'd focus on some of the outcomes in the innovations that that came out of that one of the things that they realized back then was that they did not have enough qualified divers in the Navy to be able to conduct these types of operations so they focused on some of the schooling and training another thing. That was key in this. Time was underwater lighting and they talk about the problems that they had but Then the divers were able to make a lot of suggestions suggestions to Westinghouse and Westinghouse came up Westinghouse lab came up with the Lamps that were necessary to be able to to do the work that did they had to do with that depth. Another thing that they realized in the first attempts to salvage was that they were going to need a better torches to conduct The the cutting and work that they needed to do down on the The wreck of the submarine and they came up with the Ellsberg. Cutting torch another thing that they had to devise was a nozzle to blow out all of the Mud and debris so that they could put the lifting change under the The submarine and attached to the platoon. So they came up actually. There was a machinist mate named Waldron. Who came up with a special nozzle net nausea then became the Falcon nozzle for the named after the ship? That was Doing the rescue operations and sometimes it's also called the Ellsberg jetting nozzle another thing That they came up with where the the pontoons the stabilising pontoons that were the need for deep sea salvage so a lot of ingenuity and innovation. That had come out of trying to raise the s fifty one now. Now as a result of that Ellsberg had made a lot of recommendations that did not get implemented by the navy and specifically wanted wanted to put some lifting is on the exterior of the submarine and then Put Bob have more pontoons and get more divers in the navy well as tragedy would have it. There was another submarine accident. A few years later the s four submarine and it's settled in one hundred and two feet in one of the divers was also who went down on the s four was one of the divers who would Part of the The salvage operations for fifty one and his name. Was Tom. Eighty and when Tom got due to the record the s four he heard that there were still people alive inside and and he really could do nothing about that In the s four was kind of the impetus for some of the work that we described earlier podcasts by commander under Mumford On the deep submarine rescue now. There was a lot of folks involved in this. The A lot of the divers were awarded navy. He Crosses And went onto to more Diving careers in fact Tom Ed wrote a book called. I like diving and Trying to get a hold of that and see what that's all about but again As part of our diving history. I thought it'd be good to talk a little bit about this s fifty one salvage operation. If you get a chance Get the book called on the bottom by Commander Edward Ellsberg. You won't be disappointed. Be A I hope you enjoyed episode eighteen scuba shack radio. Appreciate you listening. And I'll be back again in a couple of weeks. And we'll have our post Dima recap we'll talk a little bit about what we saw down in Orlando things that are going on down there. We'll we'll probably talk a little bit more about sustainability and conservation and next time we'll have another installment of your next dive so I hope to talk to you. Then enjoy the next couple of weeks by a scuba shack. Radio is a biweekly podcast in support of more mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability inexperienced venture underwater in pursuit of their aspirations into advocate for ocean. Health and sustainability. Talk to you next time Yeah.
27. What is SAC rate, the state of solar power in the US and Voit an early scuba equipment manufacturer
"Welcome to scuba shock radio. Episode twenty-seven recorded Sunday marched. I Two thousand and Twenty Scuba Shack. Radio is a biweekly podcast. In support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability experienced to venture underwater in pursuit of their aspirations and to advocate for ocean health and sustainability. Hi Everyone and thanks for listening. Scuba Shack radio. I'm your host Jeff Singer piano. Hope you all had a great leap day yesterday and took advantage of the extra day this year. We certainly did Montana conducted a really great patty emergency oxygen provider class the dialogue and discussion was really engaging and all of us felt a lot better and more confident in being able to administer this critical element of first aid if it's ever needed knowing what in how to respond is comforting. We definitely want to continue to offer this training more regularly also with the calendar turning to March. I think will officially going to call this season two of Scuba Shack radio. I think every March I or the first episode of every March will be the new season since I started it last March. We'll be taking the show on the road next week to the Boston. Sea Rover Sixty Sixth annual clinic and hope to have a lot to report back on from that event for now. We're going to touch on a couple of things today. We're GONNA talk a little bit about Sacree. The state of solar power in the United States. And we're going to look back at our history of scuba a little bit with some of our equipment manufacturers from the past and that company being void. So let's get on with the show Do you know your sacree. Do you know what Sacree is no scuba? It's not the amount of time you spend sleeping it your surface air consumption rate and do you think it's important to understand advanced you diving. You Bet it is. It is important element in planning your dive and with air integrated computers being able to monitor. Your sacree helps you to execute your dive. More efficiently not going to go through all the specifics of the calculation. I can provide those in subsequent blog posts on Scuba Shack radio DOT COM on the facebook page. But I'd rather talk a little more. Generally about your surface air consumption rate in how you calculate it. Here's a quick example that you can use to figure out your sack wait. Let's say you did a dive with an average depth of thirty three feet so we know in sea water. That's equivalent to atmospheres. Absolute and that dive lasted for thirty minutes. So we had thirty three foot dive for thirty minutes and doing that dive. You used one thousand eight hundred PSI. That means that you would have been drawing sixty PSI per minute from your tank at two atmospheres absolute now to get your sack rate. All you need to do is divide that sixty PSI per minute by two because you were at two atmospheres and that results in a sack rate per surface air consumption rate of thirty PSI now. What can you do with this? You can really now figure out. Your gas needs for subsequent dives. There's a whole lot more to this and I'm not gonNA again go into a great deal of detail on it and near as a Dan article. It's a really great tutorial on Sacree but think about it. Let's say you know that that sack rate is thirty. Psi At the surface. And you're now going to go on Iraq in that rack is at sixty six feet. That's three atmospheres absolute. So guess what you're going to be taking ninety PSI per minute from the tank so you can plan accordingly for your reserves. You can now plan on if you have an aluminum. Eighty with three thousand PSI at the start of the dive. You're going to be able to plan how much time you can spend on that rack and still have the amount of reserve that you need to get you and your body to the surface safely now are advanced open water class. We have. Our students calculate their sack rate for all five dives and see how they are progressing. Most of the time we see significant improvements except for that last dive where we have them working with a lift bag actually after the third dive our fourth dive of of the advanced open water classes are deep dive to were able to start having them think about how much time they possibly do to on a ninety foot dive now with Aaron grade computers. You can track your sack rate real time. I know for me when I'm trying to position myself for an underwater shot. I MAY GLANCE DOWN AT MY COMPUTER. And look at my sack rate. And Go WHOA. It's really time to slow down as I start to read starts to go way up now. There's another element to consider if you're going to be diving tanks of different sizes or indoor operating pressures and that's called respiratory minute volume or are in the now. We also expose our advanced students to this as well. We tell our divers that it takes about ten dives to really start to zero in on your sack rate and you should really try to calculated as often as you can with streamlining and improved buoyancy and propulsion. You be sure to improve your surface air consumption rate in episode twenty four. I talked about the state of Wind. Power in the United States. Now I want to shift my focus to the state of solar power in the United States like the wind power industry the solar power industry also has an association and it is known as the Solar Energy Industry Association or S. E. Ira and their tagline is building a strong solar industry to power MIRKA. So where do we stand? Blake the W. E. A. or the Wind Power Association. They also have a state by state map on their website and their data is current through q three of two thousand and nineteen and according to the site total solar capacity nationwide is seventy one point. Three GIGAWATTS were seventy one thousand. Three hundred megawatts now. That's not quite as high as wind energy and I did see an article the other day in one of the the news feeds. I subscribe to that wind. Energy is one of the most or is the the biggest Renewable Energy source right now in the world and that surprised me a little bit. I thought solar would be a little bit higher. They also indicated that there are two million two hundred fifty eight thousand solar energy systems installed across the nation and it looks like California is leading the way with twenty six point two megawatts and one million installations. So where did our state of Connecticut's stack up? Well we're not too bad. We're at six hundred forty one megawatts with forty thousand installations and. That's a whole lot better than our measly five megawatts of wind power. I think that the idea with the solar energy is that there are a lot smaller Installations Lake the rooftop energy solutions. That are out there around For homeowners now according to an article on their website and there's several articles out there and they're written by Abigail Ross hopper who is the president and CEO of of Sei and Abigail. Before joining. Us. He I was the director of the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Engineering Management. And before that the director of the Maryland Energy Administration so strong background in in the Renewables and according to that article on their website. That's seventy one point. Three gigawatts would power thirteen point. Five million homes now sadly solar energy only accounts for about two point four percent of the electricity in the United States. Now I see. Ya wants to make the twenty twenties or two thousand twenty the solar plus decade. And that's to look towards having a goal of taking solar energy from that small two point four percent to around twenty percent of all electric generated by the end of the decade. Well we only have one hundred. Eighteen months left now. Wanted to things that Abigail talked about is how fragging has transformed the energy sector in the two thousand ten's and really disrupted the energy markets. One thing it did do was it did. Osher in an unprecedented closure of coal plants. So I guess that can't be too bad now one of the things. Also that was pointed out in these articles are that tariffs are causing some slower growth in the solar power industry. The opening is there for the expansion of renewables and in particular for Solar Energy. Storage solutions are going to be critical in the expansion. There's a great deal of information and material on the Sei a website. You can go out there. Poke around and learn more enlist really hope that The Sea as goal of the twenty twenties being the solar plus decade is met and we can all breathe a little bit easier and a today's final segment. I WANNA take a look back at a part of our scuba diving history and that part of our history is on the early manufacturers in one in particular named voight now. I was inspired to do this. Based on the last episode see on Debt I reviewed called the Aqua Net and while the nets were on the deck of the Coast Guard cutter in their rigs. You could clearly make out devoid name on the first stage of their regulator. So That's interesting. Void certainly doesn't make scuba equipment today so I thought I'd take a look back at their past. Voy is a company that started in California in one thousand nine hundred twenty two as tire retread company and because the owner. William voight was an avid sportsman. He went into making athletic equipment and particularly patenting. An all rubber inflatable ball and voice still manufacturers athletic equipment for The balls today now as a sporting goods company William voight junior moved them into developing professional dive equipment and actually Voi- was one of the first five companies in the United States to make and distribute scuba equipment and those companies were US divers decor health ways. Swim master in void. So are any of them around today. Now actually voight bought swim master. In the early nineteen sixties and swim master was originally called the Spear Fishermen Company That started in nineteen fifty five now. Voie was a manufacturer of all the types of scuba equipment including masks tanks fins regulators and scooters and they had a long history with Hollywood and they supplied equipment for the nineteen fifty five movie underwater. They provided all the gear for sea hunt. They also provided gear for voyage to the bottom of the sea both the movie and the TV series and not to be outdone. They also provided equipment for the James Bond. Movie Thunderball so today. I thought I'd focus a little bit on their regulators and I found a lot of great information on a website called vintage double hose dot com. So I thought I talk a little bit about some of the the regulators that they made so from one thousand nine hundred fifty six to fifty nine they had something called the VR one sportsmen and it was essentially the same as the US divers Mistral regulator they also had from nineteen fifty six to nineteen fifty eight something called the VR to Mariner and that was very similar to the US diver navy type DA regulator from nineteen fifty nine to one thousand nine hundred sixty one they had the VR C two fifty fathoms regulator and there was no US diver equivalent in one thousand nine hundred sixty one. We start to see the AF LOGO. Voight was sold to a company called a. m. f. and that shows up on their VCR. Five Blue Fathom fifty regulator now from sixty two to sixty three they had the V twenty two polaris fifty fathom and that was again the same as the US diver Mistral and then in sixty two. They had the V. Fifty five blue fifty fathom regulator and then in sixty two to sixty four. They had the V. Sixty six navy regulator which was equivalent to the US diver. Da Aqua Master. Now in sixty six to seventy. That's kind of the last of their double hose. Regulators they had the R. Twenty Two and the are twenty two j and the are twenty. Two J was one that had to three hundred PSI reserve capability built into it and that was also a two stage balanced regulator. And you can see on that one that it said voight swim master now. There was also another site that poked around on Www DOT CG dash forty five dot com slash regulators slash void and. We saw an air on that website. That in nineteen seventy two. They had a single hose regulator that they introduced and in nineteen eighty three. It looks like they stopped making regulators altogether in couple of other interesting things. I found on that website with some of the prices for regulators so for example in one thousand nine hundred sixty to the void conquerors sold for sixty dollars in nineteen sixty five devoid avalon. So for thirty seven dollars and fifty cents and in one thousand nine hundred seventy the voight dolphin to which was used in. The movie thunderball sold for eighty five dollars. So I thought it'd be a lawyer interesting to go through some of this real quick to see how voight played a part of our scuba history and whenever we review An episode of Seahawk for seeing it still alive we can be sure that Mike Nelson and all the divers are using voight equipment. Another part of our scuba diving history base. Hope you enjoyed episode twenty seven Scuba Shack Radio in that. You'll continue to listen as we move into season. Two of the PODCAST. It's been a lot of fun as always you can subscribe to our podcast on your favorite podcast APP. Please do that. And if you can give us a rating out there that would be greatly appreciated. Also if you have any feedback or comments on the show you can always get them to his through our website or through our facebook page. It's out there for you to take a look at keep. Keep out there for some great posts on some subsequent information about the podcast and the topics we cover here. We'll be off to sea rovers next week Boston Sea Rovers and we hope to have a report back out on that in a couple of weeks. So we'll talk to you then bye scuba shack. Radio is a biweekly podcast in support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability inexperienced venture underwater in pursuit of their aspirations and to advocate for ocean health and sustainability. Talk to you next time.
Episode 15 9-22-19
"Welcome to Scuba Shack Radio Episode Fifteen recorded Sunday September twenty second two thousand in nineteen Scuba Shack radio is a biweekly podcast in support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability experienced to venture underwater in pursuit shoot their aspirations and advocate for ocean health and sustainability Hi Everyone and thanks for listening to Scuba Shack Radio. I'm your host was Jephson's European. All today is the last day of summer. Two Thousand Nineteen and boys have been a really busy time for us and he didn't get any ls busy this week. We had emergency first response class this week. Oh we're doing a rescue class this weekend. There's an open water class also going on this weekend. Yesterday we did nighthawks class and earlier this week. MONTY and I were up at the Boston Sea Rovers meeting for the month of September getting ready for the clinic in March twenty twenty so stolen going on up here will be diving next weekend up at Jamestown Rhode Island to finish up some certifications and then it's off to the to the Caribbean and Dima and maybe out to the Philippines as well I WANNA start off today by talking about a piece of dive gear or something that I consider a piece of dive gear that is often neglected by a lot the divers and that is their logbook. Now we teach our divers from the first day of open water class that they should religiously maintain their dive log and it's important because it is a record of your diving and it shows you what your adventures have been also is packed with a lot of information that you indeed in the future. So how many times have you overheard the question being asked by a dive master of for customer. How much weight do so you need and it's often amazing. How people are really not cognizant of how much weight they wore the last time they dove or when they dove in similar conditions. It's very easy to consult your log book. If you've maintained it to be able to figure that out it's packed with so much information. It's like the diary of diving adventures and you can write down a lot of different things your observations weather conditions exposure protection uniqueness of the dive and that sort the stuff so really keep your logbook updated what I thought I'd do. I thought I'd go back into my logbook and talk. A little bit or talk about a couple of dives is that I did that. Show how things change from time to time so I'm GONNA take you back to two thousand and seven this was dive one hundred sixty nine and it was on October Tober twenty fifth two thousand and seven and it was the Antipolo wreck in Aruba. Now we got in at three twenty in the afternoon and we were out of the water at four zero seven in the afternoon forty seven minute bottom time at a depth of fifty feet. I started with two twenty nine hundred PSI and ended the dive at eleven eleven hundred Ila salt water from a boat with a three millimeter wetsuit suits with boots surface temperature was eighty five degrees with the bottom temperature uh-huh of eighty two I had visibility in the fifty to sixty foot range and here are my comments from dive got onto the one tank afternoon in dive as we were blown out at his dive. Yesterday it was a good call to do the dive best wreck dive yet impressive four hundred foot world war two era German freighter big lots of fish life several eels hiding out the ship lies on its side and the split in half at the ship's bow section is great to swim mm along on the backside. The magnitude of the ship is like a high wall excellent dive something that needs to be done several more times what well we didn't get to do it several more times but we were very fortunate enough to get back to. Aruba a couple of years later almost two years to the date and here's my died from October twenty first two thousand nine and it was dived two hundred sixty two until a Aruba this time we got in at nine fifty four. AM and we're out of the water ten forty forty six minute dive at a depth of fifty three feet are started with three thousand PSI and ended the dive live with nine hundred. I didn't wear any weight. I had a three millimeter wetsuit with boots. A saltwater die from a boat air temperature was eighty six degrees with the bottom autumn temperature of eighty to eighty plus foot visibility and here are my comments are second time on the German freighter and Tila wreck in nineteen forties forties lots of damage from Hurricane Omar last October still an impressive wreck very long over four hundred feet lots of fish life. They let us go win early and we had a nice leisurely dive around the wreck lots of divers on the site at the end of the dive. The boat was the Passo bond with Captain Norman Norman and dive master Sierra and you bet so you can see it's really nice to go back and see how things change from one year to the next on on your dives edge and write down your comments and it's really interesting to relive those dives so be a good diver and don't neglect this important piece of gear your log book scuba divers. We get to experience a lot of great things underwater and one of those experiences is being able to observe Sea Turtles Sea turtles just light up a dive site. When we come across one we can find all of our photographers rushing in to try and get pictures of of the turtle in its natural habitat but like everything in the ocean sea turtles are also under threat near are a lot of organizations out there ear to try and help protect sea turtles? One of those is the sea turtle conservancy and you can find them at conserve turtles dot org work now it is the oldest see total organization in existence and it started in one thousand nine hundred fifty nine. Actually it was started in response announced to a book that was written by Dr Archie Carr renowned ecologist in one thousand nine fifty six and that book was called the Windward Road road and it's been an alert to people way back in one thousand nine hundred fifty six about the plate of sea turtles. Now they started out as the conservancy we started out as an organization called the Brotherhood of the Green Turtle which then morphed into the sea turtle conservancy. You can also find mind the book they are. They re released and if you WANNA get a copy of it you can order it from the sea turtle conservancy now. It's a great website. It's filled with so much information. You can look all the different types of turtles will give you size weight diets habitat nesting range threats population size and you can even download a fact sheet on all the different sea turtles it also has talks about the threats to sea turtles and one of those threats. That's out there. Air is artificial lighting. I was particularly interested in because there was a segment on planet Earth to that was filmed in Barbados that showed the effects of the lighting artificial lighting on the sea turtles in their nesting sites and the the hatchlings trying to get down onto the ocean. What happens is it's also artificial lighting also discourages nesting from the female so they they won't go in and actually laid depositary eggs in their normal nesting sites but the hatch hatchlings have this innate instinct that leads them in the brightest direction and that really should be the moon reflecting off the water and the artificial lighting doesn't just effect one species affects all the species of sea turtles so turn off the lights during turtle nesting season and there are a lot of different things that they talk about in the website turn off for US special fixtures that should shield the lighting reading using low pressure Sodium Vapor or L. P. S. lights there are also a turtle safe lights the Red Lights that emit very very narrow portions of the visible light spectrum Tint Your Windows or closure curtains now they do a lot of work in Florida on the artificial lighting because ninety percent of all sea turtles nesting in the US are in Florida and the Circle Sea Turtle Conservancy Ervin see worked with one hundred sixty one properties of over twenty one miles of beach to Kinda darken them and here's an example of just what one year can can do and they they did a measurement in nineteen ninety nine and then again in two thousand and it resulted in about a six percent reduction reduction in in turtles moving the wrong way and that's that's just in one one year so since two thousand and ten the sea turtle conservancy. Has It was retrofitted more than two hundred properties and darkened over twenty miles of of beach. There are three rules that they they talk about. Keep it low. That's low height logo wattage. Keep it shielded or direct all the light towards the ground and not towards is the the dunes and keep it long. US long wavelengths of yellow amber or red so artificial lighting is a problem for sea turtles who knew if you look on the the planet or to website you you will see a little segment that they did on how they're trying trying to rescue those sea turtles that go in in the wrong direction but again the sea turtle conservancy website you'll get some great before and after pictures years of what they've done with their work and you should check it out sea turtle conservancy some really great diving involves diving from a boat unfortunately for some people vote diving is a challenge and it's a the challenge because of motion sickness. I'm very fortunate to not be someone who is prone to seasickness but it's a very real problem for a lot of people so I thought I'd take this last segment today and talk a little bit more about motion sickness so I looked on the Dan website near were several grade articles out there that talked about motion sickness particularly. There's an article from March April nineteen ninety five edition and by Dr Gigante May Bain who was the Dan Associate medical director at the time and the article talks talks about the causes of motion sickness and they believe that it's the brain's inability to resolve conflicting signals from our ears are is in our body audie but that's just theory they really don't know what what actually completely causes motion sickness and what causes it for some people while others. There's like myself are not prone to sea sickness so while they don't really fully understand it. They really don't know how to prevent it. In all people now the article talks about certain medications that are out there that people can use and what they suggest is that you try any medication in several days before diving and particularly to determine your response and if there are any side effects they talk about the most common common types of medication are antihistamines and you'll you'll hear him by their brand name and then what's included in them so dramamine one on and that's a diamond hydrate. Bonino has Mecklai Zine and Benadryl which is a defense hydrazine and Marsin which is cyclist cyclist Jean so those are different types of medications that you can try to alleviate seasickness and it works for some people and for others don't now there's also something called the Trans derm scope or scopolamine patch. it's a little band aid type of patch that people people where beat behind her ear but it also has some side effects including you know dry mouth in from the dry air are that we're we're breathing from our scuba tanks. There are also some other side effects for certain people that are pretty serious out there hallucinations nations confusion disorientating so the the Trans term scope is something you want to be careful with there was also up dated article in two thousand and three by Dan Medical Information Specialists Dan Kincaid and it was an update to the motion sickness article article and it talked a little bit more about ginger being a remedy ginger by taking one gram of ginger or early or and then eating eating ginger snaps or drinking Ginger Ale. He also talked about the relief bands which is a non invasive stimulus of uh on the underside of the wrist. It's battery powered and it stimulates the P six acupuncture region on your wrist. There are also something called C. Bans which are a non stimulating type of band here also talks about a remedy called motion ease which is natural royal's that you apply to your ear lobe if you're interested in a lot more information about the Trans derm scope patched article also on the Damn Damn website by Dr Edward Thalmann. He's a retired Navy captain who's the medical officer at the Navy experimental diving unit and he talks a lot about how well the transdermal patch worked for him and how it worked for navy divers so fortunately some people if you're not prone onto seasickness count your blessings and if you are take a look at some of these remedies and maybe you'll find the one that works best for you. That's a wrap one episode fifteen of scoop shake radio and it's also a rap on summer. Two Thousand Nineteen Hope you enjoyed your summer and hope he got in a lot of great diving as always resort appreciate any feedback or comments you might have to pass along along with any shows suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Talk to you again. In a couple of weeks and thanks again for listening to Scuba Shack radio a scuba shack radio isn't biweekly podcast and supportive our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability inexperienced venture underwater in in pursuit of their aspirated than to advocate for Ocean Health and sustainability talk to you next time
Shake Shack Serves up its Loan
"The Nexus program where we take the sentiment smarter on the Tech Business Politics. I'm Deborah back a today show. Why dropbox paid people to hack zoom in Silicon Valley tracks? Covert nine thousand nine but first shake shack serves up. Its loan okay. So let's start this with a confession. I have never eaten at shake shack. Not Intentionally. But it's kind of remarkable. Given how ubiquitous the burger chain has become with nearly one hundred ninety locations inside the US including one. Not Too far from where I live anyway. That ubiquitous nece size is one reason. Why many social media commenters got up in arms last week when it was revealed shake shack received ten million dollars through the paycheck protection program or which was the part of the federal stimulus designed to provide loans to small businesses? So they could keep employees on payroll and pay things like utilities and rent not only to shake shack not feel like a small business but plenty of legit mom and pop shops got shut out when the initial three hundred fifty billion dollars ran out in the middle of last week now to be clear. There are no allegations of fraud. Here shake shack legitimately qualified for PC loan thanks to an exemption written in there for big restaurant and hotel chains but some argue. It violated the spirit of the law. What's new is that on. Friday shake shack managed to secure one hundred fifty million dollars in new capital. The alternative means and this morning announced. It's giving back it's PPO loan all ten million dollars a decision that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin praised via twitter. So let's dig into that. Give decision with shake shack founder and Chairman. Danny Meyer who's also. Ceo of a separate restaurant group called Union Square hospitality. So Danny can you start with the reason that shake shack applied for the PC loan in the first place. What was the idea of what that ten million dollars was going to allow you guys to do was the same thing for shake shack would be any restaurant whether it's a mom and pop bakery or a fancy restaurant or a chain or whatever which is try to keep as many people employed for as long as possible if there's viruses taught us anyone it's the there's no restaurant in the country that is not unsinkable of back that we all had to close immediately because the very thing we do bringing people together as the very thing that is most dangerous thing you can do has brought everyone to their knees and so when the government issued the care package with key? P P plan it was a good thing and the right thing to do was to apply for the challenge came last week when it was made clear that the government had run out of money and so many really really small businesses that were not even getting their applications accepted? It just didn't feel like the right thing ultimately once we learn that to keep the money and so we made a top choice but the right choice to return it. You think you guys had an advantage getting your pc loan because you are large organizations Scott Finance functions and CFO's a lot of people who could get the paperwork together really fast plus kind of big existing relationships with banks as opposed to say a mom and pop or small restaurants or who might not have all that back office. There's absolutely no question in one of the things that you know when I co wrote with Randy. Rudy is the CEO Shake Shack. We wrote a piece last night which we set out on Lincoln and twitter. We made that case and we said look. The notion of getting restaurants back on their feet is crucial to the entire economy in this country. And it's not trying to pit one restaurant against another one size against another but it's very very clear that in order for the P P P plan to work not only does it need to have much more funding. But you can't make it impossible for a restaurant just because they don't have a pre existing relationship with a bank. You can't make it impossible for them to get in line. And so one of our suggestions for the next round of funding is that the government if they're going to be using banks to do the funding which is great is to assign a local bank for every business that is eligible so they don't have to climb mountains just to even get in line. I mean imagine if you were trying to get a driver's license but the only way you could get line was driving car to the DMV but you're not allowed to drive a car yet because you don't have your license that's kind of what this was like for people. You obviously have two different companies shake shack in Union Square Union Square. Which is much more kind of sit down higher and restaurants for the most part. Can you give us a sense on the shake shack side? What is meant for business in terms of kind of fall off of traffic? Obviously I could still go get a burger and fries and a bag but what does this actually meant? It's hurt shake shack business just as much as anyone else shake shack on. The other hand has a team of people who have been willing to keep almost all the restaurants open because they shifted to a fulltime model of curbside pickup and or delivery or actually having a burger shipped on goal belly to people across the country so shake shack has been able to retain some of its revenue sources but operating is still a loss right now and so you know I think one of the things. People don't understand about restaurants is that you need. The margins are thin enough. You need to be pretty much operating capacity relative your fixed costs and so I think getting back to your first question. I think shake shack. Absolutely did the right thing to apply for the loan but when it was clear that this program was not funded adequately and the other businesses that didn't have access to banking and capital markets. Were being shut out that it was absolutely the right choice to return those lines and I'm really proud of the team. For arriving at that conclusion there was two parts of the cares after that involve loans to businesses there was the PCP and then there was this kind of middle market. They call the middle market lending program which hasn't been completely defined but that was for companies with more than five hundred employees. And obviously as I said in the intro which you weren't done for you you guys applied for in part because there was an explicit carve out for large restaurant chains and large hotel chain p. Why they'll go for that. As opposed to go for one of these bigger loans for larger companies you guys theoretically could have applied for that. Too correct yeah. I can't really answer that question because I don't know enough about the main street fed loan program and I think that has been so much confusion. These acts are literally being written in real time and digested in real time restaurant companies. And I think that the P P P Cram was released. If I'm not mistaken sooner than the main street low ram and so that's what shake shack applied for. It was explicit in the program that you should apply as a restaurant if you have fewer than five hundred employees per location. Which of course is just about every restaurant in America. I don't think I've ever been to a restaurant with five hundred employees per location. I wonder the decision you guys may today to give back the loan. Do you believe that's going to put pressure on other large restaurant chains that have been mentioned in the same breath shake shack over the past week to do the same? Your status is that we've had most of our loans but not all of our loans approved. We need them. And we don't have the means to go capital markets and sell off a portion of our company in order to raise money and with respect to private equity. It's true that we have private equity investors. You're are minority investors in the company. Our employees need this help. We've laid off two thousand people we've closed all of our restaurants. We had no revenue this point at Union Square hospitality. And we're doing everything we possibly can to get to the other side of. This can get our places back open so that we can rehire people. And that's what the P plan was established for. Danny Meyer shake shack. Thank you so much for joining us. Thank you my final. Two right after this axiom. Chief Technology correspondent Dana Free shares breaking news and analysis on the most consequential companies players intact from the valley to DC subscribed to get smarter faster at sign up. Dot AXIOS DOT COM. And now back to the podcast now for my final two and his dropbox which in two thousand eighteen began quietly offering rewards to hackers to find vulnerabilities in the code of video conferencing giant Zoom. That's according to the New York Times. Which has dropbox was worried? That the security holes could compromise drop boxes own corporate security given its internal reliance on zoom. Why it matters is that while zoom security issues didn't become well known until after became America's Newsy Tilleke. They aren't actually knew like finally facebook. Ceo Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram co-founders. Kevin System and Mike. Krieger aren't exactly pals anymore but they do seem to share an interest in tracking corona virus. Sucker burks facebook today unveiled county by county maps of people with covert nineteen symptoms and plans to update them daily. It also hopes to expand globally would serve as the wash later this week. The idea is to create a tool for public. Health officials and government officials the better make decisions on how to reopen schools and businesses plus how to allocate scarce medical and testing supplies the Instagram co-founders meanwhile launched called rt dot. Live which is a tracker of how fast the virus is spreading in each state like what facebook is doing. This data could help inform government decisions. It sounds kind of like these. Two groups should consider a merger again and were done vic. Thanks for listening. It's my producers. Tim Show Ami Shaven have a great Patriots Day for those of you in Massachusetts and a great upside down cake day for everyone else. We'll be back tomorrow with another pro podcast.
39. Fen Johnson Part 3 FENJOHN Company and the equipment he offered plus a discussion on World Ocean Observatory
"Welcome to Scuba Shack Radio Episode Thirty Nine recorded Thursday August thirteenth two thousand and twenty. Scuba Shack radio is a biweekly podcast support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability experienced venture underwater in pursuit of their aspirations and to advocate for ocean health and sustainability. Hi again everyone and thanks for tuning into. Scuba Shack radio. I'm your host Jeff Center appeal. While I'm coming to you a few days early with this episode because we'll be diving. This weekend as I mentioned in the last show will be a Dutch brings conducting, advanced open watercourse, and getting some much needed time in the water. We're really looking forward to the trip. Today. I will be finishing up my three part series on Er Finnemore Johnson and talk about the scuba equipment. Company. He owned called Fen John. And then I'll talk a little bit about a unique organization with the mission of protecting the ocean called world. Ocean Observatory. So here we go. E. R Johnson had a long in an illustrious career underwater photography and also with the world of scuba diving. You may recall from the first two segments in this series fence started shallow water diving, using a Miller and done helmet I to untangle his yachts propeller and then to embark in underwater photography. After retiring at age twenty, eight from the victor. Talking, Machine Company accompanied at his father founded he started the Mechanical Improvements Company and that company designed and manufactured underwater cameras and photography equipment. In World War Two Johnson served in the navy and used his expertise in underwater photography. After World War Two. Lieutenant Commander Fend Johnson remained in the naval reserves and was instrumental in working with and documenting operations of the navy's underwater demolition, team. The visual evidence of the things the divers did with the underwater submarine underway probably Save the U. D. T. as a viable force of the future. But then Johnson wasn't done with underwater photography yet. I guess he was also bitten by the scuba diving bug like many of us. So he starts a company and calls it John. In Fan, John is a company that focuses on underwater photography equipment as well as a wide array of scuba equipment. Fan. John was based out of Ardmore Pennsylvania. Interestingly I grew up not very far from more in a little town called Phoenix film in the nineteen fifties and sixties. It's really a small world just twenty miles away. The address offend John Was Ninety Cricket Avenue Ardmore Pennsylvania so just for fun I went to Google, maps to see what it looked like today. It's a nondescript brick building with a lawyer's office in it. I wonder what would make of it today? In an undated catalog from Fan John. Deere is a picture of the company and the building looks pretty much the same way did today. It's a little bit of a mystery as to exactly when Fan Johnson started fan. John. In all the material should Mac and provided from the earliest date materials nine, thousand, nine, hundred, fifty, four. I also did some research on the Pennsylvania business entity site and the record show that Fen John Company Inc was established in nineteen, fifty seven and dissolved in one, thousand, nine, hundred, fifty, nine. Not. Sure. Exactly. How accurate all that is, but there were two entries for fend. John. So little bit of a mystery there the nineteen fifty four catalogue is titled Fen John Underwater Photo and equipment company plus a nine hundred and fifty four advertisement in the May nineteen fifty four diver magazine also caused the company Fan John Underwater Photo and Equipment Company and the advertisement states that John is the largest and oldest underwater camera manufacturer in the world. That's a pretty bold statement. So I'm guessing, offend just kept evolving his original company the Mechanical Improvements Corporation into e R. Johnson laboratories and then into fend. John. That's just speculation on my part. So, what was John Offering in one, thousand, nine, hundred, fifty, four. Well the first item in the catalog is defend John Bantam Sixteen millimeter underwater motion picture camera. It claims to have been successfully used by two navies and states that it's the first camera that an amateur can use. Equipped with a bell how sixteen millimeter motion. Picture camera that holds fifty feet of film. and. It's weighing in at twenty one pounds in air for the hefty price of one, thousand, nine, hundred and ninety dollars. So I was curious. What would that be in two thousand and twenty dollars? So I went to the Internet and according to a website called dollar times one, thousand, nine, hundred and ninety dollars in one, thousand, nine, hundred, fifty four would equate to nineteen thousand and ten dollars today. That's an expensive camera. The nineteen fifty four John Catalog also had a still camera and that was just going into production at the time. It also had an underwater exposure meter and underwater Tripod. And a housing for the camera that Hans Haas used for his Red Sea trip. As, for dive gear, he has the Aqualung for hundred and sixty dollars. A diving US pressure gauges, fins, and masks. Fan is also distributing Pirelli and bell. Aqua dive suits and even has a compressor in the cattle on. The catalog is just sixteen pages long. By thousand, nine, hundred, fifty, six, defend John Catalog while it's still being looked, it's still at sixteen pages is packed with a lot more equipment and it has part numbers now on all the equipment. The cover shows a diver. After of woman underwater, she's not diving. She just sitting in the sand smiling. And a credit the photo having been taken in Florida's silver springs. The featured items are the fend John Gog. Ler His underwater still camera. It looks like he perfected the nineteen fifty, four camera. The cast aluminum housing the camera could be opened and closed in five seconds and could hold up to fifty pictures. The price remained the same at six, hundred, seventy, five dollars. The Bantam was also featured, but it wasn't called the Bantam in this catalogue, but the description and the price were exactly the same. Another new item that Fen Johnson was offering was defend John Universal housing. It claimed that it would accommodate any thirty five millimeter camera for a cost of sixty five dollars. But it would not be ready until March. John is also distributing a whole bunch of other housings and has a wide array of accessories for underwater photography. When you look at the diving equipment, his featuring the Scott Hydro pack for two hundred and fifty dollars. But now is offering six different aqualung setups from thirty eight cubic foot tanks two doubles. Fan. John also carries three North Hill setups and to diverg configurations. There are spear guns, more diving suits, morphines, masks, snorkels, including the Medusa Double Snorkel, three compressors, and so much more. You could see growth over two years. Oh and he states prices in this catalogue in cloud delivery anywhere in the USA. Fen John Prime except you don't have to pay ninety nine dollars. The last catalog that's shared with me is undated, and by this time, the company is simply known as John Company and a catalog is titled Underwater Equipment. In the forward fen rights. On the following pages, there is displayed what we consider some of the most efficient and reliable all caps. Underwater equipment available. Much. You this catalogue is devoted to the family. Again, all caps who are interested in underwater sports. I'm guessing that the catalog is from between nineteen, sixty, one and sixty two because they are selling the health way scuba deluxe regulator and not came to market right about then. In addition to the health way regulators fend John is also carrying the voice fifty fathom a navy regulators. He's also carrying the sports way waterlogging, Navy unit, dual air, and master diver regulators. He also lists something called the seamless shark three and two. I actually think that might be a Typo because my research found that seamless rubber company in Connecticut produced the Nimrods snark three and two. In addition to the wide array of Finns masks, snorkels, knives, tanks, wetsuits, and spear guns. Fen John is selling a whole variety of books on diving and believe it or not a treasure map. The catalog no longer carries compressors. Interestingly a letter at the end. A catalog states that Fan John's own products are not listed. But he does indicate that you can still buy the sixteen millimeter motion picture camera for two thousand dollars or the universal housing for eighty five dollars direct. The letter indicates that you could rent and finally fence states. If you visit defend John Store, you will not be pressed to buy. You'll be allowed to examine the extensive display at your leisure. Your questions will be answered by real divers. Thin John Company also had a pretty cool logo the F. and J. were placed together to form something like a shield. With. The F. Lonnie upper left side, and a j forming the point of the shield. In the center is a seahorse with a wavy line depicting the underwater world. I'm not exactly sure when Fan John Closed. My research didn't come up with definitive timeframe. Some stuff that I read indicated, he was still doing things in the nineteen seventies. Johnson died on. April Fifth Nineteen, eighty six. But I did discover was it on June twenty-fourth nineteen eighty, six, ninety crooked avenue in Ardmore. Pennsylvania. was sold to George F Johnson and Eldridge r Johnson the second his sons for one dollar. They subsequently sold the building a couple years later. So that concludes my three part series on an unsung hero diving history. I've learned a lot and hope that you found it interesting as well. Again I want to sincerely thank Sid mackin for the wealth of information he shared. And also thank Holly Joe Mangle along with Jennifer vests from the Drexel University. eldridge reeves fell more Johnson was a remarkable guy with a remarkable career in the underwater world. PODCASTS that I listen to is World Ocean radio. It's a weekly five minute audio essay by Peter Neil the director of the world, Ocean. Observatory so today I thought I'd share a little bit about the World Shen Observatory. It all started in one, thousand, nine, hundred, Ninety, eight when the former president of Portugal Mario Souris formed a commission called the The Independent. World Commission on the Ocean. That commission developed a report titled The Ocean Our Future. It's actually a book that you can purchase online. In this report, the commission proposed an Ocean Observatory and not observatory would serve as a focal point for bringing together relevant information from other sources both official unofficial, intergovernmental, governmental, and non-governmental interested institutions and serve as an interactive virtual observations site for all ocean related activities on the World Wide Web. The World Ocean Observatory is a realization of that recommendation. It started around two thousand three. I couldn't exactly nail it down but according to a note or two thousand, seventeen annual report says that twenty eighteen was their fifteenth year. The vision of the world. Ocean Observatory or as they like to call themselves w two Oh is to be the leading organization advocating for the health and sustainability of the ocean through an accessible worldwide network of communications. Well. That's almost identical to part of scuba shacks mission to advocate for Ocean Health and sustainability. We didn't lift it from them but kinds of shows that were like minded organizations. They fulfill this mission through education partnerships, information exchange public, connecting this and relentless communication. I took a look at their goals and strategies and found a couple of their strategies that really resonated with me. One is that they want to be science-based and human driven. and. Another one is to be non-litigious independent and a political. That's pretty powerful. Peter Neal is founder and director of the World Ocean. Observatory, and as I mentioned at the top, he hosts World Ocean radio and that started in two thousand ten and Peter is done more than five hundred and forty five episodes today. Peter has a unique resume and he lives in Downey Smain. W. Two oh is based out of Sedgwick Maine but I did read that they were thinking about or moving to Portland Maine in spring of twenty twenty. So I'm not sure if that really happened with the covert crisis or not. But we'll check that out. If you take a look at their website you'll find two main areas of information, ocean today and resources. There's an extensive section on ocean climate literacy and the culture of the ocean and much more. If you're into online magazines, you can also access World Ocean Journal which contains essays interviews are more. One of the more interesting things that World Ocean Observatory does is to sponsor. Lighthouse projects. These projects are initiatives being run by other either smaller organizations or individuals that document and renew local knowledge skills and values associated with the marine environment. there. is also a document under their annual reports section that is titled The Sea Connects All things twenty twenty. If you really want to get an overall feel for the organization. This document does it from World Ocean radio to World Ocean Forum to World Ocean Journal, you'll quickly see how they are living up to their mission. They also provide world ocean explorer, and that's an educational gaming experience that is free for use in the classroom or at home for ages ten and up. Now. In Two thousand and twenty, they are expanding their mission beyond advocacy through information and communication. They call this shift W to Dot O. where they indicate that they are compelled to invent innovative solutions and seek novel partnerships that will succeed in breaking conventional. Here's. They want to be disruptive for the good of the oceans. With over two point, five, million visits to their web site each year and eight hundred, sixty, five, thousand followers on facebook. You can say World Ocean Observatory a voice as part of the W. Two dot O. Initiative they are. Partnering with New England Ocean Cluster out of mean on an initiative they call transforming the blue comedy economy. To sum up this initiative, they hope to advance the trade of sustainable marine resources, renewable ocean energy, new C., products, maritime skills, and other activities that contribute to the future of the ocean. This is something I plan to track down here on Scuba, Shack Radio, and hopefully report back. Stay tuned. There are so many of us out here who are deeply concerned with the ocean, the climate in a direction that we are headed. With organizations like the World Ocean. Observatory the oceans have have a voice. Check Out W. Two. At World Ocean Observatory Dot Org. Well that does it for today I. Hope You enjoyed my three part series on Fan Johnson and founded as interesting as I did. I very much. Appreciate your listening to Scuba Shack Radio please let others know about the show. I'll continue to look for interesting topics about scuba diving, the history of our sport, and also what's happening with ocean health and sustainability until next time. Take care everyone. Scuba Shaq radio is a biweekly podcast in support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge of the Libyan experience to venture underwater in pursuit of their aspiration into advocate for ocean health and sustainability. Talk to you. Next. Time.
43. PADI Rescue Diver, Chasing Coral and Sea Hunt Its Still Alive goes Cave Diving
"Welcome to scuba Shack Radio episode 43 recorded Sunday, October 11th 2020. Scuba Shack Radio is a biweekly podcast you support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability and experience Adventure underwater in pursuit of their aspirations and to advocate for ocean health and sustainability. Hello everyone, and thanks for tuning into scuba Shack Radio. I'm your host Jefferson's Rapinoe as you can tell I'm back to my Sunday slot. This is the first weekend that we haven't been out diving since mid-august. It's been eight straight weekends have being out there. We're fortunate to be teaching and training while staying safe and Vigilant against the virus off and the weather up here in Connecticut has been absolutely incredible. Next weekend will be out again conducting our dive against debris specialty. Can't wait for that. Also this week. I got a nice note from Sid Mac and who is the former president of the historical diving society and the author of the behind the lens column in the Journal of diving history regarding my three parts segment on ER Fenimore Johnson should really help me out with a lot of the research and he appreciated what we were doing there one scuba Shack Radio too informed a little bit more about one of the unknown Pioneers in our diving history. On today's show. I'm going to recap our Patty rescue diver class. We're going to chase some coral and I'll bring you another installment of Sehun. It's still alive for Samsung gave diving maybe so here we go back. Last weekend we conducted the Patty rescue diver class. We had a spectacular weather weekend and a most rewarding evolution. We like to conduct this class later in the dive season as it allows for our divers to get all their prerequisites done before entering the rescue diver program. By this time of year, we've had several Advanced Open Water classes as well as other classes that prepare our divers for taking this important step in their diving education. Becoming a Patty rescue diver is a prerequisite for becoming a master diver the highest recreational level within Patty or the launching point for entering the professional ranks of Dive Master. Today, I want to talk a little bit in depth about my perspective on the rescue diver course. First off while the course is intense and demanding it is also a lot of fun for both the instructors and the students the dialogue interactions and camaraderie are extremely rewarding as we look to deliver this most recent rescue class. We needed to think about how best to do it during the current covid-19 environment. For knowledge development. We took advantage of the Patty electronic learning for rescue diver prior to the class. I reviewed the electronic learning. I wanted to make sure I understood what the students were getting the electronic learning is thorough and comprehensive when I asked our class what they thought about the electronic learning one of the students said it was the best electronic learning they've done with Patti. So we felt very comfortable with our students having a solid knowledge Foundation as we started the course. After the eLearning, we broke the class down into three components a virtual session to review key elements from the electronic learning an intense Deadpool session to run through the rescue exercises and the Open Water practical consisting of exercises and the required scenarios. For the virtual session. Our goal was to focus on elements that we weren't going to cover at the pool. We're at Open Water. We went a little deeper into diverse stress with various exam from our own diving experience. We also talked about the divers getting overheated or too cold, especially between Dives. Our goal was to reinforce some of the objects of the knowledge development and to answer specific questions and finish with the expectations and logistics for the rest of the course. We found that doing this with a virtual session via Zoom worked very well. The intense pool session covered a lot of ground starting with the self rescue techniques. We quickly moved into the rescue diver exercises. While we focused on individual rescue skill development. We started to introduce the class to the teamwork when confronted with a real emergency. The session was also intense for me as well playing a panic diver at the surface as well as underwater is physically demanding. From the tire diver toes to water exits approaching and controlling a panic diver to responding with rose or in water. We kept a solid pace. We capped off the pool session with the demanding exercise seven the unresponsive diver at the surface something instructors all dreaded during our instructor exam. It was now time to go to open water portion. Our class was responsible for setting up the dive site with all equipment. They thought they would need they were responsible for having an emergency action plan off and being ready for the rescue scenarios that would culminate the class. They were a team of divers ready to respond. We continued individual skill development on exiting divers approaching and handling Pat Panic divers Towing. And yes again doing exercise seven. the intensity continued with preparations for searching for a missing diver and using emergency O2 we were now ready to see the team respond to a missing diver. And it was great to see them quickly organized and put their knowledge into action. Like real life. They confronted some challenges had to shift things around and solve problems. In the end the team found the missing diver brought him to the surface and did all the necessary actions to get the diver too. Sure out of the water and initiate CPR with O2 while awaiting the arrival of EMS. To a person they all felt a great sense of accomplishment and gained a level of confidence. They can lean on if confronted with a diving emergency. You know, you had a great class when they all returned to the dive shop to hello help us get things cleaned up and then sit around for a nice socially distant happy hour to recount the class and swap a few see stories. As I said at the beginning of this segment rescue diver is most rewarding evolution. As instructors, we feel really good when we see this newfound confidence emerge in being a Patty rescue diver song. The documentary chasing Coral premiered in July 2017 and it is a powerful film and since we've been talking about coral reef conservation at the shop thought it would be good to do a review of chasing Coral here on scuba Shack Radio. I watched it again a few days ago and it was just as impactful as the first time I saw. The documentary was conceived by Richard veevers who is currently CEO of the ocean agency. Richard worked at a top London advertising agency before he got involved with a passion on Ocean conservation. He was working on a project called Excel Caitlin Seaview survey regarding images of coral reefs that's where he started to understand the impacts of coral bleaching. Around this time. He watched a documentary called Chasing Ice produced by Jeff orloski and chasing Coral was born. I thought I'd give some key statistics on what it took to put together chasing Coral first. It took about three years to shoot over 500 hours of incredible underwater footage off. There were Thirty countries contributing to the documentary and more than 500 volunteers involved just an incredible effort. The film won the People's Choice Award for best documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and the 2018 Emmy for Outstanding nature documentary. Jeff Orlowski was originally from Staten Island, New York. He went to Stanford to study anthropology got into filmmaking and worked on the Extreme Ice survey that turned into Chase nice in 2009. He found it exposure Labs a production company focused on socially relevant issues. So chasing Coral is really about the quest to document with imagery a coral bleaching event. By reviewing what was happening at carries forward Reef in in the Florida Keys and at airport Reef in America Samoa. They determined that they would need to build a viable underwater time lapse camera. That's when they go to a company in Boulder. Colorado called view into the blue and they were going to build a housing. That would keep it self clean. It just so happens the exact Rego works at view Into the Blue. He describes himself as a coral nerd and becomes a main player in the documentary. With the cameras developed, they deploy to Hawaii Bermuda and the Bahamas and they put down their cameras and wait a couple months to get the images. It's a failure. The images are out of focus a lost opportunity. It's back to the drawing board to fix the problems before their next attempt. The next opportunity is on the Great Barrier Reef. They head out deploy their cameras and wait a large typhoon impacts their plans. So they read the place to another Island lizard Island, but they aren't able to take any of their special cameras the team needs to do time lapse manually that means going out every day setting up the camp exactly as before and getting the photos painstaking and exhausting after more than a hundred days. They complete the work over that timeframe. The coral has bleached died and his overgrown by algae Zack is extremely emotional at this incredible loss. It's crazy to think of water temperatures at 95° Fahrenheit, but that's what it was dead. Another team went to New Caledonia where they observed an amazing phenomenon fluorescent corals an attempt to Shield itself from the temperatures an amazing sight am amazing colors just before bleaching extremely sad to see the corals stunning last gasps. The documentary continues with Zach and Richard presenting their work at the international coral reef Symposium in Hawaii the time lapse photography of the coral reef dying over a two-month period of dramatic and overpowering the reaction of the attendees demonstrates the sadness. The film wraps up with Jack diving with one of his Heroes doctor Charlie Verona Pioneer in Coral research and conservation. They are diving on a beautiful unimpacted part of the reef off Charlie reflects back on maybe he didn't do enough. Maybe we all need to do more. Corals are being assaulted on many fronts not just climate change but pollution sunscreen and carelessness citizens are trying and we need our governments to act as well. Perhaps a new day is Dawning. If you haven't yet seen chasing Coral. You can find it on Netflix. Please find a time. You won't be disappointed. If you've already watched it believe me. It's worth watching again. We can't let them disappear. off It's time for another installment of Sea Hunt. It's still alive. And today we're going back to season 2 episode 21 for cave diving cave diving Premier package on May 24th 1959 in this episode. Mike is working with a geologist George Brian who is searching for uranium in an underwater cave. George has been doing his diving with his wife Susie up until now but needs Mike helped to explore further and do more work. They're diving off the boat Olympia with its Captain pops. Mike and George hop in and swim down with her watertight geiger counter. Mike has a doubles and George's in a single tank as they approached the cave. They put the ear pieces from the geiger counter into their ear and they take out the probe Mike's off the Geiger counters chattering like magpies. All of a sudden things start to shake Mike is spinning around. George is at the cave entrance. It's an underwater landslide. When all the turbulence is over, there's a huge Rock blocking the entrance to the cave and George is trapped inside under a pile of rocks. Mike shines his light and injured signals back. Mike can't budget Iraq. So he heads back to the surface. He says he has less than an hour before Susie becomes a widow. Mike tells pops. He needs the ship-to-shore radio to call the pier and they need to bring out some big hooks to pull away the Rocks. He's talking really fast. George only has 46 minutes left now. He tells Pops that it's real bad. Now they're desperately scanning the surface for the help from the pier the boat rounds the point and gets there within 14 minutes Susie is on board in her scuba gear bag ready to help George is down to thirty minutes Suzy insists on helping Mike despite his objections. Now Mike and Susie make it to the caves entrance and struggle to get the anchors attached to the large Rock. Finally. They get them in place and Mike's ends up a flare for the boat to pull the rock the boat strains when suddenly the anchors Breakaway failure Susie is desperate trying to get into the cave. Mike is trying to calm her down and he said she has to be rough with her in the commotion Susie's air hose gets fouled and they have to Buddy breathe to the surface. Susie climbs on board the hooks won't work. She's crying pops is trying to comfort her. What will Mike do now? Here's where things really get interesting. Well, Mike just happens to have some Dynamite on board just in case you know, pop says that's kind of risky. Mike says there's no other option but like pops was in the Seabees in World War Two and says they use Gophers to carry a line through a pipe. So they concoct a plan to use a fish to thread the line off The Rock. Well, it just so happens. There's a barrel on Deck with a live fish might takes out the fish and ties a line around its tail and heads back down to the cave with the fish house and a speargun. He checks to see if George is still alive looks at his watch time is running out. He lets the fish go into the cave ties the fishing line to the heavier line and tries to log the fish back with his light like tries to grab the fish. It's too fast time for the speargun. He's got one shot takes dead aim, and our hero fish is a goner my calls in the fish pulls the line through and now has the heaving line around the rock ties the bowl and shoot a flare to the surface and Lifeboat cranks up its engine. Finally The Rock is pulled from the entrance my crushes in freeze George and brings him to the surface. Mike yells out. I got him and pop lets out a big Yahoo back on the boat. George and Susie are reunited. Mike is lounging now. They say George's leg will be okay. They're talking about the fish that saved George Susie says that were fish was Mike Nelson. As the episodes ends, they're talking about pops idea from when he was in the Navy and Pop's final line is I wasn't in the Navy. I was just the Seabees. Hm wonder what my CB friends would think of that now you might recognize George if you're of a certain age, that would be Herbert Anderson better identified with Dennis the Menace his father Henry Mitchell. Well, that was certainly not what we think of when we think about cave diving using a fresh to thread a line around Iraq is a little out there but if anyone can do it, it would be Mike Nelson on Sea Hunt. off Well, you just never know what you're going to get with Sea Hunt cave diving certainly surprised me. Again, I want to thank all of you out there that continue to listen and as always please pass it along if you like what I'm doing, I'd appreciate if you give us a rating on your favorite podcasts app and consider subscribing. So you'll get the latest episodes. Until next time safe diving everyone. Scuba Shack Radio is a biweekly podcast in support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability and experience Adventure underwater in pursuit of their aspirations into advocate for ocean health and sustainability. Talk to your next time.
42. Regulator Pressure Discussion, Learn about the Coral Restoration Foundation, and another pioneer of the underwater world Ed Link
"Welcome to Scuba Shack Radio episode forty two recorded. Friday September twenty fifth two, thousand and twenty. Scuba Shack radio is a biweekly podcast support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability and experienced to venture underwater in pursuit of their aspirations and to advocate for ocean health, and sustainability. Hello again, and thanks for listening to Scuba Shack Radio I'm your host Jeff Singer piano. Well I'm coming to you again on a Friday. We've been busy out diving every weekend since early August and we still have a few weeks to go. and the weather appear New England has been remarkable. We could use a little rain however, but that can wait until after we're done diving. Fall is a great time appear to get out relaxed dive and enjoy the vibrant colors. On today's show I'm going to discuss regulator pressures. Provide some information on the Coral Restoration Foundation and talk about another pioneer in underwater world. Ed Link. So. Let's get started. A. Last year I did a segment regarding buying scooby regulator and the value you get by purchasing your regulator from your local dive shop. Things like ensuring that it's assembled correctly and tested before you taking a diving or important. Regular maintenance on their regulator is also critically important to keeping you safe while diving. You regulator needs yearly maintenance every other year you will normally get a complete overhaul and on the intervening years an inspection. So let's start with the inspection. You bring you regulator in for this inspection, we will take a critical look at the physical elements of the regulator. We'll check all the hoses they're evaluated to ensure. There are no abnormalities, cracks or things that we might consider a failure point. Also. We look at the first and second stage to ensure that they are not damaged that they are intact and we evaluate the overall cleanliness of the regulator. Once we've completed this physical evaluation incorrect at any issues will then conduct tests on the pressures of the regulators both the intermediate pressure and the cracking pressure. Come back to that in a little while. Once we finished are pressure testing will We complete the inspection with an immersion test to see if there are any leaks and if there are we take those in address them. Now every other year based on a specific manufacturer specifications you'll have your regulator completely overhauled. That means that the regulator both stages are completely disassembled. The parts are inspecting cleaned certain parts like rings in seats are replaced, and also if there are any other parts that are damaged their replaced. All the parts are then lubricated and a regulator is reassembled and bench tested. SOLIT- shift to talking about testing specifically, the testing of both first stage, intermediate pressure, and second-stage cracking pressures. This is a critical element of your yearly maintenance whether you have it inspected or overhaul. Now. There's a great general technical manual out there that we have at the shop and we like to read and that's called Scuba regulator savvy, and that's by Peter will finger of scuba tools. It doesn't substitute for the manufacturers technical manuals, but it really does enhance our understanding of regulator design. Now according to Peter in the book final adjustments that fine tuning of a regulator for optimal performance is what separates the good technicians from the parts replacers. Peter describes it as adjustment logic. We, take these adjustments very seriously. Let's start with first stage. The first stage of the regulator takes tank pressure and adjust adjusted down to an intermediate pressure. Whether, you have a piston or diaphragm stage, the high pressure air comes in from the tank and win. It overcomes the spring forces. In the first stage, you get the intermediate pressure. The specific intermediate pressure is a manufacturer specification, but she always be somewhere between one, hundred, twenty, five, and one, hundred, and fifty PSI. Now if you have an unbalanced I stage, the intermediate pressure will be different between when you have a full tank or you have lower pressure in your tank and low lower pressures described as four hundred to six, hundred Psi left in your tank. For that unbalanced stage, the intermediate pressure could be eight to ten PSI difference. Normally, a balanced I stage should maintain the same intermediate pressure whether the tank is full or if you have lower pressures in tank. Now sometimes the intermediate pressure drift a bit, and that is go a little higher as it sits and the manufacturer will specify what is an acceptable drift. We let the regulators sit for a little while on our bench a bench to ensure that the intermediate pressures stay where they need to be. We. Then document the intermediate pressure on our checklist that we provide the customer. Now, for the second stage, a magna hillock gauge that measures the pressure differential across the regulators diaphragm is used. This is measured in inches of water. To give you a frame of reference one PSI or one pound per square inch is equal to twenty seven point seven inches of water. That is one inch of water is equal two point zero, three, six, one, PSI. The MAGNI hillock measures cracking pressure of the second stage and cracking pressure is defined as the minimal amount of inhalation effort required to begin airflow through the regulator. If. It's not set properly. The second stage may free flow too easily or if it's not tuned properly, it would make it difficult to breathe. There's a lot that goes into setting cracking pressure correctly, and it's a fine tuning adjustment to get this somewhere close to one inch of water. And that's not a lot of effort to open up the flow. Sometimes, we take our regulators for granted. We just assume they were always going to work, but the care and maintenance is important. Part of that maintenance involves getting the pressure set correctly. I hope I've given you a little more understanding of those settings for both the intermediate pressure and the cracking pressure. and. When you get your regulator back from your local dive shop, they should give you a sheet that outlines what those pressures were. Now, you know a little bit more about what to look for. A. A. Last night in support of project aware we two, thousand and twenty. We conducted the aware coral reef conservation specially class. We conducted this class virtually through zoom and we had a really nice turn out a folks who care a lot about the environment and the importance of coral reefs. As I was preparing for the course I reached out to the coral restoration foundation based out of key Largo to see if they would be able to participate and help us out with the presentation, and we were very fortunate to have Chris Rentals from coral restoration foundation spend a little time with us to talking about corals, their situation, the work they are doing and to answer questions from the folks who attended the the the specialty class. Incidentally, we had planned to visit the Coral Restoration Foundation earlier this year when we were going to do a trip down to key largo but that trip fell victim to the coronavirus lockdown. So coming off the heels of our specially class in presentation by the Coral Restoration Foundation. I thought I'd give you a little more detail about the coral. Restoration Foundation. I remember when I first started diving I read about this guy can need Meyer down in Florida who has replanting staghorn coral on various recently in the keys. Now according to the Coral Restoration Foundation website can was a commercial fish collector in live rock farmer. I just had to research exactly what a live rock farmers. Well live rock forming is when you put rocks in the ocean or other tanks and they get colonized with bacteria that's beneficial bacteria and other encrusting organisms so that you can later place them inside aquariums. That's a whole research airy in of itself. So, while Ken was doing his thing, he noticed several colonies of staghorn coral settling onto his farm, and as they started to grow car Ken saw the potential for restoring the coral. Habitat. That's when he formed coral. Restoration, foundation in two thousand seven. And over the years they have exp experimented and developed different methods to grow transplant corals. To give you a good idea of all the work they've done by this foundation. I thought that there are two thousand and nineteen annual report would paint the picture. The report starts with a dire warning. And now warning is that by two thousand, one hundred, we could lose all shallow water coral reefs. To Coral Restoration Foundation is being successful however by returning tens of thousands of corals to the wild every year and seeing their out planet corals spawning. By, the way they also invented the coral trees that are now in use around the world. The message from the CEO are Scott winters encouraging. The section of the annual report on regenerating ecosystems provides all the statistics and accomplishments. Their coral nurseries off Tavanir in Florida, cover one point, five acres of the sea floor, and it consists of genetically diverse corals including those reef building branching corals, staghorn alcorn choral, Star corals, pillar corals, as well as several other species. In two thousand, Nineteen Noah and the Coral Restoration Foundation along with some others announced a program called mission iconic reefs and that's an effort to restore seven coral reef sites in the Florida keys. And if they do that, that restoration would be ninety three thousand square meters of reef- or fifty two foot bill football field size reefs. Remains a big focus in twenty twenty and you can get all the details from their annual report. Another cool thing that they are doing is monitoring the health of the reefs through something called photo mosaics or high resolution images of the re sites created by stitching thousands of smaller photos together. They have a great picture in their annual report of the out planet elko on coral on. Kerry's for a wreath in Florida. It's really interesting to see how they take those photos. They use a a DP with a photo mosaic rig attached to kind of fly over the reef. If you really want to see the positive impact check out the carries Ford Reef demonstration site under the Restoration Tab on the coral restoration foundation website. It's amazing. New Work that has reversed the decline of the special place. There are so many threats, coral reefs, climate, change toxins, human disregard things we can and should change. But we also need to help the reefs recover. And that work is being done by the coral. Foundation and that will be critical if we expect them to be around by the end of the century. To win this battle. A. and. There are so many pioneers in the exploration of the ocean who may not be well known or at least individuals that I never knew about until I came across them while researching topics. For me. One of those individuals is Ed link. I learned about Edwin Albert Link while I was researching Scott Carpenter work, he did as a C. Lab not. Ed Link was born in Nineteen Oh four and his father owned link piano and organ. Company in Binghamton New York. As a young man links passion was flying. In the nineteen twenties he developed the link trainer for training pilots. He formed a company called Link Aeronautics Corporation and by Nineteen thirty four he sold the trainers to the Army Air Corps. Well in World War Two, more than half a millionaire men were taught on link trainers. An incredibly successful company that made link of very wealthy man. He sold that company in Nineteen fifty four. But in one thousand, nine, hundred, fifty, one link got a hold of an aqua lung, and now he hadn't do passion and that be that being diving. His passion included underwater archaeology and research. Having the financial means Ed build a ninety one foot long oceanographic research vessel called sea, diver. Diver had an eighteen foot cruiser on board and it carried his own to engine plane named with John. By the nineteen sixties, he continued his evolution in diving by looking to dive deeper longer and more securely. This was the year of work being by George Bond with the US Navy's Genesis Project. That eventually became C lab and Jacques Cousteau's Konczal program. Ed Link also had a project that he called man and see and that project was being sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Originally Ed met with Cousteau in one, thousand, nine, hundred, sixty one, and they were supposed to collaborate on man in see. But over time their collaboration fell apart. and Ed was forced to pursue annency on his own. Ed's goal for man see was ambitious. He wanted to do a saturation dive two, hundred feet in his habitat, which was an eleven foot long three foot wide. Cylinder. And that was originally designed to take divers to Casto's underwater dwelling. On August, twenty eighth nineteen, sixty two. Ed Link entered a cylinder for a dive sixty feet for eight hours. He used his scuba gear to exit the cylinder and swim around. Ed had broken a diving record that was more than two centuries old. He was fifty eight years old. On September Fifth Nineteen Sixty two Robert Sten- wait a twenty nine year old Belgian diver made a twenty four hour dive in link cylinder another barrier broken. By nineteen, sixty, four link set his sights on another ambitious target of deep diving with his submersible portable inflatable dwelling or spin a small sausage like habitat. Sten- wait along with John Lindberg that was Charles Lindbergh son would make five to four, hundred, thirty, two feet for forty nine hours. After the forty nine hours, they left the bid and entered the cylinder for their long decompression. Ed Link continued his innovation with a mini submarine called deep diver and in one thousand, nine, hundred, sixty, seven, deep diver took two divers to a depth of seven hundred feet where they exited the mini sub for fifteen minutes. By nineteen seventy-one Ed link built a new submarine and it was called Johnson sea link. The Johnson Pardon name comes from J seward Johnson of the company Johnson and Johnson. It looked like a helicopter without rodeos. The Cock put had two seats with a six foot acrylic dome and into the back of the battery compartment was a to diver lockout chamber. On Day nineteen, seventy-three, see link got stuck on a cable off key west. Links son Edwin. Clayton link and another diver Albert Stover were in the lockout chamber. After thirty hours sealink was. Free. The pilots in the in the cockpit were saved. By but. Edwin Albert died. Ed. Link spent the next two years working on deep rescue equipment and he built something called the cable observation and rescue device or cord. And it was complete with a TV camera hydraulic clause in cutters. Dan a second Johnson sea link. Edwin Albert Link died in one, thousand, nine, hundred, eighty, one. So for me, my research into C. lab led me to another pioneer in ocean exploration. I wasn't aware of the work that was accomplished by link to further our understanding of how to become people in the sea. Well. That's it. For, today. Hope, you enjoyed the show and founded informative. I'd love looking for topics researching the history of our sport and then recording every other week. I really appreciate you tuning in and you continue support. pleaseconsider subscribing to scuba shack radio or giving the show a rating on your favorite podcast. APP. I'll be back again in a couple of weeks with another episode of Scuba. Shack radio until then safe diving everyone. Scuba. Shock Radio is a biweekly podcast and supportive our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability inexperienced adventure underwater in pursuit of their aspiration to advocate for ocean health and sustainability. Talk to your next time.
Scuba Shack Radio #10 7-21-19
"Welcome to Scuba Shock Radio Episode Ten recorded Sunday July Twenty first two thousand nineteen <music> Scuba Shaq radio is a BI weekly podcast in support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability and experienced adventure underwater in pursuit pursuit of their aspirations and advocate for ocean health sustainability and I everyone and thanks for listening to Scoop Shack Radio. I'm your host Jeff Singer piano. Summer is definitely here in Connecticut <hes> it's been pretty warm the last few days and yesterday we got that close to one hundred degrees outside <hes> and today we're back into nineties. <hes> it's been really warm for a few days but <hes> the other thing is we've had some record level humidity up here <hes> and <hes> if you ever get to the Boston boston-area mind here some people talk about being wicked hot fortunately though last weekend we had some spectacular weather when we were in Pennsylvania down at Dutch brings got into great days of diving training and socializing and we'll be heading back there to Dutch brings in a few weeks to but first we gotta get <hes> are open water weekend done next weekend where we'll be certifying. <hes> some new divers are we've been doing a lot of training over the summer and we'll get some stivers certified certified next weekend and maybe they'll be able to get to Dutch brings with us when we're down there in a couple of weeks but if you're not from Connecticut and you're listening just think about going diving with your local dive shop. I'm sure they run. Some great. Trips are going out with your. You're <hes> you're shop. <hes> will just be a lot of fun so go diving back in June eighth episode. I reviewed a new Osprey dive bags that I would highly recommend forgetting your dive gear to those great locations with the knowledge that your bags going to stand up to the rigors of our transportation system so now what happens when you get to that dive resort signing with the shop and get assigned to your boat. We're going to have to be able to get all that year that you just brought to the site down to the boat and you really don't WanNa be taking taking that big airline bag that you checked in down there <hes> first of all I it's going to get wet. It's GONNA get Salty. It's GonNa get beat up and more importantly. It really isn't GonNa fit on the boat. You're gonNA need a bag. Normally a mesh bag is what you want and that is because he can get wet and fold up very nicely <hes> and fit onto the benches or an apartment on the boat wherever they want you to put it I know that's <hes> some dive operators like dive Provo and Turks and Keiko's require you to have a mesh bag. If you don't have one they'll gladly rent you one <hes> so that they can get your gear <hes> to the boat <hes> and <hes> transported between boats when when they're switching boats and also at the end of the day they will rinse your gear in the Mesh <hes> bat or Mesh Bag GonNa talk about two types of both bags <hes> the Mesh duffle and the Mesh backpack. I'm partial to the Kona Line <hes> and specifically the deluxe Mesh <hes> line that they have the Deluxe Mesh Dufferin backpack <hes> have a coating on their mess finish and in my opinion the the coding makes it a little bit more durable than the normal <hes> Fine Mesh that that they also have. I know that my original you know <hes> <hes> the lex Mesh backpack I I had that for twelve years and did a lot of diving with it and finally the handle on it gave out after twelve years of us but after the deluxe <hes> Mesh Backpack <hes> I switched over to the Deluxe Mesh duffle in personally I like the the duffle a little bit better because I find it a little bit easier to pack my gear. <hes> some people do prefer the Deluxe Mesh backpack. Backpack a nice because the backpack feature <hes> makes it a little bit easier to carry. I know with the Deluxe Mesh duffle. I just <hes> can carry it by the handles or if I want to for short jot down to the boat I can just sling it over my shoulder now. <hes> the the Deluxe Mesh backpack also comes in a roller version <hes> and that makes you a lot easier to transport down to the boat. <hes> you do have to be careful full however <hes> on the way you pack that <hes> that Rolling Mesh backpack <hes> because I if you don't pack just write it can easily tip over and now you're dragging it and <hes> that just makes it a little bit more challenging challenging also the wheels on the rolling duffle <hes> take up a little bit more room when when you're packing it in your bag <hes> for your travel to to the location <hes> you're going to have to take a look look at all the options for Mesh Boat Bags <hes> you check stop into your dive shop. You'll be able to get a look at the physical characteristics the size of it and the things that you like about the different versions the duffle backpack the rolling <hes> <hes> backpack you'll just be able to get a good good idea about what they can what they can do so a mesh boat bag that yet another simple but important piece of your dive locker. There's an article on the ocean conservancy blog by Katie hoagie titled Record High Number of Species under threat of extinction and Katie is the digital outreach manager for the ocean conservancy now according to this article there are nearly nine thousand new species added to the U._N._C. Red List of threatened species. She's in the U.. N. C. is the International Union for Conservation of nature and according to this latest this now pushes the total on the list of threatened species to over a hundred two thousand in fact <hes> the number is one hundred five thousand seven hundred thirty two species under some level of threat of extinction and sadly <hes> no species species saw an improvement in their sties <hes> so this is some frightening news <hes> the the article talked about <hes> the giant guitarfish in Wedge Fish being one step away from extinction extinction and then the short fin Mako Shark moved from the vulnerable to the endangered species and what they did say the article is that three quarters of all sharks and raise or at least near threatened or worse so we did a little research on what these different status mean and there are a number of different status that the U._n._c. uses <hes> things like not evaluated awaited or data deficient or lease concerned and then it moves into the categories of near threatened <hes> vulnerable endangered critically endangered extinct in the wild and extinct so <unk> I guess lease concerned I get that and then extinct in the wild and extinct <hes> I get that as well but I I wasn't quite sure of what it meant to be near threaten versus vulnerable versus endangered food etc so I did a little research on this and it turns out that there's a scale that they used to to develop <hes> whether a species is endangered critically endangered vulnerable so for example critically endangered means that there is an extremely high risk <hes> two species and that there have been rapid population declines of eighty to ninety percent in ten years or three generations nations or the population that species is less than fifty and then you move down to the endangered <hes> which says very high risk of extinction with the population declines of between fifty seventy percent. China in ten years or that there are two hundred and fifty or less of the species out there in the wild and then vulnerable <hes> means. There's a high risk with population declines of thirty to fifty percent in ten years were three generations and there's less than a thousand <hes> species out there and then near threaten near threatened means. It's getting close to one of those other categories so a couple of things that they did point out in the article as well is that the there's a lot of turtles that are critically endangered so for example the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle the Hawksbill Sea Turtle <hes> are all <hes> critically endangered and then <hes> the green sea turtle is it also in endangered as is <hes> the hammerhead shark <hes> and one of the things that we also knew that I knew about was the Hawaiian Monk C._o.. Being on the endangered species list we've had a lot of a fortune to to see mung CEOS when we were out in Hawaii <hes> usually we find them on the beach but there was a time there was one dive that we did out on the Ni- where we actually had amongst y'all <hes> sitting on on the surface who has we were diving and we're able to observe him a little bit and then see him swim off so it was really <hes> an amazing sight but this <hes> the thing about it is with the hundred five thousand plus species under threat of some extinction <hes>. We've got our think about how we might be able to save <hes> a few of these species in the future <music> before I do the next <unk> still alive segment. I thought it might be interesting to talk about the movie that inspired the T._v.. Show and that movie was the underwater warriors filmed in nineteen fifty eight starring Dan Dailey James Gregory in Ross Martin yet the Ross Martin played artists Gordon from the wild wild west. If you ever remember that show to black and white film and it's based on the book called Naked Warriors and that was written by commander her Francis Doug Fain who was a early pioneer of the navy's underwater demolition team movies not readily available. I was able to get a copy on d._v._D.. From a place called rare war films DOT COM and it turns out that rare war films dot com is out of Denmark qualities a little rough but it's viewable so movie starts out kind of at the end of the movie V with a couple of divers coming up being in trouble and getting moved into a re compression chamber but then it quickly goes into a retrospective of the U._d.. Career of <hes> Lieutenant Dave forest and <hes> that character would be <hes> commander Fain so <hes> Lieutenant Forest Volunteers for the U._D.. But <hes> guess what he doesn't know how to swim so shows in learning how to swim <hes> in going into training as you deke where they're using their demolition training where he meets up with a character <hes> Ross Martin <hes> the characters name is O'Brien and they stay together throughout most of the film so as their <hes> completing training the flashes to their first mission in World War Two and briefing their mission but <hes> as they are getting through what they're supposed to do they get an announcement that the war is over and now all of a sudden they're they're not sure about the future of the underwater demolition team so lieutenant forest starts to work with <hes> some underwater breathing apparatus and what he wants to do is use the underwater breathing apparatus to <hes> exit submarine and go <hes> you know attack a another ship or get to the beach and <hes> that underwater breathing apparatus that they were using is called the Lambertson lung and I'll talk a little a bit more about that at some point in future wanted each shows but it kind of interesting as their exiting to submarine the big worry that they have is whether the Barracuda are going to attack them <hes> and they show Barracuda on the left Barracuda. Our KHUDA on the right in all of a sudden Barracuda leave well a little bit of concerned that <hes> the time it took to enter an exit the submarine might not be the appropriate but but <hes> lieutenant forest isn't isn't deterred <hes> he keeps trying at this and <hes> finally he demonstrates that he can swim long way underwater with the Lamberton long in place a bomb on a battleship and now <hes> the the navy is paying attention to what they're doing but one of the things that that they're limited with the Lamberton long is the depth that they can do go mainly because of the o-2 limits <hes> with with that so <hes> forest wants to <hes> to now use the aqua lung and he talks about some new stuff that Frenchman is being is developing using compressed air which <hes> will allow them to go deeper so he starts using the <hes> the Aqualung and actually teaches his wife how to dive and <hes> Zale Perry is the stunt stunt double. <hes> who's doing the diving. Yes it's the same <hes> Zale Perry from from Seon. Will you go to Korea a clear the beaches <hes> so there well position now in after the Korean War <hes> they go to the Marshall Islands and <hes> they want to dive with sharks and they wanted to spell the myths that sharks are going to eat the divers <hes> there's some not so cool scenes with sharks in there <hes> but <hes> you know it was the fifties in your guest. People didn't really know any better well. Finally the movie ends back where it started and that's on a plane that <hes> that crashed <hes> three <hes> three hundred feet down <hes> and international water so they need to go down and blow it up <hes> so it's Kinda funny scene of the hard hat diver went down I and he comes up and soon as they take off his helmet. They give them a cigarette red and you see them now going to be doing it with the the aqua lung and figuring out there dive tables and then both <hes> forest and O'Brien win O'Brien supposed to stay two hundred Z. in well <hes> you know there's something happens <hes> you know with the charge and <hes> <hes> on the on the plane down there in forest gets <hes> gets tangled up in O'Brien Russia's down the freedom but guess what they're they're going pastor dive table limits and they get up to the to the surface and immediately go into the chamber <hes> and that's the end of <hes> of farce force diving but it is the beginning of see on <music> that wraps up episode ten a little bit of a milestone made it to ten shows wasn't sure really where this would go when I started that first episode way back in March we're still cold outside here. The Northeast and we really haven't been out diving yet. We're doing a lot of training but no diving. Hopefully I'll continue to momentum as always I'd like to thank everybody who's giving feedback and guidance and support <hes> <hes> encouragement to keep the show going very much appreciate that also if you'd like to rate to show on your podcast APP please do that. Feedbacks always great <hes>. If you want to reach out to me <hes> you you can do it from the show site at Scuba Dash Shack Dash Radio <hes> at blueberry dot com or you can go to scuba shock website where I have my weekly blog and you can give me feedback there so again very much appreciate everybody who's been listening and hopefully you're out there. Diving and having a great dive season Scuba Shaq radio is a BI weekly podcast and supportive on mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability inexperienced venture underwater in pursuit of.
41. Scuba Air Quality, Project AWARE Week 2020, Your Next Dive Coco View Resort, Roatan
"Welcome to Scuba Shack Radio Episode Forty one recorded Friday September eleventh two, thousand and twenty. Scuba Shack radio is a biweekly podcast support of our mission to empower individuals with knowledge ability and experienced to venture underwater in pursuit of their aspirations and to advocate for ocean health and sustainability. High again, everyone I very much. Appreciate you tuning into Scuba Shack Radio I'm your host Jeff Singer piano. Nineteen years ago today our world changed. With the nine eleven attacks nothing would ever be the same. I remember being numb at first is the words of the plane crash came out. We turned our fear and anger into a national resolve to be safer and to be better. One thousand nine years later, I wonder if we can find that same spirit. On today show I'm. GonNa Cover air quality for scuba diving. Then introduced project aware week two, thousand and twenty, and wrap up this episode with another installment of your next dive. This time will travel to Coco Resort in Roy Tan. So. Here we go. If you remember back to your original open water training, there was probably a discussion on scuba. Air? Quality. I know in my original Patty Open water manual. There was a section that disgust contaminated air. It states that contaminated air generally results from a problem with the compressor or it's filtering system. It also indicated that contaminated air may taste or smell bad but it could also be odorless or tasteless. So, getting your tanks filled from a reputable source like a professional die store is the best way to avoid contaminated air. So today I thought I talk a little bit more about Scuba Air Quality. I WHAT IS SCUBA GRADE AIR There are standards established by the compressed gas association or CGA. These standards are outlined in a publication from the CGI and that publication is g dash seven, one, Dash, two, thousand, eighteen. and. It is the seventh edition of that publication. If you want a copy of that pub have to buy it. It costs seventy dollars. The CG has outlined different grades of compressed air and for Scuba diving that grade is grade E or better. The grade is based on the limits of contaminants permitted. So. Let's take a look at the parameters for grady. To start the oxygen content must be between twenty to twenty two percent. Next to very bad gases to breathe especially under pressure are carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. These two measurements are done in parts per million. For carbon monoxide delimit is ten parts per million by volume. And for carbon dioxide, it's one thousand parts per million by volume. There is also a limit on condensed hydrocarbons of five milligrams per cubic meter. Finally. We want pretty dry air with a water vapor limit of two parts per million. And it also states there should be no objectionable odors. Now how do you ensure you are a reputable source providing SCUBA GRADE E air. I think about it from three perspectives. One is compressor maintenance. The second is filtering and the third is testing. Preventative maintenance on our compressor is imperative. It's like any new oil change in your car having it tuned up and the tires rotated. By having this periodic maintenance based on either time since the last maintenance or the number of hours we've run the compressor ensures that we've covered one aspect of quality air. Along the same lines as the preventative maintenance we do is that we ensure we maintain proper filtering. We do this by routinely replacing are dual filters on the compressor. We used the grade three stage filter that contains a desolate for removing H. Two O.. Carbon for removing odors tastes, and finally a hop delayed layer that acts as a catalyst for converting carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide. On a side note hop fillet is a product made of copper and MAG- unease developed jointly by Johns Hopkins University. That's the hop in the University of California, and that's the cow. Back, in one, thousand, nine, hundred, eighteen. We replace both filters at the same time. We do not cascade are filters. Finally. When it comes to filtering, we routinely drained are filters to let out any condensation. The final component of our air quality program is testing. We utilize a laboratory in Florida. Exam laboratories, and that's a subsidiary of Lawrence Factors. Lawrence factors has been around since one, thousand, nine, hundred, seventy, nine when they first produced the flash board FILTER CARTRIDGE FOR SCUBA. Their motto is others make air and gas. We ensure that it's pure. there. The Kit that comes an consists of a small ar tank where we take a sample from our banks. Send it off by ups and get our results back in a few days. and. Boy Do we feel really good knowing that we've passed all the requirements for Grady Air Cloudy? We consider our compressor to be the lifeblood of our operations not only does it need to be operational? It is critically important that produces quality air free of contaminate keeping our divers safe. Hopefully. I've given you a little deeper insight into what it takes to be reputable source for filling your scuba. Tanks. Kim. Way Back. In episode seventeen, I did a segment on project aware. It's history and the work the organization was doing. I also introduced you to the ten steps or tips for divers in making a difference things like being a role model or being buoyancy expert. One of the things that Patty and project aware initiated in two thousand eighteen was project aware week. We are closing in on the third annual project aware week, and it runs from September nineteenth to the twenty seventh this year. So. Why are they doing this? Well, Patty and project aware went to jointly celebrate the power of the global dive community and inspire positive action in support of a healthy ocean. And we WANNA do this not only with our diving, but also with our everyday life. Our actions and our choices can make a difference. Why the global dive community. Focus. Well. That's pretty easy to understand. We knew we know what the ocean has to offer as divers. We've been there to see all of its wonders and we've also been there to see it struggles. who better than us to advocate the oceans? One of the themes of this year's project where week is that one single person can make a difference. Earlier this year I attended our annual patio update by a regional manager. Ironically it was in person just a couple of days before the lockdown. Doing that presentation, Rob introduced me to a slogan that Patty is put forth. Seek adventure save the Ocean. That's pretty powerful. We all know about the adventure park. Getting to explore so much of the planet that most people don't experience. Patty training and travel has been enabling to seek adventure part for a long time. Their commitment to project aware continues to work on saving the ocean. But this year, there's a renewed effort on one single person making a difference. And that's becoming a patty torchbearer. Inspired by the Patty logo, torchbearers are committed to take the health of the planet and taking steps to heal the environment. Patti's mission here is to create one billion torchbearers by twenty fifteen. Certainly a bold endeavor. That's why one of the things we can do during this year's project where week is to promote the recruitment of Patty torchbearers? Becoming Patty Torchbearer. And you can easily do it from the conservation tab of the Patty website. Some things that torchbearers think about are being stewards for the ocean and your local beaches. Ditching the disposable lifestyle being a voice for the ocean shopping sustainably, and finally choosing experiences instead of things. A billion torch bearers is a big number and will be a very big voice. Project. Aware. We can also be time to conduct the project aware specialty course or other aware courses. We're going to be conducting the project aware Coral Reef Conservation Specialty, clash during project aware week, and we're also going to make it a point to have our social media focusing on seeking adventure and saving the ocean and concentrating on the two thousand and twenty project aware themes. A few weeks ago we were at our first open water certification dives in Rhode Island, a beautiful spot, but also threatened by debris. One of our newly certified divers entered her dive with a disposable coffee container. There was noticeable trash on the beach and in shallow areas among the SEAGRASS. So now I'm thinking, we really need to incorporate the project aware dive against debris specialty class into our schedule, and we're going to be doing that in October. Our shop is proud to support project aware with our one hundred percent aware commitment. And the project aware specialty course we routinely offer and a new things we have out there from project aware. Two Thousand and twenty has certainly been a challenge. Take. Some time during project. Aware we to reflect on how we can move forward together. and become a patty torchbearer, make two, thousand and twenty one, the turning point. Needless to say, the worldwide pandemic has seriously impacted our next is. We recently had to forego our trip to Nassau and diving with Stuart. Cove. Dive. Bahamas it in October. We do know that eventually will return to normal and we'll be traveling again to fantastic dive locations. With that in mind on today's installment of your next dive, we're going to cocoa view resort on Roy Tan in Honduras. For a number of years, we heard about cocoa view from one of our instructors as one of his favourite dive destinations. So way back in two, thousand, Thirteen Donna and I had the opportunity to go to coco view. When the shop was running their annual trip there. Roett Tan is an island thirty, five miles off the coast of doors. It is forty nine square miles large and it has it is twenty eight miles in length. When you arrive at Rotan's Tans International Airport you'll be met by the resort staff and board a bus for a ride to a boat-landing. There you'll take a short boat ride that takes you to a small key where the resort is located. Let's start with diving. Cocoa view has what they call the front yard. You get to the front yard by walking in the water and taking swim out to either cocoa view or Newman Wall. Right in the middle of the front yard is a wreck called the Prince Albert The diving in the Front Yard is twenty, four hours a day seven days a week. Great for doing a night dive or maybe even a sunrise dive. Having access to unlimited sure diving is definitely a big plus for dive locations. When we went there, they had a policy where you did at checkout dive in the Front Yard I you did a couple of skills which your dive guide mask flooding clear regulator recovery before heading out to the wreck in the wall. I can't remember any other location. I've been to where you had to do a checkout dive with skills. Not sure if they still do that but no big deal. I went back to my log book to see what Di Sites we visited. We did Valley of the Kings at seventy six feet Calvin crack at ninety two tall to small along with John Spot Mary's place on 'cause place. All the dives give gave us a myriad of life coral with eighty plus visibility and bottled water temperatures in October between eighty to eighty six degrees. Fahrenheit. They have this routine where you'll do a dive at one spot and then they drop you off either on cocoa view or Newman's wall for your second dive and you make your way along the wall back to the front yard and walkout. Some folks didn't like that after a couple of days. Everybody's a little different. Their main dive boats are fifty foot long US navy boats that have been redesigned for Scuba. Their spacious well-maintained easy to get on and off and get you to dive sites quickly. The boats dock right in front of your gear locker and your gear lockers actually like a quonset hut but. There's one for each boat and it's open at both ends and you'll get a little storage locker inside that. Quantum hut. The, dive team will take your stuff to the boat if you indicate that you were diving on storage locker. It doesn't get any easier than that. We were fortunate to stay on an over the water bungalow connected by wooden walkways. Spacious Room with French doors that opened up to our private porch with Hammock. You can also choose Cabana or oceanfront room. You have all your meals in the clubhouse restaurant, all the typical breakfast fare followed by lunch and dinner with a Honduran flair. And if you desire. You won't go hungry. The clubhouses a gathering place for free seminars, enjoying your favorite beverage playing pool or visiting with the resorts feathered residents. While we haven't been back to coco view for a little while I'm sure that they are still first class operation experienced. If you're considering a trip to Roy Tan. When the pandemic is passed, you won't be disappointed for making cocoa view one of your next dives. Well, that wraps up episode forty one hope you enjoyed the show. I'm excited about project aware week this year as we have a few things planned at the shop. Once again I WANNA. Thank you for listening and your continued supported a show. please. Pass it along to others. I'll be back again in a couple of weeks with more scuba shack radio until then take care everyone. Scuba shock radio is a by weekly podcast in support of our missions, empowering to duels with knowledge ability and experience to venture underwater pursuit of their aspiration to advocate for ocean health sustainability. Talk to your next time.