Wreck Diving is Calling

What is the lure of a wreck that will cause some men to invest their lives pursuing them?

Mel Fisher’s name to this day is remembered as one of the world’s most recognized Treasure Hunters, though deceased sometime ago. While dreams of sunken treasure may be a lure for many-a-diver set out to become a wreck diver, there are many reasons divers follow the Sirens to explore wrecks of all sizes, shapes and depths.

Regardless of your level of experience, wreck diving can be done safely as long as you get the right training, use some common sense and follow some established rules.

It is common when speaking about wreck diving  to hear the question asked…”Basic or Tech”?

Let’s take a look at what separates the two.

As a general rule, a basic wreck dive would consist of swimming around the outside of the wreck with the occasional peak in the wheelhouse or cargo hold. That does not mean there is not a lot to learn or see on the outside. For divers wishing to survey the wreck or watch the marine life it attracts, this is the perfect spot. The outside of a wreck is also where we get those dramatic photographs of the bow stabbing towards the surface hoping to sail again. For the diver wishing to view a piece of history, diving on the wreck can show you what some will only read about or see in photographs. This type of wreck diving has been enjoyed by many, and, for some divers, this is as close as they want to get to a wreck.

The SDI Wreck Diver Course allows one to ease into the adventure. The program can be completed at two different levels, Non-Penetration (2 dives) or Limited Penetration (3 dives). Participants can get started as early as the age of 10 (15 for limited penetration) after successfully completing their Basic SCUBA certification requirement. The gear required is simply basic SCUBA equipment with the addition of a reel. With the correct experience, the activity can be enjoyed to a maximum of 130 feet of depth, applicable to current certification. In the basic or SDI level, the diver is restricted to swimming outside the wreck. For Limited Penetration, only after proper training and preparation, the diver is limited to a “swim through” or “staying within the ambient light of entry point” and of course straightforward dive planning and skills are required in ALL instances!

Advanced wreck diving is really an extension of basic wreck diving. Advanced wreck diving starts on the outside with a survey that familiarizes the diver with how the wreck is oriented: on its keel, on its side, separated into halves or with a twist. No two wrecks are ever the same and all suffer different damages due to how they sunk, how long their journey was to the bottom or the severity of the storms that have battered them over the years. This is an extremely important part of any wreck course- the visual image- because it is the only thing the diver will have to rely on since their compass will not work. Even wooden wrecks tend to have massive hunks of metal(boilers) which send the compass into a spin. This is the point where advanced wreck diving waves goodbye to basic wreck diving, and we go beyond “the light zone.”

The light zone is where ambient light enters an overhead area, and artificial light is not required in order to see. Once a diver enters an area in a wreck where a light is required, the rules of wreck diving change. A diver in this area must have the knowledge and skills to go into and come out of a wreck should the worse possible scenario happen, such as a complete silt out. In order to do this, divers must know how to use a reel for navigation and how to properly tie off lines so they will not get cut during the dive. But this is also where the fun starts for a wreck diver who is craving more intimate details of the wreck.

Often, wreck divers are driven to further their skills by the sheer need for knowledge. There is so much to learn about any wreck; every room has  unique history. Be it a berth or an engine room, there is a story waiting to be told. With the appropriate training, upon entering a vessel and stepping into the galley or the wheelhouse, your imagination will flood with thoughts as to what was happening in that room, minutes before it sank. There are also those that want to see the artifacts, some still lying in place as if the ship had never sunk. To some, the best part of the wreck dive started before they even entered the water; instead, it was the hours of researching and planning that lead up to the dive, but before a wreck diver can see these sights, they need to undergo serious training and have an experienced wreck instructor explain the safety protocols.

Remember that worst case scenario of silting out? For divers who spend their time on the outside of a wreck, this silt would only come from the fin thrust as it hits the bottom or deck of the boat. For divers entering the wreck, this silt comes from above and is called percolation silt caused by the exhaled bubbles as they dislodge rust, insulation or other debris trapped on the ceiling of the wreck.

The TDI Advanced Wreck Diver Course is the perfect stepping point to more challenging wreck dives and includes:

  • Full Penetration (6 dives)
  • Allowable from age 18+
  • Advanced Scuba certification, basic Wreck/Cavern certification and 50 dives required
  • Dual cylinders and technical diving gear
  • Limited to max 180ft or depth applicable to divers certification
  • Advanced dive planning and skills such as:

  • Use of guidelines
  • Overhead emergency procedures
  • Fulfilled equipment requirements
  • Locating and identifying wrecks
  • Hazards of wreck diving
  • Surveying of wrecks
  • Overhead Environment
  • Increased Hazards

Wrecks have a mysterious calling to many people. Wrecks that occurred due to war or sank because of a violent storm draw divers in; some say this is because it closes that chapter in our lives. Others would go there because they read about it in history books, and they want to see it firsthand. Whatever the reason, or if you are going to view the wreck from the outside or inside, it is always best to take a course from an instructor who has been there and done it. Sometimes the best lesson learned from a course is not what is in the book or the skills you had to perform, it is merely what you learned by diving with and watching how an experienced instructor handled themselves underwater.

Every wreck holds a secret and has a story, even the ones that were sunk intentionally. Do yourself a favor:plunge into that story as it is sure to be rewarding and exciting in so many ways!

You’ve always wanted to do it, so why not get started right now? Visit to find a wreck diving course in your area that is right for you…who knows where your wreck diving adventures will take you!

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As always…Safe Diving!

To Snorkel or Not to Snorkel: That is the Question

How did this become such a point of contention for so many?

A long debated issue amongst divers, instructors and training agencies is: do divers need to wear snorkels? Before we explore this topic, a little bit of history is in order.

In the beginning, snorkels were a very useful and important piece of equipment. In the early days of SCUBA training, free diving or snorkeling was a big component of the course, acting as an air management tool. Divers were taught to hold their breath and dive down to depths so instructors could assess their comfort in the water.

In addition to cylinder volumes being less, given that SPG’s were not a part of the regulator, the diver only knew the tank was full because the person that filled it said it was. Towards the end of the dive when the “J” valve stopped delivering air and the diver pulled the shepherds hook to get the reserve amount of air to get them to the surface, it was quite possible that the surface swim would have to be performed on the snorkel.

Fast forward to present day: we now have SPG’s, air integrated dive computers, snorkeling skills are not as big of a part of training, and our training materials teach better air management practices. Also, today more divers are going into overhead environments and diving in areas where snorkels become a liability and not an asset. So this brings us to the question: snorkel or no snorkel?

There are still dive sites that require a surface swim, and a snorkel will conserve the air in the cylinder for the dive. There are also locations where snorkels are required by law. In these situations, snorkels are a must.

Where do snorkels become more of a liability? On high current dives, snorkels create a drag and tend to cause the mask to flood. In overhead environments, such as wrecks, swim troughs and caverns, they can cause the divers mask to be dislodged and cause a leak or flood. When diving around kelp or areas where monofilament line is known to be, snorkels become an entanglement hazard.

Another deciding factor is the comfort level of the diver; are you comfortable wearing a snorkel or not? One thing a snorkel should never replace is proper planning of air supply. Divers should always surface with enough air left to make a surface swim to their exit point, be it a boat or shore.

By breathing off the second stage, the diver avoids the possibility of breathing in water that has entered the snorkel due to choppy surface conditions, waves or poorly aligned snorkel (snorkel leaning too far backward or forward). A variety of pocket snorkels have also entered diving, allowing the diver to “always have one with them” although not necessarily attached until it is needed. With all these details, it’s easy to see wearing a snorkel or not depends on the type of dive that is planned.

There is possibly no better exercise and opportunity to interact with sea life than going out for a swim across the surface of the ocean, lake or river. In this case, a snorkel is exactly the right tool for the job. With the brightest sun light, it attracts the highest concentration of life. Find a good fitting snorkel, mask and fins, and the experience is sure to be amazing!

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What’s Your Most Interesting Technical Dive?

On March 23 we launched the official TDI Fan page. We wanted a page just for technical divers allowing all of us a place to talk shop and not confuse the newer divers. Through out the month of April you have inspired us. You have been sharing updates on technical diving events, classes and certifications attained by your students. We love it! Please continue to share.

What we have been enjoying is the photos. Great shots and stories about your dives. Now we want to make it official with a contest.

Share Your Photo & Win

From April 26th – May 2nd, we want you to submit your favorite photo of a technical dive. Tell us where you were and the details of the dive. We will all vote on our favorite photo, and the winner will receive a TDI jacket valued at $99.95.

Photos can be a single shot, group shot, wreck shot, etc. ( we’ll even take a shot of underwater life), but we want to know what makes it special. This contest is about the photo and the story.

Get your photo in early and tell your friends to stop by our page and vote!

Voting Rules:

– Voting begins on May 3rd and will be open until May 9th.

– Fans can only vote once for their favorite photo.

Why Enter?

1) You’re a member of the largest technical dive community, we know you’re driven by the cool factor – it’s that joie de vivre that probably led you to the world of technical diving, right?

2) You get to show off your underwater photography skills. We love to be “wowed” by those underseas images that only a tiny segment of the world’s population will ever see first-hand. And we hope that you, as a member of that elite technical diving community with access to the planet’s greatest deep treasures, are ready and willing to “wow” us.

3) You’ve got your eye on the prize (in this case, your very own TDI jacket – with a non-too-shabby $99.95 retail value).

So get technical diving, get camera snapping, and get photo submitting: we can’t wait to see what you post for our TDI Facebook page contest!

Enter the contest now!


April SDI eNews

Scuba Diving NewsAPRIL 2011

Welcome to the new SDI Scuba eNews. Here at SDI / TDI / ERDI we are making some changes. We have created a seperate eblast for each area to allow our readers to access information specific to their interests. Every month this newsletter will focus on items of value to general divers. We hope you enjoy and feel free to register for other communication if you are interested in Technical or Public Safety Diving.


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It Just Keeps Getting Better: Planning Your Maldives Dive Vacation

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It Just Keeps Getting Better: Planning Your Maldives Dive Vacation

The Maldive Islands have a well deserved reputation as one of the best vacation destinations in South Asia. It only takes one glance at the pristine beaches and crystal clear, compelling blue waters that surround the 26 island atoll to reassure you that there really is a place in this world where you can get away from it all and enjoy tropical luxury.

The Maldives have been experiencing a surge in popularity among scuba divers. Why? Maldives drift diving is becoming some of the best in the world. El Nino had been especially rough on the region in 1998, bleaching coral and devastating some natural ecosystems. For a long time, divers stayed away.

But now we know that nature is amazingly resilient. Soft coral is growing back faster than even the most knowledgeable scientists suspected possible, and many of the reefs are now gaining new beauty. 

In just over a dozen years, the Maldives has become a superior dive destination. Slipping into the water from a luxurious Maldives liveaboard brings you directly into a uniquely lush, flourishing, healthy marine habitat.

Diving The Maldives

What can you expect from your Maldives dive vacation? The Maldives offers great drift diving, where the rapidly moving waters move you gently along the channels and passages that fill the waters between the islands.

Barracuda, parrotfish, groupers, moray eels, and tuna ply these waters. Deeper, high speed channels are filled with plentiful schooling fish are side by side with sheltered nooks resplendent with jewel-like sponges and colorful soft corals. Cleaning wrasses take advantage of these spots to offer their services to dozens of varieties of sharks and fish: a photographer’s dream, easy to capture in these well-lit, clear waters. And of course, you can’t talk about diving the Maldives without mentioning the sea turtles, plentiful rays, and sharks that enjoy these warm, rich waters. The memories you create diving the Maldives will last a lifetime!

Benefits of Liveaboard Diving in the Maldive 

  • Direct access to the best drift dive locations.
  • Dive several times a day. There’s no need to worry about making arrangements to and from shore or lugging your gear: everything you need is right on the liveaboard
  • Luxurious, spacious cabins offering every amenity – enjoy your Maldives dive vacation in comfort and style
  • Expert dive guides make sure your drift dive is safe, fun, and memorable. Go to the best locations and bypass crowds!
  • Come late August-mid October to see Manta Rays and Whale Sharks feeding on Plankton blooms. Plentiful large sea life abounds.

How To Book Your Maldives Dive Vacation

With over 200 prime dive sites situated in and around the Maldives atoll, there are many dive operators in the region. Vacation time is precious: you want to make sure you’re booking on a great Maldives liveaboard boat that understands what goes into a great dive vacation. We work with some of the best dive operators in the Maldives and can help you craft an itinerary for the trip of a life time.

Click here to book your Maldives dive vacation!

Travelling with your habit

The tips from our traveling divers are simple and easy to follow… certainly not intended to be the definitive primer for vacation dive travel, but we think these five simple checks will help make getting ready for your holidays a little less stressful!


The number one piece of advice from our Travel Gurus is, Research. It doesn’t matter if your plans take you to the other side of the world or the other side of the state, do some digging around before you leave home and find out what to expect when you arrive ready to dive. For example, tanks and weights are among the usual suspects, but make a call, or send an email, and make sure the tanks your vacation spot has for you will marry up with your regulators: yoke to yoke or DIN to DIN. If in doubt, take a conversion kit or adaptor with you. This is inexpensive insurance.

Also check that Nitrox is available. Vacation Time usually translates into lots of days in a row each featuring multiple dives, and Nitrox is another inexpensive insurance against “decompression stress.” If you haven’t taken the plunge yet and are not certified to use Nitrox, think seriously about rectifying that BEFORE you leave. With SDI’s simple computer Nitrox online eLearning program, getting a nitrox cert could not be easier.

Most of all, make sure you are correctly outfitted for the type of diving that is going to be on offer where you are heading. If you need some additional piece of gear, buy it before you leave. That way you know you have it, and when you get back, it’s supported by a local shop and local customer service.


Second most popular tip is: Get a proper bag. Regardless of whether you have whittled your dive gear down to a dive skin, booties, PDC, mask and snorkel or if you are traveling with full tech gear and a HD video unit, carry your gear in a dive bag. It’s more organized, offers better protection, and is specifically designed to hold bulky things like BCs and fins.

There are literally dozens of designs, sizes, unloaded weights, and prices to choose from. The most popular around here are big, soft-sided, well-padded with built-in wheels… a godsend on early morning flights when you have to move gear through airport departure areas before the caffeine has kicked in.

While talking about protecting your dive gear investment with a proper travel bag, our travel team also recommends springing for a small dry bag and a larger mesh bag. Think of these accessories as your luggage on dive days. Stuff you need to keep dry – wallet, ID, undies and a spare Shirt (SDI Logo Polo or T Shirt of course) – goes into the dry bag and stuff that needs to be rinsed after a day of diving goes into the mesh bag.

Waterproof luggage tags on everything including the dry and mesh bags.

And by the way, statistics simply do not support the old argument that a big bag with a dive logo on it is like plastering a sign on your bag saying “Steal Me.” The consensus here is that dive gear in a dive bag is no more a target for theft during transport than any other type of bag. And the benefits of having expensive dive gear cocooned in a real dive bag are too great to ignore.


Tip number three is, pack TSA friendly. This requires a little foresight and a quick reading of the “rules of engagement.” There are some things that the wily traveler does NOT pack… scuba cylinders among them. Even though the rules state, we can travel with cylinders as long as the valves are off and there is NOTHING covering the open neck (and yes, this includes tape or a plastic cover), the benefit simply does not warrant the hassle. (Rent tanks when you get there… but arrange things beforehand.)

The same is true of most other dive gear. I have a friend who labels her gear. In fact she goes a step further and on complex items sticks an official looking label (her company letterhead) boldly printed with the following: “This item is recreational scuba diving equipment for personal use and is certified safe for airline travel.” Not perhaps entirely Kosher, but effective.

One item that can be problematic, but not necessarily a show stopper is a canister light. Many years ago, traveling with a canister light was a novelty and always meant a delay of some sort… after all, how many uses can YOU think of for a battery, lots of wires and a light bulb on an airplane. Not necessarily so any more. A few months ago at a southern US airport, the TSA agent scanning carry-on bags suddenly piped up: “OK, who’s the diver?” When I owned up, she asked: “How many watts is your cave light?” Wow. Needless to say, that day, no show and tell was required. Another day, another agent and who knows.

Perhaps, that is the crux of the challenge. The interpretation of the rules is somewhat elastic. Some days one thing is OK and another the same thing is a problem. To cope, you have to be as flexible. Do what’s asked. Be polite. Accept that “your mileage may vary:” and just because someone allowed you to take your rebreather as carry-on last week is no guarantee it’ll fly in the overhead on THIS flight.

The best general advice on this score is to leave a little extra time for check-in and security when traveling with dive gear in case you are asked to check items you intended for carry-on.


The fourth tip is, get it serviced. DO NOT travel with gear that is due for a service and tune up. Get it to your local technician well before any planned trips and vacations. As they say at my local dive center, the best time of year to drop off your gear for its annual service is every six months! Well, you may not dive quite as much as we do and every 12 months is adequate, but DO get into the habit of booking a checkup for your gear a few weeks prior to any big event such as a vacation. That way, you can get a quick pre-trip check-out dive in to confirm everything works as you want it to, before packing it up and getting on the plane!


Tip number five from our panel of expert travelers is, make a list… and use it! Remember in your SDI open water class we mentioned the benefits of an equipment check list: things are not forgotten, dive time is maximized, and the whole dive experience is more fun. Well, this is true in spades when going on a dive vacation. Plan out what you need to pack ahead of time and make yourself a list. Then use it when you pack.

Our travelers suggest the list covers everything you’ll need to make the trip a success, and that includes not only the dive gear you have to take but also the little things that will make life easier. These extras include waterproof sunscreen, a light-weight brimmed sun hat, a rain jacket, a travel first-aid kit, a compact save-a-dive kit, waterproof notebook and graphite stick or pencils, a digital camera (one with a water-resistant housing is great) and a handful of heavy-duty re-sealable freezer bags. Oh, and even though SDI has online confirmation of diver certification, don’t forget your C-cards and dive logbook!

Depending on the local laws and regulations, taking along some familiar between dive snacks will make you a popular buddy. Trail mix, protein bars, granola, and gum all go down well between visits to the reefs and wrecks waiting below.

Well, there you have it, our tips for a good time this fall and winter. Remember to dive safe and dive often, and if you need some ideas of where to go, be sure to check out what your local SDI dive center has on offer, and then browse Diving Adventure Magazine’s travel desk.


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Act now to get your copy of the hottest dive-related title to be released this season, call Jessica, our customer service specialist at 207.729.4201 today. Have your credit card ready (hard cover price is $27.99) and tell Jess you want to get in on the Titanic Book Deal. And do not wait because this is a limited time, limited numbers offer!

Massachusetts Divers Become First to Dive Steamship Portland Shipwreck

Five Massachusetts scuba divers have become the first visitors to the remains of the steamship Portland since it sank in a violent storm with all hands in 1898. The ship lies in 460 feet of water in what is now Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary – twice the depth of the famous and nearby Andrea Doria shipwreck.

The Portland, a luxurious paddlewheel-driven ship 291 feet in length, was carrying approximately 192 passengers and crew when it left Boston bound for Portland, ME on November 26, 1898.

Unconfirmed reports put the ship well south of Boston during the night, but the ship was never seen again. Pieces of the upper decks along with 38 bodies subsequently washed up along the Cape Cod shore, but the location of the shipwreck itself remained a mystery for nearly 100 years. The storm, one of the worst in New England history, later became known as the Portland gale.

Approximately 150 additional vessels were lost in the hurricane force winds and over 400 people died in the storm. Wind and water from the storm destroyed dozens of homes and even changed the course of rivers.

The wreck was discovered in 1989 well north of its presumed location near the Cape, and was positively identified in 2002 during a government sponsored survey using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Its extreme depth has prevented any human visitation until now.

"Equipment and techniques have improved substantially in the past 20 years, making this type of dive by non-commercial divers possible" says Bob Foster, one of the divers. "But that’s not to say it was easy – we trained as a group for over two years prior to making this dive." That training was undertaken with well-respected TDI instructor-trainer Tom Huff out of Northeast Scuba.

Diving from the charter boat Donna III out of Beverly, Mass., Foster and fellow divers Vladislav Mlch, Dave Faye, Don Morse, and Paul Blanchette found the wreck stripped of upper decks and the main deck littered with artifacts including china dinnerware, bottles, decorative glass in brass frames, and brass fittings. "We came down on the Portland in an area near the former galley. It was both exciting and sobering when one thought of the people who last used these items and who were claimed on this ship" said Faye. Removing any artifacts from the site is prohibited by federal law.

Due to the extreme depth and frigid water temperatures, divers are limited to only about 10-15 minutes on the wreck and must endure up to four hours of decompression time before surfacing. "It’s a lot of effort for a little time to explore the wreck" adds Foster, "but even a short visit to the Portland is absolutely worth it".

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Diving Southern California: something for everyone

The southern third of California has something for every type of diver, and accessible dive sites include a variety of different types of dive sites to rival anywhere else in the country.

Let’s look at some specific destinations you should consider.

Annie Crawley, globe-trotting videographer / photographer and SDI instructor, says the diving around the Channel Islands is among the best she has ever done… anywhere. Annie organizes and guides live-aboard trips to this collection of offshore islands every year and directs her fellow travelers to capture the fantastic underwater scenes on camera or video. Kelp forests, drop-offs and rock wall literally 100 percent covered in teeming wildlife of every color and shape, plus sea lions and whales!

If time does not permit a trip out to the Channel Islands, try Catalina Island. Just off-shore and a very popular dive destination, Catalina offers very accessible and interesting shore diving from dozens of spots along its coast including the popular Casino Point Underwater Park and the less visited Blue Cavern Point (think Gorgonia).

One of the must-sees in California is the sea lions. Intelligent, sleek and unbelievably fast swimmers, California sea lions live all along the rocky Pacific Coast line and divers throughout Southern California gravitate to any spot where they can interact with these photogenic animals. If you decide to dive with these jokers, ask local shops if there are haul outs or rookeries, nearby.  Haul outs are spots where sea lions sun themselves during surface intervals between diving to catch their frequent meals. Rookeries are breeding grounds. If you are in San Diego area, think about a trip to Los Coronados (in Mexican waters but boats leave and return from the US for the hour or so journey).

How about a visit to Wreck Alley, just outside Mission Bay, near San Diego? There are six wrecks in this area including the Yukon. This wreck is California’s largest and most popular artificial reef and sits at a depth of about 100 feet and is a great multi-dive spot for both advanced sport and technical divers. One of the big differences between this wreck and many others is that the Yukon is completely intact and penetration is possible… but only recommended for those trained and equipped to do so (sounds like a good spot of TDI Advanced Wreck training).

Other wrecks in the area include: the Ruby E. a Coast Guard Cutter, 165 feet long, and  the El Ray, an old kelp harvester in about 75 feet of water.

Two SDI/TDI shops that you can use while in Southern California are Hollywood Divers in LA and San Diego Underwater Adventurers (SDUA) in… yes, San Diego. They both offer lots visits to many spectacular sites.

Hollywood Divers are on Cahuenga Blvd West in Los Angeles, and on the web at As well as a full service dive shop with sales, rentals and courses from open water to Advanced Trimix, they run trips to many of the local attractions including the Oil Rigs… seven miles off San Pedro and billed as tech diver’s heaven by the locals. These sites really are working oil rigs, and depth run from about 30 feet to 200 and the attraction is “prolific” fish and invertebrates.

SDUA is on Ronson Road in San Diego and also offers a complete gamut of SDI and TDI training, dive travel, gear sales and rentals. They can help you get a handle on lots of local sites including the Coronado Islands, Scripps Canyon, F4 Phantom, Buoy B La Jolla, Polaris missile tower, HMS Yukon, and many others. One newly confirmed site is the wreckage of a B-36 bomber has just been located and confirmed by drop camera in 310 feet of water just off Mission Beach… dives to follow later this month! You’ll find SDUA online at

1… September DiveLog


Get the most out of your certification… Go Diving!

seals by annie crawleyThe message from our group president is simple and to the point: “Go dive your brains out… the season here in the North is hitting its prime-time so strap on your fins and go blow some bubbles now!”

Brian Carney’s advice is to make a date with a dive buddy and get in the water for some underwater exploration and fun at least one weekend through September. You and your buddy might also consider adding to your diving skills by taking an SDI specialty.

“Late summer and early fall is when the diving opportunities in the northern States and Canada are at their best,” he explains. Carney, group president of Scuba Diving International (SDI), Technical Diving International (TDI) and Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI), like all the executive team at headquarters, is also an avid diver and instructor. He grew up in the North East, loves the wrecks of the eastern seaboard as well as the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, and knows that staying active and making the most of local dive opportunities is the best way to become a better diver.


Wow… our associate members really took advantage of that offer!


The Great Scuba Diving International Free Nitrox Tank Wrap Giveaway wrapped up on the weekend and all our shipping department can say is "Phew… Thank goodness!"


Our August promotion was way more successful than we planned for and the folks who work "out back" here at SDI, TDI and ERDI headquarters in Maine, couldn’t believe how many of you "signed up" for TWO FREE full-sized nitrox tank wraps. We told them divers would jump at a freebie, especially one with no strings attached, but they continued to expect a lunch break every day AND to go home on time every night… Actually, we didn’t work them that hard, but they did ship several hundred sets of SDI, TDI Nitrox stickers to happy divers across the USA and Canada… and of course, the staff in our promotions department got all the nice emails telling them how "great SDI is to give this stuff away…"

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Scuba Diving International Leadership Careers are an option…

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Scuba Diving International™ (SDI) has five levels of dive leadership, each one trusted to help maintain a supportive learning platform and each helping to deliver the most progressive and innovative diver education in the world, in the safest format possible.

Working as a professional in the recreational dive industry is a rewarding and satisfying career. Many of our dive leaders are full-time dedicated professionals. Some are no less dedicated but opt to work part-time in diving alongside another full-time or part-time job.

Either way, the feelings of personal accomplishment and pride that accompany “the job” are equally appealing.

We look for special people to become an SDI dive leader: a combination of a good diver, an empathetic people-person, and someone who can be a good ambassador for our sport.

You may be wondering if you have what it takes and how you get “there from here.” It’s not easy but it is straightforward. The continuum from open water diver is a simple progression following a prescribed series of targeted courses. The good news is that all SDI professionals, and those who carry leadership responsibilities in our two sister agencies, Technical Diving International and Emergency Response Diving International, started as brand-new open water graduates. So don’t let the newness of your SDI Open Water Diver card smother your dreams.


The Best Diving in the World!

BretWreckSince Bret Gilliam retired from numerous dive industry "jobs," including founding and running this company until 2003, he gets to spend a great deal of his time traveling to the most exotic dive sites and writing about them. So when he says the diving in the Solomon Islands is among the best he’s experienced, we occasional tourists had better listen.

Read Bret’s full article originally published in Diving Adventure Magazine premier issue published in 2006.

Bret’s article, is typical of the quality and content you’ll find in all the articles in Diving Adventure Magazine, which is now published four times a year.

Reading Diving Adventure Magazine is the next best thing to actually diving, so you may want to consider what you are missing by not subscribing!

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Here’s a great opportunity with a great outfit.
John Allen at Northeast Scuba Supply contacted us to ask if we knew anyone looking for a job… and we thought you might be interested. Here’s what Crazy John told us.

"I am pretty specific on what we are looking for. This is a business and is run like such. Employees get some great incentives and a fun place to work but it is still a business. If you have any computer web building skills this is a definite plus as our website needs a complete revamp."

If you are a certified diver, have a healthy attitude and are fun-loving, are willing to learn new ideas and diving techniques, and feel you have the ability to work with the rest of the team at Northeast, contact John.

The Job offers: Starting Salary 32,000 to 38,000 (depending on qualifications); Two Weeks Paid Vacation; Hours Monday thru Friday 11am to 8pm (No Weekends)

Northeast Scuba Supply

919 North Trooper Rd.

Norristown, PA 19403

(610) 631-2288

Fax (610) 631-1256




If you are already an active scuba instructor looking for the added challenge and rewards that come from teaching Public Safety Divers through North America’s leading PSD education system, here is a message for you. There is an Emergency Response Diving International Instructor Program scheduled for two weekends in October (11/12 and 18/19) at 1 877 SCUBA USA, 480 Rt 17 North, 2nd Floor, Paramus, NJ 07652


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