April 2008

Use the scuba certification model for the gun industry?
The Christian Science Monitor suggests one way to resolve the conflict between those opposed to guns and those who wish to keep the right to bear arms: use the Scuba diver certification model! Make gun use and maintenance training and certification mandatory. Require retailers to request a certified gun owner C-card before any sales of guns or ammo. Non-consenting retailers would be cut off from supplies of goods. Hey, it's a idea. [Read article on What the Gun Industry Can Learn From Scuba Divers] -- Posted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 by chb

8 divers saved after 40-hours
Getting lost at sea after surfacing--it can happen to anyone. Eight experienced divers went out on a boat to dive Seven Stars Rock off the southern part of Taiwan. However, the boat could not locate them when they were supposed to surface, and they were reported missing. After being at sea for 36 hours, one of the divers, a dive trainer, found land and coul alert the Coast Guard. Over the next several hours, the other seven divers were found drifting, and rescued. Amazingly, all survived the long ordeal none the worse for wear. [Read report on divers saved after 40 hours] -- Posted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 by chb

Switzerland runs "Heat of the moment" Safe Sex ads
A new Aids prevention campaign in Switzerland urges to practice safe sex even in situations where it is easy to get carried away or let your guard down. One of the spots and posters shows a diving couple.
-- Posted Thursday, April 10, 2008 by chb

Weight: Fresh water versus salt water
Carol answers a question about how much weight you're supposed to carry in fresh water compared to salt water diving. [Read Fresh water vs. Salt Water] -- Posted Wednesday, April 9, 2008 by chb

Pioneering diving book author passes away
John Tassos passed away at age 89. As a freelance writer ad photographer, Tassos wrote "The Underwater World -- The complete guide to all phases of safe underwater fun in oceans, rivers and lakes" published by Prentice-Hall in 1959. In the book Tassos shared his experience and knowledge of scuba diving. -- Posted Tuesday, April 8, 2008 by chb