July 2007

ScubaDiverInfo.com celebrates 1st Anniversary!
ScubaDiverInfo.com went live on July 29th, 2006. We can't believe it's already been a year. And what a year it's been. Traffic's been going up, up, up on a very steep curve. We now have 25,000 site visits every month. We reported on Scuba news. We wrote ourselves silly with almost 100,000 words of blog entries. We did perhaps the most detailed underwater camera reviews out there. Our page on favorite dive sites include zoomable maps. We analyzed the complete offerings of major scuba gear manufacturers. Our visitors can select the local Dive Shop of the Month. We do a monthly newsletter. NASA itself changed its review procedures when we pointed out an error in one of their projects. Scuba authorities from around the world ask if they can use our content. It's been a wild ride. So thanks for making ScubaDiverInfo.com part of your online life, and here's to Year 2!!! -- Posted Sunday, July 29, 2007 by chb

How to make money with diving
According to a story in rgj.com, at least two divers have figured out how to make money diving. David Bryant and Christopher Cook travel the country diving for golf balls in golf course ponds. According to them, each lake or pond yields between 2,000 and 3,000 balls. The balls are then examined, reconditioned and sold online. The duo also finds plenty of golf clubs and other interesting golf paraphernalia. -- Posted Thursday, July 26, 2007 by chb

Tennessee Aquarium presents Legends of the Deep — Part III
&tLooking for the truth about sharks? Explorer and award-winning underwater filmmaker Nick Caloyianis has captured over 40 different shark species on film or video. Caloyianis has achieved several shark firsts in his spectacular career including being the first to film a Greenland shark under the ice, and being the first person to film the mating behavior of any shark species. He and his partner Clarita Berger will make a special presentation “In the World of Sharks” Tuesday, July 31, 7 - 9 p.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium, with a reception to follow. Purchase on-line by clicking Events at or call 423-267-FISH. -- Posted Saturday, July 21, 2007 by chb

Underwater photography 101
Here at ScubaDiverInfo.com we take our underwater photography serious. We both test the latest waterproof cameras and underwater housings, and we love to take pictures down there. Scuba expert Carol Cotton Walker is an experienced underwater photographer with many thousand shots in her archives. Read her latest blog entry, "Underwater Photography Explored." -- Posted Thursday, July 19, 2007 by chb

A shark? No, a Paddlefish!
What the heck is that?!? That's the most common response when someone hears about a Paddlefish. It's also the most common question when one sees a Paddlefish! In fact, while Paddlefish have a cartilage skeleton and date back to before the dinosaurs, Paddlefish are not closely related to sharks and can be found in rivers and even a few quarries. That is where our own Carol Cotton Walker found and photographed this specimen. [Read about Paddlefish and see more Paddlefish pictures] -- Posted Thursday, July 19, 2007 by chb

Diving game coming to Wii console
If you have a Wii, Nintendo's unexpectedly successful next generation video game console, you may soon be able to go dive on it thanks to a new game called "Forever Blue." It is a diving simulation and adventure that uses the Wii's revolutionary motion-sensitive game controller. "Forever Blue" will debut in Japan in August, but no US release date yet. To check a bunch of cool Forever Blue screenshots, click here. -- Posted Wednesday, July 4, 2007 by chb

Site for plus-size female SCUBA divers
Plus-size people often ask themselves if they can engage in scuba diving. Check out Big Adventures, a site for a by plus size women divers. It contains a lot of information and resources for plus-size diving. -- Posted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 by chb