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Press Release 07/12/04 Whale Shark Expedition 2005 Scuba World Safaris is working with researchers tagging Whale Sharks in Utila, Honduras next February. The Expedition is lead by Paul Shepherd an Underwater photographer and PADI Instructor. We will be building a database of whale sharks that visit the area and can therefore learn more about the habits of these amazing creatures. The Database will include DNA samples and a photo library. Even if you are not an accomplished photographer you can help compile this. Paul is running a photography workshop whilst the researchers teach the members about the Whale Sharks. The researchers will only be doing this for 6 weeks each year and we have 2 of those! This is also the first year of the project, so therefore the most interesting as all the Sharks will need to be tagged and recorded. Utila is one of the smallest Bay Islands and is also one of the least developed. Staying in Deep Blue a small-secluded resort the whole expedition is geared to the diver and their experiences. The coral spawning and egg laying of many fish draws the whale sharks to Utila each year. The researchers have planned the project for the best chance to see the Sharks. We are also operating a spotter plane to help locate the sharks so we can cover as many as possible. The Expedition is limited to 10 spaces so don’t wait! Check out the website at www.scubaworldsafaris.com or email us at info@scubaworldsafaris.com

Rosie Webb, rosiewebb@ukdiving.co.uk, 7 December 2004


pls i want school visa to enter uk thanks peter

peter, ferdinand_6utd@yahoo.com, 6 December 2004


diving service" sterted recreation scuba dive at "saint martins island" Bangladesh. This is first time opened recreation dive operchtunity in Bangladesh. founder "Sufi Md Atiqur Rahman. Fax:88-2-9563583.

Sufi sufi Atiqur Rahman, divebangladesh@yahoo.com, 24 August 2004


This is nice option for me. "Oceanic scuba diving service" sterted recreation scuba dive at "saint martins island" Bangladesh. This is first time opened recreation dive operchtunity in Bangladesh. founder "Sufi Md Atiqur Rahman. Fax:88-2-9563583.

Sufi sufi Atiqur Rahman, divebangladesh@yahoo.com, 24 August 2004


elisha , , 14 June 2004


I cxannot access your site about shark diving being banned in california (farallons national marine sanctury). Please could you send it to me.??? thank you so much from cape town, South Africa.

Bernie Shelly, shelly@xsinet.co.za, 9 June 2004


Am urgently trying to contact Allan Woods who is opening a Dive Acadamy in Blyth - Lost number - Please Help!

S Bransby, duneperfume@btinternet.com, 4 June 2004


Has anything been published here about the reorts on Sipadan being closed down? See: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=26737

Richard Merritt, , 26 May 2004


Has anything been published here about the reorts on Sipadan being closed down? See: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=26737

Richard Merritt, , 26 May 2004


Has anything been published here about the reorts on Sipadan being closed down? See: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=26737

Richard Merritt, , 26 May 2004


mortgagee in possesssion signs up at Dorothea. NO Diving Allowed. we read them on the way out

anonymous, nwsac.co.uk, 17 April 2004


For more information: Patric Douglas 415.235.9410 staff@absoluteadv.com www.sharkdiver.com Absolute Adventures-Shark Diver Builds World’s Largest Shark Cages Marine Researchers saw Great White Sharks off the coast of California- this CEO saw an outstanding business opportunity. San Francisco, CA – March 23, 2004 – For Chief Excitement Officer Patric Douglas of Absolute Adventures-Shark Diver, taking clients cage diving with Great White Sharks is the best day job ever, one that he won’t quit anytime soon. The numerous Great White Sharks off the coast of Isla Guadalupe in Mexico are fast moving, razor toothed predators. To interact with these unique animals, some over 15 feet in length, Douglas and his shark team spent 5 months building the world’s largest shark cages totaling 100 square feet with a unique external floatation system that provides a more comfortable, spacious and safe way for divers to come nose-to-nose with Great White Sharks below the water’s surface. “Clients come on our shark diving expeditions looking for their next thrill, but they leave with a greater appreciation for the beauty and grace of Great White Sharks,” said Douglas with an easy smile. “My biggest thrill is not necessarily the cage diving – it’s watching people lives being fundamentally changed by stretching their comfort boundaries, this is just one of the unexpected by-products of our cage diving experience.” With the all new and spacious shark diving cages, Douglas is able to give his adventure-seeking clients, ranging in ages from 20-70 years, a safer view of these magnificent animals up close and in person. His 5 day expeditions include notable Great White Shark researchers who are studying the DNA and migration patterns of these animals. Surprisingly, a number of divers are solo females, including a mother of two sets of twins who booked an expedition this season. What drives Douglas’s new business are referrals from past clients and a growing global “hunger” for safe interactions with the worlds top sea predator. Since 2000, Douglas and his company Absolute Adventures-Shark Diver have offered Great White Shark cage diving, first in the Farallon Islands near San Francisco and now at the acclaimed Isla Guadalupe site. To help preserve the Farallon’s fragile shark population located within a National Marine Sanctuary, Absolute Adventures-Shark Diver ceased all cage diving there in the autumn of 2002 and began focusing entirely on Mexico and several new destinations in 2004-5. In fact, 2003 was a banner year for Douglas. Despite being in the middle of the second Gulf War when most travel companies were at a virtual standstill, he and his team successfully booked their entire 2003 expedition season at Isla Guadalupe with more than 145 excited divers in record time. To book a Great White Shark cage diving adventure with Patric Douglas and the crew of Absolute Adventures-Shark Diver, call 415.235.9410 or visit http://www.sharkdiver.com. About Patric Douglas Cleaning up after his third hurricane in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Absolute Adventures–Shark Diver’s Patric Douglas decided that there had to be a safer way to make a living. He moved back to the west coast where he was quickly offered a job working for a medical travel company escorting American doctors all over the globe. Douglas then spent the next two years as one of the first American tour guides back into Vietnam setting up a safe, unique travel route throughout its remarkable historically rich country. While escorting 21-day tours through China, Bali, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America, his easygoing leadership and good humor made for some exciting moments on the road that would not have happened without him. Mountain slides in Peru, saltwater crocodiles blocking the road in Australia and even a Cyclone in New Zealand did not deter this imaginative expedition guide from offering the best available to his risk-taking international clients. Finding a safer way to make a living has now led this adventure entrepreneur into the deep sea realm of the Great White Shark. # # #

Staff, staff#absoluteadv.com, 23 March 2004


Well, what's happend to the web site for users to upload there own pages. Been trying for 2 months to phone and email (NOT 1 REPLY) I guess I will go elsewhere.

Peter Taylow, willucall@mailcity.com, 2 February 2004


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j, j, 16 January 2004


is there any academy of DIVING IN MALAYSI

FATHI , fathi-elobeidi@maktoob.com, 16 December 2003


The swiss diveclub divezone.ch opened an online store for cool diver Stuff. Let others know what's under this Tshirt. Be proud of saying that there's a diver inside! Everything that lets a divers heart getting higher. Even if you dive outside of Switzerland, you can wear this cool stuff to protect the diver inside from the cold weather... www.cafepress.com/diverinside

Flex, flexkeller@gmx.ch, 19 November 2003


Dive down to the Titanic... I wonder if you would let your web readers know about Ghosts of the Abyss 3D, a brand new giant-screen film in the IMAX Theatre-At-Bristol from 19 July. Ghosts of the Abyss takes you down to the legendary Titanic to explore the ghostly ship inside and out, in spectacular 3D. For more information visit http://www.at-bristol.org.uk/IMAX/ghosts.htm

Susie Jones, groups@at-bristol.org.uk, 4 July 2003


this page sux

Who Wants Some ! ! !, im.not.a.diver@This.Sux, 10 June 2003


Stuart Bell (ex London Aquarium) was tragically killed yesterday in Australia on his way to work at Australia Zoo, just outside Brisbane. He was hit by a car whilst riding to work and died instantly and apparently would not have had time to know what happened to him. He had just spent some time in Cairns diving off the Great Barrier Reef which was something he had always wanted to see. My thoughts are with all those who knew him.

Nicola Coster, clancoster@bigpond.com, 6 June 2003


I search a renseignement in accident dive ( one killed )in a channel island ( a casquet on wreck 65 m )in may 2003. thanks

colleu, vcolleu@wanadoo.fr, 4 June 2003


Editor: You may not be aware that Paul Tzimoulis (Skin Diver Magazine) is seriously ill. Attached is a News Release I wrote for the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences that shares how divers can get involved in showing our respect and appreciation for Paul. Also attached is a biography I wrote about Paul from my book, Pioneers In Diving, and a photo of Paul. If you know of anyone who would like to participate in this program, have them contact me. I'm sure all your divers would like to know about Paul's condition and how we can help him. Anything you can do to spread the word would be greatly appreciated. According to his wife, Geri Murphy, we don't have much time. If you have any question, please contact me. Ed **************************************** Edward C. Cargile 2133 Sorrento Drive Oceanside, CA 92056, USA Phone/Fax: (760) 722-1205 Email: ecargile@cox.net Program Manager, Engineer, Commercial Diver, Writer and Underwater Photographer. Author of Pioneers In Diving. *****************************************

Ed Cargile, ecargile@cox.net, 21 May 2003


GREAT WHITE SHARK DIVING IN NORTH AMERICA For many divers the opportunity to safely view an apex predator at close range is the ultimate experience. Sport divers have been traveling to South Australia and South Africa for many years to see and film the great white shark. Although it has been known for some time that there are many white sharks in California waters, until recently no one has offered the experience to the public. Now divers and shark enthusiasts can experience big sharks in North America —at Guadalupe and the Farallon Islands. Guadalupe Island lies about 160 miles offshore and 220 miles south of San Diego California. Cruising to Guadalupe on San Diego's finest 95 foot long liveaboard, dive and fishing vessel Searcher is a real pleasure. The Searcher is superior in all aspects. Her size, speed, stability and amenities are unsurpassed. The vessel is 95’ long and 24’ wide. Her fifteen private cabins and gourmet dining puts the Searcher in a class all by herself. First Class. After departing from Fishermens Landing in San Diego California the crossing usually takes 20 to 22 hours. We generally fish along the way catching good sized Albacore and Tuna. The island is remote, surrounded by deep water, and is home to large numbers of Elephant seals, Guadalupe fur seals, and California sea lions. Right off the islands shore is some of the best tuna fishing anywhere. Yellow Fin Tuna weighing 60 to 100 pounds are common. Typically, this is a five day trip, one day each way to and from San Diego and three days at the island. At Guadalupe white sharks are attracted to caged divers with the use of chum. Typically the sharks show up shortly after the chumming begins and stick around for the remainder of the day and into the night. Great White Adventures is the only outfit to offer night dives with white sharks and this adds a whole new realm of excitement to an already amazing experience . Guadalupe white sharks here are generally sub-adults ranging in size, 10 to 14 feet, with the occasional 16 footer. With visibility in the 70 to 100 foot range and water temps near 70 F, this is the place to photograph white sharks. White sharks at Guadalupe are mellow and cautious. They slowly investigate cages and hang baits, and willingly pose for portraits. These are not the monsters depicted in the movie “Jaws.” Rather, they exhibit a powerful grace and beauty, and divers are amazed at their, strong, muscular bodies. They never attack the cage as they do in the movies, and never did they behave aggressively towards caged divers however they will occasionally make investigative bites at the cages only as part of thier curious disposition. The shark experience is quite different at the Farallons. The Farallon Islands are a chain of small islets and assorted rocks about 30 miles west of San Francisco, where a number of BBC and National Geographic films have been shot. In 1999 Captain Lawrence Groth of Great White Adventures began offering cage diving trips there. It’s only an hour and a half boat ride from the Bay Area, so there is no need for a live aboard boat. A once in a lifetime experience can be had with only a day’s investment. White sharks are not attracted by chumming at the Farallons, rather ingenious homemade decoys that look like seals are used to lure sharks to the cage. Visibility at the Farallons can be over 100 feet, but it can also be less than 20. The sharks at the Farallons are big! The smallest are around 13 feet long and the biggest was at least 19. Length alone does not give you an idea of the size of these sharks, their girth is much more impressive than length. Farallon sharks are fast and nervous. They often exhibit a hit and run behavior, so unlike the mellow approach at Guadalupe. Their boldness leads to spectacular encounters. These sharks regularly attack decoys with such speed that the entire shark flies completely out of the water. Occasionally divers get to view the attack from below. Contrary to the description in the recent BBC video “Air Jaws,” South Africa is not the only place where white sharks put on spectacular aerial displays. At the Farallons, divers may be fortunate to observe natural predation. Elephant seals come to the islands in the fall, and the sharks are there waiting for them. It is difficult to describe the extreme violence of a white shark attack. First you see a 600 pound elephant seal catapulted from the water, then you see the blood slick, then the birds move in, finally the shark returns to take huge bites out of the carcass. As Captain Groth puts it, “It’s like a Marine Serengeti out here. You experience the complete circle of life.” So now we do not have to travel to Africa or Australia to get close to one of the ocean’s apex predators. Get out there and see “the landlord” yourself, if you dare. By Bruce Watkins For information or reservations contact: Great White Adventures 2038 Pacific Ave. Alameda, Ca 94501 (510) 814-8256 www.greatwhiteadventures.com

Lawrence Groth, captgroth@alamedanet.net, 8 May 2003


Adam Hart-Davis is looking to hear divers’ stories... Adam Hart-Davis and the team are looking for divers to appear in his primetime BBC2 series, Science Shack – on an episode about living underwater. If you think you can help with any of the following, contact scienceshack@screenhouse.co.uk Have you ever been on a diving trip that turned into a survival trip? Have you lived off the ocean? Do you use a harpoon gun? What ocean plant-life can we eat? Have you got any suggestions for underwater hunting or perhaps you know about fish ranching? Are you a professional diver who’s lived in an underwater habitat? Have you (or anyone you know) stayed at the Jules Undersea Lodge off the coast of the Florida Keys? See the Science Shack website for more details at www.bbc.co.uk/scienceshack, or email us at scienceshack@screenhouse.co.uk

Becky Opstad, scienceshack@screenhouse.co.uk, 3 March 2003


Divers beware. My buddy and I were at St. Catherines on Loch Fyne Scotland today 2/2/2003. With intermittent blizzard conditions, we completed one dive. We were contemplating going in for a second dive, but after careful consideration we decided against this. Our reason being, that should anything go wrong and we had to phone the coastguard for assistance, we could be putting the helicopter crews at risk by having them fly in atrocious weather conditions. We divers should not only be aware to the risks we take, but also to the risks other people may have to take to assist us should the worst happen. I would not like divers to come into the same category as hill walkers and climbers, who continually put emergency services at risk by their irresponsible actions.

Allan Woods, allanwoods@ntlworld.com, 2 February 2003


Dorathea quarry.talk about im alright jack,three 4x4's parked on the pontoonand if that wasnt enough they left all their equipment lying on the edge.Comon lads think of others and not just yourselves for a changeor as i overheard their could be a nasty dent in your motor from a twinset.

C JONES , , 19 January 2003


Free Diving Association Mourns the Death of Audrey Mestre The International Association of Free Divers (IAFD) has issued a statement mourning the death of freediver Audrey Mestre who died in a freediving accident on 12 October, 2-1/2 miles off the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic. Mestre was attempting to officially break the world freediving record with a dive of 170m (557.7 feet), a depth which she achieved unofficially during a practice dive three days before. The cause of the accident remains unknown at this time. Mestre was attempting to break the record in the "No Limits" category which involves riding a weighted sled down the length of a vinyl-coated stainless steel cable.She is survived by her husband, freediver Francisco "Pipin" Ferreras of Miami. "Audrey was a true pioneer who was extending our understanding of human performance at extreme depths," said IAFD President, Carlos Serra. "We're all in shock and extend our deepest sympathies to Pipin and to Audrey's parents."

webmaster, , 17 October 2002


I wondered if you might be able to let your website readers know about the following Time Team documentary: an underwater excavation. > > October 28th, 9pm, Channel 4 > "The Wreck of the Colossus: A Time Team Documentary". > > In 1798, HMS Colossus was wrecked off Samson on the Isles of Scilly. Part of Nelson's fleet returning from the Battle of the Nile, she struck rocks and sank, lying undiscvered until the 1970s. In the 70s local diver Roland Morris found part of the wreck, along with thousands of fragments of Etruscan pottery. The ship had been carrying Sir William Hamilton's priceless collection of antiquities. Last year, local diver Todd Stevens located another part of the wreck - hundreds of metres away from the first site. He unearthed an enormous and elaborate stern carving: one of the rarest and best preserved in the world. This year Time Team returned to the Scillies to watch the excavation and raising of the carving from the sea bed, and to plot a high tech 3 D survey of the debris trail of canon, copper spikes and small finds, between the 2 wreck sites. Shedding new light on the wrecking process of wooden ships, and with footage of the remarkable carving, and underwater activities in ! > the Scillies, the documentary re-tells the story of the Colossus, and how she came to rest in the Scilly Isles. > > A must-see for all divers!

Sian Price, sianprice@timeteam.net, 11 October 2002


Farallons California Famed shark researchers Peter Pyle and Scott Anderson are under an intense 3 month investigation from the Department of Fish and Game for the alleged selling of access to the Gulf of the Farallons islands to amateur shark enthusiasts from the U.K. from 2000 to now. Under this illegal internet based scheme, they asked for and received $7500 Pounds per tourist per week or $11,740 U.S.D for exclusive access to this protected Bio-Sphere Reserve, one of only 6 on the entire planet. None of these monies collected were ever reported to the DFG nor did they actually go towards "research" or any tax authorities. In fact exactly who received the amounts and where they went is still a mystery that the DFG is investigating. Access to the Farallons is very, very restrictive with permits taking up to 6 months to process. Permits are only given to researchers and support staff and each permit details sever restrictions as to movement and individuals behaviors on the islands. Why then did "researchers" decide to go ahead with this money based eco-tourism scheme? Here is the original internet offer, if you dive in California, or care about diving in California this is a pattern. Access to some and shrinking dive sites and access to the rest of us. By the way these same "researchers" are seeking 100 meter limitations on divers at the Farallons, so divers will not disturb their "research" or is it divers will be disturbing the British tourists who are paying $11,750 for exclusive access. Care to comment on this? Send an email to Ed Ueber-manager of the Farallons-ed.ueber@noaa.gov Dan Basta-Director of NOAA Sanctuaries-dan.basta@noaa.gov Mike Weisse-Deputy Director of Sanctuaries-michael.weise@noaa.gov The internet offer HELP SUPPORT RESEARCH.... AND GET TO WATCH WHITE SHARKS AT THE FARALLONES THE Shark Trust is please to announce a new co-operative scheme with the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, in its continuing support for helping fund white shark biological research in Californian waters. Following discussions at the Shark Trust Conference in April this year, longstanding PRBO biologist Peter Pyle - on behalf of the White Shark research team at the Farallon Islands, California - has confirmed a once-in-a lifetime, exclusive offer available to Shark Trust supporters only. In return for a sponsorship payment of Ł7500 ($11,760 U.S) to the Shark Trust, which will be used to purchase a satellite tag for local deployment on a Farallon white shark, supporters are invited to join the research team on the Farallones for a whole week. Both the Farallon Islands and the local white sharks are strictly protected by state legislation and access onto Southeast Farallon (SEFI) is equally very restrictive. This is likely, therefore, to provide the only opportunity for amateur shark enthusiasts to visit this world-famous site, which served as the primary filming location for the Emmy-winning BBC/Nat.Geo wildlife special, 'Great White Shark' (1995). Visitors will have the chance to see adult white sharks up to nearly 6 metres in length at arms length, feeding upon seals during the peak autumnal season. The team at SEFI do not get in to the water in cages to observe the sharks so please note: this is NOT a cage-viewing or other contrived behavioural encounter opportunity intended for divers! All observations are made from the small SEFI research boat or from on land. Many of the sharks are familiar with the presence of the boat and often circle it at close quarters (as has been shown in several TV documentaries). Underwater video footage is obtained using underwater 'pole' cameras. Whilst on the island you will be responsible for participating in the shark watch rosta operated from the lighthouse atop the island. This involves scanning the waters around the island for shark attacks or sightings. Shifts usually last two hours. If an attack occurs during your shift and weather conditions permit, you will run down the steep trail to the boat (the jog is an experience itself - look out for the falcons!) and go out with the researchers in the boat to the attack location. You may even help us tag the shark(s). If the weather is good (ca. 65% of the time) you may also go out with us in the boat to put out decoys and wait for potential attacks to take place. When the weather is bad (ca. 35%) we will concentrate on sighting sharks from the shore and surveying seal and sea lion rookeries for shark-bitten animals. There is also an abundance of other wildlife on the island for you to view and photograph during your visit. There will be 4-6 other people on the island during your stay. This will include long-term interns helping PRBO with the shark and bird research and up to one other supporter (such as yourself). There is a very good chance that you will have a single room during your visit although we can't absolutely guarantee this (especially if two supporters come out at the same time). We may request that you pitch-in by cooking during one night of your stay. The Ł7,500 includes money to purchase one satellite tag and the time to download the data, transportation between San Francisco and the Farallones, and all food while you are on the island and a donation to The Shark Trust. It does *NOT* include airfare, lodging in San Francisco, or transportation while in and around San Francisco. PRBO can help provide information with regards your accommodation and travel in San Francisco. You will also have the opportunity to name the shark that is tagged with your tag, if it doesn't already have a name! To confirm a place in this program, please note that the Southeast Farallon Island (SEFI) Great White project require your full Ł7,500 to be paid by 1 August in each respective year. First come, first served! If you need to cancel your trip, please note monies are non-refundable. You will, however, be able to come at another agreed time (within 3 years of your initial proposed visit). Please note that all visitors will be asked to sign a disclaimer document (in the event of an accident). In order to get the most out of this opportunity and to help ensure you become an integral member of the team on the island, please note that ideally you will be: * Prepared to live and work in simple 'field' conditions * Prepared to 'join in' (as and when asked to do so) * Relaxed in the company of others * Have some experience of small boats * Have good 'sea legs' - i.e. not prone to seasickness! * Not be prone to any panic attacks when (large)sharks get up close! SATELLITE TAGGING WHITE SHARKS AT THE FARALLONES: The story so-far.... The funding PRBO is seeking through the Shark Trust will enable SEFI to use the latest satellite transmitter technology to investigate the occurrence patterns and migratory routes of this keystone predator. The transmitters will be attached near the Farallon Islands, where Peter Pyle and his team have an on-going, long-term project investigating the predatory behavior of white sharks. The project has resulted in many scientific publications, several major wildlife documentaries, and countless popular articles and television pieces. In 1994 it also directly led to a Bill being passed, and which was made permanent in 1998, protecting white sharks in California waters. Using the satellite tags, the project is now aiming to move its investigations to a new level - the long-term movement patterns of white sharks within and beyond California waters. While several studies at Southeast Farallon Island (SEFI) have shed light on the life history of seasonally resident white sharks off central California, virtually nothing is known of their long range movement patterns or breeding biology. At SEFI, white sharks occur in August-March (peaking in September-November) but are absent (or virtually so) in April-July, and no data exist on where these sharks go at this time. Distributions of captured and beachwashed white sharks suggest that breeding adults travel into waters off Baja California to pup in March-June, but these data may be biased by ocean-current patterns, fishing effort, and changes in prey resources. While white sharks are known to occur in various other remote places in the Pacific (e.g., Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Hawaii), it is not known if these populations are isolated from one another or if long-distance migrations between these localities occur. We will learn a great deal about the movement patterns of white sharks by determining where they are from four to eight months after leaving SEFI waters in fall, and what physical oceanographic parameters they have inhabited along the way. As a pilot study, Pyle's team deployed two archival pop-up transmitters onto white sharks on 19 and 30 October 1999, during the course of the ongoing work at SEFI. The transmitters represent state-of-the art tags developed for researching bluefin and other species of tuna. The tags record and store data on water temperature, depth from surface, and light volume. The combination of photosensor, water-temperature, and depth data will allow scientists to determine daily position of the sharks within 5 or 10 km. Once popped off, the transmitters downloaded these data, along with exact position of pop-off, via satellite to computers at Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, California. Both of the tagged sharks were males (as documented with video after deployment), and the first shark had a California Fish and Game tag in it as well, which had been attached near Ano Nuevo Island (Santa Cruz) in 1997 (the first shark ever documented at both locations). Transmitters were attached below the first dorsal fins (in the dorsal saddle musculature) using an eight-foot dowel pole and titanium, billfish-tagging spear tip. Numerous opportunities occur each season to apply tags during predatory attacks, when up to ten sharks often swim parallel to and within 1 metre of the 17' SEFI research boat. Both tags successfully popped off on the programmed dates, 2 and 25 November 1999, respectively. The first tag popped up 3-4 nautical miles southwest of SEFI and the second tag popped off close to Bird Rock near the tip of Tomales Point, northern Marin County. The data from these two tags were successfully recovered and, once analysed, will provide daily information on the location and behavior of these two sharks during October-November 1999. In addition, because white sharks (unlike tuna) will swim close to the water surface at times, the light sensor data has proven very reliable for developing algorithms to determine daily location of the sharks and other marine species that will be tagged in the future. The data collected from the satellite tags in 1999 will be of extreme interest, especially regarding short-term movement patterns and water-mass preferences, but a sample of just two tags will not be enough to fully answer the proposed questions at the population level. Therefore, the researchers propose expanding the project to include up to five tags per year during the 2000-2004 seasons (September-November each year). In future years, researchers plan on having the tags pop-up after longer intervals and may be able to put tags on the same sharks in different years. They will thus be able to assess inter annual variation in movement patterns, both at the individual and the population levels. For those people who would like to stay with the SEFI team for more than one week, please note they suggest you initially come for one week and then discuss the potential for yourself to work with the team for a longer period of time the following year. If this is of potential interest to yourself, please note that the total annual requirement for satellite tags for the next four seasons is Ł50,000 per year, primarily for the tags and computer time to download the data. YOU CAN HELP MAKE MORE OF THIS VITAL RESEARCH A REALITY. All visitors are required to adopt a responsible attitude to the unique Farallones Wildife Refuge and its varied fauna. Please don't come if you are seeking a quasi-educational 'yahoo' experience rather than participating in bone fide research. Residing in the old coastguard house on SEFI and at the mercy of varied Pacific weather, the small team can often feel wholly remote from the mainland and so this is no place for folk who quickly crave all the 'home comforts'! Based on past data, Peter Pyle, Scot Anderson and the research team anticipate seeing an average of 5.5 predatory attacks and a further 5 white shark sightings each week during the period when supporter visits are planned. In addition and weather permitting, the researchers will visit to close quarters and videotape some 3 to 4 such attacks each week, using the small SEFI boat. Only a handful of places are available over the next three years, with just one free slot now remaining during the 2000 season:, for 4 - 11 November 2000. In 2001, the dates are: * 28 September to 6 October * 6 October to 13 October * 3 November to 10 November * 10 November to 17 November Similar weeks (Saturday to Saturday) are likely to become available in 2002-2003, but early booking is recommended. There's plenty of time for the keen and resourceful to begin fundraising for your satellite tag, but please note that funds must be received by the Shark Trust by 1 August 2001 at the latest. And remember: you MUST be a Shark Trust supporter to qualify. For further guidance and information, contact Clive James at the Shark Trust office, National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, England, U.K, by e-mail at: enquiries@sharktrust.org Please note we have a follow up document available providing all the info with regards travel, medical requirements, US accomodation etc. Please also note that you can still also support PRBO's white shark research at the Farallones by adopting one of the local white sharks - please contact the Shark Trust office at the e-mail address above for further details.

patric douglas, staff@absoluteadv.com, 18 September 2002


I don't know if the diving community at large are aware of an alarming proposal that is being discussed at present. I received an email this morning regarding the proposed move of the Portland Search & Resque helicopter from Portland to Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire. There is a letter set up on the following website which can be sent to the Prime Minister opposing this proposal, it also gives more details about the helicopter, Whiskey Bravo. http://www20.brinkster.com/whiskeybravo/ Lives will most certainly be at risk if this proposal goes ahead, please would you endeavour to pass this on to as many people as possible. Thank you.

Tracy L Walters (Mrs), tracy.walters@cornhill.co.uk, 4 July 2002


Hi I hope you will all look out for us from the 12th July 02. We are Diving around Britain to raise money for the RNLI. We hope to complete the trip in five days and 1600 miles. So keep an eye out for us. If you want more info on dive sites and times or want to pledge money you can contact The RNLI on 01473 822837 or me at DiveBritain02@hotmail.com. Dig deep people, because we all could need them at sometime and these people are out in all conditions! Cheers then and safe diving!

Tony, DiveBritain02@hotmail.com, 27 June 2002


Congratulations to Seascape Scuba for getting 5 Star rating, top job Dan & Kerry and the nice bunch of instructers that are there www.seascapescuba.com

Paul & John, paul@tritontek.com, 14 March 2002


Dorothea Quarry main entrance has been blocked as of the 6-1-02, the rear entrance was open at 4pm today. Rob - South Wales Mixed Gas Group

rob, rob@swmg.co.uk, 6 January 2002


This site has just been added to the A-Zfind.com website directory. Other diving site suggestions are welcome.

, , 6 January 2002


Octopus Divers now have a new web site at www.octopusdivers.org.uk

martin simpson, msimpson58@lineone.net, 5 January 2002


Hi all! Can Anyone pls let me know of any PADI Dive clubs within the B;ham area . many thanks, I know its not news but if answered it will be good news for myself!! pls mail me @ mailto:kitejumper@hotmail.com Thanks again.

Tim, kitejumper@hotmail.com, 8 October 2001


Condolences go out to Jan Hesketh partner of Dave Ogden skipper of the Harry Slater who sadly died of a heart attack on August 14th at the helm of his beloved boat. This is a great loss to our branch, which we gained freindship and some memorable diving around Mull and the Small Isles. Our hearts go out to Jan from all your friends in every club and skippers of many dive boats and fishing boats, I know he was well thought of in and around the Oban area where he was based. A great loss From Terry Goldie and all members at Long Eaton BSAC

Terry Goldie, terry.goldie@ntlworld.com, 15 August 2001


divers can win a free trip to Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. Details at www.jongbonaire.org

jane townsend, jtownsend@jongbonaire.org, 14 August 2001


Cardiff Dolphins has a new website that gives onfo on what we dive and how. www.dolphinsacdivers.8k.com

Dolphin Committee, mr_diver@hotmail.com, 24 June 2001


Mark Andrews, one of the UK's leading Technical Divers, has a new dive centre. The centre offers training from Open Water right up to Trimix, a shop selling a range of technical diving equipment, full gas mixing facilities and a very active dive club. For more information visit the website at www.deep-thoughts.co.uk

Deep Thoughts, info@deep-thoughts.co.uk, 31 May 2001


dived the sister ship of the thistlegorm, it lies in the red sea too and was only found a couple of years ago. the thing is that it still has all the portholes in and only 35 meters to the deck, not something you see any more is it?

darren, dhodges@alteredminds.com, 21 May 2001


There`s a new dive club started near Southampton dive`s will be mainly hard boats & chartered ribs for more information call me on 01703733979 ask for kev.

Kev Mchugh, KEVINMCHUGH1@aol.com, 10 Feb 2001


still trying to figure out what the BSAC commitee is trying to do save it flush it down the pan after all its a diving club and not a diving company as basicly that is what it is all coming down to now, once upon a time we could feel good about the type of training we hade to go through to get our qualification now they dish them out with packets of Corn Flakes that is basicly how easy it has become to get their qualifications soon all you will have to do is fill out a form and they send it to you by mail

Peter Kelly , wrecker@ukonline.co.uk, 5 Feb 2001


Press Release

ASSET, IDEST and SITA join forces to Launch Dive Industry Maintenance Standards.

The last 20 years has seen a growing tide of Health and Safety and Consumer Legislation that affect the services that Dive Centre’s offer. There are approximately 20 major pieces of legislation covering equipment sales and servicing, cylinder testing, air filling, gas mixing and diver training with others on the way. The continuing harmonisation of European Standards and regulations makes it difficult even for large companies to keep abreast of the many changes. In recent years the HSE have made it clear that they are not satisfied with the standard of diving equipment maintenance and gas production in the Recreational Diving Industry. Initially, and to their credit, the HSE chose to encourage us as an industry to put our own house in order. However three years have elapsed and the HSE’s patience is limited. It was intimated that unless significant numbers of Dive Centres join a self-regulating approval scheme, the HSE would be obliged to use enforcement to affect change. When compared with other technical trades, Diving Maintenance Technicians were found to have insufficient training, had no formal qualifications and not working to common standards. Health and Safety Law requires that diving equipment is maintained by a competent person, but with no industry standard, competence was both difficult to demonstrate and to judge. It was clear that in order to promote confidence with the HSE and other agencies and to cope with expected future legislation a comprehensive solution would be required. ASSET In 1995, the Association of SCUBA Service Engineers and Technicians (ASSET) began to develop a comprehensive scheme that would address the HSE’s concerns whilst allowing our Industry to be self-regulated. The essential elements of the ASSET scheme are as follows: đ¨ Codes of Practice for the main technical activities of Air Equipment Maintenance (CP1), Cylinder Testing (CP2), Nitrox Equipment Maintenance and Conversion (CP3) and Breathing Gas Production (CP4). đ¨ A maintenance and test station approval programme based on the Codes of Practice. đ¨ Training courses that provide both theoretical and practical training. đ¨ Certification standards from which Technician competence can be judged. đ¨ Maintain a dialogue with the HSE throughout development. As can be imagined a tremendous amount of work was required, but by March 1997 the scheme was sufficiently complete to be submitted to the HSE as a proposal for a comprehensive Self-Regulating Scheme for the Diving Industry. This proposal was well received. IDEST The Inspectorate for Diving Equipment Servicing and Testing (IDEST) paved the way for standards in diving equipment maintenance, since its inception, in1986 IDEST has made a considerable contribution to the safety of divers. Today, there are more than 60 IDEST Approved Cylinder Test Stations. IDEST has the following aims and objectives: đ¨ To offer a quality scheme for the inspection of centres that maintain sport diving equipment. đ¨ To encourage all with responsibility for maintaining diving equipment to achieve a high standard of quality and safety. đ¨ To inspect service centres and test stations in accordance with Industry Standards. đ¨ To carry out regular monitoring and re-inspection – to ensure that quality and standards are maintained. đ¨ To provide expert advice to IDEST Approved Centres and those seeking approval. Joining Forces The HSE who have always recognised IDEST as a major contributor to diver safety, having welcomed the ASSET scheme as a major step forward expressed concern that the industry did not have a single voice in this area. Not only was there the new ASSET scheme and an existing IDEST Cylinder Testing approval programme, but also SITA had begun to develop technical guidance notes of their own. Detailed discussions during 1997/98 between ASSET, IDEST and SITA resulted in an agreement that defines the role(s) of each organisation. Briefly, SITA will continue to represent the industry as a whole. ASSET and IDEST have become independent divisions of SITA. ASSET has responsibility for the development of Technical Standards and Codes of Practice etc., and IDEST will expand its role as the industry’s independent inspection body, implementing ASSET Standards. A joint Technical Steering Group (TSG) comprising members from all three organisations will prioritise and co-ordinate responses to new legislation and standards. The first step has been for IDEST to adopt ASSET CP2 (Cylinder Testing). Since October 1998, all new IDEST Approved Test Stations have been required to be equipped and working in accordance with ASSET Code of Practice CP2. Existing IDEST Test Stations will change over to compliance with ASSET CP2 in due course. ASSET Cylinder Testing Standards have been written to minimise the effects of this changeover upon those existing Test Stations. New Approval Scheme The arrangements between IDEST and ASSET has the full approval of SITA, the major diving agencies and their aims and objectives are acknowledged by the Health and Safety Executive. The ASSET scheme provides integrated standards and procedures for technician training and qualifications together with codes of practice and centre approval procedures. In 1998, IDEST began to carry out its inspections in accordance with ASSET Standards and Procedures. Since February 1999, IDEST has been able to offer an approval for those centres that service regulators in accordance with ASSET CP1. During 2000, IDEST will able to offer an approval for those centres that service Oxygen Enriched Air (Nitrox) equipment in accordance with ASSET CP3. In addition, During 2000, an approval for Air and Nitrox production in accordance with ASSET CP4 will also be available. The ASSET/IDEST Approval Scheme is designed to ensure that a workshop is properly equipped and working to the appropriate Standards. If properly equipped and suitably qualified staff are employed, a Dive Centre will have little difficulty achieving approval. Training for Technicians In order to ensure that Technicians have received sound theoretical and practical training, a comprehensive range training courses have been developed: đ¨ A comprehensive Dive Industry Technicians Course (10 Days). đ¨ Nitrox Technician and Gas Blending Course (1or 2 days). đ¨ Cylinder Testing Course (4 days). đ¨ Compressed Air Systems Management Course (2 days). đ¨ An NVQ in Engineering Maintenance.

The Dive Industry Technicians Course has been available since 1993 and over 300Technicians have been trained. All ASSET courses have been developed by and are delivered by STATS Ltd., Lancaster. Membership and Qualifications for Technicians ASSET has set Certification levels for its Technician members; each technician is graded according to training and experience. The main grades are Technician, Advanced Technician and Cylinder Tester. ASSET Codes of Practice require the appropriate grade(s) and qualifications to be held by those working in an IDEST Approved maintenance or test station. Provision has also been made to certify technicians with considerable practical experience. ASSET has more than 150 members. These qualifications provide the only framework through which a Technician can demonstrate competence as require by Health and Safety Law. Comment ASSET Chairman Chris Lee told BDI News “This is the most important advance in technical standards in the UK Diving industry in the last 10 years and is the most comprehensive undertaken anywhere in the world. This scheme is essential to the future of maintenance in our Industry. However the scheme will only work to the satisfaction of the HSE if significant numbers of Dive Centres get behind the scheme and seek approval”. Contact Addresses SCUBA Industries Trade Association (SITA) 29 Ravenswood Avenue, West Wickham, Kent BR4 0PN. Tel: 0181 777 6740. Fax: 0181 777 3349. e-mail pat@sita.co.uk for: đ¨ IDEST Approval enquiries. đ¨ Submission of annual renewal forms. đ¨ Copies of ASSET Codes of Practice, Standards and Procedures. đ¨ General Enquiries. Association of SCUBA Service Engineers and Technicians C/O 12 Coulston Road, Bowerham, Lancaster, Lancashire. LA1 3AE. Tel/Fax: 01524 381831. e-mail asset_tech@compuserve.com www.asset-international.org.uk for: đ¨ Advice on technical issues, Standards and Procedures. đ¨ Technician training and Qualifications. đ¨ ASSET Membership.

Stewart Meinert, asset_tech@compuserve.com, 8 Oct 99


At long last, after an eternity of planning, the UKs first man made clearwater dive lake is going ahead. The Surrey Dive Lake will be a guarenteed clearwater 24hour facility right in the heart of Surrey within easy reach of Heathrow and the M25. Check these facts out: 150m wide, 27m deep, choice of wrecks, 24 hour, 90 foot visibility all year round, clubhouse, training courses for all levels, commercial dive training, family facilities including childrens play and cctv in the lake. full change facilities, observation tower, countryside location, BAR, dive shop, servicing and equipment hire.

The facilities and quality of the Surrey Dive Lake will not be rivalled and will form the best and safest dive facility currently available.

Public membership will be limited. Commercial sponsorship opportunities will be made available and are being currently recieved.

If you would like more information on the Surrey Dive Lake contact Derek Spicer at derekspicer@compuserve.com

Derek Spicer, derekspicer@compuserve.com, 14 Sep 99


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 18th August 1999

******PRESS RELEASE ******

"First dive travel company to offer live web broadcast of tour."

……You’ve booked the ultimate dive trip , you’re travelling to the other side of the world , a million miles away from friends and family and calling home to say "all is well" will cost you an arm and a leg .

On September 9th ’99 Harris Holidays, H20 Frontiers have a guided dive expedition to Truk and Bikini Atoll in Micronesia code-named "Operation Cross-storm" and working with photo and web specialists Ocean Photography will be offering a service unimaginable a few years ago :

Each day details of the trip and the daily itinerary will be uploaded to the internet to a special "expedition website" enabling wives, girlfriends and interested parties to review the daily happenings - any response and questions about the trip can be made via online forms . They will also be using the latest in digital imagery and uploading expedition stills and underwater video to the site. As such you'll need to be "net savvy" and have Quicktime and Shockwave Flash amongst your arsenal of web plug-ins.

When travelling to such destinations as Micronesia where communications are expensive and unreliable this method of communications is an ideal way to not only , tell the folks back home that you are okay but for them to actually download images of you in the middle of your vacation .

It makes the post-holiday video show a thing of the past ........

for live daily web updates and live questions about the trip bookmark this site :

http://www.oceanphoto.net/

For more information contact :

Matt Harris Harris Holidays 67 Orsett Road Grays Essex RM17 5HJ UK

matt harris, matt@oceanphoto.net, 19 Aug 99


Brian Dilly, who was formerly with Dive Pembrokeshire, is now disassociated with that company. For future diving he may be contacted on 01646 636684.

Brian Dilly, SEAPIEII@aol.com, 11 Aug 99


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