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Jeff Cinciripino

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99. Discover Scuba – hear what I think plus Wet Notes news and information update
Today
99. Discover Scuba – hear what I think plus Wet Notes news and information update
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) recently agreed to strict new import and export regulations on over 50 species of sharks. Great news for these apex predators. The scent is back in Sink the Stink. The new 40% stronger version is our go-to wetsuit and neoprene cleaner with the clean, fresh scent. Oceanic has released their dive computer app for the Apple Watch Ultra. Their app turns the watch into a fully compatible dive computer. There is also a companion iPhone app. The Oceanic+ app is a fee based app that range from a daily rate, monthly, or annual. There is also a family plan. Oceanic will also be releasing a housing to take you iPhone underwater and display the computer. The bell from the Great Lakes shipwreck, GP Griffen, a passenger steamer that sank in 1850 has been donated to the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, OH. The bell is the only thing that is left from the wreck and was found in 1974 by a local diver, Louis Key. Key's family donated the bell. On December 14, 2022 I will be participating in a panel discussion on A Dram of Diving. This will be an encore of our panel discussion from DEMA that was hosted by Tec Clark. The live event will be on Facebook and Youtube starting at 7:30 eastern time. Last month on A Dram of Diving they had a discussion on the experiential scuba programs - like discover scuba or try scuba. The discussion centered around the risk and value of the program. The risk was centered around the level of professional conducting the program. As a PADI dive shop, we routinely conduct Discover Scuba Programs. If done correctly, with properly trained and certified professionals, the program is valuable to our industry.
99. Discover Scuba – hear what I think plus Wet Notes news and information update
Today
99. Discover Scuba – hear what I think plus Wet Notes news and information update
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) recently agreed to strict new import and export regulations on over 50 species of sharks. Great news for these apex predators. The scent is back in Sink the Stink. The new 40% stronger version is our go-to wetsuit and neoprene cleaner with the clean, fresh scent. Oceanic has released their dive computer app for the Apple Watch Ultra. Their app turns the watch into a fully compatible dive computer. There is also a companion iPhone app. The Oceanic+ app is a fee based app that range from a daily rate, monthly, or annual. There is also a family plan. Oceanic will also be releasing a housing to take you iPhone underwater and display the computer. The bell from the Great Lakes shipwreck, GP Griffen, a passenger steamer that sank in 1850 has been donated to the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, OH. The bell is the only thing that is left from the wreck and was found in 1974 by a local diver, Louis Key. Key's family donated the bell. On December 14, 2022 I will be participating in a panel discussion on A Dram of Diving. This will be an encore of our panel discussion from DEMA that was hosted by Tec Clark. The live event will be on Facebook and Youtube starting at 7:30 eastern time. Last month on A Dram of Diving they had a discussion on the experiential scuba programs - like discover scuba or try scuba. The discussion centered around the risk and value of the program. The risk was centered around the level of professional conducting the program. As a PADI dive shop, we routinely conduct Discover Scuba Programs. If done correctly, with properly trained and certified professionals, the program is valuable to our industry.
95. An update on the Boston Sea Rovers 2022 Show plus Wet Notes news and information update
Oct 10 2022
95. An update on the Boston Sea Rovers 2022 Show plus Wet Notes news and information update
The PADI Club trip to Key Largo in Florida was a great success with about 30 divers making three great stops in Key Largo, Islamorada, and Key West. The Florida Keys Tourism Council has put out a new video - "Dive Safely in the Florida Keys featuring Steven Frink and Dan Dawson. There is a new dive operator in South Maui - Island Style Diving. Javier and Christina Cantellops have purchased Mike Severns Diving and the boat Pilikai. Where is the dive industry going. One report tells us that equipment sales is expected to grow over the next three years but at the same time another report shows that diver participation is dropping as compared to other outdoor water sports. The Boston Sea Rovers 68th Annual Clinic was held on October 1 and 2, 2022. The pre-clinic workshops started on Friday September 30 along with an exhibitor appreciation cocktail party, the Boston Sea Rovers Intern benefit dinner and the speakers cocktail party. Saturday and Sunday featured two full days of seminars covering shipwrecks, maritime history, exotic places, sharks and underwater photography. The exhibit floor featured a range of destinations, training agencies and equipment vendors. The main event is the Saturday night film festival. This year Chuck Davis served as the master of ceremonies and was also named the Boston Sea Rovers Diver of the Year. The award was presented by Brian Skerry and Bob Ballard who zoomed into the film festival from the research vessel, M/V Nautilus somewhere in the Pacific. Also featured in the film festival were Joel Penner, Jim and Pat Stayer, Keith Ellenbogen and Tara Roberts. Chuck also presented a tribute to one of his mentors, Ernie Brooks. The Boston Sea Rovers is switching back to its traditional March timeframe in 2024. The plan is to have a film festival in 2023 to keep the streak going at 69 and then in 2024 the show will pick back up with the 70th anniversary.
94. Sea Hunt It’s Still Alive takes us to season 2 for The Raft plus Wet Notes News and Information Updates
Sep 26 2022
94. Sea Hunt It’s Still Alive takes us to season 2 for The Raft plus Wet Notes News and Information Updates
The Beaufort Gyre is a whirlpool in the Arctic that stores fresh water, sea ice and heat as it rotates. Every five to ten years the current changes direction and releases this sea ice and fresh water into the North Atlantic. There is an issue. It hasn't reversed in over twenty years. When it finally does release, there will be greater impacts to Europe and the North Atlantic fisheries. NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Blueprint calls for the elimination of shark feeding. This ban does not impact those who chum for catching sharks. DEMA opposes this ban. Lake Hydra (the rebranded Dutch Springs in Bethlehem, PA) has release more information on diving at the Lake Hydra. You will only be able to dive there with a dive professional that is insured. The plan is to open in April 2023 and more details about their reservation system will be release later. According to an article in Hakai Magazine by Jea Morris, beach showers are sending a flood of harmful contaminates into the ocean. These showers are not connected to municipal sewers and dump all of their runoff into the sea. At the upcoming DEMA Show, Tec Clark is moderating a panel discussion on the Power of Podcasting as it is related to the dive industry. I have been asked by Tec to be part of his panel. Sea Hunt's 1959 second season ended with the episode titled - The Raft. In this episode, Mike is called to blow up a wreck that is containing high explosive that propose a significant danger. Mike must find the highly volatile explosives, secure them, and finally detonate them. Mike dives doubles and then needs to free dive into the wreck to complete his mission. But danger abounds as he tries to escape the ultimate explosion.
93. Introducing Scuba Educational Alliance of Connecticut, plus Wet Notes News and Information Update
Sep 12 2022
93. Introducing Scuba Educational Alliance of Connecticut, plus Wet Notes News and Information Update
The Women Divers Hall of Fame is now accepting applications for their 2023 scholarship and grant programs. Deadline for application is October 31, 2022. Find out more at wdhof/scholarships. There is a new show coming to the Discovery Channel on diving. It is called Destination Dive. Their first episode aired earlier this month. It was about the Florida Keys. New episodes however won't be aired until the summer 2023, but you can check it out on their YouTube channel. Maui County is banning all chemical sunscreens. This prohibition will start October 1, 2022 and includes the sales, distribution and use of all chemical sunscreens. You can only buy and use sunscreens with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. NASA has reported that the loss of Antarctic sea ice has double it's previous estimate. The Florida Manta Project has teamed up with the Angari Foundation and Digital Life to create the first digital anatomically accurate animated model of a manta ray. The Scuba Educational Alliance of Connecticut is a new non-profit organization to foster the development of a new generation of ocean stewards through scuba diving. Because learning how to dive or extending diving education can be cost prohibitive for young people, SEACT will look to provide financial support through grants and tuition assistance/scholarships. Our plan is to launch our Ocean Steward I program in the spring of 2023. Other programs are in development. You can find out more about Scuba Educational Alliance of Connecticut at seact.org.
88. What are the top 10 single-use plastic polluters – find out more plus Wet Notes news and information update
Jul 4 2022
88. What are the top 10 single-use plastic polluters – find out more plus Wet Notes news and information update
Plastic Free July is a global initiative started in Western Australia in 2011. It is easy to participate. Just pick one plastic item to avoid in July and beyond. REEF is conducting a Fishinar titled Adventures under the Blue Heron Bridge. This is an absolutely amazing shore dive and you can find many unique species at the bridge. Did you know that you can buy a wallet or sneakers made from lionfish leather? Inversa is producing leather made from lionfish skin. The Great Shark Snapshot is just around the corner. The Shark Trust is asking that divers record all sightings of sharks, rays, and skates between July 24 and 31, 2022. PADI Club is sponsoring an exclusive trip to the Florida Keys for club members. The trip runs between September 3 through 9. You'll make your way from Key Largo to Key West. The trip is limited to 60 club members. The Atlantic Right Whales are staying in Cape Cod Bay 18 days longer than in the past. This presents some challenges with increased boat traffic as well as lobster fishing. Single-use plastic accounts for about 40% of all plastic produced. Used once, these pollutants enter our environment. Here are the top 10 single-use plastics according to the World Wildlife Fund from Australia: Plastic straws Plastic drink stirrers Plastic balloons and balloon sticks Plastic cotton buds (cue-tips) Coffee cups Coffee cup lids Plastic cutlery Plastic drink cups Take out food containers Plastic disposable plates
87. Sea Hunt It’s Still Alive takes us to season 4 for a Confidential Mission plus Wet Notes News and Information Update
Jun 20 2022
87. Sea Hunt It’s Still Alive takes us to season 4 for a Confidential Mission plus Wet Notes News and Information Update
Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) is sponsoring a diving scholarship - the NextGen Scholarship. The deadline for this program is July 1. Listen for more information on the specifics of the entry requirements and the benefits offered by this scholarship. The Crown of Thorns starfish can cause havoc on the reef. Now there is a simple solution for controlling the predator - kitchen vinegar. Seems it is effective without causing adverse impacts. A tech diving team - Darkstar recently completed an expedition to the WW I wreck of the SS Libourne. The ship was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1918. The Libourne was carrying a unique cargo. Listen for more details. REEF is having their 13th annual Florida Key Lionfish Derby and Festival this September. Early bird registration ends August 9th. Scuba Diver Destinations - a publication from the Scuba Diver brand was introduced in 2019 to serve the US and Canada markets. With that in mind, the magazine is being rebranded as Scuba Diver North America. In this installment of Sea Hunt It's Still Alive I review a season 4 episode titled Confidential Mission. In this episode, Mike is on a secret mission for the government to try and get pictures of an underwater missile system being installed just off the coast of a Caribbean island. Mike gets into an underwater fight with two bad divers, gets away and tosses a grenade at them. But there is more. Check out Confidential Mission here on Scuba Shack Radio.
86. A look at the 1976 British Sub Aqua Club Diving Manual plus Wet Notes News and Information Updates
Jun 6 2022
86. A look at the 1976 British Sub Aqua Club Diving Manual plus Wet Notes News and Information Updates
Congratulations Leslie Leaney on receiving the 2022 California Scuba Service Award. There is a new bill making its way through Congress. House Resolution 7431, titled the Don Young Veterans Advancing Conservation Act or VACA if passed will be a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA grant program providing funding to non-profit groups who hire, retrain, and redeploy veterans to conduct coastal, Great Lakes and underwater conservation missions. The second quarter Alert Diver magazine from Divers Alert Network is now available. One article that may cause a lot of stir around the dive community is the one on the placement of an octopus alternate second stage regulator. There is a new recall notice from Aqualung for their i330R dive computer. It is for all computers made and sold in 2021 and 2022. Big news from Shearwater Research this week regarding their top of the line Perdix dive computer. They are releasing a new version of the Perdix. It will be the Perdix 2 and come in two different versions, the TI or TI Black. Some more good news on the pandemic recovery front. The Philippine government has announced that it will no longer require a PCR or Antigen covid-19 test for fully vaccinated and boosted tourists as of May 30, 2022. The British Sub Aqua Club Diving Manual from 1976 was a comprehensive guide to the techniques of swimming underwater. This manual listed all of the training requirements necessary to progress from a snorkel diver through their 3rd class, 2nd class and 1st class scuba diver. Listen for more information on the requirements to become a BSAC diver.
84. Sea Hunt It’s Still Alive takes us to season 3 with Cindy plus Wet Notes News and Information Update
May 9 2022
84. Sea Hunt It’s Still Alive takes us to season 3 with Cindy plus Wet Notes News and Information Update
DEMA has released the results of their survey related to opening up the DEMA Show to consumers. The survey results indicated that 62% of respondents were opposed so the board has decided that the show will remain exclusively a trade show. Some Hawaii business have brought a lawsuit against the US government on their regulation that bans swimming with spinner dolphins. Lake Mead is at a record low. The 1971 water intake valve is now exposed. More evidence of the impacts of climate change. Ocean Reef, the maker of full-face masks for scuba divers has released a new dive light for their mask. It is called the Vesper. The Coral Restoration Foundation is well ahead of schedule on their out planting of boulder coral. They are already over 50% of the way toward their 2022 goal. Dutch Springs in Bethlehem, PA will be opening on May 12, 2022 on a rolling three-week schedule while the final agreement is reached. One last hurrah for Dutch Springs. In this installment of Sea Hunt It's Still Alive, I take you back to season 3 episode 18 titled Cindy. Cindy premiered on May 7, 1960. In this episode, a little girl, Cindy has fallen down an abandoned air shaft. The old mine is underwater of the man-made lake. Mike tries to get to Cindy but reaches a dead-end and is trapped as the ceiling crashes down on him. He escapes with one last breath and heads to the surface. There is another way to get in. Mike and his partner Tom head back underwater. They find the air shaft and rescue Cindy.