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“Sunken Treasure”: Documentary explores Great Lakes shipwrecks …

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With hundreds of shipwrecks scattered across the bottom of the Great Lakes, divers have access to an unrivaled underwater playground. The freshwater environment.

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The Shipwrecks of Cayman Island | Amusing Planet

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The most celebrated shipwreck is that of Keith Tibbetts, a 330 foot Russian Brigadier Type II frigate that was sunk in 1996 by the Cayman Islands government as an artificial reef and recreational dive site attraction.

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Google Recruits Divers, Developers for Underwater Street View – PC Magazine

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Google Recruits Divers, Developers for Underwater Street View PC Magazine SAN FRANCISCO—Google and the Catlin Seaview Survey want you to strap on a scuba tank and start snapping underwater pictures with your Android phone to help save the world’s…

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Now you can put those navigation skills to the test!

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Are you air-integrated? Do you want to be?

Let’s make this simple. For a limited time when you purchase any of the Oceanic air-integrated hose-less wrist computer systems shown below we’ll include a wireless transmitter absolutely FREE. That’s a $400+ value!
This offer is good for a limited time, from May 15 to July 31, 2013 with the purchase of VT 4.1, OC1, ATOM 3.1 or the new OCi (our new air-integrated OCS – available late May). Download cable is included. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers.
Stop by any of our three stores to check out these air integrated computers.

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The Galapagos Islands, November 7-14, 2013

This is a Bucket List Trip!!!
The name alone conjures up images of the wild array of creatures that dominate the Islands and surrounding waters! Whalesharks, penguins, seals, manta rays, hammerheads, and MORE!
This trip will include 7 nights on board the Galapagos Aggressor! Now if you haven’t done a liveaboard diving trip, then you haven’t REALLY experienced what a dive vacation is all about. While on board our private 100 foot yacht, your meals & snacks are included (except for the last evening), beverages are also included (all non-alcoholic, local beer and wine), tanks & weights are provided, and of course all your airfills are also provided. After all the good food and great diving, you can kick back and relax on the sundeck, salon, or in the privacy of your luxurious stateroom. Aggressor Fleet vacations will spoil you rotten!
So what does the Galapagos have to offer the diver? Let’s see how the Aggressor Fleet describes the Galapagos Islands…
“Galapagos is one of the most exciting destinations in the world. Guests will have the opportunity to dive with playful Sea Lions, travel to the famous Darwin and Wolf for thrilling diving to see Hammerhead Sharks, Whale Sharks, clouds of Tuna and much more. The scenic view of the Darwin Arch is as picturesque as you can imagine. Our goal is to provide you with the ultimate in LiveAboard diving while visiting the Galapagos Islands. The new itinerary is extremely exiting because of the new areas the yachts will be exploring: Darwin and Wolf Islands, Punta Carrion, Bartolome Punta and more! Up to 4 dives a day, plus night dives! Guests will depart the yachts Wednesday to board a bus for a land tour to the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island to see tortoises, lava tubes, pit craters and the Scalesia Forest. Guests will enjoy dinner in the town of Puerto Ayora at a local restaurant (the only meal not included in the cruise) and will have time for shopping. Guests can also visit Fausto Llerena, a tortoise-breeding center and the Charles Darwin Research Station. The yachts will then depart for San Cristobal for a Thursday am departure.”
Our final roster of divers has to be submitted by June 10th…you know you want to go! Call us now to reserve your spot for a trip of a lifetime! 262-251-8283
For more detailed information on diving the Galapagos, see the Aggressor Fleet Online Brochure

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Do Not Take the PADI Rescue Diver Course!

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You read the title correctly…..I’ve realized over the course of certifying well over 1000 people to different levels, that there are many reasons why someone should NOT take the PADI Rescue Diver course. I’ve compiled a list of reasons, some of which may apply to you. Here goes:

Do not take the PADI Rescue Diver Course if:

  • You do not want to receive training in how to handle recreational diver emergencies, from something as simple as a tired diver, to a panicked diver at the surface or underwater, to searching for a missing diver to handling an unresponsive diver underwater or at the surface. 
  • You do not want to gain confidence in your own skills and abilities as a diver and as a dive buddy. Rescue Divers make great dive buddies, but you probably don’t want to be a buddy like that, now do you?
  • You can’t stand the thought of assisting another diver either on shore or in the water…after all, they’re certified, shouldn’t they be able to help themselves?
  • You definitely don’t like challenges….you’re basically content with where you are as a diver.
  • You don’t want to learn new techniques in diving or in assisting other divers.
  • You believe there is only one way to do certain things. The Rescue Diver Course teaches you to think about options, but you’re not that open-minded are you?
  • You don’t want to achieve the “black belt” of recreational diving – PADI Master Scuba Diver…heavens no!
  • You certainly don’t want to move to the professional ranks, like being a PADI Divemaster or Instructor and sharing your passion for the sport.
  • You don’t want to meet potential new dive buddies.
  • You don’t like to have fun!

Obviously, this was a tongue-in-cheek look at why someone SHOLUD take the PADI Rescue Diver Course. Once you are certified as a Rescue Diver, you can look back and see you have really accomplished something. Ask any Rescue Diver or Instructor and they will tell you Rescue was their most fun class and the Instructor will tell you it’s their most favorite to teach. I know it was and is for me.

At the Open Water Diver level, you were just getting started with your own comfort level…with the gear, procedures, and diving in general. When you took your Advanced Open Water course, you started to see there are other opportunities for diving; you learned more about navigation, deep diving, maybe search & recovery, maybe night diving. Now at the Rescue Diver level, you will start to direct your attention to the well-being of others. The Rescue Diver course prepares you to prevent, and if necessary, handle recreational diving emergencies.

So, take a look at the reasons listed….and then stop in to sign up for Rescue. You and your dive buddies will be glad you did! For class schedules and more about the Rescue Diver course, check out our website: PADI Rescue Diver Course