Brainstorming diving destinations

Ever run out of ideas of places to want to travel to and dive? Sometimes it is best to go through a bunch of great sites and see what fits as far as the type of diving you want to do.

Below are links to books that list a variety of places. They are amazon.com affiliate links and I benefit if yo buy something but please don't feel obligated to go to these books if you want to go via a different web route. Happy dive dreaming.

Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die: Diving Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations

Diving & Snorkeling Philippines

Diving & Snorkeling Thailand



Information Dissemination

I want to stress this point. The single most important lesson we can learn from the Israeli maritime blockade of Gaza incident that occurred recently is the role that YouTube played for the Israeli Navy. Without those YouTube videos that highlighted the events from the Israeli Navy perspective, Israel was left absent context and without weapons in an information war being waged against them. With YouTube videos, Israel had ammunition in their fight. Understanding the information and communication context of every operational decision will be critical to Navy leaders who will often find themselves in very difficult situations all alone in distant seas. Annex A emphasizes the role of these communication efforts to operations, and the discussion in the MOC is useful not only to Marines, but to the Navy as well.

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David Gallo shows underwater astonishments

I am going to start building out the Samish Divers Youtube Channel. Any ideas for videos please let me know. Rugged homemade diving gear? Ways to save money traveling? We will see.


Diver reveals eerie underwater world of ice-filled Swiss alpine lake

These stunning shots show the beautiful and eerie underwater world of a Swiss ice-filled Alpine lake.
Taken in Lake Sassolo, close to the southern border with Italy, these were taken by diving photographer Franco Banfi.



Next generation wave energy. The Anaconda.




Built by Blohm+ Voss, Motor Yacht A is 119 meters long and weighs approximately 5500 tonnes.
Reminiscent of a submarine warship.


History: The Triton is a monthly newspaper for the people who earn their living working on luxury yachts. It was first published in April 2004 by four friends, David and Lucy Reed, Peg Garvia and Kristy Fox.


Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS) Great organization. Kudos to all involved. Help support this if you can.



It has been a while but the time has come for this in the Puget Sound.

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Great video podcast of ice diving on episode 55. Mcmurdo Station Antarctica.


It's Sunday. Going for a run. Thinking about making a Samish Divers Podcast. Good idea? Gear reviews,how to's, travel,general interest.


You may know Richie Kohler from the book Shadow Divers and the Discovery show deep sea detectives. Recently he has been featured on Reabreatherpro.com Check out some of the great dives he has done on his site.



This is a great deal. Email me if interested.

Google Earth Ocean is pretty fun. I am going to make a video on using the basic features of it.

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered the sixth submarine of the Virginia class, New Mexico (SSN 779), to the U.S. Navy, four months ahead of schedule.


According to a Jan. 7 report from Reuters, Indian shipbuilders are heading for another bleak year in 2010 amidst weak demand and prospects of order cancellations as the global economy struggles to emerge from a slowdown, analysts said. Bharati Shipyard remains a lone promising bet for investors on expectation its recent acquisition of Great Offshore Ltd. will boost its orderbook and cash flows.


Florida divers have been hired to find evidence of the Lost Continent of Atlantis near the island of Bimini, Bahamas.


Eastar Offshore: Deep sea rovers
The subsea energy and exploration industry in SE Asia is growing year by year and vehicles and services provided by Eastar and Alam Subsea are very much part of it.


DP World to build $2.4-B combined deep-sea port and logistics park in UK


Terraserver and related Geospacial sites are amazing.



Manufactured by Molecular Products in UK
Soda Lime Absorbent for the Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Gas Streams
Supplied as Hard, Irregularly Shaped, White Colored Particles
Sea Pearls offers Sofnolime in two Particle Sizes
Processed to Maximize Carbon Dioxide Absorption and Minimize Dust Formation
Used in Sport & Technical Diving Semi-Closed and Closed Rebreather Systems
Temporary Color Change of White to Violet Indicates Recent Use

Follow your Rebreather Manufacture’s Recommendations for Scrubber Change Intervals
Sofnolime is Shipped in High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Reclosable Containers
Sofnolime has a Limited Shelf Life, each Container is Marked with an Expiration Date
Sofnolime can be Shipped as Ordinary Non-Hazardous Product
Only Use the Specific Absorbent Recommended by your Rebreather Manufacturer
The Use of Improper Absorbent can cause Excessive Work of Breathing and Shortened Scrubber Times


The Underwater Journal

New issue of The Underwater Journal by Walt Stearns. Check it out.

The survival podcast. Letter from Iraq.

For those of you that are interested, there is a podcast (available through Itunes) called the survival podcast that is great to listen to. The following link is a testament to how the internet and a message can get to anyone.

Letter from Iraq

Sea Sheperd boat damaged in Antartica

I had no idea that this was such a cutting edge vessel. Who would of thought that it is a byproduct of "The Price is Right!"
Sea Sheperds new boat picture.


Four Hour Work Week New edition.

While I know I have mentioned it before, I wanted to comment on Tim Ferriss new book which is the expanded version of The Four Hour Work Week. Well worth reading for everyone. There are many things on lifestyle design that can apply to everyones life. If anyone is unfamiliar with personal outsourcing or the 80/20 rule it needs to be read.



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Crush it! by Gary Vaynerchuk

Anyone who is interested in web 2.0 topics and how they relate not only to their personal life but also their business should check out Gary Vaynerchuk. Some may know him from his YouTube channel Wine Library TV. He give insights on why being completely authentic to who you are is critical to being a success on the internet. Great read and highly reccomended.

If you want to look at the book check out the link below.
Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion