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This month in the scuba bulletin:
:: Novelties in the scuba resource
Australia Dive Guide 
:: Breaking news 
Rare dolphins are discovered deep in the jungle
:: Travel news
Dive and Travel Expo in Tacoma
:: Equipment news
Mares launches the first Carbon Regulator 
Aeris launches innovative BC ATMOS LX
Oceanic Worldwide and Divenav To Offer Simulator For Datamask 
:: Education news
IAHD-Americas Makes Adaptive Scuba Viable for Dive Centers & Resorts
:: Marine Conservation 
The Arctic is melting, what we should do to help...
:: New offers from the last minute board
Three offers from the last minute board
:: From the Forum
Two interesting topics from the forum
:: Diving business owner and webmaster corner
Every month we present a few tips to help you increase your sales using the scuba diving portal.
Novelties in the Scuba Diving Portal
New Dive Guide, Australia
The Australia diving guide is now complete. The dive guide counts more than 110 information filled pages. Australia has been sorted by region and each region has it's own diving guide which includes dive site descriptions per region with highlights about what to see underwater in each region. 
For every region a map showing the situation and depths has been included making it easy to see the area with the best potential for diving. 
The photo gallery shows the type of fauna and flora to be seen while diving in Australia . All the photos are shot by professional or semi-professional photographers giving a choice of superb photos. The gallery is constantly growing and being updated regularly with new photos.
Also incorporated is a list of the diving centers, liveaboards, shops, schools and dive clubs  of each region.
This is a great tool for the Australia diving society and for people coming from abroad to plan their vacation and for travel agents, tour operators, instructors traveling with their groups to find the best locations and diving centers on place. Dive professionals located in Australia can also find useful contacts and information here.
Take a tour of the guide:
 Breaking news
Rare dolphins are discovered deep in the jungle
The Irrawaddy, one of the world's rarest species of freshwater dolphins, have been found in surprisingly large numbers deep in the waterlogged jungles of Bangladesh.
The Irrawaddy is considered to be one of the world's rarest species of freshwater dolphin.

Conservationists thought the Irrawaddy had dwindled in number to just a few hundred, but they have now counted almost 6,000 of them in the Sundarban mangrove forests and the adjacent waters of the Bay of Bengal.
The forests of the Sundarban -- Bengali for "beautiful forest"  lie at the delta of the Ganges and two other rivers on the Bay of Bengal. Until now, little mammal research had taken place in the area.

"Every time we had done a study to look into the population (elsewhere), they came out critically endangered," said Brian Smith of the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society, who led the study. "It was a very pleasant surprise and a shock to find that Bangladesh supports such a large number (of dolphins)..."

Conservationists are now working with the Bangladesh government to establish a protected area for the dolphins. "There are so many bad news (stories) coming out of the conservation community that this is a real sort of positive story," Smith said
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Travel news
Dive and Travel Expo
The 2nd Annual Dive & Travel Expo will be held at the Tacoma Convention Center in Tacoma, Wash, from April 25-26, 2009 and is billed as the "largest consumer diving and travel show in the Pacific Northwest." 
The 2009 Dive & Travel Expo is stepping up its efforts to reach the new generation of divers…kids. This year’s Dive & Travel Expo will feature an entire section devoted to educating children while getting them excited about diving. “We want to show kids just how amazing the underwater world can be!” 

The 3-Day Event Features: 
-250+ Exciting Exhibitor Booths 
-40 Informative FREE seminars 
-Win Thousands of dollars in Prizes 
-Try Scuba Free in our pool 
-Hundreds of New Products 
-Great Deals on dive travel 
-Have Fun! 

New world-class convention center features an up scale and attractive environment in the heart of vibrant downtown Tacoma, Washington.-Just 30 minutes south of Seattle, this new high-tech center offers 132 Exhibitor Booths in 32,000 square feet attractive and up scale meeting space. Plenty of parking space available. Walking distance to more than 400 hotel rooms and many downtown restaurants.
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Equipment news
Mares Carbon Regulator
Carbon 42 is the first ever regulator made by carbon, a heavy-duty material with very high  performance used till now in formula 1 and aerospace industry but still not yet in diving. Lightweight, therefore easy to transport, perfect also for extreme cold water diving and with a superior comfort in breathing.
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The best of both worlds. The innovative hybrid air cell design of the ATMOS LX allows the freedom of movement and other benefits you have come to expect from a rear-inflation BC. However, the unique wrap-around design provides you more lift than most BC’s; as well as an improved, upright orientation when on the surface. 

The ATMOS LX offers multiple adjustment and attachment points, allowing customization of the BC specific to the divers needs. The ATMOS LX is weight-integrated with a combination of dumpable (20 lbs.) and non-dumpable (10 lbs.) weight pockets.

-Large, uniquely shaped rear-inflation bladder - Provides maximum amount of lift
-Wrap-around air lobes on each side allow for an upright position when on the surface
-QLR Positive-Lock Integrated Weight System accommodates up to 20 lbs. plus dual 5 lbs. rear weight pouches for improved in-water positioning
-Three (3) over pressure relief valves optimize buoyancy control
-Padded backpack with lumbar support 
-Adjustable position sternum strap 
-Multiple adjustment and attachment points 
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Oceanic Worldwide and Divenav To Offer Simulator For Datamask 
Innovative training aid for Scuba Divers

 Oceanic Worldwide and DiveNav, Inc. announce the upcoming launch of the eDiving®; scuba diving simulator for the Oceanic Datamask. The popular Oceanic Datamask is easily one of the most progressive advances in diving technology and this simulator helps show how simple the product is to use.

The Datamask is a scuba diving mask which allows Hands Free Diving by integrating a fully featured advanced dive computer, a miniature liquid crystal display (LCD) and the Digital Optic System (DOS)...
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Education news

IAHD-Americas Makes Adaptive Scuba Viable for Dive Centers & Resorts
Plenty of opportunities for specialized training for dive professionals.

The International Association for Handicapped Divers (IAHD-Americas) is offering dive centers, independent instructors and resort operators the training, support and structure they need to make adaptive scuba a viable and on-going part of their business rather than a sporadic charitable cause. IAHD-Americas leverages the strength and experience of its parent organization, IAHD International, which has been serving handicapped divers, companions, instructors, and affiliates successfully since 1991. Now, IAHD-Americas is bringing their technical and business acumen to our region full force.

While there are other agencies that promote adaptive scuba programs, one important distinction in the IAHD-Americas adaptive scuba business model is the fact that the handicapped divers are trained for free. This raises the profile and the addressable market for IAHD dive centers, operators, resorts, and instructors. The approach works because the IAHD diver’s interests spread throughout their support circle to dive partners and enthusiasts who’ll pursue scuba as an extension of the handicapped person. And this extensive group represents an untapped market segment that is virtually unreachable to dive centers that fail to embrace and promote diving to the special needs community....
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Marine Conservation 
The Arctic is melting. .As goes the Arctic so goes the planet
The Arctic is one of the most beautiful and forbidding places on Earth, where temperatures regularly plunge well below zero and the time between sunset and sunrise is sometimes measured in months rather than hours. Yet despite these difficult conditions a variety of people and animals have adapted to thrive at the top of the world, including vibrant communities and iconic animal species.

The Arctic Ocean is facing incredible pressures. As goes the Arctic, so goes the planet. There is no single Arctic treaty, so it's up to our global community to save this vital part of our planet. Please join us today in this inspiring and important work.

Learn more:

New offers from the last minute board 
Here are a few of the ads featuring in the last minute board:

Price: 365€
Red Sea Diving Safari's program covers more than 60 inshore and offshore dive sites along approximately 200 km of fringing reef coastline. Each one of our villages offers you the opportunity to experience a feature of what has famously become “The Eco-diving Adventure”.
Precise date of beginning: 1.1.09
Precise date of ending: 31.12.09

Price: 200US$
We all know that diving is fun, why not have fun whilst collecting important data during your dive. The PADI Research Speciality teaches you more about the ocean and methods on how to monitor changes. This is a two day course. Day 1: lectures on how to do reef research Day 2: two dives putting your new found skills into practise and use. Cost: US$200 per person Includes; equipment use, lectures, notes, 2 dives, marine park fees, certification and certificate of participation. We hope to see you here helping us put something back to the oceans we love. Bookings are essential.
Precise date of beginning: 12/06/09
Precise date of ending: 14/06/09

Price: 350US$
Description Scuba diving Course with Spiro sub Elba PADI dive center. Dive Center since 1974. Every Monday afternoon we start a PADI Open Water course at 14:00 hours. During the course have time to study your Open Water Diver Manual, and the Dive Table. You do the dives together with an instructor and maximum 5 students.
Precise date of beginning: May 09
Precise date of ending: October 09

Check the board regularly for new great deals.
If you have a great offer don't hesitate to post it. This service is free!!

From the forum
Here are two interesting discussions featuring in the forum:

Most viewed thread:
Read here: Shark dive advice

Most popular forum:
Read here: Scuba diving travel 

This forum is part of the scuba diving community where you can keep in touch with divers and exchange experiences and tips from all over the world.
 So take advantage of it:

Diving business owner and webmaster corner

Get ready for the season.
One of GoodDive's duty is to promote the diving industry and in the past 6 months GoodDive has made lot's of efforts in this task in order to be ready for the opening of the season in America and Europe. As a result, when most of the websites in the industry announce a regression of until 60% GoodDive still archive growth in the numbers of visitors and sales.
The fact that GoodDive is worldwide gives GoodDive experience on what is happening from regions that started the season already or are in the end of the season. Due to the general economic situation many diving operations had a decrease of business going until 90%. Yes, you read right 90% less business not 90% of the business. Many operations in Australia now started the season a while ago urged to compensate this decrease with new ways of acquiring new customers like the internet. Our special offer for the situation has been monitored in different regions and got great results. Fast investment returns and prompt reaction. So don't wait to have holes in the budget, react now and be ready for the season. GoodDive has lots of visitors in the search of good deals for new equipment and travel as well new readers who want to learn to dive or improve their skills.
Now the decision is yours, if the traffic flow of GoodDive will benefit you or your competitors.
The special offer contains:
1 full page at your disposal to present your services and special offers.
Listing on top of the list in the diving guide and in the directory along with your logo.
One big random banner on top of the page
1 small random banner next to the text of the content of the pages
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