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Scuba Bulletin Feb. 2009 a courtesy service of


As this is the first newsletter I'm sending you this year, I will take the advantage of this opportunity to wish you a happy and prosperous 2009.
If there's anything that you'd like to see in the newsletter don't hesitate to let me know.

Patrik Muehlematter

This month in the scuba bulletin:

:: Novelties in the scuba resource
New improved functions in the Scuba Diving Community
New Dive Guide for California 
:: Travel news
Curaçao announces the Annual Dive Festival
:: Equipment news
Mares launches the Abyss 22 Extreme regulator
Titan LX 2009 from Aqualung
:: Education news
New Scuba Products from PADI
:: Marine Conservation 
One Fifth of World’s Corals Gone
:: New offers from the last minute board
Three offers from the last minute board
:: From the Forum
Three 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 improved functions in the Forum Scuba Diving Community

After being online for 8 years, launched the first scuba diving community in the internet almost a year ago. Now it has more than 800 members and is starting to be well attended. Many new features and improvements have been added to the existing functions in the scuba diving community forum. Now members who have access to your photo album pictures can comment on them in a similar way to visitors messages. You can adjust your profile privacy and limit blocks to a subset of users thereby deciding who can access certain parts of your profile and post comments on it. Also the private message sorting and filtering has been enhanced. There are now social group discussions, social group categories, icons and transfers. Private messages, private message history and reporting, lightbox navigation, dismissible notices and much more...
The scuba diving community is the place to make friends, myspace like ...where you can also ask the instructor directly and find new tips from other divers, share experiences with fellow divers and keep in touch.
For dive professionals it's the place to keep in touch with former students and customers and show your expertise by replying to threads and get hundreds of new diver friends.

New Dive Guide, California

New, the California diving guide is now complete. The dive guide counts more than 90 information filled pages. California 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 California. All the photos are shot by professional or semi-professional photographers which gives 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 California 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 California can also find useful contacts and information here.
Take a tour of the guide:

Travel news
The Curaçao Dive Festival will open it's doors on May 23 to 30, 2009

The Curaçao Dive Festival presents in-depth workshops at numerous resorts on the idyllic island, night-time film presentations on the beach, early-morning guided dives, a thrilling underwater treasure hunt and even the Curaçao Dive Festival Poker Championship.
Free transportation is provided to all event sites. Please visit the festival website for the full program.
Curaçao has more than 60 identified dive spots surrounding its coastline with 57 coral species and more than 500 species of fish. Come and discover why Curaçao has been rated #1 for Healthiest Marine Environment in the Caribbean.
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Equipment news
Abyss 22 Extreme Regulator from Mares

Impeccable reliability, even in extremely cold water
CWD Kit standard
• Even lighter first stage
• Second stage with fluoropolymer resin finish
Ideal for diving in extremely cold water. Mares has designed an exclusive product, conceived to guarantee top performance and reliability under the toughest conditions, including dives under ice. “Superflex” hose.
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Titan LX 2009 from Aqualung
 Aqua Lung is excited to offer an all-new Titan LX for 2009.  This beautifully redesigned Titan LX, while picking up exciting new features like Aqua Lung’s auto-closure device (ACD), is actually lighter weight, making it travel friendly. The ease of breathing is rated superior on the ANSTI breathing machine. All this, along with an attractive mid-range price, makes the Titan LX
a sure value.
The auto-closure device (ACD) keeps corrosive water out of the first stage thereby ensuring top performance 

The balanced diaphragm first stage, by the nature of its design, is environmentally sealed and provides superior, consistent performance from beginning of dive to end of dive
A pneumatically-balanced second stage results in superior ease-of-breathing
Available in yoke (3300 psi / 232 bar max) or din (4350 psi / 300 bar max)...

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Education news
PADI Introduces Smokin’ New Scuba Products

Visit your local PADI Dive Shop or Resort to get your hands on this year’s “must-haves” and crank up your bottom-time fun! 

Dare to Drift: PADI Drift Diver Course & New Course Materials
The PADI Drift Diver course teaches you what you need to know so you can enjoy drift diving to the max. You’ll learn techniques for staying with your buddy and drifting in a group, the different entries appropriate for different types of drift diving and special drifting techniques used around the world....

PADI Underwater Naturalist Course & New Course Materials
Develop your observation skills and open your eyes to the aquatic realm’s intricate ecosystems. Learn to move through the underwater world without significantly disturbing its inhabitants and how aquatic environments, organisms and divers interact...

More than a Training Record, it’s a Brag Book
Record your dives in the PADI Diver's Log and Training Record. With dedicated pages for dives from the Open Water Diver course through Master Scuba Diver, the logbook serves as a journal of fond memories and a road map for continuing education...

Plan for Maximum AdventureeRDPML™ Electronic Dive Planner Makes Dive Planning Easier than Ever eRDPML™ has the dependability of a dive table and the simplicity of a calculator. Plan for maximum adventure with the new eRDPML™ (Electronic Recreational Dive Planner, Mulitlevel version.)...

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Marine Conservation

One Fifth of World's Corals Gone: Climate Change Battle to Rescue Remaining

The Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2008, released in Washington, DC, December 2008, declares a 19 percent loss of coral reefs worldwide. 

Launched by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the report identifies which coral reefs are recovering and which are declining worldwide. The report states if current trends in carbon dioxide emissions continue, many remaining reefs may be lost over the next 20 to 40 years with alarming consequences. 

Project AWARE Foundation, partner behind the project and supporter of the launch event, is encouraged by the report that 45 percent of the world's reefs are currently healthy. But the Foundation also recognizes a focus on climate change, now considered the leading threat to coral reefs today. Threats including increasing ocean temperatures and ocean acidification are intensified by other threats including overfishing, pollution and invasive species. 

“IIf nothing changes, we are looking at a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide in less than 50 years, says Carl Gustaf Lundin, Head of the IUCN Global Marine Programme, one of the organizations behind the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network. “IAs this carbon is absorbed, the oceans will become more acidic, which is seriously damaging a wide range of marine life from corals to plankton communities and from lobsters to seagrasses.” 

Hope is also found in the ability of some corals to recover after major bleaching events, caused by warming waters, adapting to climate change threats. However, the report also shows the recent downward trends have not been reversed in the last four years. And corals have a higher chance of survival against climate change if other human threats are minimized...

“ITen years after the world's biggest coral bleaching event, we know that reefs can recover given the chance. Unfortunately, impacts on the scale of 1998 will reoccur in the near future, and there's no time to lose if we want to give reefs and people a chance to suffer as little as possible,” says Dr David Obura...

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

Price: 340 Euros
Scuba diving Course with Spiro Sub Elba. PADI dive center since. Season from May - October for a duration of 5 days. From 10 years old. 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.....

Price: 2990 US$
Precise date of beginning 2 March 2009 
Precise date of ending 20 March 2009
Nbr of places 6
PADI DIVE MASTER COURSE / 18 Days / 40 Dives / Sipadan, Malaysia. Operating around the World's Top 5 location of Sipadan, the DM Course is intensive, guarantee min of 40 dives in 28'C all year round. The DM Training Program includes assisting with OWC Students, Assisting DMs in leading Dives, Review Rescue & EFR Skills, Draft Dive Site Map, Emmergency Action Plan, Dive Theory Review & Exams and preparation for IDC or Design a Project for Project Aware...

Price 1100 US$
Month of trip July 
Destination (country) Thailand 
Nbr. of available places 4 
Oceans Below underwater videography is offering paid training internships to become a professional underwater videographer. You'll learn to shoot HD underwater video on tropical Koh Tao Thailand's amazing dive sites. After an intial training period, you'll be working on our existing contracts with Koh Tao based dive schools, filming real customers with the potential to re-coup your course fee [and more]. This is a once of a lifetime experience

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 three interesting discussions featuring in the forum:

Most replied to thread:
Read here: Most durable regulator

Most viewed thread:
Read here: The best scuba dive sites to swim with sharks

Most popular forum:
Read here: Scuba diving travel 

Diving business owner and webmaster corner
The Scuba Diving Community

The best way to come out of the crowd is:
Go to the scuba diving community and write a few posts and explain more about yourself and your services in your profile.
Register to the forums that fit to your activities and reply to users questions, this way you will show your expertise and members will be interested in reading more about you by clicking on your user name which will lead them to your profile page. Make sure you make your profile pages attractive, it's you business card. Add some information about your activities and some pictures of your operation. Of course make sure you have a link pointing to your website for everyone who'd like to learn more about you and get contact for reservations.

Making friends in the community will also connect you with others and open doors towards you website. Making friends is easy, just find same minded users of the community in the different posts and in the members list. In the post click on the name of the user, choose add him to your contact, then tick the option: Also send a friend request to ... confirm with yes. The member will get a private message with your friend request. Once he has accepted you will see his avatar in your friend list and your avatar will be on his profile pages in his friend list too. Repeat it as many times as you wish with different users.
Your start to get me how the community can bring you new friends and divers visiting you?
A nice avatar will attract more visitors than the default one, as a diving center using your company logo would be a good idea.
You can ask for advice in the forum Diving Business Support

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