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This month in the scuba bulletin:
:: Photo Contest in the Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands Underwater Photo Contest 2010
:: Breaking news 
New species discovered at national monument
:: Travel news
Don't miss the 10th anniversary celebrations of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame. 
:: Equipment news
NEMO WIDE from Mares is now available with two new functions
:: Education news
DAN Diving Fatalities Workshop
:: Marine Conservation 
Coral reefs are under threat...become an active member in conservation efforts
:: New offers from the last minute board
Enjoy diving in Honduras Utopia Village, Utila 
Take a PADI Divemaster Internship program in Bali.
Dive or take an internship for up to 3 months in Vietnam
:: From the Forum
Planning a scuba vacation? Check out the information in the  Scuba Diving Travel Forum
Good tips to help you in your choice of a good diving computer
Enter a photography contest with great prizes to be won
Show us your best shot – enter your most exceptional underwater digital image taken in the Cayman Islands waters!
Winning entries will receive a gift certificate for camera equipment, scuba diving equipment and a gorgeous print of your winning submission to keep the memory of your dive in the Cayman Islands fresh for years to come. Categories include: scenic (wide angle), close-up (macro) and creative editing. A maximum of three submissions per category will be accepted. 

All files must be clearly labelled with the photographer name and be accompanied with your registration information. Visit for more information on how to enter your best Cayman Islands underwater digital photo into the 2010 contest. 

All submissions will be displayed at the photography exhibit on the night of January 29th in conjunction with the Underwater Film Festival – so be sure to join us there! 

Contact the Cayman Islands Tourism Association to register and learn more about the categories, submission and great prizes at info@cita.kyor 1-345-949-8522.
 Breaking news
Scientists discover new species at national monument
NORTHWESTERN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS (HawaiiNewsNow) - Scientists have just returned with amazing new images from the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

Biologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) were locating and surveying deep water beds of corals and sponges.
They found a number of species of coral new to science and others that will have to be re-categorized.
"Right at the end of the dive we found one sponge there that was absolutely incredible. It was on maybe a three-foot stalk," said Chris Kelley, HURL program biologist.
"I saw sponges that were more than six feet tall and corals that were more than twenty feet long," Papahanaumokuakea research coordinator Cori Kane said.
They used a submersible from the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) to descend a mile below the ocean surface.
"It's like shaking a tree in the Amazon," submersible pilot Max Cremer said. "Most likely no human being has ever set eyes on that particular parcel of the earth's surface."
The scientists said they've barely scratched the surface of the area.
Over ninety-five percent of the ocean floor in the national monument is below scuba diving depth.
Travel news
International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame 2010 celebrations
Dive with the greats
2010 marks the 10th anniversary celebrations of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame. Taking place in Grand Cayman on January 30, 2010, the ceremony will induct Dr. Eugenie Clark, popularly referred to as the "Shark Lady", the artist Wyland, dive legend Nick Icorn and Francis Toribiong, the godfather of Palau diving. Caradonna Dive Adventures, is offering a package for those hoping to attend the ceremony, dive with some of the greatest divers in the world and also enjoy the Underwater Film Festival, which takes place the same week.
Equipment news

NEMO WIDE: interface between man and sea is now available with two new functions!!!

• Wide display with superior
• Ergonomic design and intuitive
• Upgradeable software
Nemo Wide was designed to be easy-to-read, intuitive to use, safe, and reliable. A large size display was one of the primary requirements behind its creation. In order to optimize readability in every circumstance, special attention was paid to the size and brightness of digits, to the backlight intensity and to maximizing the viewing angle.

With Nemo Wide Upgrade 3.0 (3 gas algorithm) is available to download from our web site (download/computer)and allows you to use up to three different Nitrox mixes during the dive (including air):

• Bottom mix (21-50%)
• Travel mix (21-99%)
• Deco mix (21-99%)
You must define the mixes in the dive computer prior to beginning the dive. You’ll be able to set the oxygen concentration and maximum oxygen partial pressure (ppO2max) for each mix individually, for maximum flexibility to suit your dive style.
During the dive Nemo Wide will suggest when you ought to switch to a different gas, and all you have to do is push one button to confirm. Nemo Wide will immediately recalculate your decompression based on the new information.
And … if you already own a Nemo Wide you can simply upgrade your dive computer by downloading the new firmware from our web site, then installing it via Mares Drak and you’ll immediately have this function available.
The other function available with the new firmware is Stopwatch in bottom time mode. The upgrade adds a stopwatch function when Nemo Wide is in Bottom Time mode.

Do you wish to be a cut above the rest? Once more with MARES it is possible … Enjoy pure perfection

Education news

DAN Diving Fatalities Workshop

Are you interested in learning more about the causes of dive fatalities and how to prevent them? Join DAN Research and a panel of international experts at a two-and-a-half-day conference near the DAN headquarters in Durham, NC.

Topics covered in the Diving Fatalities Workshop will include:

  • factors most commonly associated with diving deaths in America, Europe, Germany, Britain and Australia
  • cardiovascular fitness, evaluation and risk factors
  • training and cardiovascular fitness
  • the role of training in reducing diving fatalities
  • on-scene investigation, equipment testing, medical examiner activities and legal issues in North America and Europe.

Space will be limited, and the cost of registration will go up after Nov. 10, 2009, so don’t wait – register today!

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Marine Conservation

Coral reefs are under threat...

Coral reefs occupy a tiny fraction of the sea. All the world’s tropical reefs put together can be fitted into an area no larger than the British Isles, yet they are home to more than a quarter of all known marine fish species, over 800 different types of reef building coral and hundreds of thousands of other exotic species.

Apart from this immense biological diversity, coral reefs are also of high value for fisheries, coastal protection and nature-based tourism.  But these values are in serious danger of being lost.  Scientists estimate that 19% of reefs have already been destroyed and another 35% could be lost within 10-40 years as a result of over-exploitation, destructive fishing practices, coastal development, tourism pressure and marine pollution.

In addition, all coral reefs are at severe risk of death and damage from increases in seawater temperature and acidity due to global climate change.

What needs to be done?

MCS wants to see increased awareness of the importance of the world’s coral reefs. It’s vital people realise that these unique and valuable ecosystems are facing an unprecedented crisis because of global climate change and other threats. We need to help reefs recover from decades of over-exploitation and work to improve water quality and reduce the risk of disease on reefs.

The problems are well understood but solutions are but not always simple to implement. We want to see commitment to coral reef protection at all levels – from local communities, conservation organisations, fishermen, the tourism industry and governments.

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

Price: 999US$
Utopia Village is a beachfront eco dive resort located on Utila, The Bay Islands of Honduras. Take advantage of this last minute hot deal dive package at $999 plus tax and non-diver package at $799 plus tax! Includes 7n/8d king or double full accommodation, 3 gourmet meals daily, 2 boat dives daily for five days, one weekly night dive and unlimited shore diving on our world class house reef. See all package inclusions and specials posted at Some restrictions may apply. Dive the Western hemispheres largest barrier reef at Utopia Village!
Precise date of beginning: January 23, 2010
Precise date of ending: January 29, 2010

Price: 1400US$
PADI Divemaster Internship programs in beautiful Bali. Blue Season Bali is Bali's top Divemaster internship operator. We offer extensive divemaster internship training in a personalized method. Check us out at to learn more about your PADI Divemaster Internship!
Precise date of beginning: Any time

Price: 500US$
Fancy diving or training for upto 3 months in Vietnam? Rainbow Divers are the longest established PADI centres in Vietnam and the only PADI CDC, IDCs & National Geographic centres throughout the country. DM internships from $500 and IDC internships from $750. Limited spaces for free diving & training in exchange for working with us!

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
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Read here: How to choose the best dive computer

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