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This month in the scuba bulletin: 
:: Novelties in the scuba resource
Fish search engine in the photo gallery
:: Expo news
Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) will take in April 2007 in  Bangkok 
::Equipment  news 
AERIS Unveils the MANTA Wrist Watch Dive Computer
Oceanic's new DATAMASK HUD is released
New HERA BCD from Oceanic built just for women
:: Education news
SSI TechXR Program Available Worldwide
:: New offers from the last minute board 
Three offers from the last minute board
::Website of the month
A great website featuring the biggest variety of Sharks and Ray pictures
Novelties in the Scuba Diving Portal: has now launched the first underwater picture search in the internet. It's a great  tool for fish classification, identification and comparison. 
You will find the search is in the central column of each page in the gallery.
If you make a search for a kind of fish by country you will see the kind of fauna present in the country.
To find a wreck all you need to do is type it's name.
You may also search direct by country or surf by category until you reach the country or alternatively search for the category in the navigation bar.
To see the gallery:
Expo news
The Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) will take place at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) Hall 106 from 27.04.07 - 29.04.07.

April 27th
10.30am to 6.30pm (trade only)
April 28-29th
10.30am to 6.30pm (public)

Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) is Asia's largest and longest running trade and consumer exhibition for the dive industry and related businesses. ADEX is firmly established as THE superior platform for business and networking for the dive industry in Asia. Returning once again to Bangkok, ADEX brings together the very best for trade and consumer under one roof in its 13th edition in 2007.

Asia is one of the world's fastest growing markets and offers a wealth of business opportunities for new, expanding and established dive related businesses. Exhibitors at Asia Dive Expo have direct access to a rich cross section of discerning and affluent consumers who visit the show to purchase, network as well as gain education and updates on the hot issues affecting divers today.

Asia Dive Expo is supported by an ensemble of all the key dive industry stakeholders, such as equipment manufacturers; distributors and suppliers; retailers; training agencies; dive safety organisations; dive travel specialists; tourism bodies; liveaboard operators; marine conservationists and more, all contributing to the unique business proposition for all attendees.
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Equipment news

AERIS Unveils the MANTA Wrist Watch Dive Computer
The latest in dive computer technology arrives.

AERIS is extremely excited to announce the launch of the MANTA Wristwatch Dive Computer.  The MANTA is a powerful and versatile new sports watch, ideal for divers, free divers and those that just want to look like one. A unique combination of quality, function and style, the MANTA is perfect on its own or as a backup to any of our other Dive Computer models at a very competitive price.

Multiple modes accommodate diving with air or Nitrox and include special functions for free diving. Other user-friendly features include powerful backlighting, intuitive user settings and options menu navigation, alphanumeric display, and a diver-replaceable battery.

In Free Dive Mode, the MANTA calculates and tracks Nitrogen Tissue Loading allowing users to alternate between SCUBA and Free Diving/Snorkeling. Users will also have new features designed specifically for free diving. The MANTA provides accurate depth and time with an amazing 1-second sampling rate for subsequent PC download and analysis. Dive Time is displayed in seconds and minutes. Custom audible alarms specific to Free Dive Mode include Elapsed Dive Time, Countdown Timer and (3) Independent Max Depth Alarms. 

The MANTA comes with Wrist Band Extender for use with wetsuits and drysuits, battery, battery hatch tool, Safety and Reference Manual, Operating Manual, Laminated Review Card and ACI PC Interface CD-ROM.  Options include color-coordinated Sport Wristbands and ACI PC Interface USB Cable, so users can view, edit and graph detailed log files, as well as view and edit personal dive computer settings.

The MANTA Dive Computer has an MSRP of US$429.95 and is available from AERIS
network of Authorized Dealers throughout the world beginning December 20, 2006. More information may be found at:

Oceanic's new DATAMASK HUD
Military Special Forces won't get in the water without it
and soon you can dive with it. We’re talking about the DATAMASK HUD – featuring an advanced air-integrated dive computer – built directly into the mask!

The DATAMASK contains a miniature liquid crystal display (LCD) panel, proprietary Digital Optic System, microprocessor, depth transducer, wireless cylinder pressure receiver, diver replaceable battery, and controlling software. The miniature LCD allows you to keep your eyes focused on the dive while presenting critical dive data including: current depth, elapsed dive time, cylinder pressure, and dive time remaining. The Digital Optic System provides a clear, highly magnified image of the LCD, which is viewable regardless of environmental conditions and may be seen clearly by the vast majority of people, regardless of vision.

  • In-Mask Dive Computer Digital Optic System

  • Wireless Air Integrated Technology

  • Patented Air Time Remaining Algorithm

  • Audible Alarms with User Acknowledgment

  • Backlighting may be adjusted underwater for brightness as well as full-time or on demand use

  • Diver Replaceable Batteries

  • OceanLog® PC Download and Settings Upload Software and USB Cable included

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New HERA BCD from Oceanic Built Just for Women            
After extensive research, Oceanic
s latest BCD, made exclusively for female divers, is now available

Oceanic Worldwide, the leader in diving innovation, has announced that the company’s latest buoyancy compensator, HERA, is now available. Designed from scratch with the assistance of more than 300 female scuba divers, the HERA was created specifically for the female form.

According to Oceanic’s award-winning design team, the HERA is NOT a man’s BCD that is scaled down for smaller sizes. The HERA is contoured for the female form. It’s built to combine function, style and performance and early reviews show that the HERA is a winner.

The HERA features Oceanic’s patented Custom Fit Harness that delivers the ability to custom-fit the BC from the start. Add to this the new Hybrid Bladder design and there is not a more comfortable BC available today. The Hybrid Bladder feature combines elements of a rear-inflation BC and the wrap-around feel of a jacket BC.

The HERA doesn’t follow the industry trend towards weight-integrated BCs, it takes it to a new level. With the patented Oceanic Quick Lock & Release feature (QLR), divers can carry up to 20 lbs of weight in ultra-comfortable side pockets. The QLR system provides a simple way to release the weight should it be necessary. Adding rear weight pockets are also available for trim and underwater stability.


“This is one of the most anticipated new products of the year,” says Oceanic Marketing Manager Doug Krause.“Women have been asking us to create a product like this for years and the HERA is the result of all the requests, test dives, focus groups, test sessions and discussions with female divers from all over the world. The demand is growing for the HERA since we unveiled it to dealers at this year’s DEMA Show and we’re pleased to announce that it’s now available.”


The HERA is available in four different sizes (XS, SM, MD, LG) and has a suggested retail price of $479.95.

More information may be found at: 

Education news
SSI TechXR Program Available Worldwide
Fort Collins, CO. Scuba Schools International (SSI), the premier education and business organization announces the European launch of SSI TechXR Instructor Training for the new SSI TechXR program.

Training will be available for all SSI Europe Regional Centers and Area Offices from February 3-5, 2006 in Munich, Germany at Divers Indoor. Steve Newman, SSI's Technical Diving Director will be conducting the seminar.

Registration deadline is January 19, 2006.
Training will be offered two ways:

Option 1* ‹ February 3-4, 2007, the first two days of the seminar is for sponsored individuals from SSI Regional Centers and SSI Area Offices that are SSI Instructor Trainers who are also a certified current Instructor level or higher with a technical training agency. The third day of the seminar is devoted solely to the SSI philosophy of training instructors.

Option 2* ‹ February 3-5, 2007, the three-day seminar is for sponsored individuals from SSI Regional Centers and SSI Area Offices that are an SSI Dive Control Specialist Instructor and is also a current certified Technical Instructor Trainer. (Candidates must attend all three days of this seminar).

Hotel accommodations are available for all attendees at the Mercure Hotel Airport, Munich. There are rooms reserved from February 2 for arrival to February 5-6 for departure. The hotel is near Munich Airport. For more information regarding the hotel, please visit

For registration and pricing information contact Guido Wätzig, at the European Service Center.

Seminars will be held in Asia Pacific early 2007. Dates to be announced.
To learn more about Scuba Schools International visit

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

Price 79.99 US$
Oahu, Hawaii - Enriched Air/Nitrox Certification Course Special $79.99 Regular price $149.99 This is a one-day course with approximately 3-4 hours of class time. The class will have lectures, an instructional video, and an exam. Price includes everything, including PADI certification fees. No hidden cost or misleading scam! Everything! Visit for more info or call 808-224-7857.
Valid till 31.12.07  

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Red Sea
Price 271 US$
5 days diving & 7 days accomodation in 3*stars hotel 271$, 5 days diving no accomodation starting from 150$ PADI & ITDA courses are available.
Valid till 10.2.2007

Price 1085 US$
Come onboard one of the most luxury sailing yachts in the Maldives, our 80F exclusive Yacht "SV Endeavour". Dive 3 times a day and explore the underwater beauty of the most popular dive sites in the Maldives. 7 days trip cost you $1085/person with full board accommodation and 3 dives a day with the guidance of our experienced PADI dive guide.
Valid till 11.02.2007

Check the board regularly for new great deals.
If you have a great offer don't hesitate to post it. This service is open to everyone at no cost!!
Website of the month
Elasmodiver is the brainchild of Shark Photographer Andy Murch  Frustrated with the limited information available on where to find sharks and rays around the world, he created Elasmodiver to share the knowledge that he had collected. 
In my opinion it's the website that features the biggest variety of Sharks and Ray pictures taken from different angles and which can be seen by divers. 
Elasmodiver also has loads of information about shark biology, behavior, toxocology, facts for students and teachers etc...
It's an excellent tool for fish identification and classification.

For more information visit:

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