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This month in the scuba bulletin:
:: Novelties in the scuba resource
Complete dive guide of the Philippines
:: Forum news 
The forum is growing daily
:: Breaking news 
Robot sub reaches deepest ocean
:: Travel news
Dominica Dive Fest 2009
Visit the new artificial reef sunk in the Florida Keys
:: Equipment news
Oceanic Teams and  DiveNav to Introduce OC1 Computer Via High-tech Simulator
:: Education news
PADI Courses Meet LatestISO Standards
:: Marine Conservation 
Turn the tide for turtles
:: New offers from the last minute board
Four offers from the last minute board
:: From the Forum
2 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, the Philippines
The the Philippines diving guide is now complete. The dive guide counts more than 63 information filled pages. Philippines 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 the Philippines. 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 and schools of each region.
This is a great tool for the Philippines 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 the Philippines can also find useful contacts and information here.
Take a tour of the guide:
Forum news
GoodDive's forum Scuba diving community launched a year ago is still growing. It took some time to take off but now the Forum is getting busy and now counts 1'615 members. This is a meeting place for the diving community to get together. A wide choice of dive related topics are discussed by the forum members. If you're looking for information, just want to catch up on dive chat, want to ask a dive professional (instructor) a question or just share your experiences, the Forum is the place to be.
Also think, if you answer someone in the forum, not only this person will see your comments but thousands as  all our threads are read by thousands of readers.
The forum also has facebook like functions like customize your profile, upload your image, social group discussions, social group categories, icons and transfers. Private messages, private message history and reporting, lightbox navigation, dismissible notices and much more. Check out what's going on in the Forum.
To go to the Forum:
 Breaking news
Robot sub reaches deepest ocean
A robotic sub called Nereus has reached the deepest-known part of the ocean.
The dive to 10,902m (6.8 miles) took place on 31 May, at the Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench, located in the western Pacific Ocean.
This makes Nereus the deepest-diving vehicle currently in service and the first vehicle to explore the Marianas Trench since 1998.
The unmanned vehicle is remotely operated by pilots aboard a surface ship via a lightweight tether.

Its thin, fibre-optic tether to the research vessel Kilo Moana allows the submersible to make deep dives and be highly manoeuvrable.
Nereus can also be switched into a free-swimming, autonomous vehicle.
"With a robot like Nereus, we can now explore virtually anywhere in the ocean," said Andy Bowen, project manager and principal developer of the sub at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).
"The trenches are virtually unexplored, and I am absolutely certain Nereus will enable new discoveries. I believe it marks the start of a new era in ocean exploration."
The Challenger Deep is the deepest-known part of the ocean, and part of the Marianas Trench near the island of Guam in the west Pacific.
It is the deepest abyss on Earth at 11,000m-deep, more than 2km (1.2 miles) deeper than Mount Everest is high. At that depth, pressures reach 1,100 times those at the surface.
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Travel news
Dominica's 16th annual dive fest, July 10 to 19. 2009
If you are looking for a good time to visit Dominica, Dive Fest in July is a great choice. Dive conditions are excellent, there are tons of great events to enter, prizes to win and entertainment of all kinds!
As the longest running Dive Festival in the Caribbean we are now planning our 15th year of Dive Fest.
Check our website regularly for updates, added fun events and of course discounted packages from Dive Shops, Hotels and water sports operators.
Great diving, Fun Events. 
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Visit the new artificial reef sunk in the Florida Keys:
A retired U.S. Air Force missile-tracking ship intentionally sunk to create an artificial reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary has opened for public use.

Visit the Florida Keys and dive on the 523-foot-long Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg that once tracked U.S. space launches off Cape Canaveral, monitored U.S. defense missile test launches and eavesdropped on Russian missile launches during the Cold War, is situated about seven miles south of Key West. The bottom of the ship's hull rests on sand at depths between 140 and 150 feet. But the ship is so massive that the superstructure extends to about 45 feet below the surface.

"I've dove a lot of ships," said Tom Kanczuzewski of South Bend, Ind., after surfacing Saturday, May 30, the first day the ship was open for public diving. "This is the ship of all ships. I'd love to come back in a year and see all the fishes."

Project officials say it won't take long for the wreck to begin developing a marine ecosystem, but already it's fulfilling its purpose as a diving and angling attraction.
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Equipment news

Oceanic Teams with DiveNav to Introduce OC1 Computer Via High-tech Simulator

Oceanic Worldwide and DiveNav, Inc. announce the upcoming launch of the eDivingŪ 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 clearly a revolutionary product", said Alberto Mantovani, President and CEO of DiveNav, "and we are honored to have collaborated with Oceanic, one of the most innovative companies in the scuba industry, to add the Datamask to our eDivingŪ scuba diving simulator", he added, "and we are looking forward to future collaborations on new exciting projects", he concluded.

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). The LCD panel allows divers to keep their eyes focused on the dive while presenting critical dive data including: current depth, elapsed dive time, cylinder pressure, and dive time remaining. The DOS 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.

eDivingŪ , developed by DiveNav, is a scuba diving simulator that allows scuba divers, snorkelers and marine enthusiasts to virtually explore real underwater locations. DiveNav is releasing on Friday, March 27, 2009 a new version of eDiving that includes features such as multiplayer, Nitrox, dive planning, several types of gear, support for advanced dive computers and simulation of human body core temperature.
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Education news

PADI Courses Meet Latest ISO Standards
Important international standards help maintain quality and consistency.

Two new ISO Standards have just been agreed for diving. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a global body with 161 member countries who aim to align their national business practices with those agreed in ISO standards for various fields.

Six ISO standards for diving have been in place for several years already, equating in the PADI system to PADI Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Open Water Scuba Instructor and Dive Center/Resort. The two new standards equate to the PADI Discover Scuba Diving programme and Enriched Air Diver course.
These two new standards are designated as follows in the ISO system:
- Requirements for training programmes on enriched air nitrox (EAN) diving (ISO 11107)
- Requirements for introductory training programmes to scuba diving (ISO 11121)

When PADI members conduct an Enriched Air Diver course or run a Discover Scuba Diving program, they can also claim to meet the requirements of these ISO standards. This can be a major advantage when dealing with customers, travel operators and even local governments, as ISO is seen as an independent standard of quality.
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Marine Conservation 
Turn the tide for turtles by reducing waste while cleaning.
Save your old socks and shirts to use as washable rags for cleaning and dusting. When washing windows, old newspapers work well with warm water and a little bit of vinegar, and the newspapers can be recycled afterwards. If you do buy commercial products, make sure to avoid commonly found household cleansers that contain signal words such as "caution," "warning," "danger," or "poison" which can be deadly for all sorts of life. Instead, purchase non-toxic household cleaners in concentrated or bulk versions to reduce packaging waste. Using fewer disposable products benefits the ocean. For example, paper towel production costs trees and most times involves bleaching with chlorine that pollutes waterways. Plastics are nearly all oil-based, pollute our waterways, choke animals, and are creating a sea of plastic.
New offers from the last minute board
Here are a few of the ads featuring in the last minute board:

Price: 500US$
Lacadives offers world class diving in India at the stunning Lakshadweep & Andaman islands. We have been India's only CMAS dive centres since 1995 and operate 2 dive centres at Lakshadweep (Kadmat & Bangaram island) and a 3rd one at Havelock, Andaman's. Season opens 01st October thru 15 may every year. Sign up for diving on virgin & abundant reefs with our easy, friendly, safe & professional approach. visit for details
Precise date of beginning: 01.10.2009
Precise date of ending: 15.05.2010

Price: 1'400US$
An "expedition" type cruise from Puerto Princesa, up and over the top of Palawan into Bacuit bay ending in El Nido. Price includes all meals, tanks and weights. Will also include a land based trip to the underground river. 
Precise date of ending:  July 16th 2009
Number of places available: 4

Madeira Islands
Price: 850US$
For promotional purposes and to know these Islands, bear in mind and helping with the actual crisis, we like to get people here to know these beautiful Islands. Only 850 Euros for one week cruising, full allowance and accommodation, with air tanks and weights included. We pick you up to the airport.
Available all year.

Price: 583US$
Special stimulus package to Ambergis Caye staying at Xaman Ek retreat and spa. 8 days, 7 nights in beach cabin, 5 days diving, 2 dives daily. Just 583US$ per diver and 288US for non divers.

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: Best diving destinations

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
Improvements in the Scuba Banner Exchange
The Scuba Banner Exchange system sponsored by GoodDive has got some technical  improvements. Users can now block their competitors banners from showing by categorizing your company and blocking banners from certain categories. If you are already a user of Scuba Banner Exchange you can log into your account and add the category in the "change your information" area.

What is a banner exchange system?
It's a system where you can upload an advertising banner for your website and this banner will be exchanged with other dive related websites. 

How does it work?
Once you register, the system will provide you with a code to copy and paste on all the pages you wish to show the other's banner on your site.
Every time a visitor goes on the page where you added the code the system will show him a banner from another user (you can block your competitors from being shown). For each banner you show you earn 1 credit and for each credit earned your banner will be shown on another users website.

In order to earn as much credit as possible a good idea is to add the html code of the system to as many pages as possible on your website. Maximum one code per page!

To register:

You are authorized to forward this newsletter to as many friends you wish but it must be in it's original and complete state.

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