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This month in the scuba bulletin:
:: The Ocean in Focus photo competition 
Participate in the Ocean in Focus photo competition open to all levels of skill
:: Breaking news 
The Red Sea oil spill has been contained
:: Travel news
Join the Cocos Island Sea Turtle and Hammerhead Shark Tagging Volunteer Expeditions 
:: Equipment news
Oceanic presents the  GEO 2.0 Personal Dive Computers 
:: Education news
DAN Announces the Next Round of Free Webinars
:: Marine Conservation 
Consume Consciously to help save our oceans
:: New offers from the last minute board
Dive Boynton Beach
Go on a liveaboard in the Maldives to the magical islands
Get PADI certified in the warm waters of Florida Springs
:: From the web
The Coral Rehabilitation Workshop in Thailand is doing a tremendous job in reviving coral and related educational programs 
Ocean in Focus competition 
Oceans in Focus photography competition
To recognize the United Nations declaring 2010 the International Year of 
Biodiversity, Project AWARE Foundation and SeaWeb’s Marine Photobank are 
calling for entries for the third “Ocean in Focus” Conservation Photography Contest. This features species in need of protection, the human impacts upon them and their environments, and the critical need to conserve biodiversity.

Photographers of all backgrounds and at all skill levels, from amateur to professional, can enter to win a Grand Prize package that includes US$500 cash as well as many marine conservation related gifts.Four other prizes packages will be available: three for honorable mentions and a “Biodiversity Award” for the submission that best highlights the need for biodiversity.

Scientists and conservationists are especially concerned about recent failures of legislators to protect marine species. During the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species meeting in March, short-term economic interests won out over scientific evidence that many marine species are in need of further protection, including endangered hammerhead sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks, red coral and bluefin tuna.

The organizers would also encourage participants to visit ARKive’s ”Most Wanted” list to find out how you can help them catalog photographs of the more than 17,000 species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Marine Photobank will work with ARKive to find and share contest submissions that would help them meet their ambitious goal, to raise awareness of species conservation through imagery. 

Deadline for photo submissions is August 31st, 2010.

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 Breaking news

The Red Sea oil spill update
The community of the Red Sea has once again stood up to protect their environment, livelihood and health. The valiant efforts of fishermen, dive operators, hotels and the local government to control the spill must be commended. The governorate has committed all its resources in manual cleanups at nearly all affected beaches in cooperation with the local community. The cleanup efforts over the past five days have been outstanding, over 90% of the impacted beaches on the mainland have been entirely cleaned, and work is still ongoing. Dive operators have expressed their relief that there is no apparent damage 
to any dive sites; and that business is back to normal.

The Northern Islands protected area is the most heavily impacted region. These islands are one of the few pristine areas in the northern Egyptian Red Sea, and are of high ecological value as they host a number of key habitats, including mangroves, sea grass beds, protected bird nesting grounds, turtle nesting grounds and an extensive reef system.

The spill was from an oil rig approximately fifty nautical miles north of Hurghada that began to leak on Wednesday the 16th of June; the leak has been sealed.

We must continue to push as a community for the protection of our natural environment and protect our ecosystem.

Source: Hepca

Travel news
Cocos Island Sea Turtle and Hammerhead Shark Tagging Volunteer Expeditions led by STRP and PRETOMA

From August 24-Sep 3, 2010, expeditions will be carried out in Cocos Island. You may have the opportunity to participate in one of these fascinating expeditions, and live the experience of a lifetime! Dive among schooling hammerheads, sea turtles, schools of thousands of fish, and assist researchers, and support conservation efforts directly at the site!

Cocos Island National Park and World Heritage site is located 530 km southwest of Costa Rica. The site is one of the best diving spots in the world, and holds perhaps the richest biodiversity in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. Green and hawksbill sea turtles are common and we will see schools of scalloped hammerheads, sometimes numbering more than 100 individuals on a single dive. Other regularly observed species include white tip reef sharks, silver tip sharks, Galapagos sharks, black tip sharks, silky sharks, marbled rays, eagle rays and bottlenose dolphins. The special treat of any diving expeditions, whale sharks, are also occasionally observed. Endless schools of jacks also swarm the island. 

Since 2004, PRETOMA has teamed up with the Shark Research Institute to carry out a five-year shark census in Cocos Island, and study the migratory movements of the sharks that live there. Thus far, eight expeditions have visited the Island, with research focusing on the short and long range movements of schooling scalloped hammerhead sharks. In total, nearly 50 sharks have been tagged with acoustic telemetry and 4 acoustic receivers are currently deployed on the island.

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Equipment news
Personal Dive Computers GEO 2.0 from Oceanic
Quality, Function and Style. The GEO 2.0 has an upgraded look with a stainless steel accent ring and new color combination – and now includes Dual Algorithm, Deep Stop option and a redesigned user interface with "Step Back" – which allows forward and backward navigation through menus and settings. Additionally, a second Nitrox mix (both programmable to 100%) is available, as well as Firmware Auto-Update which allows the user to download and install operational improvements or even future new features through the PC Interface (with optional cable). 

A unique combination of quality, function and style, the GEO 2.0 PDC is perfect on its own or as a backup to any dive computer. With Dual Algorithm and optional conservative factor settings, the GEO 2.0 may be programmed to provide no-deco and deco profiles similar to virtually every computer on the market. 

Powered by Oceanic's Exclusive Dual Algorithm™ - Your choice between Pelagic DSAT (Spencer/Powell data basis) or Pelagic Z+ (Buhlmann ZHL-16C data basis)

4 Operating Modes: WATCH (Alternate Time, Chrono, Daily Alarm, Countdown Timer), NORM (Air and Nitrox), GAUGE (with run timer) and FREE (tracks calculations to allow switching between NORM and Free) 

User-Friendly Interface with "Step Back" – allows forward and backward navigation through menus and settings

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Education news
Next Round of Free DAN Webinars Announced
Since the April announcement of DAN’s new outreach program of offering free interactive webinars to anyone who wanted DAN® to present or lecture to their group, the response has been extremely positive. The next several webinars have been scheduled, and a few spaces remain for those interested in participating. You do not have to be a member of the organizing dive club; the technology used in the webinars allows for additional participants outside the organizing group.

The upcoming webinars include:

• June 15: “Deep Stops and DCS” 7 p.m. EST 
• July 7: Topic TBD 7 p.m. EST 
• July 22: “I May Be Bent, Now What?” 7 p.m. EST 
• Aug. 3: “I May Be Bent, Now What?” 7 p.m. EST 

To take part in a live DAN webinar, the event site (or individual) must have a computer with Internet access and a way to see the screen and hear the presentation. DAN can coordinate webinars for up to 25 attendees. “Attendees” are defined as the number of people or groups actually logged in to the event; it does not pertain to the number of people in the room at a given event site. The webinars are free to event coordinators and individual participants.

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Marine Conservation 
Consume Consciously and contribute to conserving our oceans
Thank you for caring for our blue planet! You can make a difference by being an ocean minded consumer. Where our food and other products come from and how they are produced does affect the health of our ocean. Each of us can use our power as a consumer to become part of an "ocean friendly" solution. 

These resources will make it easy to do the ocean a big favor by choosing food and products that are ocean safe, carbon light, and locally produced. 

By incorporating this information into your family's meal planning and purchasing and by sharing these pointers with friends, you can help make our ocean healthy for the next generation. Each small step you take does help the ocean, and each person you inspire to action magnifies your positive impact!

Choose Sustainable and Safe Seafood
Make the Land-Sea Connection
Choose Ocean Friendly Paper

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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: 65 US$
Month of trip July 
Precise date of beginning July 07, 2010 
Precise date of ending December 12, 2010 
Nbr. of available places 15 
We do daily dive charter trips to 25 miles of the best reefs in Boynton Beach 
FLA. 2-tank dives. Group rates available. Air/Nitrox/Equipment available.

Price 2'500US$
Precise date of beginning February 18, 2010 
Precise date of ending December 10, 2010 
Nbr. of available places 16 
We are currently offering valuable diving options, from chartered cruises to stays on exclusive islands. Contact us at: for more details and reservations.

Central Florida, Daytona Beach
Price: 195 US$ per person
Get PADI certified with our team. We include everything in this price you need 
with only two exceptions: 1. You provide your own personal mask, fin and snorkel and 2. Since we dive in the springs which are Florida state parks there is a fee of $10.75 per visit to the parks that you pay. Everything else is included per person for only $195.00 The class time is a total of 24 actual hours which are usually done in 4, 6 hour sessions. We often use the beautiful Florida Springs to do our classes in crystal clear water and safe settings comfortably warm at a year round 72 degrees. Once your PADI open water certified you can dive anywhere in the world for the rest of your life, you can rent tanks and gear at any PADI shop world wide.

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From the web
The Coral Rehabilitation Program is dedicated to helping save and revive our world's corals which are continuously threatened and destroyed. The works are mainly carried out by volunteers.

The Coral Rehabilitation Workshop is a rewarding and beneficial program designed to teach students about coral rehabilitaion. At the same time students are being groomed as responsible role models to help promote conservation and further education. 

Coral Nursery
In April 2006 the Phuket Marine Biology Center, supported by The Adventure Club installed an underwater floating coral nursery.

The concept of the nursery came from researchers from the National Institute of Oceanography in Israel who participated in a cooperative research project with the PMBC and researchers from 4 other countries, UK, Italy, Singapore and Philippines, under the programme “Developing ubiquitous practices for restoration of Indo-Pacific reefs”, REEFRES, supported by European Commission

Artificial Reef
100 concrete blocks were provided by the DMCR in July 2006 to create a new artificial reef.

The Adventure Club and volunteers of the Phi Phi Dive Camp have assembled the blocks into 3 large pyramids, in the hope of creating a new interesting scuba dive site.

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