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This month in the scuba bulletin:
:: Novelties in the scuba resource
The complete Mexico guide
New advertisers
:: Breaking news 
Twenty new species of sharks and rays discovered in Indonesia
:: Travel news
Dominica's Dive Fest is coming up
:: Equipment news
Aeris Introduces the XR-1 Nx Dive Computer
Recall: Oceanic Atom 2.0
:: Education news
Free Ocean Awareness Certification Course
:: Marine Conservation 
Eat for the Earth
:: New offers from the last minute board
Three offers from the last minute board
:: From the web
Orca Free is a nice website with  answers to a lot of questions asked about Orcas
:: 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:
Dive Guide
New, the Mexico diving guide is now complete. The dive guide counts more than 80 information filled pages. Mexico 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 Mexico. 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 of each region including liveaboards and equipment importers etc...
This is a great tool for all divers to plan their vacation and for dive professionals to find the best locations, diving centers and liveaboards on place. Dive professionals located in Mexico can also find useful contacts and information here.
Take a tour of  the guide:

New advertisers.

At Picasso Diving College our management team consists of highly qualified instructors and Dive masters work hard to offer you the maximum safety. All our instructors and Dive-masters are registered at PADI. We attach importance to a full education. Beginners in particular need a calm and wholly professional program of instruction. Our students are divided in to small groups and are given plenty of time to study new information. Our instructors concentrate exclusively on providing the highest quality training so that each individual can develop their potential to the fullest.

The Blue Smile diving center offers you the lots of fun in maximum safety and with great respect of the sea.  Near our center it is possible to achieve any type of brevet of immersion, from the basic courses up to the advanced courses.
 Breaking news
Twenty new species of sharks and rays have been discovered in Indonesia in a five-year survey of catches at local fish markets, according to Australian researchers.
The survey by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, or CSIRO, represents the first in-depth look at Indonesia's sharks and rays since Dutch scientist Pieter Bleeker described more than 1,100 fish species from 1842- 60.
"Indonesia has the most diverse shark and ray fauna and the largest shark and ray fishery in the world, with reported landings of more than 100,000 tons a year," said William White, a co-author of the study. "Before this survey, however, there were vast gaps in our knowledge of sharks and rays in this region." The survey was part of a broader project working toward improved management of sharks and rays in Indonesia and Australia, researchers said.
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Travel news
If you're looking for some new diving adventure you may want to visit Dominica's Dive fest which is scheduled to take place this  year from 6th - 15th July hosted by the Dominica Watersports Association. Its purpose is to educate the public about scuba diving, which is one of Dominica's main tourist attractions.

Dominica's Dive Fest is the longest running Diving Fest event in the Caribbean. 2007 marks the 14th consecutive Dive Fest!

The DWA created Dive Fest in order to give local Dominicans a chance to learn more about scuba diving. Through its Discover Scuba, Discover Scuba Diving and Discover Snorkelling programs, children and adults can take the plunge and experience diving first hand.

Education about the marine environment has also been an important part of Dive Fest. In past years, school children have attended slide shows on marine life and participated in lectures about marine ecology aboard a dive boat while touring the Soufriere Scott's Head Marine Reserve.

Dive Fest provides fun for everyone...Plenty of Scuba Diving! Free lessons at the beach and discounted rates for making a real dive. Also on the program are athletic events uch as the Swimming Race, Kayaking Race, and the famous Carib Canoe Race. Party goers will enjoy the Beach Bar-B-Q and the "Jing Ping Ting" - an evening of good food, good fun, and dancing to traditional Jing Ping Music.

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Equipment news

Aeris Introduces the XR-1 Nx Dive Computer
Latest generation of popular dive computer now includes nitrox compatibility. 


Those looking for a full-featured entry level Air or Nitrox Dive Computer will love 
AERIS’s new XR-1 Nx. The XR-1 Nx is the next generation of the popular XR-1. "The XR-1 has been extremely successful as an entry level, back-up or rental computer due to competitive pricing, ease of use and reliability." said Doug Krause, Marketing Manager for AERIS. "The addition of Nitrox with the launch of the Nx will no doubt further strengthen our market share in this category.” 

Key features of the new XR-1 Nx include: 
·  Air and Nitrox Operating Modes 
·  Easy to learn and use 
·  Customize the information displayed during a dive with a press of a button 
·  "Hockey Puck" module is the same size as most depth gauges for easy and 
inexpensive console upgrades 
·  Water activation 
·  Reset feature for rental/charter applications 
·  Diver-replaceable battery with Hot Swap memory allows battery change between 
·  Automatic Safety Stop Prompt 
·  12 Dive Log Book 
In addition, the XR-1 Nx offers several user settings and options including Nitrox 21– 
50%, Maximum PO2 (1.2 –  1.6), FO2 50% Default (ON / OFF), Water Activation (ON / OFF), Units of Measure (Imperial / Metric), Hour Format (12 / 24), and Time of Day. 

The XR-1 Nx Dive Computer has an MSRP of US$289.95 (module), US$299.95 (wrist), US$389.95 (2 Gauge Console), or US$439.95 (3 Gauge Console with compass) and is available from AERIS’s network of Authorized Dealers throughout the world. 
More information may be found at:

Recall: Oceanic Atom 2.0
Oceanic Worldwide of San Leandro, Calif., is voluntarily recalling Oceanic ATOM 2.0 Wrist Watch Dive Computers. Oceanic has been notified by its supplier (Pelagic Pressure Systems) that they received isolated reports that two ATOM 2.0 Dive Computers locked into the Gas Switch-to screen and did not return to the Main Dive screen when the divers switched the units from Gas 1 to Gas d2 during dives when they were only using one Transmitter, and Pressure associated with Gas 2 was being provided by an Analog Gauge. 

Affected are Oceanic ATOM 2.0 Wrist Watch Dive Computers having serial numbers 1 through 2079 that were sold between August 2006 and February 2007, and are being used for diving activities that include use of multiple gas mixes not associated with multiple transmitters.
Testing and evaluation has shown that this can occur if the control button used to 
switch Gases during a dive is depressed too long (4 seconds instead of the 2 seconds 
required to perform the operation) or it is pressed multiple times for 2 seconds when a Gas Switch operation is performed when there are multiple Gases (FO2 mixes) but not multiple Transmitters. Engineering programmers have modified the software of the ATOM 2.0 to prevent the Switch-to screen from locking on the display.
Oceanic asks that all owners of affected Oceanic ATOM 2.0 Wrist Watch Dive Computers return them to the Authorized Oceanic Dealer from which they were purchased for a software upgrade at no charge. 
If you have one of these, take it to an authorized dealer for a free software upgrade. 
You can also contact Pelagic's customer service department at (888) 854-4960, or send an e-mail to:

Education news

The ongoing Free Ocean Awareness Certification Course which started on April 24th is still on until May 31st. There are concurrent sessions Tuesdays in Lahaina; Thursdays in Kihei, Maui. 
The venues are Lahaina Civic Center (Lahaina); Sanctuary Education Center (Kihei)from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. 
Local environmental organizations on Maui are once again joining forces to offer a free Ocean Awareness certification course to the community and commercial marine tour operators. After completing all 6 sessions, participants will receive a CORAL (care of our Culture, Ocean, Reefs and Animal Life) Card that demonstrates one’s ocean knowledge. 
The course has been designed by NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, the Maui Ocean Center, Maui Reef Fund, Maui Community College Marine Option Program, Hawaii Eco-Nature Society, Project S.E.A.-Link, Hawaii Wildlife Fund, and the Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF). 

This course is beneficial for community volunteers and marine tour operators for 
improving and updating current ocean knowledge. In addition, this certification will 
help participants meet the requirements for volunteer positions with the Sanctuary’s 
Naturalist Corps Program and other island wide volunteer programs where volunteers assist certified professional guides and owners.
For more information or to register, please contact Emily Carlson at 879-2818 or email 

Marine conservation

Our eating habits greatly influence the health of our Earth. People are eating more 
seafood than ever, and the ocean and its fish are being pushed to the limit. According 
to the United Nations, approximately two-thirds of ocean species are over fished, and many types of ocean fish farming are highly damaging to coastal environments. The situation is so serious that a study in the journal Science recently projected that –  
without a change in course – the populations of all wild fish species currently caught 
will collapse before the year 2050. 
We can all help solve this problem by being "ocean friendly" when we choose our seafood. 
If we choose species that are abundant and fished or farmed with minimal harm to the 
surrounding environment, we can eat well and do good aet the same time! 
Remember that Each small step you take does help the ocean, and each person you inspire to action magnifies your positive impact! 
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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:500 US$
Shallow wreck liveaboard expedition on Indonesian built Sailing liveaboard Sampai 
Jumpar. We spend 4 days diving in Chumphon marine park, Thailand, checking out the reefs plus shallow wreck sites, first located by our divers last year. We'll visit the 
'Inverted Wreck', ' Dumb Dumb Maru' plus investigate new marks in the area. Visit the expedition calendar on our website at for full details.
Validity: 18-25.06.2007 

Price: 120 US$
Come to Green island Oldest coral formations , 1 of only 3 saltwater hotsprings in the 
world, cultural blast with Taiwanese aboriginals.
Validity: July 2007

Price: 1'119 €
Book now for our special Salsa dancing Scuba Diving Cruise!!!! Salsa classes and 
workshops with instructor Elder Sanchez! Dive during the day - Dance during the night! It's a once in a lifetime event! 
Validity: 2.6.2007 -. 9.6.2007

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 web
Did you know that different orca species and pods speak different dialects, yet they can be taught to talk in a different dialect?
Orca Free is a website we found very interesting as it carries a lot of information 
about who they are, how they live, the dangers they face and what we can do to help.
Orcas are the most widely distributed animal on the earth (apart from man) and are found in every ocean in the world. Whales have existed a thousand times longer than humans, although we both evolved from the same terrestrial ancestor. In fact, orcas still retain the remnants of hand, arm, and leg bones in their bodies. 
For more info: 
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