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This month in the scuba bulletin:
:: Contest 
CORAL E-Current Photo Contest
:: Dive show news
DEMA's deadline for write-in nominations is Friday, October 15, 2010
:: Breaking news 
Divers discover long lost wreck HMS Snaefell in the UK
:: Travel news
Plan for the Shore Dive Festival in Vanuatu 2011
:: Equipment news
Introducing the ZUMA BC from Aqualung
:: Education news
DAN Announces 2011 DMT Course Dates
:: Marine Conservation 
Nursery Corals To Be Planted On Fla. Keys Reef
:: New offers from the last minute board
Take advantage of the holiday season offer at Utopia Village, Honduras
Join the Channel Islands 2010 Dive Trip 
Dive Sipadan Island and enjoy its spectacular marine life
:: Diving business owner and webmaster corner
Make sure your website is ready for the Autumn equipment sales
Enter your favorite coral reef photographs in the CORAL E-Current Photo Contest for a chance to get a copy of Reef - a gorgeous coffee table book featuring beautiful coral reef photographs. Winning entries will be featured in CORAL’s electronic newsletter, E-Current, and on the CORAL website. The entry deadline is October15, 2010.
The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL), the only international organization working exclusively to save coral reefs. CORAL provides education, tools, and inspiration to help local communities become passionate environmental stewards for the reefs. Together we develop managed marine protected areas and sustainable businesses to benefit coral 
reefs and people. 
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Dive show news
Write-in nominations for DEMA's 2011 Board of Directors election slate are 
currently being accepted by DEMA and to be valid must be received by 5:00 
p.m. Pacific Time on October 15, 2010. 

There are two options for a write-in candidate to be included on the final election slate:
The candidate may be written in by a petition of DEMA Members holding two percent (2%) or more of the voting power of the Association; or The candidate may be written in by a petition of at least ten (10) A-class DEMA Members. 
Petitioners must be DEMA Members for the year in which the write-in candidate wishes to be elected (2011). The write-in candidate may choose the petition option that best fits their circumstances. Those primary DEMA Member Voting Delegates interested in becoming a write-in candidate should contact DEMA at to request a write-in petition form.

DEMA's 2011 Board of Directors election will take place from December 15, 2010 to February 4, 2011. In accordance with DEMA Bylaws, Directors serve three-year terms. For more information about the write-in process visit and click on "about DEMA" then "bylaws". 
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 Breaking news
DEEP beneath the waves she has lain lost for 70 years, her carcass gathering rust long after she braved the bombs of Dunkirk.
But today the remarkable story of HMS Snaefell can finally be told after a group of divers located her, off the North East coast of Britain's coast.

The paddle steamer, which saw service as a minesweeper in both the First and Second World Wars, was bombed and sank in 1941, and all trace was lost.

That is until Allan Lopez of North Shields, skipper of the Spellbinder II, came across the forgotten wreck.

He said: “We kept it a secret for a bit. We have been opening up a lot of new wrecks and have found quite a lot over the last few years.

“HMS Snaefell was one of the last boats away with survivors from Dunkirk. The wreck was supposed to be somewhere off Whitley Bay.”

“Paddle steamers are very rare ships. When one of the divers reported he had seen paddles we did not believe him....

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Travel news
Make Vanuatu your next years choice for a holiday.
Vanuatu may sound really far for some but it's not if you have time well in advance to plann for a trip there!
Next year the Shore Dive Festival will take place in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu from  22.10.2011 - 26.10.2011  
Espiritu Santo is the largest of Vanuatu’s islands (4,010 km2) and with some of the most beautiful white sand beaches, amazing blue holes, caves, world renowned diving and snorkelling, it is a little known paradise waiting to be uncovered. While Santo is a Mecca for dive enthusiasts it also offers breathtaking sightseeing for non-divers. Days can be spent lazing on vacant white sand beaches, snorkelling and kayaking in the crystal clear blue water, trekking through untouched rainforest or discovering an ancient and relatively unchanged culture.

During World War II 100,000 allied troops and support staff were stationed in Santo. Remnants of this time including the SS President Coolidge, a 22,000 Tonne luxury liner turned troopship which sunk just of shore, have become world renowned dive sites. Divers and snorkelers can explore ship wrecks and sites like Million Dollar Point where thousands of tonnes of war surplus were dumped in the ocean by the US, as well as amazing coral reefs and blue holes joined by underground caverns.

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Equipment news
Here’s the BC that travelers  have been waiting for. The fun, travel-friendly ZUMA will find favor with those divers who are tired of paying excess baggage fees. This ultra-light, weight-integrated, back inflation BC has everything you need, yet lacks weight and bulk. Once you lift it, you’ll feel for yourself that a size ML/LG weighs less than 2 kg (4.4 lbs), with the airway and weight pockets included!

Extremely lightweight
• Size ML/LG weighs less than 2 kg (4.4 lbs)
• Great packability – flat or rolled

Weight integration features the SureLock™II (patented) mechanical lock and release mechanism. The weight pockets align themselves. Just insert the pocket until it “clicks”. A simple, single-pull release is all that is needed to jettison the weights in an emergency.

Innovative tank support system eliminates the need for a hard pack
• Lower tank band aligns with waist band
• A valve strap pulls the top of the cylinder in towards your center 
of gravity. This relieves the shoulders and transfers the load to the hips

Only 4 sizes are all that’s needed to cover from XXS to XXL
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Education news

Divers Alert Network® has announced the 2011 course dates for both its popular DAN® Diver Medical Technician (DMT) program and its new DMT continuing education program. Aspiring and current DMTs are encouraged to register early; the DMT course routinely fills months in advance and almost always has a waiting list. The new DMT continuing education course followed suit in its 2010 debut. 

DMTs fulfill a unique role among divers. They serve as the critical first step in the dive medicine chain, caring for injured divers on the scene and acting as tenders in the hyperbaric chamber. DMTs also provide an alternative to the presence of qualified hyperbaric physicians at every dive site, responding to emergency medical situations, managing the situation and communicating effectively with DAN and physicians in remote locations. 

The DAN DMT course offers lectures presented by internationally known faculty, hands-on practical skills and the experience gained through more than 40 hours of classroom, lab and experience at local hyperbaric facilities. Lecture topics include: the role and responsibilities of the DMT; review of gas laws; gas toxicities; the ears and sinuses; otoscope use; decompression sickness (DCS); physical exams and invasive and noninvasive procedures. The DAN DMT course is certified by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology as a Module 16 program. Each course is limited to 12 persons.
Register Early; Courses Expected to Fill Fast 

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Marine Conservation
North America's only living coral reef has suffered at the hands of humans, with the effects of growing population in the Keys and mainland Florida causing some coral to die and others to be in distress. Now, scientists are trying ways to restore what's been damaged.

Scientists have been growing coral, which is a living animal, in nurseries so it can be transplanted into the ocean. Their plan is to start with Davis Reef in Islamorada, which has been badly degraded by the effects of growth, shipping, and other human-borne effects.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute scientist Bill Sharp says the work done on Davis Reef could help scientists better understand how nursery-raised coral can help damaged natural coral.

Scientists are also hoping the work will help bring back the long-spined sea urchin, which uses coral reefs as their main habitats.

In addition to providing habitats for a host of sea life, living reefs are also a tourism asset, attracting divers from around the world. 

If the conditions which damaged a reef are removed, and the dam age is not too severe, coral reefs can regenerate, but the process is very slow. 
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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 750 US$
This Holiday Season take advantage of the buy one, get one half off at 
Utopia Village. Good for weekly Dive and Non-Diver packages on weeks Nov 
20, Nov 27 and Dec 12. All travel and packages are Saturday to Saturday patterns. (Some restrictions apply) Includes choice of King or double room, three gourmet meals daily, 10 boat dives, night dive and unlimited shore diving on our amazing house reef. Must be paid in full upon booking. 
Precise date of beginning October 4, 2010 
Precise date of ending December 18, 2010 
Nbr. of available places 20

Price 575 US$
Channel Islands 2010 Dive Trip on the – Vision limited load - only 25 divers Dive-Explore-Hunt-Photograph-Fish-Kayak-Relax Dear West Coast Reefers and Dive Buddies; Yes, it’s that time again! The 2009 trip has come and gone, we could not have asked for better weather, sunny, temps in the 80’s, great crew, good food, great friends. A good time had by all. It doesn’t get much better than that. It’s that time to start thinking about the Channel Islands in October 2010. Probably the best time of the year to dive the Islands. I’m preparing for the 2010 Channel Islands dive trip. 
Precise date of beginning 10-21 -2010 
Precise date of ending 10-23-10

Price: 420 US$
Always wanted to dive the Sipadans? Book PADI Courses and Sipadan Trips Now! Sipadan Island is known worldwide for awesome diving with spectacular marine life 
Precise date of beginning 20.09.2010 
Precise date of ending 31.12.2100 
Nbr. of available places 10

Check the board regularly for new great deals.
If you have a great offer don't hesitate to post it. This service is free!!

Diving business owner and webmaster corner
In the Autumn equipment sales over the internet is at its peak. Yes, may be strange but over the internet it's in the Autumn.
Is your website ready for that?
If you sell equipment your website should bring you more sales by now.
If it's not yet done make sure you refresh your website to push equipment sales.
New articles, special sales, articles now on stock etc...should be direct on your home page or well placed on the equipment page.
Soon you will be preparing your website for Christmas.
Make sure you start already now selecting graphics and preparing the strategy . That will save save you last minute stress.

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