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Dive Party in NYC Saturday Oct. 11

02 October 2008 - 09:22 AM

Hey guys:

I've been meaning to post this from Oceanblue Divers, a NYC-based dive club. And I'm pleased to say that I will be attending both the seminars and the gala. Hope to see some of you there -- and if you do make it, find me at the gala and the first round is on me.

Keith Phillips
Publisher and Editor
Scuba Diving
(912) 351-6234

Oceanblue Divers Hosts Scuba Legend Stan Waterman and Other Dive Industry Luminaries for Gala Event

Founding with Seminar Series and Evening Gala to Benefit OCEANA

New York, NY—Oceanblue Divers, “America’s Ultimate Scuba Diving Club,” and the Women Divers Hall of Fame will celebrate the second anniversary of the dive club’s founding with a Daytime Seminar Series and an Evening Gala in Manhattan on Saturday, October 11. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the ocean advocacy organization OCEANA and the Women Divers Hall of Fame scholarship program.

The Daytime Seminar Series will be presented at the Bleecker Street Theater, 45 Bleecker
Street in New York, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The slate of presenters includes:

• Stan Waterman, legendary underwater cinematographer and author, shows his newest
video from a recent trip to the Philippines, and moderates a screening of Michele and
Howard Hall’s IMAX movie Island of the Sharks.

• Underwater explorer, writer and photographer Anne L. Doubilet, a Fellow and Board
Member of the Explorers Club, presents the photographic journey “From the Ends of
the Earth: Papua New Guinea to the Arctic.”

• CAPT (retired) Bobbie Scholley, US Navy, a former Navy diver who led underwater
recovery efforts for TWA Flight 800 and the USS Cole bombing, shares her experience
raising the turret of the historic wreck of the USS Monitor.

• Martha Watkins Gilkes, president of the Women Divers Hall of Fame and Explorers
Club Fellow, talks about Caribbean wrecks and the writing of her book Shipwrecks of
the Caribbean.

• Bonnie Toth, Women Divers Hall of Fame Chair, presents "Diving LARGE on the
West Coast," a discussion about diving with humpback whales and white sharks.

• Andrea Zaferes, vice president of dive rescue training organization Lifeguard Systems,
discusses public diving safety.

The Evening Gala will take place at BLVD, 199 Bowery in New York, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Stan Waterman and the rest of the Daytime Seminar Series presenters, along with many other
dive industry professionals and VIPs, will be on hand to mix and mingle with attendees. The
evening’s festivities will include a one-hour open bar, a silent auction and a raffle of such items
as dive trips, training courses, scuba equipment and more.

Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance at www.oceanbluedivers.net/anniversary,
or in person on the day of the event. Tickets are available individually for either the Daytime
Seminar Series or the Evening Gala, or as a combined Package. Advance ticket prices start at
$35 (Seminars), $40 (Gala) and $65 (Package) until September 12; prices increase at regular
intervals until the day of the event. Full ticket price schedule is available at

Oceanblue Divers http://www.oceanbluedivers.net
Women Divers Hall of Fame http://www.wdhof.org
OCEANA http://www.oceana.org/dive

Melissa Morrissey Michael Feld
Oceanblue Divers Oceanblue Divers
646-593-1439 917-442-0228

Raising Shark Awareness -- Help needed -- Time sensitive

24 September 2008 - 05:47 AM

Hi guys -- got this from our friend Georgienne Bradley at the Imaging Foundation. Please consider providing your support!

Imaging Foundation seeks public support after chosen among 25 finalists in national American Express philanthropy competition

Malibu, CA (September 24, 2008) – The non-profit Imaging Foundation (www.imagingfoundation.org) is poised to establish a precedent-setting, global conservation initiative aimed at protecting the marine mega fauna of Cocos Island National Park, a United Nations World Heritage Site 300 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, it was announced today.

Georgienne Bradley, the foundation’s Executive Director, said “Virtual Cocos Island”, the proposed multi-media, educational-advocacy program, has taken a significant step closer to reality after being selected among the top 25 non-profit groups vying for a $1.5 million grant as part of the American Express Members Project. Cardholders have only five more days to cast their ballots at


“This is an extraordinary opportunity – with just the click of a mouse - to help save one of earth’s ecological treasures and put a halt to the horrific and inhumane practice of finning,” said Bradley, describing how the effort would build awareness throughout Costa Rica and globally of the need to end the rampant, illegal mutilation practice of finning in the waters of Cocos. It is estimated that industrial finning claims upwards of 40 million sharks annually worldwide.

IF and its highly-acclaimed team of scientists, filmmakers, educators and grassroots volunteers, has been instrumental for many years in championing the cause of sharks and Cocos Island, including working to secure its designation by the U.N. as a World Heritage Site. But, explained Bradley, much more needs to be done to stop finning, and that the key is wide-scale, compelling conservation education.

"This project recognizes that media is one of the most potent tools for change on the planet,” noted award-winning film producer and Imaging Foundation advisor James Holt. “We will demonstrate how a carefully-planned, professional production can simultaneously educate, inspire, entertain and stimulate advocacy,” added Holt, whose executive producer credits include George Clooney’s Michael Clayton and Tommy Lee Jones’ In the Valley of Elah.

The scientific advisors on the project include Marie Levine, Executive Director of the Shark Research Institute. “If sharks continue to decline at their current rate, fish populations will suffer and healthy marine ecosystems will cease to exist. This is beginning to happen so we must act urgently.”

Bradley said, “Here is an opportunity for AmEx cardholders to cast a vote to make a difference, to help stop shark poaching and to protect one of the world’s last wild places. Through spectacular, advanced cinematic and interactive technology, we will take citizens on an unforgettable journey on, above, and thousands of feet below this extraordinary corner of our planet.” She added, “We believe the images and the narrative will move people to engage and take positive actions.”

Bradley noted that Costa Rican school children and their families will enjoy the exhibit first, promoting environmental stewardship within the community.

Lessons for Life CD: Shameless Commercial Plug (with a purpose!)

12 September 2008 - 05:07 AM

Yes -- this is a shameless commercial plug, but it can also help you be a safer diver.

The single most popular column in Scuba Diving magazine each month is "Lessons for Life," in which Training Editor Michael Ange analyzes dive accidents and discusses the lessons we can all learn from them to be safer divers. Because there is such demand for this important training content, Scuba Diving and the Divers Alert Network (DAN) have teamed up to create "The Best of Lessons for Life" compilation CD.

This unique survival guide brings you five years of compelling, real-life stories and the insightful analysis to help you avoid being a victim. Pop it into your computer and browse the columns as they appeared in the magazine. It's a wealth of valuable training content, and it's available for sale now at:


Price: Just $16.97.

Thanks for your time and dive safe!

Keith Phillips
Publisher and Editor
Scuba Diving and ScubaDiving.com
(912) 351-6234

Scuba Diving's Top 100 Survey: You Could Win Big

11 September 2008 - 04:07 PM

Hello all:

After a long absence, I'm pleased to be back with news that Scuba Diving magazine is once again conducting our annual Top 100 Survey. Each complete survey makes you eligible to win some pretty sweet gear prizes (see below), so please enter today at


Thanks in advance for your help and good luck!

Keith Phillips
Publisher and Editor
Scuba Diving
(912) 351-6234

From all entries completed by Oct. 15, 2008, we'll drawn names at random to award these prizes:

Scubapro MK25 S600 regulator
Scubapro's top performing balanced piston first stage, the MK25, paired with its best-selling high-performance air balanced second stage. Retail value: $682
Mares Pegasus BC
The Pegasus is a simple, low-profile rig that's got the travel angle covered by weighing in under 8 pounds, and with its streamlined back-buoyancy air cell and efficient harness system. Retail value: $425
Mares Cruise Journey Backpack, Cruise Office & Cruise Backpack Pro
Split your gear into two conveninet carry-on bags and one easy-to-use checked bag. Retail values: Cruise Journey Backpack, $100; Cruise Office, $70; Cruise Backpack Pro, $240.
Mares Cruise Roller Bag
Mares new full-sized Cruise Roller Bag fits plenty of dive gear, but when you don't need it, it folds to a size not much larger than a briefcase. Perfect of live-abaords! Retail Value: $180.
Scubapro Caravan Rolling Duffel
The Caravan is a rolling duffel designed for air travel. It holds a lot of stuff in a humongous main compartment while a detachable backpack zips off to serve as a carry-on. Retail Value: $189.
Scubapro White Tip Knife
The perfect compact, BC-mounted back-up cutter, the White Tip is a 304-grade hard-tempered stainless-steel knife with a 2.5-inch blade offering an inch of serrated edge, an inch of plain edge, and an angled tanto tip. Retail Value: $58.
Atomic Aquatics Frameless Mask
This mask fits great, has a wide field of view, great squeeze-tab buckles, and it folds up flat in a cool low-profile case. ScubaLab measured an impressive 85 degrees of horizontal vision and 75 degrees vertical through the uUltraClear distortion-free lenses. Retail Value: $99.
Atomic Aquatics Smoke on the Water fins
This impressive new fin gets its name from the smoky transparent panels on its long split blades. They are a bit more flexible than previous versions of the Atomic Splitfin, but in our 2007 ScubaLab Fin Test, they also generated the highest thrust measurement, tied for the fastest speed score among open-heel fins and slashed through the slalom course with a top-three performance. Retail Value: $249.
Atomic Aquatics SV1 Snorkel
Breath easy and dry with the SV1 snorkel. Inside, ust behind the mouthpiece, there's a one-way flap valve inside an internal tube that lets water pass through the snorkel and collect in a self-draining lower reservoir without obstructing the breathing passage. Retail Value: $54.99.
Akona AKB176 Roller Carry-On
The AKB176 is a well-built carry-on bag that boasts a fully padded main compartment and a lower front lid compartment shaped to accommodate Akona's optional regulator bag. Retail Value: $120.
Akona AKB188 <10 lbs. Bag
This roomy checked bag does indeed weight less than 10 pounds so go on—pack it full of clothes and gear and you'll probably still be well under airline weight restrictions. Retail value: $165.

Note: All prizes will be awarded by random drawing from the pool of completed surveys filled out before October 15 that contain a valid e-mail address. Winners will be notified by e-mail and must consent to have their full name, city and state published in Scuba Diving magazine and on ScubaDiving.com.

Scuba Diving at Beneath the Sea -- Please Stop By!

22 March 2008 - 08:46 AM

If you're going to Beneath the Sea, please be sure to stop by the Scuba Diving magazine booth and say Hi. According to the exhibitor chart we're in booth 606 -- right near the entrance, so you can't miss us!

We're always looking for new shooters and great images to feature, especially in our new format -- so feel free to show us your stuff! If I'm not at the booth, grab one of my business cards from the lovely and talented Ivy, who will be on hand with our special show-only subscription offer. If you want to start -- or extend -- a subscription, this is the hands-down best rate you can get.

And if the printing gods are good to us I might have a few "sneak peak" copies of the May World Dive Guide issue with me to hand out as well. Just wait until you see the photography we included this year!

See you there!

Keith Phillips
Scuba Diving
(912) 351-6234

P.S. -- Anybody have a recommendation for a really good, low-key, laid-back, sit-down Italian restaurant either in the City or Hoboken that's open late?