Tuesday, August 11, 2020

WebDive – Cool Dive Websites

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The Internet is huge. Search engines and directories cover only one percent of the entire Web. There are millions of documents and information out there waiting for us to discover. Some obscure scuba web sites are amongst them. I’d like to introduce you to some of these that most of us might not have seen before. Since Deeperblue’s mission is to inform the readers, I picked the educational and useful sites for you. So, enjoy!

Doc’s Diving Medicine was created by Dr. Edmond Kay, who is a dive physician for the University of Washington’s Diving Safety Program and Medical Director for the Divers Institute of Technology in Seattle. As you can predict from his occupation, the site is about undersea medicine. This hypermedia rich and frequently updated Web site provides you a video lecture, called "The Diver’s Ear – Under Pressure", to learn more about middle ear barotrauma and ear equalizing techniques. You can browse numerous articles about diving medicine, diving physiology, and more. Dr. Kay also provides details on other diving medicine related information rich sources; such as, Fred Bove’s Scubamed.com, a world renown expert on diving medicine from Temple University. He also provides links to books, magazines and bibliographies. For those, who are interested and want to catch up recent developments in the field, you can look up links provided under meetings, conferences and courses.

Jim Bowden founded Mexico Profundo in 1982 to explore underwater caves in Mexico and Central America. The highly skilled team members study the caves in terms of geology, biology, and hydrology. They create customized dive tables, use computer technology, employ rebreather applications, and also focus on hyperbaric medicine and physiology. This privately funded project allows multiple expeditions to caves in Mexico and Central America each year. Zacat??n, which has a depth greater than 1000 feet (305 meters), is the world’s deepest ‘known’ water filled pit and Mr. Bowden dove to a new men’s world depth record, 925+ feet (282+ meters), in his pursuit of the bottom of Zacat??n in April, 1994. The page ‘Project Sites’ allows readers to understand how underwater caves have evolved and gives information about projects. Additionally, opportunities and information on how to get proper training are provided. If you are interested, check out Techdiving.org.

Diving Under Antarctic Ice is a scuba diving adventure under the ice in Antarctica with underwater photographer Norbert Wu. Photos were taken around US Antarctic Program’s base at McMurdo Station, on Ross Island. I highly recommend you look at the photo gallery, where some magnificent polar marine life is featured. My personal favourite is the ‘granite cliffs’, which are 3 miles (4.8 kilometres) long and from 99 feet to 198 feet (thirty to sixty meters) high. When you look at page called underwater field guide, you will see the names of Antarctic underwater marine life identified by Common and Latin names. For more information about this northern spot, you may want to look at the journals page, authored by Dr. M. Dale Stokes and Peter Brueggeman.

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, a non-profit organization, was established in 1987. The team strives for understand and protect all whales and dolphins. You can adopt one of six dolphins or one of seven whales. You also can attend one of their events and challenges to support whales and dolphins. The next event, 2002 Walk for Whales and Dolphins, will begin in UK on Sunday, May 26th, 2002. The organization’s out of the blue program allows people to see and learn about whales and dolphins in the field where small groups of visitors stay with a WDCS funded project. Publications and Projects & Campaigns provides insight into whaling, ethics, captivity, environment, agreements and many more.

A useful tool for divers is an online log book called DiveLogOnline. You can log as many dives as you want on the database and access the online logbook from anywhere in the world, eliminating the possibility of losing paper logbooks. However, if one day this Web site closes you would be well advised to make a backup. You can also upload images, interact with other divers who use DiveLogOnline, and print your records. Best of all, this program is free and data can be entered in meters.

eNature is the ultimate source for people who are into nature. However, as divers we are more interested in eNature.com fish identification guide. I think it’s a one of a kind source for divers who wish to identify fishes they have encountered. You can either browse through either freshwater or saltwater fish categories. Thanks to perfect navigation you can get brief descriptions of a fish, learn where it lives and identification by both common and Latin names. Best of all, you can send an e-card to your friend with the chosen photograph of fish on it.

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