Cnidariapocolypse – N2 Narcosis Saves the World – Sort Of

© 2009 Janne Hellsten. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

© 2009 Janne Hellsten. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

It happened over the course of just a few seconds. Seconds though that stretched to what felt like strands of never ending salt water taffy, long and sticky.

My dive buddy and I were coming up from a great SCUBA dive on a reef in Bonaire. At around 43′ I looked up to see a wonder. The sun was shining down through the last atmosphere and a half of our dive and those rays reflected through the fragile bell of a jelly fish. The light shone through in such a way that it seemed the creature was lit from within.

At the time I didn’t carry a camera (think… pre GoPro… or PG as I’m fairly confident we’ll refer to any date prior to the 2010 release of the GoPro Hero HD system. Just sayin’.) and so I had nothing to distract me as I lost myself in the spectacle of scintillating beauty before me.

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It’s 16 minutes into the dive… do you know where your fins are?

The fragile reef!

The fragile reef! Photo by Mika Hiltunen. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Diving changes the way that we interact with our environment. Understanding how that interaction changes is vital to getting the most out of our dives; being a good dive buddy and protecting our fragile reefs.

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Is Your Dive Computer Your Submersible Pressure Gauge?

SPG or Dive Computer

SPG or Dive Computer

With the proliferation of dive computers and the recent release of a recreational option from Shearwater (Shearwater just contact me for an address to send the demo ;) ) dive computers are moving from luxury to must-have dive gear.

This shift is for good reason. There are many benefits to diving a computer and the counter arguments are quickly losing ground to experience and dive data.

As ‘air integration’ or what might be more easily said… dive computers that ‘monitor your tank pressure’… becomes more popular as well, it begs the question:

Does an air integrated computer replace your submersible pressure gauge (SPG)?

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