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Show us your pictures!

The photo uploader has now been fixed and enables us to upload our photo's directly to the website! Here are seven easy steps to getting your work published to midwestscubadiving.com. It's easy! Step 1. Go to the Photo section. Step 2. Select a gallery that you would like to upload photo's to. Step 3. Click "Create New Album" Step 4. ...

Bonne Terre Mine Photos

Yesterday a new subscriber asked for photos about diving at Bonne Terre Mine in Bonne Terre, Missouri. If you go to the Photo Gallery and click on Caves and Caverns I just posted some pretty good pictures of the small guage locomotive in the mine. There are also some photos published in the folder Into the Mine. We just redesigned the photo gallery so I am l...

Whales

A new article has been posted under "magazine articles" . Whales was written by a new author and diver Caleb Despins who was recently diving in Puerto Rico. It is a very interesting article about the expieriences of a brand new diver trying to have an encounter with a very large marine mammal. I think we can all relate to Caleb's search. Enjoy!

DISNEY PREMIERS "OCEANS" TODAY!

The official training agency for the Disney Corporation is the National Association of Underwater Instructors. The relationship with Disney was negotiated by Wayne Mitchell, a NAUI board member, about a decade ago. Wayne Mitchell recently passed away. NAUI just celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2009. NAUI began in 1959 and is the first and oldest training...

GAS PIPELINE PROBE UNCOVERS SHIPWRECKS IN BALTIC SEA

This was an interesting article I found:   STOCKHOLM (AFP) – A dozen previously unknown shipwrecks, some of them believed to be up to 1000 years old, were discovered in the Baltic Sea during a probe of the sea bed to prepare for the installation of a large gas pipeline, the Swedish National Heritage Board said Monday.   “We have managed to identify 12 shipwr...

OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS AND DIVING

We have just published a magazine article provided to us by Divers Alert Network. You can access the article by clicking on “magazine articles” in the navigation bar. The article deals with using over the counter medications while scuba diving. It is a very informative piece. I have never read an article about diving and OTC drugs and have often wondered abo...

HISTORY CHANNEL AIRS SPECIAL ON BONNE TERRE MINE TONIGHT!

Just a reminder that the History Channel’s Life after People will feature Bonne Terre Mine. The show will air today Tuesday March 9, 2010 at 9pm CST. Check your local listings. In the original press release from Bonne Terre Mine there was a mistake indicating the show would air on the Discovery Channel. Those individuals in my group who are travelling to Bon...

FOLLOW UP TO PRESS RELEASE, BONNE TERRE MINE

National Geographic Adventure named diving at Bonne Terre Mine in Missouri as one of the top 10 adventures in America, and it is easy to see why. Back in the day, the mine’s deepest reaches were not underwater. A massive pump system stemmed the flow of encroaching groundwater as the miners pushed deeper. But when this, world’s largest lead mine, was all mine...

DISCOVERY CHANNEL FILMING AT BONNE TERRE MINE

The world’s largest freshwater dive resort only 60 minutes south of St. Louis, Missouri, Bonne Terre Mine will be featured on Life After People- Episode 9 which airs on the Discovery Channel. The film shoot took place December 1, 2009.   Life After People examines how mans majesty over nature has always been an illusion and what it will be like when man no l...

UNDERWATER PHOTOS OF THE FINSEEKER

Underwater photos of the Finseeker are now edited and attached to the text content of the article. Click on magazine articles to view! These photos were taken soon after the vessel sank!

SHARK FEVER, HYDRATION,DIVING MEDICINE AND THE FINSEEKER

Midwest Scuba Diving Magazine has just published four new articles. We decided to publish all four articles at one time to keep Midwestern divers amused during our frigid break between seasons. Diving Medicine Myths and Hydration were provided to us by our good friends at DAN. These articles were published in order to raise awareness within the recreational ...

DIVING FATALITY

Here is an interesting article written by Brett Gilliam who was Chairman of NAUI and has very deep ties to the diving community. I found the article in Undercurrents. If any one of our subscribers has more info on this incident I would welcome their comment. I find the circumstances unusual. Anatomy of a Dive Lawsuit the family of a dead diver sues the Agg...

DIVE SHOPS CLOSING AND UNPROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR

There was an interesting thread posted in the forums about the viability of dive shops and professionalism in the dive industry. I too have visited dive shops that were unprofessional and I wouldn’t trust their advice on equipment or training. Some of the dive shops I have visited were openly derogatory about their competitors which is very unprofessional. I...

NAUI Ohio Regional Instructor Crossover

NAUI Ohio Regional Instructor Crossover Attention Dive Instructors: Here is an opportunity to discover how NAUI can help you offer something beyond the ordinary. Learn how to use our programs so you can differentiate your training and set yourself apart for the competition.November 14th 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.Event hosted by Wright State University ...

Joyce Hayward "The Lady of the Lakes"

Joyce Hayward ”The Lady of the Lakes”, passed away August 29, 2009 after a very difficult battle with cancer that prevented her doing the activity she loved most, diving.  Becoming involved in scuba diving and shipwrecks in the early 80’s she was inducted into the Women’s Divers Hall of Fame in 2001, appointed by the Ohio Governor as an advisor for the manag...

EAR CLEARING AND OTHER BASIC SKILLS

The article that was published as a blog about middle ear barotraumas is one of the best I have ever read. I know the article is lengthy, but it should be studied by all divers and professional divers visiting the MSD website. This article may be printed and used as an instructional tool. There is a link at the end of the article. I think it would be very he...

MIDDLE EAR BAROTRAUMA

PREVENTION OF MIDDLE EAR BAROTRAUMAIf you find the topic interesting, please feel free to save it to a file or print it out for later reference. This document may be reproduced for personal or classroom use but please let readers know where it came from. There is also a video lecture of this material.  Copyright (c) 1997 - 2000 Edmond Kay, M.D. TABLE OF CONT...

THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE CRUISE

Midwest Scuba Diving Magazine is excited to offer the ultimate adventure cruise along the pirate-infested coast of Somalia!We board our luxury cruise ship in Djibouti on the Gulf of Aden near the entrance to the Red Sea, and disembark in Mombassa, Kenya seven adrenaline-charged days later.Starting at $5,200 per-person (double occupancy, inside room) and $6,9...

REQUIRED BASIC AND ACCESSORY GEAR

All student divers should be absolutely required to carry a watch, whistle, slate and knife on all training dives. This is a safety issue and often the dive instructor takes the path of least resistance and doesn't require the student or recreational diver to carry these items which ensure that the dive will be safe and comfortable. Captain’s Blog   Required...

MAUI TRIP REPORT BY DAN SCHMIDT

Attached is a blog installment from my good friend Dan Schmidt. Dan is president and CEO of channel 11 WTTW and 98.7 WFMT. Over the past 5 years Dan has been involved in an internship program with me. Last August he completed his Instructor Qualification Program and is now a certified NAUI Instructor. Channel 11provides Midwest Scuba Diving Magazine with sup...