Captain's Blog

TRIP TO BONNE TERRE MINE JANUARY 16-18

Once again Midwest Scuba Diving magazine is sponsoring a trip to Bonne Terre Mine January 16 thru January 18 in Bonne Terre Missouri. This dive is on my own personal Top 5 list. It is an extraordinary dive site! It is actually indescribable! You can visualize this dive by imagining the Grand Canyon filled with crystal clear spring water and you get to dive t...

39th OUR WORLD-UNDERWATER SHOW

39th OUR WORLD-UNDERWATER SHOW February 20-22, 2009 Our World-Underwater Consumer Dive & Travel Show is in its' 39thYear! It is the longest running show in North America and the largest in the Midwest. Booth sales for the 2009 show are very strong. If you have not secured your booth do so now! Being an exhibitor...

HAL WATTS ARTICLE ABOUT DIVING FATALITIES

Three Divers Die at Forty Fathom Grotto…almost! By Hal Watts All too often we read or hear about divers drowning. With many fatalities, we have to guess the causes, or theoretically reconstruct the events leading up to the diver’s death. We rarely, however, hear about the near misses, whether because they’re not as dramatic, or because the participants do...

FOLLOW UP: DIVING FATALITY

Special Dive Team Assembled To Locate 25-Year-Old ManDaniel Patterson and Eric Hary, members of a professional underwater international cave recovery team, put on their scuba gear to search of Spiegel.POSTED: 1:49 pm EST November 15, 2008UPDATED: 7:18 pm EST November 15, 2008OCALA, Fla. -- The Marion County Sheriff's Department said it received a report on S...

DIVING FATALITY AT FORTY FATHOM GROTTO

There was a diving fatality, which occurred recently at 40 Fathom Grotto in Ocala Florida. Some preliminary reports indicate it was a 25-year-old male student at the facility and that there may have been drinking involved. Forty Fathom Grotto is owned by my dear friend Hal Watts, but is leased and operated by Ray Black who owns a commercial diving academy in...

PRESS RELEASE: NEWLY CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS AND COURSE DIRECTOR

Divemax Scuba www.divemaxscuba.com and Captain Darrick Lorenzen in Chicago, Illinois is putting together one of the most qualified staff of instructors in the Midwest Region. After a 2year internship, Dan Schmidt, President and CEO of Channel 11 WTTW television, along with Steve Tisinai, Executive Vice President of TPI Incorporated have both recently complet...

DISCOUNTED TRIPS AVAILABLE TO BONNE TERRE MINE

I am planning a trip to Bonne Terre Mine the weekend of November 15 and 16 (please turn to page 7 of the blog section and review “Trip to Bonne Terre Mine” for more info and photos). Planning the trip has been an absolute nightmare. Clients committing and then hemming and hawing and last minute cancellations have been extremely frustrating. We are arriving a...

REMINDER "FREE" PROMO

Just a reminder to all dive shops, independent instructors, clubs and manufacturers representatives. Please contact me at 773-732-8972 or email at captdarrick@midwestscubadiving.com to advertise your equipment, meetings, sales or promotions and trips on our website www.midwestscubadiving.com FREE! This is an excellent resource for the Midwest diving communit...

NEW FEATURE! "CAPTAIN"S TABLE" RESTAURANT REVIEWS

So much about the dive travel experience revolves around dining out and responsible partying that I have decided to implement a new feature in my blogs called “The Captain’s Table”. Every so often I will review a restaurant that was visited by my students and myself at a travel destination. Most divers I have met love good food and cocktails as much as I do ...

FREE PROMO OF TRIPS,CLASSES AND GEAR

We are inviting all dive shops and independent instructors to use our website forum to advertise their trips, classes and equipment sales. You just need to email me captdarrick@midwestscubadiving .com the information and we will post it on the website. Midwest Scuba Diving Magazine is #1 on google’s search engine. Over 3000 subscribers in an 11 state region ...

DIVING FATALITY SEPTEMBER 24TH

A tourist who was scuba diving for the first time in New Caledonia, Micronesia died during a Discover Scuba Diving course.   Hiruaki Matsumoto 48, from Japan was taking a course from Noumea Diving when he died.   The dive shop manager said the dive training complied with industry requirements and suggested Matsumoto died because “he panicked”.   Witnesses sa...

"FREE" LIVE-ABOARD CRUISE GIVEAWAY AT HAIGH QUARRY

As the diving season in the Midwest draws to an end and we all are now planning trips to warmer climes, Haigh Quarry in Kankakee Illinois www.haighquarry.com along with Midwest Scuba Diving Magazine and Blackbeard’s Cruises www.blackbeard-cruises.com is sponsoring an end of season promotion for local divers. We know as the weather gets colder divers thoughts...

Panic attacks and the "Blue Orb Syndrome".

Recent studies are beginning to suggest that episodes of panic or near-panic may explain many recreational diving accidents and possibly throw light on the cause of some diving fatalities. Most think of scuba diving as taking place in a serene paradise surrounded by beauty and the thrill of weightlessness, but in a recent national survey...

THE RISKS OF PANIC IN SCUBA DIVING V

Can we predict whether someone will experience panic while scuba diving? Dr. Morgan: Yes. The psychological variable known as "trait anxiety" is regarded as a stable or enduring feature of personality, whereas "state anxiety" is situational or transitory. Individuals who score high on "trait anxiety" are more likely to have increased "state anxiety" and ther...

RISKS OF PANIC IN SCUBA DIVING IV

Can individuals with high anxiety be trained in techniques that will reduce the risks of panic?   Dr. Morgan: Apparently not. The use of intervention techniques based upon procedures such as biofeedback, hypnosis, imagery and relaxation in an effort to reduce anxiety responses in scuba divers exposed to various stressors have not been effective. Research has...

SHARK ATTACK!

Craig Hutto, 16, of Lebanon Tennessee survived a shark attack, Monday, July 27th, but his leg had to be amputated. The incident occurred near Panama City, Florida. Hutto was listed in critical condition Tuesday and doctors were hoping that he didn’t suffer any brain damage from blood loss.   Dr. Reed Finney, cardiovascular surgeon at Bay Medical Center said ...

RISKS OF PANIC IN SCUBA DIVING III

Are anxiety and panic problems discussed in scuba diving instructional materials?   Dr. Morgan: No. Terms like anxiety and stress don’t appear in the index of books commonly used by national certifying bodies involved in scuba training. Panic, along with the problems that can occur in scuba diving as a consequence of panic, isn’t even addressed in these trai...

RISKS OF PANIC IN SCUBA DIVING II

Is there a tendency to panic restricted to novice or beginning divers?   Dr. Morgan: No. Scuba divers with many years of experience sometimes panic for no apparent reason. One theory is that panic may occur in such cases because divers lose sight of familiar objects and experience a form of sensory deprivation. This problem has been labeled the “blue orb syn...

The Risks of Panic in Scuba Diving I

As a result of the recent interest in the diving fatality that occurred to Mrs. Gabe Watson on her honeymoon in Australia I am beginning a five part series on the risks of panic in scuba diving. I believe that the “ Honeymoon Fatality” may have actually been caused by the panic of both husband and wife. NBC Nightline aired a special on this incident and the ...

Waukegan Area Wrecks III

The wreck of the Zion Schooners lies just off the Zion Nuclear Power Plant. They are sailing ships dating from the late 1800’s that were probably scuttled in about 20-feet of water. The wreck site is about 100-feet long. The names of the Schooners are unknown. It is unknown where these ships were built (there may be the potential for some investigative resea...