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Memorial Day Weekend 2008

Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-24) is the first really big dive training weekend in the Midwest. During the end of May most of the ice has melted and all those students that took their classroom and pool instruction during the cold winter months are now ready to brave their open water training. Haigh Quarry in Kankakee Illinois will see 200-300 divers attend t...

Our World-Underwater 2008 Follow Up

We have been very busy since we left the Our World-Underwater show. It was our second year as an exhibitor and was a great experience. We were very happy to see both friends and family visit us at booth #121. We handed out over 2,500 copies of the magazine and over 1,000 individuals signed up for the free raffle. The winners were:Blackbeard's Cruises winner:...

Just in Time for Valentine"s Day

In our last issue, we published a very good article submitted by Oceana. We trade emails periodically with them and received this one today. We thought you might like to see it too.Hello Brian,I wanted to pass along the following release on Oceana’s web-based content that helps others spread the love for the oceans on February 14th and beyond.Today we launch...

New Advertisement - We want your opinion!

Even though we are a magazine that sells advertising space, we have to do our own advertising in other publications to spread the word!We have spent the past few weeks designing some new ads and want to know what you, our readers, think.Below are our top 4 ad designs. Please take a few minutes to review each advertisement and leave some comments below.Please...

New Website Design Live!

As you have probably noticed, our new website design is finally done!We have been working on it for a long time and still have a lot more to do.Over the next few weeks, we'll be adding the following features: - Publish all magazine articles online in HTML - Complete the Dive Buddy section of the website - Complete the Dive Match section of the website - Enha...

Tim Taylor to receive The Explorers Club’s Citation of Merit

Tim Taylor to receive The Explorers Club’s Citation of Merit  (January 8, 2008) On March 15, 2008, ocean explorer Tim Taylor will be awarded the Explorers Club’s Citation of Merit at the organization’s 104th Annual Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York. The Citation of Merit is awarded to a member in recognition of an outstanding feat of exploratio...

Fall 2007 Issue - Download it today!

The Fall issue of Midwest Scuba Diving Magazine has gone to press and will be in all Midwest dive shops by the end of next week. The PDF version is available for download on the the MSD Magazine page of the website: click hereThis issue contains some great articles: Great White Shark Adventure (Cover Story)Reverse Dive ProfilesSunken Treasures: Dredge No. 6M...

Great White Shark Accident in Isla de Guadalupe

I received an email today regarding a video of a Great White Shark breaking through a cage. Coincidentally, the cover of the next MSD Magazine issue is about Great White Sharks. Be sure to check out this video and look for the next issue of MSD Magazine in your local dive shop next week!Video:http://www.travelistic.com/video/show/7621/Great-White-Shark-Accid...

Diving Fatality - Honeymoon Ends in Mysterious Death

Mr. And Mrs. Gabe Watson came to Australia from Hoover Alabama for their honeymoon. Mrs. Watson, who was an inexperienced diver, got into difficulty in strong currents on her second dive. She panicked tearing the mask and regulator from her face. Mr. Watson said he was unable to help her and thought it best to leave her rescue to other divers in the group, e...

Recent Diving Death Might Have Been Prevented with Better Training

Here is an article I found in an Australian publication. It was written by a diving instructor after an entry level student, diving in Australia, flooded his mask and rapidly ascended while holding his breath. The student died. I thought our subscribers might find this article interesting as a result of the recent traffic in the forums concerning the “sorry ...

Waukegan North Area Wrecks II

The S.S.Wisconsin is my favorite wreck to dive on Southern Lake Michigan. I have dived the Wisconsin when there has been 100-foot visibility. Unlike shipwrecks in the Florida Keys that have been sunk as attractions, shipwrecks in the Great Lakes are “true” wrecks with great history, personal stories of courage and tragic loss of life. The Wisconsin is a perf...

Great White Shark Adventure

Two very close friends of mine, Nan Talaga and Richard Talaga Ph.D., (Richard is a member of our advisory committee specializing in Diving Physics) recently celebrated their 7-year wedding anniversary by participating in a Great White Shark Adventure off the coast of California near San Francisco (Richard is a hopeless romantic!) They were the only individua...

Fall 2007 "Backscatter"

The Fall 2007 issue of Midwest Scuba Diving Magazine goes to print in 2 weeks. If you have a picture you would like included in the "Backscatter" section of the magazine, please send it right away! We have received several photos so far, so there's still room. Don't wait, send them now! Please send the original high resolution version.

Waukegan North Area Wrecks I

The Rocinco was a steel hulled luxury motor yacht 95-ft long, 26-ft beam and 10-ft draft. She was built 1916 in Wilmington, Delaware. The Rocinco sunk April 18, 1928 after she struck a floating log. The damage was severe and she sunk within ten minutes. She lies 10 miles off of Kenosha, Wisconsin in180-ft of water. The seven people that were on board were ab...

MSDM and NAUI Offer Limited Co-op Program

PRESS RELEASE: Midwest Scuba Diving Magazine and NAUI Offer Limited Co-op ProgramPROGRAM:The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) and Midwest Scuba Diving Magazine (MSDM) have partnered to help dive shops in the Midwest region advertise in print and on the web in an effort to stimulate business for NAUI affiliated stores. MSDM and NA...

Recent Diving Incidents

I recently traveled to Florida and was diving in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary where I witnessed some serious breaches of dive safety protocol. An instructor, with entry-level students, specifically asked the operator I used to choose a shallow site for the morning dive on Saturday. The instructor intended to complete the first series of dives w...

Racine Wisconsin Area Wrecks II

The Kate Kelly was built in Tonowanda, New York in 1867. She was a two masted schooner 126-feet long, 26-ft beam and 10-ft draft. She sunk 2 miles East of Wind Point, off Racine, Wisconsin in 40-feet of water. The Kate Kelly broke up in heavy weather April 14, 1895. All seven hands on board were lost. Her cargo was railroad ties. The lighthouse keeper at Win...

Summer 2007 Issue - Download it today!

The Summer issue of Midwest Scuba Diving Magazine has gone out to all Midwest dive shops. The PDF version is available for download on the the MSD Magazine page of the website: click hereThis issue contains some great articles: Sunken Treasures: Diving the Vernon (Cover Story)What is Technical Diving?Diving Fitness: Weight ControlSunken Treasures: Diving the...

Summer 2007 "Backscatter"

The Summer 2007 issue of Midwest Scuba Diving Magazine goes to print in 1 week. If you have a picture you would like included in the "Backscatter" section of the magazine, please send it right away! We have received 9 photos so far, so there's still room. Don't wait, send them now!Note: Please send the original high resolution version (needed for print).

Jim Haigh Memorial Dive & Diver Appreciation Day Sunday

It was previously mentioned in my Memorial Day blog that Midwest Scuba Diving Magazine would be having a promotion at Haigh Quarry over the June 30-July 1 weekend. We have decided to reschedule the promotion for the Labor Day weekend.The Jim Haigh Memorial Dive and Divers Appreciation Day are scheduled for Sunday, July 15th and we will be donating two Blackb...