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I was raised in the Midwest. My father worked for Chrysler Corporation during the formative years of life; we were hobby fishermen and hunters at the time. When my dad decided to retire, we moved to an even smaller town. My experience with the underwater world was limited to creek beds searching for crawdads or sinking a fishing line into murky water in search of a bass or perch worth keeping for dinner. When it came time to graduate high school, this young brain wasn't quite ready for the college life; I joined the military. After recruit and infantry training, we...

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When it comes to diving, there are a lot of choices available to help combat the cooler temperatures. In the first part of this two-part series, we discussed wetsuits and the benefits of owning a good quality suit; today, we'll talk about the moment one may need a little more protection because of the environment. In order to ensure the comfort level of the diver is maximized, some may choose to purchase a semi-drysuit or drysuit. As with wetsuits, there are many styles to choose from along with features and benefits to enhance the diving experience.  A major difference between a...

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One of the most important aspects of being a good diver is selecting the proper exposure protection. The more comfortable a diver, the more control over unneeded stress from the environment and the potential for hypothermia or heat exhaustion. When a diver first starts scuba diving, they find themselves bombarded with hundreds of products and styles. Additionally, the diver is influenced by their instructor, dive buddies and even the professional staff of the dive store. Choices become hard as divers find themselves making a decision on a wetsuit or drysuit that they have never worn in the water!  In the first part...

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This month marks year 22 of my scuba adventures. To toot my own horn for a second; I have accomplished 3,731 actual open water dives as of Saturday  morning (yes, I have a dive log). Additionally, I touched the bottom of a Catalina dive site at 302 feet with the proper equipment and traveled to 28 different countries to experience their waters over these years. Whether it was a cave system in the middle of Missouri or the isolated islands of Micronesia, there's been a commonality on every single dive: I can become a better diver.  You might think to...

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It was 1997, the waters off southern Japan were a frigid 52 degrees fahrenheit; my face hit the cold water and I immediately started the rapid depletion of the precious air in my scuba cylinder. Everyone else was calm and relaxed underwater. I would signal, after 20 minutes, that I was down to 700 psi on my submersible pressure gauge and my dive buddy would look at me bewildered. He showed me his SPG and it still had 2000 psi comfortably sitting in his tank. We slowly ascended to our safety stop and when we got to the surface, the...

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