Inside the November/December 2019 Issue

In the November/December 2019 issue’s cover feature, “Biomimicry from the Sea: Leveraging the Wisdom of Nature,” author Robert N. Rossier explains the genius of...

November/December19 Dive Training

In the November/December 2019 issue’s cover feature, “Biomimicry from the Sea: Leveraging the Wisdom of Nature,” author Robert N. Rossier explains the genius of nature and how mankind benefits from mimicking the oceans’ extraordinary organic designs. Also in this issue: Responsible dive travel, Mexico’s Yucatan region, ambush predators, shore diving how-tos and more. Check the issue out in the Dive Training app for an interactive experience.

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Biomimicry from the Sea: Leveraging the Wisdom of Nature
By Robert N. Rossier
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But when it comes to inspiring creativity, one of the most powerful forces in innovation is leveraging designs that are proven in nature. From capturing food, to transportation, to defense and shelter, the use of natural designs — what we call biomimicry — has brought steadfast answers to some of life’s most basic questions.

Responsible Dive Travel: Tips for Treading Lightly
By Alex Brylske
Divers are a special breed. The most serious among us are anything but tourists — we’re travelers. We take very seriously our responsibility to protect the environments we visit and are increasingly recognizing that our travel demands are sometimes placing undue stress on local ecosystems and cultures. In this article, we learn important tips for supporting sustainable dive travel.

Immersed in a Sea of Scuba-themed Books: The Diver’s Literary Guide
By Cathryn Castle Garcia
As we transition from fall into winter seasons, we’re also in the middle of another season – the book-buying season. According to bookselling industry sales reports, September through December is peak season for book sales. Whether you’ll be cozying up by the fire or lounging on the sun deck of a liveaboard while doing your reading, this article compiles a list of titles intended to educate and entertain a variety of divers and ocean enthusiasts. Some books are classics, while others are new releases. Still others are for kids or are wordless ocean-themed illustrated books perfect for artists and doodlers. There’s literally something for everyone.


Editorial: How to Gift Wrap an Ocean
By Cathryn Castle Garcia

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Dive Observer: Return of “The Attack of the Blob”
By Betty Orr

No Dumb Questions: How to Be a Better Buddy, Identifying a Rip Current, Cylinder Sizes
By Robert N. Rossier


Dive Geo: A Trifecta of Awesome in Mexico’s Yucatan Region: Exploring Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Riviera Maya
By Lois Hatcher

Destination News: What’s happening at diving hotspots
Compiled by Betty Orr

Passport: Dive travel deals from all over
Compiled by Betty Orr

Dive USA: Highlighting North American diving
Compiled by Betty Orr


Scuba Skills: How to Plan and Enjoy Your Own Shore Diving Adventures
By Barry and Ruth Guimbellot

Instructor Tips: Have You Herd? How to Help Scuba Students Make Independent Decisions
By Greg Laslo

Always Learning: From “Rare” to “Common” Encounter: Sharing Perspective on a Big Shift
By Marty Snyderman

Dive Shop
Compiled by Betty Orr

What’s That?: In the Blink of an Eye! Ambush Predators Redefine “Fast Food”
By Marty Snyderman

Behind the Lens: Connecting Using Eye Contact
By Marty Snyderman

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Final Check: What It Looks Like When…You Experience a Miracle
By Cathryn Castle Garcia