Inside the January/February 2019 Issue

January/February 2019 Dive Training covers

In this issue: Art activism, commercial diving careers, jaw pain, Grand Cayman, the Sea of Cortez, and more. Explore the January/February 2019 issue below.

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The Appeal of Art Activism: Using the Power and Emotion of Art to Help the Oceans
By Karen Straus
Combine art and activism and you create a powerful force called art activism. Artist activists in league with conservation organizations are deploying this potent tool to change thinking about human impact on the environment in general and the oceans in particular. The goal is to raise awareness and change the environmentally damaging habits of individuals, communities, countries, and cultures. In this article, the author explains that art activism is a relatively new development and reveals how it’s being used to bring attention to environmental issues affecting our oceans.

Underwater Action Hero: Does Your Career Compass Points to Commercial Diving?
By Robert N. Rossier
When we think about commercial divers, we might picture a hardhat diver on an offshore oil rig, hundreds of feet below the waves, welding together steel structure and pipes. In reality, the job of a commercial diver is much more diverse — the underwater Swiss Army Knife of the construction industry performing a number of services in a broad spectrum of environments. Here, the author explains just who gets into this industry, what the job is really like and who makes the ideal commercial diver.

Below and Beyond: Planning Your Future Adventures as a Diver
By Donna Askew
Many divers desire to have experiences like exploring shipwrecks, hunting for sunken treasure or maybe diving with sharks. To those who aren’t divers this might sound as farfetched as walking on the surface of the moon. But for divers, it’s do-able. Once we learn to take those first breaths underwater, we’re off to the moon, so to speak. All sorts of underwater adventures open up. It’s just a matter of adapting our training and gear to these specific pursuits. This article will help you map out your future scuba adventures.


Editorial: Wishful Thinking
By Cathryn Castle Garcia

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Dive Observer: Dive Shows For Every Level
By Betty Orr

No Dumb Questions: Learning About Marine Life, Scuba Skills Refreshers and Dealing with Jaw Pain
By Robert N. Rossier


Dive Geo: The Beauty of Boomerang Island: A Return to Grand Cayman
By Cathryn Castle Garcia and Gui Garcia

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: A “Handy” Way to Communicate: Using Hand Signals and Accessories to Communicate Underwater
By Barry and Ruth Guimbellot

Instructor Tips: Balancing Risk and Reward: How to Help Foster a Diver’s Natural Instincts
By Greg Laslo

Always Learning: On Seeing Clearly: Gratitude for the Gift of Sight
By Marty Snyderman

Dive Shop
Compiled by Betty Orr

What’s That?: Icons of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez The Whale Shark, California Sea Lion and Bigeye Trevally
By Marty Snyderman

Behind the Lens: Bending the Rules a Bit
By Marty Snyderman

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Final Check: What It Looks Like When…You’re Not All Wet
By Barry and Ruth Guimbellot

The Covers
Art evokes powerful emotions. Art activism is meant to raise awareness and invite
change. This month’s cover feature, “The Appeal of Art Activism: Using the
Power and Emotion of Art to Help the Oceans” takes a look at several initiatives
gaining traction in the marine realm.