In this issue: How corals serve as the building blocks for coral reefs, diving with diabetes, venting air from your BC, exploring Cayman Brac...

Dive Training January/February 2018

In this issue: How corals serve as the building blocks for coral reefs, diving with diabetes, venting air from your BC, exploring Cayman Brac & Little Cayman and more. Explore the January/February 2018 issue below.

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The Building Blocks of Reefs: How Corals Do What They Do
By Karen and Ian Stewart
The more we learn about how the corals operate, the more we grow to appreciate our time spent underwater. In this article, the authors take a look at how corals serve as the building blocks for the marvelous marine ecosystem we call the coral reef.

Health for Diving: A Primer on Diabetes
By Robert N. Rossier
On a global scale, diabetes afflicts more than 380 million people and the World Health Organization estimates that by 2030, the number of people living with diabetes will more than double. Clearly, diabetes is a growing health risk and one that could affect our ability to dive safely. But at least for some afflicted with the disorder, the door has been opened for scuba diving – that is, if the proper conditions are met and the proper protocols are followed.

Constant Lighting: The Advancing Wave in Underwater Photography
By Barry Guimbellot and Marty Snyderman
Steady progress in LED technology has resulted in making LEDs a potentially viable alternative to strobes in underwater photography as well. To borrow the words of legendary songwriter and singer Bob Dylan, “The times, they are a changing.” At least, they are for some and, if you are an underwater photographer, this article will give you an overview of LEDs as a lighting option.


Editorial: Nudge, Nudge
By Cathryn Castle Garcia

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Dive Observer: Hurricane Irma Changes the Seascape in the Florida Keys
By Gena Parsons and Marlies Tumolo

No Dumb Questions: Weights, Wings and Forgotten Things
By Robert N. Rossier


Dive Geo: Family Resemblance: Exploring the Cayman Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman
By Joseph C. Dovala

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: The Easy Out: Tips for Venting Air from the BC
By Barry and Ruth Guimbellot

Instructor Tips: Going Beyond the Classroom: Using Alternative Media to Teach Your Diving Passions
By Greg Laslo

Always Learning: Universal Appeal: On Scuba Diving and Staring at the Sky
By Marty Snyderman

Dive Shop
Compiled by Betty Orr

What’s That?: The Ones With Scales and Scutes: All About Marine Reptiles
By Marty Snyderman

Behind the Lens: Maximizing the Minuscule
By Marty Snyderman

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By Barry and Ruth Guimbellot

Dive Training Magazine | Scuba Diving Skills, Gear, EducationThe Covers

Corals are the kings of the reef. In this month’s cover feature, “The Building Blocks of Reefs: How Corals Do What They Do,” we learn how these tiny polyps have developed a kaleidoscope of color, diversity of shape and size and also contributes to the building of these reefs.


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