Here’s a look at what you’ll find between the covers of the September/October 2017 issue. FEATURES Challenging the “Rules” of Scuba Diving: Because Not...

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Here’s a look at what you’ll find between the covers of the September/October 2017 issue.


Challenging the “Rules” of Scuba Diving: Because Not Everything is Black and White
By Cathryn Castle Garcia
If you’re like most divers, you’ve heard of — and perhaps adhere to — procedures that are considered “normal” within our sport. A few classic “always and nevers” include: always dive with a buddy; always do your deepest dive first; always wear a snorkel; never put your mask on your forehead; always end your dive with at least 500 psi remaining in the tank. At first glance, these might seem like black-and-white concepts. Except, guess what? They’re not. At least not entirely. This article invites you to reconsider the rules.

The Marvels of Moon Jellies: Shapeshifting and Other Survival Strategies for Deep Exploration
By Robert N. Rossier
New designs for exploring the depths and breadth of our planet and others force us to look carefully at designs for survival. Whether we’re traveling to the stars or to the crushing depth of the seas, we will have limited resources at our disposal and so must have a well-designed approach to make use of those resources. As it turns out, nature provides us with some pretty intriguing strategies for survival.

Sanctuaries at Sea: The Science of Monitoring Marine Resources
By Brendon Kendall
This article is part of an ongoing series highlighting the National Marine Sanctuary System. The series explores the history, geography, special characteristics and management practices that make each sanctuary a unique destination.


Editorial: “I’d be afraid …”
By Cathryn Castle Garcia

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Dive Observer: DEMA Supports Goliath Grouper Moratorium in Florida
By Betty Orr

No Dumb Questions: Safety Stops, Altitude Diving and Dive Lights
By Robert N. Rossier


Dive Geo: Rev’d Up Diving: Exploring Mexico’s Revillagigedo Islands
By Joseph C. Dovala

Destination News: The latest from diving hotspots
Compiled by Betty Orr

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

Diving USA: Dive travel opportunities across America


Scuba Skills: The Art of “Thumbs Up:” How to Return to the Surface Safely
By Barry and Ruth Guimbellot

Instructor Tips: The ABCs of Teaching: How to Reach Every Student in a Class Of Mixed Performers
By Greg Laslo

Always Learning: Of Lost Luggage and Lemonade: The Trials and Tribulations of Adventure Travel
By Marty Snyderman

Dive Shop
Compiled by Betty Orr

What’s That?: Blue-Blooded, Three-Hearted, Eight-Footed Wonders: The Marvelous Octopuses
By Marty Snyderman

Behind the Lens: Zooming In on Behavior
By Marty Snyderman

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Final Check: What It Looks Like When…You Are Careful What You Touch
By Barry and Ruth Guimbellot

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Inspired by the Beatles’ “white album”

This month’s cover feature, “Challenging the ‘Rules’ of Scuba Diving: Because Not Everything is Black and White,” dares to question some common “rules” of scuba diving. Why? Because not everything is black and white.


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