Inside the September/October 2018 Issue

Dive Training September/October 2018

In this issue: How a simple dive turned into a search and rescue mission, boat diving etiquette, rediscovering the British Virgin Islands, selecting a scuba mask, and more. Explore the September/October 2018 issue below.

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From “Simple Dive” to Search and Rescue Mission: When Plans Don’t Go According to Plan
By Karen Straus
Several weeks ago as the Thai cave rescue drama unfolded on the world’s news feeds, the author and her husband were preparing for a scuba vacation after a year away from diving. They planned to ease back into the water with a “walk in the park” dive. But within 36 hours of landing at their destination, a chain of circumstances plus unforeseeable and unusual conditions resulted in their dive party becoming lost from its boat. This double-length feature details the arc of their story, from unfortunate situation to fortuitous rescue.

“Halos” and “Pitchforks” A Primer on Boat Diving Etiquette
By Donna Askew
There are certain ways to behave on a dive boat that are considered polite, while other behaviors might be considered a social gaff. If you’re new to diving, it’s safe to say you might not know what constitutes polite behavior on a dive boat. Some of it comes down to common sense, but there are a lot of nuances you’ll learn along the way. This article proposes that good diver behavior generates a “happy face with halo” emoji over your shoulder, while not-so-good behavior gets you a “devil face with pitchfork” emoji. The author offers solid how-to advice on how to rack up more halos than pitchforks when boat diving.


Editorial: In the Same Boat
By Cathryn Castle Garcia

Buddy Lines

Say Cheez

Dive Observer: New Hope For Endangered Mantas
By Betty Orr

No Dumb Questions: Scuba Diving for all Ages
By Robert N. Rossier


Dive Geo: Paradise, Recovered and Rediscovered: The British Virgin Islands
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: “I Can See Clearly Now” How to Select and Care for Your Scuba Mask
By Barry and Ruth Guimbellot

Instructor Tips: Higher Education: How to Help Students Achieve Mastery
By Greg Laslo

Always Learning: Waging Peace, With Diving: How Scuba Makes Us Global Citizens
By Marty Snyderman

Dive Shop
Compiled by Betty Orr

What’s That?: Almost Like Family: All About Angelfishes and Butterflyfishes
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 Bomb the Shot
By Barry and Ruth Guimbellot

Dive Training September/October 2018 covers
The Covers
Photos by Eric Hanauer
This month’s double-length cover feature, “From ‘Simple Dive’ to Search and Rescue Mission: When Plans Don’t Go According to Plan,” provides a detailed first-person account of author Karen Straus and her husband Eric Hanauer’s misadventure while on a scuba diving trip.