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Annual Flea Market
April 12 , 2003
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Canít get your old wetsuit zippered up anymore? Or have you decided that it is time to get
a new regulator or computer? Donít know what to do with your old stuff? Or are you just
looking for some good deals? At our Annual Flea Market, you can set up a table in our
parking lot and sell off your old gear. No charge. Whatever you get, you keep!! If you are
now diving warm water only, sell that 7mm wetsuit. (Use that money for a deposit on our
Bonaire trip.) If you are looking for some deals, one personís trash is another personís
treasure. You just may find a great backup regulator or a wetsuit that is perfect for you.
We will be selling some of our rental regulators, bcs, and wetsuits. You could get a
regulator or bc for as little as $75. You could find a wetsuit for $50. And we will also
have many specials inside the store as well. You will find up to 20% off equipment in our
new Swim Center, 30 - 40% off select wetsuits, fins, masks, regulators, and bcs. If a deal
is what you are looking for, April 12th is your day. And to make it extra special we will
have free hotdogs and drinks and some special giveaways as well. The Flea market starts at
10:00 am and lasts all day long. But be there early for the best deals.
AquaNuts Dive Club Meeting !!
April 8, 2003 --
Everyone Welcome !
Ottoís Brauhaus, Horsham, 7:30 pm
Now that we have confronted the problem in Iraq and we have seen that terrorists are not as strong
as many people believed, it is time to get on the road again. There is still so much to see in the
world and you arenít getting any younger. We have continued to travel through uncertain times and I
can assure you that the world does not hate Americans. Our people have travelled to Malaysia, Thailand,
Europe, and the Caribbean and never felt threatened or uncomfortable. So the time has come. Look at the trips
below and get back to enjoying life. You deserve it.
Sea of Cortez - July 12 - 19
I love the Sea of Cortez !! There is nowhere you can go and interact with the Sea Lions like the Sea
of Cortez. They are the friendliest, most curious sea lions that I have ever encountered. It is one of
the ten best dives you will ever make. And Iíll throw in a dive with the manta rays as well. When we
were there last year, we dove a new site where several mantas hang around most of the day. It is a great
dive as well. We are looking for about 8 to 10 people to join us on this adventure. It is coming up soon,
so you have to act quickly. The trip was $1595 but we managed to get some better airfare prices and have
reduced the cost by $200. Let us know immediately if you can join us.
North Carolina -- August 1 - 3
The best wreck diving in this hemisphere is right off the North Carolina coast. And we have a trip scheduled
to visit some of these great wrecks.We will be heading to Morehead City, NC on Friday, August 1st (or earlier).
We have rooms reserved at the Hampton Inn and a boat chartered for both Saturday and Sunday. It is also possible
to go down earlier as some of our people are planning on diving Friday as well. The cost of the trip is $350, the
same as last year. You can stay Thursday and dive Friday for only $150 additional.
Bonaire - August 16 - 23
It is family month in Bonaire and we are heading back. We will be staying at Lionís Dive this year. It is right
on the beach with good diving right off the dock. To get your heart racing, try a night dive right off the dock.
There are a couple of big tarpon that will trail along behind you while you are diving. The flash of silver as your
light hits them will get your attention. We stay in condos with a full living room, dining room and kitchen. It is a
great way to do a trip. Diving includes 6 boat dives and unlimited beach diving. Kids 12 and under can stay free in
your cono. Call and ask me for details. The trip includes air, condos, diving, and rental cars. We already have 11
spots sold. Donít delay in making your reservation. The price of the trip is $1395. This is the same price we charged
3 years ago and without the car.
Tobermory, Canada -- September, 2003
This is what we wish Jersey diving would be like. Clear, fresh water with well-preserved wrecks. This is really
fascinating diving. Tobermory is located on the Bruce Peninsula where Lake Huron meets the Georgian Bay. There you
will find Fathom Five National Marine Park. We have chartered a live aboard vessel to provide us with three days of
great diving. They also provide us with all our meals, airfills, and kayaks to play with between dives. This will be
a lot of fun. I dove here many years ago and I am really looking forward to returning. You will have the opportunity
to spend an additional day at Big Tub Harbor Lodge to explore the surrounding area. It is really beautiful and worth
the time and effort. We feel the cost should be about $450 and will have a firm price posted on our web site by the
time you receive this.
Cozumel - October 11 - 18
Our infamous Cozumel trip is scheduled again for October, 2003. And it is a pretty good deal to boot. We will once
again be staying at the Reef Club with all meals, drinks, accommodations, and 5 days of diving included. Airfare is
included as well. And the cost is only $1450 !! We have to give up any seats we are holding after August 1. So donít
plan on waiting until the last minute. This is considered by many to be some of the best diving in the Caribbean. Donít
Grenada - Thanksgiving Week
We have decided that this is the year to explore the southern Caribbean islands. With our April trip to St. Vincent
and now our Thanksgiving trip to Grenada as well as our August trip to Bonaire, we should have it pretty well covered.
Granada, which is also known as the Spice Island (nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon), is a mountainous island, 12 miles by 20
miles criss-crossed by deep valleys, streams and waterfalls. Sea turtles nest on the beach and there are some great
shallow reefs as well as the wreck of the Bianca C, a cruise ship that burned and sunk just outside the harbor. We are
still piecing the details together, but call us and let us know that you are interested and we will keep you posted.
Dive with the Whales -- August, 2004
Some of the best diving that I have ever done is in Papau New Guinea. And, of course, Al will
vouch for the great diving in Northern PNG. Now add on top of that, diving with minke whales off
Australia and you have one fabulous trip. And the countries we are traveling in as about as safe as
we could hope for. We are also planning a little touring while in Australia. Here is how it works.
Arriving in Australia, we pick up Mike Ballís Supersport and head out into the Coral Sea. Traveling
along Great Barrier Reef, we should run into the migrating minke whales. After two days at sea, we
wind up at the Cod Hole where you will have the opportunity to hand feed giant 300-pound potato cod.
It is a blast. We will then sail over to Lizard Island and catch a flight to Cairns. After spending
two days touring that area we head to PNG where we will pick up the Paradise Sport. This is the
finest liveaboard that I have ever been on. A week of diving here will knock your socks off. Follow
this with a little more touring in Australia and a flight back home. There are only 22 spaces on
the boat , so talk to me.
It is important to remember that all prices are based on double occupancy and on current airfares.
Unfortunately airfares can change up until we actually purchase the tickets. (Then, of course, the
airlines charge a penalty for any changes, if they allow changes). This is usually not a problem,
but it can happen. Remember that on most trips you can supply your own airfare. Many people today
think that they can find cheaper airfares on the web, and that works fine for us. (See the following
article). Also please note that if you are signing up alone, we will try to line up a roommate for
you, however, if we cannot there will be an additional charge for a single supplement. Again, this
is not something under our control and we must pass this charge along. We also recommend trip
cancellation insurance. If you do need to cancel the trip, there may be penalties that are not
under our control.
Diving And The Web
I was recently reviewing some sales statistics compiled from several sources. We found some
interesting facts. Many people believe that they can find cheaper airfares on the web. Studies show
something different. For instance, Topaz International did a study from January to June, 2002. It
studied over 19,000 itineraries on various internet sites including Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity,
and the airline sites. They found that the average travel agency booked fare was $116 lower than
the average internet fare. Thatís not what the internet companies want you to believe, is it?
Topaz is an auditing firm so is not prejudiced one way or the other.
In a different vein, I
recently had a customer tell me that he could get a Scubapro regulator off the web cheaper than we
were selling it for. We explained to him that the regulator he was purchasing did not come from an
authorized dealer and did not come with a Scubapro warranty. Although he was told it came with a
warranty, a little further research showed it was not the manufacturerís warranty. It came with a
warranty by the on-line company. Instead of a limited lifetime warranty, you get a 14-day
satisfaction warranty which reads in part "Equipment must be returned in brand-new condition, with
no wear at all (if it is used even once, we canít take it back.)"
So you canít try it before you decide if you want to keep it. It further states that returned items "must be in original factory
condition, including all packaging materials, inserts, and manuals, warranty cards (not filled-out)
and all accessories with a shipping carton. Do not write anything on the item or box. We will
charge for replacement of damaged, altered, missing, written on, or taped contents. We reserve the
right to refuse and such returns. Equipment that has been assembled will incur a $25 disassembly fee.
" Are these the people you want to buy your life-support equipment from? It is a little different if
you buy from Underwater World. If you are not happy with it, we will take care of you. And you will
have a manufacturerís warranty. This will save you real money when you have your equipment
overhauled. For instance, a warranted Scubapro computer has a lifetime battery replacement policy.
If it is not covered, it can cost you big time. We just got back a computer the cost us $88 for the
battery replacement. Then we had to add on our charge. These are the deals that the web has to
offer. We do an outstanding business with thousands of customers who have figured this out. You
donít want to spend too much money on something, but if saving a few bucks today cost you more in
the long run, then you havenít saved anything. If it sounds too good to be true........
We regularly have Scuba Diver courses starting throughout the area. Even if you have a
does not live in the neighborhood, remember that we teach courses from Quakertown to
Abington to Doylestown. Why send them somewhere else when you know the quality of instruction that
they will receive from Underwater World. Give us a call or check the web site at
It has gotten a little too chilly to continue our Advanced Courses at Dutch for the time being.
However, if you would like to complete the Advanced Course before we start them up again in the
Spring, consider signing up for one of our trips. On most trips, we can do your Advanced Course
during the trip. I actually enjoy doing it that way as we can get some real boat diving and some
real beach diving in as part of the course.
Rescue Diver -- June 21 & 22
This is another course that every diver should take. It is much more than teaching you how to rescue
other divers. Diving is a really safe sport because we are very safety conscious. The trick is not to
just be ready to react to a crisis, but to stop the crisis from occurring. We will teach you to recognize
dangerous situations and how to manage them. We will teach you self-rescue and finally we will teach you
how to rescue your buddy or another diver. You will want to have First Aid/CPR (see below). Also if you
want an Advanced Rescue Diver card, you will need O2 Provider (also see below). You will be thrilled with
this course. The fee is $175.
Master Diver Course -- June 9th
This is the premier course for diving knowledge. With 6 - 7 class sessions and 5 days of diving, you will
complete this course and feel really knowledgeable about diving. We will even take a trip to the recompression
chamber at the University of Pennsylvania. The cost of this course is $195 and is one of the courses that you
need to take on your way to becoming a Divemaster (or as an end in itself). The course will start on June 3rd,
so sign up now.
Divemaster/Assistant Instructor Course -- June 16
If being a dive leader is what you want to do, this is the course that you need to take. What confuses people
is the difference between Divemaster and Master Diver. A Master Diver is a diver who has achieved a level of
diving recognized as a knowledgeable and experienced diver. A Divemaster is a leadership position, someone who
runs the dives. You will need the Master Diver certification and Dive Rescue to become a Divermaster. If you
plan on becoming an instructor, then you will want to take the Assistant Instructor add-on as well.
First Aid / CPR
Not just because it is a prerequisite for Dive Rescue certification, this course should be taken
by everyone, whether a diver or not. It is two nights long and may save the life of a loved one
someday. You never want to be in a position where you wish you had taken it . Sign up now. Only
$75.00. May 1 & 8.
This is a great course to take over the winter when you canít drag your sorry butt out there
to dive in that cold water. (Of course, if you took our dry suit course below....). This course is
three nights long and will teach you how to make field repairs to some of your equipment. You will
have a better idea how things work and will feel more comfortable with you equipment. The cost is
only $95.00. May 7, 14, & 21.
This is a great way to extend your diving season or just make yourself more comfortable any time
of year. We will spend a night in the classroom, a night in the pool, and then go diving. the cost
of the course is $125.00 and we will credit that towards the purchase of a drysuit if you purchase
one within 60 days. That makes it a free course. We will be starting the next one on April 9 & 10.
Looking for more bottom time. Nitrox will change the way you look at no decompression limits. You
will find that in some cases you can double those limits. Many people believe that nitrox is used
for deep diving, but the truth is that it is used to extend diving at tbe depts that we normally
dive, 70 -120 feet. We run the course about every 6 weeks. Check our web site or give us a call for
starting dates. $75.00. May 10 & 17
Share the excitement. Take great pictures to decorate your home or office or show your friends. We
will be looking at digital photography as well as film photography. And we can also offer you the
opportunity to dive with the sharks at the New Jersey State Aquarium. Call for details. Course
starts May 12. Only $125.00
This month we have to report on a couple of non-dive related achievements of some of our favorite
customers. As I was reading last Sundayís Philadelphia Inquirer there appeared a familiar face. It
was that of Beth Dupree. Beth is a surgeon about whom the article was written. It recognized her as
a very aggressive advocate of the attack on breast cancer. I have seen Beth attack me on the tennis
court and know that her tenacity will make an impact. Beth, of course, is a diver as well as a mom
and a pilot. it is nice to see her get some recognition. Another newspaper discovered one of my long
time supporters, Feo Pitcairn. It recognized Feo for his new book , Dreaming Wild.. I havenít seen it
yet, but I can tell you that his Hidden Seascapes sits on my coffee table now. And finally, as I was
writing this I looked up at my TV to see Dave Geilfuss in an E.P. Henry commercial on CNN. Hey, Dave.
I know what you could do with those residuals.
Best wishes are in order for Kevin & Toni McCartney who have finally followed their dream
and moved to Hawaii. We heard from Kevin today. He said he was sitting out on his lawn
under a palm tree and that he had his number unlisted and donít bother to call him again.
(But Kevin, I already bought my ticket!)
On a sadder note, I want to express our sympathy to the family of Gene Ferri on his passing in mid-March
after a long and exemplary battle with cancer. Gene was a mover and shaker at Bucks County Community
College who, along with his wife, Carri, ran the whale watching program at Bucks as well as snorkeling
and scuba trips for the collegeís continuing education program. I had worked with Gene on many of these
trips and it was always a pleasure. Our hearts go out to his family.
Diving and Digital Cameras
As the digital revolution has descended upon us, we get more and more questions about digital underwater
cameras. Unfortunately, the dive industry has been a little slow embracing the new technology. But that
is all changing now. First of all, let me say that you are unlikely to see a true digital underwater camera,
ala the Nikonos. The technology changes too fast for a company to invest that much R & D into that kind of a
product. But what we are seeing is some nice housed cameras coming out in smaller and less expensive housings.
Housings are generally available from Ikelite, Light and Motion, and Amphibico for a number of cameras on the
market. Sea Life has had a digital camera (1.2 mp) out for just over a year and they are about to come out
with two more versions, a 2.3 and a 3.3 megapixel. And Sea & Sea has a very nice camera and housing, 3.3 megapixel,
which we now have in the store. Obviously, prices vary depending mainly on the number of megapixels. You can get
into the Sea Life Digital for just over $400. That is a pretty good deal. Since it is a housed camera, you can
take the camera out and use it for anything.
The big question, of course, is how many pixels do I need? The generally accepted answer is that a 1.2 megapixel
will be fine for 4 x 6 inch prints. You would want a two megapixel for 5 x 7 prints. A three megapixel does 8 x 10
prints best. Now you can do an 8 x 10 from a one megapixel camera and you may not notice the difference, but if you
were to crop that picture first and then try to take it up to 8 x 10, it is going to start to fall apart. The truth
is, though, most people have most if not all of their pictures printed as 4 x 6. Look around your house. How may
enlargements do you have of pictures that you took? (Donít count the kids photos from the school photographer.) The
point being, donít spend too much extra on capability that you probably are not going to need.
How about getting prints of your digital images? It has gotten much easier than it was a very few years ago. You can
actually take your camera or storage card to K-Mart and get prints for about 35 cents each. Or you could come here
and we can get them printed using Sea Processing which is the way to do it for underwater images.
Whether you are ready to embrace the new technology or want to stick with film we have what you need and can help
you make the right choice. Come on in.
JOIN UNDERWATER WORLD ABOARD THE TITANIC
AND WEíLL PICK UP THE TAB!!
Join the staff and divers from Underwater World for a private showing of James Cameronís new 3D film, Ghosts of the Abyss!!
We have recently been thinking about what we could do for our customers who have remained loyal to us through the days
after September 11th and the uncertain economy that has followed. We decided that it would be fun to have a get-together
and do something that we could all enjoy as a group. So we decided to procure the entire IMAX theatre at King of Prussia
and invite you to join us. We have rented the theatre (with 250 seats) for June 1, 2003. The showing will be at 5:45 pm.
This should be a fabulous film experience. Cameron journeys back to his greatest creation, the legendary wreck of the
Titanic. Using state-of-the-art technology developed expressly for this expedition, they are able to explore virtually
all the wreckage, inside and out, as never before. With 3D technology you will be able to experience the ship just like
you were part of the submersible crew doing the filming. Join us and explore this landmark shipwreck that has intrigued
and fascinated the public for over 90 years. You can get two free tickets with any purchase of $50 or more at Underwater
World between now and the time the tickets run out. It will be a fun evening. Donít miss out.