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Celebrate Underwater World Day
June 26 & 27, 2004
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Underwater World Day
It is once again time for our annual Underwater World Day picnic and underwater treasure hunt at Dutch Springs. Join us for hamburgers, hotdogs, and all the fixings (drinks, salads, etc.). We will have our annual treasure hunt starting at about 10:00 am and ending at 2:00 PM. There will be prizes and giveaways. We will also have some toys and demo gear there to try out. There will be scooters, split fins, full face masks, etc. If you do not have a buddy, we will even have buddies for you. It is a fun day that gives us a chance to thank all of you who have helped make Underwater World the areaís premier dive center. I look forward to see you there on the 27th. We will be on the peninsula side. Look for the Underwater World Banner. And if you stop in the store before the 27th, we have discount coupons for getting into Dutch Springs.
Well, as you are reading this, 18 of us are starting to pack our bags for an adventure that will take us to Hawaii, Australia, and Paupa New Guinea. cockatoo leaf fish, crocodile fish, lacy scorpionfish and minke whales. Eat you heart out! Or better yet, join us on one of the other trips that we have coming up. Look below.
North Carolina -- August 6 - 8
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 6th (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. Same price as the last two years and a great deal.
Bonaire Ė August 14 Ė 21
It is family month in Bonaire and we are heading back. We have a group at Lionís Dive as well as another group at Buddy Dive this year. Both resorts are 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 condo. Call and ask me for details. The trip includes air, condos, diving, and rental cars. We have 54 spots sold. I am not even sure that I can still get you a spot, but Iíll give it a try. This just shows you how popular our trips are. The price of the trip is $1550. Let me know soon if you are interested.
Cozumel Ė October 16 Ė 23
Our infamous Cozumel trip is scheduled again for October, 2004. 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 $1495!! We even include a lobster or steak night at a great restaurant in town and the tips for the divemaster. There is just not much that you have to worry about. This trip, too, often fills up, so donít wait to make your reservation. You could well miss out. Cozumel is considered by many to have some of the best diving in the Caribbean. Donít miss it.
In the Near Future
We are looking at a number of trips coming up. We will have a weekend trip to the Bahamas in October, and one to Cayman in December. We are looking at several possibilities for Thanksgiving week. Then there is Bonaire again over the winter (February or March) and we are considering either Galapagos or Truk, Palau, & Yap for next summer. We will keep you posted as things develop. Also, let us know what interests you then make sure that you check our website, www.diveunderwaterworld.com.
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.
Here is another money saving idea for you. If you have a DAN Mastercard, you can save up to 3% off your purchases at
Underwater World. All you have to do is make your purchases at Underwater World and when the bill comes in circle the
charges and fax it to MNBA and they will apply the rebate to you account. And you can save up to $250 a year this way.
If you donít have a DAN card, you can apply at www.DiversAlertNetwork.org. Do it today and save on all your purchases at Underwater World.
We have Scuba Diver courses starting regularly throughout the area. Even if you have a friend who does not live in the neighborhood, remember that we teach courses from Quakertown to Newtown, from 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 www.diveunderwaterworld.com.
Advanced Diver Course
Summer is here and Advanced Courses are under way. If you have just completed your Scuba Diver course, have been away from diving for a while, or just want to hone your skills, then you should take the Advanced Scuba Diver Course. The course is one weekend, six dives. We work on navigation, advanced buoyancy control, and night diving, as well as air consumption and more. Every diver should take this course. It is only $125.
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Rescue Diver -- June 19 & 20
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 3rd
This is the premier course for diving knowledge. With 6 Ė 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 $250 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.
Advanced Nitrox Diver
This course is for the diver who wants to extend his ability to use nitrox mixes ranging all the way up to 100% oxygen. If you are doing or considering decompression diving, using 100% can cut your stop time by two-thirds. You will need to be Nitrox certified with a minimum of 25 logged dives to take this course. The course is $125.00 and you will be making 4 dives for a minimum of 100 minutes.
Extended Range Diver
This is the course to take if you are planning to do decompression diving or dives in excess of 130 feet (the limit for sport diving). You will need to have an Advanced Nitrox certification and an minimum of 100 dives, 25 of which must be deeper than 100 feet. In this course you will be making a minimum of 6 dives, 4 of which will be deeper than 130 feet.
Divemaster/Assistant Instructor Course -- Aug. 10
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 Divemaster. If you plan on becoming an instructor, then you will want to take the Assistant Instructor add-on as well.
First Aid / CPR -- August 9 & 16
Not just for diving. If it has been a long time (or never) since you took a first aid/cpr course, you have no excuse. We
make it easy for you. It also allows you to get it out of the way so whenfinished up if you take our Rescue Course in August.
Size of the class is limited so sign up now.
Equipment Specialist -- August 12
What makes your equipment tick? Or maybe a better question is what is that ticking sound my equipment is making. Take the
Equipment Specialist Course and you will be the expert. Okay, maybe not an expert, but you will be able to diagnose the
problem and determine whether it is something that you can repair in the field or if it has to come back to us. This is
a fun course and it can be very helpful the next rime you make the mistake of traveling without us.
Nitrox -- August 10 & 17
Another way to get some learniní done over that winter months is to take our Nitrox Course. Two nights at the shop are
all you need to make you a Nitrox Diver. If you are not familiar with Nitrox, it is a great way to improve the safety
of your dives, allowing more bottom time and a greater margin of safety. If you plan on doing a live-aboard or just doing
multiple dives on consecutive days, this could be for you. And it is only $75 plus books. If you check around, you will
see that is half the price most places charge.
Underwater Photography -- August 10
The world of u/w photography is really changing. The Nikonos is no longer made and digital cameras are rapidly taking hold.
Of course, many of the techniques are still apply and that is one of the things that we will be covering in this 5 night
course. Our goal is to make you a better u/w photographer. We want you to be able to impress your friends and your mother
(so she stops bugging you about doing dangerous things). We will discuss the changing equipment as well as the nitty-gritty
of composing and producing a good photograph. It is a good way to hone your skills and to get back in the water during the
winter. It also makes a great gift for your dive buddy.
Rebreather Course -- September 10 & 17
Take the opportunity to try this intriguing technoloogy that will allow you up to 3 1/2 hours of diving on a 40 cubic foot
tank. That is the equivalant of two sets of double 95ís. And it is really fascinating. It is amazing how we have become
accustomed to the sounds and feeling of air being fed to us. With a rebreather, we are breathing warm, moist air with
almost no sound. Check it out. Two nights, two days diving.
I can tell you, it is a wonderful thrill when you make that first dive with one of your children. It is so much fun to share the wonder that we have for the sport and see how enthusiastic and competent that our kids can be, it makes you wonder if these are the same kids we had above water. It is funny how introducing them to something serious brings out the maturity in them. The next camp will be held August 16 - 20. The camp is held in Warrington at the Elbow Lane Day Camp. Call us for details or a brochure.
We have a good number of New Jersey boat dives planned for this season. We have the Dina Dee chartered for July 25, August 14, September 19, and October 17. We are looking at some other boats and possibly a trip to Tobermory, Canada and one to the Great lakes. Make sure that you check our website, www.diveunderwaterworld.com for the latest schedule and get the lobster pot out.
There is a lot of stuff happening on the personal front for many of our divers. First, I want to congratulate my son, Jeff, who just graduated from Archbishop Wood. It is hard to believe that Jeff was just 6 months old when we opened our current store. (UWW actually goes back another 12 years before that.) We have pictures of him at the grand opening. I am just not sure who the two young people are that are holding him. We want to congratulate all the other young, unnamed divers who graduate this year also. We next need to congratulate Diane Muntzer, Kevin Detweiler, Mick Vahlberg, and Kevin Byrnes, who have reached the apex of dive leadership and earned their NAUI Instructor rating. They now join such notables as myself, George, Bob Miracle, Al Twombly, Rich Mampe.... (Maybe that is not as great an accomplishment as it first seemed.) Mick, however, has earned a second mention in our Buddy Team column. On June 12, he and Gina Wimmer were wed by the lake at the Miracle estate. We want to wish them the very best of luck in this new endeavor as well. Finally, we want to wish the best of luck to Les Trammel, Edís partner and a fellow diver, who is on his way to Iraq to serve with our troops there. We should keep him and all the others in our prayers.
Equipment Specials - Free Gift Cards
Come in and check out some of the special packages that we are offering. We have set up some special packages that will allow you to save money on the package and get a free gift card worth up to $100 for future purchases. And if you are in one of our Scuba Diver courses, you could double the value of the card. Or we have an Aeris package that will get you three free bags when you purchase the package. You get a wheeled travel bag, a mesh gear bag, and a sport backpack. It is over $200 worth of bags. Or you can receive up to $100 instant rebate on an Aqualung regulator. This is a great deal on some of the best regulators made. This is almost double what you could normally save on one of these regulators. Also check out our trade-in options. You can save up to $250 on a new computer. Great deals.
The Magic of Being An Instructor
As many of you know, Al Twombly, one of our instructors spent nine months living, teaching and diving in Papau New Guinea. While there he taught a couple of the natives to dive. Below is an e-mail from one of them with a note from the dive operator who he asked to forward the e-mail to Al.
Subject: Greetings from Tame Punan
Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2004 08:48:58 +1000
Dear Mr Al,
Lo Maua ro,
How is life treating you at the moment? Hope you are fine.
Well back here Iím OK. I enjoyed a great diving with Mr Paul & Sue.
My sincere apologies for not being able to write to you for so long.
Just because I am bit acard of my broken english. However I hope you will
probibly understand som of it, anyway some not.
On behalf of my family we would like to say Thank you so much for the great
knowledne which you taught me about. Which makes me can see the underwater
world. I cannot express in writting how thankful I am for the knowledge.
But anyway Thanks once again and wish you all the best.
Tame wanted me to rewrite this for him but I think it has more meaning in the original form.
Sue & Paul
TREASURES OF THE SEA
When people find out that I am involved in Scuba diving, there are invariably two questions
that pop up. First, "What about sharks?" We all know that the myths are bigger than the sharks. The Aquarium recently published
a statistic that said more people are killed by parts falling from an airplane than by sharks. (They did not say where that
statistic came from.) But it is question number 2 that I think we answer incorrectly more often than not. That question is,
"What about treasure?" The answer that I always gave was that if you wanted to go treasure hunting, all you needed was about
a million dollars. And if you had a million dollars, why do you want to squander it looking for treasure? Then one day I was
sitting across the table from some very dear friends, who I met through diving. We were enjoying each others company for the
evening. And the question popped
into my mind, "What about treasure?". It was then I realized that we were looking in all the wrong places (as the song goes).
The more I thought about it, the more I realized how many good friends that I had found through diving. Then I realized how
many marriages had happened as some of our divers met and married other divers in the Underwater World family. I could name
dozens of examples going back over 20 years or more. So the next time your mind gets wandering to thoughts of gold doubloons
and pieces of eight, just direct your eyes around you and I think you will find treasure that you never realized was there.
A LOST LEGACY
Recently, iattended an affair at the Union League with Feo Pitcairn and David Guggenheim. It was a program that was put
together by our longtime friend, Bob Daniels. Feo has been a friend and customer for over 25 years. He is also a great
underwater photographer and cinematographer. Feo has shot some of the best underwater footage that I have ever seen. His
series, Ocean Wilds, was produced for PBS and is available through PBS and many video outlets including Best Buy. After Feo
presented his latest work on Humpback whales, we adjourned to dinner and an award ceremony. One of the presenters was David
Guggenheim, the chief scientist for the Ocean Conservancy in Washington, D.C. David gave an excellent talk on the state of
the oceans. A really interesting point that he made was that as most of America was watching the final episodes of MASH, a very
significant change was taking place. The United States had extended its territorial limits from 12 to 200 miles offshore. At
that point, the portion of the United States that is underwater became 1 1/2 times greater than the land mass itself. And, yet,
we are hardly paying any attention to it. It is time that changes. We need to get our government thinking about these areas
like it thinks about our other wilderness areas and making an effort to preserve them and their resources. Think about the money
and effort that we put into Yellowstone Park alone. We hope to have both David and Feo together again this fall to deliver to you
the same type of presentation that I attended. Don't miss it. It is planned for December 3rd at the Hatboro Horsham High School.
Incidently, where do you think that these two distinguished gentlemen got their start in diving? Underwater World, of course.
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JUNE 27, 2004
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