NEWS & INFO
The News & Info page is set apart to tell you a variety of things, such as:
- News letters. Click here to sign up for the newsletter
- Events & Where we will be diving on certain dates
- Great links to keep you up to date and answer all of your Scuba related questions
- Pictures from dive trips. If you would like to send us one to post, that would be great with a description of Who What Where Why and When
- New and exciting developments with FFS&S
SCUBA Related Links
Dive Training Magazine This is the official website for Dive Training magazine which is an education-based publication focusing on new divers and divers in various levels of training. Current recreational scuba diving students can receive a complimentary 6 month subscription (there is instructions on their website to get free subscription).
This is the online scuba magazine of the dive gear retailer LeisurePro. They publish what they call the Daily Reel (although it isn’t published every day) with up to date scuba related stories. It also has a diving news from around the world section.
The stories are usually short and to the point so it won’t take long for you to keep up on what is going on in the diving world. I subscribe to them via email and follow them on twitter. I find most of the stories interesting and/or helpful and it is an easy way to keep up to date.
Also known as DAN, this is a well known nonprofit scuba diving and dive safety association. While they are best know for offering divers insurance (I have insurance through DAN), their website hosts a wealth of information on scuba diving safety and related subjects.
Especially helpful is their Medical FAQ page which answers just about any question you may have regarding a medical condition and diving (heart, diabetes, aging, barotrauma, decompression illness, fitness, eyes, plastic surgery – to just name a few).
OK, not quite a diving website per se, but this is an incredible resource put out by Larry Harris, the diving safety coordinator at the University of Michigan. It contains hundreds, if not thousands, of categorized links to every dive subject imaginable. It is maintained on a monthly basis and I can only say it has to be a project of love. Whatever category or subject you want to know about related to diving, you are sure to find a link to information here.
This is probably the most active forum on scuba diving around. It has a section on just about anything you want to know about relating to scuba diving. There are sections for beginner, advanced, technical and professional divers. As a sampling, you will find dive reviews from forum members, a place to ask questions of scuba gear manufacturers, a free classifieds marketplace to buy, a place to sell and trade gear, a “hot deals” section from manufactures, a thread on scuba related court cases and much more. This is in addition to all the “normal” information you would expect to find on a scuba diving forum such as threads on diving equipment, underwater photography and dive destinations.
Probably the most useful sections are “New to Scuba” and “Resources.” They have informative and well written articles covering a variety of topics and updated regularly. You will also find some great videos and beautiful photos throughout this site.
This website is like a “trip-adviser” for scuba divers with reviews of diving around the world. Of course, they are nowhere near as big as Tripadvisor but they do have a nice amount of reviews from divers. The site is easy to navigate and contains basic information about each region and country that are listed along with the reviews. It is a good place to start your research if you are looking to do some dive travel. Some places have more reviews than others but I was impressed with the amount and diversification of reviews here.
Maybe I am just a sucker for the graphics, but I love this site. And make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom of a page for a wonderful surprise view. This site isn’t for everybody as it concentrates on diving information and reviews for Asia, Australia, Red Sea, Maldives and Indian Ocean. The photos on this site are spectacular (even if he didn’t take all of them himself). It reminds you of why we dive.
I may be cheating here a bit with a 2 for 1 on scuba diving websites. But they are news sites and are some of the places I regularly look to see what is going on around the scuba diving world. There are lots of similar and worthy sites out there but I have to stop the list sometime. Underwatertimes has sections on breaking news, different geographical area news and different dive related subjects. Some sections can be a bit dated but I still check in here fairly regularly to see what is going on around the diving world. The second of the 2 for 1 scuba diving websites is scoop.it. If you are not familiar with it, Scoop.it is a tool that let’s people gather and distribute news from around the web based on their interests. Sort of like their own online magazine. There are several people who curate scuba diving news on scoop.it. Here are two that I regularly check in on:
You can do a search on the site for other scuba related “curated magazines” that may be of interest to you. Of course, you can search for any topic there.