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K.P. Hole State Park // Rainbow River Dunellon Florida Dive Site // Diving Emergency Preparedness Plan

This is a Diving Emergency Preparedness Plan for SCUBA diving at the KP Hole Park on the Rainbow River near Dunellon, Florida. CALL 911 FIRST When speaking to emergency personnel:“Hello, my name is <your name> I am at KP Hole Park at 9435 SW 190th Avenue Road Dunellon, Florida. We ...
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10 Ways I Make My Morning More Eco-Conscious

10 ways I make my morning more eco conscious - and yes, five of them are Stream2Sea products! I'm currently in Key West for a dive trip, and I'm absolutely loving the Conscious Explorer and Camper Kits, including the shampoo/body wash, lip balm, and sting relief. Of course, I have ...
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Plastic Free Vacation in the Florida Keys

Planning a plastic-free vacation takes plenty of preparation and observation, we discovered on a recent trip to the Florida Keys. Our goal was to eliminate single-use plastic items on a week-long trip full of diving, eating, and vacationing. It was harder than we thought it would be! Somehow, we thought ...
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Dive Boat Etiquette – Do’s and Don’ts

When you're new to diving from a dive boat; you aren't completely sure what you should do and what you should not do, or even what to bring or not. This is a quick guide to some things to think about and of which to be aware. After a couple ...
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21 Items That Landed on My Cruise Ship Dive Trip “To Do Next Time” List

After every dive trip, I review any lists I have in my notes, and add to them, subtract from them, and strive to make the next trip even better by jotting down a "Cruise Ship Dive Trip To Do Next Time List." Although we have organized Cruise Ship Dive Trips ...
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Sunscreen Bans: Just How Bad are Oxybenzone and Octinoxate?

I'm aware that I should wear sunscreen, my Mom's been telling me for years. Covering up, wearing a hat, and avoiding midday sun is common knowledge for many of us. Working as a boat captain means I'm outside a lot. This year, I set out to learn more about sunscreen ...
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Danger Signs of an Unsafe Dive Boat

My Perspective on Safety Dive boat safety is a concern to me because in addition to being a SCUBA diver, I also am a licensed captain. I hold a 100 ton U.S. Coast Guard captains license, and have over 25 years' sailing instruction experience. I love to be a prepared ...
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7 Items for Dive Boat Survival – The Prepared Diver

While many aspects of the operation of a dive boat are outside of your responsibility, being a prepared diver means knowing where the survival and safety gear is located on any new-to-you dive boat. My Perspective When I step on a dive boat, I'm probably looking around with a different ...
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The Importance of the Queen Conch to the Bahamas

My name is Lobatus Gigas, but you can call me "Belo," the Queen Conch. I dream of diving deep to explore where my 500,000 babies are growing. I live near Eleuthera; between the Tongue of the Ocean and the Great Bahama Canyon; that's 14,060 feet deep! I am only comfortable ...
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Five Reasons Diving From a Resort is Easier Than Organizing a Cruise Ship Dive Trip

I can think of at least five reasons that diving from a resort is easier than organizing a cruise ship dive trip, because I've done both several times. 1. Just show up! The biggest benefit of diving from a resort is that you are putting the organization of all your ...
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