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Jim Haigh Memorial Dive at Haigh Quarry this Sunday

The Jim Haigh Memorial Dive is set for this Sunday July 20th; this is the 13th annual Memorial Dive. The Memorial Dive is a celebration of Jim’s contribution to the Midwest diving community. His intuition and vision enabled him to create the premier dive training facility in the Midwest. For the last 12 years attendance has exceeded 350 divers and guests. Ea...

SAFE DIVING INSTRUCTION? LETS GET REAL!

We have over 3000 subscribers to MSD. I have firm belief that we have a responsibility not only to the Midwest diving community, but to the diving community worldwide. I felt it necessary to define our goals and standards; therefore I published our “Performance Standards” in my previous blog. Some of you may know that I also own Divemax Scuba Schools. I have...

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR MSD MAGAZINE

    PERFORMANCE STANDARDS       MISSION - We make a difference in people’s lives through comprehensive and interesting scuba diving education.   SAFETY - We protect the safety of our subscribers by promoting an environment focused on the prevention of injury or harm.   ACCOUNTABILITY – We take ownership and responsibility for our publication.   A...

Jim Haigh Memorial Dive Sunday July 29th 2012

The Jim Haigh Memorial Dive is being held Sunday July 29th 2012 at Haigh Quarry 2738 E. 200 North Road Kankakee Illinois 60901 Ph. 815-939-7797. The Memorial Dive is a celebration of Jim’s contribution to the Midwest diving community. His intuition and vision enabled him to create the aquatic ecosystem and natural habitat which highlights the scuba diving ex...

HAIGH QUARRY OPENING FOR THE 2012 SEASON IN jANUARY?

No, the season at Haigh Quarry is not opening this weekend! It will open for the 2012 season on Saturday April 7th, but because of our unusually warm weather Tina has decided to give Midwest divers a chance to scratch their itch. So tomorrow, Sunday January 8th, Haigh Quarry will be open from 9am until 3pm for those of you who are hardy enough to handle it. ...

SCUBA DIVERS LEFT BEHIND IN FLORIDA

The U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday that it was investigating RJ Diving Ventures of Miami Florida. The investigation was initiated because the dive operator left behind two tourists while they were scuba diving. Divers, Paul Kline and Fernando Garcia Puerta were rescued by a private yacht which found them clinging to a fishing buoy in shark infested waters...

10 WORST MISTAKES MADE BY RECREATIONAL DIVERS

1.      Don’t make safety decisions based on financial considerations! Many fatalities and injuries occur because people want diving, dive training or dive travel to be cheap, easy and fast. Always use the proper equipment while training or travelling to ensure your dive will be safe and comfortable. Examples are: dive computer, slate, whistle, knife, watch ...

PADI INSTRUCTOR INVOLVED IN DIVING FATALITY

A lawsuit that was filed in Alaska has been settled against PADI Instructor Robert Hicks and his employer Alaska SeaLife Center.   The suit alleged that Matthew Myers, a student training in Hick’s self created “A Scientific Diving Course” died when he ran out of air during a deep dive and was abandoned by Hicks in 9-feet of water 30-feet from shore. Myers ...

Diving the Deep Hole at Haigh Quarry

What's your deepest dive? Frequent patrons of Haigh Quarry in Kankakee, Illinois have most likely heard of the "deep hole." This section of the quarry goes all the way down to 80 feet. Curious about what there is to see? Check out our expedition to the bottom of the deep hole! Click here!

New DAN article titled "Seasickness" posted on website

A new DAN article has been posted under “Magazine Articles” on our website. Seasickness and its prevention is of interest to all divers. It is seldom that I go out on a dive boat and no one gets seasick. In my experience it always seems to be entry level divers that get sick. I think Seasickness can be both physical and psychological. Feeling ill on the boat...

Free seminar on diving fatalities July 30th and Haigh Memorial Dive July 31st

The Jim Haigh Memorial Dive will mark its first decade on Sunday July 31st. The Memorial Dive is a celebration of Jim’s contributions to the Midwest diving community. His intuition and vision enabled him and his family to create a habitat which makes Haigh Quarry one of the Midwest’s premier dive training sites. I am proud to consider the Haigh’s as part of ...

Oxygen Toxicity

Check out the new article from DAN is up in the Articles section. This month's article is an in depth explanation of oxygen toxicity. Many scuba divers know the term, but have little idea of what this health hazard actually is. Learn about what oxygen toxicity is, the risk factors and signs and symptoms.

Bonne Terre Mine Trip and Winter Training

Midwest Scuba Diving Magazine will be making a trip to Bonne Terre Mine for both training and excursions April 30th and May 1st. Five people have signed up for the trip. If any of my student or subscribers would like to attend you need to contact me ASAP at 773-732-8972.  Dive centers within a 6 hour drive should consider Bonne Terre Mine http://2dive.c...

DAN LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE STORE

Main Title: DAN Launches New Online Store Subtitle:  New Features Include Member Pricing for All Types of Membership DURHAM, NC –  Divers Alert Network® (DAN®) found yet another way to serve its members this week with the launch of a new online store. Among the new features of the store is the expansion of purchase options for DAN Business and ProM...

Bonne Terre Mine Treasure Hunt

Bonne Terre Mine Located in Bonne Terre Missouri has always been one of my favorite dive sites. It is without question one of the most visually spectacular sites that I have ever visited. The Mine is so expansive and overwhelming that the only way I have been able to describe it to other divers is to imagine the Grand Canyon filled with bottled spring water ...

New Articles!

Exciting new articles are up in our magazine articles section! Diabetes and Diving Learn the risks of diving with diabetes. Ear Pain Management and Ear Equalizing Tips Got a pain in your ear? Learn great new tips on dealing with ear pain!

New Year"s Resolutions

We have two new articles up in our featured article section. The latest article is about scuba diving health and how it can relate to your New Year's Resolution. Another, "Bubble Trouble" is an informative piece about DCS. Let us know what you think!

Egyptian coastline the site of new shark attacks.

A German woman died from wounds received during a shark attack on Sunday, December 5th. She was reported to be snorkeling in the waters off Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Three other snorkelers have also been injured by shark attacks in the previous two weeks. The incidents were reported to happen in a protected swim area near an Egyptian resort. Two days bef...

MASK CLEAR AND MASK RECOVERY. CLEARLY AN IMPORTANT SKILL!

One of the most difficult entry level skills to both perform and teach are mask clear and mask recovery. If both student and instructor get past this important skill it is usually smooth sailing thereafter. Mask clear and mask recovery can be a source of frustration for the entry level student. Panic while performing this skill can potentially cause injury s...

Girl Saved from Jaws of Shark

"I felt me inside its mouth – it was horrifying. There is a lot of people that don't make it and a lot of people don't survive." Elyse Frankcom said to the Sunday Times in Perth. Nineteen-year-old Elyse Frankcom was startled one Saturday morning as she lead a snorkeling tour around Garden Island (near Perth), Australia. The feature of the tour was supp...