We have a lot of news to tell you about since our last newsletter. This has been our busiest month ever here at SSDS. This mainly is because of you, our customers, that purchase your equipment, travel and training from us. THANK YOU! It also has to do with favorable sea conditions. In the past three months we have only had one day of canceled diving due to bad weather. This is remarkable and together we have taken advantage of such good conditions with having not only a trip every weekend, but most weekends having two or three. In this newsletter you will see that we plan on keeping it up.
As you are reading this, Mark is returning with another group of divers from Panama City, FL. Mark runs a wreck trip to Panama City every few weeks and grew up diving in these waters for over 40 years now with his uncle, Bill Tant. This weekend the group saw multiple Goliath Groupers, Cobia, a couple of Sharks and the largest Turtle that Mark has ever seen.
Spencer is leaving Birmingham, joining our Dad Steve, in their camp near Nome, Alaska. For the past 20 years, Steve Phillips, has been diving during the summer months in the Bering Sea of Alaska in search of Gold. Spencer will usually join him for a month or so each year and that starts right now. They also will host other divers that have Gold Fever and teach them how to dive for and find Gold like they did last year for the BBC’s Bruce Parry.
|Tommy Williams and Joe Quattlebaum with a nice Red Snapper|
|An impressive Snapper with impressive shot placement by Ron Having.|
September 10, 9:30 am Enriched Air NITROX
Have you ever dreamed of having longer no-decompression limits to take pictures or explore a wreck? Did you ever want to be safer while diving concerning the potential risk of decompression sickness?
Nitrox is the key. Due to the reduced fraction of nitrogen in your breathing gas, your body will have less work and the de saturation times will be reduced.
In your ENRICHED AIR NITROX program you will learn all the necessary rules for planning dives with Nitrox and using Nitrox in a safe way. An important key point in the entire program is analyzing your own tank prior to any Nitrox dive.
October 1st & 2nd Stress and Rescue Course
Stress is a major contributor to rescue situations and diving accidents. Through this course you will learn accident prevention, as well as how to handle problem situations if they occur.
The program is about avoiding, recognizing and solving problems on the surface and under water. The course runs two full days in which you will participate in academic and in-water sessions in the pool and in the open water. As a prerequisite for certification you will also earn CPR & First Aid certificate during this course.
DIVER STRESS & RESCUE SPECIALTY COURSE Content:
* What Is Stress?
* Stress In Diving:Causes And Prevention
* Detecting And Dealing With Stress
* Accident Management
* Skills Needed To Deal With Panic And Rescues
* Conditions That Complicate Rescues
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