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Scuba News
Official publication of the Kings County Divers Association

March

Last update: 2/28/2014

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With more than 39 years of history behind us,
 "Excellence In Customer Satisfaction"  is still our number one priority.

We promise to do our very best to keep it that way.



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It is  "Try It First!"  month

For the "not yet" divers in your life:  Give them the chance to try scuba diving for the first time without further obligation.  They will be given classroom orientation followed by a scuba diving experience in our pool.



Try It First

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Give the gift that is forever
You gave them the most comfortable training
You gave them the safest habits
You gave them the best skills
When they became
Kings County Trained Scuba Divers

Customized packages, presentation case & gift certificates are all available.
Small groups start every 2-3 weeks.   Private sessions are available.
Training is guaranteed. forever.   Prices start as low as only $125.

Your gift is fully refundable if your recipient elects to not start their training.


             Try It Now     718.648.4232

                                                               Call Me

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ON-LINE TRAINING STANDARDS
BASED ON RSTC RECOMMENDATIONS




At a meeting on April 3rd, 2006, the members of the Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC) determined it was important to provide collective clarification regarding agency-neutral on-line training programs.

Over the past several years a number of websites not affiliated with a training agency have launched on-line scuba training programs.  On these sites, the customer is led to believe that all training agencies will accept these programs to meet their academic requirements for scuba training.

This is not correct.  Because of concerns about the educational validity of these programs and the inability to monitor the quality of education and services, as well as liability and insurance issues, each RSTC member organization has independently determined it cannot accept these non-affiliated training programs to meet its academic requirements.

Before customers sign up for any on-line training program, they should first check with the retail store, instructor or training agency they wish to receive certification through to verify if that on-line program is acceptable for meeting the training agency's certification requirements.

For any questions regarding Kings County Divers' position please contact Mia Interrante, Director of Education, 718-648-4232 or training@kcdivers.net



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Stay tuned for our upcoming diving activities, classes, trips & FUN!

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Scuba Dive With Dolphins
The Video


The dolphin dive at Freeport, Bahamas is one more of those very special dives for scuba divers. Rather than just swimming with dolphins at the surface of the water, scuba divers can interact with dolphins underwater in this dive and really appreciate how agile these wonderful creatures are in the water.

The video (2 minutes, 37 seconds) is hosted on the Google Video site and set to background music. It comes complete with a T-shirt commercial and is playable using the link below.

A word of caution: This dolphin is a very special lady. You may experience love at first sight.

For those with a slow internet connection, the video might play in staggered pieces. In this case, you should click on the pause button after the video starts and let it completely download. You will see a dark bar go across (left to right) and once the video has been downloaded, click on the play button again.



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Traveler Alerts

The Latest Federal Regulations

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Coming home without a U.S. passport?

International Travel Information

"ALL persons, including U.S. citizens are now required to present a passport book,
passport card, or WHTI-compliant document when entering the United States"





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We proudly support the Long Island Divers Association

Thank you L.I.D.A. for your efforts on behalf of the recreational diving community.


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We welcome readers' contributions to this monthly feature.

Famous Scuba Myths, Tales & War Stories

From the Kings County Divers Logbook

California SCUBA Diver Vanishes

Long-time KCD senior staff instructor "The Ancient One" (TAO) had taken a week off in September of 1968 to enjoy some kelp diving off the beaches of southern California when he came upon this inspired tidbit of scuba history. Now you should understand that back in those days most of the divers were graduates of the "do-it-yourself-and-learn-the-hard-way" school. We call this event the Disappearing Diver trick.

It seems that one of the locals was not happy having to pay for air fills at the corner dive shop. By scouring junk yards and scrounging parts from an abandon locomotive steam engine, he managed to reinvent a machine that worked very much like a high pressure scuba air compressor. It was actually a brilliant idea - almost. Unfortunately, this gifted inventor had inadvertently reversed the air pump rotation cycle, so that his "output" hose was, in reality, the input source.

The day finally came when he flipped the switch to "on." Failing to notice his design glitch, he proudly attached his scuba tank, and proceeded to create a 3000psi vacuum.

TAO happened to be the only witness when the unfortunate lad put the scuba regulator's 2nd stage mouthpiece into his mouth and attempted to draw his first free breath. We are told that there was this brief moment, less than a blink, when his eyes became very large. And then - swoosh - he was gone. Vanished!

No one ever wanted to verify the young man's whereabouts, but there was a general understanding about where he went. Even today his scuba tank still stands on display in the window of the corner dive shop, with a small sign that announces the current price of scuba air fills.




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NOTICE: Gold Fish animation The New York Aquarium is looking for volunteer divers to help the aquarium's staff maintain exhibit tanks and animal enclosures, and eventually to teach the public about the aquatic environment and the creatures living there. For information select "Get Involved" at www.nyaquarium.org or pick up application forms at the dive store.





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DAN Divers Alert Network - Scuba Diving and Dive Safety Association



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* WRECK VALLEY *

World Class Shipwreck Diving

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The waters outside New York Harbor and off of Long Island Sound offer hundreds of sunken shipping boats, submarines, military boats and more, many of them within the recreational diving limits and well known among our local community of sport divers.

The Stolt Dagali, for example, was a Norwegian tanker that tragically sank in 1964 after being hit by a cruise ship in deep fog. Today it is a popular dive site renown for its excellent visibility and marine life.

The Oregon was a Cunard trans-atlantic luxury liner that sank off Fire Island in 1886. Still full of salvageable artifacts, it is now also home to thousands of lobsters.

The Lizzie D was a steel, steam-powered tug that sunk on October 19, 1922. According to the owner's casualty report, the 84 foot tug was just on a cruise carrying no cargo, but with eight crew members on board when she went down due to unknown reasons. All of her crew were lost. Today, the Rum Runner, as she is more commonly known, rests in 80 feet of water, eight miles southeast of Atlantic Beach Inlet.

The USS Algol, a decommissioned Navy ship, was sunk off the coast of New Jersey in 1991 in order to create an artificial reef, not too far away from The Iberia.

For SCUBA divers,The USS San Diego is one of the premier shipwrecks of Wreck Valley. Lying upside down in 110 feet of water, the wreck provides a fascinating dive to divers interested in history, wreck diving, lobster hunting and exploration.

Kings County Divers offers their unique, proprietary Northeast Shipwreck Techniques program to sport divers who seek the adventure and excitement of exploring these underwater remnants of history.



The Stolt Dagali Stolt Dagali

The Oregon The Oregon

The Lizzie D The Lizzie D

USS Algol USS Algol

The Iberia The Iberia

USS San Diego USS San Diego



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* The Social Calendar *

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 YOUR HEALTH & SAFETY 

You can breathe easy knowing that KCD's air fills are processed with the highest standards of professional care and science. Nowhere else will one find anything even close to our multi-processes of purity.  First, our source is dehumidified, ionized, pre-filtered and compressed in several stages.  Then it is dehumidified a second time and pre-filtered a second time using a molecular sieve.  Next comes over a dozen stages of chemical reaction filtration, each targeting a unique contaminate. Finally individual inline post filters on every fill whip protect the diver from hydrocarbon molecules as small as 2 microns.

As additional assurance, our high pressure storage supply is laboratory analyzed using FTIR, electrochemical, microgravimetry, "sniffing", and spectrographic technology at least 4 times each year with quantitative test results compared to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards of purity.  These test results are posted publicly at our filling station for all to inspect.

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 OUTSTANDING DEPENDABILITY & CONVENIENCE 

At the heart of the KCD scuba tank filling station are two, completely independent and totally redundant high volume, high pressure compressor systems and a massive series of high pressure breathing gas storage banks.  Licensed high pressure systems engineers inspect and maintain our systems regularly, 3 to 4 times each year under annual contracts.

The next time you visit the proshop, please allow us to show off some of our behind-the-scenes life support facilities.  Ask for "The KCD Tour".


KCD customers expect the best.
They deserve the best.
They get the best.




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The Social Calendar is updated weekly and distributed during our 2nd Tuesday get togethers.  It is also available on the CALENDAR page of this site.




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PLAN AHEAD

A refreshing checkup for your equipment?  Complete annual inspections and overhaul service can take a couple of weeks.  And wetsuits have been known to shrink as the diver gets less active.




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And when your prospective buddies are curious about all this fun;  you can invite them to try scuba   Call the proshop to schedule a scuba tryout.





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Underwater Photography News


Hundreds of photographs of Kings County Divers' events and activities are available for your viewing pleasure.  New photos are being added every week. Use the "Photo Album" link on the home page - no password needed.

Please share your photos of KCD activities with the rest of us.  We can digitize your prints and 35mm slides for addition to our public display.   We can watermark professional graphics to discourage copyright violations.


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Our Underwater Photography specialty course has been updated to include some of the newest technologies and equipment.  Several new digital cameras and strobes will be available for your use during the pool and open water.  This is still an entry-level course, and it includes entry into the course's underwater photography contest in which the graduating class becomes the judges.  No prior photography experience is needed.  Tuition $195 includes software CD, tutorials, and the use of the new uw photography systems during pool sessions.  Costs of the $16 course manual and open water equipment rentals are additional.  Detailed flyers are available at the proshop.  Let us know if you want to be notified of future starting dates.

We have added a great new feature to our online photo album.   Every individual photographer, from pro to newbie is being given his/her own display page to exhibit up to a dozen examples of their underwater photo-art.  Show us your stuff.




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Learn in the comfort of your own living room with the Kings County Divers home study program, developed using our Home Education System.  HES allows for customized training on an individual basis at costs only slightly above those following the normal classroom and pool schedule.  Best of all, no sacrifice in quality need be made.  The student uses coordinated home DVD (or video) with manual to learn the material.  (S)he then schedules a private seminar to review and evaluate all required information, and several private pool sessions to prepare for open water. 

Open water courses are conducted on a private, semi-private or referral basis.  Private pre-class counseling is to discuss and plan options, costs & schedules.




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Here are three good reasons to earn your Nitrox Specialty Certification:

Bullet1  Added safety when using standard time limits.
Bullet2  Longer recreational dive times.
Bullet3  Less time needed between dives.

Tuition is $125 including the cost of your Nitrox certification card.  A major advantage of our program over most others is the use of the latest Nitrox planning tables.  No math is needed.




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New divers begin their KCD training on an average of over three each week - new groups of six to eight start every two weeks.  Our introductory course is still only $125 for two sessions of classroom, pool and fun.




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The KCD Stress & Rescue Diver specialty certification program is all about preventing stress and avoiding the need to rescue.  This is how you add relaxation to your diving checklist.  It is an entry level specialty for all KCD trained alumni and for those with equivalent experience and skills.




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GIVE A GIFT THAT IS FOREVER

To those important untrained divers in your life.  Give them the very best skills, the safest habits and the most comfortable training available anywhere.

KCDivers introductory course is still only $125 for two sessions of classroom, pool and fun.

Diver's Mask & Snorkel      Reservations: 718-648-4232      




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DID YOU KNOW?

The Kings County Divers Alumni Association has over 10,000 members throughout the tristate area, and another several hundred worldwide.  We organize dives, activities, picnics, parties and trips, locally and all over the world.




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The proshop is open Monday through Friday from 2pm to 9pm and Saturday from 10am to 6pm.
voice 1718-648-4232
fax 1718-934-4153
email kcdivers@kcdivers.net




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Mia teaching specialty Divers

We teach recreational scuba at all levels, from entry through instructor.  There is a selection of several entry level training programs starting as low as $50 for our homestudy course.




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Timely updates about activities and training are sent by email to all those interested.  To be included, make your request on the CONTACT page of this website.  All requested additions and deletions will be honored within 24 hours.

Be well. Be safe. Stay wet.


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United States Coast Guard

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National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI)

Divers Alert Network (DAN)

NOGI Awards

American Nitrox Divers International (ANDI)

Club Aquarius

ReactRight Training

Atomic Aquatics

Dutch Springs

Dive USA

Local Dive USA

Long Island Divers Association (LIDA)

NOAA

Ships To Reefs Project

Scuba Rangers Certified Trainer

Scuba Rangers Club

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UW Medical Association

DEMA

Worldwide Cetacea

Reef Scuba Accessories

Counsel On Retail Excellence

Sunrise

Certified Italian WWF Specialist

SSI Diamond

Deep Ambitions

Restore Our Constitution - Oath Keepers

Be A Diver

Diving Equipment & Marketing Association

Confederation Mondiale des Activites Subaquatiques (CMAS)

TDI

Platinum Pro5000 Instructor

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Ocean Management Systems

Public Safety Diving Association

Platinum Pro5000 Diver

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DAN Divers Alert Network - Scuba Diving and Dive Safety Association

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Caradonna Dive Adventures

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Olympus Dive Center

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