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Scuba Diving

May 2020

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United States
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English
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PADI Worldwide
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2 min.
perchance to dream

MARY FRANCES EMMONS joined Sport Diver in 2009 and Scuba Diving in 2012, serving as features, senior and deputy editor. A diver since 2006, she was named editor-in-chief in 2018. My grandmother taught me that travel has three parts: preparation, the experience of the journey itself, and how it changes you forever after. It’s tough putting together stories about dive travel when you don’t know if anybody will be able to travel when they read them. That was the position we found ourselves in while working on this issue. But I thought about my grandmother—a school teacher who taught me to question authority, spend money on travel, and never refuse an invitation—and realized that what this magazine really is, is a place to dream, to plan, to envision yourself in distant lands…

2 min.
life goes on

DREW RICHARDSON, ED.D., president and CEO of PADI, has logged more than 6,000 dives worldwide and received many industry awards, including 1992 DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year. This issue of Scuba Diving includes a feature on the Galapagos Islands, which is probably on every diver’s bucket list. (If it’s not, it should be!) It’s a natural paradise above and below the waves, where divers experience everything from marine mammals and whale sharks to Galapagos tortoises and 45 bird species found nowhere else. As you probably know, it was while here, conducting natural history research aboard the Beagle, that Charles Darwin began to formulate his theory of evolution. Amid everything that’s been going on in the world over the past months, these islands have an important lesson for us: Life goes on. We…

5 min.
what goes into making a greener wetsuit?

For divers in most parts of the world, a quality wetsuit is an essential piece of gear. But there’s no getting around the fact that, like other aspects of diving including travel, the manufacture and disposal of wetsuits comes with an environmental footprint. Neoprene is nonbiodegradable and near impossible to recycle at scale, and we produce and consume a lot of the stuff. According to a 2016 report by Grand View Research, the wetsuit industry will be worth $1.18 billion—with scuba diving accounting for more than 30 percent of this figure—by 2022. Adding to these environmental consequences, manufacturing neoprene from petroleum fossil fuels is a carbon-intensive process. Dive gear manufacturers are beginning to design products with a smaller environmental footprint in mind. However, replacing traditional neoprene with materials that are less harmful…

4 min.
sea hero francesca virdis

YEAR DIVE CERTIFIED: 1994 AGE WHEN CERTIFIED: 16 DIVE CERTIFICATION LEVEL: PADI Master and Tec Instructor, GUE Tec2, Cave2, CCR WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Be brave and take risks. If you win, you can lead. If you lose, you can guide.” —Swami Vivekananda When Francesca Virdis was introduced to coral farming, she was skeptical. Assisting a restoration project, she was convinced she had just watched divers cut up healthy coral for no good reason. Fast-forward six months, and Virdis was a believer: None of the harvested coral nubs had died, and all had shown substantial growth. That was 2012; today Virdis leads Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire, a nonprofit supported by local dive operators dedicated to protecting and restoring coral reefs in Bonaire. Virdis oversees everything from field work to training volunteers—more than 1,200 visiting…

2 min.
head-to-head testing

HOW WE SCORE The bar graphs with each review show the BC’s combined test diver scores for comfort and fit, and for attitude and stability. The scoring is: 1=poor 2=fair 3=good 4=very good 5=excellent ERGO TEST Testing was conducted in fresh water by test divers at Blue Grotto Dive Resort in Williston, Florida. Divers recorded their observations about each BC’s performance and assigned scores from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor) in each of the following categories: SETUP Ease and security of tank and hose attachments LOADING WEIGHTS Ease of loading and security of integrated weight system COMFORT Both in and out of the water ADJUSTABILITY Ease of adjusting and range of adjustment ATTITUDE AND STABILITY In swim and vertical positions; overall sense of control of attitude and trim STREAMLINING Is drag noticeable at depth? STOWAGE Usefulness and accessibility of cargo pockets, D-rings, etc., for securing accessories VALVE…

14 min.
float on

ROGER ROY has been a diver for more than 35 years and ScubaLab director since 2013. He first learned to dive while working as a fire fighter, training to join the department’s search-and-rescue team. SCUBAPRO X-BLACK MSRP $1,008 CONTACT scubapro.com The X-Black’s black-on-black palette and heavy duty materials wouldn’t look out of place on a military tactical vest. But it turned out to be satisfyingly cozy, as well as rock-solid stable, tying top scores in its category for stability and comfort. On the husky side, it weighs more than 10 pounds, the side panels (with three zippered cargo pockets) are more than 12 inches top to bottom, and it has more than 50 pounds of lift. But the harness molds nicely to the body, and a corsetlike network of bungees keeps the air cell…