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Scuba Diving November 2019

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2 min.
generation next

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. “We believe that visitors to national parks should look like the citizens of the United States.” That quote comes from Dave Conlin, chief of the National Park Service’s Submerged Resources Center, which conserves our nation’s underwater heritage. He was explaining why he helped found Youth Diving with a Purpose (pg. 66) with Scuba Diving’s 2018 Sea Hero of the Year, Ken Stewart. Sometimes, dive boats don’t look much like most of our country either, with comparatively few young people or divers of color. Stewart and Conlin are doing something about that. (Learn more about Stewart in “Ken Stewart Named 2018 Sea Hero of…

1 min.
scuba diving

scubadiving.com • edit@scubadiving.com EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief Mary Frances Emmons Senior Editor Andy Zunz ScubaLab Director Roger Roy Digital Editor Becca Hurley Associate Gear Editor Robby Myers Associate Editor Dave Carriere Copy Editor T.L. Favors CONTRIBUTORS Eric Douglas, Tobias Friedrich, Jennifer Idol, Adrienne Jordan, Michael Langhans, Suzan Meldonian, Eric Michael, Brooke Morton, Erin Quigley, Terry Ward ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY Art Director Monica Rodriguez Art Director Victoria Cocchiaro Staff Photographer Jon Whittle BONNIER MEDIA CONTRACT PUBLISHING Executive Vice President Gregory D. Gatto Vice President, Managing Director Glenn Sandridge Financial Director Tara Bisciello Editorial Director Shawn Bean Creative Director Dave Weaver Editorial Operations Director Stephanie Pancratz Copy Chief Cindy Martin Advertising Sales Manager Lauren Brown Group Marketing Director Haley Bischof Senior Marketing Manager Kelly Sheldon Marketing Manager Franki Giordano Marketing Project Manager Annie Darby Production Director Rina Viray Murray Associate Production Director Kelly Weekley Senior Production Manager Stephanie Northcutt Production Artist Peter Coffin Digital Strategy Director Mike Staley Digital Content Director Mark MacKenzie Custom Audience Manager Jackie Fry Digital Content Production and Presentation Director Michellina Jones Digital Producer Daniel McSwain PADI WORLDWIDE President & CEO Dr. Drew Richardson Chief Marketing Officer Kristin Valette-Wirth M.B.A. Managing Director, PADI Club Dave Freygang Education & Content Development Executive Karl Shreeves Managing Director, PADI Travel Joel Perrenoud Marketing…

2 min.
all in the family

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. As a PADI Club member you’re connected solidly with your fellow PADI Club members, PADI Divers, PADI dive operations and PADI Professionals—the global PADI family. It’s a connection that can benefit enjoying and getting more out of diving, but there’s a more important side to think about. With about 30 million divers around the world, diving in general and the PADI family in particular (25 million-plus) are a growing, influential force on behalf of ocean preservation and other issues. Earlier this year, PADI Divers joined Project AWARE and others to petition CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) to protect the mako and other…

2 min.
what it’s like to witness an oxygen toxicity emergency

I was teaching a cave-diver course at Jackson Blue Springs in Marianna, Florida, when a DPV zoomed overhead. Just as it did, I felt a leg kick me. I thought, Well, that was messed up. Then I quickly realized that this cave is 100 feet deep, and nobody scooters out of here without decompressing. Is that leg attached to a dead diver? I rounded up the class, and we exited just as I saw the driver of the DPV try to place his unconscious buddy on dry land. By the time we readied to start CPR, an ambulance had arrived, and we loaded him up. I assumed the diver was dead. Several days later, I got a phone call from the diver who had been unconscious, thanking me for being there to assist. I’m…

5 min.
sea hero colin limpus

YEAR DIVE CERTIFIED: 1973 AGE WHEN CERTIFIED: 33 DIVE CERTIFICATION LEVEL: open water WORDS TO LIVE BY: “I want my children and grandchildren to be able to enjoy the natural world that I have enjoyed.” Colin Limpus got certified in 1973. But he’d already been diving, after a fashion, for more than 20 years. “I made my first ‘underwater breathing apparatus’ when I was 12 years old, after watching a movie about World War II frogmen,” he recalls. “Totally unsupervised. I was very fortunate that I did not harm myself. Not a recommended way to start diving.” When he did start for real, it was for his job as a research scientist. Fifty years later, he is godfather of the sea turtles of Queensland, Australia, inspiring more than 10,000 of his fellow Aussies to…

3 min.
the last days of the vaquita?

Nine. About nine vaquita porpoises remain on the planet, according to conservation group Viva Vaquita at the time of press. This 4- to 5-foot-long porpoise, the world's smallest, exists only in the Sea of Cortez, and probably not for much longer. As the animal’s habitat becomes increasingly threatened, divers might have to accept that they will never encounter this species, distinguishable by its rounded face with black markings around the eyes and mouth, giving it a cartoonish appearance. Its survival is linked to the totoaba, a silvery relative of the drum fish roughly the same size as the vaquita. Illegal totoaba fishing is thought to be responsible for the steep decline in the vaquita’s numbers: More than 80 percent vanished between 2008 and 2015, just as appetites in China and Hong…