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Sport Diver July/August 2017

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IN THIS ISSUE

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hold the salt

Ginnie Springs in High Springs, Florida, is a great place for dive training, whether you’re completing open-water training or getting a full cave certification. I should know — for three days in July 1993, I was one of a group of open-water candidates going through their checkout skills in Ginnie’s main basin. The basin at Ginnie is like a huge punch bowl — diving in it feels like being in a light-filled bubble of glass quivering on the tip of a glass blower’s pipe. It’s that clear. At the bottom of the basin you can enter a cavern, and at the back of this room, you can swim through a large opening into Ginnie’s Ballroom. A permanent guide line on the floor leads to the cave entrance, which is grated…

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paul rose

Paul Rose was the base commander of the Rothera Research Station in Antarctica for 10 years. (PETE WEST/COURTESY PAUL ROSE)The people, places and events making headlines underwaterThere is perhaps no more enviable a cocktail party guest than explorer Paul Rose. After serving 10 years as base commander for the British Antarctica Survey — the U.K.’s science base on the southernmost continent — and, more recently, as a host for the BBC, the man has stories.There’s the time he was lost under an iceberg, showing the figurative ropes to a scientist newly stationed at the South Pole. Their plan, to recover a lost sediment trap, was thwarted mid-dive when a berg broke loose, blocking their exit.“We had so many heartbreaking moments where we could see light, and we’d think we were…

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seaworthy scholars

European Rolex ScholarMAE DORRICOTTUniversity: Plymouth UniversityMajor: Marine biologyDorricott fell in love with the water at a young age while visiting family in Malaysia and fanned the flames at 12 by earning a dive certification. It all snowballed from there — including a stop in Mexico, where she took part in a conservation program and became a divemaster. Now, Dorricott is pursuing her master’s in scientific communication, and she hopes to use that passion to reconnect others with the sea.North American Rolex ScholarLEAH POTTSUniversity: University of FloridaMajor: Agriculture and biological engineeringPotts’ love for diving was born on a vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but it’s been bred in the caves of north Florida. Potts — who also served as the president of her dive club in college, worked as a…

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into the twilight zone

Somewhere between the limits of conventional scuba diving and the depths explored by ROVs and submarines, we travel through another dimension. It’s a wondrous land of discovery. Our next stop: the twilight zone.But rather than the stuff of science fiction, this is more likely to be found in science textbooks.Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, a Chilean territory in the South Pacific, is known for its history of ecological collapse due to overpopulation and the exploitation of its natural resources. Iconic human carvings known as moai (constructed 1300–1600 A.D.) still stand sentry over the landscape and attract tourists from around the world.Few people know that Rapa Nui is a fantastic diving destination, its subtropical waters offering some of the best visibility I’ve ever seen. But the type of diving popular with…

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talking shop

(ILLUSTRATION: THOMAS BURNS. OPPOSITE: FRANS LANTING STUDIO/ALAMY)A good dive shop can make all the difference on your next dive trip, and a bad one can cast a cloud over your experience or even put you at risk. This is especially true for less experienced divers who may need a helping hand from the crew. But with so many operators to choose from at most popular dive spots, how do you know which is the right one for you? To help you out, here are five steps for doing your homework on dive shops before your next trip.Consider Your Dive TypeAt most dive destinations, you’ll find everything from resort-based shops that lean heavy on beginnerlevel classes and excursions to specialty shops with the gear and experience for tec diving. Create a…

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odds & ends

SEAFLOOR SURPRISEDivers discovered the wreckage of a World War II fighter plane in the Kerch Strait between Crimea and Russia’s mainland. The aircraft — a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk — was discovered while workers were preparing for the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge, a $3.2 billion Russian project. The aircraft was lent by the United States to the Soviet Union during WWII. A crane was used to bring the wreck to the surface, where it will likely be repurposed as a historical exhibition.Capping CaptivitySeaWorld welcomed into the world what’s planned to be its last orca born in captivity. The company announced last year that it will no longer breed orcas while the mother, Takara, was still pregnant. Less than a month later, France banned the breeding of orcas and dolphins…

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