Balanced Regulators, Pirates and Undercurrent

Scuba Shack Weekly – Volume 2, Number 5

We are about to turn the calendar over to February. The days are getting longer and our dive season is picking up.

We finished up our first Open Water course for 2019 on Sunday. Phil and Ron did a great job conducting all confined water dives. Congratulations to our two future divers for finishing up their confined water course and good luck as they head to some warm water for their certification dives. We are very pleased with our new format and we are seeing a great deal of interest in the weekend class. The format also gives us a lot of flexibility in working with very busy schedules.

We often talk about a balanced regulator. We recommend both a balanced first stage as well as a balanced second stage. Balanced regulators translate into easier breathing at all depths and throughout the entire dive regardless of the amount of gas you have left in your scuba tank. Here is a short article that describes a balanced regulator.

Thomas Tew, William Kidd, Samuel Bellamy, Paulsgrave Williams, Edward Teach, Stede Bonnet, Charles Vane, Edward Low. All notorious pirate captains who terrorized America and the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. Scuba divers are often intrigued by pirates. Perhaps it is because we like going to the places where they flourished, like Nassau and the Cayman Islands. I just finished a book by Eric Jay Dolin titled “Black Flags, Blue Water – The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates.” The book is well written, engaging and an easy read that provides some interesting information.

We are always on the lookout for information related to scuba diving. One of the sources that has been around for a long time (since 1975) is Undercurrent. What use to be a mailed newsletter every month is now totally online but following the same format that gives a great deal of information related to dive resorts, dive operators and what is going on in the world of scuba. Scuba Shack now has a pro subscription which means we can print out articles to give to our customers. We cannot put them in our newsletter or widely distribute, but we can give you specific information if it is available. Check out their website.

Until next week, thanks for tuning in,
Jeff

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