By Todd Hall, Technical Divemaster


Reserve your spot today for lobster Mini season July 26th and 27th. Here are a few tips from the Pro’s to help you get your Lobster Bag Limit !

Tips for Lobstering !
1. Make sure you've taken the days off from work!!!!
2. Make sure you’re scheduled on a dive charter with Pompano Dive Center
3. Make sure your dive gear is in safe working condition. PDC is offering a promotion on Regulator Servicing
4. Make sure you have a snare, tickle stick, net, and gloves - whatever your capture technique involves.
5. Make sure you have a valid fishing and lobster license, and a measuring gauge
6. Don't forget a dive buddy!

7. Check “MYFWC” for the latest rules and regulations: http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/lobster/

PDC offers
1. Regulator servicing... Free $15 gift card to be used on a future visit if you bring it in prior to 7.20.17
2. Snares, gloves, tickle sticks, nets.... All 10% off when you mention this article.

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By James Gadomski, Technical Instructor

Looking at technical dive gear as a recreational diver you may think it is cumbersome or question why you would want to get in the water with so many different tanks clipped off to yourself.  Although there are many advantages to this gear that you may not be aware of, you can dive a more streamlined setup and still enjoy the advantages of limited deco diving.

As you start technical training it puts you in a different mindset and you learn skills that make you a better diver.  It is not only about going deeper or staying down longer, past your no decompression limits, but in the early stages of technical diving you learn the importance of proper trim and buoyancy, redundant gear, and how to correctly configure new equipment.  These skills will transfer over to your recreational diving as well, and make you much more comfortable in the water. As of now the current limiting factor on dives is gas consumption or hitting your no decompression limits on dives in the advanced range.  The beginning stages of technical training will explain how to safely go past these no decompression limits on dives by using accelerated decompression.  As we plan our dives out we learn the advantages of breathing gas mixes above 40%, and how it helps us in technical diving.  For dives we are currently doing this allows us longer bottom times, by safely exceeding our No Decompression Limits.  Instead, we can take our time to explore a wreck, look around, and not rush.  When we properly plan the gas we need for these dives we can see much more than we would as a standard recreational diver. 


If you have experience or certifications in deep diving, you can begin with Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures.  This is usually the basis of technical diving, where you learn about decompression theory, different gas mixes, and how to safely execute decompression dives to a max depth of 150 feet.  If you would like to learn about the gear configurations and setup an Intro to Tech class would point you in the right direction and answer the question you have "Is technical diving for me?".  In this class we discuss gear configuration, setup, proper gear for technical diving, why our gear is setup this way, and then go out and do some dives with our newly learned information.  These classes alone open up a new world of information and there are many more training opportunities that are available once everything taught in these classes is mastered.  For more information on anything related to technical diving feel free to email our Technical Instructor, Jimmy, at jimmy@pompanodive.com

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By Will Mainord, Boat Manager/Captain

We often get questions from divers new to boat diving about proper etiquette, procedures, tips, etc. Here are a few quick pointers to help you along.

First, always arrive at least a half an hour early to fill out waivers and any other necessary paperwork – 45 minutes early is ideal. Next, always wait to board and bring any gear on the vessel until the captain has given the all clear and permission to board.

Once on board, neatly store all gear and gear bags under your allotted space on the boat. Make sure to leave any unnecessary items and travel bags in the car or storage area provided by the shop, as space may be limited on the boat. Always listen to the captain and divemaster's briefings - they are giving you important safety and procedure information that may come in handy! At the end of the trip it is customary to tip the crew for good service. When I dive on my days off I give $5 per tank gratuity – and sometimes more if I feel like they provided outstanding service.

Lastly, we offer Boat Diver as specialty course, or part of our Advanced Open Water if you would like to learn more about boat knowledge and procedures. Mention this article for $20 off the normal price for any specialty. Hope to see everyone on board soon!

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By Talia Byerly, DM Extraordinaire !

Lionfish Big and Small, Let’s Catch Them All! Do you like to hunt, eat fish, or interested in the conservation of the beautiful coral reefs here in South Florida? Join us on a free educational workshop on Lionfish where you can help clean up our reefs! Save the date for July 30th at 11am and you too can help control the populations of these invasive species.

Lionfish are native to Pacific waters, so how did they end up in the Atlantic? Why do they have such a large impact on the reef? Stop in the shop for the hour and a half workshop where our guest speaker, Ana Zangroniz, will elaborate on the history of lionfish in the Atlantic, and their biology and ecology. This is a great opportunity to learn why it is important that we help maintain these populations.

Afterwards put your knowledge to the test on an afternoon out with Odyssey Charters. We will be diving the 3rd reef line to see how many lionfish we can catch! A $25 gift card will be awarded to the diver who catches the most lionfish!

The cost is $65 per diver for the two tank trip; we will have a few zookeepers on board but bring your spears, gloves, and snips! Don’t have all the gear you need to catch lionfish, no worries stop by Pompano Dive Center and we will get you ready for the big day!  We can’t wait to see you there. - Call (954) 788-0208 to register for the dives !

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By Emilie Voissem, Technical DM

Advantages of Rebreather Diving: Experience the ocean and sea life without bubbles. There are many advantages to diving a closed circuit rebreather, the first one that comes to mind is the lack of bubbles. Another advantage is longer dive times without going into decompression and going deeper with less gas than open circuit.

Bubbles are just noisy to other divers, but they are noisy to the life that we are trying to get close to as well. There is a distinguished difference between open circuit and rebreathers when it comes sea life and how close you can get to them. On open circuit the noise of exhaling gas into the water column will often scare them away. Every time I am on my rebreather and with other rebreather divers I am amazed at how quiet it is. The sea life is not scared and will often come right up to you to investigate further.

Longer dive times without going into decompression is another advantage. When you are diving open circuit you are limited by the gas mix in your tank, and your depth. Your PO2, partial pressure of oxygen, is dependent on both of these factors. When you are on closed circuit you are managing and maximizing your PO2 during the entire dive. By maintaining a constant PO2 no matter what depth you are at, this adds to your overtime bottom time, all without going into decompression.

Another advantage of a rebreather is less gas use on technical dives. For example, doing a dive to 200 feet I will fill a 13cf tank with 100% oxygen and a 13cf tank with a mix of 10/50. I will also bring with me a 40cf tank of 50% and a 40cf tank with a mix of 21/35. The two 40cf tanks will only be used as a last resort if I have a rebreather failure of some sort and have to “bailout”, or also known as switching to open circuit.  During the dive I will only be using the gas in the 13cf tanks to operate my rebreather. The cost of this gas is approximately $15.00. The gas in my bailout tanks I will not use and will be able to use the same tanks on other dives.  If diving open circuit, doing this same dive you would most likely be on double 80cf tanks for your main gas, “back gas”, with a mix of 18/45. This would cost you about $130. You would also have a 40cf tank of 100% and a 40cf tank of 50%, also at an added cost. Both of the 40cf tanks would be used during your dive to decompress on and would need to be filled every time you do a subsequent dive.

I enjoy the quiet time I have with no bubbles, longer dive times without decompression, using less gas and saving money on my technical dives. These are just 4 reasons on why a rebreather is more advantageous to open circuit in my opinion. If you would like more information regarding rebreathers, please feel free to contact me at eavoissem@yahoo.com.

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By Jeremy Tanner, Training Manager

Spend a day on the water with veteran divers, and chances are you will see those distinctive green-and-yellow banded cylinders marked for "Nitrox". Once a staple of the technical diving community, this breathing gas is now accessible to sport divers, yet still carries the stigma of being complicated to learn. With the potential for increased diving safety, many agencies encourage new divers to learn Nitrox, and a Nitrox course may include dives or may be completely academic.

 

What is Nitrox?

The air around us is comprised of mostly oxygen and nitrogen, along with other trace gases. When teaching Open Water, we generalize that air contains about 21% oxygen and 79% nitrogen. Enriched Air Nitrox, when used by the diving community, is a blend of increased oxygen and decreased nitrogen. Popular mixes have an oxygen content of 32% and 36%, commonly labeled EAN32 and EAN36.

 

The Advantage of Longer Dives

By increasing the oxygen content, we decrease nitrogen. Nitrogen loading, as you recall, is what creates our time limits for diving at a given depth. By lowering the nitrogen exposure, we can stay longer at the same depth. For example, take a dive to 50 feet on air, and your SSI dive table will allow 70 minutes of bottom time. Do the same dive on EAN36 and the same table will allow for 160 minutes of bottom time! However, reaching your no-decompression limits on Nitrox will still put you at an increased risk of decompression sickness.

 

The Advantage of Increased Safety Margins

Many Nitrox divers choose to dive their preferred mix while treating their dive as an air dive. For the example used above, a diver who spends 70 minutes at 50 feet while using air will reach their no-decompression limit. Perform the same profile using EAN36 and you will end your dive with an additional 90 minutes of potential bottom time, thus staying far away from the "danger zone" of the no-decompression limit.

 

The Limitations of Nitrox

The Nitrox diver must choose between the two advantages: increasing bottom time will decrease the extra safety margin, and vice versa. Nitrox divers also encounter a new risk: oxygen toxicity. This risk is easily managed with proper training. In order to avoid oxygen toxicity, the Nitrox diver may need to choose shallower depths. Contrary to what you may have heard, Nitrox does not allow a diver to reach deeper depths versus diving with air.

 

How to Learn Nitrox

At Pompano Dive Center, we offer Nitrox courses throughout the year. You can choose to join a scheduled course, or we can set a course date to meet your schedule! Most of the course can be completed in the comfort of your home using e-learning. Once the e-learning is complete, you will meet with your instructor to review, take a test, and learn how to analyze a Nitrox cylinder. If you own a Nitrox-compatible computer, we will also teach you how to program it. Nitrox courses start at $169, but can be bundled with other courses for a limited time price of $99. To schedule your training, call our shop at 954-788-0208, or email our training manager at jt@pompanodive.com.

 

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By Tony Ernst, General Manager


Come join Pompano Dive Center at Veteran Earth's 2d Annual "Do Your Part, Buy Some Art Charity Festival". Every artist in attendance has agreed to give 20% of their total sales, regardless of profit to the Marine Environmental Education Center at the Carpenter House

There will be silent auctions - with some amazing items. There will be a FREE raffle for anyone who makes a purchase ( don't forget to turn in the bottom of your receipt! ) and of course - great food and drink specials. Try the wings - you will be happy you did !

We will have some diverse art - most of which is related to the Ocean. From Wood Art, to hand paintings, etched glass, and milk art - we have it covered. Learn more about the Artist's here:

Artists who will be presenting:

 

Veteran Earth - your host for the event.

"Art with a Purpose" Veteran Earth is a company that prides themselves on using good ol' American sweat, tools, metal, and wood to build custom, handmade items. Our items have a conservation theme, and many of our sales include a donation to ocean conservation or Veteran organizations.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/VeteranEarth/

STORE: https://squareup.com/store/VeteranEarth

EMAIL: veteranearth@gmail.com

Point of Contact: Tony Ernst

 

OCEAN Artworks

Unique Marine life art using ceramics and glass

FB: https://www.facebook.com/OceanArtworks/

STORE: https://www.etsy.com/shop/OceanArtworksLLC?ref=hdr_shop_menu

EMAIL: oceanartworksllc@gmail.com

Point of Contact: Joanne Fraser

 

Stoked On Salt

Stoked On Salt clothing is designed with the passion for the sea to help preserve and protect our living coral reef ecosystems to help increase public awareness.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Stoked-On-Salt-447540452005645/

EMAIL: stokedonsalt@aol.com

Point of Contact: Lisa Miceli

 

Guillaume Bauch Photography

Amazing Underwater Photography, from Sharks to Coral - he does it all! Be sure to check out what he has "captured" !

FB: https://www.facebook.com/pg/GuillaumeBauchPhotography

EMAIL: guillaume.bauch@gmail.com

Point of Contact: Guillaume Bauch

 

Nurtured Naturals

Nurtured Naturals is dedicated to all-natural skin care products and household cleaning products. Every product is hand-made and does not contain chemicals

FB: https://www.facebook.com/NurturedNaturals/

STORE: http://www.nurturednaturals.com/

EMAIL: Nurturednaturals@outlook.com

Point of Contact: Melissa Lea

 

Stream2Sea

At Stream2Sea, we’re passionate about making natural products that are good for you and the planet. Stream2Sea is a brand of sustainable skin and sun care.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/stream2sea/

WEBSITE: http://stream2sea.com/

EMAIL: autumn@stream2sea.com

Point of Contact: Autumn Blum

 

Carly Mejeur Marine Life

After an abundance of maps some how made their way to the Mejeur household from several friends, she took it as a cue to explore the medium. Her first Octopus, designed to fill an empty wall in her own home, became the official catalyst for the nautical chart series.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/CarlyMejeurArt/

WEBSITE: http://www.carlymejeur.com/

EMAIL: carlymejeur@gmail.com

Point of Contact: Carly Mejeur

 

JessicaAnnArt - Waiting for Confirmation !

Jessica is a marine-life inspired artist. She creates pieces that are all influenced by her love for the ocean, her educational background in marine biology, and most importantly, her desire to recreate the beauty she sees every day in the Florida Keys.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAnnArt-104587416361760/

STORE: http://www.jessicaannart.com/

EMAIL: jessicaann11@yahoo.com

Point of Contact: Jessica Ann

 

Whittle Creations

This page showcases the art work made from toothpicks, wood, coral pieces found at the beach, and other miscellaneous items.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Whittle-Creations-121658278021660/

EMAIL: lm1123@nova.edu

Point of Contact: Lisa Morse

 

Pompano Dive Center:

PDC will be donating a Nitrox Course for the Raffle

 

Odyssey Charters:

Will be donating 2 packages. Both will allow 2 snorkelers and chance to snorkel, at no charge, including gear.

 

Sharks4Kids will have a booth present with information and shark related items to share with the visitors of the event.

 

Stand by for more silent auction items and vendors that are being added daily !

 

VENUE:

The event location is at Omalley's Bar and Grill in Margate, Florida. ( Central Broward County off of 441 just north of Atlantic Blvd ) - but most importantly, it has GREAT parking. Over 300 parking spaces right out front! Their food is ridiculously good - and we were told that drink specials/happy hour will be happening during the entire event!

Located at: 1388 N. State Rd. 7 Margate, Fl, 33063. (954) 979-8540

 

About the Marine Environmental Education Center at the Carpenter House. They are a 501(c)3 Non Profit who's Mission and Vision include:

Mission:

The mission of the Marine Environmental Education Center (MEEC) is to provide outstanding marine education, interactive learning, and research with a focus on endangered sea turtles.

Vision:

The vision of the MEEC, a partnership between Nova Southeastern University and Broward County, is to be a premier marine environmental education facility that engages residents and visitors by increasing conservation awareness and action in a way that ultimately results in greater protection of our marine and coastal environments.

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