News from Down Under

Congratulations Alexandra Swanson on Earning the 20 Millionth Diver Certification

Alexandra Swanson became the recipient of the 20 millionth PADI certification when she earned her PADI Open Water Diver course certification on 4 September 2011. As a result, she'll be taking a dream dive trip to Queensland, Australia with four nights of accommodation in Cains, Queensland, Australia and a three-night excursion on the live-aboard dive vessel Spirit of Freedom. During her trip, she'll get to visit iconic Great Barrier Reef dive sites like Cod Hole and the Ribbon Reefs.

Additionally, the certifying instructor -- PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Timmothy Aguon and PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center Micronesia Divers Association in Guam, were also awarded trips for one in celebration of the certification.

With more than 20 million diver certifications issued worldwide since 1966, PADI is The Way the World Learns to Dive®.

PADI eCards Available to Divers Next Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Project Pink Tank

Photo courtesy of Andrew Sallmon

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and marks the launch of Project Pink Tank, which looks at diver health outcomes among breast cancer survivors. The goal is to document and measure potential mental and physical benefits from diving by cancer survivors. The project also looks at the long-term effects of breast cancer therapy on diver behavior and health. The first phase of Project Pink Tank involves a web-based survey of certified breast cancer survivors.
As the number of breast cancer survivors increases, so does the number of them in the dive community. Following recovery from breast cancer, previously certified women often resume diving for exercise and mental relaxation. Ultimately, Project Pink Tank will create a platform for future research and a medical consensus conference focused on diving and general cancer survivorship.The not-for profit Rubicon Foundation, the PADI organization, Duke Dive Medicine and VR Technology are supporting Project Pink Tank. For more information, or if you meet these requirements and would like to participate, visit

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News from Down Under

Well Divers it's been a pretty awesome week of diving.

Some of the best news is that our beloved Whiskey Wreck is now slightly more uncovered, thanks to Tropical Storm Lee, with depths ranging from 13' t0 15' instead of 9'.

Perdido Pass Jetties weathered the storm a little worse with a large amount of topsoil (from the the flooding)  has dropped viz to a less than favourable 1' to 5' on  most days.  We expect this to clear up over the next few weeks.

Here are some reports from The Dive Boat this past week.

USS Allen: No current, viz: 5 to 10 ft.
Navy Tug: 80 ft viz, JT killed 3 Lionfish, Huge baitball, awesome, 2-3 ft seas.

New Barge': seas 1-2, minimal current, sunny skies, H2O 80°, 60 ft viz, Divemaster JT found a huge octopus and 1 unlucky Lionfish, covered in Black Snapper, Butterfly fish, and Pufferfish.

Navy Dive Tender 14, 40 ft viz.
JT killed 10 lionfish. Divers saw Octopus, huge spiny lobster, a Goliath grouper tons of snapper and more.

Spearfishermen from all over the state are currently competing in the month long Pleasure Island Spearfishing Classic.
Click here to learn more.   Follow the tournament on Facebook.
Shou Outs

Congratulations to one of our newest Openwater Divers, Debbi Liptrot. Great job!

Congratulations to Down Under's Newest Divers - Brian Booker, Mario Narjes, and Robert Kirby all received their Open Water certs today. They brought along John Serta for a DLD just in case they needed someone to feed to the sharks.........

Check out these Sidemount Diver Videos

Lets go to PALAU!

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Hello Divers,

Well it’s been quite an eventful summer so far. I am happy to report that the Down Under ran more dive charters to date than any of the previous summers.Divers stayed safer than any of the previous seasons by executing responsible dive plans and safe diving practices.

With the help of our "infamous Captain Bert Valle" Aka the Crazy Cuban, we were able to introduce some new reefs into our pretty substantial list of sites. New Barge and Pete's 301 (Named after Pete Holmes' 301st Dive) are two new faves.

We hosted 3 successful Instructor Development Courses with 100% passing. Good Job Team and introduced over 200 new divers to our wonderful underwater world.

We found some new creatures this year including strange new Nudibranchs, Oscillated frog fish, a 100lb Sea Sturgeon, and a Husker's Conger Eel.




Thank you all for making this a spectacular season. Even though the retail center is closed Mondays and Tuesdays after this week, the Down Under will still be running daily. We are just a phone call away.

Please dont forget to check out our upcoming dive vacations:
Palau March 18 (only four spots left!)

Congratulations to all of the newly certified dive leaders!
IDC Staff Instructors: Hugh Headrick & Jim Mahan
PADI Specialty Instructor: Brandon Williams
Divemasters: Cheynne Milan, John Kovalchick, Adventure Steve, and Donnie Breece.