Free Chromis or Meridian Computer!!!

Get ready to benefit from a great holiday
promotion with SCUBAPRO! 
For the next month, with any purchase of a premium SCUBAPRO regulator AND a premium BC AND a premium octopus or Air2 will receive, absolutely FREE, a Chromis or Meridian Black Tech wristwatch-style dive computer - on SCUBAPRO. That's right, FREE! It's SCUBAPRO's way to wish us a Happy Holiday.
We will be promoting this program starting the week of November 1st.
This offer includes all MK25, MK17, and MK21 regulator combinations, and either the S360 Octopus, the Air 2, or R195 Octopus, and any SCUBAPRO BC except the Pilot or X One BC. The offer is valid from Nov 1, 2014 thru Dec 31, 2014, and cannot be combined with any other offer in the U.S. and its Territories.


Turks and Caicos April 3rd thru April 9th 2016

Turks & Caicos Aggressor
The beautiful Turks and Caicos Aggressor II offers guests a week of thrilling wall diving along the coasts of Providenciales, West Caicos and French Caye.
The sheer walls of Providenciales begin at 40 feet, plunging into the deep blue abyss and include crevasses and ledges that are decorated with huge orange Elephant Ear sponges, Gorgonians, Crimson Rope Sponges and abundant macro life. The tinerary April through December departs from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited.

The native language is English and the official currency is the US dollar.

Getting There:

Passports and Visa Documentation: The Turks and Caicos islands are a British territory and located 575 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, just below the Bahamas chain and just to the east of Cuba and is island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti). The major airlines that service Providenciales (PLS) International Airport are: American, Delta, Spirit, Jet Blue and US Airways. Visitors must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. US citizens require a passport that must be valid for 6 months from date of entry. It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper visa to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country for the requirement. Arrival/Boarding/Departure: Guests will be met by a crewmember in uniform at the Providenciales (PLS) International Airport and transferred to the yacht.

Guests may board Saturday between 3 pm - 6 pm. At 6 pm the yacht departs for its night anchorage to prepare for diving Sunday morning. After a full week of diving, the yacht returns to Turtle Cove Marina Friday after lunch. Friday evening the yacht hosts a sunset cocktail party. Turtle Cove Marina has several restaurants where guests can eat. Friday night dinner is not included in the price of the charter. Check-out is Saturday morning at 8 am. Transportation is provided back to the airport Saturday morning.

Diving Environment:
• Sheer walls with health corals, Orange Elephant Ear Sponges, Gray Reef Sharks, Angelfish, Eagle Rays, Horse-eye Jacks, Lobster, Snapper, Garden Eels, Nurse Sharks and lots of macro life.
• All dives are made from the mothership
• Water temperature: 78 - 84F, 25 - 29C
• 3mm wetsuit recommended

Deluxe: $2795
Twin: $2595
USD $45 bed tax paid onboard, airport transfers included in charter rate on day of arrival and departure.

Contact Bryan for reservations:
or text 2519798459

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PADI Open Water Diver Touch is here!!!

Industry leader introduces another industry first to connect more consumers with PADI Dive Centers and Resorts.
Continuing to lead the way in diver education and attract more divers to PADI Dive Centers and Resorts, the PADI organization has launched the next evolution in the PADI Open Water Diver experience: the revolutionary PADI Open Water Diver Touch. An industry first, the Touch fuses state-of-the-art technology with proven PADI instructional design to deliver the excitement and experience of learning to scuba dive to consumers’ iOS and Android tablets.
The Touch is a tablet-based version of the popular PADI Open Water Diver course, integrating the PADI Open Water Diver manual curriculum, learning objectives, video clips, quizzes and Knowledge Reviews into a rich, interactive learning environment. Since the Touch is a tablet-based application, no internet connectivity is required to view course content. So, student divers can conveniently access the knowledge development portion of the course at any time from any location. This increased accessibility makes the PADI Open Water Diver Touch extremely appealing to the ever-growing market of tablet users.
"As consumer behaviors change, the dive industry must change to meet their expectations,” says Drew Richardson, CEO and President of PADI Worldwide.
Mobile devices have had the most rapid acceptance of any technology in history and people expect to do everything — including learn to dive — with them. The new PADI Open Water Diver Touch lets PADI Members give consumers what they want.
PADI organization has also launched the new PADI Library app, currently available for Apple iPad at the iTunes App Store. Consumers downloading this free app receive complimentary access to the PADI Open Water Diver Touch Introduction, which includes a call-to-action encouraging them to contact their PADI Dive Center or Resort to enroll in a course. The PADI Library app will soon be available from the Google Play Store for Android devices as well. Consumers can purchase the complete PADI Open Water Diver Touch from PADI Members.
Want to learn more about the PADI Open Water Diver Touch? Contact us at Down Under Dive Shop @ 251-968-3483.



New X-TEK Sidemount System

X-TEK Sidemount System
SCUBAPRO's modular design and compact independent air cell, developed in coordination with leading side-mount cave divers, provides guaranteed quality and a configuration for every diver's needs. Harness, 12l / 25lb lift wing, 20l/ 45lb lift wing, and cover each sold separately.
  • 1680 DEN Ballistic Nylon outer shell and 420 DEN Nylon inner bladder
  • Compact independent aircell
  • Soft Airnet finished backpack
  • Stainless steel grommets, D-rings and handles
  • New Dump valve, corrugated hose and BPI
  • Bungee and hooks for tank support
  • Fully adjustable, easy to wear and configure
  • Harness includes crotch strap
  • Optional top cover for total streamlining and increased durability.
"Our Sidemount Instructors put quite a few hours in the test models.
The new and improved harness works well and is competitive with other models on the market.  The interchangeable wing is one major function that sets this harness apart from the others.

For details on our sidemount training click here.


Sidemount LT 12

Sidemount LT 20

Sidemount Harness
Sidemount Wing Cover



Gopro Tips

Hey guys and gals,
Everyone has a Gopro because, well let's face it, they kick ass.
The camera is a pretty amazing tool.
Being so small and powerful it let's you capture all those amazing moments.

I have made some really fun movies for clients over the years.

Check out my friend Nadia's YouTube for inspiration

Here are some pro tips I use to guide me.

1)  Shoot Short Shots: A shot is like a sentence—it has a noun and a verb.  Together the noun and verb are what keep the “move” in “movies.”

On your backpacking trip a random video clip of “Bob” is not a shot.  “Bob picks up his pack” is a shot.  “Bob hikes down the trail” is a shot.  To keep your shots short, stop shooting when the action is complete.  “Bob hikes down the trail” is interesting for about 5 seconds unless Bob falls off a cliff.  So once you’ve got the action covered, be done.  We don’t need to see Bob’s back for another 30 seconds as he heads off into the distance. [more on short shots]

2)  Shoot People, Not Scenery: Think about why you’re shooting vacation video in the first place—to remember.

The Empire State Building will probably look exactly the same 10 years from now,  In case it doesn’t, thousands of great photographers have already shot it better than you can.  What makes your vacation video special is that your kids went up the Empire State Building—and your kids are going to look completely different in 10 years.

“But the scenery’s so beautiful” you say.  It is–  in person.  Video of the Grand Canyon looks great in Imax, okay on your 42” flat screen, and like tiny blurry garbage on your iPhone.  Unless you’re shooting Imax, best not to dwell.

Frame a great shot of the kids looking over the railing and that stunning canyon vista will look great too—in the background, where it belongs.

3)  Find the Story: Instead of random shots of the family posing on a boat, find the story of everyone getting together and taking your parents on a cruise. Have your camera ready when you surprise them with the tickets.  Interview your brother, who hates cruises but is coming anyway, armed with Dramamine and wrist-bands because he loves his parents.  Shoot your dad tearing up as he gives a speech to the group at your first big dinner on board

What’s different about your vacation?  Is it the family’s first time out of the country?  Your daughter’s first plane flight?  The Disney vacation you’ve been saving up for for 5 years?  Think before you shoot.  Tell that story.

4) Interview:  Video captures not just what we look like, but how we think.  Which is perfect for that embarrassing wedding video 20 years from now.   Don’t just interview the kids. Interview your spouse, your parents, strangers you meet on the trip.  It’s a great way to capture the emotion of a moment in time.

Your five-year-old will never be 5 again. Ask her open-ended questions about what’s going on.  Let her show you, explain to you, sing to you.

5)  Shoot sparingly. If you shoot just 2 ten-second shots  in each of 8 touring hours a day, that’s almost 3 minutes of footage a day.  A week-long vacation is pushing an Armbrusturian 20 minutes—longer than anyone, including you, will actually watch.  Practice being selective.  Sure you can edit later, but will you?  And even if you do, the shorter and better your footage when you start, the less work it is.

Always start taping a few seconds before the important action begins and continue a bit after it ends, to give yourself room to choose edit points.Get establishing shots--wide-angle views of the location, so that viewers can orient themselves. Pan (slowly and smoothly) if necessary, to encompass the whole scene.From each shot to the next, change both the image size (long shot to closeup) and the camera angle (front view to three-quarter view) to create smoother cuts. It also helps if subjects begin out of view, move into the shot, then exit the frame. This makes closely-matched action unnecessary.In addition to covering the main action, get insert shots to reveal small details (a stone cherub's head, a flower in a Yosemite meadow) and color shots (billboards, swaying willows, reflections on water). These cutaways will help you condense and pace the sequences.Look for natural titles in things like posters, street signs, or the covers of brochures.Don't forget sound. Tape several minutes of ambient sound to help smooth the audio differences among different shots. And if you're in exotic places, pick up tapes or CDs of local music. This can lend a wonderfully authentic quality to your program.

1. Let the location speak for itself!
Show, don't tell. Think of the setting as one of the subjects of your video. You can still be the star, but let the scene have it's camera time, too.

2. Show us your friends.
Video allows for candid moments. Try to capture your fellow travelers being themselves as opposed to herding them in front of notable landmarks and forcing them to say "Cheese!" (Though a little cheesiness never hurt anyone, see the Pro Tip below!) Take a look at Escape byScott Foley for a good example of this.

3. Think in shots.
It's easy to get carried away and film everything you see, but this can make editing a bit of a headache. Have the final video in mind when you're shooting, and be selective. Try to shoot clips that vary in length. It's hard to edit down really long clips.

4. Document the "moments" you want to remember.
Sometimes little things like a bottle of beer sweating in the sun can bring back the strongest memories. Try to notice the little things and give those moments some time in your video. If you watch a performance, there's no need to document the whole thing, just show a moment from it, and that's all you need. Think of your video as a highlight reel!

5. If you're having fun, chances are it's going to be fun to watch!
If you're having a blast on your vacation, taking some video while you're in the midst of your happiness will preserve that time for the future! Sometimes it doesn't hurt to let one of your trusted travel companions to take some video of you, too.

Pro tip: A fun alternative to those classic group vacation shots is what we call a 'fauxtograph', where you tell your subjects you are taking a picture but it's actually a video. Get everyone set up and then see how long you can get them to sit still. Trust us, it's a hoot!


Bryan Eslava


BAJA Spearfishing, Freediving, Surfing, and Kayaking Trip Oct. 2nd thru Oct. 6th 2015

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Bienvenidos - Welcome - to Palapas Ventana, the newest and most unique resort in La Ventana Bay in the Sea of Cortez, Baja Mexico. We are located just 35 minutes southeast of La Paz between La Ventana and El Sargento. When you visit us, you will see why Tim and Karon Hatler, the owners, chose this beautiful spot with incredible turquoise water, amazing sunrises and sunsets, and perfect temperatures. Come join us to experience the natural beauty of the Sea of Cortez, friendly Mexican culture, foods with unforgettable flavors, and a time to just "be in the moment".

You'll know you are at Palapas Ventana when you see the palapa roofs of our quaint casitas overlooking the Sea of Cortez and Cerralvo Island. Our beautifully constructed casitas are strategically set amongst native Baja desert plants, including barrel cactus, cardon, elephant tree, palo adan, candelillo, cholla, mesquite, palo verde, and pitaya agria. Each casita is a separate unit with a porch adorned with flower-filled Mexican wooden planters made by a local artisan. Every casita has a fantastic view!

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  • 5 days and 4 nights
    • 3 full days of chasing fish in fully equipped 26 foot pangas (Licenses Required) 
    • Filet and freezer services for fish
    • Breakfast and lunch everyday you are at Palapas Ventana...dinners are on your own - there are many good eateries within walking distance.
    • Use of kayaks, bikes, and snorkeling gear
    • Additional days may be added to this package. Contact us for details.
    • Windsurfing and Kite boarding
    • Morning Kayaking
    • Morning Snorkeling
    • Morning Scuba Diving – instruction available
    • Morning Stand Up Paddle Surfing
    • On low wind days - fishing, Spearfishing, and SCUBA trips
    • Tours to La Paz/Todos Santos/San Antonio and El Triunfo/Mira Flores, Santiago, and Santa Rita Springs
    • Small Boat Sailing
    • Bird Watching
    • Hiking
    • Beachcombing
    • Exploring
    • Relaxing

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Specialty Casita
Accommodates up to 4 people
  • King size bed and twin bed
  • Private bathroom w/sink and shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Purified water dispenser
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Regular Casita
Accommodates up to 2 people
  • Choice of King size bed or 2 twin beds
  • Air conditioning *NEW for Summer 2008!*
  • Sink
  • Purified water dispenser
  • Shower and bathroom just 25-30 feet from casita
  • Ceiling fan
Free Diver Package Price:
$700 per person double occupancy (plus taxes, transfers and fees)
Includes breakfast, lunch, spearfishing charters, use of kayaks, snorkeling gear, sailboats, and beach support.

Beach Comber Package Price:
$360 per person double occupancy (plus taxes and fees)
Includes breakfast, lunch, use of kayaks, snorkeling gear, and beach support.

Sample Flights (not included) from Pensacola to La Paz Mexico:
$762.40 $134.69 (taxes) = $897.09 
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Conatact Cpt. Micheal Sumlin @ 251-609-5266
or Email

Blackbeard's Sail and Dive Adventure November 1st 2014

Blackbeard's Cruises offers Liveaboard scuba diving travel vacations to the Bahamas Out Islands. We offer the Caribbean's largest variety of diving including shark dives, walls, high speed drift dives including the Washing Machine, night dives, blue holes and the beautiful coral reefs of the Exumas ; Sea Park. Our 3 sailboats; Sea Explorer, Morning Star and Pirate's Lady depart Nassau every Saturday for a week of live aboard diving in the Exumas, SW Eleuthera ; Little San Sal in the Central Bahamas. The camaraderie and adventure on our liveaboard dive trips keep divers coming back year after year. Our motto is "Twice the Fun for Half the Price" won't get a better bang out of your diving dollar anywhere else!

Dive the Caribbean's largest underwater park, the Exumas Land & Sea Park. Divers can experience deep sea diving on the many beautiful walls. Sharks are a big draw for divers! See Caribbean reef sharks, nurse sharks, even tiger sharks on the sandy banks! Colorful reefs teeming with marine life sit in depths of 15- 80 feet so divers of all levels enjoy the scuba diving we offer on our Bahamas scuba diving vacations!

The central Bahamas were once the hideout of pirates and privateers... now these islands offer spectacular diving in warm, crystal clear waters with deserted beaches as backdrop each week during our adventure travel vacations. Visit Allen's Cay to feed the iguanas or Staniel Cay for the swimming pigs and the Thunderball Grotto.

There is no set itinerary- we go where conditions and weather are the best to offer our divers an adventure of a lifetime! Live-aboards offer the best variety of diving available- dive with sharks at Amberjack Reef, watch eagle rays gracefully glide by the walls, get tumbled around on our high speed drift dive, the Washing Machine or shoot photos of all the great macro and micro shots you'll see in the gin clear water of the Bahamas. Blackbeard's Cruises is recognized by divers as one of the best live aboard experiences available year after year!

Scuba diving travel with us is a breeze! Our all inclusive scuba diving adventure travel vacations are popular with outgoing individuals from all over the world! We supply everything but your personal gear and towels. Blackbeard's Cruises offers top of the line high quality rental gear for those who require it. Our sailboats carry up to 22 passengers in dormitory style bunks. While there isn't a lot of privacy, the fun and adventure more than makes up for it.
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  • The Charter is $959.00 plus $100 port tax.
  • With this in mind, the amount due will be $1059.00 per person.
  • This fee is nonrefundable once payment is has been sent.

Here are the details:

All Inclusive Scuba Live-Aboard Cruises Offer the Best Adventure at a Bang For Your Buck Price.
·  Up to 19 Dives Per Week
·  All Meals and Snacks
·  All Beverages Including Beer, Wine and Rum Punch!
·  Dormitory Style Cabins Fully Air Conditioned
·  Camaraderie You'll Never Forget and Memories You'll Wish to Relive Over and Over Again!

Sample Flights (not included) searched 1st quarter 2014

Popular Flights from Pensacola to Nassau

  • Airfare from Pensacola to Nassau on AirTran from $377 round trip
  • Airfare from Pensacola to Nassau on US Airways from $390 round trip
  • Airfare from Pensacola to Nassau on Delta from $393 round trip
  • Airfare from Pensacola to Nassau on Northwest from $397 round trip
  • Airfare from Pensacola to Nassau on American from $405 round trip

To sign up call or email Jim Mahan 251-424-7987 email

Freediver Courses

Freediver™ Course

Who should take this course?

Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you. Taking the PADI Freediver course is your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves.
To enroll in a PADI Freediver course you must be at least 15 years old. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.
Younger than 15? 12 year olds and older can enroll in the PADI Basic Freediver course and eight year olds and older can enroll in the PADI Skin Diver course.

What will you learn?

The PADI Freediver course consists of three main phases:
  • Knowledge development about freediving principles through independent study with the PADIFreediver Touch™ (or your instructor may conduct class sessions).
  • Confined water session to learn breathhold techniques as well as static and dynamic apnea. Goal – static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet.
  • Open water sessions to practice free immersion and constant weight freedives, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – constant weight freedive of 10 metres/30 feet.

How can you start learning now?

Contact your local PADI Freediver Center or PADI Freediver Instructor and get the PADI Freediver Touch tablet app. The Touch is an interactive study tool that gives you the background information you need to freedive safely and allows you to learn at your own pace. Your PADI Freediver Instructor will check on your progress and make sure you understand important freediving information.
Good news – the PADI Freediver Touch also includes all learning materials for the PADI Advanced Freediver and Master Freediver courses.

What freediving gear will you use?

In the PADI Freediver course, you learn to use a mask, snorkel and fins, and may also use a wetsuit and weight belt. Using gear designed specifically for freediving is best, however, in this course, you may be able to use snorkeling equipment you already own.
Stop by Down Under Dive Shop to see about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about everything you need from your PADI Freediver Instructor.

Next Step

Learning to progressively go deeper and stay longer on one breath is incredibly satisfying, so don’t wait.

Sample Course Overview

Day 1: (Classroom and Pool)
Example of Knowledge Development Topics
- Proper Freediving Equipment
- Correct finning techniques
- Safety support for dynamic apnea
- Static apnea (breath-hold on the surface with the face immersed)
- Safety support for static apnea
- Rescue techniques
- Correct breathing and preparation before static apnea
- Special techniques for static apnea
- Breathing techniques for dynamic apnea
- Correct decent procedures (duck-dive)
- Correct breathing techniques
- Diaphragmatic/abdominal breathing, thoracic and chest breathing
- Full breathing
- Relaxation exercises

Day 2: (Open Water-Boat or Alt. Location)
- Practice and demonstrate skills and techniques from previous session in Open Water
- 25' Freedive (Constant Weight)
- Buddy skills and Rescue Workshop

-50' Freedive
-Buddy Skills
-Black Out Rescue

Contact: Captain Michael Sumlin for dates.

Course Fee: $350 plus boat or park fees and materials.