Author: Kathy Dowsett

Kathy is the owner of Kirk Scuba Gear, a passionate Scuba Diver, Ocean Advocate and Managing Editor of The Scuba News Canada

His father paid for his training for Open Water certification. A job in a dive shop opened his eyes to the work available to a scuba diver with the right qualifications. Eric Villeneuve was quickly acquiring them. “I became scuba certified at 16, a Dive Master at 18, an Instructor at 19, and a Commercial Diver at 27. But I have had a set of mask, fins and a snorkel for as long as I remember.”

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The Alberta Underwater Council is proud to present the Divescapes Conference and Exhibition. Divescapes has had some outstanding shows including 2012 and 2014 shows in Edmonton, well we are working hard to bring you an even bigger and better show in 2016! New speakers and new exhibitors in a great new venue. 2016 is shaping up to be the best Divescapes yet! This is a show you won’t want to miss so book early as there are a limited number of tickets available!

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With more than 20 books of Newfoundland sea stories to his credit, Robert C. Parsons may know as many facts and anecdotes about this province’s marine history as anyone, and probably more. The retired teacher from the South Coast town of Grand Bank has been writing seriously since 1987 on various historical subjects, but he is best known for his shipwreck tales involving Newfoundland sailing vessels.

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GloRope.com was founded in Colorado in 2006. Since that time, the companyhas grown and developed their unique and innovative way of infusing glow materials into products. Their unique products and design give their users immeasurable safety and benefits for years to come.

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Of the various pirates who lurked along the wild, sparsely inhabited coasts of Newfoundland in the 16th and 17th centuries, Peter Easton was among the elite, most successful and best known. His plundering, which ranged from Newfoundland and the Grand Banks south to the Caribbean and Spanish Main, made him the scourge of the Western Atlantic for more than a decade.

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First-time visitors to Australia are often drawn to the big city attractions of Sydney and Melbourne or the fabulous beaches of Queensland’s Gold Coast. I’ve always had a soft spot for Adelaide in South Australia, a city built more on a human scale, where downtown can be easily navigated on bike, foot or tram. For me, Adelaide’s greatest attraction is a huge market right in the city’s center.

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Cradles of Glass is a primer on the glass cloud sponges of British Columbia Canada. These sponges are delicate organisms and are in dire need of protections.

Since production the 9 reef sites mentioned have received some protections and the BC Park reef has received full protections.

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The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) named Jill Heinerth, world famous Canadian cave diver, as its first Explorer-in-Residence to mark World Oceans Day today. “Exploration is in the DNA of the RCGS,” said John Geiger, CEO of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. “We are so delighted to have Jill Heinerth in this new role. It is hard to imagine anyone who better embodies the courage and commitment of exploration.”

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