Salve a un buzo y sálvese a usted mismo

Divers can’t save themselves unless they understand what’s happening and how to evaluate the problem, keep breathing and act. It sounds simple, but the rescue diver course helped me solidify my safety and survival skills. I may not remember every detail, but one item still stands out for me as invaluable for a new diver: Any dive can be stopped at any time, for any reason, without question. To that I would add “and without embarrassment.” That advice would eventually save me.

Central California Photo Gallery

View Andy and Allison Salmon’s bonus photo gallery that accompanies their feature on diving Central California.

Buceo en el centro de California

Aunque la pandemia de COVID-19 restringió las posibilidades de hacer viajes internacionales, los buzos aún pueden bucear a nivel local. Andy y Allison Sallmon nos invitan a compartir su viaje por carretera a los puntos de buceo del centro de California, donde podemos descubrir sujetos macro en Morro Bay y abundante vida marina en los puntos sumamente protegidos de Carmel y la Bahía de Monterrey. Desde una variedad de nudibranquios y anémonas hasta kelp gigante, juguetones leones marinos de California y tours de observación de ballenas en la superficie, que pueden entusiasmar incluso a los buzos más escépticos, el centro de California ofrece muchas oportunidades para descubrir una gran cantidad de tesoros.

La Paz Photo Gallery

After reading Tanya Burnett’s feature about La Paz, see more of her amazing images in this photo gallery.

Cangrejos encubiertos

Most decorator crabs belong to one of eight families in the superfamily Majoidea, commonly referred to as spider crabs. About 75 percent of the group’s more than 1,100 global species mask their presence by wearing disguises made from living organisms scissored from the landscape. They commonly hijack seaweeds, sponges, tunicates, bryozoans and hydroids. The crabs manipulate the purloined pieces of attire with their mouths before attaching them to one of the many fishhook-shaped bristles arranged in rows on the carapace, rostrum, walking legs and claw arms, depending on the species.

La Paz

La Paz, on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, has always been connected to the sea, from its indigenous pre-Columbian people and a history of sea explorers, pearl divers and fishers to a modern destination attracting ocean-inspired tourists to interact with the abundant marine treasures of this region.

La seguridad de los cilindros

Los usuarios deben utilizar los cilindros dentro de los parámetros de diseño, como por ejemplo llenarlos solo hasta la presión nominal de servicio y someterlos a una inspección realizada por técnicos competentes y que hayan recibido una capacitación formal, así como también procurar que vuelvan a ser clasificados por un centro de pruebas prestigioso y reconocido. Más del 90 por ciento de las roturas se produce durante el llenado, por lo que realizar una inspección diligente durante este proceso es crucial. Los cilindros funcionarán de manera segura a lo largo de toda su vida útil si los usuarios cumplen con las condiciones de diseño y funcionamiento.

Centinelas de los mares

The U.S. currently has 14 national marine sanctuaries and two marine national monuments, and each has its own unique story. In preserving these irreplaceable resources, the sanctuaries protect who we are at our base — our soul as a nation. They reaffirm us and connect us to our incredible heritage.

Sonríe, cocodrilo

Crocodiles are apex predators, and in the wrong place and time, humans are potential prey. There are exceptions, but most of these wonderful and primitive reptiles won’t squander encountering a potential meal. When swimming in any reptile habitat, know who and what you may encounter, or don’t swim at all. The resident American crocodiles at Jardines de la Reina routinely share their waters with snorkelers and divers, but Jen Hayes didn’t feel the same comfort working in Nile crocodile waters in Botswana.

Los modelos y la vida marina

Underwater photographers usually evolve a specialty, but the first fork in their road typically involves defining an interest in either photographing natural history — marine life in particular — or concentrating on editorial and commercial work that inevitably involves photographing people underwater. Photos of charismatic marine life help tell the story of a dive destination or might be used for photo décor or stock photography. Compositions that illustrate people interacting with marine life bridge both disciplines and combine each approach’s rewards and challenges.

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