Sauver un plongeur, se sauver soi-même

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.

plongeurs sauveteurs

Galerie de photos de la Californie centrale

Consultez la galerie de photos d'Andy et Allison Salmon qui accompagne leur article sur la plongée en Californie centrale.

Se recentrer

Avec la pandémie de COVID-19 qui freine les voyages internationaux, les plongeurs peuvent toujours choisir de plonger localement. Andy et Allison Sallmon nous emmènent dans leur voyage sur les sites de plongée de Californie centrale, où nous pouvons découvrir des sujets macro à Morro Bay et une vie marine abondante sur les sites bien protégés de Carmel et de Monterey Bay.

La côte californienne de Big Sur

Galerie de photos de La Paz

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


Crabes sous couverture

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.

Un décorateur d'hydroïdes

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.

banc de carangues à gros yeux

Sécurité des bouteilles

Les utilisateurs doivent utiliser les bouteilles en respectant les paramètres de conception, notamment en ne les remplissant qu'à la pression de service nominale et en les faisant inspecter par des techniciens formés et qualifiés et en les faisant requalifier par une installation d'essai réputée et reconnue. Plus de 90 % des ruptures se produisent pendant le remplissage, c'est pourquoi il est essentiel de procéder à une inspection diligente au cours de ce processus. Les bouteilles devraient fonctionner en toute sécurité pendant toute leur durée de vie si les utilisateurs respectent les conditions de conception et d'utilisation.

remplissage des bouteilles d'oxygène

Sentinelles pour la mer

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.

Les poissons recouvrent les jardins sous-marins luxuriants d'éponges colorées, d'anémones de mer, d'étoiles de mer, de concombres de mer, d'escargots et de crabes.

Souriez, Crocodile

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.

Le crocodile américain se repose au milieu de l'eau au-dessus d'un herbier marin.

Modèles et vie marine

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.

Le requin-baleine