Monday, July 23, 2007

Florida Keys Launches DiveALIVE

Speaking of dive skills, the Florida Keys has announced a new program called DiveALIVE. The program focuses on helping divers brush up on skills before getting back into the water.


A - Air
L - Lose the Lead (drop your weight belt)
I - Inspect Your Gear
V - Verify Your Dive Plan & Skills
E - Escape (stop, think, breathe, and act - don't panic)

Although it's short notice, they are offering a Diving Rodeo & Expo today at the Florida Keys Community College's lagoon on Stock Island (just North of Key West). It's being offered from 10am to 7pm. They will be giving divers an opportunity to refresh their skills and also learn lobster tickling techniques in anticipation of this week's Mini-Season. Some of the skills to be reviewed are mask cleaning, controlled emergency swimming ascents, and weight dropping.

Did you know that, in most cases, when divers are recovered after an accident, the vast majority of them are still wearing their weights?

According to an article in the Miami Herald today, over 20,000 visitors are expected in the Keys this week for Mini-Season. The article also mentions that a 2001 study estimated that there are over 1.9 Million dive trips in the Keys each year. That's a lot of dives and a lot of divers!

Here's a link to the article:

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