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Scuba Notes for February 2011
March 3rd, 2011

Here’s a short wrap-up of notable scuba stories from February 2011.

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PADI released the PADI App for iPhone and Android platforms this month. Users can search for PADI dive centers worldwide, or use the “current location” feature to find nearby centers.

An expedition heading to the North Pole will allow participants to skydive and scuba dive on the same trip. The tour operator says it will be the first time both activities are offered in the same expedition.

Ice fishermen in Minnesota found the catch of a lifetime when they reeled up a scuba diver. Disturbingly, the fishermen “had never seen [a dive flag] before and didn’t know what it meant.”

A popular commercial scuba diver was apparently killed by great white sharks off the coast of South Australia.

Christian J. Lambertson, an early scuba pioneer, died at the age of 93. Dr. Lambertson wrote a paper on a proposed “self-contained underwater breathing apparatus” in 1952, coining the word SCUBA.

The World Resources Institute reported that approximately 75% of the world’s coral reef are threatened by human activity and climate change.

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