You Are Invited to Riviera Maya!

Are you fun & spontaneous?

Are you ready for an awesome trip to Mexico with a fun group of divers & non-divers?

Four incredible reef dives.

Our last day will include two dives in the magnificent Cenote!

 

 

A beautiful all-inclusive resort with meals, drinks, cocktails and fun activities, included!

You may swim, workout, play tennis, enjoy entertainment, play water sports, relax at the
spa or indulge at the beauty center. Dine at your choice of 5-theme restaurants, snack
bars, pool bars, buffets, more…

 

Beach it!

 

 

Or simply relax!

 

 

Enjoy the gorgeous sunsets.

 

 

And of course,  the SCUBA is included!

 

Scuba divers & non-divers have a blast!

For you non-divers, there are many fun options for you to do while we’re scuba diving.

We are only gone a few hours, we’ll hang out together the rest of the day/night.

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Divers and sun-seekers enjoy these trips!

I look forward to talking soon.

Leslie

Scuba Explorers Leslie ONeill

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Scuba Diving Class and Refresher Class

Join me, Leslie, for scuba diving class or a scuba refresher class in Houston, Texas.

See video below.

I will be in Mexico from Jan to April and possibly May.  If you would like to visit and scuba dive or just enjoy the sunshine, please complete the form below.  

If you would like to visit and scuba dive or just enjoy the sunshine, please complete the form below if you want to join me for a fun group vacation?

My best! 

Leslie 

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Bonaire Leslie ONeill Scuba Explorers

Hello!

I hope you are doing well and your New Year is off to a rip roaring start!

I’ve been thinking about what kind of information you might like to receive from me and then it dawned on me to ask!

This is what I jotted down before my ah ha moment:

1) short how to scuba training videos
2) scuba stories
3) best diving vacay’s
4) equipment comparisons
5) upcoming trips/ classes (a given)
7) more underwater videos
8) more photos

Or feel free to be specific and say whatever strikes your interest. On second thought I better qualify that.  This a G rated group, no wise guys!  ha ha

 

For starters I’ll be sending more emails about all things scuba and or tropical islands.

 

You don’t have to be a diver to enjoy these topics. If you like sunshine, travel, nature, adventure and animals, then I’m pretty sure you belong here!

 

In fact, I would love to hear from you from time to time so drop me a line on any of my social sites- the icons are at the bottom of this page.

 

Oh yea, and while you’re there…please like or follow. It only takes a 1/2 second to click the button! ; )

 

If you prefer to hear more about marketing for business through social media, just reply above and ask to be be added.

 

Also, I love to hear from you to see where you’ve been diving or vacationing and your thoughts about it. I like to spread the good news to save others time, money and frustration.

 

You will have the highest quality travel experience when you learn in advance the best places in all categories to eat, sleep, dive and play!

 

Have a fabulous week!

 

And remember to click on any of the media buttons below and say…hey!

 

Layta gayta!

 

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Sylvia Earle Shares Astonishing Images of the Ocean

Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean — and shocking stats about its rapid decline — as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.

Sylvia Earle has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades. She’s led more than 50 undersea expeditions, and she’s been an equally tireless advocate for our oceans and the creatures who live in them.

Sylvia Earle, called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and “Hero for the Planet” by Time, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration.

Earle’s work has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades. Earle has led more than 50 expeditions worldwide involving more than 6,000 hours underwater. As captain of the first all-female team to live underwater, she and her fellow scientists received a ticker-tape parade and White House reception upon their return to the surface.

In 1979, Sylvia Earle walked untethered on the sea floor at a lower depth than any other woman before or since. In the 1980s she started the companies Deep Ocean Engineering and Deep Ocean Technologies with engineer Graham Hawkes to design and build undersea vehicles that allow scientists to work at previously inaccessible depths. In the early 1990s, Dr. Earle served as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. At present she is explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society.

Sylvia Earle is a dedicated advocate for the world’s oceans and the creatures that live in them. Her voice speaks with wonder and amazement at the glory of the oceans and with urgency to awaken the public from its ignorance about the role the oceans plays in all of our lives and the importance of maintaining their health.

“We’ve got to somehow stabilize our connection to nature so that in 50 years from now, 500 years, 5,000 years from now there will still be a wild system and respect for what it takes to sustain us.”

by Sylvia Earle

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Shark Behavior

Nitrogen Narcosis

Nitrogen Narcosis 

Nitrogen narcosis

 

 Cause:  

Nitrogen dissolving in the blood at an elevated pace due to the increased pressure at depth, typically seventy to one hundred feet deep (70 – 100′).

Symptoms:

An alteration in consciousness, impaired judgement of assessment/perception, comparable to an instant high, under the influence of alcohol, intoxication or nitrous oxide inhalation causing alteration in consciousness, temporary decline or loss of senses and movement.

Remedy:

Ascend to a shallower depth, it will dissipate as quickly as it began.

Terminology:

Divers slang for Nitrogen Narcosis: Being “Narced”, “Rapture of the Deep” & “Martini Effect”

Reality:

During training we discuss “decompression sickness” The divers term for “Decompression Sickness”: “Bends” or being “Bent” Both Nitrogen Narcosis and Decompression Sickness involves “nitrogen” yet, getting  “Bent” is a far more serious than being “Narced” and is caused by an over-saturation on nitrogen over a period of time.

If  you become “narced”, no worries, it is not an issue. It is only a rush of nitrogen, the remedy is simple, ascend to a shallower depth, it will immediately go away and there are no after-effects. 

Divers may learn to cope with the effects of narcosis, but it is impossible to develop a tolerance. Divers susceptibility varies widely from dive to dive, and between individuals.

If your buddy is chasing an octopus or kissing lobsters, your assumption that he or she is “narced”, is most likely correct. There is no need to go to the surface, yet you may want to assist your buddy to a shallower depth and resume your pleasure dive.

At he end of every dive, BC’s should be fully deflated no shallower than thirty feet (30′), as you slowly ascend no faster than 60 feet per minute or one foot per second (easiest timing method- stay below your bubbles).

As always, we stop at fifteen feet (15′) below the surface after every dive for a three minute (3 min) safety stop prior to coming to the surface.

Diving beyond the recreational limits of 130 ft, requires special training as nitrox and oxygen toxicity become critical factors. Once you learn to use various gas mixtures such as trimix or heliox, you may go deeper and or stay longer.

Happy Diving!

Leslie

Scuba Diving Classes for Children

The impact that scuba diving classes have on children is more than remarkable.

Children have an unwavering adventurous desire to explore everything the world has to offer, including the fascinating world underwater.  Scuba diving classes teach awareness to children about the importance of ecological and ocean conservation.

There’s nothing quite like the beauty of marine animals. So many of the waters contain wondrous creatures that have an impressiveness beyond comprehension. At times it almost makes you wish one could live in the waters alongside these animals.

During scuba diving classes, children learn proper conservation skills  through diving techniques and habits. Children learn about the importance of even the most microscopic living organisms, thus becoming conscious of their surroundings.

Throughout the scuba diving classes children learn tangible skills which they will use in and out of the water such as physics and math skills, which will increase their critical thinking abilities.  They will play games that reinforce these new skills and rules all while having fun.

As children build stronger swimming abilities, increased stamina and a stronger sense of responsibility through scuba diving, their self-confidence will increase noticeably in every aspect of their lives.

Children ages 8-9 years old may learn snorkeling and basic scuba diving in a pool.  Once children are 10 years in age, they may complete the PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification course, and are eligible to dive in open water with certified adults, preferably, parents or other family members.

Once children reach the age of 15 years old, they are qualified to upgrade from their junior certification which will allow them to no longer have age restrictions.

For more information on PADI scuba certification classes for children or to speak with an experienced professional instructor, please contact Leslie O’Neill, Scuba Explorers.

 

leslie@scuba-explorers.com

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Dive Travel

Our next fabulous adventure will be in both Puerto Galera and Dumaguete, Philippines.
The Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7000 islands, is a democratic, English speaking pro-western society with over 80% of the population being Catholic. With all the amenities and services a diver would want.

From Manila we will transfer to Puerto Galera, Sabang Beach, home of the first Atlantis Hotel in the Philippines. We will be greeted by the friendly staff with first class service. The small boutique hotel has forty clean and comfortable rooms, all with mini fridges, snacks and satellite TV’s. The resort lies on Sabang Beach. It meanders up a small hillside filled with tropical gardens, providing a gorgeous view of the surrounding bay with a mountainous landscape.

The dedication and hard work of the dive staff will make our diving effortless! Each divers name is printed on their own locker space. The dive guides prep our gear; transfer it to the boats and at the end of each day, rinse and store them. The dive schedule allows up to four dives per day in small groups of up to six, with very short 2 – 10 minute boat rides to most dive sites. Of course it’s up to you, how much you want to dive. Personally, I enjoy two dives per day with an occasional night dive. All depending on the length and depths we’re diving. Many divers are not yet willing to partake in night dives and that is perfectly fine. This is your trip, I expect everyone to do exactly as they please.

By diving in smaller groups, we are able to give more personalized attention, as well as, making it easier to locate the cool and exotic critters. There are countless varieties of fish, corals and macro marine life in the Philippines! The nudibranchs, anemone fish and Ornate Ghost Pipefish are perfectly and beautifully colored. Divers get to see more of God’s amazing artwork up-close and personal, like no other place on this earth!

Mostly we will reef dive with an occasional muck dive. For those new to this type; muck diving is usually on flat areas of the bottom. At first you might think the bottom is deserted, as there are no reefs in sight. Then with the help of the local dive guides keen eye sight, the most unusual and exciting life will begin to appear: Flamboyant cuttlefish, porcelain crabs, ornate ghost pipefish, devilfish, tiny frogfish ribbon eels, and many more exciting surprises.

The Verde Island is a special place not to be missed; it is located between the islands of Mindoro and Luzon. It is a random island in a country of thousands of islands. This pinnacle barely protrudes from the water. It provides a wonderful underwater mountain landscape with perfectly clear visibility. Every island seems to have a good story; the passage between the two large islands was an important east-west sailing route. The story goes that a Spanish galleon had problems offshore from Verde Island, the boat sunk there in about 196 feet. Divers are still finding booty that is dated back to the time of this ship’s sinking. Most dive shallower to see the myriad of life forms on the reef. The site is approximately 45 minute boat ride from Puerto Galera. One of the most relaxing trips you will ever encounter!

The boat rides around Puerto Galera are scenic with climbing hills of dense green palm trees and mountains aligned against the bright blue sky. You will want to have your camera close at all times.

The dining at Atlantis deserves a special mention. The cooks, staff and Maître D work tirelessly to provide quality service, usually reserved for world class hotels.

After days we will transfer to Manila and a one hour flight to Dumaguete, home to the second Atlantis Hotel. Dumaguete is the Philippines sixth largest city, and it is thriving with activity. More than 30,000 students attend the local colleges and universities. This is a city that has a little bit of everything.

It’s a short 20 minute ride south of town to the Atlantis Hotel in Dumaguete. Once again we will be greeted like Kings and Queens with welcome cocktails, an efficient check-in and orientation. We will stay in another boutique hotel set in tropical gardens on a beautiful volcanic sand beach that stretches for miles. The restaurant sets right on the beach with a great ocean view.

The dive operators use the traditional Bangka style Filipino boats with outriggers. They provide a large, comfortable, covered and stable platform, adding to the cultural experience. The dive sites around Dumaguete offers a variety of wall, muck and patch reef diving. A number of marine sanctuaries were created to protect sections of the reef from hunting and fishing. The Apo Island and Siquijor Island dives are special excursions, 45 minutes on a large Bangka boat, three dives and a delicious buffet lunch. The diversity and quantity of cool marine life make these macro destinations difficult to rival.

The restaurant, food and service is as impressive as the sister property. The meal selection and presentation is impressive. Dumaguete has a nice market, the fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful.

Might you enjoy their beautiful scenery, friendly service, delicious food, great diving, clean hotels and comfortable beds?

I’m in, are you?

Let’s go!

Leslie : )

The Last Remaining Blue Whale

The last remaining blue whale comes eye to eye with its only enemy; mankind.

The film was directed by Rutger Hauer & Sil van der Woerd, who felt an urge to bring attention to the ongoing whaling.

When we destroy the ocean, we are kill ourselves.

If you love whales and oceans like we do, please share this film!

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