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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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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.



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The water that gathers in these subterranean Cenotes is crystal clear with a slight turquoise color with a very pleasant temperature of about 77-78°F. Cenotes are beautiful, enigmatic and unique in the world, the stalactites and stalagmites that form inside the Cenotes are true natural works of art. In many, holes in the ceiling allow the sunlight to filter into the Cenotes, giving the scene a magical feeling unlike anything you have ever experienced before.

Cenotes were considered sacred places of the Mayans not only because they were the only source of fresh water, but also because they represented the entrance to Xibalba, the underworld where their gods lived.

Because of the proximity to the ocean, salt water also seeps into the Cenotes, though the freshwater of the Cenotes floats on top of the higher density saline water intruding from the coastal margins. Where the saline and fresh water meet is called a halocline, which means a sharp change in salt concentration over a small change in depth. The mixing of fresh and saline water results in a blurry swirling effect due to refraction between the different densities of fresh and saline waters.

Over the past 20 years experienced cave divers have explored these caves and underground river systems, discovering to date more than 300 miles of inter-connected caves and passageways. Some of the Cenotes are more than 300 feet deep and part of underground cave systems that are several miles in length, though special training and equipment is needed to explore beyond the limits of visible light or go deeper than 70ft. All of the dives are suitable for certified Open Water divers.

Scuba Dive Kansas City

If you’re new to scuba diving or may be a little rusty, we’re here to make you feel safe and comfortable so that you may experience this fun and relaxed atmosphere of the underwater world.

Scuba Explorers will train you to scuba dive right here in Kansas City and then take you on adventures to islands that will surpass your expectations!

Local lakes near Kansas City

We teach in North Kansas City, Lees Summit, Kansas City, & Blue Springs, MO, Overland Park, Leawood, Prairie Village & Olathe, KS…and many other cities.

Kansas City Skyline

The pristine reefs will take your breath away as you peer over the coral walls into the deeper water…where, if you’re lucky, you may see a pod of dolphins swimming past or a group of rays and possibly friendly interaction with playful seals! You will learn about marine life, plants and coral on every dive!

corals & colorful fish

The most exciting part is- you never know what you’re going to encounter. You may rest assured, you’ll be quite safe!

We put special emphasis on providing students & guests with individualized instruction at their own pace. In the water and out, we’re with you every step of the way. When you enter our world, you can expect to dive the best sites in the islands while gaining insider knowledge of the history & culture.

If you’re a beginner, we invite you to learn PADI scuba diving. If you’re an experienced diver, we invite you to buddy with us or plan and execute your own dives.

You have the opportunity to complete your Open Water instruction, we except dive referrals or you may choose to upgrade your certification in the warm waters of the Caribbean.

We have partnerships with some of the finest hotels on the islands. In short, we have exceptional service in extraordinary settings.

Discover our world on your next vacation, and why diving with Scuba Explorers is the best way to enjoy island diving!


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Diving in Galapagos is definitely an experience unto itself and should not be missed. Diving is permitted in specific zones of the Marine Reserve where you are surrounded by sea lions, penguins many species of rays, including giant mantas, colorful reef fish, marine turtles, marine iguanas, various species of sharks, including the scalloped hammerhead shark (sharks in the Galapagos are non aggressive), and many other interesting and unique sea creatures. There are special dive sites to accommodate everyone from beginners, to intermediate and experienced divers. Each site is a unique and varied experience sure to be enjoyed.


By combining the experiences of exploring the Islands by boat, foot, and scuba diving- guests have an opportunity that Darwin could have only dreamed of.

uw diver turtle  

It’s no secret that the Galapagos Islands are considered one of the premier diving destinations in the world, and for good reason!

Frigate Bird

Birds blue feet

Galapagos Turtle

people seal

The Galapagos marine reserve ranked number one for scuba diving in the Indo Pacific region for the categories of Healthiest Marine Environment, Best Big Animal Dive and Best Advanced Diving.

UW Seals

If the terrestrial Galapagos finches and blue-footed boobies that walk and fly on the volcanic islands inspired Darwin, then what swims and waddles underwater will give you your own theories on life’s marvels. Hold your mask and regulator in one hand, your equipment in another, close your eyes tight and imagine what awaits you in only one quick flip over the edge of the sailboat.

Island from a distance

Knowing that one-quarter of the marine life surrounding the Galapagos is endemic; you will wish that your mask somehow allowed you to see 360 so you would not miss the unique life seen only here.

The currents that converge upon the waters of the Galapagos bring life to these volcanic ocean floors and waters. The rich nutritive water creates an environment in which life abounds and often evolves into strange life forms like the marine iguana, the world´s only lizard that dives and feeds in the ocean, or equatorial penguins, without the fat of their Antarctic counterparts.
Amid these rarities, you will find yourself unable to escape entire armies of bright angelfish, the sight of remora fish tickling the mass of a whale shark, and the playful enthusiasm of sea lions.

Marine Life

Hailed by the ocean-explorers organization, EDAM International, as one of the seven wonders of the underwater world, divers can explore this wonder first hand.

The underwater world of the Galapagos is spectacular!

End Dolphin Slaughter

Follow The Journey To End Dolphin Slaughter.

Please do not buy tickets to dolphin shows or swim with dolphins in captivity; doing so promotes the killing of dolphins!

Join activists Ric and Lincoln O’Barry in The Cove, Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary of 2009, on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on dolphin hunters’ dark and deadly secret.
Ric and Lincoln travel worldwide in their new series, Blood Dolphins, premiering Fridays at 9 pm on Animal Planet.

Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action.

By Team Planet Green

Underwater Cameras

Can anyone recommend an underwater camera–either a camera that has a separate under water housing or one that is specifically for diving? Any suggestions for day time travel camera that’s lite?

David Mertens • I have a Canon Ixus 960 with vendor supplied underwater house up to 40m. It’s not suitable for professional use but works well and gives good results if you are looking for simple holiday underwater and above water pictures. Total price of camera and underwater house plus 4GB memory card and extra battery was about 850 euro 3 years ago.

Ridlon Kiphart • Hi Johanna, One of the first questions is budget? It’s great to get a Nikon or Canon DSLR and then a U/W housing. You can use the same high quality camera above and underwater and don’t have to carry two cameras. Are you even looking for a DSLR or more of a point and shoot?

Johanna B. • DSLR, but something light weight. I am open with budget, to me buying a camera is an investment, and even though I don’t necessarily think buying “top of the line” is the best– I do want something that compliments what I am looking for; but might have added benefits than to just a point & shoot. At the same time I am open to that as well. I just wanted to get others’ recommendations, so that from there I could research it and take in what others were recommending and why?

Ridlon Kiphart • I’d look at the Nikon D300s. Fantastic imagery and HD video too. It would probably be the last camera you would ever need to buy. Compact and light weight. There are also the D3000 and D5000. Make sure you check out housings before you buy the camera to make sure you can get the housing you want. In other words, this is a joint decision. Don’t buy the camera and then go searching for housing. Nexus and Nauticam make great housings for the D300s – compact and ergonomic. I’ve shot with a Nexus for the last 10 years. Hope that helps.

Dennis Ng • You may take a look to Canon PowerShot G11; it has its own housing from Canon. But the video resolution is limited to 640×480. But its weight is a bit heavier than Ixus 960.

Charles Dagelinckx • The Sealife series of camera’s and flashes are very lite and suitable for taking underwater pictures.

Desmond de Haan • I have had a canon with Ikelite ext flash and recently switched to the Sealife with sealife ext flash.
I use it as a point and shoot, this slash is awesome as it almost always lights my pictures correctly due to the reflected light sensor that switches off the flash at the correct time. For a modest budget, it is the perfect camera for me.

Bob Hahn • Take a look at the Olympus cameras, they have a cameras from point and shoot to professional DSLR many with housings.

Jonathan Teperson • I took shots 50-60 feet down with an Olympus Stylus 770SW with no case. Cant figure out how to load the picture of my depth gage.  It is rated 33 feet.  After the 60 foot dive it took a few days to snap back. I’d keep it under 40-45 and you would be fine. It’s real small, digital and has video capability.

Alison Puffer • I own a Sealife Reefmaster Pro – Bought it about 3 years ago for 700 plus extra for the strobe lights….takes great underwater pictures and video for non professional user….I use the strobes in darker waters like Catalina and the California coast, but it is not necessary for more tropical waters. I would recommend this camera to a first time buyer.

Jackie Hutchings • Hi Johanna, I use a Canon Ixus 100 IS with a Canon WP-DC31 waterproof housing and use a Inon wide angle lens for macro photography. I bought the whole lot from Cameras Underwater – they give great advice and really know their stuff. It does great video too.

Frank Snieders • Have that same Olympus 770sw, but did not dare taking it below 12m… at that depth it worked just fine; pretty daring if you took it to double that depth.

Ridlon Kiphart• Strobes are always important even in clear or “bright” water. Even the clearest water selectively absorbs colors starting with reds as shallow as 15 feet. All your photos will look bluewashed like the pic of the console above.

Evelyne Skorczynski • I have been using Kodak Playsport camera. Great for snorkeling.

Dennis Ng • I planned to buy a Sea&Sea strobe and a red filter for my Canon PowerShot S90. The YS-01 has a led light for focusing short distance object before the flash shoots. This should be helpful at night dives photo taking!

Leslie O’Neill –  Thanks for all your ideas!   A few weeks ago while teaching class I accidently closed a piece of the strap inside my camera housing…needless to say I flooded my camera.  I’m looking at new options as well.

A general idea what to expect for pricing.

Camera Cost Housing Housing Mfg Total
Sea & Sea DX-2G Digital UW Camera & Housing $999 N/A above & below $999
Sealife DC1200 $499 N/A above & below $499
Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS (Silver) $275 $220 $495
Nikon D300 Digital SLR Camera with Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm lens $1,617 $1,400 $3,017
Nikon D3000 Digital SLR Camera with Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm and 55 $599 1329 Ikelite $1,928
Canon PowerShot G11 10 MP Digital $435 $170 $605
Ixus 100 IS Digital Cameras $229 $246 $475
Olympus 770sw $585 $199.95 Olympus PT-022 $785
Panasonic TZ5
$294 $186
Panasonic DMW-MCTZ5

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Have you ever wondered what it is like to breathe under water?

There’s only one way to find out…try it! 

Class begins in 3′ of water.  If you become uncomfortable simply stand up.  You will be amazed how easy and safe scuba diving truly is.  Educating yourself on this topic will reduce all fear, getting involved and doing it will enrich your life!

We train scuba divers everywhere in the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan areas:  Lee’s Summit, Shawnee, Lenexa, Overland Park, Kansas – anywhere North, South, East & West.  We come to your area and teach you at the nearest pool.  YMCA’s, local pools, your backyard pool, etc.

This is a great sport for anyone that enjoys water sports such as: skiing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, sailing & wind surfing.    And most any type of athletes that enjoy water.  I’ve actually taught many people that had extreme fear of water- if you truly want to overcome it, we can make it happen!

Could you envision yourself coming with us on a scuba trip?  Imagine riding off to your 1st dive site.  Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and the wind blowing through your hair as the boat sails through crystal clear water.  You can see white sand beaches lined with palm trees against the bright blue sky.  As we dive in, the water is bath water warm so there is no need for a wet suit.  You are surrounded by fantastic varieties of colorful corals, beautifully colored fish, dolphins and more!   Got the picture?

During your trip you have many options:  walk through a rainforest, ride a zip-line above the tree tops, rappelling of a cliff, wildlife & bird watching, jungle treks on nature trails. 

Some prefer sunning at the pool, enjoying a spa treatment, shopping for fun clothes, finding unusual décor for your home, a leisurely drive around the island or countryside, a luxurious lunch or an elegant dinner.

Or you may like to read a captivating book while swinging in a hammock as you drift off to sleep until happy hour begins at the local drinking establishment, just in time to bet on your turtle before the race begins.

In order to do all this, you will have to spend a few days completing the scuba course & a few days for certification before we leave!

It’s a two day commitment for class and two days to certify. You won’t want to waste the time or expense during your trip for this.

This is a lifetime certification. 

Organize a group of 7 people & your class will be free!  ($180 value)!

The beginning of your new adventure!

Call:  Leslie 913-522-8131

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