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Manta Divers February 2013 Scuba online

Greetings divers!

It seems that the world is shrinking faster and faster as social media grows in popularity.  Through our Website, Facebook, and our Blog, we have made friends new dive buddies with people from all over the state, the country and indeed the world, but we are of course always looking for ways to connect with more divers.  Two new and exciting ways that Manta Divers is reaching out is via our new Blog and PADI’s Scuba Earth social network for divers.


Bonaire shore diving Manta DiversOne thing that came across loud and clear from the seminars that I attended at the Dive Equipment Manufacturers Association (DEMA) convention was that I needed to reach out to my divers through a Blog.  After much research and study, I started my Blog and now publish each Sunday.  The blog will contain stories about dives we’ve done, tips and tricks for diving, profiles of divers and my monthly “6 Things” posts.  By subscribing to the blog, you will not miss a post.   Also, I am counting on everyone to leave comments and even repost episodes you especially enjoy on your Facebook. I hope this will lead to some healthy discussion from my readers.


Unveiled at DEMA, PADI’s Scuba Earth is designed to be an easy, one-stop site for divers (even non-PADI divers) to research dive destinations, learn about particular dive sites, log dives and share your diving adventures with others.  For example, if you are interested in Bonaire, and want to learn what other divers had experienced while there, or what sites they liked or tips they had to share, you need only click on “Featured Destinations” and you will find all kinds of useful information. In its beta phase, it still has a few bugs, but as more and more divers join the community, giving feedback and adding to the dive information, it will soon be the go to sight whenever divers need help choosing gear, a vacation destination, or what specialty course to take next! 


To become part of Manta Diver’s crew and Scuba Earth, simply go to www.scubaearth.com.  On the right hand side of the Scuba Earthhome page, it says “Become a Member.” Click on the pull down menu to select your diving level.  You will then be directed to a page where you can enter your personal information and create a password.  After that, you will get a confirmation e-mail with a link to sign in.


Once you are in, and this is the really important part, you need to affiliate with a dive shop.  You will, of course want to make Manta Divers your primary dive shop so you will be connected with all your Manta friends that you dive with!


So there are many ways that Manta Divers is staying in touch with our team.  It is the way you can get up to the minute information on Manta Divers events, classes and dive trips, as well as a way for you to tell us what you would like us to write about, trips you would like us to organize and in general, what you want from us as your dive shop.  Not only that, it is a way to keep your passion for diving fed while you are on your surface interval.


In other News.............

Congratulations to Dan Gappa and Rick Quigley, our newest Team Manta members!

There are still a few spots left in the Buoyancy Clinic February 23, 8am at the Rec Plex.  Recommended for all divers at any level, this clinic will be especially helpful for those of you who are brancing out into underwater photography, or are starting to use a new camera and housing.

Valentine's Day is February 14, so if your sweetheart is also your dive buddy, come in and look at our selection of jewelry, books, diving accessories and gear!  Don't forget that scuba courses make wonderful gifts.  We will help you select that item to knock their fins off! 

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