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  • Buy: Dusol DUSLATE MINI | ATA/BAR Divers

    A Better Dive Slate. Meet the DUSLATE® MINI e-Slate. Sold here by authorized distributor. Ships from USA. The DUSLATE® MINI electronic writing board is an updated solution to traditional—and oftentimes ineffective—underwater writing slates. To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. Bottom Line Designed for quick communications between divers, the Dusol DUSLATE MINI is a sleek and slender electronic replacement for traditional diver writing devices that can be bulky, difficult to read, and nearly impossible to erase underwater. BUY NOW Meet the DUSLATE MINI—the world's first electronic writing board for diving . To use the DUSLATE MINI , just start writing on the screen. Anything pointy—like a fingernail—will work, but it is best to use the included stylus. To delete the screen, tap the round erase button (located just below the screen) with this stylus. Only a stylus tap will erase the slate to ensure your screen is not accidentally erased. ​ The DUSLATE MINI is great for quick and simple communications underwater. It is so simple to use that during Open Water training dives, our students write questions without any previous instruction. The black screen generates green writing, which is actually more visible underwater than it is out of water. Check out YouTube videos of the DUSLATE MINI in action. The DUSLATE MINI is not intended to replace semi-permanent notepads used to record such things as a backup technical dive plan. ​ The DUSLATE MINI runs on a standard 3-volt CR1632 Lithium coin battery (~$4 for Duracell CR1632 on Amazon.com ), is rated to 197 feet (60 meters), and has a two-year warranty from date of sale. Your DUSLATE MINI includes an orange neoprene sleeve to protect your e-slate while out of the water. For additional products details, see information boxes below. ​ Whether you are a dive instructor, Divemaster, dive guide or traditional dive buddy, we think the DUSLATE MINI will make a great addition to your dive kit! CLICK to Buy DUSLATE MINI $105 + $5 Flat Rate USA Shipping for (1) DUSLATE MINI & Orange Sleeve ATA/BAR Divers is an authorized U.S. distributor* of the Dusol DUSLATE MINI . Flat rate shipping ($5) for USPS First-Class Package Service to all 50 states and U.S. territories that regularly receive USPS® mail. ​ INTERNATIONAL DIVERS For divers outside of the United States and its territories, p lease contact us directly—using the form below—for an international shipping quote. For accuracy, please include your complete shipping address including postal code. FOR A LIMITED TIME: DUSLATE MINI ACCESSORIES! For a limited time, ATA/BAR Divers is pleased to present the following DUSLATE MINI extras and accessories. Supplies are limited . If you are interested in purchasing any of these accessories either individually or with your DUSLATE MINI and orange neoprene sleeve, please use the contact form below and describe what items you would like to purchase. We will send you a quote as soon as possible. Invoices are processed using PayPal. The two-sided plastic cases are available in four colors and are designed specifically for the DUSLATE MINI . These cases offer efficient protection of the display and device from accidental damage. Made of 3D photopolymer. Weight: 3.5 oz (100 g). ​ *To confirm authorized U.S. distributorship of the DUSLATE MINI by ATA/BAR Divers, see the Dusol LLC authorized dealer page at https://duslate.com/dealers/ . ​ Black Plastic Case $23.99 Turquoise Neoprene Sleeve 12.99 Orange Neoprene Sleeve 12.99 Black Neoprene Sleeve 12.99 Stylus 6.99 Stylus Coil 6.99 Product Info Description Electronic Writing Board for Diving Product Model: DM2019X Manufacturer: Dusol Country of Origin: Russia Website: http://www.duslate.com Size & Weight Approximate Measurements Overall Size: 5-3/8" x 4" Screen Size: 2-3/4" x 3-3/4" Thickness: 0.3" overall 0.5" at battery compartment Weight: 3.4 oz Components Includes DUSLATE MINI, stylus, stylus coil, case, battery & product info Battery type: 3V CR1632 Lithium Maximum Depth: 197 feet (60 m) Warranty: 2 year from date of sale Contact Us About the DUSLATE MINI Submit We will be in contact shortly about the DUSLATE MINI

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    Garabaldi Damselfish Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Park, California Goliath Grouper Boynton Beach, Florida Coral Wall Guanaja, Honduras Garabaldi Damselfish Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Park, California 1/12 Whether you are a veteran or student diver, here are some tips, tricks, and reviews of scuba-related "stuff." Tips & Reviews Wakatobi 2018 Join ATA/BAR DIVERS as we travel to Indonesia in April 2018 and experience Wakatobi , a world-class dive resort with incomparable service, food and sights. Destinations We enjoy traveling to dive, but not all dive destinations or operators are equal. Read about some of our favorite places to dive here. Videos Enjoy watching a few of our favorite YouTube videos that showcase some of our most favorite diving destinations. ​ATA/BAR DIVERS are American multilingual PADI Pros. We offer instruction and support in English, Korean, Vietnamese, and Hungarian at affiliated dive centers. Training

  • Scuba Tips & Reviews | ATA/BAR Divers | California

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  • About | ATA/BAR Divers

    About | Terms of Use | Feedback from Students | Join Us WHO IS ATABARDIVERS.COM? Thank you for visiting atabardivers.com , the official website of ATA/BAR DIVERS . We are an informal group of American multilingual PADI dive professionals. We offer instruction and support in English and Korean (한국어에 능통합니다) at affiliated dive centers in Southern California. ATA/BAR DIVERS does not offer membership but we do offer advice , educational and travel opportunities ; we also share experiences and camaraderie within the greater diving community. Our name is a fun play on diving terms. While we have been known to be "Divers-at-a-Bar" after some of our underwater adventures (for post-dive briefing purposes, of course!), this is not our focus. Our name reflects important concepts in diving: (1) “ata” (atmospheres absolute) and, (2) “bar” (a metric unit of pressure roughly equivalent to one atmosphere). We do not condone drinking alcoholic beverages before or while diving, but we do like to have fun. AUDIENCE ATA/BAR DIVERS target audience are mature, mid- and post-career professionals who are experienced in—and passionate about—our underwater world. While we like children (and even have a few of our own), our dive experiences are not always family-friendly. For this reason, unless specifically noted, our dive outings do not include those divers under the age of 21 years. We are not tec-divers, but we are experienced divers. For the greater good of the group, you should be an experienced diver too. If you are not already certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver , please consider this important training before you travel with us so you can keep up with our escapades. AFFILIATION As PADI Pros, the founding members of atabardivers.com hold the PADI professional designation of Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor . We are also Emergency First Response instructors. We hope to see you in a scuba or EFR class soon! We offer instruction in English, Hungarian, and Korean. GOALS & OPINIONS We love to dive, and our goal is to share information about scuba diving, from equipment and training to dive destinations and operators. The opinions expressed on this website are solely those of the founding members of atabardivers.com and do not reflect the opinion of dive operators we may be affiliated with. Our orientation is a positive one that promotes the good things in diving; we do not dwell on the bad. But occasionally, our experience may be less-than-acceptable with a product or a service—and we will share that with our readers. Experiences can be different depending on the divers involved. We offer you our opinions on our experiences; we do not offer a forum to voice differing opinions on our postings. We welcome you to post differing opinions at other sites. IMAGERY & TERMS OF USE Unless otherwise noted, the images or videos posted on this site are copyrighted by atabardivers.com and cannot be used or transmitted without the express written permission of atabardivers.com. DIVERS-AT-A-BAR (DaaB) PHOTOS We dare our diving colleagues to send us their best “Divers-at-a Bar ” (DaaB) photos. To be a eligible for posting on our site, the photo must depict: (1) Divers of drinking age, (2) In a bar, and (3) Wearing dive gear [and other appropriate clothing, of course]. Minimally acceptable “dive gear” is a mask and snorkel, but the more dive gear worn the better! Please include details of the photograph including date, location, and participating diver names. By submitting DaaB imagery, you certify you are the copyright holder of the image and grant atabardivers.com permission to post the image royalty-free on its website. FEEDBACK FROM OUR STUDENTS What our scuba students say about the training provided by the ATA/BAR DIVERS PADI Pros: ​ Thanks again for today, I had such a great time. I am beyond grateful to have you as my instructor 🙌🏼 ​ . . . ​ Maui was great. It was beautiful and a lot of fun. [My husband] and I went diving it was amazing. We encountered beautiful colored fish along with baby turtles. Also, I stayed off [the] sea bottom [!] Thank you for the hard love. I couldn't have done it without you ❤ and tell your husband I remember to turn on my air lol. I enjoyed your class and learned a lot would not change a thing. Anyone that takes your class will learn alot and enjoy 😉 diving for life. ​ . . . ​ I just wanted to take a minute to express my gratitude for the incredible experience I had while attending your open water course and getting my diver certification. You both were not only professional in the delivery of instruction but extended yourselves by providing a high level of patience and personalized attention to each student. I would highly recommend both of you to anyone interested in pursuing diving... I think you are all awesome people and instructors and I look forward to not only the next dive but the opportunity to advance to the next level. ​ . . . ​ Wow, I had such a wonderful time, honestly don't think I could have experienced my scuba with a better couple of instructors. So glad to call you both my personal teachers. ​ . . . ​ We had a great experience in the classroom, covering the book material and in the pool. You made the pool time enjoyable and gave us the confidence and skills to feel comfortable on the boat. On the boat you made us feel comfortable and confident as we performed out requirements. We had a great experience and really enjoyed working with you, you all were super helpful and upbeat. My son and I are planning on continuing our dive education. ​ . . . ​ OMG! Thank you both. It’s rare to have such an experience with such people! I hope that every bubble that is exhaled and floats gently to the sun, from your students, brings you satisfaction and happiness – I know that we will think of you – and the kindness and love we felt – with every bubble and exhale :-) thank you. ​ . . . ​ Thank you so much for all the time you spent teaching me how to dive. This has been the most amazing experience and I am so thankful to have had you as my teacher! Your humor and positive vibes truly put the cherry on top of this whole learning process. You're an amazing teacher. Thank you, thank you, thank you! ​ . . . ​ Thank you so much for last weekend. It was a fantastic experience, and I learned a great deal from you... I can't wait to get back in the water and thank you again for helping make this experience so [cool]. ​ . . . ​ Thank you for all you did these past weeks. You not only taught us well, you made it fun! I enjoyed your sense of humor, it's twisted like mine! Your stories of your experiences we're great also... Being the Old Guard of the bunch, you made me feel very comfortable and at ease. I am sure our paths will cross in the near future. ​ . . . ​ I just received your recent Diver Roll Call email and it compelled me to reach back out to you. I started my scuba journey by attending your open water course about a year ago, last July. Since then, I've done about 11 more dives and also got my Advanced Open Water certification while abroad in Indonesia. Having started my diving in the Channel Islands, it really surprised me how different tropical/warm water diving was and really helped build an appreciation for the training I had and the conditions for which I learned (e.g. colder water, strong currents, lower visibility). So first of all, I just wanted to thank you again for the awesome instruction... Anyways, long story short, I don't think I would have had nearly as good of a time on my trip if I didn't have the training that you provided. My friend, who was certified in Northern California, had a less than ideal Open Water training, and it actually showed as he did not seem nearly as comfortable or confident in the water. After sharing our stories, it was evident that I received the higher quality training. So thank you for that and I apologize for waiting a year to share that with you! ​ . . . ​ Thank you both so much for the wonderful experience. You both have made the learning experience far greater than I could have ever imagined. You both have shown me a wonderful world I have never known fully about, so I just want to thank you both so much for everything. Wonderful, wonderful experience... ​ ​ JOIN US Would you like to join the atabardivers.com email list or join one of our classes? Please contact us . We will send you an occasional email about upcoming events and posts. We can also communicate fluently in Korean. 한국어에 능통합니다. ​

  • Videos | ATA/BAR Divers

    Videos We have posted a smattering of dive trip videos on YouTube. Check out the ATA/BAR DIVERS YouTube Channel or click the links below. California Diving: Santa Cruz Island Bonaire Diving: Day & Night Riviera Maya, Mexico: Diving Cenotes with Beyond Diving Honduras: Diving Roatan with CoCo View Resort Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 Underwater Video Examples Mexico: Diving Cozumel with Blue XT~Sea Diving. 2018 PADI Women's Dive Day @ Channel Islands Nat'l Park PADI Tec Series training dives with Horizon Divers aboard the ex-USS Spiegel Grove in Key Largo, Florida. Check out the underwater world off the coast of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Diving Guanaja: Bay Islands, Honduras (2021) Florida Diving: Boynton Beach (2020) Red Sea, Egypt: Unexpected Swim with Dolphins California Diving: The Channel Islands Florida: Dive on the Ex-Spiegel Grove Honduras: Diving Guanaja with Clearwater Paradise Resort Mexico: Diving Socorro Islands with Nautilus Belle Amie Hawaii: Diving Ni'ihau with Fathom Five Divers $5 Dive Flashlight: Too Good to be True? Indonesia Diving: Wakatobi Dive Resort When a green sea turtle passes a scuba diver, there is clearly a mission ahead! Watch what happens. Florida: Lionfish hunting in Panama City. The DUSLATE MINI: World's First Electronic Diving Slate Kailua-Kona HI: The Manta Ray Waltz Taveuni, Fiji: Taveuni Dive Resort

  • Review: Scurfa Watches | ATA/BAR Divers

    Scurfa Watches: Made for Deep Divers with Shallow Pockets Bottom Line : Every once in a while we run across a product that we want to tell everyone about. So is the case with Scurfa Watches and its Diver One watch: Traditional, sturdy, beefy, dense, easy to read, and well priced. We were recently in the market for a dive watch—something traditional, sturdy, beefy, dense, easy to read, and not too expensive. Consumer market research began and we happened upon some outstanding reviews of Scurfa Watches . Yes, Scurfa . We were particularly intrigued by the watch’s reasonable price and the company’s story . We whittled down the competition to two timepieces: (1) The incomparable Citizen Promaster Diver , and (2) The Scurfa Diver One . We decided to go with the relative newbie to the watch market and we couldn’t be happier. Among its many outstanding features, the Diver One is rated to 1,000 feet and has a domed sapphire crystal that makes reading time underwater a breeze. The second-hand is prominent—particularly helpful for dive instructors when conducting timed scuba training exercises. It’s solid, attractive, and classic design gets lots of compliments on dive boats. (It even looks good on a female diver’s wrist.) The watch’s rubber band is sufficiently large enough to work with a 7mm wetsuit. The Scurfa line of dive watches continues to expand with its latest offering, the striking Bell Diver 1 , with a rated depth of 1,640 feet. It’s price point is higher than the Diver One, but its unique look deserves your look. If you are in the market for a classic dive watch but have pockets that aren’t as deep as you dive, we suggest you give Scurfa some serious consideration. ​ This product review is solely the opinion of ATA/BAR DIVERS as a product consumer and is provided without compensation, affiliation or consideration of any kind. Figure 1. The Scurfa Diver One. Figure 2. Caseback of the Scurfa Diver One. Figure 3. Profile of the Scurfa Diver One.

  • Review: The $5 Flashlight | ATA/BAR Divers

    The $5 Underwater Flashlight: Too Good to be True? Bottom Line : Sold by dozens of eBay retailers and frequently labeled "Shallow Light," how does this $5 US flashlight hold up under real diving conditions? We tested it out against our beloved UK Aqualite-S 20°. Good to 90 feet, you'll find the illumination produced by Shallow Light to be marginal; its finicky switch sometimes misbehaves. If you're a diver operating without a flashlight, this can be a first step in illuminating your underwater world during casual dives when lighting is optional. Scuba can be an expensive sport, but that doesn’t mean divers are opposed to finding a good deal, but sometimes deals seem too good to be true. If you have ever check out scuba gear on eBay, you might have run across a slew of “underwater dive lights” selling for $5 or less, shipping included. We had to check it out. (Click here for a direct link to this eBay search criteria.) For this test, we purchased two identical flashlights for under $5 each. On a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, the light accompanied us on a dozen dives to a maximum depth of 90 feet (27 meters). ​ With a light stamped “Shallow Light,” expectations were not high about it surviving nearly three atmospheres of pressure, but the light did not leak. ​ During the dives, we did a side-by-side comparison in dark crevices and caverns against our beloved and often-used dive light, the $170 US Underwater Kinetics Aqualite-S 20° with a rated output of 500 lumen on high setting. Compare the light output from both flashlights for yourself in the attached video and image. ​ Durability may be an issue with the so-called “Shallow Light." Something happened with the switch on one of our flashlights and it no longer works, but the LED assembly works fine in the other flashlight we purchased. ​ If you are a diver who has yet to purchase a dive light, the “Shallow Light” is a so-so, low-cost option to illuminating the nooks and crannies of our underwater world. ​ Off-brand dive torches are nothing more than a novelty item. Only use a $5 dive light when illuminating the way is for fun, never when lighting is required for your safety.

  • Links | ATA/BAR Divers

    Links Those of us at ATA/BAR DIVERS would like to share with you some of our favorite weblinks that we have personally utilized for anything from dive travel and operations, equipment purchases and repair, to diver training and tips. DIVE CENTERS ​ Ventura Dive & Sp ort California’s only full-service 5-star PADI Instructor Development Center where classroom, pool, boat and dive shop are all located under one roof. ​ Dive N Trips Located in Pleasanton, CA, Dive N Trips offers a wide variety of training opportunities from traditional PADI courses, tech diving, and scuba equipment repair technician courses. ​ TRAVEL DESTINATIONS/OPERATORS ​ Blue XT~Sea Diving Our favorite dive operator on Cozumel. Blue XT~Sea runs two 6-passenger boats with attentive, friendly crew members. Arguably two of the fastest dive boats in these waters. ​ Kohala Divers On ​Hawaii's Big Island, Kohala Divers is off the well-beaten path of Kailua-Kona dive operators. The 45-minute drive north is worth the trek. Dive known sites or ask the crew to take you somewhere new—you might get to dive unexplored areas and discover new swim-throughs. ​ CoCo View Resort Located on the Bay Island of Roatan, Honduras, CoCo View is recognized as the most returned-to dive resort in the world. No doubt it is, and there is good reason for this. ​ Clearwater Paradise Resort Located on the lesser-known Bay Island of Guanaja, Honduras, Clearwater Paradise is a full-service dive operation that offers exceptional dining, comfortable accommodations, and unique underwater topographies for experienced divers. ​ Belmar Apartments Located on Bonaire, Belmar Apartments are well-appointed with a full kitchen and can come with a pick-up and unlimited air or nitrox fills for your shore diving pleasure at two convenient locations. ​ Beyond Diving Experience Mexico’s Riviera Maya and cenote diving with Erik and company and consider advancing your training into sidemount, tech, cavern or cave. ​ Diver's Den Our favorite hangout in Panama City Beach, Florida, for lionfish hunting and exploring the Gulf. ​ Fathom Five Divers Interested in diving the waters of Hawaii's "forbidden island" of Ni'ihau? Fathom Five has an excellent crew that will make your trip a pleasurable one. ​ VIRTUAL TRAINING SITES ​ Utila Dive Center Our exposure to UDC has been limited to being virtual “students,” but we have learned quite a bit from Andy Phillips and staff through their extensive library of YouTube postings . ​ Steve Prior Mr. Prior is a PADI Course Director and has posted many helpful YouTube videos for aspiring PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. Scuba Nashville Are you a little rusty on dive tables? Scuba Nashville will bring you up-to-speed in no time with their terrific YouTube videos on this confusing, old-school topic. Alec Pierce Scuba Mr. Pierce has decades of experience in the dive industry and has an incredible library of videos posted on his YouTube channel, covering a variety of topics too numerous to mention here, but here is a taste: Regulators, masks, fins, booties, dust caps, clips... The list goes on. ​ Innerspace Explorers – ISE If you are a recreational diver looking to expand your general knowledge of the sport beyond your basic training, check out his long list of videos . German host and ISE founder Achim Schlöffel offers a wide array of tips from knot-tying skills and gear configuration to shooting an SMB… and much more for tech divers.

  • ATA/BAR Divers | PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

    PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course As a courtesy to local diving enthusiasts and potential scuba students, we offer this list of scuba class courses and schedules. These links reflect the latest information available from the noted PADI training facility on each class page. ATA/BAR Divers does not make or accept training class reservations. Please call or visit the respective PADI training facility to sign-up for classes. Prices subject to change —and classes subject to cancellation —without notice.

  • ATA/BAR Divers | PADI Dry Suit Specialty Diver Courses

    PADI Dry Suit Specialty Diver Course As a courtesy to local diving enthusiasts and potential scuba students, we offer this list of scuba class courses and schedules. These links reflect the latest information available from the noted PADI training facility on each class page. ATA/BAR Divers does not make or accept training class reservations. Please call or visit the respective PADI training facility to sign-up for classes. Prices subject to change —and classes subject to cancellation —without notice.

  • ATA/BAR Divers | PADI Open Water Diver Course

    PADI Open Water Diver Course As a courtesy to local diving enthusiasts and potential scuba students, we offer this list of scuba class courses and schedules. These links reflect the latest information available from the noted PADI training facility on each class page. ATA/BAR Divers does not make or accept training class reservations. Please call or visit the respective PADI training facility to sign-up for classes. Prices subject to change —and classes subject to cancellation —without notice.