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Mysterious mediterranean marine artifact

Haven't had any luck in identifying this object found, at about 5m depth, just off Ammouso beach on Lefkada - some sort of pithos, or something left over from a war? Photos: 1, 2, 3. In a brief, snorkeled dive down, though it looks rather thin, the surface did seem to the touch to possibly be terracotta, and the four regularly placed, circular handles remind me of a pottery feature. Any ideas?
posted by progosk on Aug 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Scuba diving certification: At home or in the tropics?

We're planning to get scuba certified. Is it reasonable/recommended to do the first part of the certification (classroom and pool work) near home and then do the ocean dives when we're in the tropics? [more inside]
posted by purplevelvet on Apr 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Where to go on beach/scuba vacation, renting a house, w/in-laws & kids?

I'm looking for suggestions on where to go on vacation next summer (late July, early Aug 2014) with my in-laws and their kids. The criteria: 1) Within reasonable travel/flight time from Dallas, Texas. There will be four children on this trip, ages 1, 3, 5, and 7. 2) A house/apartment/bungalow to rent for around $2500/week to house 6 adults and the aforementioned four kids. 3) Good SCUBA diving for my father-in-law, brother-in-law, and myself (all with advanced open water). 4) Good beaches for my wife, mother-in-law, brother-in-law's wife, and the kids, preferably within easy access of the lodgings. Thanks very much.
posted by oneironaut on Nov 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Great White Shark dives in San Francisco

I'd like to see Great Whites off the coast of San Francisco, but reviews for most places seem shaky. Is there any one company that does this best? [more inside]
posted by Brainy on Jul 2, 2013 - 12 answers

How does scuba diving work?

Explain scuba diving to me like I am six years old. [more inside]
posted by karminai on Oct 3, 2012 - 14 answers

Silfra diving

Road tripping around Iceland in August. I am very on the fence about booking a dive trip in the Silfra fissure. Would love to hear from people that did it. [more inside]
posted by corn_bread on Jun 2, 2012 - 1 answer

Need help buying a diving board for some poor Estonian kids

Need help with some of the details of buying a diving board for some poor Estonian kids [more inside]
posted by LordSludge on Mar 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Can I scuba dive with extreme fish allergies?

Can I go scuba diving with extreme fish allergies? So, I'm taking a scuba diving class in a pool, mostly to get over my deep water fears. Now I'm thinking about getting my open water certification but I had some concerns. I have extreme fish allergies. Meaning if a fish bites me, touches me, or stings me it could cause me to have an anaphylaxis reaction (trouble breathing). That all given, can I go diving without troubles? Will I need special gear?
posted by snow_mac on Feb 29, 2012 - 18 answers

Tell me about Ambergris Caye, including lodging ideas.

Thinking of going to Ambergris Caye in mid-March. We were last there in 1998... how has it changed, for better or worse? And ideas of places to stay, preferably in or very close to San Pedro, with a kitchen? [more inside]
posted by valleys on Jan 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Learning to Dive on Great Barrier Reef

Recommendations for PADI diving instruction on a liveaboard in the Great Barrier Reef? [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo on Jul 9, 2011 - 1 answer

Where to scuba dive in June?

Help me figure out the best place to (scuba) dive in North or Central America at the end of June/beginning of July? [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon on Jun 8, 2011 - 1 answer

Help! I went scuba diving and now I think my head will explode!

I went scuba diving for the first time today-- I´m in Mexico, so it was at a resort. They gave us a pool training session and then took us out on the boat-- I believe our final dive was at 45 meters. The trouble is, I had a hard time equalizing my ears on the descent, and at the bottom I still wasn´t entirely comfortable pressure-wise. I kept going though (maybe unwisely) and felt ok for the duration. [more inside]
posted by lockstitch on Mar 20, 2011 - 19 answers

Where should we go to SCUBA dive?

TravelFilter: Looking for a tropical vacation spot with awesome diving and other adventures this spring or summer. [more inside]
posted by natabat on Jan 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Aloha people under the sea!

I'm in Wakiki for another week. Once my cold abates in a day or so, which diving center would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Jan 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Could we survive a dive into water from out terminal velocity?

Say a very light, very healthy person took a dive from some stupidly high altitude, and spread themselves out into a skydiving position so that they just reached their minimum terminal velocity. Would it be at all possible that this person could survive the drop if they landed in the sea, assuming they quickly rearranged themselves into a more streamlined diving position just before impact?
posted by insperatum on Aug 17, 2010 - 18 answers

Tulum or Cozumel or Both (and things to do)?

Tulum and Cozumel - which one or both, and what to see and do for an outdoorsy / photographer / SCUBA type... [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Jul 13, 2010 - 11 answers

Why don't hockey players dive like in soccer?

How come diving in soccer has become so prevalent but hockey for the most part has avoided this? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Apr 21, 2010 - 29 answers

Diving mask

Where can I buy a polarized diving mask? I imagine it would take out a lot of reflection (as with a camera).
posted by bright77blue on Feb 11, 2010 - 4 answers

Help a first time international traveler have a good vacation in Belize.

I'd like to get some recommendations on travelling to Belize. I'm planning my first out-of-country trip ever from the US to Belize. I have never travelled outside of the country before and need some pointers on international travel in general and travelling to Belize specifically. I would like to stay on Caye Caulker and visit the Great Blue Hole and a couple of cave systems. I'm perfectly happy lounging by the sea in a hammock with an umbrella drink, but I'd also like to do something fun or exciting I can only do in Belize. [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw on Jan 26, 2010 - 19 answers

Have 125 romance novels. What can I *BUILD* them into?

RedGreenShowFilter: I've got a bunch of crisp paperback romance novels I've scavenged from dumpsters around town, and I'd rather turn them into something than read or try selling them. What can I build using them? I'm thinking clear box tape instead of duct, so the corny covers will still be visible. Bonus points for something handy. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Sep 8, 2009 - 15 answers

Can't find a diving case ANYWHERE

Help! I am looking for an underwater case (Olympus PT-035) for my Olympus 770SW... but it seems to have disappeared from the face of the Internet! [more inside]
posted by aggienfo on Mar 29, 2009 - 4 answers

What to do in Belize?

TravelFilter: Suggestions for a trip to Belize? Activities/Accommodations/Time of Year? [more inside]
posted by Allenthar on Feb 2, 2009 - 16 answers

Where to develop underwater camera film?

Where should I get my underwater camera film developed in San Francisco (or by mail, if there's a good option)? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on Jan 27, 2009 - 11 answers

New Jack City

What is the (english) name of this diving technique? I know the Japanese name. [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Nov 30, 2008 - 3 answers

Active Holiday end October?

I'm looking for a holiday destination. Last weeks of October where I can hike (mountains), bike (atb) and learn diving (padi). No resorts or too much luxury, just basic accomodation. I'm alone so it would be nice to meet more travellers. Doe you have suggestions?
posted by beemsterman on Sep 23, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I keep from getting an ankle rash while snorkeling/diving?

How do I prevent an ankle rash from dive fins w/ socks while snorkeling? [more inside]
posted by squishy on May 19, 2008 - 3 answers

Diving the Oriskany

Diving the USS Oriskany - Has anyone been down to Pensacola to dive it? Any recommendations for a dive shop/charter, and or place to stay?
posted by gonadostat on Aug 20, 2007 - 2 answers

How do I get into an industry that I'm qualified for, needs staff, but doesn't want inexperience?

I'm looking for advice, thoughts and tips on how to break into a fairly closed industry (diving support), that I'm qualified for but have little experience in and no contacts in. Details inside.. [more inside]
posted by Nugget on Feb 13, 2007 - 7 answers

An island to ourselves

The Philippines — We want to get away for a while. I mean really get away. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Feb 5, 2007 - 10 answers

Heart murmurs and diving etc...

Whilst at the quack's for a check-up to do a diving course, he informed me I had a systolic heart murmur. I've googled (of course) but wondered if anyone else had experience so I can set my anxiety 'defcon' level appropriately! I have to have an 'echocardiogram'- potential problems for SCUBA? Thanks mefiers...
posted by Rufus T. Firefly on Jan 19, 2007 - 14 answers

How safe is scuba diving?

How save is recreational scuba diving? Need statistics to convince my girlfriend to dive with me. [more inside]
posted by bluejayk on Aug 30, 2006 - 21 answers

force fins vs. force fins

Are Force Fin-brand "slim fins" just as good for recreational SCUBA diving and snorkeling as the standard "original/dive" model? I like all the adjustable options of the slim fin, but I am wondering why every vendor - not just the examples on Amazon - show the more customizeably and sturdier looking slim fin as being $10-$20 less expensive than the original/dive model. [more inside]
posted by luriete on Aug 8, 2006 - 1 answer

Diver down...and out, with your help

I'm back at a job I loved, loathed and left fifteen years ago. What next? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Aug 2, 2006 - 8 answers

Is this homemade diving bell story credible?

A friend thrice removed claims that as a kid, he used to shut out the world by inverting a trash can, tying a few cinder blocks to it, and submerging himself in his parents' swimming pool. I dig this story... [more inside]
posted by Phred182 on Jun 26, 2006 - 34 answers

How do I tell if my future dive shop is a cowboy operation likely to kill me?

Are there any resources that track dive shop safety? [more inside]
posted by Amizu on Apr 10, 2006 - 4 answers

Prescription diving masks?

I wear glasses and I need a prescription dive mask for snorkeling, but I don't know anything about them. Anyone have tips or recommendations?
posted by smackfu on Apr 5, 2006 - 11 answers

Boaters, divers, sailors, lend me your (inner) ears

I'm exceedingly susceptible to seasickness. I'm an avid scuba diver, and I'm now learning how to sail. Both activities put me in smallish boats, and if there's any chop, it's only a matter of time before I am leaning over the side. I don't want my inner ears to keep me from doing things that I enjoy. Please share your tips on keeping your inner ears happy and your lunch down. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Apr 3, 2006 - 18 answers

Where can I scuba dive in Florida?

Floridian Scuba-diving Mefites, help! There's one full week left before Christmas, and I want to get in some diving in Florida. I'd especially be interested in finishing up my Nitrox certification (I just need to do the checkout dives). Help me figure out how! [more inside]
posted by SemiSophos on Dec 16, 2005 - 4 answers

Diving in the Southern hemisphere

Scuba diving in Thailand, Malaysia, Bali or Western Australia? Anybody got any views or experience? [more inside]
posted by asok on Sep 7, 2005 - 7 answers

Recommendations in the Solomon Islands?

I'm thinking of spending a couple weeks in the Solomon Islands diving this summer, and am looking for suggestions and recommendations of places to go, things to do, and people to see. [more inside]
posted by soda pop on Apr 18, 2005 - 2 answers

South Seas Scuba

Divers of Metafilter, help us plan our honeymoon! We are taking three weeks this summer and plan to spend part of that time scuba diving, perhaps on a live-aboard. We are thinking South Pacific and/or Indonesia, but haven't managed to narrow it down any further than that. Tips, suggestions, and warnings welcomed. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Apr 12, 2005 - 15 answers

Photos in Free-Fall?

On October 11th, I'm going to be jumping out of an airplane (with a parachute). I would like to be able to take a few pics on the way down. So, how in the heck can I do that with the air rushing by and the obvious distraction of falling to the Earth?
posted by moonbird on Sep 17, 2004 - 9 answers

Diving Patterns

In Olympic diving events, why are there a couple of streams of water converging on the surface where the divers hit the pool?
posted by COBRA! on Aug 26, 2004 - 5 answers

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