Capt. John, the Captain formerly known as handsome. Greetings from Capt. John, Tampa Florida 
March 2003 Circulation 2,425
 
 
Current Conditions Gulf of Mexico
 
Andy's Big Gag! Still Cold. Gulf temps are still in the 58 degree area, but the Gulf should be warming up everyday now. Gulf Temps should be near 70 by the end of March. Be sure to pack a wet suit.

March will begin the annual southern run of Mackerel, Kings and Cobia, so it is time to be getting your dive and fishing gear serviced.

Vis is good depending on the wind, so let's go diving!

Additional info at: www.scubatampa.com/faqsgdive.html

 
 
Crystal River
 
Glenica's Manatee!

Manatee at 3 Sisters

Manatees! There are still Manatees at Crystal River. But the heard will be moving out by the end of March. Thereafter 50 or so remain in the park all year round, but you have to look a little harder to find them.

If you have not been to visit the manatees, time is running out. Book a charter soon!

Additional info on manatees at:
www.scubatampa.com/manatee.html and www.scubatampa.com/manateefacts.html
 
 
Calendar
 
Capt. Joe's Bugs. Click to enlage.

Capt. John's (not depicted, Capt. Ben's and Pepper's Bugs!
March 2003 Keys Trip Camping/Diving (3/7 to 3/13/03). Last chance for Lobsters! Season closes at the end of March! See article in this issue for info.

Regular Open Water courses available most weekends in March to May. Go to: www.scubatampa.com/classes.html

Coming in June Cozumel Mexico.

See www.scubatampa.com/calendar.html for March to May 2003.

 
 
March Keys Trip 03/07 to 03/17/2003
 

Knights Key Campground

Come camp and dive with Capt. John, Capt. Ben Pitta and Capt. Joe Barwick at Marathon Key in March.

We will be diving everyday and most nights. Sites we'll be visiting: Spiegel Grove Wreck, Thunderbolt Wreck, Sombrero Reef and a host of others. Fishing, spear fishing and lobstering daily! Campsites are $28.00 to $35.00. Diving $25.00 to $35.00

Dive for the day or for the week. Certification and specialty courses are available! Info on Knights Key go to:
http://www.keysdirectory.com/knightskeycampground/

 
 
Training/Safety
 

PADI RECALLS RDP


PADI is recalling six versions of the Recreational Dive Planner used for calculating dive profiles. Errors by the printer caused inaccurate or missing numbers on these tables. The risk of injury from these errors is remote and no injuries have been reported.

All RDPs included in this recall bear the printing mark "printed in the USA," located on the back side upper right corner and a production code similar to the ones listed below. Only the tables with the following production codes are included in this recall. In addition, if the dive table does not contain a production code it is not included in this recall. The product number and production code is generally located at the bottom right corner on the back side of the table. The product number and production code consist of a series of numbers and letters resembling Product No. 60049 XXXPDJ2. The product number and production code may be transposed on some tables.

In checking the following production codes on your tables, ignore the first three digits and only check the last four.

Product Number Description Production Code

60049 RDP, Enriched Air 32% XXXPDJ2, XXXPDK2,
Table, Imperial XXXPDL2, XXXPDA3

61049 RDP, Enriched Air 32% XXXPDJ2, XXXPDK2
Table, Metric XXXPDL2, XXXPDA3

60053 RDP, Enriched Air 36% XXXPDJ2, XXXPDK2
Table, Imperial XXXPDL2, XXXPDA3

61053 RDP, Enriched Air 36% XXXPDJ2, XXXPDK2
Table, Metric XXXPDL2, XXXPDA3

66054 RDP, Table, Imperial XXXPDJ2, XXXPDK2
English XXXPDL2, XXXPDA3

66055 RDP, Table, Metric *XXXPDF2, *XXXPDG2
English *XXXPDH2, *XXXPDI2
XXXPDJ2,XXXPDK2
XXXPDL2, XXXPDA3


P
ADI will be notifying consumers certified after May 2002 via the PADI website, e-mail and other means. They will be directed to stop using the recalled RDPs immediately and bring them to any PADI Dive Center/Resort for a free replacement.

 
 
Other News
 
Photo by Kydd Pollock - Click to enlarge!

HAMMERHEAD GETS HAMMERED

From the November New Zealand Fishing News. Kydd Pollock was fishing at the base of the Ribbon Reefs in far north Queensland when he hooked a 15' Scalloped Hammerhead. After a fight of 45 minutes, the crew finally caught a glimse of the monster. As the hammerhead neared the boat, an even bigger Tiger Shark attacked the Hammerhead and tore it to pieces. While Kydd was unprepared to judge the size of the Tiger Shark that snacked on the Hammerhead, it goes without saying that the beast was considerably larger than the enormous Hammerhead. Look at the photo again, sends a shiver down your spine, does'nt it?

 
 
Cool Web
 
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