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Oases in the Desert: The Lakes of Arizona

Arizona is a state, which is prominent for its nea...

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Water: North Carolina’s Frying Pan Shoals

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Water: North Carolina’s Frying Pan Shoals

Recognized as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”, Nor...

Whidbey Island: Gateway to Paradise

Whidbey Island: Gateway to Paradise

“The Pacific Northwest, and particularly Whidbey I...

Diving Whidbey Island

Diving Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island, located in the northern section of...

Isle Royale: Wreck Diving Fit for Royalty

Isle Royale: Wreck Diving Fit for Royalty

The Great Lakes have many shipwreck “hot spots”: p...

Beautiful Central Belize

Beautiful Central Belize

Almost in the middle of Belize’s beautiful coast l...

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Kentucky Blues: Music, Lakes, Quarries, …

10-06-2014

Kentucky is known for Bluegrass music, Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders, Johnny Depp, Mohammed Ali, Jim Bowie, and Daniel Boone’s adventures exploring, but the one person from this...

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The Colorful World of Georgia’s Gray’s R…

10-06-2014

Off the shores of Georgia rests a diverse junction where northern and southern waters meet. Here, where nearby Gulf Stream currents carry a diverse amalgam of aquatic flora and fauna;...

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Santa Cruz Island

10-06-2014

Offshore Southern California are eight islands, which offer consistently fantastic diving, kayaking, and hiking throughout the year. Of these, Santa Cruz is the largest and is the most easterly large...

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Destination: Connecticut

Destination: Connecticut

10-03-2014

“It’s so cold, how can you dive here?”It’s a question that’s common place for experienced New England divers, and one that I fielded from a dive student’s father, far too...

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Oases in the Desert: The Lakes of Arizon…

09-05-2014

Arizona is a state, which is prominent for its nearly unparalleled natural beauty: every year, millions of tourists flock to its bounty of attractions and outdoor activities both tranquil and...

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Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Water…

09-04-2014

Recognized as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”, North Carolina is a state where divers, spear fishers, and anglers congregate to get some of the best R&R the U.S. has to...

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Whidbey Island: Gateway to Paradise

09-04-2014

“The Pacific Northwest, and particularly Whidbey Island, is extremely suited to be a location in a Novel.” Elizabeth George – Author and Novelist Whidbey Scenic Isle Way begins and ends with...

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Diving Whidbey Island

Diving Whidbey Island

09-04-2014

Whidbey Island, located in the northern section of Puget Sound, has an incredible variety of dive sites for different skill levels of divers and for different reasons and seasons. The...

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Isle Royale: Wreck Diving Fit for Royalt…

09-03-2014

The Great Lakes have many shipwreck “hot spots”: places where the tragedies have piled up over the decades due to wicked currents, foul weather and geographic constrictions. These hot spots...

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Dive Long & Help the Ocean Prosper

Roddenberry Dive Team - Trash Diver Contest
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By John Tapley

The ocean is an exciting frontier: silent and waiting. A diver’s continuing mission is to boldly seek out and explore new adventures and encounters within its depths.

To keep these underwater voyages going requires great dedication, forethought, and consciousness from its explorers.  Founded by the son of late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, The Roddenberry Dive Team (RDT) provides eager stewards with exciting opportunities to earn great prizes and help maintain a clean environment.

In partnership with the Green Diver Initiative, TUSA, Body Glove, Alaska Airlines, the Sheraton Waikiki, Oahu Visitor’s Bureau and Pearl Harbor Divers, the RDT has created an event which spreads Roddenberry’s message of stewardship and peace: The Trashy Diver Contest.

The photo competition, which started January 1 and will run until October 31, inspires divers and non-divers alike to join in environmental cleanup efforts by removing harmful materials from aquatic environments across the world.

Participation in the cleanup is a simple three-step process: Applicants must collect and remove any trash near or in an ocean, beach, lake, pond, or river, take photos of the collected garbage, and send the photos to .

Each sent picture counts as one contest submission and may be in black & white or color; scanned images should be at 300 dpi minimum and can be no greater than 1 to 1.5 MB in file size per image. Photos are welcomed from anyone, but contestants under the age of 18 must have a submitted form from a parent or guardian.

Every month, the contest awards winners with a Body Glove Long Sleeve Rashguard for Most Unique Piece of Trash Photo and a TUSA set (mask, fins, snorkel, and dive light) for Most Amount of Trash Photo. Three Grand Prizes: a Star Trek: TOS Phaser II Prop, a DiveQuest Aqua Tour at The Seas at Epcot® in Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, and a Dream Getaway to Hawaii for two (airfare and accommodations included) will be announced at this year’s DEMA 2012 show in November at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, NV. These prizes are determined at random order from a drawing; sending in numerous entries is strongly encouraged.

For more information on the Trashy Diver Contest, along with the necessary prerequisite forms and agreements, visit www.roddenberrydiveteam.com

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