I hope you are able to enjoy so time time with your family today or over the coming weekend. I am heading out Sunday morning to start my return journey to the Florida Sea Base, so I am really looking forward to these last few days with family.
PETAR DENOBLE, MD, D.Sc.
Copied from the DAN @ DEMA brochure:
Dr. Petar Denoble is the senior director of DAN Research. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Denoble joined the navy in the former Yugoslavia and specialized in naval and diving medicine. For 13 years he was involved with training, supervision and treatment of divers in open-circuit, closed circuit, deep-bounce and saturation diving. His doctoral thesis focused on studying oxygen consumption in underwater swimming. He has been at DAN for 20 years and has been involved in the development of the largest data base of exposures and outcomes in recreational diving, the monitoring of diving injuries and the study, treatment and prevention of fatal outcomes and long-term consequences of diving accidents.
I attended two presentations made by Dr. Denoble during the 2012 DEMA show, “Chronic Diseases and Safety of Diving: Results from the DAN Members Health Survey” and “Sudafed, Viagra and Oxygen Toxicity”. (I commented on the second presentation in my last post.) The last morning of DEMA morning I happened to run into Dr. Denoble in the A-Plus Marine Supply booth on the trade show floor. I introduced myself, told him a little bit about the Florida Sea Base and told him I appreciated his presentations. This started a conversation that lead to my concern about youth divers and psychotropic drug use. That lead to Dr. Denobles interest in statistics involving young divers. He said he was very interested in starting a dialog. I am optimistic that this will become very beneficial for the safety of the Scouts diving at the Florida Sea Base.
My son is one of the corporate officers (and the music and audio genius behind) Rockshow Comedy. They will release a new Scout appropriate comedy DVD tomorrow starring Tim Hawkins. You can see a preview on their website or search “Tim Hawkins” on YouTube. If you go to www.timhawkins.net you can purchase the DVD, purchase a download, or both. The comedy shows are usually performed in churches and are very family friendly. This is a great gift idea. RockshowComedy.com offers a preview of their comedians, ticket sales, and the opportunity to book Tim Hawkins for your own show. Tim’s YouTube videos have had over 37.6 million views. Enjoy!
My son, Aaron, playing drums with the Tunafish Band in a 2008 Tim Hawkins concert.
SEA BASE – ST. THOMAS
Captain Rich mentioned yesterday that the Florida Sea Base will offer Coral Reef Sailing style adventures from St. Thomas in 2014. In response to one of the posted comments, there are no plans to include Florida Sea Base scuba programs in the USVI for the time being.
AMERICAN HEALTH JOURNAL
I have been invited to discuss the possibility of writing an article or blog post for the American Health Journal. I will try to follow-up on that once the Divemaster Academy has concluded.
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
PADI Course Director #39713