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Article by Doc Vikingo
Sea urchin punctures. Don’t you just hate it when that happens? As the name implies, punctures are deeper than stings because they stab through the skin. They can be small, like those from a sea urchin, lionfish or cone snail, to very big, such as the harpoon-like jab of a stingray, but they should all be treated seriously.
In some dive venues you can pretty much count on an urchin runin. Generally, with such punctures, there is initial intense pain that gradually diminishes over the course of a week or so with ultimate complete resolution. After tweezing out protruding spines, any remaining fragments typically will disappear through a combination of being dissolved and being encapsulated by fibrous material and forced to the surface of the skin. This can take months and there is nothing to be done to hasten the process short of surgical removal. The most important step over the healing period is to monitor carefully for infection. Be aware that urchin spines often have a dark pigment on the surface that remains in the wound after the spine is removed. This pigment does not cause pain and swelling, and should not be confused with actual spines and probed at.
Spines that have become embedded over bony prominences, within joints, or near nerves may result in complications. For example, significant swelling and pain, and even impaired strength and dexterity in areas like the hands and feet, can persist for many weeks. In these instances, surgical removal may be advised. In the event of a sea-urchin puncture, here are the steps you should take:
1. Immediately after urchin puncture, remove any spine fragments that you can reach. Tweezers can be used to snare protruding ends. Then carefully shave the area with a razor, which also can help in removing barbs. Next, scrub the area thoroughly with soap and fresh water, followed by copious flushing with fresh water.
2. The affected area(s) should be immersed in hot water (as hot as can be tolerated without burning the skin) for at least an hour and preferably more as this greatly reduces pain and swelling. Immersion can be repeated if pain recurs. Adding Epsom salts or other magnesium sulfate compound to the water may help in dissolving the spines and reducing swelling. Vinegar, or urine, are not of help.
3. Taking ibuprofen or a similar NASAID may further reduce pain and swelling. Prescription topical steroid creams may give slight additional relief, but often do little.
4. Finally, apply a topical antibiotic ointment, but don’t cover the wound. If infection develops, see a physician immediately.
BTW, there are anecdotal reports that crushing remaining spines by slapping them with a hard object has facilitated absorption. It appears that perhaps this has helped in some cases, but the fact remains that such a technique easily could drive spines deeper into tissue, potentially causing a problem requiring surgical intervention. It is not recommended.
The best advice is to always were booties in teh sea and avoid walking over the sea bed. At Turtle Bay Dive Resort we have a boat jetty so no need to wade through the sea to get to your dive boat
Announcing its ambitious target of 10 million visistors per year by 2016, the Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) said it plans to position the country as a “must-experience destination” in the Asia Pacific region, with the roll out of tactical marketing campaigns, promotions and other initiatives.
“We have a very high target for visitors by 2016, but believe this is achievable. We have plans in the next few years to work closely with the hospitality industry, by focusing on market development, hosting familiarisation trips, sales missions and trainings,” said Ramon Jimenez Jr, the Philippines’ Secretary of Tourism.
Attracting 10 million visitors in 2016 would be an impressive achievement for the Philippines, as it would mark a 150% jump in tourist arrivals in just five years. In 2011 the country attracted 3.92 million international visitors – itself a new record – and is expected to break the four million barrier this year. In the first nine months of 2012, the Philippines had welcomed 3.15 million tourists – up 9% year-on-year.
The recently-launched tourism marketing campaign, ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’, combined with increased air access, could make the target achievable. Resurgent national carrier Philippine Airlines, which secured investment from the San Miguel brewery earlier this year, has placed orders for dozens of new aircraft, while low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific is also growing rapidly in the international market. Both airlines are planning to expand into the long-haul market in 2013, with routes to Australia, the Middle East, North America and Europe being discussed. Any direct European services however, would be dependent on the European Commission removing restrictions on Philippine carriers, all of which are currently banned from flying in EU airspace.
The PDOT is committing to its marketing strategy. It recently created a new tourism video to back up the ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’, highlighting key tourism destinations such as Palawan, Cebu and Boracay, and is also creating online promotional games.
Have you palnned your Philippine vacation so you can experince "More Fun in the Philippines"?
Toursits from many countries visting the Philippines as toursist automatically get 21 day visa upon arrival. This can be extended if required without leaving the country.
On November 7 2012, The Bureau of Immigration (BI) assured foreign tourists who wish to prolong their stay in the country that the processing and approval of their applications for extension of stay will be further expedited.
Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. made this assurance after he issued a memorandum order transferring the agency's visa extension section to the office of the BI commissioner.
The visa extension section is responsible for processing all applications for extension of stay of tourists whose visas are expiring or have already lapsed.
It accounts for a large chunk of the BI's revenue collections as the applicants are assessed extension fees and fines and penalties are imposed on overstaying tourists.
David said he was assuming direct supervision and control over the said office to ensure that "all applications for tourist visa extensions are promptly approved or acted upon with utmost dispatch."
He explained that the visa extension section, which was previously under the immigration regulation division, will now be under the commissioner's direct executive supervision to "further improve efficiency, accountability and transparency" in the agency’s frontline services.
David underscored the important role of the visa extension section in helping government succeed in its efforts to draw more foreign visitors and boost the tourism industry.
"Thus, we should extend the most efficient service to these tourists, many of whom end up engaging in businesses here that generate jobs for our people," the BI chief added.
In his memorandum, David directed the visa extension section to continue acting on applications for extension of stay of so-called non-restricted foreign nationals, or those who do not need entry visas in traveling to the Philippines.
Applications for extension of stay by visa-required foreign nationals shall, henceforth, require approval by the commissioner or the associate commissioner to whom such function he might delegate.
Adapted from an article by John Brumm
Turtle Bay recommends te Aqua Lung Infinity mask - see review 10 below for details
Nothing dampens a dive faster than a mask that is uncomfortable or leaks. Finding the right mask though is a challenge. Strap on a mask that’s too big, and you won’t get a seal; if it’s too small, it will pinch your face. Stiff silicone skirts don’t seal as well as more pliable designs (plus a softer skirt is more comfortable). A buckle system that offers plenty of range of motion lets you fine-tune adjustments. And, of course, there’s a plethora of other choices: single-, dual- or tri-view lenses, clear or black skirts, and whether you want a purge. Check out our review of 12 new masks to find the one that’s perfect for you.
FOR LARGE FACES
1) IST SPORTS PROTEUS
» Lenses sit close to the eyes, decreasing volume and increasing field of view
» Push-button buckles make strap adjustment a cinch
» The dual-lens design accepts corrective lenses
This two-tone mask fits like a glove, accommodating a range of facial profiles. It also has a large nose pocket for easy equalizing and folds for easy packing.
Contact : istsports.com
2) CRESSI BIG EYES EVOLUTION
» Mask skirt made from a new high-seal silicone molds to facial contours
» Buckles that connect to flexible mounts on the frame provide strength and allow the mask to fold flat
» Lower lenses angle inward to increase downward visibility
This low-volume mask offers a comfortable skirt and a lot of visibility. The dual lenses will accommodate prescription lenses.
Contact : cressi.com
3) SEASOFT ULTRA DIVE
» Special lenses with Crystal ARC anti-reflective coating improve visibility and virtually eliminate glare
» The flaring skirt is a liquid-crystal silicone design that’s comfortable against the skin
» A choice of black and clear skirts are offered to cover any diving scenario
Seasoft’s top-of-the-line frameless mask comes with a soft case, neoprene strap, bottle of anti-fog spray and a lifetime warranty against breakage.
FOR SMALL FACES
4) ATOMIC AQUATICS SUBFRAME MEDIUM FIT
» Internal frame molds directly beneath the silicone rubber skirt for a durable, streamlined fit
» Lenses are removable for divers who need corrective inserts
» Distortion-free UltraClear glass enhances the underwater view
This bulletproof mask comes with a lifetime warranty against frame breakage, and includes a compact travel case for safekeeping on road trips.
Contact : atomicaquatics.com
5) MARES X-VU LIQUIDSKIN
» Skirt uses two types of silicone: a firmer portion for support structure and a softer portion for contact with the face
» Additional soft silicone is injected in the nose area to act as an anti-shock bumper
» New push-button buckle system delivers near-effortless strap adjustment
This mask capitalizes on comfort and throws in above-average field of view, a winning combination for smaller divers.
Contact : mares.com
6) BARE DUO COMPACT
» Face seal is specifically designed for women and children
» Low-volume double-flanged silicone skirt keeps water out
» Easy-pull button tabs allow for quick and easy strap adjustment
This scaled-down, lightweight version of a classic two-window design — with a soft and supple silicone skirt — makes getting a good, leak-free seal on small faces possible. Available with tricolor frames.
Contact : baresports.com
7) TILOS HAWK EYES
» Buckles not only fold flat, but they swivel up and down and in and out to optimize strap positioning
» Easy-access nose pocket is textured to make equalization easier
» Compatibility with the COM480 Gauge Reader Prescription Lens equals a clearer picture of the underwater world
This comfortable mask offers a soft silicone skirt and above-average field of view, especially looking down.
8) SHERWOOD SCUBA MAKO
» One-piece lens improves the view over the bridge of the nose
» Subframe design provides stability and enhances fit
» Virtual Pivot Point swivel buckles place the pivoting points forward for easy adjustment
High-quality silicone and a unique subframe design combine in a comfortable and economical mask that’s ready for any diving situation.
Contact : sherwoodscuba.com
9) SCUBAMAX NAVIGATOR
» Built-in purge quickly expels any water that seeps in
» Buckles swivel up and down to help dial in the leak-free fit
» Optical lenses from -1.0 to -8.0 and +1.0 to +4.0 diopter improve the underwater view
Classic dual-lens purge mask uses tempered safety glass, and offers a choice of a black or clear skirt, and a frame that’s available in a rainbow of colors.
Contact : scubamax.us
10) AQUA LUNG INFINITY
» Close-to-the-eyes frame design produces an excellent upward and downward view
» Double-jointed buckles offer both up-and-down and in-and-out movement to optimize adjustment
» Tiny side lenses offer just a hint of light to brighten the picture
This very cool-looking mask offers a deep downward view for making camera adjustments. Over molded rubber corners provide some shock resistance.
Contact : aqualung.com
11) TUSA M-211 FREEDOM ONE PRO
» Dimpled skirt pattern on the forehead and cheeks improves the seal
» Silicone thickness varies under the nose to increase flexibility when clenching a mouthpiece
» Stability ridges resist compression during descents
With three specific design features to maximize fit and minimize leakage, this mask comes with crystal view glass lenses with an anti-reflective/ultraviolet coating.
Contact : tusa.com
12) SCUBAPRO SPECTRA TRUFIT
» Narrow ribs molded into the silicone enhance skirt softness while maintaining shape
» Unique paint process creates a stylish powder-coat effect
» Strap buckles that attach to molded tabs on the skirt allow the mask to be folded flat for packing
Mask skirts don’t come much softer than this. It molds comfortably to facial contours, creating an excellent seal on a variety of face shapes.
Contact : scubapro.com
Adapted from an article by Sport Diver magazine writer
A modern regulator is an extremely reliable mechanism. So reliable, in fact, that some divers will take their regulators on countless dives and never so much as rinse them off. Yet they keep on delivering air year after year.
While this is indeed the modus operandi for the maintenance-challenged individuals among us, the truth is, a regulator is a pretty hefty investment, and when you spend that much on something it makes you want to take care of it. We’re not talking a major commitment here; we’re talking a few minutes after each day of diving following some simple steps to help extend the life and performance of what is really the most important component of your life support system.
5 Easy Steps
Here are the five easy steps you need to follow to ensure that your regulator will stay in top condition:
1. After a day’s diving, making sure the dust cover is in place, give the regulator a quick rinse with a low-pressure hose to knock off any big chunks of dirt, sand or salt.
2. Drop the reg in a bucket of fresh water or the bathroom sink and let it soak for 10 minutes or so.
3. During the soak, swish the second stage around in the water (without depressing the purge button) to get water flowing through the mouthpiece and exhaust tee.
4. Pull the regulator out of the water and give it another gentle rinse, making sure you hit all swivels and hose connections. This will require pulling back the hose protectors—if your regulator has them—so you can get at the connections to the first stage.
5.Give the first stage and second stage a gentle shake to clear any excess water from the yoke and the exhaust tee. Then lay it loosely coiled out of direct sunlight to dry.
As an added precaution, if there has been a long break since your last dive say 12 months) get your regulator checked and serviced by a professional before you pack it for your next scuba diving vacation
The Dive Centre staff at Turtle Bay Dive Centre can assist you with basic maintenance and adjustments to an Aqua Lung regulator; for more complex problems we will send your regulator to a qualified service engineer.
Based on article by DocVikingo
Look, Dont't Touch
Scuba diving is traditionally a look, don't touch kind of sport, but even careful divers can inadvertently run into trouble. By far the most common diving injury is the common scrape, usually from coral. Marine aware divers dive without dive gloves and many marine protected sites ban the wearing of gloves so that divers will not be tempted to touch marine life. So the chances of an accidental scrape become more likely to occur.
Types of Injuries
Irritations often occur as a result of a brush with coral or sponges. Coral scrapes can be painful and sometimes difficult to heal because the living organisms in the coral can get into the wound and cause infections. Contact with a sponge can leave irritating fibres in the skin, producing an itching rash that can range from mild to severe, possibly with pain and blistering.
Prevention & Treatment
Even if you're careful, it's likely you'll come into contact with coral someday. My first encounter with fire coral gave me an inflamed hand that lasted one week. If and when you get a scrape, here's what to do:
1. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Make sure your body is covered, even if just by a dive skin.
2. Regularly irrigate a scrape with copious amounts of vinegar over a period of about 30 minutes.
3. Apply triple-antibiotic to the wound twice a day for a couple of days.
4. Scrapes can become infected even with proper initial care. Watch for hotness to the touch, redness or red streaks around the site, swelling, discharge of pus, or fever. If you see them, contact a doctor.
5. Fragments of coral sometimes become lodged beneath the skin and the body mounts a prolonged allergic reaction to them. In some cases, debridement is required to resolve the reaction.
Even in the absence of embedded coral remnants, it is not unusual for a marked hypersensitivity response to a coral injury to continue for three to four weeks before significantly improving. Sometimes the lesion will resolve but then return.
If a scrape doesn't substantially resolve within a month, or gets worse, you should consult a dermatologist.
Worst Case Scenario
Even innocent injuries can turn deadly if you have an allergic or severe reaction. After any accident, watch for severe swelling, dizziness, blurred vision, breathing difficulties, weakness, muscle pain, cold sweat and a rapid heartbeat. If any occur, call DAN’s emergency hotline immediately. CPR may be necessary until help arrives.
The Turtle Bay Dive Boat and Dive Centre carry first aid kits that can be used for on the spot treatment; however the nearest large hospital to Moalboal is South General Hospital which is 90 minutes drive from Moalboal. So my advice to all divers coming to Moalboal, or to a remote dive location in the Philippines, is to make sure you are a paid up member of DAN (Divers Alert Network) so that expert advice is just a phone call away.
Adapted from an article by Jim Bartlett in Scuba Diver Magazine
Anyone who has taken a few scuba vacations knows that anything bad that can happen on a scuba trip is likely to happen unless you take steps to ensure Murphy’s Law doesn’t apply. Her are 5 simple tips to help you prepare.
1. Visualize Your Destination
Think about and research your destination for unexpected factors such as different line voltage, plug configuration, type of tank fitting. Consider taking things like power adapters, spare batteries and spare pins for your dive-watch/computer wristband. Note at Turtle Bay Dive Resort we can provide plug adapters and our tanks can take DIN or yoke fittings. Common batteries and some computer batteries are available in Moalboal.
2. Inspect the Gear You are Taking
Go through every piece of gear and inspect it carefully. Check dump valves on your BCD, test or replace all batteries, breathe from your regulators using a spare tank and ensure that your camera housing seals are in top condition by following the manufacturer’s maintenance steps. Note at Turtle Bay Dive Resort we have a comprehensive range of Aqua Lung gear available for rent just in case something malfunctions with your gear or you decide to go light on the luggage.
3. Use a Check List
Better to everything on a comprehensive check list you check off than to forget to pack something you really need.
4. Copy Key Documents
Make photocopies of passports, dive certifications, last few completed pages of dive log book, driver’s licences, credit cards, airline tickets and itineraries and pack the copies separately from the originals. Spouses travelling together should carry copies of each other’s key documents.
5. ID Bags Inside and Out
What if the luggage tag comes off in transit? To ensure airlines know who owns the bag and how to get the bag to you, put a copy of your itinerary (with name, phone number, hotel information, etc.) inside each bag.
Scientist Against Whale Shark Feeding
Dr, Lemnuel Aragones, a marine mammal expert, recently told reporters that, in his opinion, the feeding of whale sharks at Oslob is putting them at risk. He stated that the practice feeding the whale sharks could easily be mismanaged and abused. He claimed that it is the sound of the feeders knocking on the sides of their small wooden boats that attracted the whale sharks which are feed krill from dawn to 1:00pm.
Dr Aragones, who has been a consultant for environmental lawyers, said that the practice of feeding is conditioning the animals to be being fed and this may result in a change in behaviour. For me, the important word in this statement is MAY. In other words there is not yet an empirical evidence of adverse behaviour change.
Why are Whale Sharks Attracted to Oslob?
Scientists are hypothesizing that the whale sharks are naturally attracted to Oslob due to the upwelling in the area which brings nutrients from the bottom of the sea to the surface.
It was also reported that the president of Physalus – Dr. Alessandro Ponzo – that a study has been conducted in the area and presented to Oslob Mayor Ronald Guaren. The study was on the compliance with the Whale Shark Watching Ordinance and scientific data on the presence and behaviour of the whale sharks in Oslob. The Mayor stated that he has still to study this report.
Moves to Stop Whale Shark Feeding
Meanwhile, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (“PAWB”) Director – Theresa Lim - sent the regional environment office a directive to start working on stopping the feeding of whale sharks in Oslob as this was against the protocol on whale shark watching.
The Next Steps
Gwen Garcia - the Cebu Provincial Governor – reacted to these moves directed three agencies and the local government of Oslob to monitor within three months whether the feeding of whale sharks affects their behaviour. Gwen asked the meeting “Why do more whale sharks appear in Tan-awan?” She then instructed BFAR to monitor the waters and find out the reason behind this, so they can come up with a procedure on how to deal with the marine creatures.
The governor, though, believes there are many whale sharks in the area because of their basic survival instinct, as they feel protected in Barangay Tan-awan, Oslob. “First of all, I believe it’s the survival instinct of the whale sharks. They feel that they are now in a safe and secure environment. Second, the whale sharks’ food is there,” Garcia said. Garcia said even Dr. Al Orolfo, Protected Area, Wildlife Conservation Zone and Management Services (PAWCZMS) Central Visayas technical director, also believes that the feeding of whale sharks should not be stopped immediately since there is no empirical data that would prove that the behavioural pattern of the whale sharks has changed. Oslob Mayor Guaren said he does not subscribe to the thought that the whale sharks behaviour was altered.
Do Not Delay your Visit to Tan-awan, Oslob
Clearly there is mounting pressure from some organizations to put a stop to the whale shark feeding at Oslob. This activity is important for the economy of Oslob and for tourism; however, if the scientists can prove that the feeding practice is detrimental to the wellbeing of the whale sharks, we can anticipate that it may well be stopped in the future. Thus if you really want to experience seeing, snorkelling or diving with these magnificent animals, you had better plan your visit soon.