Feb 1 – Dive Tables
If you trained a long time ago, dive tables are likely very familiar to you. But those trained in recent years have had very little exposure to dive tables adn how to use them. Frankly, dive computers have evolved so much and make so much info available that dive tables almost feel unnecessary. But do you know why your dive computer reacts the way it does? Why certain calculations are even made at all? Many of us don’t, and even a basic level of understanding on Dive Tables can help bring these things into focus. Please join us for an hour while our Course Director, Brad Snyder, unpacks how and when to use dive tables. This is a fun night with no pressure. Just join in to see how it all works. Guaranteed that you’ll be glad you did.
Feb 15 – Drysuits – Yeah or Nay?
Join some of FNF’s Drysuit divers (and possibly a surprise guest speaker) as we look at whether a drysuit is right for you, various types of drysuits, and which one is the best choice for the diving you plan on doing. Needs differ greatly depending on whether you are planning on being a commercial diver, diving only up here in cold water or perhaps considering being a cave diver in Florida. We’ll also have an overview of the thermal layers that may be employed and some layering strategies that are good for various environments. All divers are welcome to come and learn the tips and tricks that make diving drysuits easier. If you’re interested in comparing the pricing of various drysuits and thermals, feel free to stick around after the Winter Wednesday and we can go over whatever you might be interested in.
Feb 23 – Wine & Cheese Night with Rick Stanley (Oceanquest, NL)
Please mark your calendar for Thursday, February 23 @ 7:00PM. You’ll want to join us at the shop for our Wine & Cheese with Rick Stanley from Ocean Quest Adventures in Newfoundland. Many of you have seen our photos, but hearing Rick share about the culture and heritage of Newfoundland and the exciting adventures they offer (both diving and non-diving) is a game changer. Plus, their new partnership with Canadian Geographic is incredible, and Rick will share about their non-dive adventure packages! Newfoundland may very well be your best choice for a family vacation!
Mar 1 – Navigating Between Physiological Benefit and Harm in Diving
Many practices have been offered with the promise of improving the physiological safety of diving. While some do, others have the potential to both hurt and harm. The adage “the dose makes the poison” frequently applies to diving physiology. This presentation will consider issues and strategies to help in navigating between risk and hazard and to optimize safety.
Apr 19 – Photo Editing – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Join this informative session that will look at strategies, Tools and Techniques for photo editing. We’ve all see that epic photo that we wished we took, but many of them have been “tweaked” by their digital artist to represent what they wanted the photo to communicate. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Our very own Shireen Nadir, a professional photographer, also published, will lead this session and share some valuable tips and tricks, including her love of Lightroom and other software that can help us photographers make a difference in how others experience what we saw!
May 3 – Specialty Courses Q&A
This informal session is a great opportunity to talk to some of FNF’s awesome Instructors and Divemasters about the specialty courses we teach and love. Whether you’re looking to talk about a specific path or goal, or just what order to take some courses in to maximize your learning, we’ll be here to walk you through your options, both here at home and what you can take on Float N’ Flag trips. We’ll talk about various courses and the dives involved. Many of them are likely more fun that you though and they may just end up on your summer schedule!