Scuba Diving

Snorkel Gear: Selection Tips for Beginners

July 26, 2016

Snorkeling is an easy and exciting way to explore shallow waters. Whether you’re pursuing tasty scallops in the Gulf of Mexico, enjoying a refreshing dip in a freshwater spring or exploring marine life on a reef, it doesn’t take a great deal of gear to get started. However, there are a few things to know […]

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Recreational diving vs. Technical diving

January 21, 2016

SCUBA diving falls into two broad categories: recreational and technical. Those who kick around reefs or maybe chase lobsters are participating in recreational diving, while adventurous wreck and cave divers are stretching into technical diving. Here’s a quick look at both: Recreational diving Recreational diving is defined as diving at depths no greater than 130 […]

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The Origins of SCUBA

November 14, 2015

Exploring the depths of water around the world has always intrigued mankind. And though successful attempts at breathing while under water took place in the late 1800s, SCUBA diving really began to come of age during and right after World War II. The term has fallen into generic use, but SCUBA is actually an acronym […]

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Lobster season accessories

July 19, 2015

As July comes to a close, many divers can’t help but think about the tasty crustacean known as the spiny lobster. Here in Florida, the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of July (July 29-30, 2015) is slated as the two-day lobster season, and the regular harvest season begins not long after (Aug. 8 this year). […]

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Three Considerations When Planning a SCUBA Diving Trip

June 29, 2015

As the summer heats up here in Florida, everyone seems to gravitate toward the water. For many people, SCUBA diving offers more than just a way to cool off, it’s a chance to explore a different world. About 3.5 million Americans participate in open-water SCUBA diving, according to statistics from the Diving Equipment and Marketing […]

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Solar Panels Warm Water for Pool at Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure

March 17, 2015

Customers who venture beyond the palmetto-filled parking lot and through the dive shop know that the Bill Jackson Shop for Adventure has a 100,000-gallon pool for swimming, paddling and scuba diving. What most people don’t know is that Bill Jackson’s warms all that pool water in a most eco-friendly manner: solar panels.  

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Snorkeling Essentials

June 11, 2014

In the snorkeling world, the most common equipment used is mask, snorkel and fins. But  when it comes to snorkeling people often forget essential parts of their equipment, a snorkeling vest and weights. Snorkeling Essentials Masks are very important as well as your snorkel, fins, weights and snorkel vest. Needless to say, the masks helps […]

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When Disaster Struck…

May 12, 2014

This past Saturday, May 10, Bill Jackson’s Women’s Dive Team set out on a spear fishing dive for the Lionfish Round-Up Tournament. We were excited to set out on this adventure as it was our first tournament as a team. As we headed out on our 25 foot boat we thought the conditions were going […]

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Blue Water Explorers Dive Trip

May 7, 2014

I’ve been asked to write a little about our upcoming trip with Blue Water Explorers down in Bradenton, Florida on Sunday June 29, 2014. I think in order to do that, a little bit about their history is in order. Blue Water Explorers and the SCUBA Shack has been scuba diving and spear fishing in […]

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The Truth About Sharks

June 24, 2013

Just like Bill did with his first article, we hope to bring you a fun, entertaining, and informative column dealing with the wonderful world that is SCUBA diving. For this edition, I wanted to talk about one of the most misunderstood creatures of the deep, the SHARK!!!!! *Queue the Jaws music*… So what exactly is […]

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