Crystal River & Updates

Hello Divers,

Mark and Forrest have just returned from our Crystal River, FL trip.  The weather was beautiful, probably too beautiful.  

When it is warm outside the Manatee disperse quickly.  We spent most of our time out of the water in t-shirts and shorts.  The group was able to spend a lot of time in the water on SCUBA in King Spring in Crystal River and we even did a two hour drift dive down the Rainbow River.  

It was very comfortable in and out of the water and on Sunday we were able to swim with this Manatee.

Upcoming Trips
SSDS has many trip options in the next few months.  All of these listed have availability right now.  If you are wanting to go, please let us know quickly because we are selling them every day. 

March 12-19, 2011 Utila, Honduras Live Aboard
May 13-15, Shallow Water Wreck Diving, Panama City
May 20-22 Oriskany, Orange Beach, AL
June 4-11, 2011 Bonaire
June & July Orange Beach, AL & Panama City, FL Spearfishing (every weekend)
September 17-24, 2011 Fiji
March 17-24, 2012 Cayman Islands Liveaboard

Get the details on these trips ==> HERE

Continuing Education
March 5th, 9:30 am at The SCUBA School, Enriched Air NITROX
Have you ever dreamed of having longer no-decompression limits to take pictures or explore a wreck? Did you ever want to be safer while diving concerning the potential risk of decompression sickness?

Nitrox is the key. Due to the reduced fraction of nitrogen in your breathing gas, your body will have less work and the de saturation times will be reduced.

In your ENRICHED AIR NITROX program you will learn all the necessary rules for planning dives with Nitrox and using Nitrox in a safe way. An important key point in the entire program is analyzing your own tank prior to any Nitrox dive.

April 23 and May 1st, Stress and Rescue Course
Stress is a major contributor to rescue situations and diving accidents. Through this course you will learn accident prevention, as well as how to handle problem situations if they occur.

The program is about avoiding, recognizing and solving problems on the surface and under water. The course runs two - four days in which you will participate in academic and in-water sessions in the pool and in the open water. As a prerequisite for certification you will also earn CPR & First Aid certificate during this course.


* What Is Stress?
* Stress In Diving:Causes And Prevention
* Detecting And Dealing With Stress
* Accident Management
* Skills Needed To Deal With Panic And Rescues
* Conditions That Complicate Rescues

Forrest Phillips
Southern Skin Divers Supply
4515 5th Ave South
Birmingham, AL   35222


Diving Today

Hello Divers,
Today the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Dive team which is headquartered at Southern Skin Divers Supply got to do  some diving up on the Warrior river. Here are some photos from today and the BMW SUV that was recovered. The water was a balmy 54 degrees.
This past November, Tom Massie (host of The Outdoor Channel's Gold Fever), came by The SCUBA School while filming a show about diving for Gold and Relics in Alabama. The show features my Dad, Steve Phillips, talking about the history that has been found and preserved by divers in Alabama. He also explains why the freedoms to find these artifacts should not be infringed upon.

The show airs again Saturday February 26 at 11:00 AM. The Outdoor Channel is on Dish Network channel 396 and on Direct TV, not sure which channel. Tune in to see part of the largest collection of War Between the States (the American Civil War) artifacts and relics in private hands in the US. For more info check here ==> Incredible Odds

Spencer Phillips
Southern Skin Divers Supply
4515 5th Ave South
Birmingham, AL   35222