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Hello, I am Charles Davis, a professional freelance writer that writes for the scuba diving and travel niches, and welcome to my Scuba Diving Nomad Post.

Welcome to The Scuba Diving Nomad Post

I am Charles Davis, also known as the Scuba Diving Nomad. If this is your first visit to my website, please visit my main page to learn a little about my background and why I am the Scuba Diving Nomad.

Scuba diving and travel are important parts of my life. Over the years, I started to write about my experiences and share some of the knowledge I have gained on these two topics. Originally, this website started with a scuba diving focus. Later, I found myself writing on other topics for other websites and even ghostwrote a few books. The more I wrote for others, the less time I spent on my own site. I am trying to make an effort to expand my own site now. To keep this site aligned with my writing, I added different topics here as well.

This page will show the scuba diving nomad post on all of my topics. You can click on the topic dropdown to go to the latest post for each topic.

I originally started freelance writing as a means to sell my photography. This was way back before the internet. You could make some decent money selling photographs to a magazine back then. The trick was finding someone who had a need for your images. Writing an article with the images provided presented a complete package and greatly increased your chances.

The Photo-essays

One section you will find here is the photo essays. These are a tribute to my early days of writing/ photography combinations.

I would also like to invite you to visit my Cooking to Impress website. I wrote a lifestyle book about learning to cook, it is not really a cookbook but more of a guide to get someone cooking. The website adds to the book.

Let’s look at my latest post here on the Scuba Diving Nomad.

World Ocean Day

Happy World Ocean Day

Has anyone else wished you a Happy World Ocean Day yet? It seems every day someone or another had declared a national day, there are well over 1,500. Some are trivial, while others bring attention to important issues. World Ocean Day was developed from a concept proposed by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development and the Ocean Institute of Canada back in 1992. Today is recognized by many countries and organizations worldwide including the United Nations.

In the 1960s and 1970s, water pollution was a growing problem, with our waters reaching crisis status. The Great Lakes became so polluted that it was unsafe to eat fish caught there, not counting the massive dead fish that washed ashore, and even swimming was banned in most locations. The oceans had dead zones and there were predictions that the ocean would die, and after that so would we. Steps were taken to slow and, in some cases, reverse the damage.

The oceans are still in peril, and we need to take steps to ensure the future of mankind.

Scuba Divers are Environmentally Aware

As a group, I see that scuba divers are a very environmentally aware group. Speaking from my experiences, I believe it is because we can see the impact man has on the undersea environment. You can dive hundreds of miles from land and still see litter in the ocean. The worst is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Located in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California, The Pacific Gyre, a circular current, has assembled plastics and other debris into an area larger than the State of Texas.

Great Pacific garbage patch

On a smaller scale, we can see how local conditions can impact marine life. Some of it is pollution, while others are using practices that are not sustainable. I have seen a healthy reef teeming with fish turned into a rubble field with thousands of dead fish because someone decided to use explosives to stun fish and gather what they could from those that floated to the surface. The act of Shark finning has been a major factor in the decline of sharks worldwide.  Shark fins are valued in some cultures for medical reasons or as a sign of wealth. Shark fin soup is a luxury dish in China and is used in expensive dinners and celebrations like weddings.

I will admit I do a nice shark steak occasionally, but that is different than having shark fins. The difference is sustainability. US-caught sharks are considered a sustainable choice. Shark finning is a world different and is illegal in the US and becoming illegal in more countries. Sharks are caught, the fins removed, and the shark is then dumped back overboard. Even if the shark was still alive when dumped back into the water, without the fins, the shark will soon die.

World Ocean Day


Embrace World Ocean Day into your Lifestyle

I am not a tree-hugger type, I believe we, as the human race, can create a balance between our lives and the life of the planet.  Overfishing of certain types of fish has reduced many to the point they are endangered of extinction. If we purchase fish species that are not endangered and caught using sustainable methods, there is no reason we can not add that to our menus. Taking steps to reduce our plastic usage is another big factor. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is primarily plastic, most of which is too small to be visible to the naked eye.

There are many reasons to protect the oceans, do some research and see what you can do to help.  There are many marine conservation programs looking for volunteers, even NOAA. In case you have not heard, there will be a new National Marine sanctuary soon at Lake Ontario.

If you are a scuba diver or plan on becoming one, there are over 30 organizations that offer special packages. While the programs are not free, they do represent a great value. The cost is much less than a typical dive vacation. Many of them include dive training as a part of their programs.  If you are not a diver they will teach you, or if you are, you may pick up some advanced courses. As a volunteer, you will assist with their conservation efforts. Marine Conservation Philippines is an example.  You learn and assist in scientific diving, food, and accommodations are included. You will have multiple dives each day, with days off to off gas. They charge about $500 a week.

I missed National Running Day yesterday; I had planned to start a running program, but the air quality was too bad. I still plan to start getting back into running, but when air quality is normal. Tomorrow is Coral Triangle Day. The coral triangle is the epicenter of marine diversity. The northern tip if the triangle is Taiwan Straight off the coast of the Philippines, the west angle is Indonesia, and the east edge is Papua New Guinea.  I will also be getting myself a pie, so I can celebrate National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day.