| Dear Virtual Diver,
Our eDiving community is steadily growing and will surpass the 5,000
users mark in the next few days with more than 25,000 virtual dives
performed so far.
Welcome to the
new format of the eDiving newsletter. I hope You will enjoy it.
In the past few months we have been quite busy with few things: the r8
release of the simulator, launching DiveComputerTraining.com, releasing
the virtual dive site of the USS Oriskany and, last but not least the
preparations for DEMA Show.
I would appreciate if you could take some
time to tour our new website at DiveComputerTraining
and let me
know for which dive computer you would like us to create an online
Alberto Mantovani (aka eDiver)
President & CEO
Virtual Dive Site
|It took one year
to find the deck plans and 4 month to build the 3D model .... but
finally we made it happen. We re-sunk the USS Oriskany.
Read this POST to see the 3D model of the
USS Oriskany coming together and then take a virtual dive on her.
But note that the USS Oriskany virtual dive site is a PREMIUM site, and
as such it is only accessible if you have 5 stars or if you have the
The Oriskany Key is a TRINKET and you
can find it hidden in several dive sites or you can buy it for 300
Bubble Credits. But, as every other trinket, if you just keep it in
your garage, you will loose it after 2 days.
So, do you want to virtual dive the USS Oriskany? Find the Oriskany
Key, hide it somewhere safe (maybe inside the USS Oriskany ?) and visit
it at least once every 2 weeks.
for DEMA, at the end of October we released the version r8 of the
One of the primary reason for this release was to integrate into
eDiving the SCUBAPRO Galileo Sol
dive computer; so far the most advanced dive computer we have been
Currently the Galileo Sol is available only to few selected beta
testers (it does not show up in the market place) and we plan to
release it to everyone in January.
features of r8 are:
- Trinkets; you can now hide yourself objects in dive sites. Challange
your buddy to find your trinkets ... or just go and steal his/her
- Fishes Animation; improved animation for some fishes - starting with
- Scuba Tanks; now your tank must be re-filled once it gets empty.
Sorry ... but you asked for more realism :-)
Check out the r8 Release Notes for a more
detailed list of new features and fixes.
DEMA SHOW 2009
response from audience
November we attended as Exhibitors the DEMA Show in Orlando - Florida.
The theme of our booth was the launch of
our new service DiveComputerTraining.com.
While Tina, Tom and Mary were manning the booth, I was running from one
meeting to the other.
I had several good meetings with manufacturers and certification
Also, I was very pleased with the reaction of several Instructors and
owners of Dive Stores that indicated to me that they were going to
recommend our dive computers specialty classes to their students.
Inc., headquartered in Tustin, Calif.,
is an innovative company developing the leading-edge eDiving® scuba
diving simulator and the innovative
enables the user friendly exploration of our oceans by the recreational
computer-assisted SCUBA diving.
simulator is available for free at www.ediving.us
The DiveComputerTraining service is available at
We have been working with several manufacturers to integrate their dive
computers into eDiving and at the recent DEMA Show we launched our new
service DiveComputerTraining to provide
Online Specialty Classes for specific models of Dive Computers.
We have already released specialty classes for the Aeris XR-1 and the Oceanic Veo 100 and we are now
creating specialty classes for several models of dive computers from
leading manufacturers such as Aeris, Hollis, Mares, Oceanic, Scubapro,
Suunto and Tusa.
Our online Specialty Classes provide 3 benefits: a) help you to
research a specific dive computer before purchasing one, b) help you to
learn how to use your dive computer via an interactive and effective
learning environment with lots of videos, how-to examples, quizzes and
final test, and c) provide an easy to search online multimedia manual
of your dive computer.
The specialty classes are designed using the eDiving simulator and
contain lots of simulated diving scenarios demonstrating how specific
dive computers operates. The classes are accessible via the Internet
using a browser.
|While the Customize Your Tank Contest is
concluded, we still have a couple of Contests running and we are
planning more exciting contests for next year.
Here an update:
- Titan Rebreather Contest
There are 2 months left till the end of this contest and so far almost
800 tickets have been found (and lots of them are still hidden).
Which ticket will bring home a Titan CCR?
- Magician Dive Boat Contest
Magician Scuba is among one of the best dive charter operation in the
San Pedro area, offering single and multi-day Dive trips to Catalina,
Santa Barbara, San Clemente and San Nicolas Islands.
November is the last month to win a free dive trip aboard the Magician
Who will find the last winning ticket?
- Customize your Scuba Tank Contest
Congratulations to the 3 winners:
1st - keydiver321
2nd - tomgoosman
3rd - amarshall