Scuba Diving - New Jersey & Long Island New York
The Online Resource for Divers in New Jersey
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Navigating this website
NJScuba.net has hundreds of pages containing thousands of entries. Navigating all this can be a daunting task. The main sections are always arrayed in the white Tab on the left. Selecting one takes you to an intro page for that section. The Tab also contains links for the Table of Contents for that section. Below the Tab are various other links, for special pages or sub-sections. The Tab has one special feature: as you scroll down the often very long pages in this site, it follows you.
If you are not severely limited on screen space, I strongly suggest that you click "Load Sidebar", which will load the Table of Contents in a Sidebar at the left. The Sidebar duplicates the Table of Contents, with the advantage that it is always visible - no jumping back and forth. At the top of the Sidebar is a drop-down menu that duplicated the white tab. The Sidebar is independently scrollable, and you can open and close it whenever you like without losing your place.
In addition to the Tab and Sidebar, many of the gray header bars contain a useful link at the upper right. Most often, this is to the chart page that encloses the current location. This is something like zooming out. You'll see.
Where to Start ?
This website has grown beyond anything I ever envisioned when I began it in 1996 ( mainly just to teach myself html ! ) There are hundreds of different pages covering thousands of subjects. While I think everything is pretty well organized, that's still a whole lot of stuff. Where would I start? Well, based on my statistics, here are some of the most popular pages, and also a few of my favorites:
- SS Delaware - the most-dived shipwreck on the New Jersey coast.
- Hankins Wreck - some nice photos of a typical New Jersey dive site.
- SS Mohawk - some more photos of a different sort of shipwreck.
- Stolt Dagali - yet another shipwreck, one of the most popular in the area.
- San Diego & Oregon - Long Island's premiere diving shipwrecks.
- Artificial Reef Ecology - excellent article reprinted from New Jersey Outdoors.
- Reef Charts: Sea Girt | Shark River | Garden State North | Atlantic City | Cape May
- New Jersey Reef Program Overview
- USS Algol - one of the biggest artificial reefs in the world !
- Cranford Ferry - another reef, with a long and interesting history.
- Dutch Springs - where you will likely get certified.
- Classification - the single highest-traffic page in the entire website.
- Jellyfish - the second highest-traffic page in the entire website.
- Plant-like animals - take a look, you'll see what I mean.
- Water, bottom and coastal composition.
- Ocean Bottom fishes - check out the Sea Robins and the Sea Ravens.
Artifacts & Shipwrecks
- Anatomy of a Shipwreck - don't forget to check out the page on steel wrecks too.
- Commercial Fishing Vessels - what are they catching, and why do they sink ?
- Barges & Sailing Ships - you probably never knew there were so many kinds.
- Portholes - what's all the fuss about ?
- Polymer materials - read about the stuff your dive gear is made of ...
Dive Gear & Training
- Why Dive in New Jersey - Beneath the Waves
- Dive Training & Diving Conditions - what is it like, and can I do it too ?
- Spearfishing and Catching lobsters - need I say more, these get a lot of 'hits'.
- Digital U/W Photography - another popular page.
- Tanks - I don't know why, but this page draws a lot of traffic.
Directories, References & Regulations
- Fishing Regulations - I try to keep it up-to-date.
- What's New - not hard to figure out why people go to this page.
Once you find a subject that interests you, just dive right in. Everything is cross-linked with everything else, across all subjects, so you never know what you might find, no matter where you start.
Links & Stuff
Web Publishing Tools:
- Apple Computers
- Bluehost - excellent web hosting
- Apache2 - the world's most popular web server (free)
- Linux - the OS that runs 90% of the internet (free)
- HTML5 - the latest and most capable spec (free)
- PHP - server-side web programming (free)
- Perl - server-side web programming (free)
- Master.com - web search (free)
- TextWrangler - powerful text editor (free)
- LibreOffice - better than Microsoft (free)
- Windows XP - the last version of Windows I will ever own
- Virtual Box - run Windows XP on your Mac (free)
- Xenu - link checker ( Windows ) (free)
- ImageComposer - image editor ( Windows ) ( 182MB )
- marnav - loran translator ( DOS ) (free)
- Gimp - image editor & image map editor (free)
- FireFox - (free)
- Filezilla - FTP (free)
- FireFTP - Filezilla integrated with FireFox (free)
- W3C Validator - Check html & css (free)
- phpBB - bulletin board software (free)
Three things that this website does not use:
- sql database
OK, that's actually five. Those are all things I am quite familiar with, which is why I didn't want to use any of them.
This website is approved by Rocky.
( As long as he gets his dinner on time. )
I make no claim as to the accuracy, validity, or appropriateness of any information found in this website. I will not be responsible for the consequences of any action that is based upon information found here. Scuba diving is an adventure sport, and as always, you alone are responsible for your own safety and well being.
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unless otherwise noted