PADI’s Online Open Water Diver Program

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A sales professional residing in New York, Michael Schamis is an avid sports fan. In addition to following the professional sports teams from his hometown of Chicago, Michael Schamis enjoys scuba diving in his spare time and maintains a membership with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).

PADI has provided more than 24 million people with scuba diving certification worldwide. This accomplishment correlates with its educational programming that includes an eLearning platform. Among the courses available online is the PADI Open Water Diver course.

The PADI Open Water Diver class allows students to complete the knowledge development section through an online portal at their own convenience. The interactive program consists of a course manual and video instruction, which cover diving principles, facts, and concepts. To ensure all students thoroughly understand the curriculum, the course includes short quizzes to test comprehension. Completion of the online component, along with in-person open water dives that can take as little as three days to finish, results in PADI certification.

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Galicia’s Seafood Tradition in Northwest Spain


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New Jersey entrepreneur Michael Schamis is experienced in diverse areas of marketing. He most recently provided regulatory consulting services to Registered Investment Advisors all over the United States. Michael Schamis has a passion for travel and exploring new cuisines, and loves cooking dishes from countries such as France, Italy, and Spain.

One of the distinctive food regions of Spain is Galicia, which occupies the northwest corner of the country, above Portugal. The rainy province is well known for its hearty stews, such as caldeirada, which is made with white fish, potatoes, and vegetables. Other popular dishes feature freshly caught seafood such as mussels, scallops, and oysters.

A particular local delicacy is pulpo a la gallega, also known as polbo à feira, which is made with octopus and potatoes. The dish involves simmering octopus in a pan for half an hour and then cooking the potatoes in the same liquid. The potatoes and octopus are then sliced and drizzled with olive oil. Finally, paprika, cayenne pepper, and rock salt are sprinkled on top, which gives the dish some spice.

Reasons to Visit the Finger Lakes of New York

Experienced in the fields of business development and communications, Michael Schamis pursues in his free time a wide range of interests, including travel. Among the many places Michael Schamis enjoys traveling is the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Located in the western part of New York State, the Finger Lakes region is a popular destination for people who want to relax and get away from it all. Known particularly for its wineries, the region gives visitors the option of following established wine-tour routes or simply visiting whichever wineries interest them. Many of the wineries themselves also serve delicious foods prepared with locally grown ingredients.

Outside of the attractions of good wine and food, the Finger Lakes region offers a beautiful outdoor setting to explore. The lakes themselves allow for plenty of recreational opportunities, and waterfalls and gorges in the region make for impressive displays of natural beauty. With more than 25 state parks in the area, there are plenty of options for visitors who want to get closer to nature and enjoy many types of outdoor recreation, including hiking and boating.

Michael Schamis- Wine Spectator’s 100-Point Scale

The recipient of a master of business administration in sports and entertainment management from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University, Michael Schamis currently serves as a sales associate with Mister Wright Fine Wines and Spirits on the Upper East Side of New York City. In this role, Michael Schamis aids people in selecting wines, including those ranked 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale.

Considered one of the world’s leading wine experts, Wine Spectator magazine assists customers by grading wines on a 100-point scale. The periodical’s professionals judge each wine based on its quality compared to other wines at their peak. Those scoring between 50 and 74 are “not recommended,” while bottles with a 95 to 100 ranking are deemed “classic: a great wine.” The other scores represent a range that runs from “mediocre” to “outstanding.”

To arrive at these scores, tasters adhere to a strict set of judging procedures. Wine tastings occur in private rooms with optimum temperature and humidity levels, and begin with the tasters trying a previously judged wine as a reference point. Subsequently, they go on a blind flight of between 20 and 30 wines organized by coordinators based on varietal, region, or appellation. While tasters learn the type of wine and vintage, they do not receive additional information related to cost or vintner. Although they generally taste each wine once, particularly poor-scoring and great-scoring wines are tried again to verify the initial reaction. Wine Spectator posts the final score on its website or in an upcoming issue of the magazine; the organization may also include a tasting note or a range of years to start drinking the wine so that consumers experience it at its best.

Pippin Revival on Broadway

Michael Schamis possesses diverse experience in areas such as newspaper photography editing, business development, and consulting services. He has worked with companies such as 5W Public Relations, Empire Divers, and MarketCounsel. In his free time, Michael Schamis enjoys attending Broadway shows in New York.

New York theatregoers can see the first Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz’s musical Pippin at the Music Box Theatre through January 4th, 2015. Directed by Diane Paulus, this production has already earned four Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical Revival, and it includes fantastic acrobatics and Bob Fosse-style choreography.

The musical Pippin presents the story of a young prince named Pippin who seeks adventure by going to war. However, he meets a troupe of acrobatic performers, and the Leading Player convinces him to kill his father, King Charles, and seize the throne. Repenting, Pippin beseeches the Leading Player to restore his father to life, which she does. This leaves Pippin to choose between living a peaceful life with the widow Catherine with whom he fell in love or to continue on with the magical troupe of acrobats.

How to Find a Good Book to Read

Michael Schamis currently works as a sales associate with Mister Wright Fine Wines and Spirits in New York City. In his free time, Michael Schamis enjoys relaxing and expanding his knowledge by reading.

The benefits of frequent reading range from improved memory to the simple pleasure of enjoying a good story. Finding a compelling book to read, however, can be difficult. The website is one of many that provide readers with suggestions based on authors and titles similar to works they have read before.

Other websites, like, take a more general approach to making reading suggestions. The website, a favorite among book clubs, students, and publishers alike, provides lengthy suggestion lists that range in subject from genre to notable upcoming releases. Finally, takes a reader’s mood into account prior to making suggestions. Users of the site can toggle between moods such as optimistic and bleak, as well as between story descriptors like unexpected or down to earth.

Chicago Bears Focused on Offensive Rebuilding in Offseason

Since 2013, Michael Schamis has served as a sales associate at Mister Wright Fine Wines & Spirits, located in New York City. In his leisure time, Michael Schamis likes to watch professional football, and he avidly supports the Chicago Bears.

The Chicago Bears have plans to keep quarterback Jay Cutler moving into 2015, his 10th season in the league. As his contract stands, he will receive a guaranteed $15.5 million along with further incentives if he elects to stay with the team through 2016. Last year, he threw for 3,812 yards, 28 touchdowns, and a passer rating of 88.6.

Chicago hired Dowelll Loggains as a quarterbacks coach and Adam Gase as an offensive coordinator during the offseason, and they have reportedly started the designs of a new playbook tailored to Cutler’s strengths and style of play. Additionally, the Bears have re-signed backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen on a one-year extension to help bolster the organization’s future success.