scuba divers

5 Tips for New Scuba Divers

I remember it like it was yesterday — my first open-water ocean dive. I was in the Bahamas, and intently listening to the divemaster’s briefing. He explained we’d be making our first dive at the top of a wall. We were to meet at the mooring at about 35 feet and then we’d gradually make our way to the edge of the wall, dropping down to about 90 feet. Wait, what? Ninety feet, as in 9-zero feet? I looked around. No [...]

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Dive Boat

Learn Proper Dive Boat Procedures and Don’t Be “That Diver”

10 tips Do Not Be “That Diver” While you do your Open Water Diver training, you are under the watchful eye of your instructor and maybe a divemaster or two. That training may have been all shore dives or maybe from a boat. If you had boat dives and shared the boat with certified divers, you may have a good glimpse of how to dive from a boat. You may of also had your first introduction to “that diver”. Every [...]

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Marine Conservation

PADI CEO Dr. Drew Richardson Talks Marine Conservation

PADI CEO Dr. Drew Richardson recently discussed his determination to turn the world’s divers into an army working for marine conservation. PADI CEO and President Dr. Drew Richardson heads up the world’s largest scuba-diving training agency, and he is determined to mobilize this huge network of divers as a force for good. Recently at the Maldives Underwater Festival he shared his vision for an army of ocean ambassadors working for marine conservation. In 2017, PADI announced a corporate philosophy that embraces ‘four pillars [...]

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Saving Air

Secrets to Saving Air while Scuba Diving

Do you use up air faster than your dive buddy? We’ve got tips on Saving Air Do you consistently run through your gas supply faster than other divers on the boat? Do you frequently have to end the dive before the rest of the group? What’s going on? And what can you do about it? First, you can stop beating yourself up over it. People are different. Those with slower metabolisms will — other factors being equal — use less oxygen. [...]

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Dive Vacation

Dive Vacation Planning

Many divers find that the only time they really get a chance to dive is on vacation. Either they live in a location where diving is not available year round or other things get in the way of diving. So we spend our lunch hour at work surfing the net looking for an inspiration of where to go on a dive vacation. For many people trying to decide where to take a vacation is a huge task, divers can [...]

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Specialties

Specialties and Advance Open Water Diving Certification

After you have your Open Water Diver certification complete, you will often have divers tell you what training you should take next. The amount of advice you get may be overwhelming. The first suggestion will be to take the Advance Open Water Diver (PADI) training or Advance Adventure Diver Training (SSI). This advice is well meaning and for many divers a good plan for additional training. As a OWD, you are certified to dive to the depth 60 feet/ [...]

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Reef Diving

Reef Diving, the Real Aquarium

You have been looking forward to this reef dive. You take a giant step off the dive boat and find yourself in warm crystal clear tropical waters. Soon you start your descent. Around you there are beautiful tropical fish trying to figure out who is dropping in to see them. You are headed down to a splash of color that extends as far as you can see. You have seen fish like these before when you visited an aquarium, [...]

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Cressi

Cressi Thor EBS Fins

Cressi Brand new design for this extremely effective and yet very easy to use fin. The special arched profile of the fins combined with the two central ribs promotes a significant flow convection effect, known as “spoon effect”, which stabilises and boosts propulsion. Two lateral holes discharge the negative forces typically associated with this area and at the same time make for enhanced stability. The blades are moulded from two different materials for improved reactivity. These fins are perfect for scuba diving, whether you are an experienced [...]

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Enriched Air Nitrox

The “Mystery” of Nitrox (EAN) Diving

While Nitrox diving has been used in recreational diving for over 25 years, there is still a degree of mystery about it. Even some misunderstanding what it can do for your diving. Because of this, many divers never undertake the short additional training that is required to qualify to dive Nitrox. Once you are training, diving with Nitrox only involves verifying the percentage before each dive. Nitrox is short for Nitrogen-oxygen, and is any blend of air where those [...]

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Drift Dives

Drift Dives and Currents

Currents are a strong factor in the quality of many a dive. Many of the best dives in the world are drift dives. Divers will descend to a reef, position themselves near the wall, then join the current and let nature propel them along the face of a wall. The views are generally stunning, the marine life varied and often large pelagic like sharks, barracuda and tuna are doing the same thing you are, except they are shopping for [...]

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