Good Habits

Maintaining Good Diving Habits

Most scuba divers are taught certain habits and rituals in their entry-level courses, which they discard as small or insignificant details as soon as they graduate from students to qualified divers. Although many of us choose not to maintain these simple habits, we shouldn’t forget their importance. Wearing a snorkel You remember one of these — it’s that irritating tube that hangs uselessly on the left side of your mask. The clip is often awkward and gets stuck in long hair. It [...]

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Bad Dver

How to Handle Bad Diver Behavior Underwater

It was the dive of a lifetime. I was in southern Belize, invited to be part of a press trip by the country’s tourism department. We didn’t know each other, but the divers in the group were excited that the itinerary included a trip to Gladden Spit. I was assigned a buddy who was a stranger, but I knew from chatting with her that she was an experienced diver. The briefing outlined the strict rules governing whale-shark encounters in [...]

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Rash Vest

A Guide To Rash Vests For Diving

Rash Vests or Rash Guards or Rashies have been around for a long time and have quite a few benefits that aren’t immediately obvious…  While they may seem like an extra unnecessary piece of kit, a Rash Vest will help you in more ways than one and not all are made the same, so some are better than others, so let’s take a look at what makes a good Rash Vest. Origins Rash Vets are originally thought to have started in Australia for [...]

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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. 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. Small divers have [...]

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Diving Mask

Best Scuba Diving Masks

A comfortable diving mask with proper fit is an essential piece of scuba gear — it will make any good dive even better. Our 2019 scuba diving Gear Buyers Guide will help you find the best scuba diving mask to fit your diving style. Here is our guide to the newest scuba diving masks. Akona Breeze $35 | Akona Akona The injected silicone skirt of the Breeze has a double edge for a comfortable, leak-free seal on your cheeks and forehead. The quick-disconnect buckles swivel up [...]

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Scuba Diving Fins

Best Fins for 2019 Buyers Guide

There’s nothing quite like diving with a pair of powerful fins that are comfortable and fit like a glove. Our 2019 scuba diving Gear Buyers Guide will help you find the best scuba diving fins that fit your diving style. Apeks RK3 This tough, tec-minded find is built to take serious abuse, with rugged construction and stainless spring straps. That’s why it’s the choice of many public safety, military and Coast Guard divers. For all divers, the RK3 offers a wide, short, vented [...]

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Flying Sqiud

Marine Species: Flying Squid

We’ve all heard of flying fish, but flying squid? Let’s take a look at these astounding creatures, both in — and flying above — the water. We’ve all heard of flying fish, but flying squid? Launching themselves through the air, these astounding creatures have only recently been documented out of water as they cruise alongside speeding marine craft. Despite the rare sightings, flying squid are, in fact, bountiful across the world’s oceans. Many ocean-goers may have witnessed a flying squid [...]

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Shark

Sharks and Rays Added to Famed Conservation List

The world-famous Zoological Society of London (ZSL) runs a conservation program focusing on species that represent a significant slice of unique evolutionary history. The Edge of Existence program works to identify the world’s most “Evolutionarily Distinct Globally Endangered” species — hence EDGE. EDGE is the only global conservation initiative focusing specifically on threatened species that represent a significant portion of unique evolutionary history. The program aims to highlight and protect some of our planet’s unique and interesting species that have few close relatives. Most [...]

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Reef Safe

Reef-Safe Products for Body, Hair and Masks

While protecting yourself from the sun is important, the ocean needn’t suffer as a result. Here are some picks for reef-safe products for body and more. We all know that sunscreen is important, but the need to protect our skin and hair from the sun’s rays is damaging the oceans. Between 6,000 and 14,000 tons — yes, tons — of sunscreen washes into the ocean every year. Add to this body lotions, hair products, and, for divers, mask de-fogging products, [...]

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Wetsuits

How To Clean and Maintain Your Scuba Diving Wetsuit

Lingering saltwater, sand, silt and other unsavory liquids can wear down on your wetsuit or get it stinky in a hurry. To keep your wetsuit in tip-top shape and have it last as long as you can fit, it’s important to properly prep and clean it before and after each dive. Here are a few tips from our Gear Editor on keeping your scuba diving wetsuits in great shape. WETSUIT CARE — BEFORE YOU DIVE • CHECK ALL ZIPPERS to make [...]

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