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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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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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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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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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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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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