Tips for Equalizing

9 TIPS FOR A EQUALIZING WHILE SCUBA DIVING

Have you ever descended too quickly on your scuba dive only to find your ears starting to hurt? Or maybe your scuba ascent rate was too rushed and your Divemaster had to suddenly grab you just to slow you down?Although we know you want to make the most out of your dive, remember that a safe and controlled ascent and descent while diving is also important. So what can make an ascent or descent unsafe? How can you avoid [...]

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Humpback Whales

15 Facts You Didn’t Know About Humpback Whales

1) The humpback whale makes the longest migration between seasonal feeding and breeding areas of any mammal. 2) Orcas and dusky sharks are among known predators of humpback whale calves. 3) One disputed estimate suggests that there were almost 250,000 humpbacks in the North Atlantic before whaling began. There are now 12,000. 4) Following the 1986 global moratorium on whale hunting, humpbacks have moved from Endangered to Vulnerable, and in 2008, to Least Concern, with an estimated population of more than 60,000 animals. 5) Male humpbacks are the Pavarottis of [...]

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Blue Whale

The Secret to Diving with Blue Whales in Sri Lanka

The Blue Whale is the largest animal on earth. Tobias Friedrich Sri Lanka is one of the only countries in which you can observe the largest land mammal, the elephant and the largest marine mammal, the blue whale. At the same time. On an area no bigger than Ireland, the island state stretches in the third largest ocean in the world. Less than one hundred kilometers south of India and described in travel guides as the “pearl of the Indian [...]

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Yonaguni

Dive Into Japan’s Mysterious Yonaguni Monument

It’s rainy and windy as our group lands with hopes of experiencing one of the strangest places on Earth: the Yonaguni monument. This spectacular rock formation was discovered by divers in 1986, and ever since, its origin has been shrouded in mystery and controversy. Is the site natural or man-made? Perhaps a natural formation modified by humans? Or was it quite simply made by extraterrestrial beings that settled here and made some kind of weird landing site for their otherworldly [...]

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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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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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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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Discover Scuba Diving

What Every Scuba Diver Should Know About Training Agencies

What is better, a Ford or a Chevy? That debate has been going on for over a hundred years and will likely still be going on a hundred years from now. On scuba diving message boards and dive boats around the world you will find a similar debate. What scuba diving training agency is the best? While the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the largest scuba diving certification agency in the world, it is not the only [...]

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