Ocean Souvenirs

Ocean Souvenirs to Avoid

We’ve all been tempted to purchase keepsakes when a dive or vacation destination is particularly memorable. But these ocean souvenirs are best left off your shopping list. When visiting a tropical location, souvenirs such as coral jewellery and seashells are ubiquitous. And, as divers, we may be tempted to purchase one as a keepsake or reminder of a, particularly fantastic trip. Despite this, it’s best to leave these marine-derived items off your shopping list and avoid these common ocean souvenirs. Shark [...]

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Buddy System

SCUBA DIVING BUDDY SYSTEM

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SCUBA DIVING BUDDY SYSTEM Scuba diving culture is known for being friendly and fun, so of course it makes sense that the best way to dive is with the buddy system, where two divers stick together and look out for one another during their dive. Regular dive buddies often become lifelong friends who share incredible memories of living life underwater. After all, seeing that eagle ray or elusive mola mola fish is more fun when you have someone [...]

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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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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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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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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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