Every dive boat or skiff is different and the techniques used may differ greatly from one boat to another, but there are some fundamental concerns and skills that should be considered when diving off a boat. Here’s a brief list of some of those considerations. Please feel free to add your own advice as a comment.
Feeling the chill of our temperate waters (or similar conditions around the world) many certified divers want to trade up from a wetsuit and dive in a drysuit. However, some are surprised to learn that it is not as easy as walking into their local dive shop and renting one to try out on their own. … Continued
One of the most critical pieces of scuba dive safety equipment is a good dive buddy. Sure, your own awareness, problem solving and ability to manage stress are vital, but if you get into a situation that is difficult for you to handle on your own a good dive buddy can take a potentially dangerous problem and solve … Continued
Diving is an extremely safe activity when the rules are followed and common sense prevails. Having the right equipment for the dive falls into both categories.
Life happens and sometimes that can mean months or years away from the water. After a dry spell, jumping back in to scuba diving can be intimidating.
Understanding the role fitness plays when diving Scuba Diving is often viewed as a hobby or leisure activity. One does not necessarily have to be in great shape in order to dive and one of the cool things about diving is that it is quite accessible. However, the relationship between diving and fitness does not … Continued
Depending on where you get your basic scuba certification and complete your first ocean (or lake or quarry) dives, diving from shore may or may not seem intuitive to you. For those that begin their diving experience from a boat, it can seem a little daunting to just walk in from the beach or pier. … Continued
Divers are often overwhelmed by the idea of assembling their own save-a-dive kit so we have provided a rough guideline to getting started below. Keep in mind, what you find useful or necessary may vary and by no means is this an exhaustive list of what divers around the world will need to bring along to be fully prepared for any hiccup.
Many people opt to take a course to learn to dive because they have a vacation to a warm water destination planned and want to get certified to dive before travelling. This is a great idea, but regardless of whether you are a newly certified diver or very experienced, it is not uncommon to overlook the importance of scuba dive travel insurance.
Much is discussed in regards to drysuits that help protect divers from the elements, but a crucial piece of gear is often overlooked. The best drysuits for fit, mobility, customization and buoyancy characteristics do not provide much actual insulation for the diver. This is done primarily by the drysuit undergarments worn beneath the suit. It seems odd, then, that many divers and dive professionals pay little attention to something that has such a large impact on the enjoyment of a dive.
Atomic Aquatics has initiated a recall on certain Cobalt Dive Computers. Although they hope the percentage of units with this problem is small, the defect is serious enough that Atomic feels it is necessary to recall and inspect as many units as possible to ensure customer safety and satisfaction. Fortunately the defect is easy to identify … Continued
Many divers assume that once they have passed the PADI Open Water course they have accumulated all the knowledge and skill that they need to dive and that those skills they practiced in the pool and demonstrated once or twice in the ocean under the watchful eye of their instructor are best left in the course. However, the Open Water course is really a license to learn.
Having a current, up to date PADI Medical Form is a requirement for all in-water training for PADI courses even if you are a healthy individual and/or already a certified scuba diver. The facility through which you are completing your training must retain a copy of this form. What does this mean? “Current” in this … Continued
While doing some scuba diving research on proper equalization techniques I came across the following information to help you have a safe descent. The Eustachian tubes, which connect the pharnyx (back of the mouth) to the middle ear, including the eardrum, are normally closed. It is vital to open them prior to descending in order … Continued