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We abbreviate or skip buddy checks; we assume the air in our tanks is sound without checking. Some of these bad scuba diving habits are just sloppy, but some can lead to true danger. Here are five bad scuba diving habits and how to break them. Read more
Scuba diving vacations offer memorable experiences for all levels of divers, combining topside attractions with the underwater world.
Source USA TODAY Regina Edwards
Avid scuba divers can optimize their dive vacation with advance planning to determine popular dive sites and trip options and to prepare their equipment. Informed divers can identify the types of dive sites (such as deep or wreck dives) appropriate for their skill level and also plan land activities for their preflight decompression day. Read more
Everyone who scuba dives has gone diving off a dive boat. Boats come in all sizes and shapes and travel through both good and bad weather. Planning for your trip ahead of time will make your experience much more enjoyable, and equally important, much safer. Read more
Its time to think about all the wonderful places to travel to that may be on your bucket list. But you may be hesitating to make a choice to travel based on news headlines. Don’t fall victim to what we call, ‘Ghostbusters Syndrome’. Remember that great quote (altered just a little)? “Disaster(s) of biblical proportions. Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…
The allure of the underwater world has inspired many people to go beyond their imagination and discover what lies beneath the clear, turquoise waters in some of the most breathtaking places in the world. And sure enough, it is never disappointing as you see the colorful, astounding, and multi-faceted world of the open sea. Read more
A good Dive Accident Insurance Policy may be your best piece of safety equipment. Diving is considered a safe activity, however, in the unfortunate event of a diving accident. The cost of a dive accident can exceed $100,000. Having a policy will give you peace of mind so you can focus on one thing: enjoying your favorite watersport.
By Gretchen M. Ashton, CFT, SFN, SFT, NBFE
Travel to exotic diving destinations usually requires extended flights with multiple connections. Long hours sitting in airplane seats, lifting and pulling luggage, and varying food choices can take a toll on the traveling diver, but the dive trip is always worth it.
Divers will be more comfortable and help improve their blood circulation and travel fitness by standing and walking every two hours during flights and layovers. If there is space to stretch, focus on the low back and hamstrings. Drink water every hour including overnight flights. Being well hydrated is part of arriving at the destination ready to dive.
By Don Kinney
Let’s begin this article by stating that there is no United Sates federal law mandating annual visual inspections in the SCUBA industry. The federal law mandates a hydrostatic requalification for a cylinder, but nothing on an annual basis. The annual inspection program in the SCUBA industry was first reported in 1969 with a study conducted by the University of Rhode Island (URI). In the URI report they were researching safety concerns and documented the following in the study: