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STOP killing fish while on scuba Florida & worldwide
By: The REAL David Pressler
Diving Just a few miles from Florida are the Bahamas. If you have ever been diving in the Bahamas you will immediately see what you do not see off the coast [Read more]
travel insurance - pre existing conditions
By: Ed
Travel Travel insurance which at times can feel like a waste of money can certainly feel that way - until you find you needed it! One thing to keep in mind [Read more]
air travel planning
By: Ed
Travel No doubt air travel can add significant expense to those great dive sites we hunger to get to. Try your best to get the best deals possible when maki [Read more]
how to know if sharks are in the water
By: laurence wahl
Diving Heard an old Hawaiian way to tell if sharks are around in the water. Go to the beach or dive site and put your finger in the water. then taste it. If [Read more]
wax those zippers
By: Ed
Equipment Zippers are on all sorts of our dive gear be they plastic or even metal so it is a useful idea to get a small block of plain was and run the was bar o [Read more]
Inflatable dive flag can save your life
By: opulent9
Equipment Never fear getting left by your dive boat? Bring a large inflatable dive flag with you this at least gives you a chance to be seen on the water and pi [Read more]
Isla Mujeres, Mexico: Great Local Food
By: nitroxjunkie
Food & Beverages, Entertainment For the best local food on Isla Mujeres at very reasonable prices, go to North Garden. Everything is delicious. You won't be disappointed. [Read more]
Isla Mujeres, Mexico: Sailfish Adventure
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations If you are in the Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen area of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, during the winter months, you should try snorkeling with [Read more]
LEMBEH – Premier “Muck Diving”
By: Dale
Destinations Do you prefer diving with the Big Animals like shark and whales and the occasional mola mola? Then Lembeh is probably NOT the dive destination for yo [Read more]
Akumal, Mexico - Turtle Bay Bakery & Café
By: nitroxjunkie
Food & Beverages, Entertainment All the food here is great, but we come for the cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, and the best ice cream ever. Fantastic sweets! [Read more]
St. George's Caye, Belize Dive Upgrade
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations We just returned from St. George's Caye, Belize and did scuba upgrades to dive Turneffe Atoll. The diving was amazing and the reefs are pristine. Many [Read more]
Puerto Aventuras - Makito Fusion Restaurant
By: nitroxjunkie
Food & Beverages, Entertainment If you're in this area and want a break from local food, Makito Fusion is a fantastic Asian restaurant. We love the sushi here. Highly recommended. [Read more]
Akumal, Mexico Locals’ Place - Cosme's Taqueria
By: nitroxjunkie
Food & Beverages, Entertainment When we travel, we try to seek out restaurants where the locals eat. It's usually non-touristy, delicious, well-prepared, local food. Cosme's Taqueria [Read more]
Playa del Carmen, Mexico Great Cheap Eats
By: nitroxjunkie
Food & Beverages, Entertainment For a great take-out dinner, try Asadero el Pollo. They only have chicken, but it is grilled to perfection. It comes with rice, tortillas, pickled oni [Read more]
Tulum, Mexico's Best Ceviche
By: nitroxjunkie
Food & Beverages, Entertainment The entire region of Riviera Maya is know for its ceviche. In my opinion, Chamico's Ceviche in Tulum has the best in town. The place is a bit hard to [Read more]
Belize's Best Foodie Souvenir
By: nitroxjunkie
Food & Beverages, Entertainment I brought home one of Belize's best native products, Marie Sharp's Habanero Sauce. I couldn't get enough while I was there. It isn't overly hot and gi [Read more]
Playa del Carmen, Mexico Amazing Venezuelan Food
By: nitroxjunkie
Food & Beverages, Entertainment One of my favorite restaurants in Playa is the Kaxapa Factory. Delicious Venezuelan food at reasonable prices. Try the empanadas, arepas, and the kaxa [Read more]
Tulum, Mexico’s Best Tacos
By: nitroxjunkie
Food & Beverages, Entertainment Taqueria Honori has the best tacos in Tulum, bar none. You can stuff your face for $1 each. Best cheap eats in town. [Read more]
Keeping Your Gear Like New #3
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment You can do minor maintenance on your own gear. Check and lubricate O rings, apply silicone spray or other protectant to rubber fins and hoses, remove [Read more]
How To Deploy A SMB
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving Be sure to practice deploying your surface marker buoy before you need to use it. Underwater, unroll the SMB, make sure the line reel is attached, and [Read more]
Want To See More Marine Life? #2
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving Be as quiet as possible. Most marine life is shy. Don't try to get your buddy's attention by using sound signals (rattler, underwater horn or quacker, [Read more]
Keeping Your Gear Like New #2
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment After diving in salt water, your gear needs special attention. SOAK. SOAK. SOAK, if you can. Use the bathtub, a garbage can, or other large container [Read more]
How To Prevent Leg Cramps
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving Most experts agree that leg cramps can be caused by dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids before diving and between dives. Leg stretching exe [Read more]
Locating Your Lost Buddy
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving Before beginning a dive, buddy teams should have a plan if you become separated. Now that you're underwater and can't find your buddy, what should you [Read more]
Want To See More Marine Life?
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving Go slow! A lot of marine life is camouflaged or hiding. Movement usually gives them away, but if you're swimming too fast, it's easy to miss them. It [Read more]
Keeping Your Gear Like New
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment To keep your gear in top shape, be sure to keep it out of the sun as much as possible. It’s hard to do on the dive boat, but store as much of it in [Read more]
Ear Equalizing Tip #5
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving Stop if it hurts. Your Eustachian tubes are most likely locked shut by a pressure differential. Ascend a few feet and try equalizing again. [Read more]
Ear Equalizing Tip #4
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving Equalize often, trying to maintain a slight positive pressure in your middle ears. Don't wait until you feel pressure or pain. [Read more]
Ear Equalizing Tip #3
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving Equalize on the surface. Pre-pressurizing at the surface helps most divers get past the critical first few feet of descent. It may also help inflate y [Read more]
Lobster Cleaning Made Easy
By: nitroxjunkie
Food & Beverages, Entertainment To easily remove the intestinal tract from your lobster, just use one of the lobster's antennae. Break one off and remove a few inches of the smallest [Read more]
Bonaire Shore Diving
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations Many of Bonaire's shore entries are from rocky beaches. For this reason, it is best to use open heel fins paired with some sturdy soled booties. Tryin [Read more]
Cenote Diving Limitations
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving These are the basic limitations observed by reputable cenote guides. Ask questions before signing up to make sure they follow these guidelines. 1. [Read more]
Ear Equalizing Tip #2
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving Start training your ears early. Several hours before the dive, begin gently equalizing your ears every few minutes. Chewing gum seems to help because [Read more]
Buoyancy Tip
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving Once you feel neutrally buoyant at depth, don't use your BC’s inflator hose. Instead, make minor buoyancy changes with slow, deliberate breathing. [Read more]
Riviera Maya Amazing Underworld Diving
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations If you are in the Cozumel/Playa del Carmen/Riviera Maya area, you MUST try some cenote (water filled cavern) diving. Most of the dive operators in the [Read more]
Air Saving Tip
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving Swim Slowly. The energy cost of speed is even more than you might think: Swim half as fast as you do now, and you'll use less air. You'll also see mor [Read more]
Ear Equalizing
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving If you have trouble equalizing your ears, descend feet first. Some scientific studies have shown it to be 50% harder to equalize in a head down positi [Read more]
Cleaning dive gear - cheap & easy
By: waynek555
Equipment Save money buying Sink the Stink. Use cheap mouthwask in the tub or other container you use to soak your gear. Kills the orders and depending on the f [Read more]
Cleaning dive gear - cheap & easy
By: waynek555
Equipment Save money buying Sink the Stink. Use cheap mouthwask in the tub or other container you use to soak your gear. Kills the orders and depending on the f [Read more]
Watch out for open cuts!
By: Diver2500
Travel Just a reminder to watch out for open cuts! Travelling to the South Pacific I was diving off the Island of Tioman, Malaysia. Water temps were in the m [Read more]
Night Diving Tip #3
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving You can use your light for signaling your buddy. Learn the signals and make sure your buddy knows them as well. Never shine your light directly in ano [Read more]
Night Diving Tip #2
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving If you’re considering doing a night dive at a new dive site, first try doing a day dive there, if possible. It will help you become familiar with t [Read more]
Great Seafood Cookbook
By: nitroxjunkie
Food & Beverages, Entertainment If you’re looking for an excellent seafood cookbook, consider The Scuba Chef Seafood Recipe Collection. It contains many recipes geared toward Cali [Read more]
Night Diving Basic
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving Be sure to take both a primary and a backup light. You don't want to be left in the dark if something happens to your primary light. [Read more]
Drift Diving Tip #3
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving Be sure to carry a surface marker (SMB) and a whistle or other surface signaling device on a drift dive. These are necessary for being seen and heard [Read more]
Save Money On Regulator Maintenance
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment Check your regulator's owners manual. Many new regs only require maintenance every other year to keep the warranty in effect. You should still maintai [Read more]
Drift Diving Tip #2
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving Before starting a drift dive or a dive in strong current, be sure to streamline your gear as much as possible. This will help reduce the hazard of ent [Read more]
Drift Diving Tip
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving When you are drift diving or you are in a strong current, you can take a rest by sheltering in a crevice of the reef, behind a coral head or large spo [Read more]
Weather Prevents Diving! Now What?
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel Pack cards and other small games to help pass the time when you can't dive. Some resorts don't have TV! Gasp! I suppose drinking is another option, bu [Read more]
Be Prepared For Lost Luggage
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel If you're traveling with a friend or family member, divide your clothes between each other's suitcases. If one of your bags gets lost, you'll still ha [Read more]
Don't Misplace Your Gear
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment It might sound silly, but put your name on your gear, especially your fins. On a crowded dive boat, where some divers may have the same equipment, it [Read more]
Emergency Repairs
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment Pack zip ties of assorted sizes and a roll of electrical tape in your suitcase or gear bag. These items will allow you to make many temporary repairs. [Read more]
Use Your Own Mouthpiece With A Rental Regulator
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment If you use a rental regulator when traveling, or you just don't own one, you can use your own mouthpiece. Buy one that fits your mouth well and is com [Read more]
Free Zipper Lube
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment Don't throw away your used candle nubs. You can rub one on your wetsuit zipper for a free lube. [Read more]
Staying Warm In The Water
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment If you're feeling cold in the water, consider wearing a hood. A great deal of body heat is lost tbrough the head. [Read more]
Seasickness
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving When feeling seasick on a dive boat, NEVER use the head (toilet) to throw up. Lean over the rail and "feed the fish" or use a designated bucket. If y [Read more]
Fantastic travel friendly powdered margarita mix
By: Jennifer MacDonald
Food & Beverages, Entertainment I’ve discovered a wonderful new margarita mix that is very diver friendly! https://margarita.uno/ https://www.amazon.com/Margarita-Uno-Premi [Read more]
getting it on
By: Pstruzzi
Diving having trouble donning your wet? try putting one of those grocery plastic bags over your foot & hands to make they just "slide in". this works [Read more]
Lunch in Bonaire
By: Carolyn M Kneipp
Food & Beverages, Entertainment Highly recommend JB's Bar B Que just south of the airport at Kaya R. Statius Van Eps #15. He is usually servin M-F 11-3 Look for the road sign at the [Read more]
Empress of the Seas to Havana Cuba
By: The REAL David Pressler
Destinations https://youtu.be/emIFSpS6fV8 Took this nice little 5 day cruise down to Havana, Cuba with a stopover at Key West. To those who are not familiar wi [Read more]
Cheap 7 day Riviera Maya
By: The REAL David Pressler
Diving Playa de Carmen, Cozumel Mexico offer some of the best scuba diving in the world. The Mayan Palace is a luxury resort with golf and dive shop on the [Read more]
Palau Is Closer Than You Think
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving You can dive a south pacific reef in Southern California. The Aquarium of the Pacific has a dive immersion program that allows you to dive in their 35 [Read more]
No more dangling inflator hoses
By: Dallas Staheli
Equipment One of my biggest pet peeves with scuba diving is dangling gear. It's an entanglement hazard, it damages the underwater environment and can damage you [Read more]
GoPro Photos
By: Dallas Staheli
Photo & Video I have led a couple GoPro clinics at our local dive shop, and most people aren't familiar with the simultaneous video and photo mode on their GoPro ca [Read more]
Does your mask fog? Is it new? Burn it!
By: Clissy
Equipment I got a new mask for my trip to Sea of Cortez we were on the Rico del Mar for a week and I loved the fit and comfort of my new mask, but it kept foggi [Read more]
Catalina Island: Easy SoCal Dive Getaway
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations If you are in the greater Los Angeles area, a trip to Catalina Island makes for a great “mini vacation”. A quick trip by ferry takes you to Avalon [Read more]
Eliminate Jaw Fatigue
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment Tired of your second-stage hose tugging at your mouth when you turn your head? Using a swivel adapter can eliminate this annoying problem. A swivel a [Read more]
Invest In A Dry Bag
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment If you plan to do a lot of boat diving, a dry bag is an inexpensive and invaluable accessory. I have a 9.5x16 inch bag which is able to hold a quart b [Read more]
Kelp Diving Basic
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving To minimize the chances of being entangled in kelp, STREAMLINE. Make sure all your gear is properly secured and not dangling. Strap a serrated knife [Read more]
Bonaire: More Great Eats
By: nitroxjunkie
Food & Beverages, Entertainment Ingredients Restaurant, located at Buddy Dive Resort, offers delicious upscale food in a beautiful ocean-side setting. We started with complimentary, [Read more]
It's In The Bag
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel Pack Ziploc Bags of different sizes for many uses: keep small items organized, keep opened snacks fresh, make an emergency ice pack, put in a wet wash [Read more]
Bonaire: Great Upscale Restaurant/Brewery
By: nitroxjunkie
Food & Beverages, Entertainment La Cantina Restaurant in downtown Kralendijk serves delicious food and wonderful beer. They have a fish market on site and serve very fresh seafood as [Read more]
Put Yourself In A Bind
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel Pack several binder clips when traveling. They are very versatile and have many uses: razor cover, clip drapes together in your hotel room to keep lig [Read more]
Bonaire: Great Casual Dining
By: nitroxjunkie
Food & Beverages, Entertainment Rumrunners Restaurant at Captain Don's Habitat is a wonderful casual dining spot. We ate here several times and everything was very good. They have a [Read more]
Spearfishing For Newbies
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving Start with a pole spear and go for smaller fish. Before you take your first shot, make sure you know how to identify the fish you are hunting and size [Read more]
Grand Cayman Souvenirs
By: nitroxjunkie
Food & Beverages, Entertainment If you want something other than cheap t-shirts or refrigerator magnets, and can't afford a Rolex, go to Pure Art. This is a wonderful shop featuring [Read more]
Boat Diving Rinse Buckets
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving For those newer to boat diving, please familiarize yourself with the rinse buckets. There are usually two: one for masks and one for cameras. I occasi [Read more]
Bonaire: Mediterranean Restaurant
By: nitroxjunkie
Food & Beverages, Entertainment If you like Mediterranean food, try Mezze in Kralendijk. This is some of the best we have ever had. The complimentary ginger humus with homemade pita [Read more]
Spearfishing Help
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving If you are new to spearfishing, or are an experienced shooter, all the info you need about this activity can be found at spearboard.com. They even hav [Read more]
Help Tying Knots
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment If you need to know how to tie a knot for a special purpose, go to animatedknots.com. They have every knot imaginable, listed by category. Plus, an an [Read more]
DIY Lift Bag
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment If you have need for a lift bag up to 75 pounds, you can use one of the plastic bags sold at Ikea for under $2.00. Works like a charm for smaller item [Read more]
Stay Warm Between Dives
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment Buy a Boat Coat to keep warm between dives. A good one will be full length, lined, and have the capability to be worn over your wetsuit. A wet wetsuit [Read more]
Save Your Face
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment Protect yourself by getting a neck gaiter/bandana. I like Hoorag.com. They have great products to protect your face and head from the sun and wind. Th [Read more]
Best Travel Tip Ever
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel Pack half the clothes and bring twice the cash! [Read more]
Fish ID Cards
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving If you’re new to diving or are traveling to a new exotic location, buy a fish ID card to help you learn the names of many of the more common species [Read more]
Scuba Radio
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving Yes. There is such a thing! You can hear a live broadcast from 3-5pm every Saturday, or podcasts of previous shows any time. They provide dive related [Read more]
Have You Suffered From Swimmer's Ear?
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving If you have problems with swimmer's ear, Earshield might be for you. This is a spray of natural oils and ingredients designed to coat the ear canal an [Read more]
Too Much Light In Your Hotel Room?
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel Use one of the hangers in your hotel closet that has pant clips to clip the curtains or drapes together and keep light from coming in through the gap. [Read more]
Traveling With Wine Or Beer?
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel I often buy wine or local beer at my destination to bring home. I also usually take a bottle of liquor with me to save some cash at destination. I pac [Read more]
Protect Your Dive Computer
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment If you don't have a protective case for your dive computer, you can use a beer koozie/cozy. It acts as a nice padded case and when traveling, you have [Read more]
What's Happening In California?
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations If you dive in California, and you aren't familiar with California Diving News, please check it out. It contains information essential to California d [Read more]
Keep Track Of Your Mask
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment When I'm boat diving, I keep a carabiner clipped to one of the upper D rings on my BC. Between dives, I clip my mask here. This way, it won't be sat o [Read more]
Only One Outlet In Your Hotel Room?
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel Some hotels may have only one electrical outlet in the room, and it might be behind the bed. I travel with a small power strip with a 6 foot cord. It [Read more]
See Better On Your Next Trip
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel Take a small pair of binoculars with you on your next trip. They will help you see things better from the dive boat (dolphins, whales, objects on the [Read more]
Use A Translate App
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel When I'm traveling and don't know the language, I use a translate app. Google Translate works off line. You can type in or speak a word or phrase to [Read more]
Save Your Back
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment If you have to load and unload your gear from the dive boat, leave the BC attached to your tank. It’s easier to wear your rank than carry it. [Read more]
Google Your Flight Number
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel To check your flight status, just google your flight number. Such as UA 535 or AA 1605 or DL 25. You will get an instant status report. Way easier tha [Read more]
Forgot Your Charging Block?
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel If you have forgotten the charging block for your electronics, most likely, the modern TV in your hotel room will have a USB port on the back. Just pl [Read more]
More Great Food Near Cane Bay St. Croix
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations Rowdy Joe's is one of our go-to restaurants near Cane Bay. Excellent burgers, tacos, and larger entrees. He also makes homemade ice cream. Not to be m [Read more]
Cruzan Rum Distillery St. Croix USVI
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations When you are in St. Croix, be sure to visit the Cruzan Rum Distillery for a tour. Very interesting tour to learn how it’s done. Loads of tastings of [Read more]
St. Croix Frederiksted Pier Dive
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations The Frederiksted Pier dive on St. Croix is a MUST-DO dive. It can be done as a shore dive. If you have your own gear, you can pick up a rental tank an [Read more]
Cane Bay Restaurant St. Croix
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations Located at Cane Bay and just across the road from the beach entry point for Cane Bay Wall, is Eat @ Cane Bay restaurant. This a great place to eat and [Read more]
Gentle Winds Condos St. Croix
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations Please travel to St. Croix. They have made an amazing recovery and divers are needed to return. The diving on the north wall is still amazing. When yo [Read more]
Easy Instant Breakfast
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel Keep instant oatmeal in a Ziploc bag along with your preferred toppings (dried fruit, nuts, brown sugar). During meal service on the plane, ask your f [Read more]
Best Way To Pack A Suitcase
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel To keep your suitcase completely organized and save space, try using packing cubes. They are specifically made to fit perfectly inside your suitcase. [Read more]
This Is Really A “Swell” Bottle
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel The best water bottle made is by Swell. It is insulated and will keep liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. I have taken it empty through TS [Read more]
Do Your Electronics Run Out Of Charge?
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel Do you run out of charge and can't find a place to plug in? Get a portable charger, sometimes called a “jolt” charger. I suggest getting one that [Read more]
12A Buoy/Fisherman's Wharf, Ft Pierce, Fl
By: Cprincess
Destinations http://www.fortpiercecitymarina.org/fishermans-wharf-marina-125-fishermans-wharf-way-fort-pierce-fl-34950/ Boat ramp, boat dockage, fuel, boat rental [Read more]
Harbortown Marina, Ft Pierce, Fl
By: Cprincess
Destinations http://harbortownmarina-fortpierce.com All the boat storage, dockage and services you need. Extremely safe, but you pay a premium. Harbor Cove Bar & [Read more]
Hutchinson Island Plaza Hotel
By: Cprincess
Destinations Hotel with boatslips on the St Lucie Inlet, Ft Pierce, Fl https://www.hutchinsonplazahotel.com Nice hotel with secure pool. Full self-serve continen [Read more]
Dockside Inn & Restaurant
By: Cprincess
Food & Beverages, Entertainment http://www.docksideinn.com Dockside Inn on the St Lucie Inlet. The Inn is pet friendly, free very-basic breakfast. Boatslips available at the hotel f [Read more]
1st-timers in a group dive
By: Cprincess
Diving New divers have a lot on their minds. It can be pretty obvious who is on their first group trip by their behavior under the water! Identify the DM as [Read more]
Copy travel documents before trip
By: Cprincess
Travel Take a photo of all your travel documents: passports, visas, trip insurance, travel arrangements, emergency numbers including credit card numbers and [Read more]
Don't Forget Anything On Your Next Dive Trip
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel To make sure you don't show up at your next dive destination without something you forgot at home, make checklists. Many people have a dive gear check [Read more]
Best Shore Diving
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel Before traveling to a new dive destination, check shorediving.com. They have hundreds of shore diving locations listed at many popular destinations. T [Read more]
Having Trouble Completely Cleaning Your Slate?
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment If your slate never seems to come completely clean, try using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Not only are these a miracle around the house, but they will [Read more]
Getting Cash Overseas
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel Never use money exchanges to get cash overseas. Use an ATM to get cash. This will be the best exchange rate. Works for me all over the world. [Read more]
Yoga and Scuba
By: Cprincess
Diving Yoga is very beneficial for scuba divers. It gives you strength, keeps your muscles limber and flexible, and teaches you how to control your breathing [Read more]
Easy First Aid
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel Pack a small bottle of New-Skin liquid bandage. It is an antiseptic treatment for cuts, wounds, blisters and calluses and will help protect them while [Read more]
Stay Warm
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment If you often feel cold under water, try Hotshotz. These are reusable, instant warming pouches that can be used inside your wetsuit. They work very wel [Read more]
Keep Rust Off Your Knife
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment To keep rust off your knife, give it a coating of car wax or silicone lubricant. Be sure to repeat after several dives. [Read more]
Retractors
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment If you use an air integrated console-type computer, attached to an air hose, consider using a retractor to keep it under control. It can be pulled ou [Read more]
Get Rid Of That Awful Wetsuit Smell
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment After several consecutive dive days, most wetsuits start to smell bad even if you rinse at the end of the day. The best fix is McNett Mirazyme. This i [Read more]
Travel With Medicare/DAN Insurance
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel Since Medicare won't cover you outside the US, DAN Insurance WILL cover you for non-diving accidents. Another great reason to be a DAN member and purc [Read more]
Tipping
By: Cprincess
Travel Before you arrive in a forgeign country, ask lots of people who have been there about the tipping practices. Some countries, like the USA have low p [Read more]
Giving back to communities
By: Cprincess
Travel When traveling to remote countries, ask the local contact if there is aanything you can bring for the community or employees where you are staying. Sc [Read more]
Moon phases and fresh fish
By: Cprincess
Food & Beverages, Entertainment While there are lots of opinions from anglers on when the fish will be biting, many long-haul commercial boats keep a set schedule by the moon phases. [Read more]
No bananas on a boat!!!!!!
By: Cprincess
Food & Beverages, Entertainment Superstitions may or may not be your thing, but just to be safe and not ruffle feathers you shouldn't bring bananas on a fishing boat! Bananas are sai [Read more]
Ft Pierce, Fl
By: Cprincess
Destinations Lots of traveler perks: deep water inlet, nice marinas, treasure wrecks, dockside motels, dockside restaurants, highway exits for I95 and Florida Turn [Read more]
Baby shampoo for antifog
By: Cprincess
Diving Johnson's baby shampoo works well to defog a mask. It comes in tiny travel size that fits in your carry-on bag. [Read more]
Kona Reef Condos Kona Hawaii
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations I have stayed in a condo at Kona Reef twice. Once on the ground floor and once on the second floor. They are directly on the ocean and convenient walk [Read more]
Free Tour of the Cayman Aggressor
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations On two different trips to Grand Cayman, once with my wife and once with a friend, we were in Georgetown early Saturday afternoon. The Cayman Aggressor [Read more]
Great Restaurant Grand Cayman West Bay
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations If you are in the West Bay area, near the Turtle Center, try the Alfresco Restaurant not far away. We had lunch on their outdoor patio. Started with c [Read more]
Vacation Rentals
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel On all my travels, I can't believe how many people I meet who are unfamiliar with VRBO and HomeAway. If you would like to stay some place other than a [Read more]
Stingray City vs. Stingray Sandbar Grand Cayman
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations Stingray City is a little deeper site (12-15 feet) that can be done on scuba or snorkel. Stingray Sandbar is a shallow site (3-5 feet) done by snorkel [Read more]
Isla Holbox (Holbox Island) Mexico
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations If you are in the Cancun or Playa del Carmen area, consider a side trip to Isla Holbox. It is a natural paradise with whale shark excursions, manta ra [Read more]
Switching tanks
By: Cprincess
Diving Remember to check how much air you had left before switching tanks. It's a waste of time to have to go back to tank #1 and hook up your gauge when you [Read more]
East vs West Easter Date
By: Cprincess
Travel When you travel to different countries you should always be aware of the public holidays they celebrate. Planning might need to be adjusted to avoid h [Read more]
Rental Gear Bouyancy
By: Cprincess
Diving Traveling light often means not packing all of your own gear. One of the first skills you develop in scuba is your bouyancy. These 2 concepts can wor [Read more]
Peer to peer boat rental
By: Cprincess
Travel Peer to peer boat rental is like the Airbnb or VRBO for boats. Several online sites let you search for available rentals. You can find full or half da [Read more]
Aquarium Dive Specialty
By: Cprincess
Diving Visiting Atlanta? You might want to try diving in the Georgia Aquarium! We went to make sure our younger child would be comfortable with sharks once w [Read more]
More Great Cheap Eats In Roatan
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations Cannibal Cafe on West End road in Roatan has great Mexican food at very reasonable prices. Great cocktails as well. Highly recommended. [Read more]
Spooky Channel Roatan Shore Dive
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations One of Roatan's signature dives, Spooky Channel can be done as a shore dive. The entry is at the now closed Bay Island Beach Resort. Ask someone for d [Read more]
Mary's Place Roatan
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations When diving in Roatan, ask your dive operator to take you to Mary's Place. This is a world class dive spot and is often on world's best dive site list [Read more]
Eating in Ambergris Cay
By: denisekurz4
Food & Beverages, Entertainment You could eat at the big tourist area but its pricy on the waterfront. If you walk into the middle street, and go to the mom and pop style restaura [Read more]
Restaurants At Turtle Reef Grand Cayman
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations After you have finished your shore dive at Turtle Reef, there are 2 restaurants you can eat at right at the dive site entry. The casual one is calle [Read more]
flying from Ambergis Caye
By: denisekurz4
Destinations When we went diving in Belize at Ambergris Caye we wanted to do the tours of the main land. We found that waiting to go to the airport and flying the [Read more]
Dive Shop at Turtle Reef Grand Cayman
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations Sun Divers is the dive shop located at Turtle Reef. They have a full line of rental gear, but will rent you a tank and weights if you have your own [Read more]
Dive Shop at Turtle Reef Grand Cayman
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations Sun Divers is the dive shop located at Turtle Reef. They have a full line of rental gear, but will rent you a tank and weights if you have your own [Read more]
FinSpring Steeaps
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment If you haven't converted to spring straps for your fins, now is the time to do it. They make your fins very easy to get on and off and are automatical [Read more]
Best Shore Dive On Grand Cayman
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations If you haven't had enough boat diving and want to do a great shore dive, Turtle Reef is the place to go. It is located in the west bay area near the C [Read more]
Great Cheap Eats In Roatan
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations If you are in the West End area of Roatan, try Anthony's Chicken restaurant. You will get a huge plate of food for a very reasonable price. I found th [Read more]
Mask fit
By: Cprincess
Equipment Some masks technically fit in the store. However, they might not really fit you once you have had the chance to use them. The amount of space inside [Read more]
Camera Rinse & Table
By: Cprincess
Diving When you board the dive boat, identify the areas that are "Camera Only" Camera equipment is very expensive and sensitive. Detergents and anti-fog ch [Read more]
Finning and kicking
By: Cprincess
Diving Learn several different ways to move your legs for propulsion. It will help you conserve air, conserve physical energy and reduce disturbing the envir [Read more]
Jewelry & diving
By: Cprincess
Diving Think before you wear any jewelry diving. Not only can it get tangled in equipment, it can also affect fish. Fish scales sparkle. Small fish may see t [Read more]
Lobster Hunting Tip #3
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving When lobster hunting, look into the hole to see if it has a "back door". Many "bugs" will use this to escape if you miss when you try to grab them. St [Read more]
Lobster Hunting TipLo #2
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving When lobster hunting, I find that an all canvas or some type of smooth game bag is much better than a mesh bag. The "bugs" go in much easier since not [Read more]
Lobster Hunting Tip
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving If you are new to lobster hunting, be sure to shake your game bag so any "bugs" already in the bag fall to the bottom of tbe bag. This way, they won't [Read more]
Inexpensive Magnifying Glass
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment Check online teacher supply sites for inexpensive magnifying glasses. Look for a 5x by 10x. Several are available, and some even have a compass built [Read more]
Make Your Own Signaling Device
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment You can make your own "rattler" signaling device. You will need a 5 to 6 inch piece of 1/4 inch pvc pipe, 2 1/4 inch pvc caps, pvc cement, 2-3 ball be [Read more]
Low Price Slate
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment Check your local toy store or online for an inexpensive child's mini Etch A Sketch type erasable slate. They work well underwater and are usually much [Read more]
Emergency Wetsuit Repair
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment Keep a small container of dental floss and a large needle in your save-a-dive kit. It makes a very strong wetsuit repair in an emergency. [Read more]
Free Checked Bag
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel Many airlines will check your carry-on bag for free at the gate before boarding the plane. It will be checked to your final destination. This is a gre [Read more]
The Scuba Show
By: nitroxjunkie
Travel If you live in Southern California, you should attend The Scuba Show held in Long Beach every June. It has everything for divers: Equipment, seminars [Read more]
Kona Manta Night Dive
By: nitroxjunkie
Diving When in Kona, DO NOT miss the manta night dive. You will see many mantas up close and personal. I had to duck my head several times for mantas to pass [Read more]
Great food in Kona
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations If you are in Kona Town, Hawaii, try Jackie Ray's Ohana Grill restaurant. It's up on the hill and serves delicious food a moderate prices. One of the [Read more]
Great eats in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations If you are in Lahaina, Maui, you must try Star Noodle restaurant. This is an Asian restaurant with delicious food at reasonable prices. In my opinion, [Read more]
Transfers to Puerto Galera, Philippeans
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations If you are traveling to Puerto Galera from Manila, save a lot of money by passing on transfers provided by most resorts. You can take a very modern, a [Read more]
Keep your gear tidy
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment Check with your local charter dive boat and see if they will allow you to bring a garbage can onto the boat and lash it to the railing with a bungee c [Read more]
Grand Cayman East End Restaurants
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations If you find yourself on the east end of Gand Cayman, there are several restaurants which are very good. Eagle Ray's at Compass point (try the lion fis [Read more]
Great local food in "Provo"
By: nitroxjunkie
Destinations If you visit Providenciales in Turks & Caicos, don't miss eating at Da Conch Shack. It is wonderful local cuisine featuring conch taken directly f [Read more]
Quick Seafood Chowder
By: nitroxjunkie
Food & Beverages, Entertainment Keep a few cans of potato soup in the galley on your boat. After diving, you can add some of your catch (fish, scallops, lobster, crab, etc.) Add some [Read more]
Non Slip Pole Spear
By: nitroxjunkie
Equipment If you use a pole spear and find it slipping in your hand, buy some 1 inch non-skid tape and wrap it around the spear wher you grip it. Start it at a [Read more]
Dive guides
By: Cprincess
Diving Dive guides or sometimes referred to as dive masters (not to be confused with the certification of Dive Master) are provided by many dive boat operato [Read more]
New Divers: Invest in a Dive Computer
By: Cprincess
Equipment New divers often start investing in gear beyond the basics of fins & mask. One of your first purchases should be a dive computer. You can learn t [Read more]
Free apps
By: Cprincess
Diving Everyone wants to know what type of fish they are looking at, how to track dives, and easy ways to edit their photos. We also dont want to wait a week [Read more]
Mask on Head
By: Cprincess
Diving Divers are taught that if you are floating on the surface or exiting the water, you should have your mask on your face or around your neck. My daughte [Read more]
Beginner tip: Red Filter
By: Cprincess
Photo & Video Until you have good bouyancy there in no need to invest in a huge expensive setup. Many popular action cameras have waterproof casings that you can bu [Read more]
Hats with drawstring, glasses with retainers
By: Cprincess
Travel When it is sunny, windy, and bumpy on a boat, you want to not lose your sunshields! Even tight fitting hats can take flight in strong winds, so invest [Read more]
Multiple uses for neck gaiter scarf
By: Cprincess
Travel Neck gaiters ( like name brand Buff or Scubadorag) are a stretchy tube scarf. Many are made of uv reflective material. Great for around the neck and m [Read more]
Barefoot Onboard
By: Cprincess
Diving Unless told otherwise, always assume that you will take your shoes off before boarding the diveboat (or anyones boat!). Often there is a shoe bin to d [Read more]
No Giant Luggage Onboard Daytrip
By: Cprincess
Diving Travel luggage is great for traveling. But don't expect there to be room on deck of the diveboat to unpack and store your entire suitcase of gear! Car [Read more]
Ginger for nausea
By: Cprincess
Travel Ginger can help with nausea from seasickness. Crystallized ginger is available at many grocery stores in the baking isle. It is sweet and you can just [Read more]
Coconut oil
By: Cprincess
Travel For divers with long hair, or difficult to control hair: Add a 2or 3 drops of coconut oil to your hair in the morning before boarding the boat. The oi [Read more]
Luggage lost forever
By: uwhabtat
Equipment On my most recent trip to The Solomons, my dive bag never arrived. This was Sept of last year. It is still missing. It has taken me all this time to g [Read more]
Hair care
By: Davisj
Diving To protect long hair from the ravages of Salt Air and extra sun it's a great idea to dilute some conditioner and rub it through your hair prior to the [Read more]
Check out the ghost hotel in Nassau
By: Grant Olsen
Destinations If you're diving with Stuart Cove's in Nassau, set a little time aside to check out the abandoned hotel just a block away from the marina. It's a mass [Read more]
Cruise ship taxi dive site to dive site
By: The REAL David Pressler
Destinations The wife and I have found the cheapest and most entertaining method to go from one dive site to another is aboard a cruise ship. While the tourist ar [Read more]
Fresh regulator mouthpiece
By: waynek555
Diving Doing multiple dives each day?Take a small spray bottle and fill it with mouthwash. Before your dive spray your regulator and a squirt in your mouth a [Read more]
Good additions to your save-a-dive kit
By: RUSSCON90256
Diving Add a few zip ties and a tube of waterproof super glue to your kit, you'll be surprised at how handy they are! [Read more]
Insider Tips for Dive Travel
By: SDRadmin
Travel Experience is expensive, which goes along with the old adage that an expert is just a person who's made every mistake possible in a very narrow field. [Read more]
What To Do When Filing a Travel Insurance Claim
By: Diver2500
Travel What To Do When Filing a Travel Insurance Claim One of the last things you want to do while on vacation is to have to file an insurance claim. And [Read more]
World Famous Shark Dive
By: cwcdenver
Destinations Stay at The Pearl in Fiji and do the famous shark dive, where you can see up to eight types of sharks on one dive! [Read more]
Eating VERY inexpensively in Cozumel
By: jpblakeman
Food & Beverages, Entertainment One of our joys when traveling abroad is going native for meals. We've been blessed to have easy access (and most often free lodging) in Cozumel, mak [Read more]
Diving multiple islands a week CHEAP
By: The REAL David Pressler
Destinations Living in South Florida I have become spoiled by using the Cruise ships as my taxi to the islands giving us the opportunity to dive multiple islands w [Read more]
EAR ISSUE POSSIBLE SOLUTION
By: RUSSCON90256
Diving A 50/50 MIX OF 91% RUBBING ALCOHOL AND WHITE VINEGAR IN A SMALL DROPPER OR SPRAY BOTTLE CAN BE USED IN EACH EAR AFTER A DIVE TO HELP DRY WATER AND R [Read more]
Land-to-Sea Travel: Cuba
By: inlandocean
Travel Join us for exclusive insight into Cuba’s history, people, and nature! Here are just a few of the highlights: - Citizen science and conservati [Read more]
Be found
By: gsharp
Diving If you are ever left by a dive boat you need to be able to signal great distances. A signal mirror with an aiming hole in the middle of it will enable [Read more]
Soft Storage
By: [email protected]
Equipment I like to use Crown Royal liquor bags to store my dive computers, Gopro and accessories, and any charging cables. They are soft and you can usually g [Read more]
keep it dry
By: [email protected]
Equipment I use the silica gel packs found in shipping packages to help keep my camera case and computer bag dry when I store my gear. [Read more]
Cleaning your gear
By: waynek555
Equipment Mouth was added to the water kills the stink, leaves your smelling pleasant or not at all, and it saves you money too since mouth wash is considerably [Read more]
Manila Airport - Transit Hotel
By: SDRadmin
Travel FYI for anybody that have short overnight layovers in Manila airport. I've stayed there once. Small room w/bunk beds. Showers in common restroom ar [Read more]
Practice a diving skill
By: Deansdiving
Diving Are you getting rusty? Spending too much time in the water without exercising skills, or has it just been some time since your last dive. Perhaps y [Read more]
Packing Tips
By: SDRadmin
Travel We gather some Packing Tips from travelers that might be useful to your next trip. CHECK AIRLINE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCES These days it often changes [Read more]
Stay aware of those baggage limits!
By: [email protected]
Travel With those baggage fees getting ever more expensive, we certainly try to take as few bags as we can so we need to watch those baggage weights! And yo [Read more]
Costa Cruises the Maldives Indian Ocean
By: The REAL David Pressler
Photo & Video Costa Cruise line as some unique cruises this one stayed at the Maldives for 3 days https://youtu.be/MMK6AJfu_yM January 6 out of Mauritius Sey [Read more]
South Forgotten Islands Arenui Oct 28 - Nov 9 2017
By: steveladd
Travel The Forgotten Islands are part of a remote archipelago in the southeast corner of the Moluccas (Maluku Tenggara). Despite the remote feeling in other [Read more]
Investing In Personal Scuba Dive Gear
By: Scuba Dive Jamaica
Equipment [Investing In Personal Scuba Dive Gear] Each time you go on a scuba dive, it is your basic equipment and gear that allows you to enjoy the activity [Read more]
Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon in Jamaica
By: Scuba Dive Jamaica
Destinations [Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon in Falmouth, Jamaica] You’ve heard that saying of you’ve got to see it to believe it, right? Well, just East [Read more]
Top 3 Resort Destinations in Jamaica
By: Scuba Dive Jamaica
Destinations [Visit the Top 3 Resort Destinations in Jamaica] For most people that arrive in Jamaica, their first destination is usually always the beach. Once [Read more]
Importance of Scuba Diving Fins
By: Scuba Dive Jamaica
Equipment [Why Are Scuba Diving Fins So Important?] You may think the most important piece of a scuba divers equipment would be the oxygen tank, but for a di [Read more]
Jamaica's Top Resort Destinations for Divers
By: Scuba Dive Jamaica
Travel [Jamaica's Top Resort Destinations for Divers] For most people that arrive in Jamaica, their first destination is usually always the beach. Once th [Read more]
Scuba Diving Fun in Jamaica
By: Scuba Dive Jamaica
Destinations [Scuba Diving Fun in Jamaica] Diving into the waters off the Jamaican shore may sound very exotic, and can be a lot of fun for both the beginner an [Read more]
Most Popular Dive Sites in Jamaica
By: Scuba Dive Jamaica
Destinations [Most Popular Dive Sites In Jamaica] Jamaica is a favorite travel destination for visitors to the Caribbean. Being the 3rd largest island in the Ca [Read more]
Scuba Diving in Negril, Jamaica
By: Scuba Dive Jamaica
Destinations [Scuba Diving In Negril, Jamaica] Ahh… Scuba diving in Negril, Jamaica! The relaxation capital of the Caribbean. Located on the Western tip of th [Read more]
Jamaica Travel Tips
By: Scuba Dive Jamaica
Travel [Scuba Diving In Jamaica Travel Tips] - About Jamaica The sights, the sounds, the culture, the people, the vibes!! Ahh… it can only be Jamaica! [Read more]
Diving the Maldives March 2017
By: The REAL David Pressler
Travel 14 day cruise around India with a three day stop in the Maldives Costa leaves Bombay March 4 [Read more]
Join Mobile Passport
By: [email protected]
Travel Some of those waits to clear Customs in airports like in Houston where the lines can stretch on forever can lead to high blood pressure and at times m [Read more]
Stop SCUBA diving dry mouth
By: Seastars
Diving To prevent dry mouth, from breathing compressed air all you have to do is to place a (hard) mint in the cheek of your mouth before you put the regulat [Read more]
Link to List of TSA Probitited Baggage
By: SDRStaff
Travel Planning ahead and packing properly can facilitate the screening process and ease your travel experience at the airport. Know what you can pack in you [Read more]
Luggage Tips
By: SDRStaff
Travel Source YourBagTag.com Always remember to include your name, address, and contact phone numbers inside your luggage as well. Another great idea is to [Read more]
Solomon Islands
By: SDRadmin
Destinations Tip from jarthur99 1) If you would like to buy a carving buy Solomon Island Dollars at the exchange in Honiara airport or withdraw from an atm in tow [Read more]
Investing in Packing Light
By: seggers
Equipment When traveling one of divers worst enemy's is the weight restrictions. Divers often have a lot of gear and serious divers prefer to use their own gea [Read more]
Secure your dive light
By: dguerin
Equipment I had a rather expensive UK C8 Xenon Kinetics underwater dive light that was attached to my BC by an extendable cord. This light is probably one of t [Read more]
Punta Cana
By: [email protected]
Destinations Don't use the Hotel Shops; they do not take you to good spots. We use SeaPro Scuba and you can book online before your trip and get a discount., [Read more]
Nai Harn Phuket
By: ColoradoDiver
Destinations My husband and I spent 5 lovely days at the Nai Harn in Phuket, Thailand. The hotel just came under new ownership and has been renovated from top to b [Read more]
Tank Valve
By: jniec
Equipment Contrary to opening your tank valve and then backing it off 1/4 turn, always open the valve fully...in that manner, it will be less likely for someone [Read more]
Diving with a Mustache
By: seggers
Equipment For those divers who choose to sport the upper lip decorations sometimes it can be difficult to deal with leaking mask while diving. This is a common [Read more]
Cruise Ship taxis
By: The REAL David Pressler
Destinations If flexible a person can find cruises online for as little as $299 for 3 or 4 days with a couple of dive spots. How else can you dive several islands [Read more]
Camera Insurance
By: The REAL David Pressler
Equipment I make every attempt to have my camera equipment insured for water damage. Anytime you work around water or dusty environment you need insurance Unle [Read more]
St George's Caye and Dietary Needs
By: Srtaylor
Food & Beverages, Entertainment It can be stressful traveling or trying new things when you have food allergies, sensitivities, or dietary restrictions. Saint George's Caye is more t [Read more]
St George's Caye Accommodates Dietary Restrictions
By: Srtaylor
Destinations It can be stressful traveling or trying new things when you have food allergies, sensitivities, or dietary restrictions. Saint George's Caye is more t [Read more]
Cruise Ship to next dive site
By: The REAL David Pressler
Destinations For the wife and I we find using cruise ships as a taxi from one island to the next gives us the opportunity to get a glimpse of the reefs at each por [Read more]
Audio distress device a MUST
By: The REAL David Pressler
Diving If your dive partner is not looking at you or you are in a dark environment waving of hands does no good BUY a Quaker it can save your life! [Read more]
Fried Calamari with Roasted Garlic and Lime Aïoli
By: SDRStaff
Food & Beverages, Entertainment Fresh squid is delicious but sometimes hard to find and somewhat intimidating to clean. Instead, look for frozen tubes. They don’t take long to thaw [Read more]
Whitefish (Lionfish) Nachos
By: SDRStaff
Food & Beverages, Entertainment Lionfish is a white flaky fish, firmer in texture than halibut, no “red line” with a flavor profile somewhere between a thin grouper fillet and ma [Read more]
Lionfish Ceviche
By: SDRStaff
Food & Beverages, Entertainment Lionfish Ceviche Lionfish: Gotta Eat ‘Em to Beat ‘Em Big problems call for big solutions, and there has been a lot of talk recently about how [Read more]
Manila Airport - Transit Lounge
By: scubamama
Travel Good news to travelers through Manila airport and has long lay over. The Wings Transit Lounge is a service mark by SM Kenko Spa, a member of the Jipa [Read more]
ADULT POPSICLE - The Dirty Pirate
By: SDRStaff
Food & Beverages, Entertainment Turn a classic cocktail into a poptail. The classic rum and coke has been flipped to a Dirty Pirate. That’s rum and coke with a some Kahlua. Pira [Read more]
New regulations for Travel in US Territory
By: SDRStaff
Travel For NON US CITIZENS Beginning April, 2016 anyone wishing to travel to or transit in US territory under the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) will need to ho [Read more]
Keep a small travel size tooth paste in your mask bag
By: SDRStaff
Travel Sometimes the initial one rub is just not enough to remove all the silicon from the inside of your mask to prevent it from fogging up. Super-Spit or a [Read more]
Always carry two pens and some paper while traveling
By: SDRStaff
Travel It comes handy when you need to fill out custom papers at airports or on the plane, write down phone numbers or directions quickly. Keep a small pocke [Read more]
When there is no water to freshen-up!
By: SDRStaff
Travel By Diver2500: Bring prepackaged moist towelettes or antiseptic hand gel/soap for cleaning hands when traveling through places where no water is availa [Read more]
Always bring chewing gum for flights
By: SDRStaff
Travel By Diver2500: Chewing bubble gum not only helps you avoid bad breath, it reduces hunger and makes equalizing easier on flights. Start chewing before y [Read more]
Garuda Airlines - 23kg allowance for sport equipment
By: SDRStaff
Travel Good news! Garuda Indonesia Airlines has reinstated free 23kg allowance for sport equipment. https://www.garuda-indonesia.com/uk/en/garuda-indonesia- [Read more]
Stolen Credit Card - Prevention
By: scubamama
Travel Here's a few of my know-before-you-go hints.... 1) Diversify your money-- take travelers checks, credit cards, bank cards as well as cash (U.S. cas [Read more]
How to not over pack
By: scubamama
Travel Lay out the clothing and cash that you plan to bring on your trip. Now pack half of the cloths and double the money. [Read more]
Makassa Airport (UPG), Indonesia
By: scubamama
Destinations They have day room available right inside the terminal. They rent room up to 6 hours block. Perfect for long lay over. The room is clean and comfortab [Read more]
Shanghai Airport - connecting flight warning
By: scubamama
Destinations On our trip to Indonesia early this year, we need to have a connecting flight at Shanghai airport. Little we known, we need to collect all our checked [Read more]
When there is no water to freshen-up!
By: SDRStaff
Travel By Diver2500: Bring prepackaged moist towelettes or antiseptic hand gel/soap for cleaning hands when traveling through places where no water is availa [Read more]
Long airport layovers.
By: SDRStaff
Travel By Diver2500: Check out airports where you may have more than a three hour layover to see if they have a layover hotel at the airport. It makes great [Read more]
Email yourself your travel documents
By: SDRStaff
Travel By Diver2500: I created a folder in my email box labeled "travel" and keep my itinerary, a scanned version of my passport and my credit cards in it. I [Read more]
Don't speak or understand the language.
By: SDRStaff
Travel By Diver2500: When traveling to foreign countries, ask the hotel receptionist to write down the hotel's Name and address in their native language, so [Read more]
Bright Colored Luggage Tags
By: SDRStaff
Travel By Diver2500: In the forest of black bags your bag tag will stand out and locating your bag will become much easier than before. Use bright neon tags [Read more]
Moustache Divers: Tips for Improving your Mask Seal
By: SDRStaff
Diving Tip By Diver2500: If you supported the Movember Foundation last month by growing a moustache, then you should give yourself a pat on the back for hel [Read more]
Iceland diving
By: SDRStaff
Destinations By Amyp: Who knew there was diving in Iceland? I did not until I landed and started my journey from Reykjavik east to Silfra in the national park Wit [Read more]
Aruba Great Island for Diving and Dining
By: SDRStaff
Destinations BY trumpjk: Aruba is a great destination for diving, dining, shopping, and relaxing. There are many dive operators on the island, I use Native Divers. [Read more]
Credit cards vs. Traveler Checks
By: SDRStaff
Travel many places no longer exception travelers checks. Instead of using travelers checks, make a large over-payment on a Visa or MasterCard, leaving a cred [Read more]
Wear easy off shoes with you on the plane
By: SDRStaff
Travel Tip by Diver2500 Going through the TSA check points, we are all now required to take off our shoes. Wearing flip-flops, sandal or slip on shoes is th [Read more]
Traveling With Medication
By: SDRStaff
Travel If you take prescription medications, keep them in the original containers or take a doctor's prescription with you. Best to also have the pharmacy la [Read more]
Best time to pack for your trip
By: SDRStaff
Travel tip by Diver2500 Packing for a trip is infinitely easier when you’ve just done laundry and you have your clothes all separated. You know that they [Read more]
Think small when packing
By: SDRStaff
Travel Tip by Diver2500 Visit your local Target or CVC and ask for a variety of sample size products before your next weekend getaway. Not only your bag wil [Read more]
Avoid Overweight Baggage Charges
By: SDRStaff
Travel Tip by domorediving After a recent trip to the Caribbean, several passengers were charged excess baggage for being 2 LBs over the the limit. Suggest [Read more]
Packing Batteries
By: SDRStaff
Travel Tip by domorediving TSA has been cracking down on batteries. Contained batteries (in a light or strobe etc.) are not normally the problem, it is l [Read more]
Electrical Outlet and Plugs
By: SDRStaff
Travel Tip by domorediving go on line and visit your dive destination and determine what kind of plug is used in that country. You should also check voltage [Read more]
Carry On Your Medication
By: SDRStaff
Travel Tip by DoMoreDiving Suggest that due to lost or delayed bags, you should hand carry your everyday meds with you in your carry on bag [Read more]
Download you CAMERA OWNER'S MANUAL
By: SDRStaff
Photo & Video If you are bring a camera along, whether you are shooting underwater or on the surface, it's a good idea to bring the camera owner's manual with you. [Read more]
ADD AN OFFSET STROBE
By: SDRStaff
Photo & Video An on-camera flash aims straight down the water column to the subject and then straight back to the camera lens. Any particles suspended in the water [Read more]
Photo Tip - GET CLOSER
By: SDRStaff
Photo & Video Underwater photo colors washed out? Does everything have that hazy blue color? Backscatter? Quick Remedy . . . get closer to your subject! [Read more]
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