For most of my diving career I have been diving off of small-ish inflatable boats (also fondly called Rubber ducks), longtails and similar small vessels. There is no denying that diving on these kind of boats have some draw backs like having to push the boat into the water before launching (in the case of Rubber ducks), less space to move around and you definitely feel the sway of the ocean more.
There might be a point in your dive career when you might think ‘I’ve seen it all’, when you’ve ticked whalesharks, manta’s, sharks and a wide variety of tropical reef fish off of your list. Or perhaps you enjoy the excitement and mystery of treasure hunt-diving… Then it might be time to try your hand at muck diving.
We have all been told to ‘Protect the skin you’re in’ by covering our bodies in sunscreen at least half an hour before going into the sun. While this is absolutely important, our need to protect ourselves is causing damage to our oceans. Between 6,000 and 14,000 tons –you read right, tons of sunscreen washes off into the ocean every year.
I only recently admitted to my friends, colleagues and bosses that I do not particularly like fish. Why then, you may ask, am I a dive instructor?
Buoyancy is often one of the difficult skills to get right for beginner divers, but once you get it, it just makes sense. Here are a few tips to help you master your buoyancy skills.
We have all heard the words ‘In the unlikely event of an accident’ during a dive briefing and seldom even give it a second thought. An unplanned trip to a recompression chamber is not always something we consider when planning a dive holiday filled with sun, fun and lots of diving. We have found some information on hyperbaric chambers, how they work and what to expect if the unlikely was to happen.
It’s coming up to midnight and your new dive buddy says “Let’s have one before the last one!” The weather is warm and the air smells like Tropical Island and holiday, so you think ‘Why not?” fully aware that you will be diving tomorrow.
DAN Asia-Pacific recently published an article titled ‘Divers can drown’. Certainly this is not the first thing that you want to over emphasise to a new, nervous entry level student. Based on DAN’s study nearly half of diving fatalities were caused by…
There are certain habits that scuba divers get taught on their entry level course that get discarded as ‘small, perhaps even insignificant, details’ as soon as we graduate from ‘Students’ to qualified divers. There could be many reasons why we chose not…
Three main factors could lead to diving accidents: human error, equipment and the environment. In 2007 researchers Peter Buzzcott, Michael Rosenberg and Terri Pikora investigated the factors leading up to three known risk factors for scuba diving incidents namely running out of…