A Basic Guide To Choosing Scuba Fins

Scuba fins are one of the most important scuba investments you will make. There are many options and it’s all down to personal preference. What is your swimming style? Do you want power or economy of effort? Will you be mostly shore or boat diving? Will you be travelling with them often? Let’s look at what to think about when choosing your fins. Here's our article about  Dive Gear: When To Buy What. Foot vs. open heel Full foot fins fit like a shoe. They are great if you’re looking for something for dive travel and are not shore diving....

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Buying A Dive Computer: Tips And Tricks

A dive computer was not something I really thought I would need at first. I was quite happy to plan with my dive tables and logbook and spend the money on more dive trips. So What's The First Dive Equipment You Need To Purchase? When I started working and diving every day, sometimes 4-5 times, my computer became one of my favorite things. Here’s why. Here are a few Common Features you’ll like about your dive computer: It’s on my wrist Actually my first computer was built into my console, but that’s not so common these days. It is a...

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The Bad Diver and Aquatic Awareness

How many divers touch the Reef, the Corals or even the Fish when diving? Is it normal practice for divers, now a days, to touch and feel anything on their dive? Christina Christensen is a good friend of mine who is a recently qualified Open Water Scuba Instructor. Whilst discussing our diving experiences by email, she got on the subject of irresponsible divers. This is what she said: “From my experience with customers I've come across too many examples of people acting like the underwater environment is their own personal playground” she started out. “I really wish some of...

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From Normal Life to a Scuba Diver Life: Making the choice

So you have an interview, now what? Welcome back, readers, to the next episode of ‘when life gets changed for the better’. In our first instalment your friendly newly qualified instructor and author had decided to give up his normal life as a teacher to teach diving full time.  In the last instalment we talked about putting our cover letter and CV together and how to get in touch with the dive industry. Well gosh, golly and darn wouldn’t you just know that with a good CV and cover letter even an inexperienced instructor like me can get dive...

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From Normal Life to a Scuba Diver Life: Getting the Job

In the last episode we saw our ‘hero’ giving up his normal life to become a full time scuba pro. A baby was on the way and it was uncertain where would be the best places to go or to avoid. Faithful DIVE.In readers came to the rescue with helpful ideas and comments which were very much appreciated. Soon ideas about how to make things work began to form. On August 10th young Dylan Marlin Strudwick was born to exhausted but grateful parents. During the last few weeks we have made a list of ‘top 40’ most suitable destinations ...

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I’m Taking the Step: From Normal Life to a Scuba Diver Life

I’m Simon. I’m a 34 year old PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, and I’m expecting a new Baby in August. After a tough year at my last job I took 8 months out and worked a dive season in Honduras, going from advanced diver with only 14 dives to Dive Instructor with 200 by the end. I was the happiest I’ve ever been and before I left I promised myself that I would make diving my career. In the last few months I have sold my car, my house and most of my stuff. I’m just waiting for November-December...

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Choosing a Regulator mouthpiece

Being comfortable in the water is a big thing for me. I believe that not only does it make diving more enjoyable but can have an impact on my air consumption too.  As someone who seems to destroy mouthpieces on a regular basis I have tried a lot of different types. Yes, I am a ‘mad muncher’,  a terrible mouthpiece chewer who has spit out more than my fair share of silicon. I would like to share my experiences with you to help you make the best choice to suit your needs. Basic/Standard These are often supplied with rental...

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The 6 toughest PADI Divemaster skills -Tips and Tricks

Everyone has experienced strengths and weaknesses with their water skills. Dive masters and Instructors need to be able to not only do the PADI dive skill but show them to demonstration quality. Whether you are a novice diver or an experienced dive instructor, here are some useful tips and tricks to getting those elusive perfect scores. Weight Belt Removal and Replacement Underwater When I am doing demonstrations I like to be significantly over weighted. But when you take off your weight belt sometimes you start to float around a bit. My cheat is to put only one small weight...

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