Fitness And Diving: Getting Fit For Scuba Diving

Unlike many other academic classes that you were required to take in high school or college, scuba classes are much more fun and enjoyable. As a benefit, you do not have to spend a lot of hours in the library or your study room in order to successfully pass the course. You must simply come prepared — physically prepared, that is, because scuba diving requires some degree of physical fitness for you to make the most of it. Of course, anyone can dive regardless of weight and personal fitness, but consider the following advantages if a diver is physically...

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How To Become A PADI Dive Instructor

Do you dream of diving all the time, diving all over the world, and becoming a pro-diver? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions then becoming a PADI dive instructor could be for you!!! Teaching others to dive and giving them an exciting underwater hobby is such an amazing feeling. It will literally change your life forever. As a scuba instructor you get the chance to: Travel and work all over the world Meet and work with many different people and cultures Dive every day Dive in the most amazing places Enjoy a career in diving...

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Why Do We Pee After Diving?

Ever had to pee after scuba diving? You’re not alone, and you can thank (or blame) the pressure! Most divers have tried it at one point or another, and most experience it quite frequently: after coming back from a dive, they’re overwhelmed with a need to pee. But why the urge to pee after diving? Why does scuba diving and urinating go together? Well, as with most things in scuba diving, it has to do with pressure. It also has to do with the heart making a mistake! Pressure at depth Water is more dense than air, more than...

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11 Tips For Safe Diving

Is scuba diving a dangerous sport? No, it’s not. In fact, diving is considered to be safer than many other more conventional sports. Despite what sensationalist news headlines suggest, the incidence of diving accidents is far less frequent than you might imagine. And if you know your training and how to be a safe diver, the risks are minimal. In order to qualify as a scuba diver you have to pass a medical clearance, and complete both theoretical and practical exams. Add to this the fact that modern equipment is both reliable and high tech, and you have all the...

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Diving In Similan Islands – Khao Lak Area

Imagine crystal clear water and powder white sand that makes your feet want to be buried in it. This beautiful place is called the Similan Islands. It consists of nine islands resting about an hour’s speedboat away from the Khao Lak shore. This is where diving in Thailand got famous! Similan Islands is a paradise for both snorkelers and divers. Last year the Similans suffered from coral bleaching almost all around the islands. And since the islands are a national park, some areas have unfortunately been closed due to coral reef damage. The deeper parts of the reef have not...

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Alternate Air Source: Rules And Recommendations

As a diver you need the octopus. And I don’t mean that 8-legged ocean creature, I mean your alternate air source; in other words your second regulator or your backup. The octopus works the same way your primary regulator does. Here's the real Smart Octopus. If your primary regulator fails your alternate air source is there for you. And if your diving buddy would need to share air it’s there for him too. An alternate air source is often easy to distinguish because it has a bright neon pink, orange, yellow, or green tube. This is usually secured within...

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Cut Costs Not Safety – Is It Safe To Rent Scuba Gear?

The equipment required for scuba diving can cost a fortune. Renting equipment from a dive store is a great way to save money. Buy the essential items for yourself first, then rent scuba gear for the rest of the remaining equipment that you need. One thing you do need to know though is how to check the safety of your rented scuba equipment. Shop Around Rented gear has great value compared to buying your own dive equipment. Before you go, just make sure you know how to check if your rented scuba equipment is safe when you get there. Try...

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Sustainable Diving: How To Become An Environmentally Friendly Diver

When you begin diving one of the most important aspects is an understanding of the environment and respect for it. With just a bit of knowledge of respecting the environment, becoming an environmentally friendly diver can leave a positive impact. Each year scuba diving is becoming more and more popular all around the world. Due to lack of environmental education, many divers have a negative impact on the natural underwater environment. There are, however, many things which can reduce the problems caused when diving. Do you know A Scuba Diver's Impact On The Coral Reef? Contact If you touch the physical environment...

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Safety And Diving: Perceived Safety VS Actual Safety

Knowing the difference between looking safe and being safe can help you choose the right dive operator. A dive center might say they are and think they are your best option, even appearing so on the surface. But what happens when one day there is an actual accident? Yes, they might have oxygen, a state-of-the-art first aid kit, and a written Emergency Plan, but do they know how to use it all and most importantly do the plan work? Even if it’s a small dive accident, there could be a big issue if the dive operator is not prepared...

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Diving In East Timor: The Heart Of The Coral Triangle

Diving on the small island of East Timor is really incredible. The pleasant tropical climate and outstanding aquatic conditions combined with a goldmine of marine resources are what attracts divers to its waters. East Timor East Timor is located at the eastern end of Indonesia and northwest of Australia situated in the eastern part of the Malay Archipelago. This Southeast Asian country occupies a total land area of 15,410 square kilometers (24,795 square miles). East Timor’s main income sources are from its petroleum and natural gas resources and also producing coffee. Despite this, the country still struggles economically. Diving...

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Ditch The Compass: Natural Underwater Navigation

Often referred to as “pilogate,” naturally navigating your way underwater is an incredible skill to have as a diver. Knowing how to naturally navigate means that you are not dependent on anything other than your own senses and observations and don’t have to rely on a compass. Too many divers spend too much time staring at a compass and not enough time taking in the stunning surroundings. You can always Tune Up Your Scuba Skills. So, How Does it Work? Natural navigation is all about ditching the compass and learning how to use your surroundings to find your way around....

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Scuba Diving And Health: Decompression Sickness

What is Decompression Sickness and What Causes It? Decompression Sickness (DCS) is a condition in which rapid changes of pressure in an environment causes gases to form bubbles of gas, mainly nitrogen. In diving, when the diver descends, nitrogen is breathed in and is dissolved in the blood and tissues. Subsequently, nitrogen leaves the blood and tissues and forms into tiny bubbles when the diver ascends due to the drop in the surrounding pressure. If the nitrogen is not re-absorbed into the blood and exhaled through the lungs, these tiny bubbles can form into larger bubbles and cause serious...

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Diving with Asthma

Most people probably think that asthma is a definite contraindication for diving. Divers with perfectly healthy lungs often struggle with underwater breathing; why would an asthmatic even dream of trying it? Note: Before going diving with asthma you shall always get consent form a Licensed Physician, preferably who specializes in asthma or diving.  It has been said a million times and it remains true in this instance; nothing is impossible. Yes, asthmatics are at a higher risk of accident or injury while diving, but they are not completely incapable. Just like with all divers, the individual health of the...

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Diving And Travel: The Good And The Bad

Managing complexity when traveling to foreign countries “I couldn’t possibly go to Egypt, not with the way they’ve treated foreign journalists lately” my friend told me, as we were discussing location for his upcoming dive holiday over coffee. “I don’t want to support that system”. “OK,” I tried, “then how about Iceland?”. “Are you kidding me?” my friend shot back, “with the whaling? I definitely don’t want to support that!” Bias and Dilemma The little conversation got me thinking about the complexity we sometimes face on diving and travel, as many scuba divers do, to far off locations. Not all...

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Tips To Defog Scuba Mask

Unless you do something about it, it’s bound to happen, your mask fogs up during a dive. If you forgot what your scuba instructor taught you on this subject here is a small guide to avoid it, without you having to buy “mask defog liquid”. New Scuba Mask After buying a new scuba mask you want to wash it before using it. If you haven't bought one yet, here's What To Look For When Buying A Mask. All new masks have a layer, protecting the lens, which you want to remove before going diving. If not removed, this layer will...

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Diving In Denmark

A quick introduction to diving in the land of the Little Mermaid Denmark, the small kingdom in Scandinavia, may only have some 5.5 million inhabitants in its 16,000 square miles of land mass, and due to its northern latitude, it’s waters are not exactly abundant in corals and tiger shark. However, it boasts an impressive 4,500 miles of coastline, longer than the Chinese wall, and nearly 5 feet of coastline per inhabitant. Add to that more than a thousand years of nautical history, and you might see why scuba diving is quite a popular pastime here. An estimated 20,000...

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Oceans Awareness: The Triple-Threat To The Oceans

The three biggest threats to our oceans Let's take a look at our beloved oceans. What it is that threatens our oceans, and what we can do about it. Plastic Debris Garbage and debris in general, but plastic in particular, poses a threat to our oceans, and in particular to the animals living in them. Plastic bags floating in the water, and mistaken for food by for instance turtles, who mistake the plastic for jellyfish, and subsequently chokes to death on them. But the problem isn’t limited to large, individual pieces of plastic. Here's How To Become An Environmentally Friendly...

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Not Enough Plastic In The Ocean

New study finds that the amount of plastic debris found in our oceans is much less than previously estimated. But is this good or bad news? A new study, by Cozar et al, and published by PNAS.org, finds that plastic debris is more widespread in the world’s oceans than previously believed, but at the same time that there is far less of it than estimated in other studies of pollution of our oceans. The study, the first of its kind, used primary data collected from a research ship which, during a worldwide cruise, trawled for plastic debris on the...

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Where To Place Your Arms While Scuba Diving

In this article we are going to help you find a place to put your arms while scuba diving. If you are new to diving not having any ideas of what to do with your arms is common. Lots of times divers’ arms just sort of dangle and hang or they use them to swim along with their legs. With any luck, one of the following ideas on where to place your arms while scuba diving will work. Where Can They Be? Ultimately your arms can be wherever you’d like them to be, all you need to keep in...

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Safety Stop: Why Do I Need To Do It?

We generally see scuba diving as a fun sports activity that we are simply passionate about. To become a good scuba diver we need to receive professional training and then get into the water. That is true, but that is not all. We need to always remember a few important aspects of diving, and we can never afford to forget the safety rules while indulging in this fun sport. Safety stop is something we need to be cautious about. It is recommended at the end of each dive and mandatory for deeper dives. Let us look at this safety...

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