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How ocean pollution affects humans [Video + Infographic]

Ocean Pollution has put our oceans at the brink of disaster Every year more than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans, but how does that affect humans and what can we do to stop this behavior? Plastic and other forms of pollution are ending up in our...

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Why Diving Should Be Done Slowly

Most new divers are told the same thing when diving with more experienced buddies: slow down! Most inexperienced divers swim too fast, and fidget too much under water. The immediate result is that they consume too much air (ending the dive prematurely), scare off...

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10 Things Not To Do If You Love Scuba Diving And The Ocean

How to protect the ocean, even when you’re not diving Scuba divers, by and large, love the ocean. And as a natural consequence of that, they’re interested in protecting it for ocean conservation. And there are a number of things you can do while diving to that end,...

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Diving Wetsuit: Why You Need To Buy Your Own

Having your own diving equipment is awesome, but when you are just starting out, it’s not a life or death situation if you don’t own everything off the bat. Go out and get some experience first, ensuring that diving is for you. The last thing you want to do is to...

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The Coral Reef: A Diver’s Delight

Divers get to experience beauty unlike anything we will ever see on land. Coral reefs only add to the incredible natural beauty that exists beneath the water, and they are often the most sought out diving spots. With so many coral reefs the world over, it’s often...

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50 fascinating facts about the ocean

Our oceans are filled with wonders that you can't really imagine! The Earth’s oceans are a world of mystery, magic and beauty. It’s this apart from anything else that lures divers into their depths. There is a seemingly endless array of fascinating facts about our...

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Hick’s Law – Making Choices In Scuba Diving

Ever found yourself in a situation where you’re struggling to make a choice between a number of options? Then you already know Hick’s Law. The psychology behind making choices A British psychologist, William Edmund Hick conducted a series of experiments exploring the...

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Choosing A Diving Center: What You Need to Know

There is something about travelling to far off lands that sparks a dormant love of the sea. Whether you have been diving before or not you have the urge to get in and under the water. The beach is littered with dive shops offering dive trips and courses. You need to...

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Going Pro: How To Become A Dive Master

Taking scuba diving from a passion sport to one that makes money can seem like a thrilling prospect. The sport you love can become a career or you can learn even more about the activity that you enjoy. One way to accomplish this is through the divemaster certification...

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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...

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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...

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Scuba Diving Mask – What To Look For When Buying A Mask

A scuba mask is a vital piece of equipment when you are diving. It is important that you ensure it not only fits properly but is equalized and defogged. Scuba masks are often constructed from silicon and tempered glass so that they can withstand being under water....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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?...

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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...

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Dive Equipment 101

New to diving and bit unsure about all the new dive equipment? Here is DIVE.in’s Equipment 101 where we tell you all about the scuba gear and what you need to know. We have separated the articles into smaller bits, concentrating on one main theme. Here you’ll find a...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Night Dive: Rules, Recommendations and Fun Facts

If you feel that scuba diving is a thrilling exercise, try night diving. It is quite an interesting and mysterious experience. Once you descend into the water at night and discover a whole new world, you will definitely want more. Surprises or Fun Facts Night dives...

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How To Master Your Buoyancy: With UW Frisbee

Fun with the underwater Frisbee A great way of becoming a better diver is by mastering your buoyancy to perfection. It makes you stir up less bottom silt, gives you better air consumption, and generally gives you a greater control of yourself underwater. There are a...

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What Is The First Dive Equipment I Need To Purchase?

You have just finished your last of many diving courses and now you are a certified diver. You learned a lot of new exciting things and a whole new world has opened up to you. This includes a lot of new cool dive equipment. During the course you learned to use the...

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Survive A Silt-Out!: Diving In Low Visibility

Would you know what to do if you get caught in a silt-out with almost zero visibility? Silt-outs are what happens when we kick up the fine sediment that we often find in enclosed underwater areas, such as inside wrecks or caves, as well as sometimes on the bottom of...

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Benefits of Being A Dive Instructor

Taking the plunge to learn to teach diving is rewarding in many ways! Majority of certified scuba divers worldwide never venture further in their dive education than to the entry level certification (Open Water Diver or similar). There are still quite a few divers...

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Buddy Diving For Safety and Support

If you could choose solo diving or buddy diving, which would you prefer? It is actually not the question of preference; it is a matter of safety. If you are a novice diver, the buddy system is a must for you, and if you are an advanced or expert diver, it still might...

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A Scuba Diver’s Impact On A Coral Reef

Coral reef diving is an all-time favorite to most scuba divers. But like it or not, scuba divers are causing substantial damage to the world’s coral reefs. Scientific evidence shows that divers are directly and/or indirectly responsible for damaging the reef life with...

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Cave Diving: Why Choose Cave Diving In The Cenotes

The Yucatan Peninsula and Riviera Maya in Mexico are very well known among other things for the Cenotes. They are the largest underground fresh water cave system in the world. They run for kilometers from North West to South East of the Peninsula and end up in the...

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Dive Packing Guide – What to bring on a Scuba Holiday?

You just booked your first Scuba Diving Holiday since you started diving. So what do you bring with you for the trip overseas? Well, you’ll pack the usual: clothes, sun lotion, camera, toiletries…those kinds of things of course. But where do you fit all of your dive...

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How I got into Commercial Diving

It was September 1993 and together with my girlfriend I arrived at Villamendhoo Island in the Maldives. I was excitedly looking forward to some Big game fishing, but my mood quickly changed when upon checking in at reception there was a notice saying Big game fishing...

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Fit Diving: Contraindications To Scuba Diving

Are you really fit to dive? And how can you really know what it means to be fit for diving? We look at the “contraindication” and how it relates to fit diving: When starting our diving, almost all organizations require participants on courses to sign a medical...

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Shark Finning: What is it?

Why would anyone ever kill a shark for its fins? And cut it off and let it drop to the bottom for a slow and painful death! There are many different type of animals that are hunted from beneath the ocean’s surface. From the larger fish to clams and oysters, many of us...

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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....

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Make a positive difference for the environment

Part II on how to be a more environmentally safe diver focuses on making a distinct, positive difference to the marine environment. In the first article in this series, we looked at ways of minimizing the negative impact that a diver can have on his or her local...

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Managing Your Air Consumption: Practical Tips

Nothing is more disappointing than prematurely ending your dive because you have used too much air.  In situations like these, you, along with your dive buddy, surface, and sees the rest of the dive group diving on. If you are a new diver, chances are you may...

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Dive Gear: When to Buy What?

You might ask yourself: When should I buy my first set of Dive Gear? Here on DIVE.in, we've already covered what dive equipment should be your first bit of dive equipment. But what about the remaining kit? When should you go all-in and buy your own? How much should...

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Underwater photo: A beginner’s guide

Tired of bluish underwater pictures with lots of white spots? Here we'll guide you to much better pictures form your dives. Taking pictures while diving is quite different than taking them on the surface. Underwater there are a lot of factors that will effect on the...

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Buoyancy Control – How to Improve Your Skills

Buoyancy control is one of the most essential skills that you can learn and perfect as a scuba diver. It is the skill that will fine tune your diving efficiency and make your diving fun and effortless. It is an important skill to master to eliminate a diver’s...

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Drift Diving 101: All you need to know about Drift Diving

Drift diving can be one of the most rewarding types of diving, but it does require certain precautions. What is drift diving? Drift diving is a type of diving where instead of fighting a current, we go with it. Usually we’re told to always start a dive swimming...

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Underwater Navigation 101: How to navigate underwater

Finding your way under water can be tricky, Right? So navigation skills are key to a successful dive. Learn to cover the basics here. One of the elements of both entry-level dive and advanced dive courses that challenges most divers is the navigation. There are a...

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Getting Your Scuba Skills Ready For Spring

The mercury is slowly inching its way into warmer temperatures, and your scuba gear’s all ready. But how are those dive skills? Still fresh after the off-season? In a previous article, we covered how to prepare your gear for the coming of the spring, and with it, the...

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Getting Your Scuba Gear Ready For Spring

Spring is coming, and for many, this signals the beginning of the scuba diving season. Follow our guide to see how to prep your gear for the season. For most divers, the ones who haven’t taken to cold water diving, winter equals off-season. When spring rolls around,...

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How I became a Commercial Diver

Here is my experience of commercial dive schools. Having decided to embark on a career as a commercial diver my next move was to choose a school to become a commercial diver. You can also read how I came to the point of becoming a commercial diver. Pre-course...

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Night Diving 101: Get started Scuba Diving at Night

Getting started on night diving requires a bit of training, a bit of kit, and a bit of new procedures, but it opens up a whole new world of diving. Night diving can seem daunting for many scuba divers new to the sport. The prospect of a dive in the dark of night can...

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Photographing Manta Rays – Underwater Photo Guide

There are few underwater images as iconic as the graceful Manta Ray captured in full flight with a picture perfect blue background. Although there are many locations throughout the world that offer the opportunity to dive with Mantas, each present their own unique...

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Equipment Review – Fourth Element Argonaut Drysuit

British diving “software” producer Fourth Element has long been known for their high quality insulating undergarments, wetsuits, gloves, hoodies, boots, and most recently, their travel gear. It had long been rumored that they’d be putting out a drysuit, as this was...

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Boat Diving 101: How to do Boat Diving right

Boat diving is by far the most convenient form of diving: easy access to dive sites off-shore, and minimal walking around with your gear on your back. Boats are used extensively in diving, and for good reason. While shore diving has much to offer, a number of dive...

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Cave Diving: First Time Cave Training in the Cenotes

For a long time I had been intrigued by cave diving. There are many underwater caves in the world ready to be explored by intrepid cave divers. The Cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico are particularly famous caves. Read more about why we chose the Cenotes for...

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Safer Diving: Situational Awareness

How to develop the sixth sense of advanced scuba diving, the illusive “situational awareness”. This is the last article in our three-part article series about emergency planning. First we covered personal dive planning and yesterday we talked about dive emergency...

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Safer Diving: Team Emergency Planning for Scuba Diving

How to increase safety for your entire dive team! This is the second in a three-part article series about emergency planning. The first covered personal dive planning, this second one covers the dive team emergency plan, and the third and final will cover situational...

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Safer diving: Always have a backup plan

This is the first in a three-part article series about emergency planning, this one will cover personal planning, the second will cover the dive emergency plan, and the third and final will cover situational awareness. Scuba diving is a fantastic sport, one that...

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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...

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Know Your Air Consumption: Calculating Your SAC’s

If you’ve moved beyond the basics of Scuba diving, and have started planning your own, independent dives, you should know you Surface Air Consumption, or SAC. It could save your life. It’s happened to me more times than I like to admit; running out of air during a...

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Free diving: All the best Skin Diving Techniques

Most people get into scuba diving out of a wish to go deep and stay long, something that requires a plethora of equipment. But just maybe there’s merit in re-visiting the techniques of skin divers? I recently spent some time at a coastal town, with not a dive center...

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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...

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Become a Better Diver through Shore Diving

If you’re anything like me, you still vividly remember that first breath from a regulator while you were under water. And if you’re reading this now, that experience probably changed your life forever! You became a diver! For most of us, after earning the scuba...

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Flying with Dive Equipment: How to Make it Work for You

We’ve previously covered some of the tips and tricks to make travelling for diving easier, and cheaper. In this follow-up, we’ll dive deeper into how to wrangle the airline rules to make sure you don’t end up paying too much for excess weight. With airlines constantly...

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Seasickness and Scuba Diving

Seasickness is something that most of us have heard of but may not fully understand. All we know is that we would like to avoid it if at all possible. It is no fun to have but is a natural response to the situation that we put ourselves through. This can be extremely...

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Equipment Review: Oris Aquis Depth Gauge Dive Watch

Presented on the recent Basel World 2013 watch expo, this brand new mechanical dive watch is aching to show you how deep it is. Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Oris has a solid reputation among divers. While their watches do not have the notoriety of Rolex or Omega,...

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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....

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Vertigo during a dive – Which way is up?

Have you ever experience vertigo doing a dive? It’s the same feeling you get when spinning to many time around. Often when it happens it’s due to different pressure on your eardrums ex if one ear is equalized and the other isn’t. As soon as the other ear “pops” you...

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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...

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Living the Dream – Behind the Diving Industry

Days off in my job aren't like 'normal' days off. I have to grab them as I can and when I can. Sometimes I get one day a week other times it can be longer before I get a break, but when I do have them they are pretty perfect. Sitting on the deck of my gorgeous beach...

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Safety Equipment: Nautilus Lifeline

The Nautilus Lifeline is a product intended never to be used: a combined VHF radio and GPS transmitter, making it possible for divers who get separated from their boat to radio their own boat or any boats in range and transmit their position. On a recent liveaboard to...

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Diving fitness: Training for Scuba Diving

When diving we try to pace ourself and take it slowly to conserve our air, but divers can nonetheless benefit from being in physically good shape. Then what kind of training and how much is needed? Divers often call diving “the lazy man’s sport”, owing to the fact...

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Stay Longer Underwater: Learning to Breathe

Nobody wants to have to cut a diving trip short because they run out of air more quickly than expected. What’s even worse is when you have to cut your buddy’s diving trip short too. Suffice is to say you’ll likely be buddy-less after a few of those episodes. Time is...

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Equipment Review: Turtle Fins

The Turtle Fin is made of classic design, wide, short, and made of natural rubber. This makes for a powerful, no-bull fin, ideal for technical diving. A staple with technical divers and professional divers (including military and rescue divers) it’s a tried-and-true...

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Underwater Communication – A Guide to Hand Signals

Contrary to popular belief, there are a lot more hand signals than only those involving the thumb; or the middle finger. When you are underwater, talking is not an option and your dive buddy may not understand what your frantic flailing and waving means. That’s why it...

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Equipment Review: The Halcyon Titanium H Knife

In the palm of your hand! Dive knives are funny things. On one hand, they’re probably the one item that non-divers think of first when they think of dive gear. The image of a diver in wetsuit with a knife strapped to his calf is for many the quintessential image of...

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Product Review: Fourth Element Light Manta Travel Bag

The f.Light Manta Travel Bag is a large travel duffel from British dive gear producer Fourth Element. Mostly known for their wetsuits and drysuit undergarments, they have taken a stab at travel gear with the launch of the f.Light Manta Travel Bag. The bag is designed...

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Become A Dive Pro: The Zero To Hero Program

For those who want to become a certified divemaster but do not have a great deal of time to complete the task and training, there is still an option available to you. If you are a newbie who wants to learn quickly but are not sure how to become a divemaster without...

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The secret of Smoking Underwater!

Now that I have the attention of all the smoking divers, in this article you will learn the secret behind smoking while scuba diving. I know, everybody says: “what!” Okay I lied. You will learn how to make it look like you are smoking underwater. And how is this...

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SMB And DSMB: Identifying Your Marker Buoys

SMB or DSMB is short for Surface Marker Buoy or Delayed Surface Marker Buoy. Searching around the internet I found a lot of different opinions on this subject. All agree that it’s a surface marker, and that DSMB is deployed underwater. But an SMB can either be a big...

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Dive Photo Guide: Be Creative

Taking a photo is as simple as clicking a button on a camera with a target object in range. However, creating a beautiful photo is all about being creative, and extraordinary underwater photography is an art to be mastered. Many scuba divers aspire to achieve that...

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Solo Diving: Would You?

It was not until 1999 that solo diving was formally entered into the certification roll by SDI. Although PADI, NAUI and other agencies have not included this type of diving certificate until now, solo diving has slowly gained acceptance among diving enthusiasts around...

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