Diving Blog

Aug 2015

Nitrogen Narcosis

Frequently referred to by divers as ‘getting narked’, nitrogen narcosis is a condition that affects people when breathing gas at high pressure, such as when a scuba diver descends to depths of 30 metres or deeper. The name derives from the Greek ...

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Jul 2015

Cold Water Considerations

Chances are that you may have gotten into scuba diving while on holiday in some tropical location. You may have fallen in love with diving, but the only spots near you might seem uninvitingly cold. Well with the right planning considerations, a cold ...

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Jul 2015

Overcoming Pre Dive Nerves

Pre dive nerves can kick in for a variety of reasons, and almost all divers will be effected at some point over their diving career. Trainee divers who may be worried about their first time at depth, or a particular skill they must perform are most l...

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Jul 2015

Solo Diving

Scuba diving has always traditionally been a team sport. The buddy system ensures that you never dive alone, mainly for safety reasons, but in 1999 SDI began to offer the Solo Diver Certification. Since then it has become a popular speciality, but ma...

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Jun 2015

Pregnancy and Diving

At the start of any dive training program the students must fill out a medical statement. This lists varies medical ailments or contradictions to diving that the student may have. Recently I was teaching an Open Water course and one of my female stud...

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Jun 2015

How to Deal with Currents while Diving

Currents evoke different reactions in different divers. Some divers love the thrill of zooming along a wall with the moving water, just hovering and watching the marine life pass by. Others may be terrified by the idea that they might suddenly get sw...

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Jun 2015

Relieving Cramp while Diving

Imagine you are swimming along one day over the top of a beautiful coral reef, your mind is focused on watching all the colorful critters in their natural habitat when suddenly it feels like somebody has torn a hole in your calf and you cannot even m...

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Jun 2015

Post Dive Drinking and Dehydration

It is no secret that many divers love a drink. What can be more refreshing than cracking open an ice cold beer after spending a day bathing in the sun’s rays and scuba diving. Many dive resorts have bars attached where it is common to see customers...

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May 2015

Snorkeling Safety Tips

Snorkelling is a great activity that can be enjoyed by almost anybody who has access to a body of water, such as a lake, a river or the ocean. Snorkelling is often shunned by scuba divers, but snorkelling is cheaper than scuba diving, generally safer...

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May 2015

Diving with Poor Eyesight

During your Open Water level training, you will learn that water magnifies objects underwater, making them seem larger and closer. For divers with mild vision problems (like myself) the magnifying effect of the water may help correct vision so it is ...

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May 2015

Is it Safe to Dive with Sharks?

Sharks as a species produce a wide variety of feelings in different people. As divers, snorkelers or free divers we usually cherish every moment we get to witness these top predators in their natural environment, whereas some people are too afraid of...

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May 2015

Diving and the Dentist

Not many scuba divers would think that a pre-dive holiday trip to the dentist is important, but the health of your mouth is just as important as the health of the rest of your body. Many of us would dive for a life time and never have any kind of rea...

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