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Snorkeling Fins 101

Snorkeling Fins 101

By on May 18, 2017 in diving with 0 Comments

Snorkeling fins are an important part of the gear used for underwater adventures. The wide flat surfaces of the fins allow snorkelers to navigate under water more easily. Every time the snorkeler kicks their legs the fins exert more force, pushing the diver through the water with greater ease. Fins are available in different sizes, colors, and designs depending on their intended use.

Snorkeling fins are available in heel-strap and full-foot styles. Heel-strap fins attach around the heels of the snorkeler, so make sure to check the straps for wear and tear before heading out into the ocean. Full-foot snorkeling fins are worn like shoes and are reportedly less clumsy to walk in and more comfortable over all. When wearing fins for the first time you may want to wear socks so the material won’t rub your feet raw.

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When wearing fins for the first time you may want to wear socks so the material won’t rub your feet raw.

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To experience the ultimate dive, you’ll want to be sure to carry a mesh dive bag. This lightweight storage bag allows divers to bring along supplies that cannot be individually carried or strapped onto your body. It’s important to minimize the equipment/supplies that are directly attached to your body to prevent the risk of entanglement. Therefore, a diving bag allows you to experience a safe, yet adventurous, dive.

SCUBA Diving Basics: Gear, Tips, How to

SCUBA Diving Basics: Gear, Tips, How to

By on November 26, 2016 in diving with 0 Comments

The journey to a safe diving experience begins with making the right equipment selection. A diver’s life depends on using the right equipment when diving in certain places. Divers need to choose the right diving gear based on the conditions they expect to dive, like caves, caverns, shallow water etc. Once a diver chooses the correct diving gear, he then needs to learn to use it properly.

What Equipment Do You Need to Scuba Dive? 

* Scuba diving mask

* Fins

* Dive Computer

* Wetsuit

* Drysuit

* Regulators

* Buoyancy Compensator

* Dive knives

* Underwater lights

* Whistles

* Surface marker buoys for surface communication

* Underwater signaling devices

* Weights

* Tanks

* Snorkel

* Booties or wet socks

* Helmet for cold water diving

Where To Purchase 

Select your retail shop, mail order, individuals for pre-owned or online scuba diving equipment retailer carefully. Chose one that provides excellent service, products, support, expertise, and guarantees. Price should never come before quality and safety. Some scuba diving gear comes in a complete package deal with more than one piece of equipment to help you save time, money, and hassle. Master instructors can certainly tell you the right type of gear to purchase for your certain scuba diving trip.

Equipment You Should Avoid

* Cheap masks usually are made of a rigid silicone, they do not provide a well fit to the face.

* If the suit fits to tightly or rubs

* Wetsuits made with materials that become hard after diving

* Fins that are too heavy can cause cramps in the water

* Split fins are not suitable for Frog kicking style

* Full foots fins are inconvenient in shore dives

* Simple Lycra suits provide little thermal insulation

* Avoid having your scuba equipment to prolonged exposure to sunlight, heat, and chlorinated water

Some Scuba Gear in Water That is 15-24ºC/60-75ºF 

Mask- Tempered-glass lens for safety, or lenses made from really strong, high-quality composite materials. High-tech, heads-up display that allows you to check critical dive data.

Snorkels- Folding or collapsing snorkels become compact enough to fit in your BCD or wetsuit pocket. Technical divers often carry these snorkels for emergency use.

Dive computers- one primary and one backup to track and display decompression requirements, and allow tech divers to switch to different kinds of gas blends to optimize decompression.

 SPG- displays how much air remains in your tank so that you can end your dive well before you get too low.

Full body suits- Comes with a variety of thicknesses for different water temperatures.

Attached hood- Prevents cold water from flowing in through your wetsuit collar as you swim.

Hoods, gloves and boots– accessories you add when wearing a wetsuit or dry suit for additional warmth and protection.

Shallow Water Diving Gear for Snorkeling 

Does not require you to wear heavy or cumbersome equipment. Rafts hold 1 air cylinder in a recessed compartment. Quad Rafts hold 2 air cylinders. Rafts are inflated using a “power inflator nozzle” which is easily connected to a compressed air cylinder. Flag to alert individuals at the surface that there are divers below the water. Participants breathe through a standard scuba regulator system and mouthpiece. Participants wear a lightweight, highly adjustable, quick-release harness from which the air line is attached. Masks and fins are worn. Floatation vest are designed for children.

Scuba Diving Safely With Your Diving Gear 

  1. Be sure that your diving equipment can handle the dive you have planned and that the equipment is working well.
  1. Cave diving is dangerous and should only be attempted by divers with proper training and equipment.
  1. During descent, you should gently equalize your ears and mask.
  1. Never dive outside the parameters of the dive tables or your dive computer.
How to Rig a Diving Raft

How to Rig a Diving Raft

By on December 15, 2015 in diving, ropes with 0 Comments

Are you a fan of scuba diving? If so then, you might be interested in building your own diving raft. It’s basically a collection of planks and a floating tool that is used as a launching pad. Besides using the raft for scuba diving you can also use it for other water sports such as deep-water swimming and fishing. Here are some helpful tips for constructing them:

  1. Decide if you want to anchor the raft

This is one option. Another option is to let the raft freely drift. There are various factors to consider when choosing which option is best for your needs. However, one of the most critical ones is where you’ll be scuba diving. If the water isn’t deep enough for scuba diving, then you’ll definitely want to have the option of allowing the raft to drift freely. However, if you want to dive near the shore, then you should consider attaching it to a pier or similar structure.

  1. Consider important design issues

Before you start building your design, make sure that you deal with important issues related to its design. For example, which building materials will you use? There are many options, but wood is definitely one of the best choices, due to its low density. However, there are other options so it’s critical to consider various issues such as their density and buoyancy. Another critical factor to take into consideration is the floating mechanism that’s used on the raft. In particular, it should be able to sustain both the weight of the people on the raft, and the raft itself.

  1. Secure all materials and tools before starting

While this sounds like conventional wisdom, it’s surprising how many people start constructing rafts before taking the basic step. Some of the key materials and tools you’ll likely need include:

  • Treated lumber
  • Pressure-treated boards
  • Large plastic barrels
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Saw
  • Rope/Nails/Braces/Clamps

Purchasing all materials and tools online will make the entire process much easier, as you can get them via one-stop shopping.

  1. Build the raft close to a big body of water

This solves various issues. It will reduce the cost of transporting the raft to the lake, sea, etc. It will make it easier to test the diving raft, as you’ll be by the body of water to make it easier.

  1. Construct the raft by using a step-by-step process

The steps will vary based on the tap of raft you build. However, the general steps will be to build the frame, construct the frame supports, attach the floating barrels, adjust the platform, and install an aluminum ladder.

6.  Have the raft inspected before using it

This is critical as it might seem that you’ve constructed a sturdy raft, but then discover that it’s unstable. It’s critical to have an expert check out the raft, in order to be 100% certain. The time to learn if there are any needed tweaks is before you take out the raft for scuba diving, rather than when you’ve already started using it.

Where to Rig a Dive Knife

Where to Rig a Dive Knife

By on November 4, 2015 in diving with 0 Comments

Many people image a diver with a big knife strapped to their ankle, sheathed and look really bad ass.  They envision the diver using this huge, Crocodile Dundee-looking knife to fight of sharks and cut their way out of giant squid.  However, that’s not really the case.

Many divers today don’t even strap their knifes to their ankles any longer.  Most divers don’t opt for the large dive knifes.  However, a lot of divers to attach more than one, smaller knife to different spots on their body when diving.

Rigging a Dive Knife to the Body

Why Not the Ankle?

Unless you have on only snorkel gear and you’re riding the surface, then attaching a dive knife to your ankle is just not a good idea. It won’t always be easy to get to way down on your ankle and can easily get tangled and caught up with many things when diving.  Most people recommend that if you’re going to attach your knife to your ankle then you should do so on the INSIDE of the calf/ankle area so that it it is less likely to get caught.

How Big?  What’s it REALLY for?

Diving knifes don’t have to be the huge, monstrous things blades that we talked about in the first paragraph.  Many divers are opting for smaller knives without a tip.  Why?  Because all you really need it for when diving is to cut. You need to be able to saw through a line that you’re caught in.  This is especially important when diving wrecks and the like.  In a confined space you need to be able to cut away anything that you might be caught on.  The sharp, pointed tip of a dive knife rarely becomes necessary and can actually cause you more harm than good.

Places to Attach

So where do you rig your diving knife?  Some people still put them on their lower bodies, around the ankles and calve.  Again, it’s smarter to put this on the INSIDE of the leg rather than the outside to avoid getting caught and snagged.  Others rig their dive knives to their belt/wait area or chest/shoulder area by rigging it to their BCD or other SCUBA gear.

Note:  Some people are not even wearing dive knives, anymore.  Instead, these people are opting for just wire/rope cutters.  We can’t recommend that because you never know when an actual serrated knife blade will come in handy.

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