Friday, March 30, 2018

If it's been a while since you've watched these videos, here is a list of the most viewed, popular, and important... I hope there are some valuable lessons you can take from them!

So, you want to learn how to scuba dive on your vacation. Please learn locally!

Not all programs are created equal. The new student has a lot to gain by doing their dives locally. Not only have you developed a relationship with their instructor, this instructor has gotten to know their students in an out of the water. 

If you haven't dove in a while, a Scuba Diving Refresher Course is what you need. Diver complacency.

Divers sometimes feel that scuba diving is like riding a bicycle. The biggest difference if you fall down on a bike and fall down underwater is obvious! Don't overestimate how much you think you know. A full refresher course should never be a couple hours in the pool if you've taken more than a year off from scuba diving.

Good buoyancy skills and techniques are easy! Here are some things to consider...

Good buoyancy is an important skill to learn. Contrary to popular belief, you can learn from day one of your training. If you are going to have to fix some things you've been doing wrong, the best place to start is to slow down!

Who is responsible when a scuba diver dies? "Rob Stewart's family is taking legal action"

When a diver dies, friends and family sometimes want to blame others. However, diver error is often the cause of injury or death. Scuba diving is dangerous. If you are going to take shortcuts, it will eventually catch up to you.

Scuba diving and sign language don't mix. Don't sign and dive! Focus on your dive!

When we go scuba diving, it's important to stay focused and communicate where we are within our dive plan. That can include being okay, having enough air, getting closer to your buddy, and that you're out of air. However, a conversation about what to have for dinner can wait until the end of the dive!

Situational Awareness is VERY Important in Scuba Diving (SUBTITLED). Pay attention while underwater!

Everyone thinks they are paying attention to what's going on more often than they really are. If you think you know what's going on right in front of your eyes, this video is for you.

Scuba diver panics and bolts to the surface... Panic is NOT the same thing as anxiety.

Panic can happen even to the most trained individuals. When it does, there is little that can happen to fix that problem especially while underwater. Anxiety, on the other hand can happen to anyone at anytime but anxiety is our body's way of telling us something does not feel right. If we listen to it, or if others are watching for it, we can deal with it before panic manifests itself.

Another diver comes to the rescue. How two divers almost became statistics. Safe diving practices.

Most people at one time or another has thought they were more qualified than they really are. When this happens, a diver can end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. If this happens to be you, you might not have someone there to help you get out of this bad place!

Equipment assembly at poolside for a dive. Are you assembling your equipment correctly?

Putting scuba equipment together is not hard, however if you've never seen this equipment before, there is a better way to do it. With that said, it always make more sense to correct an assembly error before completing the rest of the assembly. Knowing what your equipment does is important, but knowing why it does those things takes precedence.

Human Factors Skills in Diving Review of Presentation at DEMA. Scuba skills, safety, and awareness.

Human beings are interesting creatures. They will do things that others have proven to be dangerous just because it hasn't happened to them. Sometimes, people walk through life with blinders on. Underwater, not seeing the bigger picture has dire consequences. Sometimes you don't know what you don't know.


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