Friday, March 30, 2018

Blog articles that you might have not read in a while. Some great lessons that you might have forgotten. Never be complacent underwater.

Learning how to get into the water with scuba diving gear isn't difficult. Every diver gets into the water. However, getting out of the water is all together another issue. If you have gotten a little complacent over the years, it's time you re-read some of these blogs! Complacency is more dangerous to a scuba diver than the lack of training.

Checklist for Referral Divers for their dive destination. What you need to know when you're completing your dives internationally.
Most scuba education does not teach you how to manage being on your own once you leave the dive shop. While most divers figure it out, the frustration and learning curve often contribute to diver drop-out. Don't a drop-out statistic...

An evaluation of diving off Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Not the act of diving, but the logistics of diving and what you need to know.
Even a dive instructor can get caught up in a fast-paced international diving environment that they are not familiar with. Just because you would do it "this" way at home doesn't mean you will do it "that" way when you're traveling. 

Response to Cave Diver Harry Article: Proper weighting.
Proper weighting is the key to good buoyancy, comfort in the water, and a matter of safety. Once properly weighted, you can't take for granted that you know how to ditch your weights, you have to practice it!

Average Depth Calculator (spreadsheet) Download and why your dive computer is just an expensive calculator. Decompression theory...
Computer technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, but a diver's understanding of the risks associated with diving has not. Relying on computer technology has it's place, and in diving, the computer can be a valuable tool. However, this valuable tool becomes a paperweight once the battery dies. What do you do then?

What you're really paying to get scuba certified. Did you read the fine print?
Scuba is a great sport. The marketing of scuba has exploded. With great marketing come a niche to be filled. What you don't learn might be the last thing you think of when you run out of air at 50ft. The saying, "you get what you pay for" is especially true when it comes to scuba diving. If you want to save money on your dive trip, don't dive!

Is it really that hard to find a good scuba diving instructor?
We work hard for our money and finding the best deal out there comes at a price. If you consider the costs of running a business, a scuba diving shop is no different. However, if the dive shop doesn't make anything from education, is there a value in that student? If an instructor ends up making minimum wage after all the work they put in, how valuable are you (the student) at the end of the day?

There is a long-lasting joke everyone knows about PADI... "Put Another Dollar In." If an agency that is as successful as they are with the marketing and promotion of scuba, shouldn't they be know for education, safety, training, or standards?

Private Scuba Instruction vs. Group Classes: Some insights, questions, and considerations... Which one do you choose?
Are you the lowest common denominator? Even if you do well in a group setting, if the instruction is being divided amongst eight students, how much do you really get? What are you learning while sitting on the ocean floor in a circle of divers waiting for your turn to demonstrate skills?

"Who's the barber, here?" Why is this important?
When some one tells you, "I've been doing this for 30 years," do you follow them blindly or will you throw common sense out the window? Program standards have changed over the last 30 years; Equipment has changed over the last 30 years; Educational requirements have changed over the last 30 years; Students' abilities have changed over the last 30 years; So, why would you give someone a 30 year old program?

To dive or not to dive the Oregon Coast Aquarium
There are several special several dive excursions that everyone has to do at least once. Homestead Crater (a 94° hotspring in Utah), Titan One Missile Silo (abandoned nuclear missile silo in Kennewick, WA), and in an aquarium. However, the rules and guidelines for safe diving practices should never change because it will be a "fun" dive.

"Justin Theroux suffered scuba diving scare during honeymoon" -- MY ANALYSIS AND TONGUE LASHING...!!!
Some want to just "try it and see if they like it." When it comes to a new recipe, one has little to lose. But when it comes to one of the most dangerous activities one can "try," scuba shouldn't be one of them. If you're going to try it, do that in a pool or pool-like conditions. If you do try it in the ocean, once is enough. If you want to continue diving, get certified!


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