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Essential <b>Tips</b> for <b>Diving</b> with Marine Life | Void Magazine <b>...</b>

Posted: 14 Sep 2015 02:00 PM PDT

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on September 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Where are we diving this weekend Jacksonville? Luckily, we don't have to go much further than our own backyard to experience the wonders of the sea. There are so many things to love about scuba diving, whether it be the tranquility, the scenery, the adventure or, most of all, the wildlife.

As divers, we have a responsibility to protect the oceans and its inhabitants. We are guests in their home, and it's important to protect the fragile ecosystem.

Here are a few simple tips to safely dive with underwater animals:

Be aware of your body and equipment

Always be aware of where your equipment is. If any gauges or your alternative air source is dragging, it could damage reefs. Keep your fins from dragging by controlling your buoyancy. Many species of fish hide under the sand. It is important to try to refrain from kicking sand and coral with your fins, as it could harm the wildlife.

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Look don't touch

Florida reefs harbor all types of marine life … some of them are so cute, you just can't help but want to touch them. Consider how your actions may affect the animals and avoid touching or feeding them. Wild animals have unpredictable behavior, and though many species may not seem aggressive, you may be interrupting mating or feeding.

To people who don't dive, it is hard to explain why we love sharks or why we would want to run into them underwater. Sharks are a vital part of an ocean's ecosystem and need to be protected. If you are lucky enough to run into a shark, remain calm and still. Sharks do not commonly bother divers, but they do get curious. If a shark approaches you, simply push it away with your hand.

Dive Neutral

Scuba divers know how important it is to control your buoyancy. It is important to practice staying neutral to avoid contact with the ocean floor, reefs and other habitats. Know how much weight is needed, especially if you are carrying equipment like a camera.

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Learn the Land

If you are diving in a new location, know and follow local regulations. Local diving laws are enforced to protect marine life and preserve reefs. Divers are privileged enough to access historical dives sites that can be important to the community. Wrecks are often the homes to various species of marine life. To help preserve these sites for future divers, it is important to dive responsibility and treat wrecks with special care.

Slow Down

While diving, swim slowly through the water without excessive movement. Marine animals such as seals, dolphins or whales can be curious or friendly and may approach divers. Avoid flashing cameras and sudden movements, as it can startle marine life. Never chase an animal, even a docile one could become frightened and aggressive. Allow animals to interact naturally. This often makes for the best shots.

Each of these tips will help to keep the marine life safe. They will also help you avoid any diving injuries and make your dives more enjoyable. Now that you're armed with the proper etiquette, get out there and dive!


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11 Useful <b>Tips</b> For Safe <b>Diving</b> - <b>DIVE</b>.in

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 08:53 AM PDT

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Is scuba diving a dangerous sport? No, it's not.

In fact, diving is considered to be safer than many other more conventional sports.

Despite what sensationalist news headlines suggest, the incidence of diving accidents is far less frequent than you might imagine.

And if you know your training and how to be a safe diver, the risks are minimal.

Safe diving infographics

In order to qualify as a scuba diver you have to pass a medical clearance, and complete both theoretical and practical exams. Add to this the fact that modern equipment is both reliable and high tech, and you have all the ingredients for a safe sport.

Here's Dive Equipment 101.

PADI alone certifies nearly one million divers every year. So one can only imagine how many qualified divers there are out there. And yet, out of those millions, every year only approximately 1000 divers worldwide need decompression therapy.

It is true that a few scuba divers do experience accidents – some of them fatal. However, most of these are due to carelessness on the part of the diver, or overconfidence.

So here are 11 tips for all divers to keep in mind to ensure that they are diving safely.

  1. Plan, plan, plan.

You've heard it before and I'll say it again: plan the dive, and dive the plan. Planning a dive is vital when it comes to safety. Although this is particularly important for difficult or deep dives, it still applies to every dive that you do.

  1. Verify the safety of your equipment.

Check your equipment a week before you plan to dive. Make sure everything has been serviced and maintained properly. Remember to check the batteries for your dive computer and underwater torch. When you arrive at your destination and are ready to kit up, you need to check that your equipment is working properly. If you are diving with a buddy, then check his equipment too and ask him to check all your gear as well.

  1. Test new equipment in a controlled environment

It's natural to be excited to test out a new piece of equipment. However, in the interests of safety it is always best to first test new equipment in controlled conditions. Your best option is to test it in a swimming pool. If that is not possible, then make sure that you use it during an easy shallow dive first. You don't want to have to struggle with new equipment on a deeper dive.

  1. Make sure you are ready to dive.

In addition to your equipment, your body needs to be ready to dive. If you are feeling ill or otherwise unprepared to dive: listen to the messages that your body is sending you. It's more important to miss a dive because you're not feeling up to it, than it is to take risks.

  1. Find out about the current conditions (no pun intended!)

Before you dive you need to have an accurate assessment of the sea conditions. The surface conditions might affect the safety of boat launches, apart from anything else. The water temperature is important because that will determine what type of wetsuit to wear. Being too cold or too hot when you dive will be uncomfortable and might compromise your safety. Find out what the underwater conditions are. If there is extremely poor visibility, very strong currents, or other potentially problematic conditions then it might be safer to postpone the dive to another day.

  1. Dive within your limits

Under no circumstances should you dive beyond your limits. If you are only qualified to dive to a certain depth, then ensure that the dive plan does not exceed that depth. This also applies to specialized diving that requires additional certification. Do no attempt something like cave diving unless you have qualified by completing the relevant certification. There is no place for ego or bravado here.

  1. An alert diver is a safe diver

There is a reason why divers are cautioned not to drink alcohol for 24 hours before diving. You don't want to have alcohol in your system when you dive because you need to be alert. If you are feeling hungover or very tired, it is not advisable to dive. You need to be alert and focused in order to dive safely.

  1. Consult your gauges regularly

This might sound obvious but you'll be surprised how many accidents occur because divers don't adhere to this basic rule. If you are diving with a buddy, then let him know when you reach half your tank, and again when you reach your reserve. You and your buddy should from time to time ask each other how much air the other has left.

  1. Know the dive signals

Marine life enthusiasts often get excited about learning the signals for different species. However, the most important hand signals are those pertaining to safety. Make sure that both you and your buddy understand a comprehensive array of signals. Not being able to convey messages accurately and understand each other underwater poses a potential safety risk.

  1. Avoid colliding with a boat

Make sure that you always carry a marker buoy with you. Do not assume that boats can see you! Plan your ascent so that it is as close to your boat as possible. When you do your safety stop, make sure that you are at the recommended depth. If you don't control your depth and buoyancy properly then you run the risk of doing your safety stop at propeller depth. (True story.)

  1. Take responsibility

Even if you are diving with a buddy or even a team, you need to take responsibility for your own safety. It is up to you to ensure that you follow everything that you have learnt about safe diving. In this way you will avoid endangering yourself, or the other divers accompanying you on the dive.

Torben Lonne

Torben Lonne

Torben is a top skilled PADI MSDT instructor. He has worked several years with scuba diving in Indonesia and Thailand - and dived most of his life in most of the world.

He is also the co-founder and chief-editor of DIVE.in you can always catch him here [email protected]

Torben Lonne

Travelling for <b>Diving</b> - <b>Tips</b> and tricks for Dive Travel - DIVE.in

Posted: 15 May 2013 10:26 AM PDT

Traveling for a Scuab Holiday

Most divers travel at some point in their diver-life, either to try the waters elsewhere in the world, or simply because they don't live near diveable water. But as diving is a very equipment demanding sport, there are a few logistics that need to be considered.

To bring or rent

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It's tempting to simply rent the equipment locally, and thus avoid bringing a lot of luggage with you.

However, this doesn't always make financial sense, as equipment rental can be quite costly. Of course, if you're only looking to do a few dives while on your holiday, this is definitely a viable option. Instead of hauling a suitcase worth of dive equipment for a few dives, you simply rent it, and then leave it there once you're done.

However, if you are renting, make sure to check if the rented dive equipment is safe. Most dive shops are good at maintaining the scuba kit, but there is the occasional bad apple. So be a bit vigilant here.

If you're looking to do dives that are a bit more advanced than what most holiday divers do, rental might be a viable option. And it might not be your preferred option, as most scuba divers feel better doing advanced dives in kit they know and trust.

Also, if you're doing more than just the odd dive, you might want to do the math on the cost of it, as you might otherwise spend more on the rental than on the dives. So for specific dive trips in particular, you'll want to bring the kit along.

Packing Your Dive gear

Lots of things for trip in small suitcase

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If you are bringing your own kit, you'll need to consider what to bring on a scuba holiday and how to pack it most efficiently.

A lot of divers invest in large trolley suitcases designed for the diving. However, these tend to be quite heavy, and make it all the more likely that you'll have to pay for excess weight on the plane.

A strong, sturdy duffel, ideally with shoulder straps that allow it be carried as a backpack, can often do the trick better.

I recently made the switch from a trolley suitcase to a duffel, and on two trips to the same destination, with more or less the same dive equipment, and my checked in luggage weight went from 24 kilos/52 lbs in the trolley, to 19 kilos/41 lbs with the duffel.

What to bring Besides Dive Kit

On the way for a Scuba Trip

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For trips that are as much ordinary travel as they are dive trips, you'll need to mix it up accordingly, meaning you have to bring quite a bit of stuff.

However, there's quite a lot you can do to bring down the total amount of weight you're hauling.

An old backpacker trick is to take all the stuff you think you need, and lay it out on your bed. Then move it from there to the couch. Anything that doesn't fit, doesn't go. Then move it an armchair. Anything that doesn't fit, doesn't go. Finally, put it into your suitcase, duffel, or backpack. Anything that doesn't fit, doesn't go.

This can help you cut down, and cut all the unnecessary stuff many of us bring on trips.

If you're travelling with diving as the main purpose, it's a lot easier. For a week in a warm climate, you'll most likely need no more than a pair of shorts, maybe two, 3-4 T-shirts, a pair of pants and a sweatshirt for cool evenings.

Bring a bit of travel laundry detergent in case you need to wash something. Pack your dive gear in the checked-in luggage, and the majority of the clothes in your carry-on.

If you need great tips on how to pack your bag take a look here:

Cutting cost

In spite of all of these considerations, you might find yourself with more weight than the airline accepts. And surplus weight can be very expensive. However, there are still a few things you can do:

  1. Research the weight requirements of various airlines

    Some airlines are more strict that others about the limitations of luggage. So make sure you choose the one that is most lenient (provided you have a selection of airlines to choose from). Yes, this airline might be more expensive, as it is often budget airlines that are the strictest, but calculate the total cost of airfare plus a potential surplus weight charge before making a decision.

  2. Extra weight if it's scuba gear

    Some airlines allow you to bring sport equipment without charging you extra. This goes for golfers, surfers and Scuba divers. Check with your airline before you leve, sometimes they demand it's packed in a separate bag, but there is money to safe.

  3. Research the surplus weight charge

    The cost of surplus weight varies a lot between various airlines, so no need to pick the most expensive one. Again, calculate the total cost of travel, including airfare and surplus weight.

  4. Prepay for the surplus

    Some airlines allow you to prepay for excess weight, with a serious reduction in the cost per pound. Some airlines even have "scuba diving packages", that adds extra weight for a limited cost. Take advantage of these.

How are you planning your dive trip?

How do you pack for a scuba holiday? Share your tips and tricks in a comment below!

Thomas Grønfeldt Senger

Thomas Grønfeldt Senger

Thomas is a Naui Instructor and has been diving in Australia, France, Egypt, Sweden, Indonesia, Iceland, and numerous other locations around the world.

Thomas Grønfeldt Senger

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