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Scuba Diving Spotlight10

Under-Emphasized Dive Skills: Mastering a Proper Descent

Wednesday April 23, 2014

A diver should be able to use his lungs and his buoyancy compensator (BC) to keep himself neutrally buoyant (or close to neutrally buoyant) during the entire descent. This is important in order to avoid ear problems, environmental contact, and buddy separation. Here are tips to mastering a proper scuba diving descent. Read more.

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Are Shark Feeding Dives Ever Acceptable?

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Read and interview with shark biologist Dr. David Delaney.  Dr. David Delaney has dedicated his career to the study and conservation of sharks. I was interested to learn what he thinks about the practice of baited shark dives. Shark feeding on scuba dives can be done by hand, by tossing fish bits in the water from a boat, or by hiding feeder fish in some sort of receptacle which the sharks approach. Read more

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7 Equipment Adjustments to Improve Your Trim

Monday April 21, 2014

Trim is one of the most important (and most overlooked) concepts in scuba diving. A diver's trim refers to his position in the water. A diver in good trim can hold a horizontal position in the water with no hand or fin movements. Trim is affected by arm, leg, and torso position, as well as by body composition and equipment configuration. This article assumes divers already understand the concept of trim in scuba diving, and focuses on how a diver's equipment may be adjusted to correct his trim. Read more

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Peacock Flounders

Friday April 18, 2014

A pair of rounded eyes poked out of the sand. One eye pointed directly at my dive group while the other focused in the opposite direction. I couldn't believe my luck! My dive group was making its way between two coral heads, and I had just spotted a peacock flounder buried beneath the sand. I called my dive group to a halt, and then slowly finned my way closer to the flounder so as not to frighten it away. Read more.

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