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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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Buoyancy and Freediving

Wednesday April 16, 2014

By About.com guest author Julien Borde. Freedivers have no control over buoyancy. According to Boyle's Law, the deeper you dive, the more negatively buoyant you will become. This means that because he does not have a BCD, at some point the freediver begin will sink. Even though a freediver cannot control his buoyancy, with a little training can use the buoyancy shift to his advantage. Read more.

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Coral Reef Restoration

Monday March 24, 2014

Ten years ago, this was a healthy coral reef. Thankfully, you can help to restore this once thriving ecosystem.

By About.com Guest Author, Stefanie Conrad. Convincing others to be concerned about the health of our coral reefs is challenging. As recreational divers in the tropics, where most coral reefs are found, we pay dive shop operators to take us to the best spots for indulging in the strange and rich diversity of life underwater. It's a paradise that we've escaped to, where we can relax and enjoy peace and quiet surrounded by beautiful vistas. Read more.

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Tips: 4 Steps to Becoming a Thinking Diver

Saturday March 22, 2014

It takes time and experience to become comfortable enough in the underwater world to perform complex tasks, or even to think clearly and logically. For divers who are ready to take their diving to the next level, I can offer some simple advice to improve mental control and clarity of thought underwater. Read more.

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Review: DIN vs Yoke

Monday March 17, 2014

Do you use a DIN or a yoke regulator? A surprising number of divers have no idea what type of regulator first stage they use. This is important information, particularly when planning dive trips to locations that may not have tonly DIN- or yoke-compatible tanks. If you have forgotten the difference between DIN and yoke regulators and tanks, this quick review is worth checking out. Read more

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Just for Fun - Are You Addicted to Diving?

Sunday March 16, 2014

There are many signs of scuba-obsession! The ability to talk about a dive for a period of time longer than the dive itself lasted. The inability to hold your breath. Ever. Because its just wrong. Personally, I have spent many long nights at bars talking about equipment configuration. Embarrassing? Yes. But true.
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Buoyancy Basics for Scuba Divers

Monday February 10, 2014

Understanding buoyancy is key to safe and easy scuba diving. While the concept of buoyancy may be confusing at first, it becomes clearer when we consider how buoyancy effects scuba divers and what divers need to know to properly control it. Read more

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Caribbean Reef Fish Identification Guide

Thursday February 6, 2014

This illustrated guide will help divers identify twenty of the most common and interesting reef fish in the Caribbean, Florida, and the Western Atlantic. Familiarize yourself with these fish before you go diving and then try to spot them underwater, or click through this list to see which fish you recognize from your Caribbean dives. Read more

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Pro Tip: Avoid Scaring Away Fish and Wildlife

Wednesday January 29, 2014

A shadowy mass of white spots drifted into focus. I tracked its movement. Turning to follow the mystery animal, I watched it glide behind the dive group. The creature circled around behind us and curiously swam closer. A spotted eagle ray! A smile tightened across my face, and I waved my arms in silly flapping motions to alert my dive buddy to the ray's presence. We held our position and the ray edged closer to us. Bit by bit it came nearer. Unfortunately, the diver to my left had also noticed my "Spotted Eagle Ray!" hand signal, completely lost his cool, and swam after the ray with rapid, uncoordinated movements. The cautious creature turned its tail to our group and was gone. Read more

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5 Fundamental Concepts of Equipment Configuration

Tuesday January 28, 2014

I glanced up just in time to catch my dive buddies rolling their eyes at me -- I was fiddling with my equipment again. I moved my d-rings half an inch down, switched the clip on a hose, and tightened my regulator necklace. These adjustments may seem minor or overly picky, but I know that a well-adjusted rig can mean the difference between an effortless dive and an annoying one. Divers who are unfamiliar with the basics of equipment configuration may benefit from reviewing their gear and making adjustments with the following considerations in mind. Read more

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