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Technical Diving and Photography Lights

Tuesday April 29, 2014

Dive lights used for Technical diving, photography and videography are often stronger, larger and more expensive than recreational dive lights. This article reviews the differences between primary lights, back-up lights, strobes and flood lights. Read more

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Recreational Scuba Diving Lights

Monday April 28, 2014

What style of dive light should you purchase? The options are numerous, even overwhelming. Once a diver has determined purpose of his dive light, the next consideration should be what style of dive light he will choose. Read through the following list of the basic styles of recreational dive lights. Read more

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Why Do You Need a Dive Light?

Sunday April 27, 2014

Are you in the market for a dive light? A quick online search of scuba diving lights will reveal a variety of styles and types. This article is part one in a series intended to guide divers when purchasing a light. Read more

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Seahorses and Pipefish - Facts for Divers

Thursday April 24, 2014

Ask a scuba diver which he would rather see, a seahorse or a shark? The answer may surprise you. Seahorses and pipefish appeal to divers because of their unusual shape and the fact that they are thought to mate for life. Many divers have never seen a seahorse, not because seahorses are extremely rare, but simply because they are very difficult to find. Seahorses and pipefish are masters of camouflage. Still, the photographers featured in this image gallery have not only managed to locate these sneaky creatures, they have captured stunning shots of seahorses and pipefish in their natural environment. Click through this photo gallery to learn more about seahorses and pipefish around the world. Read more.

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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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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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