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Updated Articles and Resources

By Natalie Gibb

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Suzy Phipps Created: Thursday, June 19, 2014 Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014
      Suzy Phipps is About.com Scuba's Guest Author to PADI Professional Training. She is the Course Director and Director of training at XTC Dive Center in Mexico.
    • What Is a PADI Divemaster? Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014
      A divemaster is qualified to supervise certified divers and assist instructors. Suzy Phipps explains the role of a divemaster in the scuba industry.
    • The PADI Divemaster Course Created: Friday, July 25, 2014 Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014
      An overview of the PADI Divemaster Program, including the content of the course and options for course format and length
    • Becoming a Scuba Instructor Created: Saturday, August 16, 2014 Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014
      Information about becoming a PADI Scuba Instructor including the instructor training program, the role of a scuba instructor, and continuing education options after instructor certification.
    • Scuba Diving in Australia Created: Thursday, August 14, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      An overview of Australia's diving by region - from the Great Barrier and Ningaloo Reefs, to Mount Gambier's Caves, to Wreck Diving and Kelp Diving.
    • Review: Omer Zero Cubed Diving Mask Created: Friday, June 14, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      The Omer Zero Cubed diving mask works well for freediving and may also be used for scuba diving. This diving mask has an exceptionally low internal volume and a wide field of vision. Read a full re...
    • Radiator Wetsuits for Scuba Diving Created: Friday, February 15, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Radiator wetsuits produces high-quality, thin wetsuits with excellent thermal protection by using a patented neoprene hybrid. Read a review and buy radiator wetsuits.
    • Reef Fish Identification Guide - 20 Common Species of Florida and the Caribbean Created: Wednesday, January 04, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Reef fish identification guide for scuba divers to common and interesting species in Florida and the Caribbean. Learn to identify Sergeant Majors (Abudefduf saxatilis), Porkfish (Anisotremus virgin...
    • Scuba Tip: Preventing Blisters on Your Feet and Ankles When Scuba Diving Created: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Sometimes dive booties and fins can rub raws spots or blisters on a scuba diver's feet and ankles. Here is one tip for preventing blisters when scuba diving.
    • 7 Types of Freediving Created: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      The different types of freediving (apnea) include static, dynamic, constant weight with fins, constant weight without fins, variable weight, and no limits. Learn about the these freediving discipli...
    • 5 Tips for Stopping the Spread of Coral Diseases Created: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      How can scuba divers help to stop the spread of coral disease? Coral diseases are one of the major threats to the survival of coral reefs. Learn how divers can help to stop coral diseases from dest...
    • Inland Scuba Diving Created: Saturday, September 22, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Where can you dive if you don't live by the ocean? Inland scuba divers can train and recreationally dive in lakes, quarries, rivers, flooded mines, and even caves. No ocean, no problem!
    • Save the Sea Turtles - How Scuba Divers Can Help Created: Friday, June 29, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      How can scuba divers help sea turtles to survive? All sea turtles species are either vulnerable, threatened or endangered. Here are tips for divers interested in saving their underwater friends.
    • Five Point Descent Created: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      The five point descent for scuba diving is: signal, orientation, regulator, time and descend. Here is an illustrated guide to the steps of the five point descent for scuba diving.
    • Residual Nitrogen Time (RNT) and Scuba Diving Created: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      What is residual nitrogen time in scuba diving? This explanation will help divers to understand what residual nitrogen time represents and how to use this number in recreational diving when calcula...
    • Every Dive Is a Decompression Dive Created: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Every scuba dive is a decompression dive because every dive involves the compression and decompression of nitrogen in a diver's body. Shifting the way in which divers commonly view recreational div...
    • Salt Water Aspiration and Scuba Diving Created: Monday, April 23, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Salt water aspiration syndrome is a rare condition occasionally observed in scuba divers who inhale a small amount of salt water. Most cases are preventable with proper gear maintenance and good di...
    • Poor Eyesight and Scuba - Diving With Corrective Lenses & Post-Eye Surgery Created: Saturday, March 10, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Can people with poor eyesight scuba dive? Absolutely! Divers may use prescription masks, soft contact lenses, stick-in bifocals, and even laser eye surgery to ensure clear vision underwater.
    • 8 Tips for Being a Better Dive Buddy Created: Saturday, January 28, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Why is the buddy system important in scuba diving, and how can recreational scuba divers use the buddy system to stay safe underwater? Here are 8 tips for effectively using the buddy system on ever...
    • Heeding Your Inner Dive Created: Sunday, December 29, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Do you ever feel inexplicably nervous or stressed before a scuba dive? Maybe your subconscious knows something you do not." itemprop="description">...
    • Complacency Kills Created: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Complacency in scuba diving kills. Read and argument for following safety rules and guidelines in scuba diving, not matter what your diving certification level." itemprop="r="$zTP='t3'" --> itempro...
    • Snorkeling Basics and Information for Novices Created: Saturday, May 18, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      What is snorkeling? Learn basic information for novice snorkelers, including snorkeling prerequistes, who can snorkel, and where you can snorkel." itemprop="description" itemprop="description"...
    • Boat Etiquette for Scuba Divers Created: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      How can you be on your best behavior during your scuba diving trip. Here are guidelines and tips on proper boat etiquette to be sure that you avoid alienating everyone on board.
    • What Is the Maximum Safe Ascent Rate for Scuba Diving? Created: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      What is the maximum safe ascent rate for scuba diving? Some diving organizations list the maximum safe ascent rate as 30 feet per a minute, while others list it as 60 feet per a minute. What is the...
    • The Rule of Three Created: Sunday, August 12, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      In diving as in life, it is sometimes best to cut your losses and call it a day. The rule of three is a method many scuba divers use to decide when to call it quits for the day."
    • Is Scuba Diving Safe or Dangerous? Created: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Is scuba diving a safe activity? Read statistics and facts to put the risks of diving in perspective. Scuba diving is not dangerous if simple safety guidelines and procedures are followed.
    • Task Loading and Scuba Diving Created: Monday, July 16, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Task loading is a common problem faced by scuba divers attempting complicated activities underwater. When a diver attempts to do too many things at once, he may fail to do even one thing properly."...
    • The Right Tools for the Job Created: Monday, July 09, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Carrying extra dive gear underwater can lead to task loading and extra drag. Here are tips on streamlining dive gear for a more enjoyable and safer diving experience." itemif expr="$zTP='t3'" --> i...
    • Flying Created: Thursday, June 21, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Scuba diving is like flying underwater. Here is one of my favorite scuba diving stories." itemprop="description"> Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Jellyfish are more likely to sting swimmers and snorkelers than scuba divers because most species stay relatively close to the surface. However, divers do occasionally experience jellyfish stings. ...
    • Open Tank Valves Fully Created: Monday, April 23, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Are you still turning your your tank valves 1/4 turn back before diving? This practice could be dangerous! Here is information about this antiquated technique." itemprop="d="$zTP='t3'" --> itemprop...
    • Why Does Scuba Diving Make You Need to Pee in Your Wetsuit? Created: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Scuba divers commonly feel the need to pee in their wetsuits. This is a normal reaction to the underwater environment. Cold water immersion diaresis and the weightlessness of being underwater comb...

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