The Importance of Buoyancy Control
Controlling buoyancy is a key component of your diving safety. The
physics of floating and sinking are simple concepts, yet achieving
practical control of your buoyancy when outfitted with scuba equipment
and immersed in water is an entirely other matter.
First Aid Kits: Are you Prepared?
The best way to handle an injury is to prevent it from ever happening, but being prepared to handle an incident is an absolutely essential component of every diver’s emergency action plan.
Seasickness and Scuba
“Keep your eyes on the horizon.” It’s advice often shared with divers who are looking a little queasy while out on the water. If you’ve tried it, you may be able to attest to the value of that advice. But why does it work?
In a world where more divers are starting to integrate technical elements into their standard diving regimens, it has become increasingly important for divers to understand the physiology of oxygen toxicity and how to decrease its risk and maximize their safety.
Diabetes and Diving
Over the last several years, studies have debunked the myth that all
divers diagnosed with diabetes cannot safely continue to dive.
Ear Pain Management and Ear Equalizing Tips
Descend a few feet, pinch your nose and breathe out through your
nostrils, and you feel that satisfying pop as your ears equalize.
Descend a bit further and repeat the process. Equalizing during a
descent becomes second nature to many divers, but sometimes, it’s not
that simple; congestion and poor execution of equalizing maneuvers can
inhibit the process and may result in injury.
Fitness to Dive: New Year's Resolutions
The turkey leftovers have been finished, the gifts have been exchanged, and as 2010 winds down, our gaze turns toward the year to come and the changes we plan to make. As you compile your list of resolutions this year, keep in mind these fitness goals to enhance your diving in 2011.
12/28/10 -Bubble Trouble
Hyperbaric treatment and the bends are terms well recognized by divers.
But what exactly is involved in the process from “something is not
right” to hyperbaric treatment?
5/19/2010 - Underwater World
For many who dive, it’s not just what you see, but how you see that makes SCUBA so alluring. Sure, it can take you to haunting depths in the Gulf, or to vivid reefs off Hawaii, but while on the outside your world is mesmerized, on the inside you
must remain peaceful and tied to the breath, making it a Zenlike experience. It’s all about the breath. I need to remember this if I’m ever to see Geneva Lake’s underwater
When scuba diving you see a lot of things underwater. Often in the beginning, some of those things can seem pretty intimidating. Being around and sometimes interacting with some of the wildlife that you may run into can be a bit different from what we are used to on land. Read more
2/15/2010 - Over-the-Counter Medications and Diver Precaution
As divers, we’re taught the perils of alcohol and diving and that drinking and diving don't mix. What about other drugs — specifically the over-the-counter (OTC) variety — and diving? Read more
1/5/2010 - DIve Medicine Myths
Where would the great pastimes be without their myths and legends? After all, it’s the tall tales and exaggerated stories that keep disbelieving eyes wide and doubting ears open for more.Read more
12/06/2009 - Hydration
Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink? Well, you’d better have a solution to that problem, because hydration can play a key role in a diver’s health and safety.Read more
11/15/2009 - Shark fever in the Red Sea
The divers never know what they will meet under water during a dive trip. As the experienced divers use to say, the sea is not an exhibition. You can ....Read more
10/2/2009 - Fin Seeker, A Recent Shipwreck
The story of the fishing charter, Fin Seeker, is the story not only of the capricious and savage power of the Great Lakes but also of the heroism of a charter captain and members of the US Coast Guard rescue teams.Read more
4/22/2009 - Artifact Park and the new Underwater Archaeology Diver Program - Part I
There is an old saying that goes something like this; “It is much easier to teach an archaeologist how to dive than it is to teach divers archaeology.” Since the 1950’s, when this statement was first coined, that may have well been very true. However, with the recent development of Artifact... Read more