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Sidestepping the 10 cardinal sins of decompression sickness

Decompression sickness can stop even the best divers from continuing their dives. Improper attitude can lead to a careless flaunting or deliberate violation of the rules for...

Diving regulator: Seven deadly sins

A diving regulator is subjected to a wide variety of corrosive contaminants because of the harsh environment in which it must function. Salt air...

Scuba fitness year-round

One of the most difficult problems facing the certified diver is staying fit. Once the scuba class is finished and the novelty of those...

Returning to the Boat Using Your Compass

You can see the dive boat, but the distance, steep chop and boat traffic argue against a surface swim. That's why you have a...

What to Do in a Silt-Out

Kicked-up silt can send visibility crashing from 100 feet to zilch in an instant. Here's what to do when the lights go out. STEP 1...

Materials and undergarments

Drysuits are commonly divided into foam neoprene, vulcanized rubber and urethane coated fabric. Most drysuits normally require undergarments to enhance insulation and improve moisture...

Getting to know the butterflies: colorful fish that flit

The butterflyfish are one of the most colorful inhabitants of coral reefs. The name is suggestive of their behavior, flitting about shallow to deep...

8 good reasons for getting a passport

Divers planning to explore foreign waters should consider acquiring a passport. In many countries, a valid passport and a tourist visa are mandatory requirements. Aside...

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Artificial reefs

You are diving on a beautiful coral reef. The ridges reach upward from white sandy bottoms in a colorful display of tropical marine life...

21 hints for planning your first dive vacation

Guidelines to help the diving enthusiast in selecting a spot for a first dive vacation are presented. The multitude of dive resorts all over...

Avoiding deaths or accidents during basic scuba diving courses

Suggestions for avoiding deaths or accidents during basic scuba diving courses are presented. Beginners should see to it that their instructors are properly certified...

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