Why sharks don’t bite divers

Tall tales about sharks have made people afraid of these creatures. Contrary to belief, not all sharks bite and those that can bite feed on fishes...

Damselfish: reef farmers or fighters?

The damselfish is the most popular member in the family of reef fish. They consist of nine species which are identified based on color....

Underwater search techniques

Search and rescue divers follow systematic movement patterns to cover as large an area as possible under different diving conditions. These diving patterns are...

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...

20 ways to prevent coral reef damage

Tips on how to avoid damage to coral reefs are presented. Suggestions focus mainly on proper swimming techniques, buoyancy control and avoiding contact with the corals. Extra...

The 5 sharks least dangerous to divers

The five least dangerous sharks include the basking shark, the whale shark, the scalloped hammerhead, the horn shark and the zebra shark. Other sharks that are...

The fishes of the Caribbean: an introduction

Watching fish is probably the most captivating activity that skin divers can engage in. There are hundreds of fish and over 150 species seen...

Advanced diving: recognizing diver panic

Anxiety and stress need to be stopped if they are to be prevented from escalating into diver panic. Signs of the onset of panic include feelings...

Advanced diving: compass navigation underwater

Underwater compass navigation is both a challenging and enjoyable activity for divers. Some buying tips are discussed to assist divers in selecting the type of...

Dive tips: 10 hints for setting up your new BC

Ten basic tips on how to set up a newly purchased buoyancy compensator (BC) for diving are offered. BCs need to be set up...

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Dizziness during diving

Occasionally, a diver may experience dizziness while diving. Some experience dizziness while on the bottom, others while ascending; few complain about feeling dizzy during...

Advanced diving: diving in zero visibility

Divers should be able to cope with a sudden loss of underwater visibility. Divers faced with this predicament can feel around their regulators' exhaust ports...

Diving medicine: age limitations for divers

People of all ages can engaged in sport diving. To ensure safety, however, the elderly and young people are advised to consider factors such as...

Dive safety requires knowledge and awareness of underwater conditions

Dive safety requires knowledge and awareness of underwater conditions on the part of both dive leaders and divers. Dive leaders are required to inform...

Cold water night diving

Night diving offers experiences different from conventional daytime diving. Extensive preparation should be undertaken before conducting a night dive. Special vision-enhancing and safety equipment...