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...

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...

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Top 10 Best Slowpitch, Fastpitch Softball Bats Reviews 2017

There are different models of softball bats available on the market with promising characteristics such as more pop, improved swing and more distance. Picking...

Misguided rescue

An effective dive rescue or search operation requires training, experience, planning and proper equipment. Divers should not join in any dive rescue operation unless the person...

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...

Safe shipwreck penetration

Short Penetrations In this scenario, one diver enters the wreck freely. The other stays outside at the opening and shines a light inside. The inside...

Scuba quiz topic: bubbles

Decompression sickness (DCS) is caused by bubbles in the body. However, there are instances when people with bubbles may not have DCS. Information about bubbles...