Tips & techniques on mastering buoyancy control in cold water

Excellent buoyancy control is important in cold water diving and photography. The different skill levels, physiological aspects of buoyancy and several techniques for greater buoyancy control...

Fish portraits: eye to eye with some very willing photo subjects

The key to successful fish photography is making eye to eye contact with the subject. Groupers are good subjects because they approach divers and sit motionless...

Travel tips: 12 hints for staying healthy on a trip

The key to enjoying one's dive vacation is to stay healthy during the trip. Ten pointers for taking care of one's health during a...

Cold water wreck diving

Cold water wreck diving demands certain considerations, aside from standard warm water wreck diving procedures. Selection and adjustment of equipment such as drysuits and double tanks...

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...

Malaria – how to avoid it

Malaria is a mosquito-borne illness often encountered by divers, especially in tropical regions. Divers should inquire about malaria protection and start on chloroquine once a week...

Inactivity: the diver’s worst enemy

Winter is now in full swing. In some parts of the country, February brings bone-chilling winds, and snow and ice on the local ponds. For...

Improving your air consumption

Ensuring an adequate air supply during a dive requires the use of a submersible pressure gage for monitoring air supply. Guestimating one's air consumption...

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...

Crime-free dive trips

We're not saying bad things will happen to you on your next dive vacation, but we are saying they can happen. Savvy travelers, however,...

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Advanced diving: boat etiquette

Divers should know the policies in boat diving to ensure safety and enjoyment. Knowing diving etiquette helps divers maximize their diving time and enhances...

Underwater Modeling: Interacting With Marine Life

Some of the most exciting underwater photographs published feature models with fish or other forms of marine life. Perhaps the general viewing public considers...

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...

Correcting vision for diving

A list of options are given for divers with vision problems. This includes masks with corrective lenses, gas permeable and soft contact lenses as well as disposable contact...

Underwater cleanup tips

An underwater cleanup activity is an entertaining way of preserving the ecology, meeting other people and engaging in a different underwater activity. Divers in a...