Author Archive for: Quien Graves

What to Avoid When Choosing a Dive Shop

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Jun 13, 2013
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What to Avoid When Choosing a Dive Shop

You will find dive shops in the most unusual places--sometimes miles and miles from a source of open water, however, that does not mean they are not a good dive shop, it just means the dive instructors at these dive shops have to travel to dive, as you will when you want to go diving.

Good Dive Shops and Dive Centers--Some scuba agencies such as PADI have standards that are sanctioned out for dive shops and dive centers....

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Scuba Certification – What Else Do I Need to Know?

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Jun 13, 2013
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Scuba Certification – What Else Do I Need to Know?

If you are thinking of getting your scuba certification these tips below should be followed in the order mentioned for best possible results:

  • Find out what equipment is needed by checking online and at your local dive center. Don’t cut corners on your equipment, your facemask should fit your perfectly and if not have it adjusted. Inquire about a package deal or individual prices for facemask, flippers, snorkel - tha...

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Scuba Lessons – Completing the Open Water Diver Course

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Jun 13, 2013
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Scuba Lessons – Completing the Open Water Diver Course

Before you can become certified as an Open Water Diver you will either participate in an online theory course or complete theory training at the dive center. Upon completion of the theory portion, you will then visit the dive center or resort where you will participate in a review so the diver instruction can confirm your understanding of diving theory and the safety factors. Then you must pass and complete a succession of five confined (pool) dives and training d...

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How Is Breathing Underwater While Scuba Diving Even Possible?

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Jun 10, 2013
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How Is Breathing Underwater While Scuba Diving Even Possible?

Creatures underwater, mostly, have gills, that aid them to breathe underwater as they extract the oxygen and other gases dissolved in the water and release carbon dioxide, in the same. Humans do not have gills obviously and, therefore, cannot breathe underwater without support of external breathing devices. It should also be understood that as an individual goes deeper into the water, along with atmospheric pressure, water ALSO exerts pressure on the human body. C...

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Scapa Flow, Scotland—Studying German History Through Wreck Diving

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Jun 6, 2013
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Scapa Flow, Scotland—Studying German History Through Wreck Diving

If historic wreck diving is what you have in mind, Scapa Flow a body of water in the Orkney Islands, off Scotland's northern coast (wikipedia.org) is an excellent choice for an adventure. The remains of seven German fleetships are only the tip of the iceberg; pardon the pun, of the exploring waiting for you. There are very few sites which offer so many large and historically important vessels in such close proximity and in the shallower areas, providing gen...

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Florida’s Fresh Water Caves – Extreme Historical Cave Diving at its Best

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Jun 6, 2013
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Florida’s Fresh Water Caves – Extreme Historical Cave Diving at its Best

While most every experienced diver knows Florida has amazing dives in the saltwater, it is not as well known that some of the best cave diving in the world lies in Florida’s fresh waters. Not too many people have ever had the opportunity to see the magnificent underwater chambers, fossils, and mastodon tusks from thousands of years ago, but the fresh waters in Florida provide that exact opportunity, as long as you have the nerve to put on a mask and flippers and...

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Liveaboards vs. Land Based Resort Diving – Amenities, What’s Included?

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Jun 3, 2013
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Liveaboards vs. Land Based Resort Diving – Amenities, What’s Included?

When trying to decide whether to book a liveaboard or land based resort for diving, the first thing that should be considered is amenities, what's included. The single greatest amenity in regard to resort diving is the people you will meet. People come from every corner of the globe to vacation at resort dive centers and can provide an experience in global diversity unlike any other place on Earth. Resort dive spots also tend to have a wider array of luxury facili...

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Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort – One of the Best Reef Diving Resorts in Belize

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Jun 3, 2013
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Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort – One of the Best Reef Diving Resorts in Belize

Tucked away in the fishing village of Hopkins Village, Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort is truly a tropical paradise.  Named Hotel of the Year by the Belize Tourism Board and the winner of the 2013 Traveler’s Choice Award presented by TripAdvisor, which is based solely on feedback from previous guests, Hamanasi is an experience in perfection!

A PADI Five Star Resort, the waters around Hamanasi  offer over twelve dive site...

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Taking Underwater Photos or Pictures While Diving

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Jun 1, 2013
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Taking Underwater Photos or Pictures While Diving

For any diver, underwater photos or pictures can provide memories that will last a lifetime or provide pictures that can be used for dive magazines or other publications. When doing underwater photography, there are just two options when it comes to cameras. You can either purchase waterproof cameras or you can buy special waterproof housings for regular cameras that you may already have. Additional equipment such as specialized lenses and strobe lights can also b...

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How to Achieve Scuba Certification – 5 Important Things You Need to Know

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May 31, 2013
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How to Achieve Scuba Certification – 5 Important Things You Need to Know

Scuba diving is one of the unique extreme sports that can offer up self-confidence to the meek, humility to the over confident, lessons of effort and initiative to the withdrawn and philosophy of nature to all. Getting a scuba certification and the proper training by certified dive instructors can be one of the most exciting things you will experience in your life! The scuba certification process encompasses steps that should be followed with no short cuts.

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