One Good Photo Per Dive

Whenever I have an extended break from diving I get a little nervous leading up to the day of the dive. Thinking in advance of waking up at 4 am so I wouldn’t miss the boat departure from Ventura at 6 am didn’t help. As the days grew closer I… 

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Diving Shaw’s Cove

I didn’t do any diving for all of September as we traveled to Montana and Michigan, so I’d been itching to get underwater. Luckily the opportunity came as friends were heading down to Laguna Beach to dive Shaw’s Cove yesterday. As much as I hate waking up early just to leave the house by 5:30am it was… 

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The Best Dive and Travel Bag

What’s the best dive bag? How about the best dive travel bag? Their the one and the same: Aqualung Traveler 1550 series roller bag By the end of last year (2014) this dive bag had been on countless dive trips in my car, on boats and even on airplanes. I would throw… 

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Oil Rigs and my E-PM1 camera

I took my new Olympus E-PM1 underwater camera on what was my first fun boat dive of 2013 (as an instructor I don’t count student boat dives). The photo doesn’t look like much but it’s quite a step up from my SeaLife DC1200. I’ve only got one strobe hooked up… 

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What to do with all your Scuba Cert Cards

If you’ve taken a few classes or gone up the ranks in any scuba organization you start to rack up a serious number of certification cards. Each specialty gives you a scuba cert card as does each advancement along the scuba hierarchy. I’ve got over 14 certification cards including Open Water, Adventure,… 

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DIN vs. Yoke Valves

Ever wondered what the difference is between a DIN and a Yoke valve? Never heard of either one? Here’s your chance to learn: DIN valve: The DIN valve is named after the standards institute that created it called (in German) Deutsches Institut für Normung or (in English) the German Institute for… 

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How much does it cost to become Scuba Certified

I hear this question a lot: “How much does it cost to get certified as a Scuba Diver?” or “How much does it cost to learn to Scuba Dive?”. This question is pretty open-ended and depends on a lot of factors however I try to answer it as simply as… 

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How to buy used Scuba gear online – Regulators and Octopus

At my dive shop I interact with a wide variety of scuba divers and inevitably someone mentions they’d like to save money by buying used scuba gear online. The problem with buying used gear online is that often the buyers and sometimes the sellers don’t know what things to consider, more specifically what you… 

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Why I got rid of my Aqualung Airsource 3

When I purchased a new BCD (buoyancy control device) I decided to go with the Aqualung Balance thanks to a few recommendations by fellow divers and because I liked it’s minimalist and streamlined design. The Balance comes standard with the Airsource 3 as it’s power inflator, the one design I didn’t like, so I purchased… 

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Oxygen Toxicity Warning Signs

Here is a good acronym for remembering and identifying signs of Oxygen Toxicity: VENTID. VENTID stands for: Vision Ears Nausea Twitching Irritability Dizziness This means divers who begin to suffer from oxygen toxicity can have symptoms related to vision (eye sight), hearing, sick to their stomach, nervousness / twitching, bad… 

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