Spectacular, Affordable Cozumel

Today, we’re going to get you thinking about your next dive trip! If you haven’t explored Cozumel, here’s why you should consider it for your next trip. Cozumel, unlike its nearby busy tourist destinations Cancun and Playa del Carmen, offers a more laidback vibe on land, but that’s where laidback ends. Underwater, Cozumel offers some…

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Why Buy Your Own Scuba Tanks?

In our previous post, we talked about the advantages of renting scuba tanks — primarily for convenience — but you might want to consider owning your own cylinders, the actual term for what we generally refer to as tanks. Today we’re going to talk about buying tanks for the sport diver. Consider Buying Your Own…

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Scuba Tanks: Buy or Rent?

Part 1 – Renting Scuba Tanks We’ve talked about the advantages of owning your own snorkel gear, wetsuits, regulators and BCDs in our previous posts, but what about buying your own tanks? Many divers feel they don’t need their own tanks since there are advantages of renting. We’ll explore the advantages of renting and what…

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5 Secrets to Better Diving

Pretend You’re Diving Alone No, this does not mean ditch your dive buddy! This means you should be prepared to handle an emergency alone. If things suddenly went crazy underwater and your dive buddy either panicked or was otherwise unable to help you, you should always be prepared to react appropriately and quickly instead of…

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Tweet, tweet, flash, flash – How Do You Communicate While Diving?

We all learned in our beginning certification course how to use some basic hand signals to communicate underwater. As we mentioned in a previous post about full face masks that have integrated electronic communication, many of us still rely on hand and other underwater signaling methods. Fortunately, many of hand signals are fairly universal, such…

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Top Six Reasons You Should Dive with a Full Face Mask

“Full face mask, are you kidding, aren’t those are for the military and other diving professionals?” you might be asking. Several years ago you would be correct, but now full face masks are becoming more popular with sport and recreational divers for a number of reasons. As with almost any new gadget or technology, cost…

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Thinking about Trying Underwater Photography?

Instead of being a mere underwater observer, do you want to become a hunter? (No, not the kind that shoots to kill). Wouldn’t it be awesome to capture some of those amazing sites you see while diving so you can share with others, as well as meander down a memory lane of your most memorable…

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So Many Dive Computer Options – How Do I Choose?

In our last post we talked about the good, old-fashioned dive watch and why you might still want one. Now we’re going to talk about dive computers, which have replaced the dive watch for the majority of divers. Why You Might Want a Dive Computer Dive computers take the guess work out of diving since…

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Is the Dive Watch Dead?

For the first half century of diving and underwater exploration, the dive watch reigned supreme as the piece de resistance of the diving world. You needed it to monitor your time and determine no decompression limits. Together with your mechanical depth gauge and your decompression tables, the dive watch was indispensable. Dive watches even evolved…

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Female Diver? Here Are Some FAQs Just for You

We know that when it comes to female-specific personal health questions, sometimes it’s a little embarrassing to ask. The majority of dive instructors and divemasters are male, which further inhibits some women from asking “delicate” questions. We’re going to answer some of the more common questions female divers want to ask. Let’s Get This One…

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