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Transformation as a PADI scuba Instructor, Good luck with the IE Transformation as a PADI scuba Instructor, Good luck with the IE
Scubabunnycr - 6 days 19 hours ago.
Yes, I am stressed right now but I am dealing with it the only way I know how at an PADI IE, with a glass of wine and escaping to a quiet corner. It is crunch time with the theory and standards exams right now and the part when I feel the most useless. Why you ask, because it is the part that I really can’t do much to help you. Now matter how much we review and revise physics or physiology, if you go into a melt down as soon as an exam is put in front of you, the same will happen. My job at this...
2014 Market Share of Scuba Certification Agencies (PADI, SSI, NAUI)
Greg - 8 days 9 hours ago.
According to the certifications added by scuba divers on, the following list indicates the percentage market share by each certification agency. I included all types of certifications, not just entry level certs. This data was collected from 21,273 divers. In the following list, I counted only once per agency per diver (ie: if a diver has 3 PADI certs and 1 DAN cert, I counted 1 for PADI and 1 for DAN): Worldwide 1. PADI: 55.6% (54.9% USA, 60.6% Outside USA) 2. SSI: 10.6% (11.4% US...
Winters Here, Time to Plan a Dive Getaway!
Diver96 - 11 days 7 hours ago.
DGG- Winter is here. For most of us in the mid- Atlantic region (with the exception of a few hearty oyster divers out the frigid Chesapeake) the dive season is over until warmer water returns in the spring. I like to think that winter is prime time for dive travel. The best way to have a […]...
On the Menu: Lionfish
LiveBait - 12 days 22 hours ago.
Fun and fitness in the water
JudiHope - 13 days 4 hours ago.
Just because it is winter in many parts of the nation doesn't mean that you should put away your swimsuits. Local gyms, family Y's, community pools in warmer winter locales, all encourage water aerobics as a......
Sunday’s Diving Conditions
PSD - 19 days 13 hours ago.
I cheated myself out of a dive last weekend by relying on the online swell map and staying home, only to find out conditions were divable. Dive reports from Thanksgiving were reported as being good. The swell maps this morning didn’t make diving look too promising, but I had to find out for myself. I […]...
Exciting New Divemaster programs at Go Pro Costa Rica Exciting New Divemaster programs at Go Pro Costa Rica
Scubabunnycr - 25 days 1 hour ago.
And I can finally announce that we have put together some new Divemaster programs for Go Pro Costa Rica, sorry for the delay, I know it has been in the works for a while. The PADI Divemaster program is a great structured program that encompasses dive theory, skills, assisting and a whole wealth of dive training, the idea being, to train you to work in the dive industry, as a guide or instructional assistant. Well, we have decided to take that program and elaborate on it, with two specific focuse...
4 Easy Ways to Share Your Passion for SCUBA Diving!
SKubaSteve - 25 days 2 hours ago.
Diving is cool… not just a little bit cool… it’s REALLY cool! Having dive experience and being a part of the SCUBA community makes each of us a member of a fortunate group. The great news is that this group is always looking for new members and as ambassadors of … Dive in to read more!...
1 week until the next PADI IDC....are you prepared? 1 week until the next PADI IDC....are you prepared?
Scubabunnycr - 25 days 19 hours ago.
So with all the fun and excitement that has been happening in the dive shop the next PADI IDC is fast approaching. The current Divemaster program is wrapping up with the next group of Divemaster candidates waiting to get going on their path to becoming dive professionals. So, with the current IDC about to begin, what is the best way to get prepared. Now, with the program at Go Pro Costa Rica I like to work with the online portion of the IDC first which allows for all more time in the pool and wa...
SCUBA Diving Hand Signal Review
PSD - 11/17/2014 2:33 PM
I didn’t have a chance to get wet this weekend; the swell maps didn’t make conditions seem very promising, either. However, I have been looking through some of my funny diving related graphics and have decided to start sharing some. Below is a bunch of graphics from an old diving manual where the actual meanings […]...
Sharks and rays without borders
JudiHope - 11/16/2014 1:29 PM
Ocean advocates can now rejoice knowing that all of their hard work has paid off in infinite ways. The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species has adopted all 21......
Volunteer to spread the word on SFL coral reefs
JudiHope - 11/09/2014 2:46 PM
Do the resplendent coral reefs of South Florida put you in a tranquil state of mind? Are you passionate about making sure that the health and sustainability of the South Florida coral reef system, stretching from the Florida Keys all......
New To Diving New To Diving
Tadpole - 11/05/2014 10:42 AM
Here is some tips for the new diver. During my course I have seen people sign up for scuba for maybe a honeymoon or one trip. Folks this is not a one time commitment. This is a very important step in your life. When you do decide to embark on this journey. Enjoy every aspect of your experiences: whether they be in the class room, at a scuba park, at a lake, or ocean. Be sure to complete and read everything the instructor gives you. Practice your navigation on land. I like to go to the local foot...
What did you forget on your last dive trip?
SKubaSteve - 11/03/2014 6:41 AM
During my traveling adventures as a SCUBA diver I’ve had my share of: I forgot to pack… I didn’t test… …wasn’t ready in time for the trip. Sure wish I had a spare… Even… Wow I packed WAY too much stuff… I bet you’ve been there yourself… Click HERE for a brand new … Dive in to read more!...
Brion Sullivan (GypsyDiver) - RIP Brion Sullivan (GypsyDiver) - RIP
Greg - 10/27/2014 6:59 PM
We lost GypsyDiver today. I met Brion through DiveBuddy. We quickly became friends. I had the pleasure of speaking with him a few times over the phone. Every time we spoke, I ended the conversation happier! Each call would include some jokes or interesting conversation that would cause him to laugh, which caused me to laugh. I ran into Brion and his wife, Bree, at a scuba trade show. They were such a cute couple. You can tell that Brion loved her very much. His arm was around her the whole time ...
The Divevets Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest
PSD - 10/26/2014 3:59 PM
October 25, 2014 This is the annual Divevets Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest. It gives participants a chance to do something fun and productive when they aren’t admiring the sand and trash. The event was lightly promoted this year, and ECO Dive Center, having kicked our butts last year, did not participate this time. Participation was […]...
Dive, dive, dive pink!
JudiHope - 10/25/2014 5:12 PM
Countdown to the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and with all the numerous charitable campaigns taking place during the month of October, a cure should not be too far in the distant future. After all the results are tallied......
3 Factors Ruining Your Scuba Education 3 Factors Ruining Your Scuba Education
diverdown53 - 10/24/2014 2:08 PM
I’ve seen a lot of good students with bad instructors and I’ve seen a lot of good instructors with bad students. This has as much to do with the mindsets and motivations of the individuals involved as it has to do with their actual abilities. I find the following three major factors work against both students and instructors in the dive industry: 1. Certification vs Education When you show up for any level of scuba training, whether it is an open water certification or a technical diving course,...
New World Record for Deepest Scuba Dive 332 m (1,090 ft) New World Record for Deepest Scuba Dive 332 m (1,090 ft)
LB1335 - 10/20/2014 1:22 PM
Palos Verdes Diving Conditions Report
PSD - 10/20/2014 6:39 AM
I woke up this morning to a dismal swell map… However, sometimes the swell map is not so accurate. I’ve called dives after seeing similar maps, only to be told afterwards that conditions and visibility were great. I drove to Palos Verdes for a look, and hopefully a dive. I arrived at 8:03 AM; three […]...