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Do You Have A Diving Worldview? Do You Have A Diving Worldview?
Airworks - 7 days 23 hours ago.
Over the years, I have become intensely committed to scuba diving as a way of training for many of life’s challenges. The knowledge, skill-set, and discipline involved in safe scuba diving help me in many ways even outside of my dive involvement. A rather comical incident recently happened at work that serves as a great example of what I mean. My defense contracting responsibilities require that I work the "graveyard shift". I am usually the only one around at that time (besides security guards)...
How to Make a Debris Collection Hanger How to Make a Debris Collection Hanger
Airworks - 10 days 4 hours ago.
I’m a big fan of the "dive against debris" idea, and have been using an efficient method to extract a significant amount of trash and debris from a local quarry. I’ve called it a Debris Collection Hanger, and it has proven to be very helpful in collecting and removing larger-sized debris in just one dive. A mesh bag can be attached to it for smaller items. Not sure if anyone else is using a similar setup (didn’t find anything in Google Images), but thought it might come in handy if you are commi...
Surprising health benefits of scuba diving in quarries (even during cold days) Surprising health benefits of scuba diving in quarries (even during cold days)
Airworks - 22 days 14 hours ago.
Several of my dive buddies, and other divers I’ve met along the way, have expressed a huge preference for warm-water diving over getting wet in colder waters. And to be honest, I find that diving in tropical, warm climes is very relaxing and fits well within my comfort zone. Personally, however, I frequently look for reasons to go beyond my comfort level in order to stretch myself physically and mentally. Since I currently live inland (Fredericksburg, VA) and a considerable distance from the coa...
Empirical Research Has Confirmed the Therapeutic Benefits of Scuba Diving Empirical Research Has Confirmed the Therapeutic Benefits of Scuba Diving
Airworks - 1/23/2020 5:51 AM
Scuba diving has been around for awhile, and though it is usually considered a recreational sport with a variety of public and private adventurous connotations, it also has very practical commercial and military uses. But did you know that regular participation in diving can have huge health benefits? For example, here are the top 10 fitness and health perks that are noted in Samir Becic’s recent book titled Resync Your Life: 1. Physical fitness: Swimming, and by association scuba diving, is one...
A Shocking and Embarrassing Discovery A Shocking and Embarrassing Discovery
Airworks - 12/30/2019 3:58 PM
My wife and I visit our children and grandchildren that live along the Atlantic edge of Florida about three times a year, and I often try to get in a bit of ocean diving while there. Living in Virginia and a considerable distance from the coast forces me to spend a lot of time quarry diving, so it’s always a real delight to catch a Florida charter and check out the salt life! On December 24th of 2019 I booked a 2-tank drift dive on the Republic IV, one of several boats owned and chartered by Jup...
Needed: a new quarry diving MODEL
Airworks - 8/16/2019 8:17 AM
Having dove in numerous quarries since the late-60’s, I have substantial experience in this type of dive environment. It appears to me that the primary reason for the decade-long decline in local diving is the general unattractive and ho-hum nature of the quarry/lake diving ambience. The history of scuba diving in quarries shows that their primary use by dive shop owners, dive instructors, and quarry site managers has been overwhelmingly oriented around training and certifying divers on the tech...
Time to Ramp up Inland Diving
Airworks - 7/31/2019 3:45 AM
The subject of inland/local diving continues to be a subject of intense discussion within the dive industry. The noticeable decade-long decline in local diver participation has created concern in the minds of many dive industry leaders. In fact, one well-known dive instructor in the mid-Atlantic area made the comment that the dive industry is actually DYING! Many problems have been presented and debated, but very few and practical solutions have been forthcoming. DEMA’s "Go Dive Now" program is ...
Needed: A Paradigm Shift in How the Dive Industry Views Inland Diving
Airworks - 7/30/2019 3:56 AM
I recently corresponded with two well-known scuba diving professionals in the dive industry who were honest enough to admit that they are not thrilled about local (quarry and lake) diving. One made the following statement, which was echoed by the other: "I applaud local diving efforts, but I have dove in 55 degree water. It’s miserable and very difficult to train new open water divers, the lifeblood for dive shops." Many divers sympathize with those sentiments. The stereotypical descriptions of ...
Blue Mind and SCUBA Blue Mind and SCUBA
Airworks - 7/28/2019 8:38 AM
While driving from Virginia to North Carolina’s coast for a chartered dive to explore the famous U-352 submarine, my buddies and I decided to take turns reading (out loud for the benefit of the rest) Wallace J. Nichols’ recent book titled “Blue Mind.” We found it to be a very enlightening exposition of why humans are irresistibly drawn to water. “Blue Mind” is a compelling and profound look at how water affects us on every level of human existence: psychological, emotional, physical, and behavio...
Considering Solo/Self-Reliant Diving? Now’s a perfect time! Considering Solo/Self-Reliant Diving? Now’s a perfect time!
Airworks - 7/27/2019 6:45 PM
From the days of Jacques Ives Cousteau and the birth of SCUBA, recreational divers have been instructed to always dive in teams of two or more “buddies.” All diving-related activities – equipment checks, descents, ascents, etc., are all to be performed in groups. The “buddy system”, as it is known, is intended to provide safety, fun, and socialization. When the system functions as intended, with two or more competent divers joining forces underwater, the diving experience can be all it’s meant t...
Scuba is so much more than just a sport!
Airworks - 4/25/2016 7:00 PM
I’ve heard it said that scuba diving is just a sport. Several veteran divers I’ve recently spoken with understand that local/inland diving is a very important part of the dive industry, but also went on to comment that “diving is really more about socializing around hotdogs and hamburgers than just getting wet.” The social aspects of diving are obviously important. However, social opportunities are numerous and plentiful, and most require very little commitment in terms of physical risks and fin...
Musings of a "Fun Diver"
Airworks - 3/21/2016 6:56 PM
Though I try to hit the coast for some ocean diving at least three times a year (and as often as possible when traveling), my diving focus is inland (Virginia). I’m the kind of diver that enjoys simply getting wet, and it really doesn’t matter where that is. Give me a mud hole with at least 3’ feet to get prone in where I can blow bubbles while experiencing weightlessness and the sensation of flying for awhile, and I’m game. During the winter months, I tend to be one of the few divers using a we...
The Pros and Cons of Inland Diving
Airworks - 3/20/2016 2:20 PM
Let’s take a look at some positive and negative aspects of getting wet in quarries and/or lakes. Pros: - Quarries and lakes offer convenience and affordability for divers living inland and away from the coast. - Quarries/lakes frequently have challenging environmental conditions such as poor visibility, very cold temperatures/thermoclines, submerged trees and branches, and various levels of silt and muck buildup. These environmental challenges help divers acclimate to difficult and demanding und...