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My Worth Case Scenario…
Scubablog - 7/16/2014 12:00 AM
After checking in with the shop, an independent instructor checked in with me at the boat along with the rest of the customers. I asked one of our regular instructors what the other independent instructor was doing that day with his student and he stated he was just doing some Master Scuba Diver Training. The first dive was a drift dive on a reef with depths ranging from 50 to 90 feet. After the first dive, the instructor and his student returned to the boat with a couple of lobster in a mesh ba...
How To Choose The Right Dive Boat In 4 Steps
Scubablog - 7/12/2014 1:36 AM
Dive boats often sway the choice of which dive company I go fun diving with. If you haven’t done much boat diving before, and would like to know more, then join me in taking a closer look at some things you should consider. When choosing a dive center at a new destination, I always look at their dive boats. Over the years, I have come up with a personal checklist that I run through. It is important that the dive boat is well equipped and safely operated. The key factors I look at are: Safe...
Tiny Bubbles and Flying after diving… Tiny Bubbles and Flying after diving…
Scubablog - 6/02/2014 8:09 PM
Here’s a first, which after being a certified diver for 19 years, an instructor for 14 years and a dive boat captain for almost 10 years … I didn’t think this would ever happen! I took out several divers this morning, on the boat was some out of town students and their instructor. We were scheduled to do two dives on a 60 foot wreck so that everyone could complete some training dives. For the most part everything went well considering the sloppy sea conditions, however after the firs...
From Zero to Diver: A New Diver’s Perspective From Zero to Diver: A New Diver’s Perspective
Scubablog - 5/31/2014 4:40 PM
Submitted By Dan Pitts SCUBA has always been something I have wanted to try. When the opportunity came up, I decided to give it a go. The college that I attend, SUNY Oneonta, offers the confined portion of the PADI Open Water course over an entire semester, and the open water portion over a week span in the summer. I enrolled for the course in the spring semester, not knowing I was about to find my new passion. From our first class session, we were right in the pool. During our first class, the ...
Selecting Best Mix
Scubablog - 5/26/2014 8:54 PM
 Here’s a question for all the recreational NITROX divers out there. How do you go about choosing your mix for a given dive? I know it sounds like a stupid question, since we all went through NITROX training, and we all remember the simple math required to select the best mix, but there is some common sense judgment that I’m not sure is being completely passed on in all cases. The reason I ask is this. I was on a dive in Key Largo recently with a dive operator who will remain nameless. I was dow...
The Importance of Being A Divemaster
Scubablog - 5/21/2014 6:01 AM
Are you focused on becoming a dive professional? Want to go straight to the top and become a Scuba Idol? First, take a moment to read why working as a divemaster will help your career in the long run. Divemaster vs. Scuba InstructorWe’ve all seen the job advertisements for scuba instructors. They far outweigh the demand for divemasters. Why? Well, instructors can do it all – they teach, they guide, and they do all the standard dive shop jobs. Don’t get me wrong – thatR...
Caribbean Spotlight: Blissful Jamaica Caribbean Spotlight: Blissful Jamaica
Scubablog - 5/01/2014 2:00 PM
Jamaica is a thriving scuba diving destination and the largest English speaking Caribbean island. An abundance of land and water-based activities are available on this beautiful island, and everyone will be kept entertained. Jamaica has over 4,000 sq. miles of varied terrain and underwater fringing reefs.   Best Places to Stay in Jamaica The major […] The post Caribbean Spotlight: Blissful Jamaica appeared first on
Sharkskin vs. Lavacore: Same Concept, World’s Apart Sharkskin vs. Lavacore: Same Concept, World’s Apart
Scubablog - 4/03/2014 1:36 AM
To Purchase Sharkskin or Lavacore? That is the question. Both manufacturers claim the same benefits: windproof, chillproof, and splashproof. While this may be true, I am here to tell you one clearly rises over the other when it comes to quality, durability, and living up to their claims. Lavacore I first purchased my lavacore full […] The post Sharkskin vs. Lavacore: Same Concept, World’s Apart appeared first on
Scubablog - 3/28/2014 5:06 PM
A hidden world beneath the ocean’s deep blue waters beckons explorers. Many advances in today’s specialized diving equipment makes it easier for divers to fulfill their dreams of deep sea exploration, but with so many items available, which “extras” really make dives easier and should be added to our kits? Good equipment really can make […] The post IT’S THE SMALL THINGS! MY REVIEW OF A MAGNETIC HOSE HOLDER appeared first on
5 Great Scuba Diving Safety Devices 5 Great Scuba Diving Safety Devices
Scubablog - 3/27/2014 9:06 PM
Check out these great scuba diving safety devices that will prove their worth in an emergency situation: Scuba Diving Safety Device #1: The Nautilus Lifeline My first experience with the Nautilus Lifeline was in 2012, when I started working for a new PADI dive resort. The owners had made it a compulsory safety procedure that […] The post 5 Great Scuba Diving Safety Devices appeared first on
Mataking Island Diving – Get the Best Experience in Diving Mataking Island Diving – Get the Best Experience in Diving
Scubablog - 3/18/2014 12:15 PM
Mataking Island which is known as the excellent home base for divers, consists of 10 diving sites by itself and is closely surrounded by other Islands harboring more than 20 sites. There is only one dive shop called The Reef Dive Resort in Mataking Island which is the epitome of luxury. This resort runs trips […] The post Mataking Island Diving – Get the Best Experience in Diving appeared first on
Not music to my ears! Not music to my ears!
Scubablog - 3/13/2014 10:37 PM
Alright divers!!! We have all heard it, we have all seen it, some of you do it, and some of you were probably taught to do it. But, it’s every diver’s job to stop it. We have all returned to the boat from a long peaceful dive, removed our equipment, dried ourselves off and started […] The post Not music to my ears! appeared first on
Today’s Did you Know! 3-11-14
Scubablog - 3/12/2014 1:29 AM
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My Top Caribbean Fish! What are Yours? My Top Caribbean Fish! What are Yours?
Scubablog - 3/05/2014 3:39 AM
One the main reasons scuba divers love being underwater is the marine life. Caribbean fish behaviour is enthralling, and I quite happily float along everyday, watching the mesmerising performances. From mating displays to territorial disputes, dive sites are bustling hives of activity. Take a moment to hover calmly, and you will be amazed at the […] The post My Top Caribbean Fish! What are Yours? appeared first on
Caribbean Spotlight: Sizzling Sint Maarten Caribbean Spotlight: Sizzling Sint Maarten
Scubablog - 2/26/2014 2:31 AM
Located in the northern part of the Lesser Antilles, Sint Maarten is part of the Caribbean Netherlands. It is the Dutch side of an island called Saint Martin, which is shared with France. Sint Maarten is roughly divided in half, with the southern section belonging to the Netherlands. The capital city is Phillipsburg on the […] The post Caribbean Spotlight: Sizzling Sint Maarten appeared first on
Lionfish – Part 1 Lionfish – Part 1
Scubablog - 2/17/2014 9:44 PM
My latest hobby… removing lionfish from the Florida waters! If you have gone diving in the warm waters of South Eastern Florida you have more than likely seen a lionfish or perhaps heard about the “Lionfish Invasion.” Although beautiful, these exotic-looking fish don’t belong here. These fierce predators eat all the juvenile fish in site, […] The post Lionfish – Part 1 appeared first on
My Life as a Commercial Diver My Life as a Commercial Diver
Scubablog - 2/13/2014 3:11 AM
I’ve always had a deep passion for the oceans and exploration. I can’t think of a place I’d rather be than underwater in a weightless environment which is truly the final frontier of our planet. For the past eight years I’ve worked as a PADI scuba instructor and have had the fortunate opportunities to travel […] The post My Life as a Commercial Diver appeared first on
Which dive computer should I purchase? Which dive computer should I purchase?
Scubablog - 2/10/2014 2:44 AM
Nowadays a dive computer is considered to be an almost essential piece of gear for anyone but the most infrequent diver. Most of the major training organizations now offer the option of learning to dive with a computer. Wherever you are in your diving career, the process of buying a new computer can be a […] The post Which dive computer should I purchase? appeared first on
The Day of the Coconut The Day of the Coconut
Scubablog - 2/08/2014 2:09 AM
There’s nothing like crossing something off your bucket list, and the second you become a diver the bucket list seems to get significantly bigger. When we first arrived at our resort in Roatan, we immediately saw an opportunity to take care of a few items on the list including our fist shark dive. For some […] The post The Day of the Coconut appeared first on
Mares Acquires SSI Mares Acquires SSI
Scubablog - 2/04/2014 1:26 AM
HEAD (Mares) Acquires SSI As of a last month, Mares, and their parent corporation HEAD, acquired SSI, one of the world’s largest dive training agencies. The deal was announced in early December, but went into effect as of Jan 1, 2014. For the curious readers, a statement describing the deal can be found on the […] The post Mares Acquires SSI appeared first on