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Finding the best scuba instructor and dive shop is not always easy. There are quite a few instructors out there working out of a great many dive shops. The quality of the dive shops will vary and the best of the best will standout from the crowd. Of course, those looking to take lessons in scuba diving or wishing to rent equipment will need to apply a little extended criterion to their decision making. Again, you want to select the best dive professionals to help you on your scuba journey. The following guide will definitely ensure you do attain the proper outcome:

As with any other business or profession, experience counts for a lot in the world of diving. So, you need to ask how long the instructor has been diving and, more importantly, how long has be been working as a professional instructor? Has the dive shop been in business for a long time? Does it have a good reputation in the industry? If the dive shop is top of the line then the odds are very strong that the shop is employing highly qualified professionals as well. These two points go together quite well.


Leaky masks can turn diving from an extraordinarily enjoyable experience into a chore. If you constantly need to clear your mask, you will never really get the chance to look at your underwater surroundings. This is quite the nuisance, and if you are not skilled at clearing your diving mask, it can become less of a nuissance and more of a frightening experience.

While going out to buy a new diving mask is certainly an option, it is certainly not the only one available, and in many cases it will do nothing to solve the problem. Experienced diving instructors often encounter people who are new to diving that end up buying several diving masks when they first start out. This is because they believe that their masks are leaking because their is a problem with the mask itself. In fact, in many cases, possibly most cases, it is the way that the mask is being worn that is actually causing the problem. As an example, if you are getting hair caught in the skirt of the mask, this will cause the mask to begin flooding with water.

How to Choose Your Dive Watch

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If you have ever been scuba diving, you know that your body absorbs nitrogen during a dive. It is always important to monitor your levels of nitrogen and keep it at acceptable limits. Keeping track of your depth and time under the surface is how these levels are monitored. A dive watch keeps up with your time below the surface.

There are three different styles of dive watches. One is a digital dive watch. Many of the more popular digital watches are water resistant up to 200 meters or more. They are inexpensive and lightweight. You may own one and not even know it! Another type of dive watch is a classic dive watch. They are mechanical or quartz analog watches. They can range in price from about $100 to $20,000 depending on the brand and features. The last type of dive watch is a dive computer. This watch does everything that an actual dive computer does, but it is compact and fits on your wrist like a watch. This makes It more convenient for the diver to view while beneath the surface.

How to Choose the Best Fins

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Choosing the best fins are important when it comes to scuba diving and snorkling. They are a valuable piece of equipment that can propel an individual forward without expending large amounts of energy. Before buying fins, there are some important determining factors that should be investigated.

First, find out what name brands are known for their quality. There are many different brands out there, but some will offer free repair or a warranty on their products. Buying quality fins is important because if they tear, or they aren’t sturdy enough, they may make you use more energy than you would intend. There are also many different types of fins, so decide what their main purpose would be. For someone intending to go snorkling or diving in shallow waters, paddle fins might be a good option. Paddle fins are put directly on your feet, and are more lightweight than fins a deep water diver would use. For a deep water dive, open heeled fins are usually preferred because they are much more sturdy and secure. Open heeled fins are worn over swim boots or “booties” and then tightened at the back of the heel to make sure they won’t fall off during the dive.


There are a lot of great ways to enjoy the open waters in the rivers, lakes, and oceans that are around you. Boating is an exciting pastime that many people love to take part in during the warm months of the spring and summer. Underwater adventures such as snorkeling and SCUBA diving are other hobbies that are enjoyed by many. Unfortunately, when these two pastimes meet, the result can be deadly. The key to keeping people safe while boating is to avoid snorkelers and scuba divers. The primary tool used by these divers to be seen and avoided is through the use of dive flags.

The standard American dive flag is a solid red flag with a white diagonal stripe from the upper left corner, across the center of the flag, and to the lower right corner. It was based on the solid red “Bravo” flag used to denote danger in the Navy. Developed in 1953, the dive flag has become a ubiquitous symbol for divers and diving culture. Its primary purpose, however, is still to indicate to other vessels on the sea that divers are present in the immediate area around the flag, and that caution should be to used to avoid the area to prevent hitting and potentially injuring or killing one of the divers present in the water.

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