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13

Scuba diving had always been on my secret bucket list. Not even my best friends knew it was something I was interested in. I also knew if I ever had the opportunity to learn, I would have to start out in the shallow end and with plenty of adult supervision!

So when my older sister surprised me for my 50th birthday with 2 ticket to Hawaii, I knew I was going to finally learn how to scuba dive.

Doing a quick internet search of ‘Scuba Diving Tours Oahu,’ eventually led me to HOP Tours where I booked their  Scuba Diving Beginner course  class mainly because they picked me up from my hotel.

There are a number of scuba diving tours available, but it was important for me to start out in shallow water and to become familiarised with the equipment.

When I first called HOP tours they immediately made me feel  confident that I had made the correct choice. The staff encouraged and assured me the introductory scuba diving class was perfect for a first time diver like me. This has just made all of my trepidation and uncertainty go away and just made me really want to start straight away.

Before I left for Hawaii, I read Scuba Diving-For-Dummies, which was surprisingly informative. I wanted to know some of the key words and terminology before I took my first class, and the information did prove helpful for my introductory class. Although there were quite a few people who had not done any pre-reading and they seemed to do just as well, the instructors made this really easy to understand.

My First Dive

HOP Tours arrived at 8 am in front of my hotel, and after making a brief stop at the HOP Tours office where we picked up our instructor, we were off to our dive site at Makai Pier Point.

The drive is quite lovely, especially as we rounded the point past Hanauma Bay and drove the curvy road along the water.  We passed dozens of gorgeous beaches, and I was surprised with how blue the water was near the shore (this provided a great opportunity to take a few snaps with my camera).

Once we arrived at the pier the instructor first assisted everyone with their diving equipment and explained in language we easily understood what everything did and how we would be using it. The instructor talked equally about both the practical and hypothetical situations we might find ourselves in once in the water.

He was very thorough, and made sure everyone completely understood their equipment which was exactly what I needed. As we only had an hour and a half, we moved through the material quickly, and I was glad I had done some initial reading and study. I felt like my studies combined with the dive site instruction was a very adequate introductory dive lesson.

The instructor also explained that we should not be concerned if we don’t remember everything as they will look after us. I felt so assured that the instructor was not only knowledgeable but had my welfare in hand and really cared about my dive experience.

The instructor also explained that we should not be concerned if we don’t remember everything as they will look after us. I felt so assured that the instructor was not only knowledgeable but had my welfare in hand and really cared about my dive experience.

Additionally, our instructor highlighted diving safety and the ‘buddy system.’ I was paired with a friendly Japanese man named Kenji who had some previous diving experience and was a fairly confident diver. Each tank had about 30-40 minutes of air, which was enough to explore the reef and become comfortable with the tanks and breathing through a regulator. I was surprised with how brave and calm I became after only a few minutes in the water. While most people stayed close to the pier, Kenji and I swam to the far side of the reef.

We were rewarded by seeing a group of Turtles and schools of colourful fish. I really wish I had hired a camera for the dive as the coral and the wildlife cannot really be described adequately.

It seemed like we had only been in the water for seconds before it was time to surface, once back on the shore we got ourselves organised and soon loaded up and head back to the hotel.

Our instructor did a brief follow-up and showed us how to properly clean and return the dive gear. It was a great first dive that gave me a lot of confidence in my ability and some skills to pursue my diving certification at a later date.

 

Article submitted by Vic Dinovici a soon to be regular writer for Scub-Pro

Jun

13

How do you know you have the right BCD (Buoyancy Compensation Device) ? And seriously
what could possibly be the difference between one or another you may ask. There
is very little about the BCD in general that many people find attractive or
enjoyable but more a necessity. I understand possibly better than most a BCD’s
function and the reasoning behind it; but the fact remains that the number 1
most disliked piece of gear in many divers kit is the BCD. It’s too restrictive
or clumsy, its too bulky or I just would like tit to have more function than
just holding my tank and helping me trim or float.

These days if your BCD is not bulky; then you feel like you are wearing body armour
underwater or they have so many unnecessary added features that you feel like a
walking Christmas Tree wearing one. The feature of “welds” in the air cell that
causes the unit to “wrap around” you simply gives the manufacturers a method of
adding more crud to the unit and keeps it comfortable. To avoid the cumbersome
feel and bulkiness of a jacket style BCD, you have the option of going with a
back inflation style BCD (my proffered option). Be careful when you go this
route; as you may find that many manufacturers concentrate more on lift than
function;  some BCD’s have enough lift to
raise the Titanic which equates directly with more fabric and more bulk.

To me, the perfect BCD would look like something that you could use easily out of
the water as in, the bladder would perform all that it needs to do (buy a lift
bag if you really want to raise objects other than yourself) it should also
come with just enough strap material to hold the tank on the back and keep it
against my back and connect your essential objects to streamline your dive but
have all that you really need (you really do not need 24 stainless steel D
rings ). Now, I have to admit my Zeagle Stiletto BCD doesn’t quite match that description,
but when compared to many of the units on the market today, it’s pretty darn
close.

It is a very simple, comfortable design that isn’t packed with a lot of needless
“features” and “frills” to make it overly cumbersome. It’s 35lb (16 KG) lift
capacity is still far greater than I need but the folks at Zeagle have figured
out how to make that bladder not quit as obtrusive as most. This for many
divers equates to a piece of gear that is completely functional for most diving
in most waters. I’ll be the first to admit that on warm water dives the padding at the back is quite
comfortable, and welcome, and the 5 stainless steel D-rings are tucked away in
just the right spots to secure an octopus, console/computer, small light or whatever
other trinket you may be taking along on your dive, but never seem to be in the
way or “dangle” excessively.

Zeagle’s integrated weight system is also equally as streamlined and simple. No bulky
pockets at each hip. The finishing touch on this BCD is the fact that it’s a
soft pack design. You can literally roll this thing up into a tiny little wad in your luggage/dive
bag jump up and down on it to compress some space (careful not to step on your
power inflator) and take it out when you reach your destination and it’s ready
to go diving. The bladder has a good pair of access ports for rinsing after
your dives and is overall a simple very functional piece of equipment for many
divers.
All the important information:
Integrated ipcord Weight System – 44 lb capacity (24 lbs Diver releasable – 20 lbs non-diver releasable trim weights for improved weight distribution and
balance)

35-lb (16-KG) lift capacity low profile bladder

Twin tank bands for single tanks included

1000 Denier Material

Two flap utility pockets

Adjustable Cummerbund

5 – stainless D-rings

Adjustable Sternum Strap

SIZES: XSmall through XLarge

So if you are looking for a light weight BCD that has all the features and
functions of a real heavy-weight contender this should be one of the first you
take for a test dive. Zeagle has a list of suppliers on their web page http://zeagle.com/Find-a-Dealer/

Jul

26

this summer, i am going to be getting my divers certification (knock on wood) and i am considering buying some of the gear, so i can go more often. What gear would i need? and how much would it cost in all? what about second hand gear? Thanks in advance!

Jul

5

I have some fairly old scuba gear that I would like to sell or get rid of. I have a pair of women’s size 6 booties, gloves, vest w/regulator, knife and scabbard, fins, snorkel and mask Continued…

Jun

16

Shark Dive Osprey Reef Australia. Diving off the Taka Dive Boat.

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This was a great dive with a big group of fantastic divers. White Star had lots of fish and awesome visibility for our dive. Everyone had a fantastic time.

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16

Demonstration of neutral boyancy, detaching and re-attaching a side-slung deco cylinder, regulator swap, switching to deco gas, deployment of an SMB & twin-set shut-down procedures.

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Jun

16

The Oceanic VT3 Dive computer not only offers the great features you expect from your dive computer, but has gone to the next level. Once again another innovative product from Oceanic. ScubaBasics is proud to offer it’s series of Scuba Diving Equipment reviews.

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Jun

16

Tips for using scuba bcd flotation device. Learn how to use your buoyancy compensator device in this free scuba diving lesson.

Expert: Cole Abbott
Bio: Cole Abbott is currently working as a divemaster in Kauai, Hawaii. He holds many certifications through PADI, including Wreck Diver, Night Diver, Fish Identification and Search and Rescue.
Filmmaker: Amy Miyajima

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16

Orient mako scuba dive automatic watches review

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Jun

9

A teenager has a difficulties while scuba diving in a fresh water pond. This segment of episode 629 aired on February 8, 1996 on CBS.

Vote for Rescue 911 on DVD/TV at the links following the video.

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9

This guy was at about 25m while we were at about 17m. No was taking the video of him when my dive computer started making noise. He seemed to hear it, and looked up towards us, even moving our way… you can see No freaking out when she looks over at me… the camera moves.

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Jun

9

female scuba diver scuba diving with sharks in the caribbean

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9

SCUBA DIVING IN VULCANO ILHA DO PICO, AZORES

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9

Best Scuba diving watch review

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Jun

9

Isla Guadalupe is rapidly becoming the World’s Best Destination to dive with Great White Sharks. It hosts one of the most prolific populations of White Sharks on the planet. What makes Isla Guadalupe the greatest White Shark diving destination is not only the abundance of White Sharks, but the water you will find them in! The temperature averages 65 to 70 degrees F. It is simply Shark Diver Heaven!
On these spectacular five day expeditions, you will find yourself on board the 95′ Searcher, one of San Diego’s finest long range sportfishing/diving vessels. The Searcher boasts gourmet dining and excellent live-aboard accommodations! (ALL PRIVATE CABINS) Not only will you experience the best shark diving on the planet, Continued…

Jun

9

Removing kayak scuba diving gear can be difficult because you will be balancing on the kayak. Learn how to properly remove kayak scuba diving gear with tips from a certified rescue diver in this free kayak diving video.

Expert: Jason Shoup
Bio: Jason Shoup is a PADI certified Rescue diver.
Filmmaker: Louis Nathan

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Jun

9

Chill out people! When I uploaded this I didn’t know it was fake! I didn’t even know photoshop exsited! So give me a break I know it’s fake! Watch my other videos then!

GO CKECK OUT WARPNATIC RIGHT NOW!!!
http://www.youtube.com/warpnatic

This is a CRAZY shark picture my friend sent me.

So a family was scuba diving a their son wanted a picture of his parents in their scuba gear. His dad thought his son was worried or scared. But their son gave them the “ok” signal. He swam back to the boat very fast and told his parents there was a huge shark behind them. They didn’t believe him. When they put the picture on their laptop they saw the shark really was behind them. Everyone was ok.

Sorry about the bad footage. When i tape my computer it doesn’t turn out so well.

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Jun

9

Scuba Diving in Bora Bora. Steve is working the camera, and Andrea has the pink fins and the blue swim cap. The big fish that swims around with us is a Napoleon Wrasse. Also, there are lots of sharks around us!

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Jun

9

This is a segment from our DVD entitled “Diving the Florida Keys: A Video Guide.” It shows divers what it’s like to dive the USS Spiegel Grove off Key Largo. The full length DVD is about 45 minutes and is available for sale at www.hidefpics.com.

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9

Citizen scuba dive watch reviews

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scubaboard.com

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Citizen Scuba Dive Watch JP1060 Reviews

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Ayia napa offers a perfect scuba diving opportunity watch the videop and discover why you should visit ayia napa for scuba diving. Discover the agia napa diving places

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9

This 3D computer animation of the Blue Hole will help you to understand more about its structure.

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