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Featured Author // March 22, 2019

Be Confident, You Can Breathe Underwater!

Do you remember your first dive? Maybe you were excited,nervous, or even a bit scared.  However you felt, it was a new experience for you. Taking the plunge took confidence. As a human, you have always known you are not capable of breathing underwater.  It is a fact.  Humans cannot breathe underwater.  Except, we can and we do!

Scuba divers have the confidence to breathe underwater.  But what is confidence, and can diving really affect it? 

Diving gives you confidence
Diving takes and makes confidence

People often think that to be confident means that you are not afraid.  It doesn’t.  The word “confidence” means “with faith”. So having confidence means to do something with faith in yourself.  Everything you do (and don’t do) has an impact on the image you have of yourself and your abilities.

Learning to scuba dive might have been something you never dreamed you could do!  For you to find that out that it was possible took confidence, because you had to trust your abilities. That one leap into the unknown creates a shift in perspective that can completely change how you see yourself:

“if I can breathe underwater, what else could I do?”

Learning to diving gives you confidence
Scuba diving shatters the limits

People create limits. Some limits are useful, such as maximum depths for specific qualifications and no decompression limits. Or choosing to set personal limits and dive conservatively, which may be helpful to ensure safety.  But some limits are less useful. Psychological limits that are built to protect a person, at one time, later become barriers that get in the way of development.  These barriers are often fixed beliefs about ability and personal traits.  For example, have you ever thought “I’m good at this, I’m not good at that”, or “someone like me can’t do this”.  It is possible to get tangled up in these barriers!

The things we do as scuba divers have the potential to put a lot of pressure on this fixed way of thinking about ability. Learning to dive is challenging, and rising to challenge is essential for growth. It can sometimes break into those fixed beliefs and demonstrate that you can develop ability and change what you do.  Whether that is increasing your strength, understanding the physics of scuba diving, or perhaps the fundamental realisation that you are capable of learning!

 “I can’t do that”, becomes “I can’t do that YET!”.

When you understand that skills can be learning through training and practice, the limits that are shattered are the barriers you had placed on yourself.

Shatter your barriers with diving
Scuba diving demands confidence  

Learning to dive means taking a leap that you may never have taken before: A giant stride! But it can also be a source to grow in confidence and can shift your whole perspective on who you think you are and what you believe you are capable of doing.   

You are a diver, you can breathe underwater! Be confident. 


Dr Laura Walton is a Clinical Psychologist and PADI IDC Staff Instructor with a fascination for the psychology of diving. Visit scubapsyche to learn more about our behaviour as divers.

Source: https://www2.padi.com/blog/2018/12/18/be-confident-you-can-breathe-underwater/

Chris White // February 1, 2019

10 Tips for Night Dives at Moalboal: Well known dive Spot in Cebu

Adapted from an article by John Brumm of Sport Diver magazine


Night diving is special because even a familiar site looks different at night. When you make a day dive, you normally scan the entire dive site looking at your surroundings. At night, you see only the area of the dive site that is lit by your light. This forces you to slow down and concentrate on that one area.

Tip #1
Stay close and shallow. Night dives tend to be shallow, so you’ll have plenty of bottom time to go slow and take it all in. Colours, for example, are much more vivid on a night dive than they are during the day. It’s simple dive physics. If you’re making a daytime dive in 66 feet of water, sunlight gets absorbed, stealing away the colours. On a night dive, your light source is never more than five or 10 feet away, so the water doesn’t take away any of the light spectrum.

Tip #2
Redefine “night.” When the sun is low in the sky, very little light penetrates the surface, making it pretty dark underwater, even when there is still a fair amount of light above. Diving at dusk is a good way to start your night-diving career. You have the convenience of gearing up when it is relatively light, but get the full effect of making a night dive. On ocean dusk dives, you also have the added benefit of watching the reef creatures migrate through a kind of “shift change” as the day animals disappear and the night animals come out to play.

Tip #3
Get the right gear. You’ll need a primary dive light and a backup light. The primary light should be the larger and brighter of the two. How large and how bright? That’s up to you, and your choice may vary depending on the clarity of the water. When shopping for a light, try out several as some have different grips and handles to suit your personal preferences. Your backup – or pocket – light should be small enough to stow easily, yet bright enough to help you find your way back home. Most lights designed for this purpose are smaller and typically shaped more like a traditional flashlight. Remember, though, that if the primary light fails and you switch to your backup, it’s time to end the dive. We are reviewing dive lights later this year, but for our 2012 Editor’s Pick for Best Dive light, read about the Sola Dive 500 

Tip #4
Tie one on. Most dive lights come with a way to attach a lanyard or wrist strap. Get one. It’s cheap insurance against dropping and losing your primary source of illumination. Most dive lights are negatively buoyant; if you drop one in deep water it may be gone forever.

Tip #5
Know the signals. If there’s one aspect of night diving that is more complicated than day diving, it's communication. You and your buddy should review hand signals before entering the water and agree on the ones you'll use. You have two options: One is to shine the light on your hands so your buddy can see what you’re saying. The other is to make signals using your light. You can signal “OK” and “Yes” or “No” by moving your light in a circle, or up and down, or side to side. You can even get your buddy’s attention by circling or “lassoing” his light beam and then pulling it toward you. If you’ve practiced this beforehand, your buddy will know what you’re doing.

Should you become separated from your buddy, get vertical and shine your light outward while turning a full circle. Your buddy should do the same and chances are you’ll spot each other. If you surface far from the dive boat, point your light at the boat until you get the crew’s attention, then shine it down on your head so the crew can see you clearly.

Tip #6
Aim carefully. On any night dive, you should treat your light like a loaded gun. Never shine your light directly into another diver’s eyes — you can ruin his night vision.

Tip #7
Go easy on the light. First-time night divers tend to buy the biggest, brightest beam they can find and cling to it like a security blanket. As you gain experience diving at night and get comfortable, you’ll find smaller primary dive lights do just as well, particularly in clear water. On some night dives, lights of other divers, the boat and the moon can provide so much ambient light that you may leave your torch off for much of the dive.

If you do need a light, you may not need its full power. Some LEDs have a half-power setting you can use to dial back the brightness. Or try dimming your light by cupping your fingers over it. In any case, you’ll see more natural behaviours if you use the edge of the pool of light, not the hot spot, to pick out fish and critters.

One of the unique things about night diving in the ocean is bioluminescence. Some varieties of single-celled plankton give off light when they are disturbed underwater. Your fin kicks or a wave of your hand can create an explosion of undersea sparks, but you’ll miss the show in anything but dark conditions.

Tip #8
Do reconnaissance. Before you make your first night dive on a site, you should dive it during the day. This allows you to learn the layout of the site and get comfortable with it. 

Tip #9
Mark the way home. If you’re diving from shore, rather than from a boat, you should also place lights on the beach. It's a good idea to have two lights close together at your entry/exit point and then a third farther away. This gives you something to swim for after the dive when you're swimming back in.

Making a night dive from a boat brings with it a different set of concerns. The boat should be marked with a flashing strobe you can use to find your way back. When surfacing near the boat, shine your light toward the surface and watch carefully to avoid colliding with the hull.

Tip #10
Have fun! Most important, relax and enjoy the dive. It’s natural to be a little anxious before stepping in the dark void of an unlit ocean or lake, but it’s also exciting. When you overcome your anxieties about night diving, you get another eight hours of each precious dive day to explore and create new and lasting dive memories.

What happens if you get separated from your buddy or the boat after finishing a night dive? There’s a reason why we recommend carrying at least two safety signalling devices when you are diving at night.

Night Dives at Turtle B ay Dive Resort

We recommend three great sites for night dives at Turtle  Bay Dive Resort:

  1. Our house reef - easy shore dive, lots of special stuff including Mandarin fish (just before dusk), electric clams and lots more;
  2. The Muck Dive Site by Moalboal Town pier - a lot of really unusual stuff you will not find anywhere else including star gazers; and
  3. Pescador island - beautiful coral and a chance to see sharks come up from the depths

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Featured Author // January 10, 2019

Turtle Bay is now a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort!

We are very pleased to announce that Turtle Bay Dive Resort has been awarded the status of PADI 5 Star Dive Resort! It is an honour to be recognised by the world's leading diver training organisation.




To quote from PADI "PADI Five Star Dive Resorts excel in providing traveling scuba divers with memorable scuba diving experiences by providing professional and outstanding service. These dive operations are progressive PADI Resorts that offer the full range of PADI scuba programs, have a good equipment selection and offer dive activities that promote aquatic environmental responsibility. PADI Five Star Dive Resorts are committed to providing quality diver training and continuing education programs that include dive experiences and environmental awareness. These dive businesses often cater to the traveling diver, but are also active in the local community promoting the benefits of recreational scuba diving and snorkeling."

As many of you know, Turtle Bay was founded by a family of divers and since the start, the anthem of our business is to share this passion for diving to others. Our partnership with PADI enabled us to realise this and we will continue working with them as we bring people into the wonderful world diving. Not only creating diving enthusiasts, but also ocean ambassadors.

Many thanks to all who are involved in keeping our mission alive: To make great diving easily accessible to foreign and local guests whilst they enjoy excellent service in a well-maintained surrounding. 

If you're planning for your next diving trip or your first dive experience, get in touch with us! 

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