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Featured Author // August 7, 2018

From Snorkeling to Getting Scuba Certified: What You Need to Know

byBrooke Morton

Snorkeling person

If you’re already a strong snorkeler, or at least comfortable with your face in the water, you’re well on your way to getting Open Water Diver certified. But it won’t be a total cakewalk. Here are the top three skills that will surprise even the most experienced snorkelers.

You’ll need to become comfortable underwater with no mask on.

But don’t worry—this is a skill you will build up to in class. Students first partially flood their mask to feel what it’s like to have water near their eyes. Then you’ll fully flood your mask when you’re ready, and with instructor supervision.

“This is the number one thing that can throw people for a loop,” says Rob Kohl, course director and owner of Seal Sports in Mandeville, Louisiana. “Our brains tell us we cannot breathe when we have water on our eyes, so we have to overcome this psychologically.”

You will learn how to find balance with your weight underwater.

When snorkeling, if you’re staying on the surface, you don’t have to think much—if at all—about your weight or buoyancy. But with scuba diving, you’ll play with weights on a weight belt or integrated weight system, and with air in your buoyancy compensator, aka BC, until you find that neutral sweet spot.

According to Kohl, “This is really unique for people at first. You want to be neither sinking nor floating, so you learn to put just the right amount of air into your BC.”

The good news: “After 10 to 15 dives, anyone can have this skill dialed in.”

Diving person

You will find a natural breathing pattern underwater.

“I usually ask people if they hike, jog or swim laps,” says Scott Shelley, course director for Ventura Dive and Sport in Ventura, California.

He adds, “If you’ve developed a breathing pattern for another sport, you’ll surely find one for scuba.”

Because the threat looms of water coming down the snorkel barrel, most surface swimmers don’t find a calm, regular breathing pattern.

“They just haven’t started taking deep, long, slow breaths yet,” says Shelley, “You just need to relax and let the equipment do its job. It’s one of those things that comes very naturally to people by the end of the Open Water course.”

Ready to take the giant leap into scuba diving? Sign up for a PADI Open Water Diver course.

Source: http://www2.padi.com/blog/2017/01/25/from-snorkeling-to-getting-scuba-certified-what-you-need-to-know/

Featured Author // August 6, 2018

Why Scuba is the Ultimate Experience


TUrtle Bay Scuba diver


There are countless ways to spend your free time, but only one gives you the opportunity to explore the world in ways no other activities can match. Here are a few reasons why scuba diving is the ultimate experience:

Many people dream of training to be an astronaut, but only an elite few actually experience weightlessness in outer space. Divers, on the other hand, can get weightless anywhere there’s water – floating above a reef, gliding through a wreck, or hovering mid-water like a genie.

There are countless ways to spend your free time, but only one gives you the opportunity to explore the world in ways no other activities can match. Here are a few reasons why scuba diving is the ultimate experience:

Many people dream of training to be an astronaut, but only an elite few actually experience weightlessness in outer space. Divers, on the other hand, can get weightless anywhere there’s water – floating above a reef, gliding through a wreck, or hovering mid-water like a genie.



Scuba allows you to move in three dimensions.

With the exception of pilots and a few high-flying olympians, most people can only move side to side and back and forth, but scuba diving allows you to move up and down – even upside down. Moving in three dimensions is such an unusual experience, new divers have a hard time getting it right – floating up too quickly or crashing down hard. If you find yourself struggling, the PADI®Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialtycan help dial in your skills.

Anyone can dive regardless of gender, age or physical ability.
Scuba diving is a sport you can enjoy from age 8 to 88 and beyond. Children can try scuba gear in a pool at age eight and get PADI certified as young as ten. Learn more about scuba diving for kids.

PADI’s Adaptive Diving programs, and organizations like The Cody Unser First Step Foundation and Patriots for Disabled Divers help disabled individuals and veterans suffering from traumatic physical and mental injuries to experience the underwater world.

Scuba diving can be enjoyed year-round, almost anywhere in the world.
Some activities can only be enjoyed during a particular season, but scuba divers can enjoy their favorite activity anytime, just about anywhere there’s water. In locations where the local dive site may be frozen solid, divers grab a chainsaw and go diving anyway.


Scuba diving coral wall

Getting scuba certified makes our world a better place.
When you get a scuba certified with PADI, you support our Four Pillars of Change corporate social responsibility program. Together with PADI Members and our partner Project AWARE, we protect marine animals and work to improve the health of our oceans. In addition, PADI supports programs that help disabled individuals learn to scuba dive, and individuals who use scuba diving to make a positive impact in their community.
If scuba divers do not take an active role in preserving the aquatic realm, who will?” – John Cronin, PADI Co-Founder

Source: http://www2.padi.com/blog/2018/02/26/scuba-ultimate-experience/


Featured Author // June 16, 2018

5 Ways to Care for our Oceans from the Land

Posted byFlorine


As scuba divers, we have the unique opportunity to witness the beauty of our oceans. We unfortunately also know that our beloved playground is at risk. While there are many ways we can pledge to be responsible scuba divers, do you know there are also many things you can do at home that will help to protect what you love the most?


1 ) Reducing our carbon footprint will help to contain global warming and hence to avoid coral reefs from bleaching

Our carbon emissions come mainly from 3 areas: the way we heat our homes, the way we go to work and what we eat. Investing in a schedule timer or a more efficient heating system such like those using renewable energy is a great way to cut on your carbon footprint. If you can, public transportation or cycling to work will not only reduce your CO2 emissions but also help you make significant savings for your next scuba diving holiday. Far less know that livestock farming also has one of the most significant CO2 impacts, so reducing the amount of meat in your meals is an excellent way also to help the ocean. Why not try meatless Mondays for instance?



2) Cutting on single-use plastic waste will help avoid marine life choking on plastic

I’m sure you’ve seen the depressing images of whales with stomachs filled with plastic bags, the turtle which got a plastic straw stuck in its nose or the award-winning photography of a tiny seahorse hanging to a cotton bud floating in the sea. Our single-use plastic waste such as plastic bags, plastic bottles, food and cosmetic packaging is killing marine species on a daily basis. Plastic doesn’t degrade for thousands of years but breaks into tiny bits, which are then absorbed by all kinds of marine species, including the ones we eat. The easiest way to start is to carry with you a tote bag, a refillable water bottle and a cutlery kit, check out PADI’s 5 Step Guide to a Plastic Straw Free Life for tips on how to cut out single use plastic straws.



3) Being mindful of our fish consumption because the overfishing issue is real

I understand we are overwhelmed with messages about what to eat and what not to eat. Many have switched to fish instead of meat for health reasons, and sushi has become a global trend. Unfortunately, this made our fish consumption explode in the recent years, and the fishing method to bring cheap fish on our tables destroy marine ecosystems such like deep-sea trawling or pulse fishing, without counting the bycatch. Look for responsible fishing methods thanks to quality labels such as MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) and try to reduce your fish and seafood consumption to maybe once or twice a week.


4) Join a marine citizen science project in your area

To influence policymakers, marine biologists need to gather an enormous amount of data and analyse it to show trends and impacts on marine species and the health of the oceans. The workload to collect data is considerable, and that is why more and more marine institutes are now launching citizen science projects training ordinary people like you and me to the transect methodology and species identification so you can scientifically make records. You learn a lot about marine biology for free, make like-minded friends and have a significant contribution to save our oceans. In the UK you can, for example, look for the “Capturing our Coast” project. Find out more projects you can get involved with here.


5) Spread the word thanks to social media power

The power of social media to influence opinions doesn’t need to be demonstrated anymore. So anytime you see content explaining in a fun and educational way what is at stake about saving our oceans, please share with your friends. At the same time, whenever you see people bragging about how they harassed, touched or fed marine life please refrain from sharing it to avoid giving more people some bad ideas. Moreover, if you have questions, join some of the Facebook groups about Marine Conservation and you will be able to participate in some enthralling discussions and find more cool content to share with your friends.


Author Bio

Florine is a PADI AmbassaDiver,  PADI Divemaster and a Dive Travel blogger at World Adventure Divers. She dives in tropical to extreme cold waters, selecting her destinations when both adventure diving and cultural discoveries are part of the journey, and showing you how to do it without breaking the bank.

Source: http://www2.padi.com/blog/2018/06/15/5-ways-care-oceans-land/


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