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10 Best Diving Sites in the Philippines

Posted by Ericka Villa on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @ 02:28 PM

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Famous for having a very high biodiversity, Philippines has been attracting tourist, researches and scientist all around the world. They take interest in observing the natural beauty of thearchipelago.

The country is bountiful with beautiful sceneries, and a great flora and fauna. Both are found scattered in the land and sea. A lot of people are a great fan of the Philippines underwater flora and fauna, in fact, bloggers and travelers often mention Philippine Diving Sites. Considering that 76% of the world’s coral species are found here in the country alone, underwater enthusiasts are really off to a great dive.

In case you’re planning for a visit in these sites, you might want to consider picking the best of the best, so feast your eyes on the ten best diving sites in the country.

Tubbataha Reef

Diving in Tubbataha Reef by Q Phia via Flickr
Diving in Tubbataha Reef by Q Phia via Flickr

Currently listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Parks, Tubbataha Reef National Park will never miss the list of any scuba divers even when they are from the other side of the globe.

Home to roughly 360 species of corals and 600 species of fish, you will surely be blown away bythe 10,000 hectares of this splendid ecosystem. Since it’s biodiversity is so rich, and it’s a certified protected area, there are specific rules and regulations to be followed by every diver who goes there to ensure the conservation of this area.

Located 150 km south of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, it’s easy to access given that there are motor boats that you could rent. It takes mostly 10 hours to get there from Puerto Princesa City, but the long wait is surely well paid at the end of the day.

Subic Bay

Diving in Subic Bay photo by Boardwalkdivecentre.com
Diving in Subic Bay photo by Boardwalkdivecentre.com

Philippines is not only rich in corals and marine animals, but it’s also quite rich in historical shipwreck sites too. For people who fancy diving into the past, this place is surely a great deal for them.

A total of 19 shipwrecks can be found under Subic Bay, which are either from the 1890’s or 1940’s, a period when Spain, America and Japan were in tug-of-war for Philippines’ ownership.

In totality, there are 14 wreck sites that features all the shipwrecks, and 6 equally beautiful Reef sites, so you may choose whichever your diving heart desires.

Anilao, Batangas

Plectorhinchus Polytaenia in Anilao Batangas
Plectorhinchus Polytaenia in Anilao Batangas – by Jnpet – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Dubbed as the birthplace of diving in the Philippines, you will truly be amazed with the 40 diving sites located in this side of the country. It is regarded as one of the most amazing diving sites in the Philippines by several travelers and bloggers as well.

It’s a two and a half hour drive from the busy city of Manila and you may choose to stay in the hotels available near the beach area. There is a wide array of activities that you choose from upon staying here but most vacationers prefer diving.

Apo Reef, Mindoro

A yellow crinoid in Apo Reef
A yellow crinoid in Apo Reef – by Dr. Dwayne Meadows, NOAA/NMFS/OPR. – NOAA Photo Library: reef4318. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Apo Reef is another crowd favorite, being the largest atoll in the Philippines, and the second largest atoll in the world. It is home to several species of marine animals like manta rays, tunas and sharks.

The place is very accessible and you can choose from either flying directly to Mindoro or Travel by bus from Manila and grab another 4 hour trip to Apo Reef National Park.

Busuanga, Palawan

Diving in Coron
Diving in Coron

Busuanga, Palawan is a haven for nature lovers. It is home to Calauit Safari Park, which is more known as Little Africa of the Philippines. But more than the rich fauna and flora on land, Busuanga offers a lot more underwater. Other the rich biodiversity, shipwrecks are also a plenty. Experienced divers may opt for an extra challenge, by diving into the deep to see different sunken Japanese ships.

Be mesmerized by the beauty of Busuanga Island. You may take an hour domestic flight in either Cebu Pacific, Zest Air, Air Philippine Express, and Sky Jet Air going to Busuanga Airport.

Moalboal, Cebu

Diving in Moalboal Cebu
Diving in Moalboal Cebu – by Per Edin Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

There are 10 diving sites found in Moalboal Cebu namely, Pescador Island, Panagsama Beach, Copton Point, Dolphin House, White Beach, Toble Reef, Talisay Wall, Tongo point, Kasai Point and Marine Sanctuary.

A domestic flight from Manila to Mactan is to fastest way to get to Cebu. After getting to Mactan, catch a ride to any bus heading South Cebu then tell the driver to drop you off in Moalboal.

 Donsol, Sorsogon

Diving in Donsol photo from Orpheusdive.com
Diving in Donsol photo from Orpheusdive.com

Made famous by the “butanding” or whale shark, Donsol, Sorsogon also makes it to the must see dive sites in the Philippines. There are two dive sites that you can find here: the Mantra Bowl and the San Miguel Island.

The best way to get here for backpackers is via bus since there are no direct flights to Sorsogon. If you’re coming from another country, then you can still choose to fly to Legazpi City, then take another ride (van) going to Donsol.


Diving in Camiguin by CamiguinIsland.net
Diving in Camiguin by CamiguinIsland.net

This island ranks as the second smallest island of the Philippines. But it does island does not fall short with surprises. Currently there are at least 20 dive sites listed here. Among which, Mantigue Island, Tangup Bay, Sunken Cemetery and Old Volcano are listed as diver’s favorite spots.

Camiguin Island can be found in the Northern coast of Mindanao. You can directly fly here since it has its own airport. Cebu Pacific being the only airline with a regular flight if you are coming fromCebu City.

Puerto Galera, Mindoro

Dive Puerto Galera by Travel-Stone.com
Dive Puerto Galera by Travel-Stone.com

This beach has been gaining popularity. It’s slowly ranking with the other Beaches in the Philippines like the ever famous Boracay, and The Twin Beaches in El Nido. But other than the beautiful coastlines, this beach also has 30 dive sites to fill any diving-lusting soul. The canyons and the Shark Caves are among the listed favorites, but with all those 30 sites to choose from, there would sure be a perfect dive site for everyone

Going here is easy peasy, just get a bus ride to Batangas Pier and from there, go for a ferry ride to Puerto Galera.

Sit tight, relax, enjoy the sea breeze and the next thing you know you’re in Puerto Galera, basking the sweet sun’s heat.


Diving in Bohol by diversiondivetravel.com
Diving in Bohol by diversiondivetravel.com

Upon mentioning Bohol, the first thing that would come to your mind is a pair of wide eyes, coupled with a small furry figure, clasping its small hands to a branch of a tree and several mounds of earth that vary in color depending on the season. But think again, because Bohol has so much more to offer.

For one, there is also a good number of diving sites here, enough to satisfy your cravings. Among the most famous are Turtle Point, Diver’s Haven Black Corals Forest and Royal Forest in Balicasag Island, and the Cabilao Island, Habagat Shipwrecks and Pamilacan Island.

The easiest way to get here is through air, and there are plenty of domestic flights you can board. If you are also into traveling by sea, then you may do so choose this.

These are the most breathtaking underwater places that the Philippines boasts as being a part of the coral triangle and as a highly diversified ecosystem.

So what in the Lord of Poseidon are you waiting for? Grab your things, a good heap of cash and a brave diver’s heart and plunge in to the bounty of the sea.


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Posted by Ericka Villa on Fri, Oct 16, 2015 @ 04:02 PM


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:

Safety equipment
Is it the right style of boat for the type of diving and the environment?

General boat facilities
What ability level are the other divers, and how many staff are there?
For me, there is not one perfect style of dive boat. Different types of diving or sea conditions will require the dive boat to have certain features suitable to that function. For example, if I am wreck diving in the UK (think cold water and large swell) I prefer diving from a larger boat, with a lift on the back, for ease of exit and entry. Out in the Caribbean, I am quite happy on a smaller speed boat that will get me to the sites fast, and be able to follow me along on a drift dive. Here’s some questions that I like to know the answers to before booking on a dive:

Dive Boat Safety
Does the boat have all the required diving and boating safety equipment on board?
Is it regularly checked and maintained? How do they record this?
Does the company meet local boating regulations and standards (or even exceed them?)
In the boat briefing are you told where the emergency equipment is, and who is trained to operate it? Do they inform you of the emergency procedures?
Does the boat carry spares, and are the staff trained to deal with basic repair issues?
Is there always a dive boat driver on board?
Style of Diving and Environment
Do they use the right style of dive boat for the conditions you are diving in?
What are the entry and exit techniques, and are you physically able to complete them safely in the conditions?
What are the general dive procedures (drift dive with the boat following along or fixed descent/ascent line)?
If an emergency arose would the boat be able to respond to you quickly?
Facilities on a Dive Boat
Is the boat well maintained with clearly designated areas?
Do photographers have separate camera tables and rinse tanks?
Are there showers or a head (for long boat trips)?
Does the company provide any refreshments or snacks?
Is there mask wash and fresh water for rinsing masks?
Is there ample space for all the divers to kit up/sit down?
Is there adequate shelter for everyone (sun covers or rain/wind protection)?
Diver Ability and Staff Requirements
How many trained staff members accompany each boat trip?
How many divers does each divemaster have in a group?
Are there mixed experience levels, or are the divers split into experience based groups?
What is the maximum number of divers on the boat?
Is there a separate group for photographers?
Sounds like a lot of questions, right?! However, I consider all of them to be important as I want to have a SAFE and FUN dive with no stress or worry. Would you add anything to this list? Do you prefer using a certain type of dive boat?


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PADI Discover Scuba Diving

Posted by Ericka Villa on Fri, Oct 02, 2015 @ 12:33 PM
Ever been curious what it’s like to breathe and fly underwater? If you have a sense of adventure and you want to try but still quite unsure to take the plunge into a full dive course, PADI Discover Scuba Diving is available just for you. 
The Discover Scuba Diving experience is perfect for those who have never tried scuba diving before (just like me!) and also to those who are interested to try scuba diving and want to try it in a safe and enjoyable way!
Here are the most common questions for Discover Scuba Diving:
What Age Do I Need to Be? 
Any participants ages 10 and over are welcome.
So, What is Discover Scuba Diving?
Discover Scuba Diving is PADI's program that allows those interested in scuba diving to experience what it's like to dive by completing some basic training and completing one or more dives under the close, direct supervision of a dive professional.
What will my Discover Scuba Dive Include? 
The experience begins at the Turtle Bay Resort Dive Shop.
Your certified and friendly PADI Diving Professional or also known as Dive Instructor will begin with a dive briefing. Your dive professional will be teaching you the basics of the scuba diving equipment, underwater breathing techniques and underwater communication. 
We then head to the swimming pool session which is a skill practice session in the pool. Your PADI Instructor will teach you basic diving skills including how to recover a regulator, how to clear water from a mask, how to equalize your ears,  how to ascend from a dive and how to communicate underwater using hand signals. 
Finally, you will move out into slightly deeper water with your PADI Instructor where you will experience a real open water dive.
My personal dive hack on my successful first diving experience: 
I left no room for fear (yes to adventure!) 
Thank you to my Dive Professional, Clive Jason White. I experienced the underwater world under the supervision of a keen, reliable and professional PADI Instructor. He was with me at all times, guiding me through EVERY STEP of the SCUBA diving experience while showing me the magical coral reefs in Moalboal that I will never forget in this life time. 
How do I Book my Dive? 
Clive Jason White: (+63) 917 631 4240

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Canyoneering to Kawasan Falls

Posted by Ericka Villa on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 @ 06:37 PM

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Canyoning Defined:

Canyoning or also known as Canyoneering is an extreme sport of traveling down a river situated in a canyon by a variety of means including climbing, hiking, scrambling, and swimming.

I am not the most adrenaline junkie you will ever know but the canyoneering adventure left me such unforgettable experience. It is definitely one of the top most adventuruos moments I have ever done in my entire life (I still cannot believe I conquered this!). Once you’ve dipped yourself into the starting point, you generally have no choice but to finish. There is no turning back so just keep going and enjoy the bumpy but fun ride!!

Jump, Swim, Hike, Slide, Climb, Repeat.

 We started from Kanlaob, Alegria to Badian.  We had to pass three main falls in Kawasan.  With knees and hand shaking, we had to jump off falls – not just once but several times. There is no turning back so just do it (as Nike says).

Having to jump off several falls was the most spine-chilling part of this canyoning experience especially that I have fear of depth and heights. This part of the experience made it even more exceedingly extraordinary. The highest and the finale jump is approximately 30 feet. Although, this is optional, I highly suggest if you have the courage, to try this finale jump. If you're able to do so, congratulations! You have just proven yourself worthy and brave (Haha).


How we got there (from Cebu City):

  • As agreed, we met at the Cebu South Bus Terminal at 5:30 am. We were able to board an air-conditioned bus bound for Moalboal . It took us around 2 and half hours to reach the municipality of Moalboal.
  • We checked-in and had a delightful lunch in Turtle Bay Dive Resort, Moalboal.
  • From Turtle Bay, we traveled from Moalboal to Badian via private car. We parked at Matutinao Church and met our guide there.
  • We rode a motorcycle (habal-habal) from Matutinao Church to the starting point.

How to get there:

If you're coming from outside Cebu, see suggestions below:

 The most convenient way is to ask your resort to pick you up from the Mactan International Airport.

  1.  From Mactan International Airport, take a cab going to South Bus Terminal or you may book a van going to Moalboal. 
  2. Should you choose to take a bus, take the bus going to Moalboal- Aircon or Non-Aircon - This Bus will leave every hour starting at 4 am until 12 midnight. Travel from Cebu City to Moalboal will take 2-3 hours.
  3.  Tell the Driver for your drop off.
  4. Check-in at the nearest town before Badian, Moalboal.
  5.  Then contact your Canyoneering Guide. 


  1. Wear proper gear. Rash guard, board shoes, aqua shoes and helmet (inclusive of your tour package) to avoid any injuries.
  2. Contact a canyoning tour guide.
  3. Always be careful with your footing. Trails and rocks can be very slippery.
  4. Hydrate. Drink a lot of water 20-30 minutes before.
  5. Enjoy. Leave nothing but footprints. 

Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or not, canyoneering is a must try.  It is definitely a heart-pumping experience. Breathtaking scenes, adrenaline-pumping jumps, trekking and swimming left us with an unforgettable feeling of awe and humility. Overall, the experience exceeded our expectations!

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Artificial Reefs: Solution or Problem

Posted by Chris White on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 @ 07:50 PM

Artificial Reefs: Solution or Problem

By Beth Alexander


They’ve been in use for thousands of years, with cultures as diverse as the ancient Persians, the Romans and the 17th-century Japanese creating artificial reefs. The earliest written record is from South Carolina in the 1830s, where logs were used to create an artificial reef for improved fishing. These antique ideas and creations have changed little over the years, with many of the primary principals remaining in use.


An artificial reef can be defined as a manmade structure that’s been built to promote marine life in areas with generally featureless bottoms, to control erosion, to block ship passages, or even to improve surfing conditions. Not all artificial reefs are purpose-built; some are created when a ship sinks accidentally. Whether they have been purposely or accidentally constructed, artificial reefs all provide hard surfaces where algae and invertebrates, such as barnacles and corals, can attach and form intricate structures, as well as provide plentiful food for fish.


Variables such as depth, water temperature, current, and the seabed composition determine whether an artificial reef will be successful or not, but generally they all follow a predicable growth formation: Ocean currents encounter vertical structures, which creates plankton-rich upwellings, which in turn provide reliable feeding spots for small fish like sardines and minnows. These draw in pelagic predators, such as tuna and sharks; next come creatures seeking protection, such as groupers and eels, then the opportunistic predators such as barracuda, and finally, over months and years, the reef develops more encrusting algae, sponges, hard and soft corals.


Proponents tout the many benefits of artificial reefs; they enhance resources in coastal waters, create biological reserves, attract tourism, allow the study of a reef’s development and productivity and can help nature to restore itself if the natural reef has been overfished or damaged by pollution or anchoring. One of these success stories is the deliberate sinking of the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany in Pensacola, Florida. It’s the largest purpose-sunk artificial reef in the world, and has been successful due to good management and planning. This wreck and others like it, which have been intentionally sunk, have proven to be great additions to the marine environment, encouraging coral growth and increased fish populations, as well as enabling divers to explore new and interesting environments apart from the natural reef.

But conservation solutions must be executed properly in order to be effective; good ideas are not enough if they’re plagued by human error. Introducing a manmade structure into a sensitively balanced marine ecosystem must be done with the utmost care. Pollution and toxic materials, such as asbestos from wrecks or oil from abandoned rigs, can seep from the structures into the marine habitat. An artificial reef can also lead to a high concentration of fish in one small area, creating heightened competition between species, and also, ironically, worsening overfishing in one specific area.

The prime example of a conservationist-minded idea going horribly awry is Osborne Reef off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In the 1970s, an ambitious reef-expansion project was put into place, with the idea being that old tires would spread across a 36-acre site to form an artificial reef. Between 1 and 2 million old tires were deposited in the water, but many of them were never properly secured. Many broke free and subsequently drifted into and damaged the natural reef, only 69 feet away; storms have taken some tires as far away as North Carolina. In addition to destroying much of the natural reef, their mobility has prevented new organisms from taking hold on the tires. The Osborne Artificial Reef project has since been recognized as a great environmental disaster in Florida, and although limited clean up efforts have been undertaken, most of the tires remain in the water.

The introduction of foreign objects can cause a disruption to the natural ecological balance, but if it is done with environmental care and thoughtful planning, a successful artificial reef can provide habitat and recreation for years to come. When installed correctly, the benefits far outweigh the concerns, and it can only lead to better and more conservation when divers can see a new reef first hand.


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What You Need to Know About Currents

Posted by Chris White on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 @ 01:57 PM

What You Need to Know About Currents


From Scuba Diver Life

whirling waters

The thrill of flying over a reef, pushed onward by a strong current, can be one of the most exhilarating experiences in diving. But diving in currents can lead to problem situations if you’re not vigilant.
A number of factors cause currents, including the tides, wind, and thermally unstable water columns. Usually currents run horizontally, parallel to the earth’s surface — these are perfect for drift dives. Certain situations, however, cause currents to run vertically up (up currents) or down (down currents), while other currents can create a horizontal vortex. If a diver gets caught in one of these currents it can quickly lead to a dangerous situation.
Down Currents
A down current occurs when a current hits the face of a wall or when it runs at a right angle to a drop off. Down currents are also possible when two currents moving in opposite directions meet or move over each other. These types of currents have a nasty reputation among divers, and for good reason: they can quickly drag you far deeper than your planned depth. Sometimes this occurs gradually, and you won’t realize it until you feel the need to equalize, or until you look at your depth gauge or dive computer. But in some situations, a down current can pull you from 15 feet to 65 in a few seconds.
Most down currents lose strength the deeper they go, but don’t just wait for the ride to end, though, as there’s no telling how deep the current will take you. If you get caught in a down current, try to remain calm. Stop. Think. And then act. Maintain natural breathing to conserve air, and swim out into the blue. Although you may be in a scary situation, remember that down currents generally become weaker further away from the wall or drop off. While you’re swimming out, you also want to swim up — aim to swim a 45-degree angle.
If the current is especially strong you may want to inflate your BCD, but remember, an inflated BCD creates a larger surface area for the current to push against, so it might not help as much as you think. If you do inflate your BCD, prepare to deflate it rapidly once you’re out of the current to avoid a run-away ascent. Avoid dropping your weights unless you absolutely must.
Another option is to get as close to the wall as you can and climb up. The current is likely to be strongest here, and you might need to hold on to the coral to pull yourself up. If you must use this option, do so with caution and try to keep yourself and the coral as safe as possible. Try to hold on to dead coral and avoid stinging hydroids.  
Up Current
As with down currents, up currents can occur when a current hits the face of a wall. These are dangerous because they can pull you up to the surface very quickly, which can lead to a host of problems, including decompression sickness, a lung over-expansion injury or arterial gas embolism. Try to maintain the same calm as with a down current, and react similarly by swimming away from the wall or drop off into the blue. Deflate your BCD and swim down.
Washing Machine
A washing-machine current occurs when the bottom typography bounces currents around. These types of currents can push you in all directions, creating a feeling of extreme disorientation, which can be amplified when your bubbles get swirled around, making it very difficult to tell which way is up. As with up and down currents, try to swim out of the current horizontally while swimming slightly against the push of the water to avoid drastic changes in your depth.
Very little information is available about vortex currents as they only occur at a few dive sites around the world. The best way to deal with this kind of current is to avoid getting caught in it all together. If you do get caught in one, try to conserve as much energy as you can, wait until you feel it weakening slightly and swim perpendicularly out of it. This video of Socorro shows how easily a diver can get caught in a vortex. Note the horizontal snake of bubbles that acts as an early warning that this kind of current is present.
How Do You Recognize Types of Currents?
You can often predict strong currents, horizontal or vertical, by looking at the surface of the water. Areas where the surface is choppy without a moderate to strong wind, mixed with areas of very smooth water, could indicate a strong current. If the boat that you’re diving from is tied to a mooring buoy, look at the direction in which the boat is turned. If the boat is tied off at the bow, the boat will be facing into the current; if the mooring line is tight, the current is likely moderate to strong.
Underwater you can tell which way the current is running by observing the sea life around you. Soft coral sways in the direction the current is traveling, and fish face into the current, so if you see a school of fish pointing in one direction, that’s where the current is coming from. If a school of smaller fish is swimming around freely in different directions, there’s probably only a slight current, if any at all.
Bubbles can also tell you a lot about the current. Strong down currents can sweep your bubbles into the depths, as can horizontal currents. One of the only ways to identify a vortex is by its distinctive, serpent-like horizontal river of swirling bubbles.
Current diving can be exhilarating and safe if you stay vigilant and practice good judgment. Learn to recognize different types of currents, and be prepared. If you’re diving in an area known to have currents, always carry a DSMB, or safety sausage, in case you get separated from your group and must surface alone. As with any dive, if you feel uncomfortable or find the currents too challenging, better to abort your dive and move to a site with more favorable conditions.

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The Benefits of Diving

Posted by Chris White on Tue, Aug 05, 2014 @ 02:53 PM

The Benefits of Diving

By Jessica Shilling


For some it´s the adrenaline rush of the exploring the deep waters, for others it´s the beauty of the reef and the marine life that inhabits it. There are many reasons to scuba dive but most would agree that they dive for the pure enjoyment of experiencing the underwater world, so different from ours and truly amazing.

Scuba diving has it all, it’s an fantastic experience that can improve your emotional and physical health while learning new skills, making friends and expanding your environmental awareness.

Just starting out? Take a look at the following list of benefits for a little encouragement.

Health benefits

You don't have to be incredibly fit to scuba dive. It's a sport that's easily accessible to the average person. You do however need to be in a state of good health and free of any serious medical problems. Before diving you will be asked to answer a medical questionnaire and if your instructor has any concerns you will be referred to a doctor for a check-up.

If you dive on a regular basis your general fitness will improve. Exercising in water is an excellent way to strengthen your muscles. You spend hours in the water carrying heavy equipment while swimming against the natural resistance of the water. This may sound very tiring but it feels effortless because you are too busy enjoying yourself but in reality you are getting a fantastic work out.

Emotional well-being.

Gliding underwater while watching the fish go by is incredibly relaxing. Many people find diving to be a great way to get back to nature and de-stress. With practice you will learn calming breathing techniques which will not only make the dive more enjoyable but you´ll use up less air and be able to stay underwater for longer. Once you master your buoyancy it will make your diving experiences even better, it will become even more relaxing and you will feel one with the water.

Social benefits.

One great thing about diving is meeting fellow divers. By joining a scuba diving class or club you'll immediately come in contact with a lot of people with the same hobbies who may become life-long friends. While on a dive trip its common to make friends with fellow divers on the dive boat making your vacation even more exciting.

Environmental awareness

Diving makes you appreciate the ocean even more and will bring you in contact with people that can educate you about fragile underwater habitats and the importance of preserving them. You can even join ocean advocacy groups like the Making Waves in Colorado event and volunteer to help protect marine environments.

Join the 3rd annual Making WAVES in Boulder, Colorado on September 20th to the 22nd where you´ll have the chance to enjoy insightful presentations on ocean advocacy and more from an exciting list of attendees. This multifaceted symposium and celebration highlights ocean issues, solutions and is a change making event for engagement and national action.

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How to Gear up your Scuba Kit Quickly, Easily and Efficiently?

Posted by Chris White on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 @ 06:52 PM

How to Gear up your Scuba Kit Quickly, Easily and Efficiently?

Posted by Rutger Thole


How often have you seen someone dance around in circles trying to grip their wetsuit zipper or even spotted people walking into the water like frogs because they already have their fins on, or seen their masks fly off into the air as they tried to put it on?

All of this is a complete waste of time and an unnecessary one at that. If you know how to gear up quickly, easily and efficiently, you will have far more time to enjoy diving as well.

Organizing Your Scuba Gear

Always make sure that your scuba gear is organized. If everything is in its place, you will be able to get things on much quicker as well, as you won’t have to waste time trying to find your belongings.

Not just that, you will always be aware of the condition your gear is in, enabling you to replace it as and when necessary.

Make sure, of course, that you look after your gear, drying it off before storing it and keeping it somewhere dry and safe from the elements.

Bring a Plastic Carrier Bag

How hard is it to get your hands and feet into a wetsuit? Although once on, they are incredibly comfortable, getting the suit on can be an absolute nightmare.

Interestingly, a simple plastic bag can help you with this. It goes without saying this plastic bag should be stowed away properly so it will not end up in the water. Have you ever heard of the great pacific garbage patch?

You may be tempted to use lotions to make your skin more slippery, but this can actually be damaging to your suit whereas a plastic bag does not.

Simple put it over your hand, feet, or whatever it is that you are trying to get through and you will notice it slips on and fits like a glove straight away.

Always Help Your Fellow Divers

If you see that someone else is struggling or looks like they don’t know what to do, go help them out. Just share your knowledge, including the above two points, and you will make sure they can enjoy their time a lot better as well.

Remember that scuba diving is something that you do together, which is why it operates according to a buddy system.

You are not competing to be in the water first or to have your gear on first. If you have any knowledge you can impart on less experienced divers, then make sure you do so.

This will also show them that divers look after each other and that it is ok to ask questions.

Scuba diving is fun and should be a relaxing hobby. This means that there is no time or energy to waste by things such as struggling to get your gear on.

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Diving With Less Than 20/20 Vision

Posted by Chris White on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 @ 03:26 PM

Diving With Less Than 20/20 Vision

By Jessica Vyvyan-Robinson

contact lens with drops on blue background

For those whose eyesight requires corrective measures, the prospect of diving — a primarily visual pastime — can be a little daunting. Proper diver safety also relies on keeping a keen eye on your buddy, your location and your gauges. But a lack of 20/20 vision is by no means a barrier to diving, as there are many options available to facilitate participation despite all manner of sight issues. Many people with mild vision impairment don’t need to take any corrective action, as objects in water are naturally magnified by 33 percent. But if corrective measures are needed, there are several methods of compensating for sight problems underwater, making for safer, more enjoyable dives.

One of the simplest ways to deal with poor eyesight is to wear contact lenses, just as you would on land. Certain precautions should be taken to minimize eye irritation and to prevent losing the contacts, but generally, diving with contacts is a safe and hassle-free solution. The Diver’s Alert Network (DAN) recommends using soft contact lenses for scuba rather than hard or gas-permeable ones, however, because increased pressure may cause hard lenses to suction to the eye, causing pain or discomfort. Hard lenses typically dry wearers’ eyes out more, too, resulting in redness and irritation upon surfacing. Most importantly, soft lenses allow the nitrogen absorbed by the eye while diving to escape; hard lenses do not. Bubbles can form between the hard lens and the eye, causing blurred vision, which effectively negates the purpose of wearing the contacts in the first place.

Wearing contact lenses underwater also means keeping the eyes closed when performing any skills that require the flooding or removal of the mask. If you are enrolling in a scuba course, be sure to tell your instructor if you wear contacts so that he or she will allow you to keep your eyes closed during skills, and to wear a mask during surface water skills or swim tests. Similarly, if you’re using vision-correcting equipment, from contacts to prescription masks, make sure to alert your buddy: if you should lose your mask underwater, they need to know that they’ll need to help you find it. In terms of comfort, even soft contact lens wearers often report some dryness as a result of diving; it’s a good idea to bring lubricating drops with you to the site for use before and after diving. Rinsing lenses in fresh saline solution between dives can also minimize irritation from residual salt water; divers should consider using disposable contacts for live-aboard trips so that they can use fresh ones each day.

There are alternatives to wearing contacts while diving for those who are squeamish about using them or simply prefer not to. Depending on the severity and type of eyesight issues, the lenses of some stock masks can be quickly and easily replaced with pre-made corrective lenses. For those with astigmatism or other, more extreme vision impairment, pre-made lenses may not work sufficiently. Custom-made prescription masks are also an option, wherein a mask is made specifically to your requirements. Those who opt for prescription masks should consider purchasing two customized masks in case of loss or damage to one of them, as it can be exceptionally hard to find a replacement in many of the world’s remote dive destinations.

The most permanent alternative is corrective eye surgery, but it is imperative to consult an ophthalmologist before your first dive, after surgery, in order to respect the healing period. If not properly observed, the effects of pressure and trapped gas on an unhealed incision could be incredibly painful.

The final option, particularly for those who require bifocals, is adhesive magnifying patches, which are applied to a stock mask lens and can be purchased at most large dive equipment stores or an optician’s office.

For most people, however, contact lenses are the simplest choice for correcting eyesight while diving. They are cost-effective, and divers are able to wear them both while kitting up and during the dive. Whatever your preference, there are plentiful corrective options available to ensure that everyone can experience the beauty and wonder of the underwater world.

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Guidelines For Post-Dive Equipment Care

Posted by Chris White on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 @ 02:07 PM

Guidelines For Post-Dive Equipment Care

By Jessica Vyvyan-Robinson


If you own scuba equipment, knowing how to properly take care of it after a dive is crucial. Not only does good post-dive maintenance increase the lifespan of expensive equipment, but it also minimizes the risk of gear-related issues the next time you dive. Our equipment is our lifeline underwater, so keeping it in working order is of paramount importance. Basic rules apply to the post-dive maintenance of all scuba gear, including rinsing items thoroughly with fresh water after a dive, and allowing them to dry completely before being packed away. Dive gear should never be left in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time, as sunlight can degrade, crack or fade materials, including neoprene and rubber. Specific considerations relate to particular pieces of equipment, most of which are listed below.


Like the rest of your scuba equipment, your regulator needs to be rinsed in fresh water at the end of the day’s diving. Make sure that no water enters the regulator’s first stage, as it’s internal components are susceptible to damage when exposed to moisture —allowing them to get wet will most likely result in an expensive trip to an equipment technician. Before rinsing, replace and securely fasten your regulator’s dust cap, first ensuring that the dust cap itself is dry. You can do this by using compressed air from your cylinder to blast excess water from the dust cap before fastening it in place, but that method’s not without detractors.

Instead of leaving your first stage to soak in fresh water, rinse it thoroughly under the tap; this will safeguard against water seeping past the dust cap. Alternatively, you can fully submerge your regulator if the first stage is still attached to a pressurized cylinder, which will prevent any water from entering the system. Do not press the purge button on either your primary second stage or your octopus while you are washing your regulator, as this will also allow water to enter the first stage. If you have hose protectors, make sure that you rinse underneath them during the cleaning process; similarly, move your low-pressure inflator connector back and forth to remove any salt, grit or sand. This way, even the least visible parts of your regulator will be kept corrosion free, and will continue to perform as they should. Once you have finished rinsing your regulator, hang it up and allow it to dry completely before packing it away.


When it comes to washing your BCD, it’s hugely important to remember the inside after having thoroughly rinsed the exterior. During a dive, salt water leaks into the BCD through the dump valves and the low-pressure inflator, and must be drained out during your post-dive maintenance routine. To do this, use a hose to flush fresh water into the BCD’s bladder via the low-pressure inflator, making sure to hold down the deflate button as you do so. Allow the water to flow into the BCD until it is approximately one quarter full, and then orally inflate it. This will allow the water to easily circulate around the inside of the BCD. Then, shake it to make sure that the water reaches every part of the jacket before allowing the water to drain through the dump valves, simultaneously rinsing them too. You can repeat this process several times before inflating the BCD partially and storing it. Ideally, you should keep your BCD hung up in a cool, dry place; the partial inflation will prevent the insides of the BCD from sticking together.

Wetsuit, booties, hoods and gloves

All of these items should be washed both on the inside and on the outside. It’s a good idea to use soap or disinfectant to eliminate any odors, but make sure that you buy one that’s appropriate for use on neoprene. Wetsuit soap is readily available at most dive centers or equipment stores; rinse it off with more fresh water once used. After cleaning your wetsuit and other neoprene items, hang them up to dry completely before packing them away. If you don’t, mildew and other bacteria will develop, degrading the quality of your equipment and causing it to smell. The best way to store a wetsuit is to hang it up, preferably on a purpose-built wetsuit hanger. Do not use wire hangers, as they will crease and mark your suit — the wider the hanger, the better. For transporting your suit or for storing it for short periods of time roll it rather than folding it. Folds can cause creases in the neoprene that may not come out, and make the suit uncomfortable to wear. It is also a good idea to lubricate the zips on your wetsuit or booties, ideally with zipper wax specifically made for this purpose.


Many divers overlook their cylinders when it comes to post-dive care, but they also need to be rinsed with fresh water. This prevents salt buildup and consequent corrosion, and also displaces grit and sand from around the tank valve; if left, these particles can make it difficult to turn your air on and off. You should never put a cylinder into storage either emptied or filled completely. When empty, the absence of pressure can make it easy for contaminants to enter the cylinder; if stored too full they can eventually crack over time. They should be stored lying horizontally, or in a secured upright position to prevent them from falling and becoming damaged.

Mask, fins and snorkel

Your soft gear is easily maintained; like everything else, it must be rinsed in fresh water, dried and put away carefully. Your mask should be packed in a hard case to protect the lenses from scratches and the mask itself from possible impact. Make sure that any other items that you store with your mask (e.g. dive computer, compass) do not bend, squish or deform the silicone; otherwise, your mask’s shape could be altered causing it to leak or become uncomfortable. Similarly, save the plastic inserts that come with your fins when you buy them, and replace during storage to retain the shape of your fins’ foot pockets. Do not store your fins by balancing them on their tips, as this can also cause distortion and diminished performance. Instead, keep them lying flat, or hung by the strap on a wide peg.


Each of your dive accessories has unique care requirements. Underwater cameras, for example, have a lengthy post-dive care regime. They must be left to soak for as long as possible in fresh water, to allow all salt to dissolve from the housing. You should gently work all of the housing’s moving parts to dislodge any salt, grit or sand stuck beneath them. Once you are satisfied that the housing is salt-free, you must dry it completely before opening it to remove your camera. You should remove your batteries and memory card from the camera, and make sure to wipe clean and lubricate all O-rings. Do not store your housing with the main body O-ring in place, as the constant pressure will eventually change the shape of the O-ring and reduce its ability to create a sufficient seal. Instead, remove the O-ring carefully, clean it and store it with the rest of your equipment in a sealed plastic bag. Strobes and underwater torches should be treated similarly — wash, dry, remove batteries, then clean and lubricate all O-ring.

When washing your dive computer, make sure to depress all the buttons while holding the computer underwater in order to flush salt deposits from beneath them. Rinsed and dry dive knives thoroughly, then apply a thin coating of silicone grease to the blade before storage to prevent rusting. All other diving equipment, including signal marker buoys, compasses, whistles and octopus attachments should be rinsed at the same time as the rest of your gear, and stored appropriately.

No matter how diligently you take care of your equipment, make sure to fully check and test your gear before use to ensure that it’s in full working order. Above all, remember that by properly looking after your dive equipment, you are allowing it to continue looking after you.

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