Do you understand decompression? Our dive training editor breaks it down in simple terms, using a baseball stadium parking lot analogy. Divers can understand and learn on how to safely exit the water and avoid decompression sickness.
Eldest daughter, totally wowed by a massive swarm of cownose rays in Costa Rica. We did a “mom and me” backpacking trip around the western part of the country several years ago and managed to squeeze in one day of diving at Catalina Island, using rental gear. This is not the best image I’ve taken (I had only brought along a little point and shoot as I needed to travel light), but this dive stands out as one of the most memorable in my diving history.
This is our middle daughter diving in Thailand on a family trip a few years back. Thailand is another great family destination. Note the safety equipment – all of our family members carry a folding flag for signaling on the surface. These clever and inexpensive units can be seen from a long distance and are easy to stow in a BC pocket, or clipped off on a D ring. We also all carry a flashlight and a dive sausage that can be launched from the safety stop.
Middle daughter freediving down to visit her mom, who, as usual, was puttering about under the boat, looking for last minute photo ops. I was not her buddy on this dive – her boyfriend, himself a diver, came along on this family trip.