ScubaLab director John Brumm has devoted decades to ensuring the quality of the life support equipment he and fellow divers rely on. In Dive Speak he will explain scuba gear terms from A to Z. Today, the letter "A."
Danny was having one of the greatest days of his short dive career. Conditions were perfect. Visibility seemed to go on forever. Until the grouper he had just speared knocked his regulator out of his mouth and his mask askew. Suddenly, he was in trouble.
Perhaps nothing ruins a dive trip more quickly than an urgent need to “feed the fish” from the railing. Thus, most divers try very diligently to avoid getting motion sickness – but how? What really works?
It’s the bane of all divers. We want to go down, but the inherent buoyancy in our wetsuits, our BCs, our lungs and our fat cells are all conspiring to keep that from happening. Here's how to determine how much weight you will need...
It’s no fun diving with a mask that keeps filling with water every few seconds. So the first consideration when buying a mask is how well its skirt seals against your face. Despite claims to the contrary, no one mask fits all.
The major downside to beach diving is all that sand will sneak into your wetsuit and attack your reg if you give it half a chance. To avoid that, gear up at your car, then grab mask and fins and make a beeline for the water.
We’ve got advice on how to navigate through a kelp forest. Some of the world’s best diving can be found in kelp forests, but this can be an intimidating environment, especially the first time. Here are our tips for enjoying this spectacular habitat and its many rewards.
Today, there are hundreds of careers in diving. A recreational dive leader instructs and supervises recreational divers. Acquiring the appropriate formal education for a career under water is usually the first step.
Fifty years ago, a career in diving meant joining the U.S. Navy. Today, people face a wide range of options for diving careers. Commercial divers must be able to thrive under harsh conditions and require education beyond open-water certification.
June 2007 By Moira Honeyman Photography by Tim Calver I'm not sure why this thought comes to me, but kneeling on the sand in 40 feet of water, literally surrounded by Caribbean reef sharks, I decide it's best if I don't look ...