Tips and Tricks for Scuba Divers

Make Scuba Diving Easier and Safer With These Simple Concepts

Do you find donning your wetsuit difficult? Is your hair always in the way? This list of my favorite scuba diving tricks and tips has been compiled from years of professional scuba diving experience. Check it out -- hopefully there is an idea that you will find useful.

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Prevent Heel and Ankle Blisters

I get some strange looks when I unpack my gear bag. I pull out my regulators, my fins, my wetsuit, and two rather disgusting white athletic socks. The have turned grayish, and they don't smell too great, but for me, they have become an essential piece of diving gear. Why am I carrying socks in my scuba gear? Read more

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13 Tips for Better Boat Diving Etiquette

For many scuba divers, the only time they are lucky enough to get on a boat is during their dive trips. For those of use who are not lucky enough to dive frequently, the rules of common courtesy on a dive boat may not be obvious. Here are tips on proper boat diving etiquette for scuba divers. Read more

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Seasick? How to Vomit Politely on a Dive Boat

Is it possible to feel "green"? Most people who have experienced seasickness will say that it is! The feeling of seasickness starts as an uncomfortable lurching in the stomach, a slight dizziness, and a heightened sensitivity to any nasty boat fumes wafting through the air. Despite a truly heroic effort to force his stomach contents to remain in their rightful place, the victim soon finds himself leaning over the railing trying to be as inconspicuous as possible as he donates his last meal to the sea. Seasickness is terrible, but it happens to the best of us. Here are tips on how to avoid (further) alienating the rest of the dive group when the inevitable arises. Read more

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Be an Awesome Dive Buddy - 8 Tips for Better Teamwork

In the open water course, divers learn to use the buddy system for safe diving. A diver should stay close to his dive partner and be constantly aware of him. Yet, half the time I assign a buddy team and five minutes into the dive I see one person far to my right flirting with a turtle and the other half of the buddy team off to my left engrossed with a boxfish. As long as these two do not need each other's assistance, this bad-buddy behavior is reinforced and they continue to stray farther apart on each subsequent dive. Read more

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6 Steps to Easier, Less Stressful Descents

Once mastered, a controlled descent is more efficient than dumping the all air from your BCD at the beginning of the dive because you do not waste time fighting with your buoyancy on the way down. You arrive at your desired depth neutrally buoyancy and ready to swim off on your adventure. Be patient. Every diver can properly control his descent with understanding and practice. Read more

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8 Methods of Preventing a Foggy Mask

A foggy mask ruins an entire dive. Fog blocks a diver's view of the incredible underwater world and impedes communication between divers. Fog can be dangerous. A diver distracted by a foggy mask can lose track of his buoyancy or his surroundings. It is possible to prevent any mask from fogging. However, new masks and used masks must be treated in different ways. Read more

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5 Hairstyles for Scuba Diving

Controlling long hair when diving is important for two reasons. The first is that long hair floats in front of a diver's field of vision (and gets horribly tangled in the process). The second is that loose hair tends to slide around under the mask strap, which causes the mask to move during a dive. Here are some tricks to control long hair that I have learned after years of diving. Read more

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Never Miss a Dive Again -- Create a Save a Dive Kit

Here are some of the items that I carry in my gigantic save a dive kit. Of course, a diver's save a dive kit will differ depending upon his needs and type of diving. Save a dive kits may be a small as a zip-lock bad or as big as a tool box. My goal in posting this extensive list is that divers may browse through it and decide for themselves what items they would like to carry in their personal kit. Keep in mind that my first aid kit and emergency medical supplies are separate, and not included in this list. Read more

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4 Alternate Ways to Deflate a Buoyancy Compensator

BCDs are manufactured with a variety of air release valves that allow divers to deflate from different positions. Read over these common deflation mechanisms and techniques, and try some out on your next dive. You may be pleasantly surprised! Read more

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Why You Should Not Turn Your Valves 1/4 Back Anymore

Have you or one of your dive buddies ever run out of air? It's frightening, not only for the diver who unexpectedly inhales to no avail, but for the guide. My friend Dennis had a diver run out of air during a guided cavern tour. He had to rush to the diver's aid, offering him his alternate air source. Surprised that an experienced diver had emptied his tank without noticing it, my friend checked the diver's pressure gauge and observed that the gauge indicated that the tank was half full. Dennis breathed from the diver's regulator to test it, and only got half of a breath. What had happened?