New PADI eLearning product for Advanced Open Water Diver course

PADI is launching soon its new digital product: the Advanced Open Water Diver eLearning. According to PADI, this new product "combines the best of the current eLearning system with enhancements that better engage student divers." And this product will replace the old Advanced Open Water Diver online. Here are some of the key features that the new Advanced Open Water Diver eLearning offers, and that makes it attractive to certified divers wishing to advanced their scuba skills: It’s designed for use with mobile devices (smartphone and tablets) or personal computers connected to the internet. (An offline option will be released later.) All 13 Adventure Dives from the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Manual are included, along with the Introduction and Thinking Like a Diver sections. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Video is integrated within sections and dynamically streams, which helps avoid long loading times or video pauses. The user-friendly design supported by clear images, animated concepts, and interactive diagrams makes learning enjoyable as [...]

How often do you practice your scuba skills?

Recently, one of my good friends raised a very good question on his Facebook page: "How often do you practice your scuba skills?" As I was reflecting on this question, it made me think of the many situations where somebody could get in trouble underwater but could avoid the trouble if she kept her skills up-to-date. My friend kept asking on his posting, "Really, when was the last time you practiced removing and replacing your mask? Towing a buddy? Disconnecting an inflator hose? Swimming while sharing air?" It was the last question that made me ponder how many people are really prepared for an out of air situation and making an emergency ascent? and that is the topic of this article. I did a quick search and found the following article online. Please keep reading, if you have not dive in a while, you should consider reviewing your scuba skills in a safe environment before [...]

How to prepare for a scuba liveaboard trip

Our scuba liveaboard trip with all-inclusive Blackbeard’s Cruises is just around the corner (September 16-22, 2017). And I’m as excited as everyone else for this trip with Rey Diving because, like for most of the people in the group, this will be my first experience on a liveaboard! As we prepare for a Bahamas adventure, let’s do our homework and all the necessary research to maximize the fun, both under the water and on-board. To make the most out of our diving/sailing trip, I researched some well-known scuba websites including the Blackbeard’s Cruises’ site itself. When you’re planning for a liveaboard vacation, start preparing on your own before you arrive at the boarding location. Make a list well in advance of your departure of the items you want to pack. Once onboard, you’ll be isolated. No dive shops. No pharmacies. So consider bringing backup scuba equipment, and if you take medications, put those on the [...]

Nitrox for the recreational diver part 1: Definitions and Benefits

Often I’m asked by beginning divers if nitrox is used for doing deep dives, or if using nitrox is considered technical diving, or if nitrox will prevent the bends. The quick and easy answers to those questions are: nitrox is not for going any deeper than recreational diving limits, it’s not considered technical diving, and it is not going to prevent the bends. In this series of articles, I will try to demystify nitrox for the beginner diver, and will delve a little deeper into more advanced concepts. Diving with nitrox can have many advantages for the recreational diver, but we must consider some technical issues associated with breathing compressed air, and with the higher content of oxygen in our tanks. Once we understand what nitrox is, and how nitrox works, we can take full advantage of using nitrox on most of our dives. In fact, I always try to dive with nitrox on every [...]

THE LAND TORTOISE

As soon as we descended to a depth of 60 feet it got very dark, and at 105 feet we were in complete darkness. We were 4 divers plus the dive master who was guiding us made five divers in the water. Everybody had a strong light. The site is very well marked so there should have been no problems. But, after two minutes into the dive, I could only count two lights in addition to mine. I had no idea what could have happened to the other two divers. Over the past Labor Day weekend, my dive buddies and I had jumped into the waters of Lake George to dive one of the best wrecks that exist in the Northeast: The oldest intact warship in the United States,theLand Tortoise. Known around the Lake George simply as the Radeau (French for raft) and located at a depth of 105 feet, the wreck is a seven-sided [...]

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