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Helpful Diving Info

Here at Aussie Divers we don’t just consider ourselves a dive shop, we think of it as more, a big family of like minded individuals coming together to enjoy the marine environment here in Phuket, Thailand. So with that in mind we spend a great deal of time writing articles to dispel diving myths and try to promote the healthy sharing of correct and informed opinions on our marine world.

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Tips on How to Stop Seasickness

As boat travel is a common part of scuba diving and unfortunately seasickness/ motion sickness effects 70% of the population. Here are some tips on how to stop seasickness. Some are legitimately research and some may be myth. Motion is sensed by the brain through different pathways of the nervous system including the inner ear, the eyes, and the tissues of the body surface. Your body has a few different motion sensory systems. They are located in the inner ear and eyes. We also have skin pressure receptors, and the muscle and joint sensory receptors. When the body is moved intentionally, for example when walking, the input from [...]

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How to Treat Jellyfish Stings Helpful Diving Info

What is the best way to treat a jellyfish sting?

Jelly fish sting are unfortunately part and parcel of diving and can ruin a days scuba diving. Luckily in most cases, self treatment is all that is needed and the effects will go away within 24-48 hours. In nearly all circumstances jellyfish stings are not life threatening and this is more so in Thailand. Not all jellyfish are dangerous. Most people think that all gelatinous,swimming marine animal encountered at the sea are "jellyfish" and moreover that they all sting. But not all jellyfish are stinging; many are harmless to humans, but it is always best to avoid touching them. However in Australian the Box Jellyfish (Cubozoans) and [...]

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Scuba Diving Children Aussie Divers Phuket Helpful Diving Info

What age can children start scuba diving?

When I started with the idea of writing this blog I thought the answer to this question would be relatively a simple one. However, with even a small amount of research the answer is a lot more complicated than I imagined. There are a whole lot of different experts having a vast range of different views on the subject on what age children can start scuba diving. Most of these concerns are around physical, psychological and maturity preparedness. What I considered to be the simple answer was 10 years of age. PADI have set the age limit for both their PADI Discover Scuba Diving and their entry level Certification, the PADI Open Wa [...]

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New Padi Medical Questionnaire Open Water Helpful Diving Info

New Diver Medical Questionnaire Released

On the 25th June 2020, DAN (Divers Alert Network), WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Council), RSTC (Recreational Scuba Training Council) and the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society released a new diver medical questionnaire. The new medical was two and a half years in the making. It was cross referenced against the old medical form with real scuba diving students. PADI will take on the new medical checklist and will use it for all of their scuba diving and freediving courses. The process for the PADI Discover Scuba Diving appears to remain the same. Participants will complete the medical in the PADI DSD booklet a [...]

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How to Buy a Scuba Diving Mask?

Here is Aussie Divers Phuket tips on how to buy a new scuba diving mask. Buying a dive mask should be the first investment you make as a scuba diver. As having your own mask with a proper fit will go along way to making your dives more enjoyable. When looking at buying a dive mask there are a number of different shapes, styles & sizes available, how do you choose the right one for you. The choices may seem endless, however, there are some basic things to search for, here is our guide to buying a dive mask. The key to finding a good mask is getting the right fit, after all, there is nothing worse than having to clear a l [...]

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Flying Scuba Diving Aussie Divers Phuket Helpful Diving Info

Why Can’t I Fly After Scuba Diving?

Here is a blog that will try and explain why you can't fly after scuba diving. We have all been taught during our PADI Open Water Course that we cannot fly after scuba diving. You should recall that we cannot fly for 12 hours after a single dive, 18 hours after multiple dives and if we can we should ideally wait 24 hours. It is generally understood that the reason why we do this is to avoid the increase risk of decompression sickness. To understand how this increased chance may materialise we need to understand how decompression sickness normally develops. To do that we need to understand what is actually occurring in our body. [...]

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Underwater Navigation PADI Advanced Open Water Course Aussie Divers Phuket Helpful Diving Info

Common Mistakes Newly Certified Divers Make

As a newly certified diver, everything is new & exciting. The PADI Open Water course does a great job of teaching you the safety aspects of diving and get you comfortable in the water. However, as a new diver, you will most likely make some rookie mistakes. Diving should be a fun and enjoyable experience so try and avoid these common mistakes that newly certified divers make. Slow down! If you are a newly certified diver there is no need to try and keep up with that old salty sea dog on the boat who has 1,000’s of dives. Take your time gearing up and remember to do each step of your pre-dive and buddy checks. Once in the wate [...]

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