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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.

Scubapro Spectra Black Mask Phuket Thailand Helpful Diving Info

How to Prepare a New Scuba Mask

There is a long going battle between scuba divers and foggy masks. There are a number or reason why a scuba diving mask may fog and one of those reasons is that the mask was not correctly prepared at the time of purchase. All new scuba masks have a thing film on silicone on the lens that occurs during the manufacturing process. You will need to remove this silicone prior to wearing the mask and applying any defog products. Tip #1: One of the reasons a scuba mask fogs is through exhaled air through your nose. Your exhaled air come from your lung which will operate at body temperature. This will always be significantly warmer [...]

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Phuket sign post with ocean backdrop Helpful Diving Info

Travel Times in Phuket to Chalong Pier

Phuket Island is a lot larger than most new visitors believe. It is around 50km in length and about 12km in width. It takes in about 576 square kilometres of land. The island is also a lot busier than some new travelers expect. Official reports have the local population at almost 400,000 however some unofficial reports say that there could be up to 1 million people on the island at any one time. The large number of locals and visitors on the island and the long travel distances creates quite dense traffic conditions and at times can hamper travel times making them a lot longer than expected. Plan your travel time with Google Maps [...]

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Low Season Scuba Diving Aussie Divers Phuket Helpful Diving Info

Low Season Diving in Phuket

Dont let the forecasts fool you Firstly don't always believe the online weather forecast's. With the high humidity, we have year round here in Phuket, a lot of the online weather sites & App's will simply predict thunderstorms & rain 365 days of the year. They are happy to get this correct maybe 40% of the time..... We actually still have some very nice sunny days during the monsoonal season, and the diving can still be really good. Plus the beaches are less crowded and airfares & accommodation much cheaper, it's sounding like a win-win all round! If you are looking for a local forecast site/app we generally recommend looking at [...]

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Diver Equalizing Ears Aussie Divers Phuket Helpful Diving Info

Importance of Equalising your Ears

Scuba diving is a relatively safe sport, as long as you follow the rules, however one of the most common injury's we see is ear problems after not improper technique or failure to equalise the ears. It is vital that you stop your decent/going down plus let your guide/instructor/buddy know if you have any equalisation issues whilst diving. When we are scuba diving the term “equalising” means to equalise pressure between the inside of your ears and the underwater environment. Human ears have the natural ability to compensate external pressure from the surrounding world and this mostly happens without you even noticing that it happen [...]

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Healthy Coral Helpful Diving Info

Is Chemical Sunscreen Damaging Coral Reef In Phuket?

Recently there has been a great deal of media hype around the link between chemical sun creams and severe damage to coral reefs. You may have also seen that Hawaii has banned chemical sunscreen containing Oxybenzone and Octinoxate to help prevent any further harm to their delicate coral reef's, but what many people are still asking is... Which chemical sunscreen's and sun cream's damage coral reefs? Like most things the answer is not a simple one, what you need to know as a scuba diver is that Oxybenzone, Octinoxate or other chemical active ingredients used in nearly all chemical sunscreens, contribute to coral death and drastica [...]

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Seawing Nova Scubapro Display Centre Aussie Divers Phuket Helpful Diving Info

How to Select a Pair of Scuba Diving Fins

Scuba diving fins should be in the first three items you should purchase once you start taking your scuba diving seriously. The other two are a good mask and dive computer. A good pair of scuba fins can provide better thrust than most rental fins, make propulsion easier thus reducing effort and providing better air consumption. I recall my first pair of quality fins improving my air consumption by 30%. One of the first things you need to consider before buying a pair of scuba diving fins is where you will be wearing the most. As you will read there will be two types of fins. Open heel and closed heel. If you will be doing any c [...]

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Free Pool Try Scuba Diver Aussie Divers Phuket Helpful Diving Info

First Time Scuba Diving

We get a lot of first time divers, doing both the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience and/or their PADI Open Water course here in Thailand. Generally what draws these divers to Phuket is the chance to see the underwater world and explore new depths in beautiful clear and warm waters whilst on holidays. With the joy and excitment of this first time experience there is also quiet often some fears and anxieties the come along with the thought of breathing underwater for the first time. You may be getting into Scuba Diving because a friend or family member is already a certified diver, perhaps you saw it in a movie and think it look [...]

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