Helpful Diving Info
Do I Need to Know How To Swim to Scuba Dive?
This is a question that I often get asked, and really it is not as simple as YES or NO. If you want to become a certified scuba diver by doing the PADI Open Water Diver Course then the answer is yes. In the PADI Open Water Diver Course it is specified that you have to be able to swim 200 metres with any stroke and also have to be able to tread water or float for at least 10 minutes. The reason for this is not for the fact that scuba diving requires you to swim, but rather it is for yours and your groups safety. In the unlikely event that your BCD (Buoyancy Control Device) was to falter then there [...] Read The Story 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 happens (like in an airplane, or when you drive up or down a mountain). However, underwater [...] Read The Story Helpful Diving Info
Are Chemical Sun Creams Damaging Coral Reefs?
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 seen that Hawaii has just banned chemical sun creams containing Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, but what many people still ask is... Are chemical sunscreens and sun creams really that damaging to the coral reefs? Like most things the answer is not a simple one, but what you should know as a diver is that Oxybenzone and other chemical active ingredients used in nearly all chemical based sun creams, contribute to Coral death and exacerbate the bleaching effect caused by increased water temperatures. What you might not know is that in the last 30 years nearly 70% of [...] Read The Story