Scuba Diving performing a buoyancy weight check

Scuba Skills: Performing a Weight Check on the Surface.

Diving incorrectly weighted will increase your air consumption and hold you back from attaining that amazing weightless feeling that we’re all chasing. If you’re weighted incorrectly you will either spend the whole dive adjusting your BCD, or battling to prevent yourself from floating up on your safety stop – neither of these is fun or safe. By performing a weight check on the surface, you will get a better understanding of how much weight you really need and have better dives because of it. Continue reading

Discover Scuba Diving DSD Leader

Becoming a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader – Deep Blue Scuba

Can’t afford to become an instructor but still want to be part of someone’s first experience breathing underwater? Become a Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) leader for the princely sum of £30 instead! DSD Leader wasn’t something offered to the Divemaster Trainees at my dive school and it wasn’t a certification that I had heard a lot about until I joined Deep Blue Scuba in Edinburgh. There is a lot of conflicting information out there about DSD Leader and many people don’t see it’s value, preferring to step up straight to Instructor instead. This post is about my personal experience with the DSD Leader programme and it might just help you decide whether it’s something you want to aim for too.

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buying dive gear masks for scuba where to start from how to buy

Scuba Skills: Buying Dive Gear – Start with your mask

Your own gear is a wonderful luxury and the right kit can completely change your diving experience. Dragging on stiff suits and peering through a foggy mask can add stress and unnecessary angst to what should be an awesome experience. On the flipside, buying everything you need is a big investment and it can be hard to know what to buy, when to buy it and where to get it. This series of posts should answer some of those questions and cover off the basics of investing in your own gear.

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Red Sea Egypt Scuba Diving Liveaboard trip blog review

Diving the Red Sea – A Liveaboard Adventure

Hurghada really is the arse end of bum fuck no-where. We spent two nights there either side of our Red Sea liveaboard with Emperor Divers. It’s a strange place full of construction sites giving off an abandoned ‘post-coup’ vibe and souvenir shops that all display signs declaiming ‘No Russians’ (apparently they’re big fans of holidaying here). The heat in July/August is truly oppressive, being outside for any amount of time is draining and there is very little reason to leave your hotel, I would advise you stay in the pool and the cool for your own sanity. We stayed at the Green Resort Apartments which were completely unknown to every taxi driver we spoke to, so be sure to take a map with your hotel on it if you go.

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