Buoyancy Control Tips!

One of the things that may be hard for beginners is maintaining the correct buoyancy level. That is basically when you try to stay in the same level without deflating or inflating your BCD (buoyancy control device). Deflating and inflating it would make you go up and down like a balloon! Which is really odious, because it makes me feel dizzy. It is also imporant because the coral can be mared by constantly disturbing the enviroment. It also effects your ears, its dangerous to be at a certain depth then inflate your BCD all of a sudden, trust me i have tried it its really annoying if you are trying to get somewhere!

 

One reason why you may be sinking to the ground floor or going all the way up to the surface, is that you may have too much weights or that you may not have enough. So you always need to make sure you have the right amount. How you do that is that when you are in the water (on the surface) take a deep breath and you should be at eye level. Most people add 1-2 ibs, bu you should probably test it before you go diving.

 

Another important thing is that you be patient and when you inflate your air do small increments rather than drastic ones. If you add or release air from your buoyancy control device, give it time to take effect.  If you don’t give it a bit of time, you will over-inflate (or deflate). Several seconds should be fine. You should also give the BCD a short release of air. If not, you can always add more. You do not want to over-inflate – or vice-versa. Also, you would want to fawn in the delight of the beautifle colorful scenery. When bobing up and down it gives you a sense of feeling lofty.

 

Another thing that may effect your buoyancy is your wet suit. What happens is that it will become less buoyant as you descend. As it becomes wet and the bubbles in the wetsuit compress from the pressure, the suit will lose buoyancy. And if you don’t maintain your buoyancy you can cause vexation amoungst the enviroment! And if you disturbe the creatures, you may suffer the wrath of an angry sea creature! Also, it would be lamentable if you destroyed the enviroment!

 

 

Another good tip is that you should stay horizontal in the water so when you kick, you move forward and not upward.  It is mortally important that you don’t hold your breath, while having the BCD in your mouth. I entreat you to never hold your breath because it is extremely dangerous, besides that, it will give you extra buoyancy (don’t try it). Practice makes perfect. The more you practice your buoyancy, the more you won’t have to worry about it while diving. You will be a pro at it, without even thinking about it! When your oxygen in your tank starts to wane indicated on your oxygen sensor, its time to head back to shore or to the boat. It is really important  not to flout the rules or the insturctions your dive instructor tells you to do.

 

 

Adieu, until the next time!

Source:http://www.scuba-diving-smiles.com/buoyancy-control-scuba-diving-tips.html

Analyzing My Writing

I think that one of my strengths is that I had 2 compound-complex sentences! I think that I did a good job writing different kinds of sentences. I think I could have changed some of the simple sentences. In my writing I had 17 sentences, 2 of them were compound-complex, 1 of them was compound, 6 of them were complex sentences, and 8 of them were simple. I think by knowing all the sentence types, and how to make them helped me and my writing grow.  One of my weaknesses is that I did not plan before writing, if I did I could have had a more organized and fluid piece with a variety of sentences. I think that I did a great job writing my introduction, and conclusion. What I would do differently is make my conclusion a separate paragraph, to make my writing more organized. I am proud of my variety of sentences, and that I wrote two compound-complex sentences, if I changed the one comma it would have been a simple sentence! I did not give examples, to support my writing, but I think I did a good job explaining the dive, and how it’s different than other dives. I think that my writing was pretty clear, it had an intro, body, and conclusion, and it made sense. I think I really have improved in this area, and I completely understand the sentence types and how to make them.  I think that it’s easier to write naturally than being asked to write or give examples of the sentence types. This exercise helped me because I noticed some grammar mistakes, and I had to add three commas in my writing and I didn’t even notice! Overall I think that I had a great variety of sentences, but I think I could have pushed myself even harder to change up the simple sentences.

Digital Underwater Photography Course

KEY:

Orange= simple sentence      Blue=compound sentence      Green= complex sentence      Pink= compound-complex sentence

This course is a wonderful course, which is also a part of the PADI course. It is a popular course, which is easy and really fun! It’s a great way to capture what you see underwater, and is great for memories! I have a bunch of videos and pictures of my family and I diving. I haven’t taken this course, but I have used a camera underwater, and it’s pretty cool. It’s a great way to capture these really cool moments in time, like when you see an octopus, or see a turtle pass by. It is really important while taking this course that you really understand how to take quick shots, and know how to use the right method. Underwater photography allows you to use today’s modern digital equipment. This course teaches you how to use the right underwater camera, the method to get shots quickly, and the three primary principles for good underwater photos.

  

This course is an introduction to digital underwater photography centered on today’s point-and-shoot digital cameras. The course is mainly for those interested in learning the basics of digital underwater photography. It will help develop the knowledge, skills and techniques necessary to get excellent photographs with a digital camera, even on your first photo dive! You will also learn what equipment you need to take awesome photographs. You will also do some editing, like looking at file formats, resolution settings, making images lighter or darker, getting good color, photo composition, and how to download photographs to your computer and adjust them. Another option which is available to this course is being able participate in an introduction to Photoshop, to improve your image editing techniques. You will be a pro in cropping and adjusting color, contrast, levels, hue and saturation so you can adjust your images to perfection. You can only participate if you’re aged 10+ and have already completed the PADI Open Water Course (or equivalent), you also have to be in good health and fitness, and then you should be able to become a certified PADI Underwater Digital Photographer! You will be able to easily capture the whole, beautiful, underwater universe with your camera!

   

 Click Here to Watch a Video on the Underwater Photography Course!

Sources:

http://www.padi.com/scuba/padi-courses/diver-level-courses/view-all-padi-courses/digital-underwater-photographer-courses/default.aspx

http://www.abyss.com.au/scuba/pc/Digital-Underwater-Photography-course-p2656.htm

http://www.peterpancruise.com/padi-specialty-underwater-digital-photography-courses.php

Diver’s Joy

The ocean moans,

as the wind continues to groan.

Grumbling and roaring,

searching for something spectacular.

 

The seagulls fly off,

as the ocean continues its roller coaster ride.

Boats disappear,

as the divers put away their gear.

The sky starts to turn blue, as this storm clears.

Divers start to laugh and cheer,

Knowing that this dive is near

Joy is here.

What About Deep Diving?

Firstly, I would like to say that deep diving is a great experience filled with both excitement and fear. There are different ideas about how deep is deep. While, an Open Water Diver is able to dive to 60 feet which is 18 meters; an Advanced Open Water diver is certified to dive to 100 feet which is30 meters. As part of the Advanced Open Water course a student will complete a Deep Dive to 100 feet which is  30 meters, so for an Advanced Open Water Diver any depth greater than 60 feet which is 18 meters could be called deep. A trained diver who is certified for really deep diving is able to go 140 feet which is 40 meters and this is the depth that a diver trained in deep diving is certified to descend to. So I would say deep dives are usually between 100 feet / 30 meters and 140 feet / 40 meters.

     

                               

Secondly, I would like to tell you why divers do deep dives. The reason is because when you do a deep dive, you see things that you are not able to see at shallower depths. It’s really common to find wrecks in deeper water, because the depth means less exposure to surface surge. The main reason is because you find many different marine life at different depths. Many fish and other marine creatures also prefer greater depths. The disadvantage is that because there isn’t much sunlight in deep water, it is harder to see, so it’s a good idea to carry a dive light which would bring the color and life back to these gorgeous unique coral.

 

Thirdly, I would like to mention that there are a few concerns about deep diving; the main ones are decompression sickness, rapid air consumption, and nitrogen narcosis. But like other dives it is safe as long as the proper precautions are taken. Decompression sickness chances are increased because of increased pressure at greater depths, you can avoid this by properly planning the dive using dive tables or a dive computer and making sure that you ascend slowly and complete all the needed safety stops.  It is best to make use of an extra air source in case you become low on air. So you should carry an additional small cylinder of air or have a drop tank available, which is another cylinder with an attached regulator that is hung from a rope off the dive boat.  Nitrogen narcosis is another problem, we notice it usually around 50 feet / 15 meters, but it’s usually different for each person and what depth they got to. There are many effects, but usually the start by tingling of the fingers, then to by slow thinking, dizziness, disorientation. The deeper you go the larger the effects. Nitrogen narcosis doesn’t give you long term health risks, and once you start to ascend, it goes away. That is why one of the rules is that you should always dive with a dive buddy, so they can help you out if problems happen.

Source: http://scuba.about.com/od/specialties/a/whatisdeep.htm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTFvJJGMfJY
<—— Watch this video

Drift Diving

This kind of diving is a really popular form of diving because in normal diving, you have to swim and kick by using your fins. But, drift diving is like an underwater current that carries you, and drifts you away. I would describe drift diving like sky diving, but inderwater! Drift diving is one of the most relaxing and soothing kinds of dive because you are not working as hard to maneuver your body in the water. You are also using less air, so you can stay longer underwater with a single tank. The movement is so gentle, but the point of drift diving is to not swim against the current, because that will just tire you. You should “go with the flow” when you are drift diving. It is a great way to sit back, relax and watch the colorful, amazing, delicate, but beautiful scenery.

 <– This is a picture of an inflatable marker you should carry with you.

Drift diving is usually done from a boat drop-off, once you begin drifting, you will be moving away so swiftly you wont even notice it! One thing you should know, is not to drift dive when the water is not clear. The reason is if you are moving really fast along a reef in poor visibility, you can crash into something. You can still have trouble finding your group or buddy. It is hard to have clear water where there are currents, but you should check for at least, some clear visibility, enough to allow you to maneuver. Like i said, poor visibility also makes it hard for your group to stay together. When you losing a buddy, you should wait for about a minute in the water, then go up to the surface if you dont find anyone. It is hard when you are drift diving, because of the harsh currents. Make sure you have at least some visual contact with your group. It is also important for the boat captain to know which way the current is flowing, and he should follow you from above. He can follow you by looking at your bubbles or by your inflatable marker. It’s a great idea to have a signal flag, or an inflatable marker on a reel so you can send it up when you start to ascend; the captain can see it and will come to pick you up.

Click Here To Watch A Drift Diving Video

Source: http://www.thescubaguide.com/introduction/drift-diving.aspx and http://aquaviews.net/featured/5-tips-for-drift-diving-in-currents/#

The Adventurous Deep Dark Feeling of Night Diving

Night diving is a weird feeling at first. It’s like walking in a dark, enormous, deadly, but at the same time lively room, except for some curious living things. You get to see all the creatures that slither, slide around, and hide during the day, the creatures that don’t want to be seen during the day. Let me first tell you more about night diving. One of the reasons we night dive is to see the different creatures down there; it’s a whole new world down there at night. It might sound terrifying, but night diving is usually way more relaxing than diving during the day.

As I said there are many different creatures down there, especially at night. But, I would like to talk about the specific creatures, because most of the fish we see during the day hide, to sleep at night. This time is the best time to see crabs, lobsters, and shrimp doing their own business. Octopi, a spectacular creature, come out and swim and hunt sharks and barracuda. A spectacular part of night diving is watching the coral feed, coral bloom after dark, which makes it look gorgeous. All of these incredible sights can only be seen at night with all lights turned off, amazing organisms that glow and look iridescent in the dark, can be seen!

There are important things you need to do or have before you go diving. You should make sure that you have equipment on that you have already used and you feel comfortable with. You should also make sure you have a primary, and secondary light. You should have your flashlight attached to your wrist with a lanyard, and make sure you turn it on before descending. Also you should look down with the flashlight to make sure there are no rocks objects or other divers under you before you descend. Make sure your buddy is in front of you and also make sure you don’t hit the bottom so things don’t get murky or blurry and obscure down there. Trust me it has happened, I hit the bottom and it was so sandy I couldn’t even find my buddy. Another thing that is important is that you should try not to hit any coral, or destroy it. Take your time down there to look at all the different organisms, the slower you go, the more things you will see. Remember not to shine the light on your buddy’s eyes or the fish, because you can startle them! Hand signals are different for night dives, to make the ok signal you can hold the torch and shine it towards your chest and make the ok signal. Or you can move your flashlight in a circle. What helps measure your air is a gauge; most of them glow in the dark if you shine your torch on it for about five seconds. To get back to your boat, there usually is a light under the boat that flashes, or a light that is attached to the anchor of the boat. I think that night diving is an adventurous and a wild, but great experience! 😛

Random Advice About Night Diving: My scuba diving teacher always told me if you see two green eyes close together get your camera out, but if you see two green eyes apart swim as fast as you can! 😛

Source: http://scuba.about.com/od/nightdiving/a/whatnightdiving.htm

Wreck Dives

Click here to watch a Wreck Diving PADI Video!

Today i am going to talk about wreck dives. But first, i would like to fully explain what PADI is. PADI stands for Professional Association of Scuba Instructors. I would describe it as school, but for scuba diving, it is an elite organization. They have all kinds of sophisticated equipment. Like i said before you can only dive at certain depth of  fathoms. By taking the test, your knowledge of what you learned about your coarse will be written down, rather then tacit and hidden inside your brain. I just wanted to make myself clear about PADI, but enough of that and more about wreck dives!

Boats and Ships

Most wreck dives are boat and ship dives, its because of history. Most ships were sunk accidentally, but its common now for many of the world’s navies to sink down vessels (that are not in use) for recreational dives. There are many different wrecks you can see, from four hundred year old pirate ships, to modern Navy warships. Many ship wrecks have spectacular artificial reefs and incredible marine life.

Submarines

Submarines are not commonly found by divers. They are usually hard to get in because of tight, small spaces and because they are usually in deep water.

Airplanes

Airplane dives are common, especially fighter jets from World War II. There are many airplane wrecks in the South Pacific.

Automobiles

They are hard to find as underwater wrecks,but you can find them in lakes, rivers, and quarries. There are some ships that sank with automobiles such as cars and motorcycles on board!

Wreck Diving Dangers

Wreck diving can be very risky, especially when penetration of the wreck is involved, so you should conform to the strict safety instructions.  The main problem is that you need to closely monitor your  depth, air consumption, and no-decompression times. You should also be aware of objects that can catch clothing and equipment,you should be prepared for these problems, you should carry at least one dive knife. Remember to stay close to your buddy at all times.

My Experience With Wreck Diving

I have been wreck diving two times and it has always turned out to be a blast, i always had a jocund time while diving! The diving instructors are credible, so you can trust them, they are a savy group of divers. They are an asset to the company. I implored my cousin to go diving and he did with me in the summer. We had a blast going wreck diving in Greece, it was so beautiful. I have also been in an airplane dive two summers ago, i think it was in the Mediterranean. The scene was sometimes obscure, due to the dim light while we were in the wreck, so we had to bring flashlights.

Random Advice About Scuba Diving: NEVER PUT YOUR DIVING SUIT ON IN THE WATER! ITS HARD TO HITCH YOUR SUIT WHEN ITS WET!

(I tried it the first time i went diving, it never works) 😀

 

Source: http://scuba.about.com/od/wreckdiving/a/whatwreckdiving.htm

Introducing Scuba Diving!

You probably know what scuba diving is, but when we go into detail there is much more to it. The word “scuba,” is the abbreviation of Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. To scuba dive you need to have the appropriate equipment. The main equipment you need are face masks, breathing regulators, buoyancy devices, a tank, fins and gauges. You can do many different types of dives; the different dives are night dives, wreck dives, drift dives, deep dives, cave dives, navigation dives, photography dives and buoyancy dives. You can also get a scuba diving license, which can allow you to dive with a buddy in certain depths, if you have the right license. If you join the PADI organization you can to do many different courses. To get a certain license depends on your age. You can only start to dive when you are ten. Also, you have to take a test and pass it to get the license. From the lowest courses to highest these are the orders, open water diver, advanced open water diver, search and rescue diver, digital underwater photographer, dive master and instructor development. I have reached the advanced open water diver, because I have to be fifteen to do the search and rescue course. My scuba diving teacher Elina Samara has her own blog, click here if you would like to go to her blog. I have read some bits of her blog, and I think it’s really cool. There are pictures of different animals that I have never heard of before! I don’t get to dive all weekend, but I usually get to dive every summer and winter. One of the scariest dives I have done is the cave dive, I think it was in Greece, where we found a cave that was a dive site. We went into the cave and I remember that I wasn’t able to equalize (to keep the pressure in your ears equal), I was so scared, the cave was dark and we had to take flashlights. I couldn’t just go up, you have to get out of the cave before you can get out. My ears were really hurting me, so that was a scary experience. This is how it is like when you dive, you get into situations where you have to act fast, and make sure you tell your diving instructor what is wrong by  using your hand signals. Safety is a very important part in scuba diving!

Source:

  1. http://www.scubadivingplace.com

I found this picture from google, as you can see the

divers are in a cave, pretty cool!