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Spring back into Scuba Diving

Or how to keep your skills as fresh as the first day

For most of us, diving every day is not a possibility, although, if you really want, you can. That is, if you have a pool of water nearby.
Some of my friends enjoy diving in the cold sea of Sweden or Finland but they rather book a trip to Warmer climates such as the Red Sea or even Malta’s archipelago.

Safety drill aka S-Drill

Either way, this is an important step in the life of a scuba diver: keeping your scuba diving skills as fresh as the first day you got to learn them. Be it a simple mask clear or a more complex S-Drill. These precious skills, some call ‘survival skills’ are precious and need a constant care.

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Intro to Cave Instructor

Intro to Cave instructor Evaluation

That’s it, I’ve moved a step closer to serve you all the way to Full Cave training. It was an intense five days during which I ran a complete Intro to Cave course under the strict supervision of Instructor Trainer Fernando ‘Nando’ del Valle Prieto.

Nando is from Mexico City or DF as we say it here. He moved fifteen years ago to discover scuba diving and the advanced form of overhead diving. He’s been working at PROTEC Avdanced Training Facility for the last five years and been teaching cave for three years now. By the end of 2010 he was granted the prestigious title of IT Full Cave.

Since the start for my cross-over to IANTD, Nando and I have worked on a training plan so to speak in order to move me up the ranks as an IANTD Instructor. It is not easy task ans requires commitment and sacrifices. Training divers to go safely and enjoy the caves of the Riviera Maya is a challenging yet rewarding job.

Land Line Drill

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Basic Sidemount Cave Diver


Last week was full of celebrations! First, I logged my 100th cave dive and then I took the Basic Cave Sidemount course with Steve Bogaerts. This is the start of a new era of diving for me and for you, joining Essential Scuba Training.
I started teaching myself cave sidemount with the help of my good friend, Alan Formstone, who I actively work with surveying and preparing a map of the Tajma Ha cave system. Alan took his Basic Sidemount Course with Steve Bogaerts early 2010 and was of huge help to improve my techniques. It’s been a series of tweaks and changes since then, adjustments, replacements and a few headaches. After completing some 50 dives or so, in what my own view of cave sidemount is, I decided it was time to take training from the best sidemount instructor I know. Steve Bogaerts is the owner of Go Sidemount, and inventor of the famous sidemount Razor harness.

Basic Sidemount Cave Diver with Steve Bogaerts

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Scuba Equipment Essentials

Scuba Diving Essentials

I have been scuba diving since the age of fifteen and have logged a good amount of dives. I would like to say I have enjoyed everyone of them but it would not be true and I would not be writing this article.

When you decide to go and buy your scuba diving equipment, on the recommendation of your instructor, of course, you need to keep certain rules in mind.

First off, here is what you will need as a bulk pak:

  • BCD or buoyancy compensator
  • Regulators with alternate air source, SPG and low pressure inflator hose.
  • Mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit.
  • Dive computer or depth gauge, compass, cutting tool slates or wetnotes
  • Tanks if you are sure of the need otherwise dive shops have these for rent

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What Scuba Equipment to Buy?

Ask an expert before buying scuba equipment!

This the first part of the journey when looking at getting certified. Usually you go in a dive shop and first see for yourself, compare prices and models. It is very easy today with online scuba equipment review and also the monthly dive magazines showing the new releases.
One thing for sure, once in a dive retail store you are at the mercy of the sales rep… What I mean by that is they will assist you to the fullest and will make sure you don’t go out of their nicely layed out scuba shop, empty-handed.

Have you noticed how it looks nice when you enter a retail dive shop? All the little gadgets are the first one you see, usually the pricy ones and then it is also very easy to browse around the aisle, it seems as if all items had a place and their place was calculated in a certain way. Making it very attractive place to be, even for non-divers!

One word of advice, if you want a piece of equipment and are going to go to a shop, do your homework before! It will help the shop assistant to pin point what category of dive gear you are looking for and will maximise the time spent in the shop. Continue reading

Buoyancy, Trim and Propulsion

Buoyancy, Trim and Propulsion, in that order.

Like any physical activity, scuba diving is demanding and requires a certain level of fitness to enjoy it safely. We could stress that physiological preparedness is the main core of scuba diving, so trim, buoyancy and propulsion are the essential skills needed for its practice.

To get a good trim, you need rock solid buoyancy skills.

Divers often forget the impact on the environment from which they have evolved. Although the practice of the sport was founded on exploration of the aquatic realm from a conservation point of view, the skills needed today for a more sustainable scuba diving practice are on many diver’s minds.
Much of the diving community is aware of the need for more responsible diving.
There is much more interest these days in technical diving, overhead diving, including prestigious cave diving, and voodoo deep gas diving.
Although some of these have been practiced for a long time in some circles, the demand from recreational divers is increasing.
New agencies have been set up to support a more established and strict set of training standards.

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