Underwater photography tips from New York Institute of Photography

The best time to take underwater photos is usually mid-day because the sun is overhead and will illuminate underwater subjects clearly. Rookie underwater photographers are often surprised how quickly light and color get lost as you plunge just a...

Read the full text of "Underwater photography tips from New York Institute of Photography" »

Diving Tioman Island, Malaysia

The sixth dive was done at Chebeh, a rock formation a bit far away from the main island of Tioman. Went in at 1501hrs to a depth of 16.1m. Swam through the caves… literally understood what does it mean by...

Read the full text of "Diving Tioman Island, Malaysia" »

Advanced Open Water courses - are they worth it?

Although it is quite possible to do deeper and more advance level dives as one gets more experience in diving without taking another course, it is much more ideal to introduce yourself to more difficult dives with an instructor. Deep...

Read the full text of "Advanced Open Water courses - are they worth it?" »

PADI Scuba Diver course comes under fire

Anyone familiar with the diving industry is aware that PADI, the US-based diver certification agency, is often criticized for introducing programs based more on marketing objectives than educational ones. Some of that criticism is justified; much of it is nothing...

Read the full text of "PADI Scuba Diver course comes under fire" »

GPS coordinates explained

Without a doubt, the most commonly asked question I get from divers has to do with reading and using GPS coordinates. This is not surprising since a GPS coordinate can be represented in so many different ways. Books, magazines, and...

Read the full text of "GPS coordinates explained" »

Pre-dive checklist tips

Scuba diving is full of opportunities for embarrassment, as perhaps you've noticed. Does your diving protocol include sometimes stepping off the boat without weights?Mine too. You'd think we might learn eventually to run down a checklist of all the gear...

Read the full text of "Pre-dive checklist tips" »

Mike Veitch's shark photography 101

Different sharks require different lenses. An 18 foot Great White attacking a baited tuna carcass mere inches from your cage requires a wide angle lens. But what about the reef sharks encountered on an average dive in the tropical Pacific?...

Read the full text of "Mike Veitch's shark photography 101" »

Canon Underwater Photography Guide

Canon have an Underwater Photography Guide which shows reasons for using a digital camera over a film camera, Marine Techniques, Pre-Dive Preparations, Understanding White Balance, taking Macro Shots and Wide Angle Shots, Panorama Shots about Movies, Maintenance on the Boat...

Read the full text of "Canon Underwater Photography Guide" »

New Zealand diver survives 3 day in ocean

A former New Zealand navy diver left adrift at sea for three days survived by eating crayfish and sea slugs after he became separated from friends while diving near an island off the country's coast. Via Reuters...

Read the full text of "New Zealand diver survives 3 day in ocean" »

Advantages of trimix for recreational diving?

I just finished up my gas blender class today and the instructor mentioned something about a recreational trimix class offered through naui. Didn't get a chance to go into it further with the instructor due to time, so I was...

Read the full text of "Advantages of trimix for recreational diving?" »

Fish Watching for Beginners

People dive for different reasons and one of the main reasons is to watch the fish. But, many divers show little interest in the beginning, because they think they have to memorize a bunch of confusing scientific names. Also, there...

Read the full text of "Fish Watching for Beginners" »

Underwater photographers = crap divers?

Getting a good photo is no excuse for damaging the environment. This is where we underwater photographers are most vulnerable to criticism. Adding a camera and strobe will affect buoyancy, and once the eye is glued to the viewfinder,...

Read the full text of "Underwater photographers = crap divers?" »

PADI, NAUI, SSI, or other?

I found myself recently thinking about what is probably one of the most commonly asked questions by those considering diving. That is, "what is the best SCUBA certification agency?" By far, the most common agency in the US, based on...

Read the full text of "PADI, NAUI, SSI, or other?" »

HOW TO Create a Split Shot

So-called “half-and-half” or “split-level shots” are among my favorite underwater images to look at; naturally, they’re also among the most challenging. I’ve tried creating some with my (woefully underpowered) underwater camera, but of course they don’t usually work. To achieve...

Read the full text of "HOW TO Create a Split Shot" »

Confused about best Strobe Sync method

I'm a Nikonos user but have been bitten by the digital bug. The choices out there are really overwhelming with different cameras, housings and strobes. I'm sorting through most of this OK but am a bit confused on the best...

Read the full text of "Confused about best Strobe Sync method" »

Asthma and Diving

About the age of seven, I developed a pretty bad chesty cough which my GP diagnosed as asthma. He gave me an inhaler and told me to see a specialist. The first specialist I saw continued to treat me for...

Read the full text of "Asthma and Diving" »

Scuba Diving Air and its Effects on Decompression

Firstly, an intro into what happens when we go scuba diving underwater. As you know air is made up of 20.9% or .209 Oxygen and 79.1% or .791 nitrogen there or thereabouts. As we go deeper these numbers or...

Read the full text of "Scuba Diving Air and its Effects on Decompression" »

Charle’s Law

Charles’ Law states the relationship between temperature and volume of a gas at a constant pressure. T/V = k Where T is the temperature of the gas, V is the volume and k is a constant. In a nutshell,...

Read the full text of "Charle’s Law" »

Asian diving fishermen suffer for their living

They may have moved on from hosepipe air supply to proper scuba gear, but diving fishermen in Southeast Asia still suffer decompression illness, having missed out on dive theory training....

Read the full text of "Asian diving fishermen suffer for their living" »

Rescue Diver Training in the Philippines

There is a nice guy in at Capt’n Gregg’s Dive Lodge taking his rescue and divemaster course. I got to help in his studies yesterday by being a “victim”. We did an underwater panic diver, alternate air ascent, and...

Read the full text of "Rescue Diver Training in the Philippines" »

Turbidity and Visibility

Turbidity is the term to describe the amount of particles in the water, affecting the visibility for divers. Green colored water is the worse visibility, and requires extra precautions to stay with your dive buddy, especially in drift diving....

Read the full text of "Turbidity and Visibility" »

Swift, silent, deadly Marines prepare for scuba dive school

I saw this interesting story via Underwater Times. From a story on the Marine Corps website, seventeen Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, participated in a pre-dive course Nov. 29-Dec. 9 on Camp Schwab to prepare them...

Read the full text of "Swift, silent, deadly Marines prepare for scuba dive school" »

AIDA Launches New Freedive Instructor Manual

AIDA (the International Association for the Development of Apnea) have just announced the first ever AIDA FreeDiving Instructor Manual. The AIDA Freedive Instructor Manual has been put together over several years by Samantha Kirby, ......

Read the full text of "AIDA Launches New Freedive Instructor Manual" »

Editors' Choice



Pricewatch

Scuba spotlight