Thursday, August 28, 2014

Safety Tips when Scuba Diving in Ship Wrecks

Wreck diving is just like reliving history, but this time, history is lying hundreds of feet below the surface. Shipwrecks do give you that sense of nostalgia and awe just thinking about how this beautiful vessel once roamed the seas. However, as passionate as you are about scuba diving in shipwrecks, you also have to keep a few safety pointers in mind:


#1 Always follow the mooring line

The mooring line connects the dive boat to the wreck. It's also the safest and shortest path between them. So, make sure you start surface swimming or pulling yourself along this line before you descend.

#2 Always remember where you started

Take note of your surroundings. If there is an item that will help remind you of where you started, make a mental note of it. The last thing you want is to end up in the wrong boat, especially in a large wreck with multiple moorings.

#3 Start your dive against the current

Stay at the leeward side as the ship's superstructure can provide you with protection. You can drift with the current for your return trip to make it easier.

#4 Have a plan beforehand

Always start at the deepest part of your dive plan. And keep in mind to use one-third of your air swimming out, a third in coming back and a third in reserve.

#5 Wear the proper gear

Shipwrecks have sharp metals that are rusted and you best protect yourself against these by wearing a full-length wetsuit. Apart from this, your standard gear should also include:

·       divecomputer
·       knife
·       underwaterflashlight

Exploring a sunken boat or submarine can be an exhilarating experience, but always remember that safety should also be your first priority. 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Scuba Diving Video Tutorial for Wreck Diving

You've earned enough time diving as a beginner and you are planning to explore new territory. Here's a great scuba diving lesson if you want to get on with your first wreck diving adventure. Enjoy but be safe always!

Courtesy of PADI Scuba Diving Lessons

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Don’t Succumb to the Dreadful Depths- Follow These Three Cave Diving Safety Tips!

You have been scuba diving on open water for almost a year now. Having passed and acquired all the necessary certifications, you’re now ready to try something more advanced.

Cave diving can be an exciting new frontier you can explore. However, it’s not without risks. Implementing the safety tips we have listed below makes for a more enjoyable dive:

  • Keep a continuous guideline to the surface
One of the dangers of cave exploration is running low on air. Remember, underwater caverns aren’t always spacious. Some are the exact opposite. Narrow maze-like tunnels can leave divers confused. To make matters worse, those who aren’t trained in precise buoyancy control or proper cave propulsion might leave a silt train behind. This reduces visibility, making it more difficult to find one’s way back.

Having a continuous guideline to the surface is crucial. It ensures that the diver can easily get back to land before he or she runs out of oxygen.

  • Don’t go too deep
Diving past the depth of 130 feet makes a person more susceptible to nitrogen narcosis. This is an altered mental state that results from breathing oxygen at a high partial pressure.

In addition to depth, the oxygen toxicity in the water can also be a factor for causing nitrogen narcosis.

If you’re trained as a recreational diver, its best to stick within the prescribed limits indicated during your training.

  • Bring plenty of light
Caves are generally dark and diving lights may falter. If yours fails and you don’t have a backup, you’ll end up being helpless. It will be extremely difficult to find the guideline you’ll use for a safe exit.

Have at least two extra diving lights when exploring overhead environments. This will ensure safety and peace of mind.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Four Great Spots for Scuba Diving in “The Last Frontier”

To those with a thirst for adventure, Alaska is paradise. A vast and uninhibited wilderness dominates the 49th state. Even major cities like Anchorage and Juneau are dwarfed by the natural wonders found in this winter destination.

There are a number of ways to explore the Alaskan wilds. One can go hiking in Denali National Park or join a boat tour to explore Tracy Arm Fjord. Scuba diving is also another popular recreation option in the region.

Yes, you read it right. This American state has got great variety when it comes to diving sites. Want to take the plunge in The Last Frontier? Check out our list of the best spots for underwater exploration here:

  • Lady of the Lake (Fairbanks)
The “Lady of the Lake” is what remains of a WB-29 from Eielson Air Force Base. This weather reconnaissance aircraft in a gravel pit filled with water just off Transmitter Road. The B-29s have since been replaced with the larger B-50s in 1957. Nonetheless, this submerged vessel is still worth exploring.

  • Kayaker’s Cove (Seward)
Another terrific dive spot, Kayaker’s Cove lies a bit further away from Seward. To reach it, you’ll need a boat. You’ll find big rocks with plenty of kelp underneath; where fish congregate. Other great diving sites are just a short ride from the cove. These include Shark Tooth, the Fox Island wreck, and Mary’s Rock.

  • Ann Coleman (Juneau)
This spot features deep and sheer walls filled with crevices. Local octopus hangs out in these cracks, as well as varied rockfish and sculpin. Ledges can be found at 70 and 90 feet. Water temperature is usually at 38 degrees Fahrenheit in winter.

  • Birch Lake (Big Delta)

This fresh water dive site is famous as the location for the television series “Ice Road Truckers”. Divers here can reach the maximum depth of 35 feet.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sunreef Diving, Mooloolaba Launches Swimming with Humpback Whales

SUNREEF Mooloolaba has launched an Australian first – the opportunity to swim with the captivating humpback whales. Australians have long had a love affair with these gentle giants and now people have the opportunity to see them from a very different perspective on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Sunreef Whale Encounter Supervisor, Dan Hart – a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer – said Sunreef was excited to be offering this great experience.

“I swam with humpback whales in Tonga and it is something very special. It’s a life changing experience – it’s indescribable.”

“It gives you such a sense of these amazing creatures and we are excited to be able to offer it to everyone.”

Dan said the swimming with whales experience was operated under a strict Code of Conduct to protect both the whales and the participants.
Participants who take part in a swim with the humpback whales experience can expect a three-hour round trip with a maximum of 20 participants taken on each trip. 2 spots are made available on every trip for the Sunshine Coast University to conduct their studies into the conservation of whales.

Dan said Sunreef provide a full briefing on what to expect and safety procedures as well as providing all required wetsuit and snorkeling equipment.

Once a whale is sighted, the boat will be put into neutral 100m or more away from the whale, and if the conditions are determined as safe by our trained crew, the boat will be turned off and swimmers will be allowed into the water holding on to the floating line attached to the boat.

“Then it’s all up to the whale – it is a natural experience and it is 100% on the whale’s own terms,” Dan said.

“Whales are known as curious creatures so they may come over towards us or they may just swim past or away. Either way, it’s an experience you will never forget.
“In our experience, the whales seem as intrigued by us as we are of them and often come close to swimmers, gliding effortlessly around us, with such a gentleness that it’s like they recognise our fragility in comparison and know we are there out of wonder and respect,” Dan said.

“Our first Swim with the Whales experience commenced on the 6th of July and we will continue to offer them throughout the season,” Dan said.

Dan said that every day is different on the water, and every encounter is unique.

Sunreef have access to a spotter plane to increase the likelihood of participants whale encounter. If however, the boat does not see a whale during a tour, guests will be offered the opportunity to rebook at a 50% discount.

Sunreef is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre and offer accredited PADI dive courses for all levels of divers as well as local reef dives in the Sunshine Coast region including the ex-HMAS Brisbane. They also offer international dive trips and travel as well as dive equipment sales and servicing.
The whale swimming and watching operations work out of Mooloolaba at the heart of Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast.

It takes about 10 minutes from the Sunreef dock to get out on the beautiful waters off the Coast, which are at their best during the winter months when the whales migrate. Water temperatures during this time range from 17 to 23 degrees C and visibility is regularly up to 30 metres.

Sunreef Scuba Diving Services, based in Mooloolaba is the longest established dive centre on the Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia) with roots starting back in 1976.

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