Thursday, September 18, 2014

3 of the Best Scuba Diving Destinations in Thailand

Thailand is very well known for the warmness of its people and the beauty of its beaches. It's no secret that the country has some of the more marvelous beaches the world has ever seen. Crystal clear waters, gorgeous corals and white sand are the things that make up the dreams of beach bums all over.

Given that the nation has such a rich beach scene, it's also no wonder that it makes for a great scuba diving destination. However, with all the many wonderful places to see in Thailand, which ones are at the top of the list?

Well, if you want to get the ultimate scuba diving adventure in Thailand, these are the top 3 places to go to:

Ko Lipe

This is where you'll find the Tarutao National Park, one of the oldest marine parks in Asia. Here, the place is not only lovely, but the reefs are in excellent condition. Just keep in mind that the current in this place is tidal wherein you experience strong currents or none at all.


The marine life that you can witness here include:

·       sharks
·       whale sharls
·       manta rays

There are different dive sites here to, including:

·       Sail Rock – hawksbill turtles, batfish, giant puffer fish
·       Stonehenge – leopard sharks, barracudas
·       Hin Takorn Dukong – stonefish, lionfish, squid, cuttlefish


This is where the largest diving center in Thailand is found. Of course, there are numerous dive sites in Phuket too, including:

·       Koh Doc Mai – diversity of fish
·       Racha Noi – for experienced divers
·       Racha Yai – best known dive site in Phuket


Getting to the dive destinations in Krabi requires traveling via dive boat because they are located off the west coast.


·       Koh Phi Phi – known for sea fans and the leopard shark. Dive sites include Bodah Nok, Bida Nai and Hin Bidah which are all home to a wide range of marine life.

When you're at these three wonderful scuba diving destinations in Thailand, expect nothing but endless wonder and sheer beauty.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

3 Reasons Scuba Diving Is A Healthy Activity

When you think about scuba diving, you immediately think about it being relaxing and enjoyable. Nothing – if rarely – comes into mind about the health benefits that the sport can bring.

But did you know that scuba diving is much more than just a recreational activity? There are some health benefits to scuba diving and here they are:

·     It promotes physical fitness. Just think about swimming and how it is touted as one of the best physical activities ever. Scuba diving works in the same manner too and doing this activity on a regular basis helps enhance general fitness and stamina levels.

There is a natural resistance when water is against the body, and this is very effective when it comes to exercise. When you're underwater, you have to kick your legs and propel yourself. That requires exertion on your part and that counts for physical activity.

Scuba diving also involves the use of scuba gear and carrying these alone help build muscle in your legs and back.

·     It calls for meditative breathing. When you're underwater, one of the keys is to breathe slow and deep. This kind of breathing is helpful in bringing about a calm attitude and minimizes the risk of lung expansion injury. Doing this can help reduce stress and keep the nervous system in balance.

·     It calms you mentally. Water has different benefits to people. Think about hearing the flow of water from a garden fountain. It has a very calming effect doesn't it? The same can be said when scuba diving where you yourself are submerged underwater and you instantly feel calm and relaxed.

Additionally, the chance to see different marine life has a calming effect too. It's just like how observing fish in an aquarium makes you feel good or how playing with your pet lifts up your spirits.

Scuba diving is more than just having fun as the activity has some serious benefits for your well-being too.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday Features Scuba Diving Tutorial Video

Here's a tutorial for PADI Dive Table 102 Maximum Allowable Bottom Time -- Tutorial with Scuba Macros courtesy of ScubaNashville

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New Masks Available from Scuba Choice

Here are great additions to our line of quality diving masks:

Translucent Titanium Blue Dive Mask Nearsighted Prescription RX Optical Corrective Lenses





Here's where you can check out the rest of the products.

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.