Thursday, December 11, 2014

Scuba Diving Tips: How to Save Air

1. Stay Warm

If you dive uninsulated, you’re heating the ocean with your body, which increases your metabolism and oxygen-burn rates. Experiment with different amounts of protection.

2. Go Slowly

Rapid, jerky movements burn more air due to increased resistance underwater.

3. Look, Ma, No Arms!

Imagine you’re a Tyrannosaurus rex, with huge legs and tiny little arms. Waving your arms and hands around burns incremental air, with little or no impact on your position.

4. Trim Up

Poor weight distribution created increased drag and burns more air. (Ditto for gear that drags.) Try varying weight positions.

5. How Slow is Slow?

Try using time as a guide. Inhale over a five- to seven-second period, and exhale over a six- to eight-second period. As a slower rate becomes more natural, you’ll no longer need to count.

6. Reverse the Pause

Pausing at the top of our inhalation cycle — instead of at the bottom, as we do on land — allows our bodies to extract a bit more oxygen from the air in our lungs. Practice in a swimming pool.

7. Restrict the Flow

Try this: Hold your tongue against the roof of your mouth and breathe around the sides of your tongue. This artificially created restriction will force you to breathe in more slowly.

8. Practice

As with any sport, performance improvements come with practice.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Scuba Diving Gifts for the Holidays 2015!

Is your loved one a scuba diving enthusiast? Bet you're now on the hunt for the ideal holiday gift! So we brought you some of the best scuba diving gear to make it easier which one you should pick:

Scuba Diving Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Multi-Purpose Dive Reel 290ft



Palantic Techical Diving Stainless Steel Backplate w/ Harness System & Crotch Strap


Thursday, December 4, 2014

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How to Become a Master Scuba Diver Trainer

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors, or PADI, offers many diving certifications including Master Scuba Diver Trainer. The Master Scuba Diver Trainer title exemplifies not only a commitment to improve diving skills but also a commitment to help others improve their diving skills. Complete the requirements to become a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and turn your passion into a career.

1 Complete the diving certifications to become a Master Scuba Diver. Receive certifications in open water diving, advanced open water diving and rescue diving before you become a Master Scuba Diver.

2 Obtain the PADI Open Water Instructor certification by first becoming a Dive Master. Locate a PADI Dive Center near you to take courses. Find a listing of PADI Dive Centers at the PADI website.

3 Gain at least five PADI Specialty Instructor certifications. Courses include: cavern diver, altitude diver, dry suit diver, equipment specialist, ice diver, night diver, underwater naturalist, underwater navigator, multi-level diver, emergency oxygen provider among many others. Locate a complete listing of PADI specialty courses online at PADI.

4 Get the required experience. Earn a Master Instructor rating when you work as a PADI instructor for at least two years. Certify at least 150 PADI divers. Maintain your teaching status at a dive center and have the current Emergency First Response Instructor certification.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Five Quick Tips for Maui Dive Travel

Living on Maui and working in the tourism industry gives us unique insights into some of the issues that can cause hiccups in your diving experience here. Here are five quick tips to help our fellow divers make their dive trips to Maui even better!

1. Ship your gear over for service BEFORE your trip.  If you’re going to Legend LXthe trouble of packing and bringing your gear with you, you’re going to want to actually use it, right?  And, if you don’t get to use your equipment frequently throughout the year, chances are good that it will need a tune-up, if not a complete overhaul by the time you get to Maui.  Once you’ve inked your travel dates, just give us a call to make sure we’ve got parts for your brand of equipment.  Our tech will ask you a few questions and take it from there.

But what about getting your gear serviced at your local shop before your trip?  That’s a good idea too, but an even better idea if you’ll have time to dive it before your trip. Our repair tech often hears the words, “but I just had it serviced before we left for Maui” when divers bring in gear that needs some tweaking.  As good as a tech is, gear can sometimes perform differently underwater than it does at the repair bench.  When you ship your gear in for service ahead of time, we’ll have it ready for you when you arrive, and if it needs another “tweak” after that, we’ll be able to handle it for you immediately.

Customers frequently ask us to service their gear at the end of a trip and then ship it back to them.  If your gear is going diving with you in the near future, then this is fine.  If, however, it’s going to go directly to your closet for the next several months, you are better off waiting until just before your next trip to have it serviced.

2. Don’t bring good stuff to the beach.  We believe that Maui is a pretty trouble-free place to visit, but why take any chances?  Think about it.  Dive sites are often a little off the beaten path.  Us divers are going to disappear, out of sight and out of ear shot for about an hour.  Once a potential bad guy sees us descend, they may feel they have plenty of time to check out our cars, gear bags, etc.

When I go to the dive site, I bring my driver’s license and a few bucks “just in case”.  My car key doesn’t have any electronics on it, so I can actually take it diving.  If you have valuables that you want to keep dry and keep with you, consider a small dry pouch of some sort that you can tuck into your wetsuit or BCD pocket.  At the very least, hide things well and do it before you get to your destination.

3. Make reservations early.  We cannot stress this one enough.  Time and again, we get phone calls from people who want to book a referral course for when they get to Maui...THIS weekend!  Most of the time, we are already booked and have to turn them away.

Solo travelers have better luck than most at getting last minute spaces on dive boats, luaus, and zip line tours, but all of these activities have limited spaces each day.  If there is an activity on Maui that you really want to do, make your reservations well in advance, anywhere from two weeks to two months ahead of time. This is  especially important if you are visiting Maui during one of our peak seasons like Thanksgiving week, Christmas and New Year’s and Spring Break.  On Maui, Spring Break runs from March through about a week after Easter each year.

Finally, even if you are not coming during a peak season, it is still best to make your reservations early.  Local businesses use the slower times of year to send their staff members on vacation, so availability during those periods may be a little less than usual. Our least favorite thing is to disappoint somone, but it happens for us and for for all the other activity businesses when we have to turn away last-minute customers.

4. If you have unusual needs, plan for those before your trip too.
What am I talking about here?  Guys with size 14 feet, someone who needs a cummerbund extender, a prescription mask,  has a difficult-to-fit face, needs ankle weights, needs a medical clearance to dive, and the list goes on.  If any of these apply to you (or you’ve got another one I haven’t mentioned), you should really purchase and bring these specialized items with you. At the very least, you should inquire about their availability at the time of booking your dive.  Even if you don’t own a full set of gear, owning specialty items that you know you will need will give you peace of mind when traveling and make your dive experience a comfortable one.  Though dive shops may have some of these items handy, they also seem to be the first things to disappear or to be needed by more than one diver.  Don’t let Murphy get you; come prepared.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

How to Buy Plus Size SCUBA Gear

Scuba diving is a sport for all ages, genders and sizes of people. There are few limitations in scuba when it comes to size, except in finding appropriately sized gear. With the average size of both American women and men increasing, some retailers are keeping pace with the trend. If you're looking for plus size scuba suits, gloves and more, there are ways to find exactly what you're looking for.


1. Figure your dimensions. Use a measuring tape to measure each part of your body that will be covered by scuba gear: arms, chest, waist, hip and thigh. For better accuracy, ask a friend or spouse to do the measuring. Write down your measurements and use them when shopping for gear.

2. Determine your scuba needs. The temperatures where you plan to dive dictate what type of wetsuit and other gear you might need.

3. Research scuba gear companies. You can find dive retailers on the Internet or in the phone book. Most online retailers will have size charts featuring average sizes along with the measurements on which they are based. O'Neill and Body Glove offer lines of men's wetsuits--both short and long--in sizes up to 3XL. O'Neill carries women's sizes up to size 16. offers plus size unisex suits up to a 6XL. Online auction sites, such as eBay, also might offer plus size dive gear for sale.

4. Check local dive shops and stores that carry scuba equipment. Try on some suits and take note of the fit. Just because a suit is marked as one size does not mean it won't fit you. You can get a better idea of what you need by trying on suits, gloves and other gear. The shop also might be able to order larger sizes or suggest where you could go to find them.

5. Most weight belts, gloves and masks have adjustable straps and can be made to fit any size head, waist and hands. Dive fins have some room to stretch around the foot bed and can expand to fit most foot widths. Brands such as Mares and Oceanic offer sizes up to a men's 13.

6. When you purchase scuba gear, be aware of the retailer's return and exchange policy. Know ahead of time if you will be able to return merchandise that is defective or that you simply don't like.