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Diver Communication in Low Visibility

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Good communication between dive buddies is essential to a safe and enjoyable dive. Signaling can help you to communicate intentions, give direction, ask your dive buddy if they’re okay, how much air they have, or inform them about a problem. The most common method of underwater communication is through hand signals. However, such factors as darkness, silt, or plankton can affect the visibility underwater in a negative way and hamper your ability to communicate effectively. So what do you do, if there is a risk you may not be able to use hand signals? Let’s look at a few alternative methods of communication that you can use depending on dive conditions.

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Posted in: Scuba Skills

5 Reasons to Use Reef Safe Sunscreen

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As the weather is getting warmer and warmer, many of us start stocking up on various sun protection products. When choosing a sunscreen we usually look for an SPF number, water resistance, PA rating, etc. However, we often fail to consider how the products we use affect our oceans and the fragile coral reefs in particular.

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The Beautiful Depredator: a Story of Lionfish Invasion

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It all started back in 2002 when local divers off the coast of North Carolina have spotted a group of lionfish - the exotic fish species, common to the warm waters of western Pacific. The divers were perplexed by such an unusual discovery and have collected an actual specimen, which became the first solid evidence of lionfish spreading in the Atlantic.

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Dip ‘N Dive Is Now Offering Freediving Courses

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Dip ‘N Dive is excited to announce the launch of the first official freediving certification courses in WNY! Freediving, as both a leisurely activity and a sport, is quickly gaining in popularity among water and adventure enthusiasts around the world. Taking our course can be your first step toward discovering why it is one of the most beloved ways to explore beneath the waves. Whether you are freediving for the first time, or are an experienced diver, our programs will help you achieve your goals and explore your potential.

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Let There Be Light: How to Choose Dive Lights

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Having a good and reliable dive light is not only crucial for your safety when diving at night, but can also enhance your experience when you explore shipwrecks and other dim-lit areas during the day. Furthermore, in addition to its most obvious task - producing light, a dive torch serves another important purpose. It brings back the color that is filtered out as sunlight passes through the water. Over one-half of the reds are extinguished in just the first three feet, while a half of the yellow is gone at nine feet. By the time you reach 30 feet, everything will look blue-gray. So, a high-quality torch is an absolute necessity, especially if you want to take pictures underwater. But how do you choose the light that is best for your needs? Let’s look at a few key factors to consider when shopping for a dive torch.

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Posted in: Dive Gear
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