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Divers in Lake Huron have recently discovered the wreckage of a ship named the Manasoo. While neat in and of itself, the wreck revealed another amazing piece of history: a 1927 Chevrolet Coupe. Despite spending 90 years 200 feet (61 meters) below the surface of Georgian Bay, both the ship and the automobile are in excellent condition. The bow of the vessel is pointing up; the pilothouse, ship’s wheel, and lifeboats are all unscathed except for the invasive zebra and quagga mussels that almost completely cover the surfaces.
Halloween is almost here, and while most people are preparing costumes, putting out spooky decorations and stocking up on candy, scuba divers head to the sea equipped with pumpkins and carving knives.
A New England dive shop has come up with an unusual approach to scuba examination. The divers finishing up their Open Water certification have an option to take the written exam while hovering underwater. East Coast Divers, an SSI shop based in Brookline, Massachusetts, says that taking the exam while neutrally buoyant is not a requirement for the program, but rather a challenge, created for the newly trained students to help them get completely comfortable underwater.
Getting into the world of photography can often feel like venturing into a new country with a foreign language that you do not know. To help you mingle among professional photographers and feel like a fish in the water, we’ve come up with a guide on the most important photography terms. Some of them cover photography in general while others are specific to underwater photography since to be good at it, you should understand the basic terms as well. Even if you’re familiar with many of these terms, you can use this glossary as a reference when you need to refresh your knowledge.
Some time ago we have talked about different factors that influence your air consumption rate, as well as a few ways to calculate it. Hopefully, you have already had a chance to measure your SCR/DCR and can now move from theory to practice by using this knowledge in real-life diving situations. That being said, you should keep calculating your SCR periodically to measure your progress as you gain experience and become more comfortable in the water.
At one point or another, most divers start taking an interest in underwater photography. Many want to capture the memories of their undersea adventures and share them with their family and friends; some are willing to really learn the craft and create images worthy of getting published in magazines and websites; others still are simply looking for a new challenge. Regardless of where you fall on that scale, underwater photography can be incredibly rewarding, and yes, a bit tricky at times. So, here are a few tips to help you get started on the right fin.
The whole diving process is an amazing adventure with a never-ending amount of beautiful moments you’d like to remember and important details you need to keep in mind. Thus, if diving is not just a one-time thing for you and you want to improve your skills or even become a professional, it is highly advisable to keep track of your practices, hence the need for a logbook. In fact, there are many more reasons why you should keep a logbook. Let us look at a few of them.
Shearwater Research, a Canadian brand known for designing and manufacturing high-tech computers, targeted mostly towards professional divers, has recently released a new computer model - the Peregrine. This time, the device was manufactured with the needs of the everyday diver in mind. It is simple, user-friendly, and easily accessible with a very keen price point.
A wetsuit is an important piece of gear for divers, snorkelers, and surfers alike. The main function of a wetsuit is to keep you warm in the water. So, thanks to its great insulating properties, neoprene has become the primary material used in the manufacturing of wetsuits. That being said, neoprene is basically a synthetic rubber and is not biodegradable, which means that it is better to keep it out of landfills for as long as possible
Vertigo when scuba diving is a fairly common, yet infrequently discussed, experience. While it isn’t dangerous in itself, vertigo can lead to more worrying issues beneath the surface. For this reason, it is important to be prepared - know the causes and symptoms of vertigo, as well as ways to prevent it and deal with it.
When you’re diving, surrounded by tons of water, dehydration may be the last thing on your mind. Because it seems so counterintuitive, fluid intake is often neglected or reduced to just “good practice” among scuba divers. In reality, diving dehydrates you faster than many other activities. So, staying properly watered is vital to safe and healthy scuba diving.
Statistics show that roughly 1 in 3 people suffer from motion sickness or seasickness, and those of us who do, know that nothing ruins a dive trip like feeling poorly when on a boat. Constant nausea and vomiting on your way to the dive site and/or during the surface intervals can hinder your future dives. Fortunately, you don't have to let your dodgy inner ear destroy your plans. In this article, we’ll explain what causes motion sickness, and list some of the best and easiest ways of dealing with it.
Every year, thousands of divers and snorkelers travel great distances to enjoy the extravagant beauty of the coral reefs. Indeed, the stunning tones and intricate patterns of its inhabitants are fascinating. But have you ever wondered why reef fish are so colorful? As it turns out, this question is more complex than one might think.
Those of us who do not live right near the ocean, perceive the water pollution issue as something far distant. We often hear such numbers as 8 million tons of plastic being thrown into the ocean every year or 51 trillion of microplastic particles residing in the World Ocean, or that 80% of all garbage in the water is made of plastic. However, for some reason, we are not touched by these figures and remain passive.
Hermit crabs are fascinating little critters with quite a few surprises. These crustaceans belong to the superfamily Paguroidea. There are 7 different families and around 1100 species of hermit crabs living in many places around the world. All hermit crabs can be divided into two groups - aquatic and terrestrial. Interestingly, members of both groups breathe using gills. Aquatic hermit crabs get their oxygen from the water, while land hermit crabs need a humid environment to keep their gills moist. Marine hermit crabs can be found both in shallow coastal waters and in the deep sea.
The 1000 Islands area is known as one of the world’s best freshwater diving destinations. Many local divers call it the “Caribbean of the North”. Like its southern cousin, the crystal clear waters around this 1864-island archipelago in the Saint Lawrence River are the final home for ships from around the world. Over 200 shipwrecks, some dating back to the War of 1812, are preserved beneath the surface here. So let us look at a few of the best dive sites in the 1000 Islands area, as well as the conditions and underwater life you are likely to encounter there.
Swimming with sharks is a heart-pounding adventure and a bucket-list experience for many divers. If you are one of them, be sure to add these five amazing destinations to your must-dive list for the best shark encounters in the world.
Embarking on a diving adventure with a loved one is an incredibly rewarding experience - you get to feel the thrill of shared discovery, work as a team and support each other, strengthening your mutual trust, honesty, and respect. Besides, many of the world’s best dive sites are found in tropical idylls that lend themselves perfectly to romance. So, with Valentine’s Day upon us, let’s take a look at five of the most romantic dive destinations that will be perfect for a getaway with that special someone.
Many people, especially those who know little about freediving, think it’s a dangerous, adrenaline-fuelled sport. Of course, everything brought to the limits has some risk, however, if done properly, freediving is not only incredibly safe but also beneficial to your physical and mental health. So, let’s look at the top 5 ways in which freediving can help to improve your well-being.
Freediving is a challenging sport as is, nevermind adding sub-zero temperatures and icy waters to the mix. So, most consider cold-water freediving a mad idea, reserved only for the most daring. However, in addition to testing the limits of one’s inner strength, cold-water freediving offers a glance at some of the world’s most fascinating dive sites.
In one of our previous articles we have discussed all of the different competitive disciplines in freediving. Today we have decided to look at the organizations that make up the rules and regulate the competitions. Currently, the world of apnea is governed by two world associations: CMAS and AIDA - both ratify records, both declare their athletes world champions.
Snorkeling is a fun and rewarding activity that, unlike many other watersports, benefits from its simplicity. There’s no need to haul a bag full of heavy equipment or go through a certification course to watch and appreciate the beauty of the underwater world. All that’s necessary to start snorkeling is some basic skills and a small set of well-fitting gear, which makes it easily accessible to pretty much anyone. But what about non-swimmers, can they snorkel?
Snorkeling is considered an equipment-light activity, especially compared to scuba diving. The basic pieces of gear you should have are a mask, fins, and a snorkel. That being said, it is worth taking some time to research and select the best products for you and your family. Poor quality sets often sold in discount stores are likely to leave you disappointed. A mask that’s constantly leaking or fogging up, paired with uncomfortable fins and a flimsy snorkel can easily spoil the experience for you.
For many watersports, a personal flotation device - also known as a PFD - is an essential piece of equipment. It can help to keep you safe while out on the water, and, depending on the place and activity, PFD use may even be mandatory.
Images with too much blue or green are a common problem for many beginner underwater photographers. Luckily this can be easily remedied. Read on to learn the basic principles of light underwater and the techniques that will help you capture the colorful and pleasing images you are hoping for.
With so many divers around the world staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and longing to be back in the water, we have decided to create a list of activities that will help you channel your adoration for the underwater world and make the most of the time you’re spending on the shore. Now’s the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge, practice a few skills, read books, watch movies and listen to podcasts, you’ve been putting off for a while.
Although diving and ocean exploration have captured the imagination of filmmakers and audiences for decades, a good dive movie can be tough to find. The challenges of shooting underwater, combined with the very limited acting and little to no speaking truly make these films hard to do well. Still there are some that came out great, and below is our selection of top 5 diving-related movies.