Scuba diving can be a fantastic way to stay healthy and enjoy the various adventures that life offers. However, it's crucial to recognize that scuba diving can be hazardous if you fail to take the proper precautions. Oddly enough, the most common injuries scuba divers get aren't related to a loss of oxygen or becoming trapped underwater; it's injuries like a blocked ear that are more likely to occur. Here's what you should know about blocked ears and how to clear them during (or after) a dive:
Every dive presents its own unique set of challenges. From planning and booking the trip itself to ensuring your gear is ready to go, multiple factors go into a good dive. However, during the preparation process, there are times when some things fall through the cracks, and you do not realize a problem exists until you get into the boat and are about ready to dive. Under normal circumstances, once you are in the boat and an issue comes up with your gear, if you do not have a spare set on board, you aren't diving that day. However, with a well-stocked Save-A-Dive kit, you can salvage your dive and get back in the water as soon as possible!
Dive tables used to be the essential tool divers used while planning. They could figure out the max times of the dive for the planned depth of their dives, when they would need to surface, and how they can avoid a decompression obligation. However, with technology leaping ahead in recent years, dive computers have become more accessible. Divers equipped with dive computers have a wealth of new possibilities ahead of them thanks to these technological advancements.
Now that you decided that you want to take up scuba diving on a more regular basis, you must determine whether you should buy or rent your scuba gear. It is an essential question every scuba enthusiast must ask themselves, and multiple factors go into making this personal decision. Some of the questions you need to answer for yourself before committing to buying your scuba gear include the following:
You might feel confused by the different kinds of masks available the first time you walk into a scuba diving shop. There are single-lens options, double lens options, and a whole host of features and price tags that might make you wonder, “What’s the actual difference between these?”
When it comes time to take your scuba diving experience to the next level, it isn’t just going to new locations to see the underwater scenery. Changing how you dive and interact with the ocean can provide you with a new appreciation for the sea. Utilizing a rebreather on your next dive can give you that newfound experience in the ocean you have been seeking.
Scuba diving requires the right tools for the job, which means ensuring that your equipment meets safety standards, is fully operational, and is best suited for the task at hand. For more tropical climates, a wetsuit, fins, a mask, and a tank might be all the tools you need for an enjoyable underwater adventure. However, once the water starts to get colder, and the environment becomes more adverse, you have to adjust your equipment accordingly. The first step towards getting you ready for a cold water dive is getting your drysuit. But what exactly is a drysuit, and why is it essential?
When people hear “scuba diving,” they may think of Caribbean adventures or cruise activities, but rarely do they think “healthy living.” Still, if you’re looking to get involved with scuba diving, it can be a fun first step to developing a healthy lifestyle because scuba diving comes with many benefits.
Scuba diving is a fun and exciting activity that can be enjoyed by just about anyone - as long as they have the proper certifications. If you do not have your Certification card or C-card, you should not attempt to dive on your own for the sake of your own safety. If you are interested in receiving your certification, Scubadelphia Diveseekers is a PADI 5-star instructor development center, offering courses for anyone ages ten and up in the Greater Philadelphia Area. The process involves a few steps, all of which are important for ensuring that you are safe and adequately skilled when exploring the underwater world.
Before we get you into the open water to start diving, we need to make sure you are trained on the ins and outs of scuba safety as well as some of the theory behind diving. Typically, this information can be covered throughout the course of a few days. The PADI e-learning course will explain the theory behind scuba diving, the practical skills you will learn in the water as well as the reasons for each of the skills you will be taught. There will be an exam, so make sure you are doing your homework so you are prepared!
Confined Water Pool Sessions
The practical part of the course will be working in the water. Every student is required to have their own quality mask, snorkel, scuba diving fins and booties. Our staff will assist you in picking out and trying on these items so you can purchase the equipment that best fits you. During the pool sessions, we will teach skills such as mask removal, regulator clearing and donning gear as well as ensuring you are comfortable using all of your equipment. There is also a swim test, which requires students to swim 200 yards and tread water for ten minutes. There is no time limit for the swimming portion, and you can use whatever methods you want for both swimming and treading water. If you successfully complete all confined water skills and meet the swim test requirements, you will be able to move forward to your training dives!
Once you’ve passed your confined water and e-learning, you’re ready to get certified. You can do this anywhere; locally at Dutch Springs lake in Bethlehem, PA, or somewhere else. If you’re going on vacation to an exotic location, such as the Caribbean, you can arrange to get certified during your time there! These dive sessions typically span over 2 days. Over these 2 days, you will need to complete four Open Water dives, all supervised by our team. These dives are the final steps you need to take before obtaining your C-card and being able to go diving whenever you want!
Scubadelphia Diveseekers has been helping Philadelphians receive their scuba certification for years, and we can do the same for anyone interested in exploring the underwater world and discovering new experiences. To learn more about how to sign up for our certification courses, contact us or give us a call at 267-343-5590 today!
Diving in New Jersey
So you are a certified diver in Philadelphia. You are tired of lakes and quarries. It’s time to step it up to New Jersey wreck diving. There are thousands of wrecks up and down the coast and most are dive-able. With that being said NJ isn’t for everyone. It is chillier then most people are used to (45-60 degrees) and the visibility can vary from 5 feet to 50 feet but expect 10-15 average viz and darker then you may be familiar with.
Equipment is a little different too. You’ll need a heavier duty BCD to hold lights and wreck reels and you should be wearing a redundant air system such as a pony bottle or a double tank set up “doubles”. You should be familiar with these items and the 7mm wetsuit or drysuit system, hood and gloves and the amount of weight it will take to make you sink.
Taking all this into consideration thousands of people enjoy local diving in NJ. The wrecks can be semi intact like the Stolt Dagali or a pile of rubble and twisted plates. Either way there is something for everyone…artifacts, lobster grabbing, spearfishing or even picture taking. At Scubadelphia we have a copy of Herb Segars book “Beneath the Garden State” with excellent pictures of local sealife. Gary Gentile penned the books “Shipwrecks of New Jersey”. Another source of info is njscuba.net. It’s a well maintained website with great pictures and maps of Jersey waters.
If you are still not sold on the idea of North Atlantic wreck diving give us a call or stop by the dive center. We run 15 charters a year on many different experience levels. Let us show you the fun in NJ Shipwreck Diving!