What to buy and not to buy: Scuba diving equipments

Gotta have the right Scuba Diving Gear

Gotta have the right Scuba Diving Gear

You can’t be a poet without passion. You can’t play baseball without a baseball. You can’t go sky diving without a parachute. You can’t look at Amy Winehouse without throwing up. And you especially can’t go scuba diving without scuba gear.

The scuba diver doesn’t want to over-pack his equipment, and he sure doesn’t want to under-pack either.  But what items should be his priority, and what items can he leave behind? This post will be simple and short, but by the end of it, the scuba diver should know the unnecessary and mandatory equipments in this underwater sport.

To Buy

Wetsuits- I mentioned this first because never have I seen a sane diver dive without wearing a wetsuit. Also, make sure that you buy a wetsuit made from superior neoprene. Neoprene basically means rubber. But say “neoprene” to the store clerk anyway so you would sound cool. That’s what I would do.

Fins- Seeing a scuba diver without fins is like seeing a zebra without stripes or seeing Lindsay Lohan’s album without a mug shot. Without fins, the scuba diver is immediately handicapped once he submerges underwater. Twice the energy is used, but only half the distance is traveled in the absence of the aid of fins.

Choose your Scuba Gears wisely

Choose your Scuba Gears wisely

Regulators– This is the thing connecting your SCUBA tank to your mouth. The tank contains the air you need to survive. Your mouth is where that life-saving air needs to enter. So why do we need a regulator? Go figure.

SCUBA Tank- “Insert Common Sense Here.”

Other than the equipment already mentioned above, the scuba diver must also acquire the following: Masks, snorkels, buoyancy compensator, dive computers, dive lights, and those ever-awesome safety sausages.

What NOT To Buy

The Cheap Stuff- Would you charge into war with a rusty rifle? Would you climb Mt. Everest with busted boots? The moment the scuba diver jumps to the water and starts immersing deeper in the seas, his life becomes totally dependent upon the competence of his diving equipment. No one wants to end up in a hospital bed or in the bottom of the ocean because his Buy 1 Take 1 equipment broke down in the middle of a dive.

The Fancy Stuff- If you’re a simple diver, you really won’t need anything more beyond the list above to have a safe and fun dive. But there are companies out there that create new things that wants you to “Buy this!” because it will “Enhance that!” or “Improve your…” These products are not really necessities for diving, but if you have the extra cash, then why not?

This is NOT a scuba gear

This is NOT a scuba gear

The best gears can of course, be found in your local scuba diving store. We recommend ScubaWorld as the best scuba diving equipment resource store. They also have scuba diving classes and courses to help you jumpstart your scuba diving experiences. And if you’re ready to go deep diving, then just hop on board to Expedition Fleet and we’ll be happy to take you all over the Philippines and Palau in the best live aboard cruises there is.

For the experienced scuba divers who are reading this, I am pretty much certain that the information I have included here is nothing new. In fact, they may even think I have missed a few points. If I did, please do tell, and it will be greatly appreciated. But for the upcoming scuba divers eager for their first dive, I say, “Go do some shopping.”

Useless Scuba Diving Trivias

Every once in a while, a blogger’s brain reaches a blank state wherein it cannot function at a good enough quality that would result in an informative post. Today is one of those days for yours truly. My original plan was to write a post on the pros and cons on scuba diving during the rainy season. I started out doing some serious and heavy researching. My attention span wandered like a moaning zombie’s or a studying Paris Hilton’s.

Scuba Diver walking

Scuba Diver walking

Nonetheless, in spite of tempting distractions waving at me from many pages from the internet, I believed that I could pull through with a relevant post. I decided to engage in a short break, as a regained my awareness by taking a slow sip of cold milk while chewing on a chocolate brownie. I felt peace and Zen with my surroundings. But ten minutes later, I ended up watching a video of a cat that hiccupped and farted at the same time. And from that moment, I knew that a chance of an intelligent post was dearly lost.

And now I’m writing this. What is “this” anyway? Is this a serious post? Is this a fun post? Who cares? I once read a quote from the world’s preeminent film critic, Roger Ebert, saying “There is a little immaturity stuck away in the crannies of even the most judicious of us, and we should treasure it.” So, I type on, in dedication to the principle of immature randomness, I type.

Expedition Fleet Blog has been around for less than a year, and it hopes to be around for many more years. I have written about scuba diving in the Philippines, scuba diving in Palau, and scuba diving in general. I have given important precautions and redundant promotions. There have been posts that try to raise awareness within the oceans and within ourselves. With occasional insults to celebrities that are famous for being insulted, I have tried to provide humor. Expedition Fleet Blog would simply like to thank its readers for their support.

What else? I know. Fun Facts- This blog has had few of them. There have been posts that included solid scientific statistics, impossible mathematical equations, and complicated medical explanations. But where are the fun facts? Now is a good opportunity to correct this injustice.

  • In 1992, a time in a world full of peace and joy and without Justin Bieber, a dude named Richard Presley spent 19 minutes and an extra 69 days underwater to set the world record for the longest deep dive ever. A good question here would be, “But where did he pee? But where did he poop?” The ocean is a terrible thing to waste. Or to waste on. Hihi
  • Tanya Streeter- now here is a woman who is either really talented or too cheap to buy diving equipment. She likes to engage in free diving so much, her body grew accustomed to it. Tanya and free diving is like Sarah Palin and stupidity, they are meant for each other. Tanya holds the world record for deepest free dive with a depth of 185 feet.
  • One day, Michael Proudfoot was investigating a sunken shipwreck in 1991, things were usual until his regulator broke, causing him to lose his supply of air. The chance of Mr. Proudfoot living long enough to witness the good (invention of iPod) and the bad (career of J. Bieber) of life would seem slim. But slim is not devoid of hope, and he managed to survive. Michael found an air bubble in one part of the shipwreck, and there he breathed shallow breaths and ate sea urchins for two days before being rescued.

With the possible exception of Mr. Presley’s potential ways of underwater “withdrawals”, these fun facts have contained an amount of interest and inspiration, something that my brain has been lacking for this day. If this post has been without useful knowledge for scuba diving, well I’ll try to do better next time. Going back to the quote I mentioned above, why not give your immature side something to have fun with. I did, and I feel awesome. Maybe you could start by watching a video of a cat that hiccupped and farted at the same time.

Common Scuba Diving Injuries

You don't want to end up in a wheelchair after scuba diving

You don't want to end up in a wheelchair after scuba diving

I once heard of a story of a man who had to call a doctor because he had a bishop stuck at his beloved rectum.  Two things: (1) The preceding sentence is based on fact and (2) the bishop that I am referring to is the chess piece, not the person.How the bishop ended in that dark and foul place is not of the concern of this post. But if a human being is subject to injuries in the stationary sport of chess, how much more is the scuba diver subject to injuries in the mobile sport of scuba diving?

Injuries experienced on land is already pretty bad, but underwater injuries? Now that sucks. In the next few paragraphs of this post, I shall discuss three injuries in scuba diving that are usually considered as the most common ones. It may sound geeky, and come off as a bit boring, but remember, they are also necessary if the scuba diver plans to be more secure underwater.

After we develop a knowledge and understanding of the effects of these injuries, we shall determine their causes. So readers, brace you brains, refresh  your vocabulary, open a new tab, and go to Google standby, for we are about to get medical.

Barotraumas- “Baro” means pressure. “Trauma” means injury. But to what part of the body does this pressure injury inflict itself? Take a quick guess. No no, not the rectum. It is, in fact, inflicted upon the scuba diver’s ears. Tissue damage to the scuba diver’s middle ear is caused when it fails to equalize its pressure to the pressure of its environment. Barotraumas are most likely to happen during the diver’s descent and ascent.

Arterial Gas Embolism- Here, there is an overexpansion of lungs, which shall tear one’s alveoli. I do not know as to where exactly you can find the alveoli, or what it does, but I am pretty sure it does something to keep us alive. Anyway, when the alveoli are torn, air will escape and reach the pulmonary capillaries. Soon, you blood will become bubbly, and as it circulates, the air will eventually reach the brain, which may cause immediate death once the diver reach the surface. I hate it when that happens.

Decompression Sickness- When the diver goes deeper, atmospheric pressure gets higher, resulting in larger amounts of absorption of nitrogen to the diver’s body. If the diver knows how to handle himself underwater, the nitrogen absorbed will easily and automatically be released through respiration. Abnormal breathing, miscalculations or ignorance of time spent in great depths, and hasty descents and ascents will prevent that nitrogen from leaving your anatomy. I don’t know about you, but unwanted gas wandering inside my body seems highly unhealthy.

Okay. So now we all know what the three most common injuries are called and what they do to us. But the most important question is, what should we do to avoid such injuries? Why didn’t I just mention them earlier as I explained their effects? That is because their causes are all similar.

There are three factors that the scuba diver must take into serious account during his/her dive if he wishes an absent medical bill: The descent to the depths, the total time spent underwater, and the ascent to the surface. During one’s descent and ascent is where the pressure changes the most. And the total time spent in depth is where gas intake will vary.

Should I further go into specifics? I believe I already have. To prevent such injuries stated above, the scuba diver must have a firm knowledge of underwater pressure and time limit. So make sure that you know your stuff before you go scuba diving. It’s a physical and mental sport. You need in depth scuba diving knowledge to make sure you get back to the surface unharmed.

Of course, Expeditionfleet as the best scuba diving cruise in the Philippines makes sure you’re equipped with that knowledge – because we want what’s best for our divers.

Effects of global warming to scuba diving

Global Warming can extinguish Marine beauty

Global Warming can extinguish Marine beauty

Back then, we had to walk from Point A to Point B. Now, we have gasoline and cars. Then, we had to send lend letters. Now, we have cell phones and e-mail. The past decade has marked an unstoppable rise to technology. It is unstoppable because we use it every day. And it’s such a sad reality that the more it’s being used, the more we damage our world. This declination of Earth’s natural status is what the experts call global warming. To take this issue seriously is to watch An Inconvenient Truth.

Global warming is not only bad news for the passionate scuba diver. It’s bad news for all of the citizens of Earth. If it continues to assault Mother Nature, it’s a possibility that there won’t be one in the future.  Our climate will go crazy. Natural disasters can become daily disasters. Vegetation will die. Animals will die. People live on vegetations and animals. Without these two, humanity will become very upset.

For the sake of the borders of this blog, I will only mention some of the effects that global warming can do to the place where the scuba diver exercises his label- the ocean. All species in the planet’s oceans are spread out specifically where they are capable to survive. One factor of their survival depends on the water temperature. The potential of global warming getting worse is also the potential of abrupt changes in temperatures. If this does happen, it would totally disrupt most, if not all, of marine life.

If the sun emits more heat, enormous ice caps will slowly melt, which will cause an increase in sea level. Ice continues to melt, and waters become deeper.  Higher sea levels mean that the coral reefs will not get enough sunlight, which may lead to their death. If coral reefs were to disappear, its small inhabitants that depend on it will be in serious trouble. And if one part of the food chain is disrupted, the whole marine ecosystem can suffer from it.

Should I set out more facts? I think you get the point. Global warming is not, in any way, good for the future of humanity. Should we start blaming technology? As we can see, it’s us humans that invest in its improvement and popularity. And for the most part, it’s us humans that use it and gain from it. Is it bad? Not totally, no. Is it good? Evidently, no. I’ve heard some people reason out that we might as well use what we’ve got to the fullest since we’re all gonna be dead by the time global warming takes its full toll on planet Earth. But what about the ones who are to be born in this world? Should they suffer for the consequences of our actions?

Fellow scuba diver, or should I say, fellow citizen, I hope that it is also your desire that the future generations can appreciate the oceans that are as healthy and beautiful as the way we left it. To accomplish this, we must study our foe. And in our case, we must know the cause and effects of global warming, and from there, learn what to do and what not to do to counteract it. As a scuba diver, we can help by being an EcoDiver. It all starts with a choice.

How long a scuba diver can stay under water

There is a Scuba Diving Time Limit

There is a Scuba Diving Time Limit

Except for Michael Phelps, human beings are not created to spend most of their time in the water. We are a community of creatures who walk on dirt, and if you’re reading this right now, it is likely that you desire to extend your human limitations and experience to that which cannot be possible without the aid of scuba diving technology.

Sadly, even the distance and depth that technology has given to us cannot last for eternity. You buy a battery, it runs out. An Apple product gets released, YouTube asks, “Will it Blend?” Time destroys everything. This is evidenced by my Mum’s 8-pound cell phone rotting in some corner that rats call home. In scuba diving, time limits are also present. And our lack of functional gills tells us that managing our time underwater is the surviving equivalent as breathing on dry land.

The Technical Aspects

This part of the article deals with the scuba diver’s “mechanical gills”, or the scuba tank. Here, I am to explain how long a tank of compressed air will last so the scuba diver may know when to end his/her voyage. I researched for accuracy. Accuracy is good. But then, I stumbled upon this equation: 3000 psi / 14.7 psi = 204.08. For the sake of helpful simplicity, I have chosen not to go to mathematical territory and will try to be as accommodating as I can with the use of shallow words.

The most common and average scuba tanks hold about 80 cubic feet of air at a rated pressure of 3,000 psi. The average scuba diver will consume about a cubic foot of air every minute. So, that’s 80 cubic foot of air being used up at a rate of one cubic foot per minute. That would mean that the average tank will last about 80 minutes if used by the average diver. Aha! My high school diploma is proud of me.

Notice the overuse of the word, “Average” in the previous paragraph? Yeah, me too- I wrote it. My point is, the outcome of the numbers above is not absolute. The time a diver is allowed to stay underwater varies within the diver himself. If the scuba diver has the lungs of a young person like Justin Beiber, an average scuba tank will be more than enough. But, if you’re size is anywhere between Robert Downey Jr. and The Incredible Hulk, a larger tank is advised.

The Physical Aspects

Now that we’re shifting from the technical to the physical aspects of the scuba diver’s time limits, it would be safe to assume that we’d be able to breathe normal again by taking a step down intellectually, yes? No. As I was researching facts about this point of my article I came across with this:

Diving time limit formula

What the hell is it? Don’t ask. Please.

So where was I? Oh yeah. The human lungs are used to breathing oxygen. Our scuba tanks are not composed of pure oxygen. It is a mixture of gases. These gases aren’t dangerous. But when the scuba diver breathes too much of it underwater, he/she might contract ailments such as decompression sickness, nitrogen narcosis, oxygen toxicity. I don’t know what exactly they are, but the words, “sickness”, “narcosis”, and “toxicity” scare me.

Also, diving in shallow waters allows you to dive for a longer period of time because the shallower you dive, the less air is compressed. And remember, the human body is subject to hypothermia. This possibility is dependent on the choice of your dive spots. Go Scuba Diving in Palau this summer and you’ll be just fine. Try diving in Antarctica during the winter and you’ll be the homo sapien discovery after the next ice age.

Why ‘NOW’ is the best time to dive!

Are you bored? Perhaps stuck at home sitting in front of your computer reading an article about scuba diving? Why are you reading blogs about scuba diving in the first place? My guessing skills tell me it is because you, my dear reader, are either a scuba diver or one that is interested in becoming a scuba diver. If October is the time for costumes and candy, and if December represents the season to be jolly, then now, and I mean now, is the season of scuba divers.

Now is the best time to dive!

Now is the best time to dive!

The Present Climate

The sun is hot. The sun is at its hottest during summer. Summer is now. Diving eliminates summer’s heat. With that said, divers should dive now. But aren’t there times where it isn’t advisable to go scuba diving? Yes, but that isn’t the case with good ‘ol Philippines and Palau.

The ocean climate for these two nations is at its dive-able best during this season. Both of them have the best visibility range and calmest waters from November through May. Dear divers, I look at my calendar, and I see that it is currently May. You know it’s a good thing when two of world’s most popular dive spots are most available during the year’s hottest period. And did I mention that Expedition Fleet is also offering a Palau promo for divers who plan to dive in Palau?  Want proof? Click the link on the right sidebar with the Nautilus.

The Future Climate

Trees are disappearing. Oxygen is depleting. Volcanoes are erupting. Pollution is increasing. Tom Cruise’s career is ending. The Taj Mahal is aging. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is… Well, its getting there. My point is, everything that was once so awesome on Earth can’t stay awesome forever. And that includes our oceans.

If Mr. Al Gore is a scuba diver, he’d be diving right now, because he knows that global warming might soon cause damaging effects to the planet’s waters. Studies have shown that the constant increase in temperature caused by global warming is causing ice glaciers to melt. That melted ice is fresh water, and if fresh water keeps pouring in with the ocean’s sea water, abrupt changes in ocean currents might occur. This is not good not only for the scuba diver, but for the ocean itself.

If global warming does continue to get worse, more ice glaciers will melt and ocean currents will continue to change. If this does happen, hurricanes will appear at times when it isn’t supposed to appear. Unwanted and constant hurricanes can destroy animal habitats, which can harm many species. Not to mention that if there are hurricanes all year, the clear visibility of the ocean might become a rare occasion.

I’m not saying that these sad and destructive events will occur; I’m just saying that it is a possibility. Will the ocean in the future become obsolete for scuba divers? I do not know. But is there anything out there today that is preventing us to dive? I don’t think so. In fact, it suggests the opposite. Now that this article is finished, what do you plan to do?

May I suggest diving now? This is one of the best times to dive. Grab the chance because it might just pass you by.

Under Water Pressure in Scuba Diving

scuba diving pressure

scuba diving pressure

Have you ever seen that movie, Waterworld? I hope so, because I’m about to use that as an example. In Waterworld, Kevin Costner is without a single shred of diving equipment. Costner’s character jumps to the water and submerges to the deep parts of the ocean so fast; he could’ve saved half of the drowning passengers in Titanic.

An experienced scuba diver knows that Waterworld is deceitful in its presentation of people who descend to the oceans at great speed. If the vital element of pressure was taken into account in this movie, Costner’s character would’ve felt a painful, dying sensation crushing his body, ear drums, and the rest of his air cavities. His lungs would then collapse and life, as you know it, will end faster than Paris Hilton’s acting career.

A competent knowledge of pressure, and how to control it, is something that should be stamped into the scuba diver’s will to live. To secure this knowledge, it is in my own misfortune to tell you that the bloody wonders of Math must take part in this article for us to truly understand what underwater pressure is all about.

But before we numb ourselves with the necessary numbers, we have to discuss  some facts about underwater pressure. On land, we are under a great deal of air pressure. But that’s okay, because air is relatively light. When we dive in the ocean, we are under the influence of water pressure. We don’t need a scale to tell us that water is heavier than air. The ocean is a lot of water, and if the scuba diver wishes to reach the ocean depths, his body must have the ability to withstand all that water above him.

If you really want to master the act of controlling water pressure, well prepare to get a pen and paper cause we’re about to get arithmetical.    A cubic foot of air weighs approximately a pound and a half. Water, on the other hand, weighs just about 62.5 pounds per cubic foot. But the ocean is not composed of water, but sea water! So a cubic foot of sea water, thanks to salt, weighs an extra 1.5 pounds.

The more a scuba diver submerges himself underwater, the more the pressure increases. This type of pressure is called, “atmosphere of pressure.” The atmosphere of pressure is labeled as ATM, and is measured at 1 ATM at sea level. The ATM increases by 1 for every 33 feet a diver plunges into the ocean depths. So, if my ability to multiply still functions, 66 feet below sea level equals 2 ATM. It is also said that the diver can calculate the pressure’s effects to his body by using Boyle’s Law. My mathematical comprehension chooses not to torture itself by exploring this madness.

If the diver descends from sea level, he must not be too anxious to reach his destination- Because if the scuba diver hurries his descent, he might not live long enough to experience his ascent. Do not be sad, you don’t have to finger paddle yourself all the way down. You just have to be very careful in the first 15 feet of your dive. Be slow to dive, so your body can adjust to the pressure. During this time, you will feel a slight squeeze within you body. Once that feeling has disappeared, you’re good to go. But remember, during your way up to the surface, the same principles apply.

We don’t want any scuba divers going home with collapsed lungs or an exploded ear drum, or even worse, two exploded eardrums. So it is wise for the scuba diver not to let the preceding facts about pressure left neglected- Especially if you’re one of the guys who were responsible for making Waterworld.

Eco Diving. Going under the sea the green way

Face it: Keeping stuff clean is a hard job. Yes, even harder than trying to watch Kirsten Stewart act. And in this article, we’ll be discussing on how we can contribute to the maintenance of the… ocean. Now you’re probably like, “WHAT?! The ocean?! That’s like 71% of the Earth’s surface! I can’t keep that clean! I can’t even keep my room clean! And that’s only 10% of our house! What is wrong with you?!”

Eco Diving is a big help to clean up the ocean

Eco Diving is a big help to clean up the ocean

Dear diver, unless you’re Oprah who has enough money to polish the solar system, I am not here to ask you for something that is impossible. Today, we shall learn how to be a responsible Eco-Friendly Diver, or EcoDiver. So sit back, read on, and wave your Safety Sausage in the air as we make the ocean a better place for, not only us divers, but to those who inhabit the places that we dive in. Mr. Janitor Fish, this one’s for you.

Dive with Care

The ocean is not mankind’s property (“Not yet” -Oprah), so when we enter the water, make sure to not take anything that is of it. For example: Sea shells. We all love ‘em, but they don’t belong in our shoe box with the cockroaches. Or in the living room near Kirsten Stewart’s acting. Have some mercy. Sea shells sometimes act as temporary homes for crustaceans and they also serve as accessories for the ocean as they enhance the beauty of it. You don’t have to take them with you to appreciate it. The camera is a wonderful invention.

I advised earlier to not take anything that belongs to the ocean. To the EcoDiver, the opposite also applies- take all that you can from the ocean that isn’t supposed to be there in the first place. Everything hand-made, factory-made, “Made in China”, and if you’re lucky, buried treasure, take them with your eco-friendly hand and place it in a trash can near you.

Mankind is designed to walk the earth, not swim the oceans. That’s why, when we dive, we are required to bring diving equipment like flippers, oxygen tanks, and the critical Safety Sausage. Without them, we’re like fish on land. So a little over packing (Two Safety Sausages?) won’t hurt, right? Well, only if you’ve mastered your buoyancy underwater. Those with too much diving equipment on them, without the capacity to control their weight with it, might end up losing control of themselves. First, you’re like happy and all that with your equipment. But once you lose balance, you’re like the human wrecking ball smashing every sea shell and coral reef that hinders your path of destruction.

Respect zi Fish!

When the average diver is set to come back home and throw away all his DVD’s that includes Kirsten Stewart’s acting, souvenirs are almost mandatory. “Since I can’t take home sea shells, I’ll just buy what she sells!” says the average diver. But the EcoDiver replies, “Sir! Be careful of what souvenir you choose to buy! Don’t you know that some souvenirs are made of ivory, turtle shells, snake skin, and other things than are valuable to the ocean?!” The EcoDiver is wise.

If illegal souvenirs are not bought, selling of it might stop too. And if the selling of it stops, the killing will also cease. Hooray for the EcoDiver! I hope this inspires a commercial one day.

The EcoDiver loves marine life, but not to the point of physically harassing it. With that said, Mike Tyson can never become an EcoDiver. Sure, take all the pictures and record all the videos you want. But don’t you dare attempt to chase a sea creature so you can touch it. For the bigger creatures, they may appear friendly at first, but if you’re like that annoying classmate you’ve always had in 3rd grade who likes to poke you constantly, some creatures might unexpectedly decide to poke back.

See? You don’t have to clean all 71% of the planet’s wet side to become a competent EcoDiver. You just have to be an average scuba diver who just happened to care about the ocean enough to know how to take care of it. Sometimes you might think that no one really stops to appreciate the work EcoDivers put into the ocean. Well, think again. Mr. EcoDiver, meet Mr. Janitor Fish.

The first rule to diving

Think diving has no rules? Think again. Some say that the first rule to diving is breathing, others say it’s having a diving buddy. But those things are secondary. So what indeed is the first rule to diving…?

You gotta know the first rule

You gotta know the first rule

First rule to diving is having what lets you dive – a diving certificate. Without it, you simply cannot dive because they won’t let you. You must have a certification card (c-card) in order for you to be allowed by a reputable dive shop to dive with them. A c-card is obtained by taking a dive certification course, and of course, passing it. After you do so, they will give you your c-card and you’re good to go diving anywhere, anytime.

Why is a c-card so important? Well, it tells the dive shop that you are eligible to go diving and that you know the basics of diving at the least. It’s your identifier that you are indeed a diver.

The course usually consists of four parts:

1. Book work and theories

2. Exams

3. Pool training

4. Open water dives

Of course, we all love the last one because that’s what we all want – the real thing. But without the first three, your security as a diver is compromised. You have to be knowledgeable and experienced with all four to make sure that you can dive with least complications.

Expedition fleet uses the PADI diving certification

Expedition fleet uses the PADI diving certification

Expedition fleet uses the PADI diving course

The details of it are:

Cost: It costs around 15,000 PHP

Schedule: The schedule is flexible – depending on the availability of the student

Duration: It can be completed in 4 days

Things to bring: You are required to bring your own swimsuit (of course, we won’t lend you ours)

Location: Depends on student’s preference. Expedition fleet, as a scuba diving company in the philippines, have different branches. Details of the different locations can be found here:  http://www.scubaworld.com.ph/dive-shops

The Open Water Session are usually done in Outrigger Resort, Anilao

The Best Diving Practices

As soon as man enters the deep blue sea, there is a change of everything. Walking is no longer our way of getting around. We float in style. Our access to unlimited oxygen is cut down to a tank-full. Instead of shopping for fish, some fish shop for us. Scuba diving is fun. But it’s only fun when you come out of the water the same way you came in. Below are few points on some diving practices that are advised to those who respect themselves as divers and respect the places that they dive in.

There are certain diving practices you have to follow

There are certain diving practices you have to follow

Secure the obvious

Aquaman, if you’re reading this: stay away! Everyone else is subject to the need of diving equipment. Diving shops can be tricky. If you’re new to scuba diving, try not to enter one on your own. If you have a friend who is an experienced diver, ask him/her to direct you to a competent diving shop that will not only sell to you your needs, but also cares for them.

When you’ve got enough equipment to survive a tsunami, go look for a good diving location. Ask yourself questions like, “What do I wanna see?” and “How do I get there?” How do you answer these questions? Do you literally have go beach hopping just so you can find a good diving spot? If your answer is yes, then my friend Google would be greatly insulted. I just said, “Google.” You’ll know what to do.

When in-depth

Now you’re in the water, and you feel like a scuba diving Boy Scout. You’ve got everything you need. Does this mean that you’re good for the day? Not quite. You need a sane and experienced “diving buddy”. If you’re going out with a group of friends that has been diving for awhile, then make sure you stick with them the entire time you dive.

But if you’re diving with a group of people you don’t know, it is crucial to find a dive buddy who will take care of you and knows what you don’t. Remember the movie, ‘Open Water’? Those two were not only diving buddies, but a couple. And they still ended up stranded alone in the ocean.

They might think you're a refrigerator

They might think you're a refrigerator

Creature Feature

Ah, yes- the ocean life. It is full of creatures big and small. Some are endangered, and some are dangerous. We need to take care of some of them, and we need to take care of ourselves from some of them. Observe all you want, but remember to keep you distance. Those who choose to take photos, choose your models carefully. A great white shark may be sensitive to flashes.

And yes, if I must say this, I’ll only say this once. Don’t feed them fishes. At first, it may sound safe and fun, but when you upgrade from bread crumbs to a Happy Meal, things may get ugly. If the unkind, bloodthirsty ones happened to notice that small “num-nums” keep popping out of you, they might get the idea that you’re a refrigerator.

Have fun diving with expeditionfleet! Enjoy collecting memories, but make sure there’s still room for common sense.

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