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.”

A Scuba Diving Experience in Outrigger Resort

So I had the chance to go to Outrigger resort today. It’s located in Anilao Batangas. We left Manila at around 6am and zoomed off to our destination – not even knowing the way. As Richmond drove along, I was studying the road towards Outrigger resort in the saved Google map session in the laptop.

This is my first time to go scuba diving in Outrigger Resort. Karin was the one who pulled up the idea and invited me to tag along. How can I refuse? Haha!

And so of course I was sooooo excited and looked forward to this day. Scuba diving in Anilao, Batangas was one of the best things to look forward to in my work-laden, bloody busy schedule. And taking this opportunity was a no-brainer for me.

As you all know, as a full-time blogger, I have to always update on my readers. For this entry, I would prefer to let the pictures paint my thousand words for you.

Had Bear Brand Milk for breakfast – yep, that’s breakfast for the both of us

As you can see, we were THRILLED to get there

The place was a fabulous getaway from the city stress – especially from the corporate world

The rooms looked really beachy not a five star hotel kinda room but it does the job

Oh yeah! A banana boat! Too bad we didn’t get to ride it

The dining area – arguably my most favorite place. Not because of the food. It’s because it’s the only place with wifi. But yep, the food is also a factor. Haha! They serve great dishes here! I’m sure to gain a few pounds when I’m back in Manila

The bar – yep, they have a bar to boot your scuba diving experience. But don’t go drunk diving

The view is simply awesome. Not me – the ocean and the mountains. Haha!

All this was Karin’s idea. Thank you soooo much Karin!

I look calm but inside I was shouting “OH YEAH I’M GOING SCUBA DIVING TODAAAAAYYYY!”

These kids caught a lot of fish – albeit for dinner. They could’ve sold those in a petshop for some moolah

If you’re wondering who that is, it’s the resort manager. Hi Jet!

I Looooooooove the seashore. It’s like my second home. After my first home. Yeah.

I just had to post this pic because… Well just because 😀

This is the conference room. Where we had the chance to have a karaoke party here during nighttime

Don’t you just love Karin’s big smile?

Getting ready to dive. Ohhh Yeah!

All geared up

So we went in – the water felt great especially when you’re wearing a thick wetsuit

Large clams! Too bad there’s no pearl inside

We sure had a lot of fun – and pictures

Had to show that everything was alright with me underwater

Yes and no. Yes, I was trying to flex underwater for the camera. And no, it apparently didn’t work out for me. Haha!

You could feel the fishes nibble gently at you – multitudes of ’em

We had to get up after the dive for a surface interval. Yep, I was looking at the skies. There’s something about lying on your back and looking skyward in a small boat with the sound of the rushing waves and the strong sea breeze passing through your ears.

But of course, like everything, our trip had to end

But, unlike everything, this is definitely an experience that I will never forget.

We had soooo much fun! Scuba diving in this time of the year can’t be better – especially with the intensely heated summer that we have. Got to see a lot of marine life – clown fishes (little nemo?) sea anemones, lots and lots of sea urchins, and lots and lots of other schools of fishes swimming around.

Had a great time scuba diving in Anilao. I’ll be blogging an entry soon about Outrigger resort, how to get here, what other water activities they offer, the rates and how to book a reservation.

My verdict: Definitely recommended!

I’ll even promote this in my own personal blog just because it’s sooooo good!

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Diver awareness: Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Disaster

The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill is one of the worst man-made-disasters this year

The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill is one of the worst man-made-disasters this year

On April 10, 2010, a wellhead exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. People died, others were hurt, damage was done, and twelve days later, oil began to gush out from the broken wellhead. Two months later, oil continues to spill at an estimated 6,000,000 gallons per day. The oil has spread wide enough that NASA can get a visual of it in space.

Extreme efforts have been taken into account to put an end to this disaster. The British Petroleum, the company that was held responsible for the explosion, is leading the current attempts to contain the dispersing oil. Actions involving burning of the oil or applying oil-dispersing chemicals has been of assistance, but it’s not productive enough to counteract 6 million gallons of oil flowing out on a daily basis.

As of early June, thousands of animals within or near the contaminated areas have been found dead. This includes sea turtles, dolphins, many species of birds, and even more species of sea creatures. Environmental experts are saying that the oil spill hit at the worst possible time of the year since there are many animals that are currently breeding and nesting, and that their young can contract fatal diseases if born near the oily waters.

I know lots of people who have no idea of how serious this catastrophe really is. And that’s probably because they are not experiencing the consequences that it has caused. Humans live on land. The oil spill is happening in the oceans. For scuba divers, who spend a considerable amount of time in the oceans, this isn’t really much of a problem at all. Choose an oil-free dive spot, and chances are, things will go smoothly. Scuba divers in the Philippines and Palau aren’t even aware of the problem. But in my opinion, that is a selfish way of thinking.

The oil spill even affected birds

The oil spill even affected birds

I’m sure that there are many divers out there who really care about the oceans, who really feel the gravity of the situation. I am certain that, to some, diving is not just for fun, it is a ritual of the continuity of life. I am certain that, to some, the ocean is not just a diving destination, it is a second home. And if there are land-dwelling people out there who feels pain in a disaster far from land, then how much more does the ocean-dwelling creatures feel the pain in a disaster that’s directly affecting them?

Remember that, to the sea creatures, roaming the seas is not just a daily ritual, but a necessity for the continuity of life. Remember that, to the sea creatures, the ocean is not just a second home, it is their home. The Gulf of Mexico is labeled as an environmental disaster, which means that it is a disaster that is caused by human activity. Though we take part in suffering from this through the damage done to the fishing industry, why should the ocean take the full toll for a mistake they had nothing to do with?

The oceans have recovered from much worse oil spills, and if the plans of containment are improved and consistent, I’m sure that it will recover from this one, too. When that time comes, I hope that scuba divers all over will have a better awareness, a better understanding, and a better appreciation to what trillions of fish call “home.”

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.

The Thing About Sharks and Scuba Diving

Shark Attacks are not common

Shark Attacks are not common

It’s not something you’d want to piss of when you’re deep down under. Because if you do, it can take a huge chunk out of you. Hell, it can even end your life! It has a face personified by terror. It may sound like I am talking about Miley Cyrus, but I am not. Today, we’re gonna learn more about sharks and how not to end up in their gastric system.

Why fear Sharks?

Hum with me for a sec. “Du Rum. Du Rum. Du Rum Du Rum DU RUM DU RUM!” Sounds familiar? It should sound familiar. The release of the movie Jaws in 1975 largely contributed to a common fear of sharks. But is that fear justified and rational? Let us observe some facts as we try to answer this question.

There have been a recorded total of 2200+ shark attacks in the last 430 years. That’s an average five shark attacks per year. You have a better chance of getting hit by lightning or running into a sober Lindsay Lohan or hearing Sarah Palin say something intelligent. Out of those five shark attacks annually, only one of them is usually fatal. Statistically, it is more dangerous to be careless in a bathtub than to go diving with sharks. Did you know that it is illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs in Arizona? Just sayin’.

Though there are 360 species of sharks that roam the seas, only four of them are frequent to engage in physical and violent contact with human beings. These four are the tiger shark, the bull shark, the whitetip shark, and the great white shark. Decide to dive in areas without these species and you can start worrying more about those damn lightning bolts.

Has the media exaggerated the potential dangers of sharks? Yes, people do die from shark attacks, but have you ever wondered what the opposite has to offer. Did you know that humans kill millions of sharks each year? The Philippines contains 20 of the world’s most endangered sharks.

How can we be safe without being dangerous?

If Chuck Norris was a scuba diver, and if he was attacked buy a shark, the shark would end up being attacked by Chuck Norris. That is not right. Scuba diver, remember that we are only visiting the oceans, the home of the sharks. To prevent fatalities on both sides, we must learn how maintain peace while diving. You don’t have to have Mr. Norris on speed dial to feel safe.

Sharks usually feed themselves by night. Go diving at nighttime and the chance of you seeing the sunrise might become a bit less bright. Ask yourself, “Would I go skydiving in the middle of a fog?” Of course you won’t. So would you go scuba diving in murky waters where you can’t see the potential predators around you? Of course not!

Next: Avoid wearing anything shiny because it attracts sharks.

Also: if other sea creatures start to flee at the same time, flee with them because sharks may be nearby.

And now for my final thoughts, I give you the most obvious ones. It is bad for the scuba diver to bleed in the seas. Like politicians, Sharks can smell innocent blood. Once an injury has been sustained, get out of the water. For the women, I type this in all sincerity and seriousness. If your beautiful uterus is feeling “weird” on the day of scuba diving, my friendly advice is that you skip your diving plans and take a quiet and safe nap. I shall leave it at that.

It would become a great pleasure for me if this post contributed in making the ocean a better place both for humans and sharks. It is said that the more you know about something, the more you can get along with it. And so, I end this post with a quote from a guy named Dave, who gives a great insight on the nature of sharks.

“Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent.” –Dave Barry

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.

The Bahura Scuba Diving Site Resort

Nemo can be found in Bahura

Nemo can be found in Bahura

Let’s pretend that you have yet to see such elegant beauties such as The Aurora Borealis or Taylor Swift or The Dark Knight. And then I tried to describe them to you in this article. Would you fall to the ground and seize in amazement? Surely, you would not. Such a situation is the challenge that I face today as I try to promote Bahura. Words may not be enough to justify its pure awesomeness. But what choice do I have? This is a blog. A blog without words is a blog that is very sad.

Words- I will use few of them in this post. It is because the more words I use, the more you will read. The more you read, the longer I am keeping you from actually going to the place that this post is trying to describe to you. And so we move on. For starters, Bahura is not Tubbataha’s favorite Filipino cousin. It is, however, a premier beach resort and an aqua sports center located in the town of Dauin in the island of Negros that is one of the 7,107 islands of the Philippines. These inventions called, “Maps”, they say, are very useful.

Bahura has a 5-hectare beach-side coconut plantation. There, you will see things such as house reefs. Take a few steps, and you will notice crinoids-filled coral bommies that are accompanied by sea grasses. The last two sentences might have just harassed your imagination. I apologize. That is why I am trying to keep this short. Why spend time reading about them when you could go scuba diving beside them? The coral bommies await your arrival.

Here is a paragraph that is a bit friendlier to comprehension skills. You arrive at Bahura, and suddenly, you decide you don’t wanna go a dive on that day because a non scuba diving friend has no one to spend the day with. Fret not; Bahura’s awesomeness is here, ready to make you fall on the ground and seize in amazement. Did you know that Bahura also offers spa treatments, massages, caving and rappelling, ATV rides, dolphin watching, and much more? Well, no seizing will occur until you actually try it.

Bahura resortTo top it all off, Apo island is just 25 minutes away from Bahura. It has white sands, attractive rock formations, a protected marine ecosystem and hundreds of species of corals. I think I just heard Tubbataha and Palau gasp in jealousy.

So what now? Are you just going to let these beauties pass you by? Time is of the essence and you’ll never know what can happen with global warming. I’m already sweating buckets here in the Philippines. It’s time to go scuba diving!

You can get to The Bahura Resort & SPA through a Flight from Manila to Dumaguete City (Negros), then a 30 minute car ride to the Resort, which is in Dauin.

Manila Booking Office:

Address:
Unit 3 Southway Condominium, Mayapis St.
San Antonio Village, Makati City
Philippines
Telephone: +63 (02) 892.34.77
Fax: +63 (02) 813.29.70

Resort Address:

Address:
Km 19/20 Maayong Tubig, Dauin 6217 Negros Oriental
Philippines
Telephone: +63 (035) 425-2054/53
Fax: +63 (035) 425-2057

Getting to Bahura Resort and Spa

Prior to arrival at Bahura Resort and Spa, you’ll be landing in Dumaguete City, capital of the province, easily reached by four direct flights daily from Metro Manila as well as by fast crafts and inter-island ferries from Cebu and other ports. A twenty-five minute drive then follows south to Dauin. And another way is the new flight from Cebu to Dumaguete (vv) flying every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The Best Beginner Diving Site

There are Diving sites for noobs

There are Diving sites for noobs

Before the Oscar-nominated, inglorious basterd named Quentin Tarantino “killed Bill”, he was a video store clerk watching movies in his spare time. Before Steve Nash won back-to-back MVP’s, he was a bench-warmer who drank free Gatorade. Before Justin Beiber shared his voice to the whole world, he just kept it to himself (where it belonged). What I’m saying is, everyone needs to start from somewhere, and that includes the scuba diver.
Today, my goal in this article is to provide useful tips, helpful advices, and inevitable promotions that will guide those who are “beginners”, or as 13-year-old video gamer would say it, “noobs”, in the art of scuba diving. By the end of this article, I hope all the “beginners” who read this will be able to enjoy the fun of scuba diving without worrying about the price of a coffin.

First impressions: They are very important. If your first encounter with vampires is through the movie, Twilight, I am pretty confident that you will think of vampires as sparkly, girl-stalking moaners of the day instead of fearful, blood-sucking creatures of the night. Same principle applies with scuba diving. If you’re first ever dive happened within the waters contaminated by the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, the chance of a second dive does not look very good.

So with the point that I made in the above paragraph, it is good for the beginner scuba diver to start happy and satisfied, joyful, and fulfilled. I offer you the best, I offer you, Palau. Why Palau, you may ask? Read article about Palau below, I shall answer. Here’s the thing, if you do decide to go for Palau in your beginner scuba dive, and ended up leaving it with an unfulfilled heart, then I suggest you try rock-climbing.

Do not worry. I did not recommend Palau to you just for its visual awesomeness, I am sure that you want something that is relevant with the beginner’s necessities: safety and experience. And this is why I love Palau even more. It is because diving in Palau will also contribute to the beginner’s needed knowledge concerning safety and experience in scuba diving.

Beginner scuba divingBeing one of the best and most popular dive spots on the planet, Palau is visited by an average of 50,000 divers each year. This is good news for beginners. I am certain that a large portion of those 50,000 are advanced divers. When you want to be good at something, it is advised to surround yourselves with people who are great at it. When you are a beginner diver, it is wise to surround yourself with advanced divers. Palau has lots of advanced divers. Watch, ask, and observe, so that you will learn.

To those who are shy, lessons are available. How do I know that lessons are available? Do you believe that there is a gas station present at every highway? Well, there are diving lessons present at every great dive spot. And how can the beginner scuba diver reach that great dive spot? Remember when I mentioned “inevitable promotion” earlier in this article? It is the answer to the question. To get to Palau, one must ride the liveaboard cruise ships of Expedition Fleet; it is a company that takes great care of scuba divers.

Did I achieve my goal today? In the “promotion” part, yes I have. But how about the part about the “useful tips” and “helpful advices”? Well, that part is up to the beginner scuba diver. In time, we shall find out. Who knows? Maybe one day, it is you that will be watched and observed so that others will learn.

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.

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