Recent Articles

  • Dealing with Equipment Failures

    I had an equipment failure on my last dive. There was actually no real danger. I didn’t panic, but for the first time since I’ve been diving, I was scared. I have been going over it in my mind, thinking hard about whether I did the right things. Overall, I came to the conclusion that I did everything right. If …Read More »

  • How to Get Great Diver Photos

    Look on the cover of any dive magazine and what do you see? While you might see the occasional invertebrate of fish photo, most cover shots are of divers having fun underwater. A diver in the photograph gives perspective to the underwater experience and gives a strong message to the viewer, “You can be there too.” This is very important …Read More »

  • High Adventure at the High Spot ? Chance Encounter with a Great White Shark

    My wife doesn’t want me to dive anymore just because I had the good(?) fortune of bumping into a creature with the capacity to devour me. I then made the mistake of telling her the story. I should learn to keep my mouth shut. I had been invited by my dive buddies Rick and Rich to accompany them on Rick’s …Read More »

  • Joy of Winter Diving

    About this time of year the weather begins to cool, people begin to think about football and skiing, and many put away their dive gear to gather dust until next spring. Okay, maybe I like to swim upstream, but I love winter diving. It’s not that I dislike football or skiing, but I really like winter diving. Why you ask? …Read More »

  • Night Diving with a Buddy

    I like diving with a buddy, not just for the safety aspects but for the shared experiences. Also, with a second set of eyes, I see more on dive with a buddy. But the one situation that seems to create an excess of dive buddy problems is night diving. Separation is a common problem, and more dangerous at night. Or …Read More »

  • Diving Tricky Currents

    Knowing how to dive in currents is an important skill and should be taught in any basic scuba class. The most basic principle of current diving is to start your dive heading up current, returning with the current. Another important principle of current diving is the use of a trailing line with a float for use should you overshoot the …Read More »

  • Getting the Most Out of the Avalon Underwater Cleanup

    The Avalon Underwater Cleanup is the granddaddy of them all. It is the oldest of its kind, now in its 21st year. This year the event takes place on Saturday, February 24. But what makes this underwater cleanup special is more than just its age. More divers participate in this underwater cleanup on a consistent basis than any other event …Read More »

  • An Underwater Photographer’s Notebook

    I learned underwater photography in a very strange way: on the job training. My very first underwater photo was taken as a paid professional. At the time I was working as a commercial diver. My company was getting a lot of inspection work but had only one photographer. They needed another and the most important qualification was to be able …Read More »

  • Cul-de-Sac Snails

    Snails, as a rule, grow up in a rather predictable pattern. As soon as they form their shells, they spend the rest of their development growing bigger and expanding these shells—but these shells just go round and round in circles. There are a few notable exceptions, such as cowries and tube snails, but in general, even these retain some sort …Read More »

  • Your Brain as a Primary Piece of Diving Equipment

    Your Brain as a Primary Piece of Diving Equipment

    It seems that in the past year we have been plagued by a rash of diving deaths, the most recent being the death of a very experienced research diver (over 3000 dives) on the wreck of the El Rey in San Diego the first weekend of the new year. During the past twelve months we have heard of divers who …Read More »

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