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2014 Market Share of Scuba Certification Agencies (PADI, SSI, NAUI)
Greg - 7 days 15 hours ago.
According to the certifications added by scuba divers on DiveBuddy.com, the following list indicates the percentage market share by each certification agency. I included all types of certifications, not just entry level certs. This data was collected from 21,273 divers. In the following list, I counted only once per agency per diver (ie: if a diver has 3 PADI certs and 1 DAN cert, I counted 1 for PADI and 1 for DAN): Worldwide 1. PADI: 55.6% (54.9% USA, 60.6% Outside USA) 2. SSI: 10.6% (11.4% US...
On the Menu: Lionfish
LiveBait - 12 days 3 hours ago.
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New To Diving New To Diving
Tadpole - 11/05/2014 10:42 AM
Here is some tips for the new diver. During my course I have seen people sign up for scuba for maybe a honeymoon or one trip. Folks this is not a one time commitment. This is a very important step in your life. When you do decide to embark on this journey. Enjoy every aspect of your experiences: whether they be in the class room, at a scuba park, at a lake, or ocean. Be sure to complete and read everything the instructor gives you. Practice your navigation on land. I like to go to the local foot...
Fun Underwater Scuba Diver Games and Challenges Fun Underwater Scuba Diver Games and Challenges
Greg - 10/15/2014 9:55 AM
Looking for something fun and unique for scuba divers? Need a great idea for a fund raiser for a non-profit organization? Here are a few fun underwater games/challenges for scuba divers: 1. Underwater Poker Tournament (using waterproof playing cards) 2. Underwater Treasure Hunt (dive around until you find hidden stuff, then win prizes) 3. Geocaching (find stuff underwater using geo coordinates) 4. In-water Beer Pong (create floating beer pong setup with large buckets and rope, toss stuff into th...
Selecting a Training Facility
RAWalker - 8/16/2014 11:39 PM
Considerations for Selection of a Scuba Training Facility The sport of Scuba Diving has maintained a great record of safety while maturing from an elite sport to one that today enjoyed by the masses. This in spite of the fact that it is a high risk sport which allows people to enjoy a hostile environment. Those seeking to engage in the sport should not consider it lightly but with a serious understanding that it requires a great deal of knowledge and training to mitigate the risks and maintain s...
Kayak Diving in South Florida Kayak Diving in South Florida
kayakdan - 7/12/2014 6:39 AM
A kayak can help you reach dive sites as far as 2 miles offshore. They also are great exercise and expand the adventure of diving. Most dive sites in Broward County are within a 30 minute paddle of a kayak launch point. Necessary equipment includes the kayak (about $500), a paddle (about $45) and a coastguard-approved life vest (as cheap as $8). You will also need a dive flag mounted to the kayak ($10) and a lead line ($15 to $30) to pull the kayak along with you during your dive. Optional equip...
The True Cost of Scuba Diving The True Cost of Scuba Diving
Diver96 - 6/30/2014 4:51 PM
There are a lot of excuses for not becoming a diver. Number one on list is the time required to get certified. The second runner-up is that diving is expensive. These are common objections that I often run into. Cost seems to be the major sticking point, or is it? Diving is not cheap, but most adventure pursuits are not. In many places diving has taken on a status more in-line with "yachting" or "sky diving" than a something just about anyone participate in. Is this perception keeping potential ...
NITROX FOR Beginners
YKoach - 6/18/2014 9:02 AM
Although nitrox has been used for recreational diving for almost 25 years, it is still often misunderstood. As an instructor, I’ve found myself correcting countless students who are under the impression that nitrox enables a person to dive deeper than normal air — just one of the common misconceptions about nitrox diving. Although specific training is required before diving nitrox for the first time, these basic facts will help to make more sense of what it is and what it can do for you. What Is...
Dive Club Meeting Dive Club Meeting
scubaman - 5/05/2014 9:13 AM
Need some suggestions about an on line meeting. Date and time that would be best. I have been sick for a while need to get back into the swing of things! Dudley Scubaman...
The Motor Reef Wreck, La Parguera PR The Motor Reef Wreck, La Parguera PR
ginovega - 4/09/2014 1:29 PM
The Motor Reef Wreck (Photo taken by Pedro Padilla of Island Scuba, Guanica PR) The this site is located on Motor Reef, near Turrumote Cay, off La Parguera. The wreckage lies approximately five miles offshore, at a depth of 55 feet. Dives on the immediate site area revealed only a solitary but largely intact radial aircraft engine, with a single loose component lying nearby. The engine is encased in its cowling, and the propeller is attached and largely undamaged. Interestingly, the propeller bl...
Scuba Diver Statistics - Tanks, Suits, Depth, Time
Greg - 3/11/2014 12:57 PM
After analyzing the dive log data from scuba divers on DiveBuddy.com, I’ve come up with a few interesting statistics that I thought I would share. This data is taken from over 3000 logged dives. Most common tanks: 1. AL - 80cf/11L (86%) 2. Steel - 100cf/13L (3%) 3. Steel - 80cf/11L (2%) 4. Steel - 77cf/12L (2%) Most common exposure suits: 1. Full wetsuit - 7mm (25%) 2. Full wetsuit - 3mm (18%) 3. Full wetsuit - 5mm (15%) 4. Shorty wetsuit - 3mm (8%) 5. Drysuit (5%) The average depth for a scuba ...
Scuba Diving Courses, you just don’t know what you don’t know. Scuba Diving Courses, you just don’t know what you don’t know.
Badger - 2/20/2014 1:41 PM
It does not matter if you are just a bubble blowing beginner or a super slick dive pro everybody knows that professional Scuba diving courses are what you need to learn important skills to have fun safely under the water. But what are the top three questions you have to ask of your prospective instructor or dive centre before signing up for any Scuba diving courses? To experience the underwater world is truly an experience unlike anything non divers can imagine, and throughout you diving career ...
PADI Open Water Diver Course Revision - Training Bulletin - Fourth Quarter 2013 PADI Open Water Diver Course Revision - Training Bulletin - Fourth Quarter 2013
Greg - 1/30/2014 10:21 AM
What You Need to Know Over the past five years several PADI courses have been revised: the Instructor Development Course, Rescue Diver and Divemaster courses. An evaluation of the Open Water Diver Course has been part of the overall plan, and its revision is the culmination of two years of analysis, planning and development. You can begin teaching the revised course as soon as you access the updated material and have familiarized yourself with the changes. This bulletin and the Fourth Quarter 20...
Part 5 – Your Lungs & Scuba Diving: Easy, Breezy, Breathing! Part 5 – Your Lungs & Scuba Diving: Easy, Breezy, Breathing!
DiveWithMia - 11/26/2013 1:38 AM
What’s the most important rule in diving? Never hold your breath! If you remember one thing from your dive course, that’s usually it; but do divers really know why it’s so important? This is the final post in a series on air and its relationship to 5 key areas in diving that I’ve been writing about. If you haven’t already done so, take a peek at the introduction for some important background notes to ensure you understand the basics about air and pressure. These are directly related to what we’l...
Usefullness of an advanced class??? Usefullness of an advanced class???
Divingleo - 11/03/2013 9:23 PM
Why is the Advanced Class Useful? Why is the advanced class important? Does it create an expert diver? These are two questions that create a lot of controversy....Lets explore why.... The controversy, and answers to these questions, are intertwined in human nature. The controversy is related to the concept of an "advanced" diver being an "expert" diver. These are two different words that are used in two different contexts. The difference in context is often misunderstood. The word expert means a...
WHY we NEED dive tables!!! WHY we NEED dive tables!!!
Divingleo - 11/03/2013 9:20 PM
WHY ?? do we need DIVE TABLES ??!!! Before we can discuss dive tables, we must first understand why we need them. Henry’s Law tells us that the amount of gas that will dissolve into a liquid at a given temperature is almost directly proportional to the partial pressure of that gas. What does this mean? Basically, liquids have a certain amount of gas dissolved in them. For example, a glass of water sitting on your kitchen table will have gasses dissolved in it. The atmosphere is comprised primari...
WHY is certification IMPORTANT??? WHY is certification IMPORTANT???
Divingleo - 11/03/2013 9:10 PM
Why is certification important? Why is certification important to us? Many people wonder why certification (a "C" card) is required. To fully understand why certification exists lets look into diving as a sport…. As with driving a car, diving can be done safely with proper training, and can be very dangerous for the untrained. For example, there are depth and time limits associated with deep dives that will provide us with a reasonable margin of safety, if followed. As with car rental agencies, ...
Diver Dave & the Denver Aquarium – Episode 7 (Shipwreck Part 2) Diver Dave & the Denver Aquarium – Episode 7 (Shipwreck Part 2)
dontdiveenuf - 11/02/2013 6:36 AM
In which our hero learns the difference between theory and practice - Part 7 of Several Installments. My 4th Shipwreck dive – feeding the Sawfish was the main course on the menu, with an appetizer of scrubbing down the window in Section 4. Bill M was my trainer, with Bill H as backup. Wiping down the main window was bit of an adventure – Bill M positioned himself with the fending tool and swam beside me as I pulled myself along. Since this is the main window that looks onto the arena, the sharks...
Diver Dave & the Denver Aquarium – Episode 6 (Shipwreck Part 1) Diver Dave & the Denver Aquarium – Episode 6 (Shipwreck Part 1)
dontdiveenuf - 11/02/2013 6:29 AM
The Sharp, the Sleek, and the Nosy - Part 6 of Several Installments. Oddly enough, the Shark tank (“Shipwreck”) is one of the most tranquil exhibits at the Aquarium. From the Dive Platform there are two reef exhibits to left and right (Sections 1 and 2), while the open ‘arena’ where the sharks are stretches out in front (Sections 3 and 4). While the sharks and Great Barracudas can (and do) swim right over the dive platform and the reef areas, it’s considered bad form for a diver to be free swimm...
Diver Dave & the Denver Aquarium – Episode 5 (Reservoir) Diver Dave & the Denver Aquarium – Episode 5 (Reservoir)
dontdiveenuf - 11/02/2013 6:03 AM
Fresh Water, White Hunger. Part 5 of Several Installments. Reservoir is a relatively narrow exhibit – about 17’ deep by 20’ wide, and full of catfish, gar, pike, sturgeon, and bass. Setting up the siphon was much the same as for the other exhibits, although we control the pump, rather than having to call Life Support to turn it on and off. As I was getting in with my instructor, Sara W, we noticed one small gar lying on the bottom step, right next to the riser. It was so still we were concerned ...