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Animal Attacks And How To Protect Yourself

It’s been a while since I last did a post so sorry about that. I have been caught up with a lot of work and many things that needed to be completed with our diving shop here in San Diego. I think I was able to at least get you all of your questions which I am reminding you, you can keep on sending here.

In today’s article (and hopefully it won’t be the last one for a long time – I’ll try and be consistent) I will be talking about certain animal attacks you may come across in your diving experience and hobby. Obviously if you are diving in the ocean – especially out here in California, you are going to be facing some very large sea animals that can get pretty aggressive. 

First thing that comes to mind are the sharks: if you open a book that speaks of sharks or even if you google it, you will see tens of different types of sharks, each with its own unique attack methods. Generally speaking, as we know, these animals don’t like human flesh. However, if you keep swinging your feet back and forth and have some kind of bleeding cut, you are just asking for it. Although sharks don’t prefer humans in their diet, they can get pretty hungry with  the decrease in sea animal population (the different fish and even the weeds that feed those fish.) So they can for some reason snap out of their healthy diet, and decide to eat some junk food: humans.


Diving For Treasures

You know the guys that are always running around the beach with a metal detector in their hands collecting beer caps and nickles? You know the ones…that won’t give you back your jewelry ’cause it belongs to the sand. Many people actually take their metal detectors even into the water, and try to find valuable things they can later sell on e-bay. It is funny because you will see them holding the metal detector in one hand, and in the other hand usually a bucket (with wholes to let the sand go) to collect the small pieces of treasure.

But since we see them all over the place (lots of them in Miami) obviously the kind of treasures available are gone. When you have so much competition, you need a lot more people to take vacations and spend time on the beach so they lose their valuable jewelry. When you have these metal detector geeks in the tens of people, it is hard to try and find something they left behind. If they have the decency, they will collect once in a while those beer caps they leave behind. Otherwise you are doomed to pick up the trash left behind them. These guys however, have only a mask available to them and a metal detector that can only reach so far. So they spend most of their time close to shore (where indeed, most of the items lost are found there.) But the heavier and more valuable pieces of treasure, will be found way in the deep waters where no one else has ever thought or tried to dig up some valuable items. 


Ocean Water Pressure Similar To Other Environmental Conditions

Wow! Lot’s of great content being generated today and I’m just getting started. Before we jump into our new topic of discussion, I just want to remind you all that your feedback is always appreciated. Also I would like to say another big thank you for being such good sports and hearing me out one article at a time.

Toady’s third or fourth article (I’ve really lost count) is going to talk about something rather interesting using some common sense and some basic laws of physics. Did you know that the same type of pressure that we see in the depth of the ocean water can be observed in higher altitudes above sea? So many of the conditions that exist in the sea (pressure, water dynamics) can also be found in the air the higher up you get there. Did you know that airplanes basically fly in a similar way that a ship sails? The airplanes are actually gliding through those masses of air, making for a smooth journey. In fact, whenever there is some gap in that flow of compressed air, you feel the plan shake around a little bit. Have you ever climbed a tall mountain and you feel like oxygen is very low and the pressure increases? Well…very similar to ocean conditions right? Whatever oxygen exists in the water (that fish can use) exists in the upper layers of the ocean. So in other words, the deeper down into the water you go, the less oxygen you will find.

Interesting fact, something similar happens when you talk about tall (I mean very tall) buildings. Not so much the oxygen decreases (because it still isn’t that high, no matter if you go to Trump tower) as much as the pressure becomes greater. I actually did not know this. A good friend of mine who owns a demolition company and has had his fair share of climbing tall buildings told me that the higher up you go in the floors, the more pressure you feel (with a small concentrate of oxygen.) Especially if someone goes to the top of that building (the final top floor) and tries to take a deep breath, he will definitely notice a difference compared to doing that on ground zero.


Using Your Diving Experience For A Brand New Experience

We’ve had multiple discussions about the skills you learn when getting into the scuba diving courses and all the knowledge you will carry with you for the rest of your life. Of course if that is just in theory, it doesn’t really do you any good. Just knowing about the way people tend to dive into the great blue ocean waters, won’t help you dive and live such amazing experiences. So what exactly are the type of experiences you can live as a scuba diving expert? What is the overall purpose of learning this new skills (aside of bragging to your friends?)

Your choices are so many in terms of what you actually use these skills for, but I am just trying to give you some of my favorite activities (focusing on one.) Many people like doing spearfishing in big depths to hunt some larger fish (or even sharks) that they otherwise would not be able to find from shore. Using a scuba diving tank (with great resources of oxygen) will help you stay at the bottom of the ocean for a much larger period of time, and thus making your spearfishing experience greater and with more success. It is a completely different story when you need to take a deep breath and then dive, compared to having all the ease and comfort of oxygen in the world to take your time and line up your shot. There are definitely other activities one may participate in, using what they’ve learned from the scuba diving courses, that aren’t that violent.


Always Check Diving Equipment (Before You Go)

Safety is one of the things everyone claims to be aware of: if you go to a shooting range they won’t stop saying the word safety. If you are into finances, they won’t stop talking about safe investments. If you are in construction they will keep on using the phrase “safe to construct.” So as with all these industries, I say today: safety in diving is essential.

It doesn’t have to do much with messing around with the equipment, or not paying attention to our high skill and advanced classes (which you can learn more about here.) It has to do with mechanical failure and whenever it is not your fault, it will be some mechanism that didn’t work correctly or something that is broken etc. If you were shooting darts, I wouldn’t worry that much about it. I mean in that case, worst case scenario is that you miss the target. But when it comes to scuba diving, that is a whole different story: of course you will have many professionals over watching you in our indoor tanks, however at some point you will go to regular “ocean rules.” In that new environment things like waves, blurry water and stressful behavior can change a whole lot for you. Get your A game straight at the indoor facilities, to ensure the greatest experience in the outdoors. (more…)

Introduction To Scuba Diving Techniques

This is Don again, coming to you from our San Diego offices in beautiful sunny California. I didn’t want to bore you with a bunch of introductory posts, welcoming all you over and over again like I already did before. So in today’s article, I decided we jump into the deep blue waters of diving. Shall we?

So I am going to start by talking about some very basic diving techniques (that you may have heard of) and those are in regards to when you first try and go into the depth of the ocean or pool. As we know, pressure builds up the lower you go from the surface. So that can cause pain and it can be a great annoyance for your nose and for your ears. So when you do decide to dive, you want to keep your nose shut and try to exhale out of your nose. Obviously you don’t want to do that too hard, because you will blow your ears out. But some gentle pressure on that nose is good, to make sure you are keeping all the pressure of the water to a minimum (at least to a point that it doesn’t bother you.)

Another technique for when you are diving, is to spread your arms open before you and simply try and reach in front of you. This will increase your speed during which you go towards the bottom of the surface. If you just try and swim your way to the bottom of the sea, it will take up too much time. If you are waiting for those oxygen canisters to push you to the ground (because of their weight) well…then you probably may need to wait a while and risk running out of oxygen (kidding of course.) The point is however that you need to help yourself down or else you will be floating on top for ever, never making any diving progress.


Is Scuba Diving Fun?

Getting started with the content posted on this platform, I wanted to discuss a very common topic of discussion and create this very light mood reading opportunity for you. For anyone that hasn’t gone diving before (let alone with a scuba tank) it can seem kind of strange. You are dressed in that black suit, you wear those peculiar sandals that make you look like a fish and you wear those fancy masks. Because of the fact that this all takes place under the water, it can seem kind of scary and daunting for many. Now of course, those divers you see swim among the sharks in such great comfort, didn’t learn how to do that the minute they were born. It involved a lot of training, these people had to put in a lot of effort, and also as strange as it may sounds, divers need to do quite a lot of studying. I will be talking more about that in upcoming posts.

So to get back to the original topic of discussion: is scuba diving fun?

Well…it depends. Why would someone go dive in the water? What would be the purpose?


Don’s Dive Shop Is Ready!

First ever post to be created and we are all thrilled. I am Don, but there is a truck load of people behind me, backing up everything we do. We are obviously owners of a scuba diving shop out in San Diego. The greatest place in North America to go for a swim, or a dive!

So this is our fist post and we are excited to let you know, that we will be offering some free scuba diving classes for one of you lucky dudes or dolls out there. We are still preparing all the back end things of our site, while crafting lots and lots of content that (we believe) you will enjoy. 

Happy to have you on the same ship.

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