Some divers seem never to run low on air, while others struggle to stay down for 30 minutes. In this four-part series we’ll address how to fix poor air consumption. In this third installment of our series on addressing poor air consumption when scuba diving, we’ll examine neutral buoyancy and breathing. Donald descended through the… Read More


While some forms of technical diving do indeed demand extensive training and experience, much of the sport is also quite accessible. Technical diving myths and misconceptions keep many divers from giving it a try, although common opinion is slowly beginning to shift. Here we’ll offer an overview of the main misconceptions, as well as explain… Read More


Medical and Physical Fitness Poor medical and physical fitness can compromise your safety in general and may increase your risk of DCS. Definitive data are limited, but there is no question that it is prudent to maintain a high level of physical fitness and to dive progressively more conservatively as your fitness level declines. Safe… Read More


From skipping the buddy check to miscalculating our weight needs, we all are guilty of bad diving habits from time to time. Bad Habit #1 — Skipping the buddy check You ask your buddy, “You ready? Yeah? Let’s go diving.” Everything seems fine until you roll off the boat and discover you forgot your fins,… Read More


Learning to be comfortable in low viz will increase the range of sites where you can enjoy diving. Try these seven tips: Understand what’s missing. Most aspects of the low-viz dive site are similar to other sites you’ve dived — water density, buoyancy characteristics, depth — the only thing that’s changed substantially is the amount… Read More


Arrive at the boat well before departure time. If the crew says it’s okay to board, climb on and take advantage of your punctuality for an unhurried look around. Check out the boat’s layout, find a good spot for your gear that’s out of the way or close to the gate or that offers protection… Read More


Ken was growing more uncomfortable by the minute. The current across the wreck was pushing him away from the rest of the divers. He was working hard to catch up to the group, but he couldn’t seem to get his breath, and his regulator didn’t seem to be working correctly. Ken paused for a moment… Read More


Every year, divers enter the water with their tank valves off, resulting in interrupted dives — and worse. Speak to dive guides and instructors the world over, and you’ll realize it’s a more common scenario than you’d expect: a diver descends to begin a dive, only to suddenly realize he’s got no air. Those who… Read More