In the past, you’ve probably seen this photo…
We have tossed around multiple ideas on what to blog about today. Today, do you know what today’s date is? September 11. 9/11. Do you remember where you were this day 18 years ago? Our older generations of divers were there. This is another one of those days that will have significant meaning in our lives, forever.
It will fall in line with
- December 7, 1941, the bombing at Pearl Harbor.
- D-Day (June 6, 1944) the Storming of Normandy. A turning point in WWII
- JFK’s assassination (November 22, 1963)
- April 19, 1995 – OKC Bombing
And these are to only name a few. These dates had significant impacts on our lives. And when 9/11/01 happened, the world has never been the same. Continue reading
Let me restate that… Stories Galore. Seriously! I know we’ve mentioned this before, but if you hang with us, you’ll have stories. I can’t stress this enough. This year proved to be no different. In fact, we might have had enough stories for 2 years.
If you have ever thought of going on a group trip, I highly recommend it. Say you’re sitting on the fence trying to decide, go or no. Just GO! Then you will be first hand on the stories.
Yes, Lance, we were on the money here. Quick trigger finger. See… there’s a story. Continue reading
When asked to put together a blog post this week I didn’t hesitate at all. I started diving last November. Yes, I’m crazy to start as soon as the water is getting cold. I have a pretty strong aquatics background so scuba diving was always an interest of mine. It finally took a bit of pushing from my friend Chuck and an introduction to Grady at an NCRR breakfast to get me down to the dive shop to start my journey.
Here we are, it’s back to school time. So today we’re going to talk about instructors… sound like a good idea? Think back to school… some of us will have to think back further than others, obviously, but think back to school. We all had those teachers we absolutely loved and some that we were okay when we were out of those classes. Even the most studious student had teachers they weren’t totally happy with. It’s just life.
Now apply that to SCUBA diving. Each instructor teaches differently. They all teach the same material, but maybe in a different way. Or maybe they focus on one part more than another. While I personally have my Master Diver certification, which means I’ve taken many classes… this summer has been where I have really seen the difference in instructor teachings. Continue reading
While our cellular phones are getting bigger and bigger, Dive computers are getting smaller and smaller. And the latest innovation by SCUBAPRO is a smaller dive computer. This new dive computer is a SCUBAPRO Galileo HUD (Heads Up Display) Hands-free dive computer. This newly designed dive computer is to allow you to be fully immersed in your dive. You will experience more freedom. This dive computer attaches directly to your mask. It uses an intuitive push-wheel knob to allow you to quickly navigate your customizable menu. The placement of the screen allows your essential dive information to stay right in front of you. The screen conveniently tilts up and out of the way before and after a dive.
SCUBAPRO Galileo HUD Hands-free Dive Computer
Today we’re going to do something a little different. While I could sit here and write a blog post on how Regulators are made… SCUBAPRO has made a video. To top that, they have a video by Rene Dupre discussing the differences between Diaphram vs Piston first stage. It is always fun to learn about the pieces of equipment that allow you to see the underwater world. So grab your favorite beverage and sit back and relax. The first message is a little over 8 minutes and the second is a little over 2 minutes. So 10 minutes of relaxing while learning about regulators. Continue reading
Welcome to the new SCUBAPRO Seahawk 2 BCD that came out in the 2019 diving season. This all-purpose BC is a backpack style BC similar to the Knighthawk/Ladyhawk that has air integrated into the back. The straps have been newly redesigned and if you compare, they are similar to the straps from a Hydros Pro. The advantages are this is a lighter weight BC that is extremely easy to fold and pack for diving trips.
It has a stainless-steel “super cinch” tank band positioned lower along with a second Velcro strap to secure the tank for better diving. Other new features include a 50mm waist strap with lightweight buckle, redesigned cargo pockets, and a new range of airway/valve fittings. Continue reading
The 2019 Safar Hunt is all over but the blog recap post and here it is.
So this year we had 31 participants in the water + Dan and Doug. Grady, Dan, and Doug hid 10 animals including the “cat” (aka white gorilla that didn’t get found) for participants to find. Once animals were hidden, participants gathered in the water. Jared read the rules and then they were off. They had 45 minutes or a tank pressure of 500 psi to find animals. One animal, the white gorilla, wasn’t found during the hunt plus we had one animal get loose on the surface. It was found and claimed on the surface. It counts. Continue reading
So, now that you’ve bought that perfect Kayak for your needs, what next? It is now time to take that bad boy out on the water of course! But remember, while I’m not your mother and I can’t make you take anything with you, there are some helpful items to carry along for a safe and enjoyable kayaking experience. These are only suggestions, I promise, I won’t ground you when you get home!
What to take:
A comfortable life jacket.
Comfort is that keyword. While some life jackets are big and bulky so you don’t want to wear them all day long… there are those life jackets built and designed especially for all-day wear. They are designed to the point you won’t even know they are on. And even experienced paddlers should wear a life jacket. Safety is the key here.