After the group arrived for the first week, they did some shore dives to do weight checks and get comfortable with their equipment before heading out on the boat the next day. Continue reading
After the group arrived for the first week, they did some shore dives to do weight checks and get comfortable with their equipment before heading out on the boat the next day. Continue reading→
Hoppy Easter! Happy April Fool’s Day! Happy Sunday!
Just quickly checking in to let you know that we are now in a new month if you didn’t realize that. No fooling there. We’re already on the 5th month of the year. Okay, okay, I joke… it’s just the 4th month. Last month we mentioned that we were going to keep tabs on the top 5 blog posts in March as well as the honorable mentions. Honorable mentions aren’t exactly one right after another, instead we’re trying to make sure we mention the 2018 posts. Same way with the year to date posts.
Since it is Easter, we won’t take up much time, but be sure to check out the great posts of March, as well as the top 5 of the month and the year. And Happy Easter from our house to yours! Continue reading→
At the November 2015 DEMA show, I saw my first Hydros BCD prototype. I thought that it looked really good and that it should make a great BCD. I didn’t need a new BC at the time, as I had an X-TEK BC that I was perfectly happy with. Two years later I started thinking that I need a new BC for travel and warm water. I signed up for a two-week dive vacation in Cozumel and I really needed to reduce the weight of my luggage. I decided to go ahead and purchase the Hydros.
Fast forward a few weeks and I’m sitting in the lobby of Hotel Cozumel & Resort. More than 40 dives later and I’m getting ready to return home. I think that I gave the Hydros Pro BC a good work out. Overall I’m very happy with the BC. The fit of the BC is superb, thanks to the way the BC conforms to your body. Even with my 19cf pony tank attached to the tank strap, the BC did not roll around. The BC I purchased was a large and it was more than big enough for my frame.
One of the features of the Hydros BC is that is customizable. You can adjust it to custom fit you.
I became a certified SCUBA Diver in 1990 as I have shared many times throughout the blog. That means that I have been a certified SCUBA diver for 28 years this year. In that time, I have had the opportunity to dive with multiple different dive gear combinations. Last year we did a feature of our favorite SCUBA Products. One of my favorites was my Black Twin Jet Fins.
A few years ago when the Seawing Nova fins were offered in purple, Nicole bought a pair. Around that time, I started thinking I needed to try them again. They had recently been redesigned, so it was time to give them a try again. Eventually, I bought myself a pair in white. After using those Twin Jet Fins for over 10 years, it is really hard to use a different pair of fins.
As many of you may know, we just returned from a 15-day dive trip to Cozumel in early March. Before I left, I decided to take the White Seawing Nova Fins to try as well as my trusty Black Twin Jet Fins. Continue reading→
If you’re keeping track, we’ve now finished the month of February. Gosh, where is the year going? Before you know it we’ll be bringing in the New Year. Time, please do us all a favor and SLOW DOWN! If you remember in January we did a Post Recap, mainly because we had 31 blog posts for the month. However, we thought it might be fun to track our posts throughout this year.
Here we are, doing a blog recap for February, that way if you missed a post, they are all right here at your fingertips! Now, compared to last month, we had considerably less blog posts. For one… there are only 28 days in February, but for two we didn’t blog every day. This month we had 5 blog posts with 2 reposts to Facebook. Links to all 7 posts are below. Click on the picture to read them in case you missed out!
Hello from beautiful Cozumel. We’re sitting in the lobby of Hotel Cozumel. We hear a rumor that you may have ice back home. Don’t worry we have ice here too, in our drinks.
Our trip started with a 5 am flight out of Tulsa. After arriving in Cozumel, and getting through the airport and immigration, we took a short bus ride to the hotel. We checked in, grabbed a bite of lunch, and then headed to the swim beach to do our checkout dive and maybe another dive or two. Then back to the room to unpack, clean up, and off to dinner. After a wonderful and exhausting day, it was time to head off to the room to get some much need sleep.
Up early the next morning for a 6:30 am breakfast, then to meet the dive boat at the dock at 7:45 to get loaded and off before 8:00 to Cozumel’s world-famous dive sites. Continue reading→
I’m not sure about you but I feel like January came and went like a whirlwind. It seems like we were just announcing the January plan and BAM! It’s gone. I would like to say a special thank you to everyone who helped me out by writing guest posts…
Without the help of these wonderful people, my 31 days of blogging might have been a little sparce. We all collaborated, discussed, and started writing. I set a deadline that I needed all blog posts submitted to me by December 1, 2017. I knew that deadline wouldn’t stick, but it gave us something to work toward. By mid December I had 17 of those posts up and ready to go for January 1. WOW! I was amazed and I need to say thank you to everyone who helped me with that.
I had the last post in my possession as of January 19th. So… we didn’t meet my deadline but I’m telling you… this was a major accomplishment! I’m in shock that my people love me that much! Okay okay, so maybe my people love you that much since you are the reader of the blog and we did this for you!
Next comes the interesting part… to Deb and me at least… Continue reading→
Be considerate to other divers as well as boat personnel by following these suggestions:
We have heard for years that for a business the most important thing is location, location, location. In our case, that is not all there is to it. It is how you treat people. By word of, Facebook, and other avenues, people have heard about Extreme Sports Scuba because of our friendly, family oriented atmosphere.
On more than one occasion, people have sought out our business bypassing other SCUBA stores in the process. I can’t speak for them, but I knew this was home the minute I came through the door. I sure hope they feel that way too.
Here is a story of a couple we worked with last fall before they went on their trip to Hawaii. All pictures of text messages and pictures have been approved for our usage in this post.
We worked with a couple for their open water dives this past October. They bypassed several shops to work with us because of his past experience with us. So maybe, location isn’t always a total factor when deciding who to get certified through.
Because of everyone’s schedule, they did their open water at Beaver Lake during the Pumpkin Carving Weekend. That particular weekend happened to be a very cool weekend, but they survived and were certified divers by the end of the weekend. We were not only able to finish their open water but by the end of the weekend, we were also friends. We all can use more friends and good dive buddies, so it was a win-win situation as far as I was concerned.
What’s a great way to introduce someone to the underwater world? What’s a good way to explore shallow dive sites? What’s a good way to spend your surface interval? What’s sometimes the best way to get close to some of the most skittish marine life? The answer to all these questions is snorkeling!
If you’re visiting a tropical location that has SCUBA diving, there’s a pretty good chance that the same dive operation that you’re using on your vacation, can also take you to a dive site that is also good for snorkeling. Why would you want to do that, you ask? If you have a friend, parent, or significant other that has traveled with you that would like to see the underwater world, but doesn’t want to or can’t SCUBA dive. Snorkeling can be a great way to introduce and to share the underwater experience with your friend. Continue reading→