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Basic Training: Do I Need a Redundant Air Supply

Inevitably once a new diver starts to develop some skills and confidence, this is a topic I am often asked. Usually, it comes up when divers start thinking about diving deeper, expanding their group of buddies, traveling, and in some cases because it looks cool. The latter may weirdly make some sense, but it is never a good reason to start diving with new gear.

Basic Training: Planning the 1st Dive of the Season

By James Lapenta In many areas of the United States, May is the month when divers are entering the water after a winter hiatus or into open water for the first time after training. Preparing for this is not much different for either group. Those who are already certified will have a...

Basic Training: Managing the Load

By James Lapenta Most people need to add weight when diving. That’s just a fact of the activity. How that weight is added can take several forms. Whether in the form of lead on a belt or in integrated pockets, by using steel cylinders instead of aluminum, or with a BC that doesn’t have a lot of unnecessary...

Basic Training: Swimming and Snorkeling

By James Lapenta

By James Lapenta Last month we discussed refreshing your classroom knowledge. Another item is your foundational water skills. Swimming and snorkeling, as well as breathold or free diving, are known as watermanship skills. Coupled with treading or, at a minimum, drown-proofing. Recently a discussion was held on the Facebook group that I founded to look at risk management and...

Basic Training: Tuning Up – Knowledge 

Tuning up for a dive

By James Lapenta Last month we looked at the new gear you may have received for the holidays and how to familiarize yourself with it. This month we take a look at familiarizing yourself with you! Chances are you’ve been out of the water for a bit. Either due to the cold weather, the hustle and bustle of...

Basic Training: New Gear

By James Lapenta This month’s column is about that new gear that many of you may have received for the recent holidays. Gifts from friends and family or from yourself. Your basic Open Water instruction should have emphasized the importance of knowing the gear you dive with. Hopefully, at the end of your...

Basic Training: Boat Diving Basics

This month let’s take a look at some basic boat diving tips from your Open Water class, along with some that have been gained through experience. Some of which, at the time, were embarrassing but offered a valuable lesson down the road.

Basic Training: Boat Diving Basics Part 2

Last month we looked at some basic tips for getting off and on the boat.  This month we’ll take a brief look at safety equipment, etiquette, and site briefings. All of these are essential to having an enjoyable, fun, and most of all – safe experience.

Basic Training: Cold Water Diving

As you are reading this article, in many areas around the world there is snow on the ground and the water is pretty cool or even downright cold. Cold water diving can and does take place all year round. By James Lapenta How a diver defines cold water is highly subjective. Some consider anything under 80 degrees F/27 C to be...

Basic Training: Boat Diving Basics Part 2

By James Lapenta Last month we looked at some basic tips for getting off and on the boat. This month we’ll take a brief look at safety equipment, etiquette, and site briefings. All of these are essential to having an enjoyable, fun, and most of all – safe experience. Once you are on the vessel, a...

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