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Keep Your Buoyancy Under Control

Ever notice how divers with excellent buoyancy seem to have more fun? Perfecting your buoyancy won’t happen overnight, but with a little practice and refinement of your equipment and weighting, you can be well on your way to gliding effortlessly through better, longer dives. Having good buoyancy increases divers’ overall comfort level, which instills more confidence and allows for better judgement when...

DAN – Avoiding Seasickness

“If you start to feel ill, do not go below to the marine head; that’ll make everything worse. Just go to the leeward side of the boat, plant your hands and feet, lean over the edge and aim for distance.” Seasickness can be a total drag for everyone involved, and when it strikes it...

DAN – Know Your Neuro

As the waves crashed over the reef ahead, the small dive boat anchored nearby careened at their mercy — despite being anchored in a relatively sheltered spot. No one’s ladder exits were pretty that day, but the third diver in the group, a 64-year-old man, really struggled to get back onboard. Once the divemaster and captain assisted...

DAN – Ways to Build Comfort in the Water Before Your Next Dive

Building comfort in the water is key to becoming a better diver. It leads to improved air consumption, improved ability to problem solve underwater, less anxiety and a lower risk of panic, which can lead to accidents. Whether you’re a “fish” or a hesitant new diver, you can always increase your comfort level in the water, and...

The Mammalian Dive Reflex and Freediving Safety

Depth record for sperm whales: 7,380 feet Depth record for elephant seals: 7,835 feet Depth record for humans: 702 feet Going seven hundred feet beneath the surface in a single breath-hold dive may pale in comparison to the abilities other diving mammals, but for the average human it is an unimaginable feat. Humans did...

Dive Safety – KEEPING YOUR COOL

The warm, red-brown water faded to black as the two divers descended feet-first toward the river bed. Armed with screwdrivers, mesh bags and a single flashlight each, the women descended hand- in-hand in hopes of ending up near each other in the zero-visibility environment. When their fins hit bottom, they lay out horizontally and stabbed their screwdrivers...

DAN – Dive Another Day

After spending a small fortune booking a trip, looking forward to it for an entire year and then traveling halfway around the world to a dream destination, forgoing one of your dives is probably the last thing you want to do. However, choosing to skip a dive might be just the thing you need to do to...

DAN – Dive Safer: Safe Spearing and Collecting

Humans have relied on fish for sustenance for thousands of years, turning the throwing of a spear into a commercial, sporting and recreational industry. A huge percentage of the world's population still depends on fishing, and a great way to keep fish populations abundant is to fish sustainably. One of the most rewarding ways to do so is to revert to the ways of our ancestors by spearfishing or harvesting by hand.

DAN – ER First, Chamber Second

Two divers bob in the swell, their surface marker buoy deployed, waiting on a pickup from their dive boat. After an 80-foot wall dive and a whale shark sighting, morale is high. By Caitlyn Ruskell, DAN Content Writer/Editor About an hour later the divers hike back to their bungalow. One of them feels pretty...

DAN – Why You Should Take a Rescue Diver Course

You don’t need the endurance of a Navy SEAL or a desire to jump into the conditions shown in The Perfect Storm to be a great rescue diver; all you need is an open water certification and the willingness to work hard to gain a new skill set. A rescue diver course won’t break you, but it will be challenging. Luckily...

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