Diving Tips

1. Scuba Diving Safety Procedures
When preparing for a boat dive, be a smart diver, arrive early to the dive boat, find a good spot, and set up your scuba dive gear before the boat even leaves the dock. Keep mask, fins, and other loose scuba diving equipment in a mesh bag under your seat where they can’t be lost or broken.

Stay out of the sun as much as possible, wear sun block, and if there is any chance of seasickness, take Bonine a couple of hours before departure. Stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Plan your dive entry and know how to get back on board after the dive. If you have questions about the dive plan, ask the dive master before you hit the water. And if all goes well, as it should if you follow these tips, remember to leave a tip for the dive master and boat crew before you disembark. They´ll appreciate it, and be even more glad to see you the next day.

2. Diving Air Consumption Tips
Monitoring air supply is such an important factor to safe diving that you should practice to control and reduce your air consumption. Swim slowly and efficiently and don’t waive your arms around or make rapid body movements. Rather than hyperventilating, be mindful of taking long slow inhalations and exhale equally long. Never hold your breath. If you are still having trouble keeping up with the air-consumption of your dive buddies or the dive guide, make a point of swimming ten feet shallower than the others in your group because depth directly affects your air consumption. Relax, control your breathing, and you will become a better diver.

3. Diving and Touring in Costa Rica
The jewel of Central America, Costa Rica has a rich and verdant flora and fauna both above and below the sea. Most of the scuba diving in Costa Rica is done on the North Pacific Coast, where large schools of fishes, cooler waters, and unusual creatures are the norm. Going live aboard diving to remote Cocos Island Costa Rica adds big animal encounters including schooling hammerhead sharks. Topside, the jungles of Costa Rica are a riot of beauty and diversity. Costa Rica touring is especially good for enjoying exotic bird life, troupes of howler monkeys, innovative jungle canopy tours and natural hot springs like the Tabacon hot springs resort, where you can relax when the day is done.

4. Cozumel Travel and Tourism
The island of Cozumel is world-renowned for its scuba diving, offering limitless wall diving, excellent visibility, wonderful marine life, and plenty of excitement. Topside you will find great shopping, fun dining and a world of nightlife options, plus fascinating Mayan archaeological sites, deep-sea fishing, wave runners, wind surfing, para sailing, and more. A great variety of hotel options, from budget to luxury, make Cozumel an inviting place for scuba diving tours, topside tourism, or just relaxing in the sun. Perhaps that is why I am fortunate to have visited Cozumel more than 50 times.

5. Ascend Slowly
There are many scuba diving safety tips that help to make diving an easy and safe sport. But most important is to remain within the no-decompression limits and to ascend slowly on every dive. Do not swim directly to the surface from depth. Rather, on each and every dive you make, pause your ascent for a minute or two at 20 feet, and again at 10 feet to make preventative decompression stops. Making a habit of this procedure will enable you to grow up to be an old mossback diver like me! :-)

6. Scuba Diving in Cozumel
Cozumel has over 16 abundant diving reefs and is known as the best dive spot in the Caribbean. You can see so many varieties of fish, from tiny to huge, colorful to camouflage�the list goes on and on! In the Caribbean, only in Cozumel, Mexico will you find such a tremendous combination of mammoth caves, tunnels, overhangs, pinnacles, and sheer drop offs. This unique topography, along with superb marine life, makes this destination a must for scuba diving enthusiasts. The island offers a wide range of accommodations, delicious, inexpensive meals, topside Cozumel activities, colorful night life and stimulating cultural opportunities. Cozumel is still the Caribbean´s best dollar value and now has resorts within a short 5 minute boat ride to the famed Palancar drop offs.

Cozumel Scuba Diving Highlights: Cozumel has often been coined the best diving in the Caribbean, with its clear waters, exceptional drift diving, and wide variety of reef and marine life. It offers a little bit of everything, both underwater and above.

Cozumel Weather: July and August are the hottest months, with temperatures climbing into the 90s, while December and January bring the lowest temperature drops in the mid 70s.

Average Cozumel Air Temperature:
Day: 80° F Night: 72° F

Cozumel Water Temperature:
77° - 82° F

7. South Pacific Diving
Why should you invest the substantial time and money required to visit the dive sites of the South Pacific Rim? The answer is measured in millennia, for the Pacific Ocean is many times older than the Caribbean Sea. As a result, the diversity of the South Pacific marine life is at least ten or twenty times greater than that of the Caribbean. To a scuba diver in Indonesia, this means more species of fishes, more color, more diversity, and more abundant marine life swirling before your eyes.

8. Palau Scuba Diving
It is the variety of scuba diving that makes this destination worth the trip. Palau scuba diving is justly famous for its big fish activity, schooling sharks, manta rays, the amazing Jellyfish Lake, a great Mandarin Fish dive, some awesome cavern dives, and even a few excellent WWII shipwreck dives. The frequent sightings of sharks, rays, Napoleon wrasse, bump head parrot fish, big pelagic tuna, giant-sized snapper and other major denizens of the deep make Palau a true divers’ delight. That’s why Palau is at the top of many experienced scuba diver’s lists of all-time favorite dive sites.

9. Scuba Diving in Indonesia
Straddling the Equator and stretching across 3,500 miles of Pacific Ocean from East to West, Indonesia is a country of more than 17,000 islands. Many of these islands are so remote that they support little or no human habitation. As a result, Indonesia is home to many of the world’s absolutely finest scuba diving locales, with new sites still to be discovered. It is my belief, that of many other well-travelled experts, that Indonesia currently offers much of our planet´s very best scuba diving opportunities.

10. Scuba Diving Skills for Mind and Body
In addition to learning some basic physics of diving, and practicing swimming skills, a good scuba instruction course must teach your mind and body to go against a basic innate response. Specifically, you must learn not to hold your breath while ascending, and especially not in an emergency. Thus it is worth taking the time to complete a full scuba certification course rather than a quickie "fast track" class. The additional training and pool practice will enable you to be a better diver and could prove very valuable some day.

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