Top ten most useful scuba diving apps (part 2)

Top ten most useful scuba diving apps (part 2)

Scuba Exam

Best for: Refreshing knowledge

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: $4.99

Scuba Exam allows users to brush up on dive theory indeed after a long break from diving or before the Open Water Diver theory exam. It features a selection of quizzes that test your knowledge of dive theory, definitions, dive tables, and many more.

DIVE Magazine

Best for: Diving news and features

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: Free

Established more than 15 years ago, DIVE Magazine is one of the world’s leading magazines about scuba diving. It is most famous for engaging writing and first-class design, stunning photography. It is available for free via the app.

MarineDebrisTracker

Best for: The eco-conscious diver

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: Free

MarineDebrisTrackerallows you to log the location of marine debris that is found in the water or on coastlines. The app is a product that is made by the NOAA Marine Debris Program cooperating with the Southeast Atlantic Marine Debris Initiative out of the Georgia College of Engineering.

Real Tides

Best for: Checking tides and currents

Platforms: iOS

Price: $4.99

Real Tides is an app that helps divers be able to calculate the tide at any date and time GPS location in the world without having to work out longitudes, latitudes, or zip codes.

TripWhistle Global SOS

Best for: Emergencies

Platforms: iOS

Price: Free

There are around 200 countries in the world with over 70 different emergency numbers between them. TripWhistle Global SOS gives users easy access to local emergency numbers, enables them to make calls from within the app, as well as displays their location on screen so they can relay it to first responders.

V-Planner

Best for: The hardcore technical diver

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: $44.99

In some ways, V-Planner is the mother of all scuba diving apps since it is a dive decompression calculator for technical scuba divers. It includes both VPM-B and VPM-B/E model versions. Planning methods features both OC and Closed Circuit Rebreather.

Top ten most useful scuba diving apps (part 1)

Top ten most useful scuba diving apps (part 1)

Thanks to the development of the internet, now we mostly can do anything on out smart devices. Like any other field of life, when it comes to scuba diving, there are also a wide variety of apps, sites, and services, which we can learn everything about the underwater sport. However, it seems hard to refine our options and find the apps that worked best for us. To help you take it easier, we have compiled a list of the most useful scuba diving apps out there.

Dive Log

Best for: Dive logging

Platforms: iOS

Price: $12.99

This app works as your primary diving logbook. Using location services on your device, you can capture the GPS coordinates of your dive site and then fill in information about the dive. This also helps you have an immediate answer if your dive guide asks what depth you dived to or how much weight you used on your last dive.

Deepblu

Best for: Booking dives, dive community

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: Free

Deepblu allows users to plan dive travel based on user reviews and media, discover dive sites, and directly book dives with local shops. It also has a lively online community of divers, which makes it easier for you to find and share advice and look for dive groups in a given area.

PADI – Scuba Diving Essentials

Best for: Locating dive shops

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: Free

PADI offers a handy way for divers to keep up to date on scuba news, explore dive sites, locate PADI dive centers and resorts, and access PADI e-Cards.

iDeco Pro

Best for: Dive planning

Platforms: iOS

Price: $7.99

This app is a complete multiple dive and multi-level dive planner, including gas usage, decompression stops, OTU tracking, CNS tracking, surface Interval tracking and many more. It also features a free version that suits most beginning divers.

The Most Famous Scuba Diving Equipment Brands in The World (part 3)

The Most Famous Scuba Diving Equipment Brands in The World (part 3)

Underwater Kinetics: This brand designs, produces, and supplies waterproof cases, flashlights, and many other accessories for the dive industry.

Saekodive: Saekodive was established in 1969. It designs, builds, and delivers a variety of kinds of high-quality diving equipment such as fins, knives, masks, snorkels, retractors, lights, wreck reels, and many other diving accessories.

Pioneer Research: This is the exclusive manufacturer and marketer of SeaLife underwater equipment.

Princeton Tec: Princeton Tec is one of the world’s top manufacturers of high-quality flashlights and headlamps used in the outdoor and scuba diving.

Reef Scuba Accessories, Inc.: Reef Scuba Accessories manufactures standard scuba equipment, including diving technical products, bungee cord, surgical tubing, brass and SS hardware.

Scubapro Uwatec: Scubapro Uwatec is a world leaderin innovative diving equipment. Its products deliver a lifetime of reliable performance for both recreational and professional divers.

ProSub Germany: It manufactures scuba and skin diving equipment, high pressure compressors, and underwater gear.

Seasoft Scuba (Watermark Scuba Inc.): SeaSoft Scuba develops creative and imaginative diving equipment withstanding the test of time and are favorite by divers from all over the world.

Suunto: Suunto has become the world’s finest choice for diving instrumentation thanks to its decades of unwavering devotion to innovation, craftsmanship, and exacting attention to detail make.

Sea&Sea Sunpak Co., Ltd.: The Sea&Sea Sunpakbrands’ aim is to evoke the various emotions induced by the photographic communication business.

Tektite Industries, Inc.: Tektite Industries manufactures LED replacement bulbs, LED flashlights, dive lights, marker lights, IR strobes, navigation lights, landing strip lights, UV CSI lights, Tekna knives, LZ kits, parts and lites.

Sherwood Scuba: Sherwood Scuba is one of the leading dive equipment manufacturers in the world. It supplies dive operations and resorts around the world.

U.S. Divers – Aqua Lung America: US Divers provides premium snorkeling gear for your vacation underwater exploration.

Zeagle Systems, Inc.: Zeagle Dive Systems BCs, buoyancy control systems, snorkels, regulators, fins, mask, and scuba equipment.

The Most Famous Scuba Diving Equipment Brands In The World (part 2)

The Most Famous Scuba Diving Equipment Brands In The World (part 2)

H2Odyssey: H2Odyssey provides whatever it requires to get you in the water and attempt to bring customers the highest quality gear at the lowest possible prices.

Cressi Sub S.P.A.: This company manufactures and distributes professional scuba diving equipment, as well as snorkeling and swimming equipment.

Cochran Consulting, Inc.: This is a manufacturer of dive regulators, computers, and a closed-circuit rebreather.

Dive Rite: Having supplying equipment for serious divers since 1984, Dive Rite is the creator of technical scuba diving equipment for wreck, advanced, and cave diving.

Diving Unlimited International, Inc.: This brand is the leader in keeping divers comfortable and warm.

Force Fin: During more than 25 years, with hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers, Froce Fin are the experts in fin design.

Divers Alert Network: During the last three decades, Divers Alert Network has been supplying lifesaving services to scuba divers all around the world.

Genesis Scuba: Genesis Scuba specifically designs and produces the highest-quality equipments for scuba divers, at the most competitive prices.

Henderson: With more than five decades of experience in designing and manufacturing wetsuits, Henderson® Brand wetsuits are backed with the most comprehensive consumer warranty. They have succeeded in developing a reputation of quality and performance.

Ikelite: This brand has produced underwater flashlights, photographic equipment, and compasses since 1962, introducing a lot of innovative new products to the diving world.

Mares S.p.A.: Ludovico Mares designed and manufactured his first masks and spearguns in 1949. Over the past 60 years, Mares has gone such a long way, achieving new goals to take diving to new heights and depths.

Oceanic: In the late 1950’s when recreational diving was still in its infancy, Oceanic founder and CEO Bob Hollis started taking up scuba diving. Today, they manufacture a wide range of scuba and snorkeling equipment.

Pelican Products, Inc.: Pelican Products is a manufacturer of submersible flashlights, watertight protective cases, and ATEX certified torches as well.

The Most Famous Scuba Diving Equipment Brands In The World (part 1)

The Most Famous Scuba Diving Equipment Brands In The World (part 1)

If you are a fan of scuba diving, check out the list below to find out the most famous scuba diving equipment brands in the world.

Beuchat International S.A.: Founded by George Beuchat in the 1930s, Beuchat International S.A.has taken part in the development of all underwater activities. George Beuchat conducted a lot of experimental dives.

Atomic Aquatics, Inc.: Founded byDean Garraffa and Doug Toth in 1976, Atomic Aquatics made the first titanium regulator and offers a full line of quality scuba gear.

Bauer Compressors, Inc.: Since having started in the BAUER family home in Germany in 1946, BAUER has been manufacturing high pressure compressors for more than 60 years. Today, the company is the leader in the industry of diving equipment. BAUER is the world’s best provider of breathing air solutions, such as high pressure storage systems for ultra-pure breathing air in scuba diving.

Aqua Lung: Having taken part in the world of scuba diving over 60 years ago, Aqua Lung is among the world’s leaders in scuba diving equipment. Under the brands like Aqua Lung, Apeks, or SeaQuest, they manufacture and provide high-quality regulators and buoyancy compensators.

Armor Products LLC: Armor Products focuses on gearbags, especially for scuba diving and other water sports market.

Apollo Sports USA Inc.: This is an international manufacturer of scuba diving equipment. It provides divers with the best equipment money can buy.

Beuchat Montres: Most famous for water-resistant watches, Beuchat Montres’ product range carries three main qualities, including strength, technicity, and reliability.

Body Glove International: Ultimate watersports brand Body Glove are most widely known for swimwear, PFDs, wetsuits, boardshorts, snorkeling equipment, as well as mobile phone and technology accessories.

Cetacea Corporation: Cetacea has been producing high-quality scuba diving equipment since 1988, focusing on tethers, lanyards, leashes, collars, step in harnesses, and gear retractors.

The best scuba diving destinations in Hong Kong (part 2)

The best scuba diving destinations in Hong Kong (part 2)

Ung Kong Chau (Bluff Island)

What’s a car doing underwater, next to an isolated island? People theorize that the car was dumped in Bluff Island decades ago by smugglers, who sank the car in a desperate bid in order to get rid of incriminating evidence. Although it has been eroded by the sea, the chassis and wheels remain clearly visible. A relatively simple dive ranging from 6 to 10 meters, Ung Kong Chau is a prime diving destination for those who aren’t so experienced, but still hope to see something such as aquatic life while diving.

Ninepin Islands

An hour away from Pak Sha Wan pier, Ninepin Islands is an interestingly shaped islands group that are among the highlights of The Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark thanks to their hexagonal columns. The dive can range between 7 and 17 meters, depending on the place where you go in the area. Fish is visible at a shallow depth, and clown-fish can be spotted hiding in the anemone at a depth about seven meters. Dive deeper and discover other beautiful oddities like the sea apple, a surprisingly colorful sea cucumber which is aptly named after the bright red fruit. It is very lucky for you if you can find the rare weedy scorpion fish, a stunning purple-bodied fish, here.

Sharp Island

Considered as a diver’s training ground thanks to the relatively weak currents and ease of access, Sharp Island is actually a prime destination for spotting the butterfly ray. This island is a short, 10-minute boat ride away from Sai Kung, so it is great for those who are looking for getting into the water. In addition, many corals and colorful coral reef fish can be spotted at a shallow depth of around 4 meters. For those who are not quite ready for scuba diving, they can snorkel here if they are relatively comfortable in the water.

The best scuba diving destinations in Hong Kong (part 1)

The best scuba diving destinations in Hong Kong (part 1)

From a humble fishing village to one of the world’s busiest ports, Hong Kong always has a history intertwined with the water surrounding it. Although scuba diving might not be the first thing coming to mind when thinking of the seas surrounding the city, you will be surprised how clear and ripe for diving the water on the shores of HK is.

Let’s dive into Hong Kong’s waters to rediscover the sea, gliding in the depths at the same time marveling at schools of fish and curious, rare critters of fascinating colors. Here’s a list of the best scuba diving destinations in Hong Kong.

Hoi Ha Wan

Hoi Ha Wan is a protected marine reserve that spans 260 hectares and has a fascinatingly diverse ecosystem with a plethora of maritime animals such as seahorses, starfish, and more. It also has a fascinating shipwreck, but scuba diving is difficult to arrange since the area is out of the way for diving boats. However,    if you are up for that deep underwater adventure, call Splash Hong Kong PADI instructors to take part in their scheduled trips to Hoi Ha Wan. Alternatively, if you are not too keen on diving into the water, you can book a guided tour with the World Wide Fund for Nature on a glass-bottom boat to marvel at the marine life while keeping your feet dry.

Yin Tsz Ngam

Aquatic life is really exciting, but how about some underwater history? Those who can withstand the strong currents can travel to Yin Tsz Ngam to find a cargo ship that was allegedly sunk in an accident in the 1960s. Although the ship’s body has been broken down during decades of erosion, the cement bags that it once held are still largely intact and have become a home to a variety of aquatic life over the years.

How to Scuba Dive Safely (part 2)

How to Scuba Dive Safely (part 2)

5. Double Check All Your Scuba Gear

You will need to set up all your scuba gear en route to the dive site. Take your time to double-check everything is working. If you are unsure about anything, ask your guide or instructor.

6. Remember to Do Your Buddy Check

Introduce yourself to your buddy beforehand, so you can get to know each other a little. It is better for you both safe and it can also be the beginning of a great friendship. Doing the buddy check of each other’s scuba gear is very important before you get in the water to ensure that neither of you has missed anything.

7. Have Scuba Diving and Travel Insurance

Make sure you are covered both above and below water with insurance that states scuba diving activities are included. Cover for scuba diving varies with World Nomads, so read the policy wording to ensure you know what you are covered for.

Remember to check that any travel insurance policy you consider covers all your scuba diving needs to make sure you are covered adequately in the event of illness or injury. And if in doubt, clearly ask the travel insurance provider any questions before purchase.

Being covered on land is also vital, as diving often involves being in remote locations.

8. Carry Your Policy Number, Emergency Contacts, and Medical Information

It is a good idea to carry your policy number, emergency contacts, or any medical information with you while having a diving holiday in case you are injured or become ill.

9. Breathe Normally, Never Hold Your Breath

Scuba is a strange and exhilarating experience since you’re doing something technically impossible – breathing underwater. It’s important to never hold your breath – breathe normally at all times while scuba diving. Holding your breath can cause an air embolism, which is a serious and potentially fatal injury.

10. Equalize Frequently as You Descend

Like on a plane, the change of pressure when you descend to depth while diving means that you need to equalize your ears. This needs to be frequently done and before feeling any pain in order to avoid injury to your inner ear.

How to Scuba Dive Safely (part 1)

How to Scuba Dive Safely (part 1)

Although it seems that scuba diving is a sport with high danger potential, it is actually a safe sport when conducted sensibly. The following list of rules offers basic preparing tips to minimize the likelihood of a diving accident.

1. Ensure You Are Certified to Dive

Some scuba dive operators require you to have a dive certification and/or specialty competency. Therefore, before starting diving on your trip, try to gain your dive certification from a licensed dive operator.

Some operators offer introductory dive courses, however, these are not a green light for you to dive wherever and whenever you want. If you dive uncertified or are uncertified and dive without a certified diver, you will not be covered by travel insurance because travel insurance policy wordings feature information around cover for scuba diving. Read this carefully before you dive to make it clear what you are covered for.

2. Make Sure You are Fit to Dive

If you have never dived before, you should complete a medical examination in your home country to make sure that you are fit to dive. Before learning to dive, you will be required to sign a medical statement. If you are generally fit and healthy, there is no problem.

If you have already been certified to dive, don’t dive if you are not feeling healthy. Especially, avoid diving if you have got a head cold or a hangover.

3. Dive With a Certified Diving School

Research on the internet for recommended dive schools in the area you are traveling to. It is important to know they are well-established and have experienced staff, well-maintained scuba equipment, and boats.

4. Listen to Your Dive Guide or Instructor

Once you are on the dive boat, you must listen to your instructor or guide, whether you are experienced or not. You need to follow your instructor’s guide on what you need to watch out for, where you are going, and the route you will follow.

Top health benefits of scuba diving

Top health benefits of scuba diving

Scuba diving is widely known as an enjoyable and somehow adventurous sport but most of us might not have known that this sport also has a lot of benefits for our health. In fact, it is much more than fun! Let’s look at the top six health benefits of scuba diving.

Physical fitness: Like swimming, scuba diving is among the best forms of aerobic and anaerobic work that we can do. It provides both a muscular workout and a cardiovascular workout when we have to move against the natural pressure of the wave on our bodies with little to no strain on our joints.

Flexibility and strength: While diving, your muscles have to work harder underwater to make your body be able to move against the resistance of the water. Through doing this, you can strengthen your muscles and develop your endurance and flexibility. Diving builds up your thighs and shoulders muscles, which helps tone your different muscle areas and therefore and give you better posture.

Breathing: In scuba diving, slow and deep breathing is important in order to optimize the air consumption and bottom time. This can promote a calm attitude as well as reduce the risk of a lung-expansion injury.

Stress reliever: Like breathing during meditation, slow and deep breathing while scuba diving gives you a calm, relaxed state while you focus more on the underwater environment than thinking about problems in your daily life. Therefore, it can balance the nervous system and reduce stress.

Improve blood circulation: During a dive, all your body muscles have to work simultaneously and you also give yourself a full cardiovascular workout. The body muscles use required oxygen, so your blood vessels have to open to supply the needed oxygen.

Reduce blood pressure: Exercising your circulatory system, scuba diving can also help reduce blood pressure. Studies reported that those who dive on a regular basis are less likely to suffer from strokes and heart attacks.