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.

Instructions about scuba diving equipment

Instructions about scuba diving equipment <Part 1>

Scuba diving is always one of the best options for water sports. Especially someone like adventurous trips in the underwater. Although scuba diving can bring many benefits about emotions as well health, you can face up with risk and danger for accidents. It can cause from animal and landscape in the marine or even equipment from your package.

In this article, we share instructions about scuba diving equipment so that you can adjust them safely under any circumstances.

Firstly, about wetsuit

In general, wetsuit is the most important equipment for any diver. Someone calls wetsuit with another term such as wetty (slang for wetsuit), steamer (long wetsuit) or springy (short wetsuit). You should choose high quality wetsuit or professional wetsuit to protect your skin and keep you warm in under the water. You know, ocean water contains huge mount of salt or in longer depth you feel cooler and cooler, therefore you should use good wetsuit to support your body in a safe situation.

Secondly, buoyancy control device called BCD or BC

BCD or BC is a short name to call Buoyancy Control Device which is special to be used in diving. It’s essential for diving process because BCD or BC helps you to keep buoyant floating once you are active it by inflating or deflating air into it.

In addition, you can use it to clip compass or dive light or cutting tool so that it can keep your weight balanced. Thanks BCD or BC, you don’t need to use a weight belt so your diving journey becomes more simpler and lighter because of the small weight of BCD or BC.

Thirdly, pressure gauge and dive computer

A pressure gauge along with a dive computer are compulsory device for diving. A pressure gauge let you know about quantity of remaining airs in cylinder while a dive computer can measure your depth, diving time exactly. Thank to it, you can decide whether you should continue or stop diving.

Top the best scuba diving places in Cuba

Top the best scuba diving places in Cuba

Scuba diving is well known as one of the most favorite water sports nowadays. It is also a sport and a wonderful way to get new experience under the water. Make sure that the marine life will be different and interesting for your discovery.

If you are finding some spots to play scuba diving in Cuba, this article will be useful when sharing top the best scuba diving places in or near Cuba.

Maria la Gorda

Maria la Gorda is the furthest peninsula in the western in Cuba. In this spot, there are many internationally professional dive centers in the sheltered Bahia de Corrientes. Estimated about 50 excellent diving sites with other services like plunging walls, swim-through or caves for diving.

The Guanahacabibies National Park is also a good place for your scuba diving. It is the home of millions of underwater creatures.

At Lost Paradise which is a scuba diving spot, you can find school of barracuda or hulking Nassau groupers. It makes your discovery more interesting.

Punta

 

This spot is located on the Isla de la Juventud, called “pirate coast”. It is another must-see scuba diving spot for any diver who love more adventurously.

There is a tunnel at the site, called Cueva Azul which can open huge tarpon in the trip to Punta Frances.

In this spot, you are easy to see many hawksbill sea turtles and manatees along the sea road.

Jardines de la Reina Marine Park

It is granted as off the island’s southern coast in Cuba. It is the greatest underwater treasure in Cuba, hence you shouldn’t miss it.

Because it is considered as one of the most scuba diving spots in this nation, it is protected and preserved by the government via some positive policies such as not going commercial fish in this park, always protecting and taking care all manner of sea turtles and sharks

Top the best jobs in Scuba diving

Top the best jobs in Scuba diving <Part 2>

Scuba diving is not only an interesting water sport but also an exciting job. If you are willing to discover the marine life, you can make reference Top the best jobs in scuba diving.

4/ Public diver

Becoming a public safety diver is also a hot job at some certain Dive centers. They employ public divers to conduct investigations as well recover evidence in the water. It also considers as a policeman or investigator.

To apply this job, you need to overcome a diver course to how to know solution for scene handling, communications, documentation and other key skills in a professional team.

5/ Diving for scientific and marine biology

Don’t be surprising that diving for scientific and marine biology is a job. Some divers have the responsibility to inspect invasive species or investigate biological surveys whether the marine is good for species or not. They also find new species or preserve valuable fishes in danger.

Further, some divers focus on testing quality of our drinking water from the sea.

6/ Archeology

Underwater archeology spends someone preferring to discover history and challenge underwater. It’s not easy when you combine diving skill and knowledge about history in the world.

Because they require comparatively multi modes, archeology rarely accounts for few quantities in total diving jobs.

7/ Golf ball diver

If you love the underwater working environment but don’t require complicated skills or big salary, you can work as a golf ball diver.

As the main role, a golf ball diver will collect, clean up and re-sell golf balls from golf ponds or some water pool. This job doesn’t require your certificate or any experience before. As long as you are ability to swim and dive fluently, you can apply this job.

It is suitable for a part-time job with $100-$200 earnings for a working hour.

Top the best jobs in Scuba diving

Top the best jobs in Scuba diving <Part 1>

Scuba diving is well known as a new water sport recently. Besides entertainment, you can dive scuba diving for living. There are many jobs related to diving. If you get certification and you are confident to hook in the underwater. Furthermore, you feel boring the current job. Discover top the best jobs in scuba diving as the followings, you may have a new idea for new job in a different working environment.

1/ Dive Instructor

 

 

 

 

 

This job sounds like the most popular one of all jobs in underwater. Being a dive instructor, you come with living in a beautiful tropical location which are proper to dive scuba diving. If so, you are lucky to enjoy the beautiful landscape.

However this job is not easy. It requires you many skills and responsibilities like: communication your students fluently about techniques and steps to dive safety, also  guide them into underwater and discovery on practice via your actual experience. In general, you have to combine teaching skill and diving skill to compete this job successfully.

2/ Underwater Photographer

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are an artist, you will be interesting in an underwater photographer. This job requires you to take photos and videos of marine life. It can be landscape or living of creatures like coral reefs, shipwrecks or caves.

It is a hot job when it can make new inspiration in creativity for photographers. You have to improve knowledge about diving as well skills of taking shot to reach unique pictures from the world in underwater.

3/ Commercial Diving

Actually, this job has many risks. Further it requires fluent skills of a commercial diving. You have to work under the water so it is not easy to handle normally.

We can list some jobs about commercial diving like: diver experience, employer, location, and depth of dive.

How to become a certified scuba diver FAQs

How to become a certified scuba diver FAQs

Becoming a scuba diver is a wonderful adventure in your life. As enjoying scuba diving is a special sport which not at all people can do it. As normally, scuba diving certification includes three phases: knowledge development, confined water dives and open water dives. We will discuss detail about how to become a certified scuba diving FAQs in the following article.

1st phase: Knowledge development

During the first step of scuba diving lessons, you should learn the basic principles of scuba diving. For example: What you need to take care when planning dives, how to find the right scuba gear or understanding underwater signals and other diving procedure so on.

There are wide variety of source for you as reference, especially using PADI Open Water Diver Manual by eLearning. This book is popular with scuba divers. At the end of the lesson, you can take a final exam yourself to ensure you have thorough basic knowledge of scuba diving.

Besides reading book, you can see some video to instruct skills which you have to practice in a swimming pool. Via the video, the instructor will demonstrate each skill detail as well share real experience for you. It seems useful and easy to learn by heart.

2nd phase: Confined water dives

Confined water dives is the most important skill for this course. You can practice this skill in a pool or in confined water. This skill helps you to become familiar with your scuba gear and as a necessary condition to become an underwater explorer. Several the essential skills you should practice smoothly like:  Setting up your scuba gear, controlling your mask, how to way to enter and exit in the water, safe procedures.

 3rd phase: Open water dives

After you practice the confined water dives phase fluently, you will head to open water dives. This is the final skill you should learn for this diving course. You have a chance to apply this skill while you practice in the underwater as a real scuba diver.