Cave Diving: How to prepare oneself?

Cave Diving: How to prepare oneself?

People say the age of exploration has gone and passed. These people have yet to discover cave diving. Cave diving at first may seem to be an impossible feat. It’s requires commitment, training and gear wise. If you take the following into consideration, the Herculean task would be a possible feat:

Cave Diving Stress

It is vital to be in a state of calmness when in possibly stressful situations like your dive missions. This is true as there is no way for a diver in panic to ascent immediately. Drills are performed during sessions from the SSI Cave Diving in order for divers understand and react in stressful situations such as running out of air, losing a buddy or a gear malfunction. Cave Dives should take any training very seriously and put it into practice until the trainee feels comfortable with solving the drills. This is to avoid panic and unpleasant events underwater.

Cave Diving: How to prepare oneself?

Previous Scuba Training

Doubles tanks and rebreathers are often used by cave diver. It is must to have previous experience with either technique before you attempting your cave dive mission. A diver should also have buoyancy control as well as familiar with propulsion techniques such as the helicopter turn, frog kick and etc. Improper techniques would lead up to stirring up the silt lessening or losing one’s visibility. For open water dives, it is easier to gain visibility by swimming to other directions if the silt has been stirred. As for cave dives, the silt will stay in suspension for a while due to reduced water flow.

Cave Diving: How to prepare oneself?

Cave Diving Equipment

Handling of scuba gear and techniques are also a key to a safe and successful cave dive. It is well-advised to have all the essential gear before starting in order to get used to using your own equipment. If uncertainty still lingers of you’ll like cave diving, one could opt to renting instead of purchasing as a kit is not inexpensive. With all those in mind, cave dive training should be continued as regular exposure could enhance your skills and lessen risks and danger during your dive missions. Although the recreational activity is not for everybody, one could improve their propulsion techniques, trim and their ability to handle tough situations. The Cave Diving experience will give you those advantages and help you stay on top of your game.

Cave Diving: How to prepare oneself?


10 Commandments for Weightless Diving

10 Commandments for Weightless Diving

Being a gear intensive recreational activity, divers are subjected to bring all the bells and whistles needed for a dive mission. A result to which they become overweight and sink like a stone as they descent. The secret to the perfect neutral buoyancy is revealed by dive masters, dive and take a look:

10 Commandments for Weightless Diving

Thou shall find one’s weight.

Wearing the exact amount of lead is the most vital step when mastering buoyancy control, and most divers wear way too much. Check one’s weight upon the surface by floating up straight with your regulator in and completely respire. Divers should only descend until the water’s surface is at the eye level. A trial and error of lead amount is done until it’s just right.

Thou shall keep a dive log.

Take note of the amount of weight used for each dive mission. As well as the wetsuit’s neoprene thickness. Not only will it fine-tune your future dives, it will also serve as an at-a-glance record when you dive in the same site once again.

Thou shall use the deflator.

At the beginning of your descent, stretch the inflator house upward and over your head.

All the while, ensure that all the air in the lungs have been exhaled. Squeeze the BC against the chest with your free arm to remove the bubbles in the BC that may be disturbing your buoyancy.

Thou shall take your time and relax.

Before you dive, take a few deep breaths at the surface to calm nerves. Descend as quietly and graceful as possible. Avoid flailing your arms or kicking your legs so that they don’t impede your descent.

Thou shall use your breath.

Before reaching for the inflator/deflator hose to control your buoyancy, relax and use your inhalations and exhalations to work. With each inhalation, one should start to rise. While with exhalation, one should start to sink. If you opt use the inflator to get buoyant, use it carefully.

10 Commandments for Weightless Diving

Thou shall ensure nothing changed after initial weighting.

As you pack and check your gear, run another weight check to make sure nothing changes that could distress initial weighting. Brand-new suits weigh than old ones.

Thou shall wear a lighter wetsuit.

If one’s dive mission are in warm temperatures, don a lightweight wetsuit for easier buoyancy.

Thou shall wear socks instead.

If braving warm waters, opt to wear neoprene socks instead of scuba diving boots when wearing open-heel fins.

Thou shall experiment with weight placement.

Perform a trial and error with one’s weight placement. Shift some weight from one’s BC belt and add them into a trim pocket. This sheds off a couple of pounds.

Thou shall remove trapped air in BC’s.

Every so often, air gets stuck inside BC’s which will still to expand as you rise. This can increase quite a lot of pounds of buoyancy. To congest the air, lean back as if you are lounging on a recliner and hold your oral inflate/deflate device towards the surface.


Mares: Scuba Diving Fins 101

Mares: Scuba Diving Fins 101

One thing every diver should know, may it be an amateur or a professional, is that scuba gears are an investment. Choosing which to purchase could be quite difficult especially when there’s a whole smorgasbord to choose from. During your dive mission, you wouldn’t want to exhaust all your energy by moving about the water, this is why divers need fins. Fins help increase one’s thrust power and protect their feet from scratching against the reef. Below are tips you’ll need when choosing fins that are a perfect match for you and your dive mission.

1. Ease of wearing

Tess out how easily and effortlessly one can put and remove the fins in and out of the water.

2. Adjustable fit

Assess the effectiveness usage of the straps and buckles.

3. Comfort and fit

Check the overall security and ease of the fin when worn during a dive mission.

4. Stability

Test out if fins have tendency to stagger, hit each other or slice side to side during the kick cycle

5. Power

Assess the intensity of the effort put into one’s kick produce during the kick cycle.

6. Kicking Style

Check the overall efficiency and ease of the in when performing different kicking styles such as the frog kick, dolphin kick and etc.

7. Acceleration

Test out how quick one can increase their speed thru their kicks while underwater.

8. Maneuverability

Assess how easily one can get in and out of confined spaces and how one can shift from one direction to another.

Do take note that fins are also gauged for buoyancy, weight and material used for their design or technology. Find the perfect pair for your dive and be responsible when maintaining it so that the investment could stick around for more dive missions.

Gear Guide for the Cold-Water Dive

MARES: Gear Guide for the Cold-Water Dive!

Scuba diving is often associated with tropics for their aquamarine waters, colorful fauna and flora and shipwrecks, but the colder regions too can host an incredible collection of Neptune’s paraphernalia.  Here’s a checklist of the scuba gear which are absolutely essential when diving in cold waters:

Mares suits and wear

Most divers will advise you that dry suits are the best option for braving the cold waters of the world, but Mares brings you another option. With 6mm ultra stretch neoprene and fashioned with S-Seal technology for maximum thermal comfort, the Seal Skin suit is the absolute essential. For additional heat, opt for the Rover hood with its 5mm neoprene design.  Take note, hoods are a bit tricky when it comes donning your mask so be sure that it does not restrict the seal at all.

MARES: Gear Guide for the Cold-Water Dive!

Mares regulators

A certified cold-water diving regulator by the US Navy, the Mares Abyss 22 Navy Regulator is exclusively designed for cold water usage. The Abyss guarantees you top performance and reliability under the most extreme conditions, even diving under the Arctic’s ice!

MARES: Gear Guide for the Cold-Water Dive!

Mares boots

Exclusively designed with the DS draining system, the Flea DS boot is the optimal footwear to brave the icy waters during your dive. Easy to don and doff, it comes in a 5mm thickness and 6.5mm neoprene option for increased heat on the body’s lower extremities keeping the body warmer and longer underwater.

MARES: Gear Guide for the Cold-Water Dive!

Mares gloves

Our extremities are the first places in the body where you start to feel temperature when underwater. With that in mind, dive gloves are a significant gear for your cold-water dive mission. Mares introduces their Flexa Fit Gloves with a 5mm or 6.5mm option. The gloves feature ultra-stretch neoprene, modifiable velcro straps and cut in glide skin for that intensified snug fit.

MARES: Gear Guide for the Cold-Water Dive!

Mares fins

Fins for cold-water dives are generally are bigger in order to accommodate the extra space needed in the foot pocket and in order to provide the power divers wearing boots and weight needed to hover through the water. Formulated with Channel Thrust Technology and the Next Generation OPB, Mares X-Stream fins are the best pair yet to defy the cold currents.

MARES: Gear Guide for the Cold-Water Dive!


How to pack your diving gear for travel: Here’s our guide

Packing for a scuba diving travel is as tedious as the diving mission itself. For a serious dive mission, it is vital to bring regulators, dive computers, buoyancy compensators, wetsuits,  masks, fins and other scuba gear necessary — as well as their backups and batteries. Stuffing these arsenals into a fleet of dive bags and roller bags can be a conundrum. Fortunately, we have gathered these paramount guide from expert divers on how to legitimately do it:

    1.Wrap your mask

The best way to take this space-consuming hard case is to wrap it with clothes before packing it into the bag. Not only will it protect the lenses of the mask from scratches, it will also put the space for your clothing into good use. It is also essential to invest on your own mask as a diver who travels; rental masks that leak may ruin your whole dive travel.

   2.Keep regulator on your hand carry

This is your own air delivery system. Do not disassemble the first and second stage, keep them together to keep them tight. Wrapping it in a soft cloth or padded bag for cushion will only consume more space. It is highly encouraged to keep it in your hand carry because you would not want your life support equipment being thrown around in airports.

   3.Use wet suit as padding

Maximize the function of your wetsuit and use it as a padding for your regulator or mask. This is a very personal essential and you might not want to consider renting this from dive centers. Choosing a wetsuit that perfectly fits your anatomy and morphology, and the type and temperature of water you are diving is extremely significant.

   4.Turn fins to storages

Fill the holes of your fins with small items like batteries and seal them with socks to save room.

Fins can be put along the sides of the bag. They should fit comfortably without bending. Check out the Mares X-Stream, the lightest full-size fin (.7kg) with a good kicking power.

   5.Lay buoyancy compensator at bottom of bag

BC’s take up a lot of space when you are packing. Make sure that all of the air is out, and then lay your BCD on the bottom of the gear bag, flattened out and centered in the bag.


Quick notes:

  •        Pack your dive knife in your checked luggage. It is not allowed aboard the plane.
  •        Keep your dive computers and cameras in your carry-on bag.
  •        Bring a mesh bag with you.
  •        Don’t forget your accessories such as gloves, dive lights, and save-a-dive-kit.
  •        Don’t forget your sunscreen and medications in case you catch seasickness!

Travelling with dive gear and packing them is not the easiest task — but it will all definitely pay off after the dive.

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