PADI DM requirement and PADI standards

Good morning. I have a question regarding the PADI DM course requirements and PADI standards. I know the requirements which I have. In this case, I have a NAUI rescue + EFR with over 120 dives in numerous countries including lots of night and deep dives. I contacted a local PADI instructor...

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 3:09 am

Can Sea&Sea YS-50 TTL be used with modern digital cameras?

Hello! I recently got my hands on an old Nikonos V set with Sea&Sea YS (yellow sub) 50 strobe. I was hoping the strobe was a slave so I could use it with my underwater "pocket" camera, but it is TTL and the sync cable is for that Nikonos only. I am not that fond of film photography and don't dive...

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 2:54 am

Yet another scuba death at Tioman (Sipadan Wreck)

As always, there are very few details circulating and there will likely be little more ever released but... Ms. Sim Qiu Yan (30) drowned last Saturday at the Sipadan Wreck off Tioman island in Malaysia. She was certified OW earlier this year and doing her second trip to complete her AOW...

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 2:52 am

Tuwanek/Davis Bay video

Video from Monday's Tuwanek/Davis Bay dives: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFI8MRRBOIA

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 1:09 am

New diver intro

Hi all, Just got into diving, wife and I did the discover scuba dive in Puerto Vallarta last month and we're hooked. Start open water class in two weeks. Looking forward to learning here and getting certified. Joe

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 12:55 am

Thai diver missing off Komodo Island

Thai diver still missing in Komodo waters | The Jakarta Post (http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/04/23/thai-diver-still-missing-komodo-waters.html) ---Quote--- A joint team from West Manggarai Police, West Manggarai Search and Rescue Agency and the Indonesian Navy were still searching for...

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 12:31 am

Layang Layang

Just came back from Layang Layang yesterday. Did 9 dives there. Weather was hot and sunny through out my stay there. water temp range from 27-30 celcius. Was very luck to have spotted many pelagics there. 2 schools of hammerhead sharks. one was 30+ and the other 40+ of it!!!! 2 thresher...

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 12:09 am

Learning to dive in Pattaya

A few days ago I was in pattaya and decided to take a walk along the pier. I saw something that confused / concerned me a little. There was a dive boat with a sign on the back containing the PADI emblem and advertising ''learn to scuba dive in 1 day''! Surely that can not be a full open water...

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 12:02 am

Sherwood Avid 3 replacement pieces

A weight pocket quick release clip broke soon after I purchased my BCD. The handle looks easily replaceable with a screw but the clip that broke is attached to the bag itself which can't be separated. Wanted to know if just a pocket can be purchased. Local dive shop doesn't think so. Not sure...

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 11:03 pm

Clueless Beginner on Open Heel Fins with Wetsuit Question

Hi there, As the title foreshadows, I'm a beginning recreational diver currently enrolled in the Open Water course. Because of that I tend to take a little more 'serious' interest in acquiring gear, starting with the basics such as a mask, snorkel and ... this is where I could use some of your...

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 10:57 pm

Wetsuit in June?

Doing Cat Ppalu mid-June in Bahamas. Is a wetsuit recommended or is the water typically warm enough to go without?

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 10:27 pm

Saying Hi!

Howdy! New diver and just saying 'hi'! Ever since I was a child I had the aspiration to dive, but for some reason this idea ended up on the back burner. Just a little while ago I got to know some new people through work and also got in contact with an old school buddy of mine. Coincidentally,...

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 10:19 pm

Looking for a great way to learn Open Water Diving

Hi! My son and I just recently finished our Discover Scuba Diving in Boracay. We enjoyed the experience so much and we would like to go into the next level, Open Water Diver Course. I am looking for the best dive shop in Makati where we can take the course. I would appreciate your...

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 10:10 pm

Spring Lake will reopen for weekend diving on May 1

Got an email from Taylor Heard, dive coordinator for Spring Lake, that he will begin scheduling volunteer dives on weekends beginning May 1.

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 9:41 pm

OW Diver Manual, Is one agency's print material better than another?

I guess this is a twist on the old "Which Agency" thread. And I'll start by saying I don't have a dog in this fight, I'm just curious. Which of the major agencies, PADI, SSI, NAUI, have the better training manual at the open water level. For those who have seen them, whose do you think has been...

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 9:30 pm