Articles by: J9
Since her first DiveBuzz in 1998, J9 became incurably hooked on diving. It was this addiction that ultimately lead her to a life changing move, to swap the corporate rat-race and follow her dreams. A PADI MSDT since 2008, J9 has a unique energy, style and passion for scuba diving and diver training that is highly contagious. Just ask any of her (1000+) students!

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Enriched air, Nitrox, EANx. What’s it all about?

Do you want to grab more bottom time? Squeeze more dives into your day? Feel less fatigued? Then read on. What is Nitrox, EANx and Enriched Air? So what is Nitrox? In simple terms, it is a mixture of gas that contains nitrogen and oxygen. In fact, the very air that you are breathing right now is Nitrox, it contains [...]

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Divers wanted: Manta Ray research Lady Elliot Island

Ever thought about donating yourself to science? Now you can! Diving enthusiasts are urgently needed to help monitor the world’s largest type of manta ray (manta birostris) in the Great Barrier Reef off Lady Elliot Island. Mantas are the gentle giants of the ocean, weighing as much as 1,400kg and with a disc width of up to seven metres. To [...]

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Nitrogen narcosis …it’s a state of mind!

A good friend of mine has the ability to consume copious amounts of alcohol and never really appears to be overly intoxicated. I know other people who start slurring their words at the mere sniff of a glass of wine. Similarly, my husband proudly boasts that he has never been “narked” (impacted by nitrogen narcosis). I, on the other hand, [...]

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How to safely deploy a Surface Marker Buoy

What is a Surface Marker Buoy? In my view, a Surface Marker Buoy is a must have piece of dive safety equipment, which, in many cases, is required by local law. So exactly what is a Surface Marker Buoy (“SMB”), when should you use one and how do you use it? SMBs come in many different shapes and sizes. Quite [...]

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Best buddies – Finding your perfect dive buddy

Being a self sufficient diver As a certified diver, the sooner you realise that you are responsible for yourself, the better. Far too often, I hear divers talking about their past experiences, blaming their dive guide or buddy for getting them into trouble. Tales such as “I was happily following the guide who lead me into a near out of [...]

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Tips for diving in a current

I am certainly not the best skier in the world. Whilst I am comfortable  in getting down most runs in some sort of fashion, as soon as I see ice, I worry.  The same used to be true for me as a SCUBA diver, I was reasonably comfortable in most circumstances, however as soon as there was a whisper of [...]

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Proper Weighting For SCUBA Diving

At DiveBuzz we are passionate about diving. We are equally passionate about making better divers. After all, better divers are more comfortable in the water, have better buoyancy control and air consumption, are more environmentally aware and more likely to dive and experience the delights of our blue planet. So, whether I am teaching a PADI dive course or guiding [...]

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Qualified vs Experienced? Becoming a better SCUBA diver

Diving Qualifications vs Diving Experience With the vast array of recreational and technical diving courses on the market from numerous training organisations, knowing which ones to complete can be a potential minefield. So what courses should you consider doing and is there really any substitute for simply gaining valuable experience via hours in the water? Looking back over my diving [...]

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