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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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Dry Suit Diving – Dive without getting wet!

There is a well known catch phrase amongst divers that goes, “the wetter, the better!”. I have recently worked out that this is not always true. After years of shivering and shaking, blue lips, numb fingers and miserable surface intervals on the back of dive boats in horizontal rain, I have finally given in. I have invested in a dry [...]

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Becoming a Dive Instructor

“Welcome to your new office!” I will never forget those words spoken to me by the PADI examiner on passing my PADI Instructor Exam (IE). As we glanced towards the ocean, it was one of those perfect days that make you feel very privileged to live in this great Australian land. Bright blue Sydney skies, sparkling clear waters lapping upon [...]

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Going solo – the SDI Solo Diving course

I have recently acquired a new buddy. He is always keen to dive, will look after me if required and he enhances my safety, enjoyment and pleasure, like all good buddies should. Since the onset of diver training and recreational SCUBA certifications, the buddy system has been a key and mandatory concept. As a PADI instructor, I instill this very [...]

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My buddy is an air pig!

How to conserve air when scuba diving Ever had to cut a dive short because you were running low on air? Do you always seem to have less air than your buddy? Ever missed sighting the elusive Manta Ray, Whale Shark or Mola Mola because you were back on the boat by the time they were spotted? By following a [...]

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How to make a controlled descent

As a sweeping generalisation, I’d say that the majority of divers are overweighted. Being overweighted affects your body position in the water, it increases drag, effort required to get around, air consumption, and the number of adjustments required to your BCD. So why do it? A key factor is that without being overweighted, many divers struggle to get down at [...]

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