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  1. What is the worst behavior a diver can engage in?

    So Debbie and I have written about a lot of diver bad manners, from crowding, to messing with other people's stuff on the boat, to ignoring briefings, and ignoring buddies during dives. We were recently asked what is the worst diver behavior of all? After some thought, it was an easy question to answer: The worst diver behavior of all is any behavior that hurts the marine environment. Standing on or kicking live coral is probably the worst, but right there with that unjustifiable behavior are ...
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  2. Before you Start Your Advanced Open Water Diver Course

    I am generally a positive person in these blogs and my forum posts. I save my sarcasm for our Scuba Snobs' books. However, I need to vent a little here, because I have had a summer of Advanced Open Water Students that were not so prepared as they should be for this level of certification and diving. I am not just speaking of training, I am talking about equipment and familiarity with it. What I am about to write are not requirements of any agency that I know of. But they are things every Advanced ...
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  3. How NOT to Irritate Your Instructor/DIvemaster!


    There is an article on Scuba Money posted recently all about how to irritate your instructor/divemaster. It is well written and spot on, and funny. I read it as tongue ion cheek, but the fact is a lot of divers do just what the writer says, and it can be irritating to the DM or instructor. So, in order to NOT irritate your divemaster or instructor, one should do the opposite of what that article says.

    For example, according to the article, the first way to irritate your ...
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  4. Five Bad Habits of Recreational Divers

    I read an article on a popular on line scuba magazine in which the write listed his view of the the top 5 ban habits recreational scuba divers make. I though it was a poor list, so I thought I write a blog post on what I have observed those top five bad habits to be. See if you agree.
    1. Buddy separation. I like my buddy to be close enough so I know if they are in trouble or they know if I am in trouble, and closes enough to render assistance without delay. I prefer fingertip touch ...
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  5. Remember Buddy Checks?

    Remember once upon a time, when you first learned to dive, how you were taught to Do a thorough buddy check before every dive. Various anagrams from different agencies describe the minimum requirements of buddy check. There should be more. And you should still be doing them, whether your next dive will be number ten, number one hundred, or number one thousand. For those of you who have forgotten how to do one of these, I offer my guidelines for what constitutes a thorough buddy check before ...
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