For many recreational divers this title is a little confusing – do they teach staff? Are they still Open Water Instructors? What does this title enable them to do?

Instructors become instructors for the love of diving and the desire to share this experience with others....

It has now been a year since I decided to engage in the Course Director application process in earnest and I figured I would share my experience of the application process as many have requested. I am not going to spoil the CDTC by talking about that in detail, but I w...

June 16, 2017

Many of you will have seen a bottle like this at your local dive operation, sitting there on a picnic table next to the gear or at the side of a swimming pool and wondered what do they use that for? First of all, it is diluted baby shampoo (if you are not sure make sur...

I started taking underwater pictures in 2009, and like everyone else, thought it would be good to get a good picture of my dive buddy or buddies. And of course, having little clue what I was doing, ended up with an endless collection of blue pictures (see other blog po...

April 5, 2017

Learn more about how a fear of confined spaces or claustrophobia may be overcome to allow you to become a successful SCUBA diver. Start off by letting your Hamden Scuba PADI Pro that this is a consideration for you during your orientation and they will work with you...

Tips and tricks from our Hamden Scuba Underwater Photography expert on how to bring color back to your underwater images. Review different format options for retouching images, enhancing images as well as some options for strobes and inexpensive camera options that l...

April 18, 2016

Become a PADI Divemaster – How do I get there…

 

Becoming a PADI Divemaster is a task that takes dedication and the attitude of someone that has caught the SCUBA bug. If you are someone that has charged through your PADI Open Water course and tag along to the dive site e...

April 11, 2016

Camping while diving is a different experience than camping while backpacking. Generally the amount of gear that we take diving prohibits travel too far from vehicles to hike into a wilderness, hence the need to stay close to a vehicle affords us the opportunity to use...

April 5, 2016

One of the basic skills that we learn in our Open Water Course is how to use a compass to ensure that we can both navigate to our destination and then back to our exit point. Navigation is a fundamental skill that all divers learn, but in many cases don’t utilize and p...

March 26, 2016

Once again we will return to Lake George NY. Join us for a couple of days of camping and diving in the wonderful Adirondack State Park in upstate NY in Lake George. Warm days and cool evenings make this the perfect time of year for camping at Hearthstone Point State Pa...

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