Become a PADI Divemaster – How do I get there…

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 every chance you get then the Divemaster Program might be something for you. What is the difference between a Master Scuba Diver and a Divemaster? The PADI Divemaster rating is the first level of Professional Diving. It differs in many ways for the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating which is the highest non professional rating out there. Although it is not necessary, many Divemasters are also Master Divers and even if not before be

Camping while SCUBA Diving - A Gear Guide

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 camping gear that is somewhat more cumbersome than that which we traditionally think of for camping, however, does afford a higher degree of comfort. Over the years we have tried out many different configurations of camping gear. Necessary components are tent and sleeping bag, however, additional gear brings with it a much higher degree of comfort and a better nights sleep leading to more enjoyable dives and a better overall e

Underwater Navigation - Mastering the Skills

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 practice on a regular basis. The occasional diver will engage a Divemaster to lead their dive, follow their instructor to the training site or in locations that are as well-equipped as, for instance, Dutch Springs, will follow a line from one attraction to another. However, underwater navigation can not only be a very useful skill to become proficient in, but also a fun activity to engage in as well. In the PADI Underwater Navig

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