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November 20th, 2009

Scuba Gifts, Dive Stickers, Books, Pins, Dive Patches, Jewelry, Mugs and More

Posted by admin in The Scuba Blog

Scuba Gifts
Getting ready for the holidays and I like these items for stocking stuffers, dive flags, coffee cups and mugs with scuba diving themes.

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Holiday scuba cards, house banners and much more. I have been looking for a shop that has a bunch of scuba type gifts for a while now and this is it.
We are going to start adding more review type articles and start reccommending items that we think are relavent to the scuba experience.

Hoping everyone has had a great year and we are definately hoping that 2010 is a great year for scuba !!

February 11th, 2008

Technical Scuba Diver Dies Diving on Navy PBY Catalina Amphibious Patrol Bomber in Lake Mead

Posted by DiveMaster in The Scuba Blog

pbyThe National Park Service is investigating the death of 40-year-old Michael Lawrence Anderson of Las Vegas, who died on a technical dive to the wreckage of a Navy PBY Catalina flying boat that crashed into Lake Mead in 1949.  (Picture of a PBY Boat from Internet Left)

At 1:52 p.m. Sunday 2-11 the National Park Service emergency dispatch center received a 911 call and rangers arrived at Boulder Basin by 2:09 p.m.

Park rangers performed CPR on the diver for about 45 minutes. Mercy Air ambulance also responded, but the victim was pronounced dead at 3 p.m.

Anderson was diving with three other Las Vegas men when he apparently had a problem with his air supply. Assistant park superintendent Gary Warshefski said the divers were working about 150 feet beneath Lake Mead’s surface at the time of the accident.

The Catalina flying boat crashed into Lake Mead on Oct. 24, 1949. The aircraft, converted for civilian use by the Charles Babb Company of Los Angeles, took off from Boulder City Airport for a test flight and attempted a water landing in the Boulder Basin area of Lake Mead. But the landing gear was still down, causing the plane to flip and catch fire.

Four of the five men on board died. Pilot Russell Rogers and mechanic Charmen Correa, both from Southern California, went down with the wreckage. Fellow Californian Clarence Masters and Boulder City Airport Operator Ted Swift were thrown clear of the plane but never regained consciousness.

George Davis, the only member of the group strapped to his seat, survived with a broken leg, cuts and bruises.

The Patrol Bomber, built for the U.S. Navy in the 1930s and 1940s, was used in World War II. The aircraft that went down at Lake Mead is is two pieces, resting at a depth of 190 feet below the surface.

All of us at The Scuba Blog offer our condolences to the family of Mr. Anderson.

Source: Las Vega Sun

December 19th, 2007

Choosing a Mask Skirt Color.

Posted by DiveMaster in The Scuba Blog

clear skirt maskblack skirt maskTo choose a mask to fit properly you will first want to choose the proper mask style for your face size and special features, etc.  Take a look at the “How do I choose the right dive or snorkel mask?” in our Gear Questions area.

Now you are ready to choose the skirt style and color.  Most skirt “sealing surfaces” come in clear silicone.  These are most popular because they allow ambient light in for the wearer and ease the “claustrophobic” feeling often times associated with the underwater experience.

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Black skirts have all the functionality of the clear versions but they do not allow ambient light in.  This may be an issue for some while many like it because the distractions of the ambient light are mitigated allow focused vision profile.  Another benefit you cannot see the sinuses draining.  Not cool if you are an Instructor or with someone you are trying to impress.

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So, there you have it, choose your mask and when in doubt, ask and Instructor. 

December 19th, 2007

Choosing the Proper Snorkel?

Posted by DiveMaster in The Scuba Blog

dry snorkelSnorkels have changed allot but have always stayed in 3 basic categories.

  Dry, Splash Guard and Basic or traditional.  The dry snorkel gets its name from staying dry when you go under water, (providing the user keeps the mouthpiece in when doing so).


A dry top or splashguard style has the same attributes but not the dry feature that seals when taken under water.  The splashguard keeps water from freely entering the breathing tube when a wave may accidentally come over or the user mistakenly dips it under.

 Lastly a fixed position mouthpiece is best for snorkeling as the mouth piece will always be in you mouth and no jaw fatigue.  For Scuba the best is usually the corrugated version as when you are not using it, the mouthpiece flexes down and out of the way so you can make room for your regulator.

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  The jaw fatigue factor is not as important as usually you don’t need to use it as often.

December 11th, 2007

Merry Christmas or is it Happy Scuba Holidays?

Posted by DiveMaster in The Scuba Blog

I was just thinking….who cares if you say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.  Bottom line regardless of religion we are all saying something to the world.  Love your fellow man and appreciate the fact that most of us are good people and when given the chance.. we do the right thing.  So Merry Christmas from TheScubaBlog and may all your Scuba Dreams Come true.

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November 20th, 2007

Useless But Important Scuba Information

Posted by scuba_daddy in The Scuba Blog

A recent study found that the average American walks about 900 miles per year.  Another study found Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of beer a year.  This means Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon.  Kind of makes you proud to be an American who Scuba Dives!!!!

Wonder how much compressed air the average Scuba Diver breathes each year?  Hmmmmm/

November 19th, 2007

Take it Easy on Yourself

Posted by nelliesciutto in The Scuba Blog

PADI Master Instructer Bill Gornet made my scuba experience so….easy. I had always had issues with clostrophobia and was, to be honest, a bit scared. Bill made sure I was completely informed about every little thing that professional essay writers we were about to do.

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I cannot say enough about how important it is to feel at ease when diving.

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If you’re all tensed up, you miss the beauty of the experience, and fresh water diving is quite a beautiful experience. I not only left with a grateful smile on my face, thanks to Gornet, but I bought equipment that very day as it was top of the line and very well priced. I surfed the Internet and contacted some fellow divers (okay, one was my husband) and found that I got a real steal on gear. I highly recommend this expedition. Nellie Sciutto

November 14th, 2007

Buying My First Set of Scuba Regulators

Posted by DiveMaster in The Scuba Blog

Regulators: Life Support Equipment

Q.) I’m trying to figure out the long-term cost BEFORE I buy the last major piece of equipment…my whole regulator setup. I work at a museum (no money there), and with the exception of my laptop, this will be the most expensive thing I’ve ever bought. Holy cow, is this a tricky purchase! Ultimately, I’d rather save that few hundred bucks and use it to get somewhere beautiful than blow it on pricey service or unnecessary features/ level of quality.A.) Based on your diving expectations I would recommend an intermediate package that should cover everything you need and then some. Would need to know your budget in order to really give you proper options.


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How often do the various parts (first stage, second stage, octo) need serviced: annually or every XX dives? (I’ll be diving maybe one day a month in chilly Cali, and hopefully continue to do a few tropical weeks a year.)

A.) Every product you are referring to will ask for them to be serviced Annually to keep them in warranty. Atomic is every two years. With that being said, it is not the “use” of the regulator that makes the internal parts wear down. Whether being used or in storage, the high and low pressure seats are always touching with the pressure of a spring tension that over time will cause a seat to have an indentation. ScubaPro has a second stage that keeps the pressure of the seat but you have to remember to activate it. If not serviced this will eventually cause the regulator to free flow. That is good as the opposite is no air at all. Not good. Atomic has a spring that when not pressurized the tension releases, hence the 2 year service.

Q.) 2. About how much does each component’s service cost? Do some regs require more frequent or expensive service than others?

A.) Average recreational divers will need annual service, that is pretty much it. I will take my PADI hat off and tell you that many people do not annually service their regs and they will tell you that there is no problem. In most cases they may be OK but the issue here, and I hate to preach, this is Life Support Equipment. Don’t you think you are worth it? Same goes with the warranty issues for better pricing. I am rambling but you get the point.

Q.)3. I assume new parts are a pricey part of service, some regs form licensed dealers come with annual service kits for free, any tips? Many manufacturers are offering 1 to years of parts for free while others have lifetime warranty.

A.) Be careful though as they all are pretty strict on keeping within your “year” from the date of purchase to have them serviced. The kits ordinarily will run about $12 to $20 for a complete set up First Stage, Primary, Octo and Gauge.

Q.) 4. I can’t tell if the savings from an ebay or other internet purchase are worth it without figuring how much parts and service are. A first, second and octo Mares V32 Proton Ice just sold on ebay for $425. Is that (in the long term) a better or worse deal than a $800 package from a dealer?

A.)  in the case of Mares, you would receive the full warranty, (which I sure any ebay retailer will not have) and we make it worth your time by providing your first year of service for FREE, join our Scuba Club and you get 2 years for FREE. We understand that you want the best price, service and knowledgeable folks who know what you need. We try hard to work within your budget, your skill level and your anticipated amount of diving. Quite simply we try to be your LDS on the Web. Hope this helps

November 14th, 2007

Remember Your First Set of Scuba Gear?

Posted by Instructor Bill in The Scuba Blog

Instructor BillHey, I remember my first gear.  It was an old Dacor Pacer that

was a rental regulator from a dive shop in Las Vegas.  The BCD

was completely faded and everything else I had was given (or

taken) from my Brother.  I guess you could say I was one of those

folks who was poor (still am) and didn’t know it since I dove

with that gear for 5 years.  I even used it when I was going to

my IDC to become an Instructor.

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November 8th, 2007

Why Should I Care About Full Warranty?

Posted by Instructor Bill in The Scuba Blog

Full WarrantyWell, you should.  Every item you purchase your scuba gear from an authorized dealer it comes with a full manufacturer’s warranty.

There are some online dealers of scuba equipment that are not authorized to sell by the manufacturers. Buying from online assignment help such dealers could end up costing you in the long run as the equipment you purchase will NOT be warranted by the manufacturer.REMEMBER: We are talking about life support equipment. This means that you want a company that is authorized directly by the manufacturer to sell these products.

It is that simple.

November 3rd, 2007

Scuba Diving

Posted by admin in The Scuba Blog

BGScuba Diving is the only time we can truly be weightless and away from the world as we know it.

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