Choosing Your Diving School

There are a number of factors you need to look into before choosing a diving school that is perfect for your needs. In the process of looking at the different schools, we suggest that you examine the institution’s reputation and track record on student safety as it should be one of your major priorities.

Do your research. Look for any red flags from being raised in the reviews. Pay close attention to things such as high student-teacher ratios and faulty equipment.

You Can Build a Better Boat House

nice boathouse with a dock and raft

A few boat shelters are plain and humble, while others are embellished and dressed to the nines, satisfying the impulsive notion of their proprietors. Frequently, the character of the shoreline or the span of the waterway is a calculate deciding a boat storage’s style. Shallow streams, for example, by and large call for littler specialty, which require just a humble haven; huge, open lakes call for brawnier water crafts with boat storages to coordinate. Be that as it may, before you fabricate a fantasy boat shelter, you require a strong arrangement. In the first place, pick the essential development components that will make up your structure, at that point consider the effect the outline will have on your shoreline, and in addition the effect to alternate tenants sharing the lake or stream.

A boat storage requires more idea and arranging than a dock. It must be dealt with intent attention to detail with every corner, wall, floor, and foundation being perfectly leveled. We recommend a high-end laser level from

It confronts more worry from the constrain of the wind. A boat storage is heavier than a dock, so the bunk (the wooden establishment) might be more disposed to sink, and keeping in mind that a sinking dock has its high points and low points, a sinking boat shelter conveys an unwelcome wind to the building’s dividers and rooftop.

A drifting boat storage may have justified where the base is sinking delicate, or where occasional changes in water levels may see a pontoon lifted roofward amid a few sections of the year and brought down toward the base at others. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you plan to lift the watercraft in its home for the winter, the strong stage of a lodging establishment is more pragmatic. Consider the measure of additional lightness expected to lift your art in a gliding boat shelter.

Cantilevered docks and boat shelters have minimal impact on oceanic living spaces since they don’t aggravate the base or intrude on shoreline streams. Drifting structures are the following best decision, as they don’t bother the base living space. (Grants for these two sorts are less hard to get.) The benefits of each ought to be weighed against the general effect on the amphibian and coastal situations. Be that as it may, there are areas and circumstances where bunk bases for structures are the main down to earth arrangement.

“Where conceivable, the best locales for bunks, or any structure, is the place there is sand or bedrock base. Keep the lodging seaward beyond what many would consider possible, at least 2 m, to give water a chance to stream along the shore,” says Andy Smith, angle environment scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Prescott, Ont. (You can utilize a slope to cross over any barrier to shore.)

Buying a Boat for SCUBA

snorkelers in water at back of boat

SCUBA is a sport that requires a variety of gear. A boat is one such item that might be purchased. Here are some things to consider when comparing types of diver-friendly watercraft.

Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat

Often referred to as a zodiac, these boats are most often used for relatively short jaunts for small to medium-sized groups. The boat is usually shape like a narrow horseshoe, with stiffly inflated sides and front, a rigid bottom, and a motor at the back. It is usually transported on a trailer, and not deflated in between each use. They can be launched from many types of locations, depending on weather, and the smaller versions can even be transported by a group over rocks or sand, if needed. Divers typically exit and re-enter the boat by going over the side.

These boats provide no shelter from the elements, and are therefore mostly used in temperate or tropical climates.

Open Rigid Hulled Boat

These boats are similar in size and function to rigid-hulled inflatable boats. They are typically heavier, for the same size, and are less stable for exit/re-entry, as they do not have the ballast of the inflatable sides to provide stability. These boats are often more economical, more durable, and are frequently made of aluminum.

Inflatable Boat

Fully inflatable boats are good for very small groups for short distances that are easily gotten to by muscle power. Typically, they are the least durable of all boat options, though their portability is the most of any boat as they can be fully deflated.

Pleasure Boat

Possibly the most frequently seen, these boats are usually kept on a trailer when not in use. They require a motor vehicle to transport over land, and a suitable place to launch from. These boats are typically 20 to 40 feet (6 to 12 meters) long, and can be used for medium-haul trips. Some have platforms at the bow or stern to provide passengers with easier exit/re-entry, and almost all models have ladders to lend aid. Some models also provide a small cabin area, mostly useable for storage or sleeping. They are usually made from a rigid material like fiberglass, and are very durable. Most use outboard motors.

Day Boat

Day boats are typically much larger than pleasure boats, and require a slip in a marina for storage. They are typically made from fiberglass, metal, or wood, and are usually 40 to 90 feet (12 to 27 meters) long. They have inboard motors, and are steered by a wheel in a sheltered bridge. These features mean that they are more limited in the places they can go, compared to the other boats mentioned above. However, this limitation is made up for by providing some shelter and more comfort facilities than smaller boats: a larger deck, and a below-deck area that can contain seating, a galley, and a restroom.

Trips on day boats can last as long as the whole day (or night), but passengers do not typically sleep on-board.

Other Types of Boats

Basically, any kind of watercraft can be used to facilitate a dive trip; fishing boats, schooners, yachts, sail boats, jet skis, etc. Important details to factor in, besides functionality, are: cost, transport, storage, and safety.

Tips for Capturing Awesome Images While Snorkeling

women taking a photo of tropical fish while snorkeling

Like many adventure activities, snorkeling is an activity that is meant to be shared. However, while snorkeling is always best shared with a partner for both safety and fun, through the use of underwater cameras you can take the adventure back home with you.

Picking out a camera for underwater use is a relatively simple process once you decide on what you want and know what to look for. However, taking pictures underwater and even just swimming with a camera are both different kinds of beasts. If you are planning your next snorkel trip and are already planning to take a piece of it back with you via pictures or video, keep in mind these tips for successful snorkeling with a camera.

Water-Resistant Versus Waterproof Cameras

When choosing a camera to take snorkeling, you need to consider how good a picture or video it will take, but oh-so-more-important is the waterproofing. Some brands tend to use “water resistant” and “waterproof” interchangeably. However, they mean very different things.

Water resistance means that your camera won’t be ruined immediately if it is splashed or caught in a surprise rain storm. However, by no means should you ever submerge a water resistant camera. Waterproof cameras, on the other hand, are made for snorkeling. However, they aren’t perfect either. You can submerge them completely and they will be fine, but only in depths of around 30 feet.

Waterproof cameras will satisfy your picture and video-taking needs for snorkeling perfectly. However, if you ever want to take up scuba diving, be aware that waterproof cameras will not survive the added pressure of being deeper than 30 feet. For diving deeper, you will want to invest in dedicated housing for your camera.

Handheld or Mask Attached?

You might have bought a mask awhile back that actually comes with the capability to mount a camera. Sometimes it is a GoPro-specific mount, but many underwater cameras, especially those with housing, can fit those mounts as well. The question is, do you want a mounted camera or a handheld one?

Each has their own benefits, but when it comes to mounted cameras, usually they are only good for video. Since they are mounted on the top of your mask, you can’t really aim them or reliably get to the button to take pictures. So mounting a non-video camera on your mask? Well, that is pretty much worthless. However, as long as your mask keeps the camera in the water while snorkeling (it is harder with some models than others), you should capture some excellent memories.

With handheld cameras they also have some problems, like swimming with them. If you are carrying it around all the time, it is likely you will drop it at some point. However, with can easily be overcome with a neck or wrist strap. Most handheld waterproof cameras come with one or the other, but they are pretty easy to find sold separately as well.

How to Snorkel With a Camera

Once you have picked out a good camera to suit your needs, snorkeling with a camera can be pretty intuitive once you get used to it. However, if you want a successful trip and also want to take good pictures and videos while underwater, keep these tips in mind.

  • First Time Snorkeling? – Are you trying to take pictures on your very first ever snorkeling trip? Are you still getting the feel of snorkeling down? It is probably best to leave the camera on shore until you have the basics of snorkeling down and you are comfortable in the water. Don’t try to learn so many new things at once, it limits the enjoyment of all of them.
  • Be Picky – Your first time with a camera in the water is going to be a lot of fun. However, you need to remember that it isn’t your job to snap shots of every square inch of the reef. You need to be a little picky with your shots because it is the rule of the universe that the best picture moments come right as your memory card is full.
  • Don’t Chase the Fish – You want pictures of some of the cool fish down under the sea, we know. However, don’t go chasing fish around to get the perfect picture. Not only will it wear your out quickly, but it will stress out the fish too. You’re a visitor, so be happy for the fish shots that you can take and don’t go chasing the sea life.
  • Get in Close – As you are taking pictures through a liquid, you actually need to get in very close to an object to take a good picture. The further you are away from your subject, the more blue that subject will look. In shallower reefs, this isn’t a particularly big deal since the water is so clear. However, for other areas a good distance is about an arm’s length away for nice, clear pictures.
  • Know Your Water Conditions – Do you have a bit of chop on the water? It might be best to skip the snorkeling trip. Not only can certain rough water conditions be dangerous to snorkelers, but the make for poor snorkeling anyway. If there are strong current or overhead winds are blowing up waves, that stirs up the sand and other particles in the water making for poor visibility and even worse underwater photography.
  • Don’t Expect Perfection – There are professional underwater photographers that still have a lot to learn about taking the perfect picture underwater. The difficulty of getting good pictures underwater is the reason underwater photography classes exist. You don‘t need to take a class, but if you want to enhance your skills there are a lot of different things you can learn about in order to take a good picture underwater online for free.
  • Don’t Forget to Enjoy Yourself – Don’t spend your entire snorkeling trip behind a camera looking for the perfect picture. You are there to have fun, after all. If you see a good potential photo op, get the camera ready, by all means, but don’t live behind it. You’ll miss the big picture.

The Art of Safe CCR Diving

SCUBA Diver in CCR Gear

The purpose of this web site is to educate and inform the general public and interested divers who wish to engage in the activity of Closed Circuit Rebreather or CCR diving. Formal training stresses the importance of detailed knowledge of your CCR Rebreather unit, emergency related survival skills and environmental conservation.

The services, diving, support and training on this web site are offered by Patrick Widmann & Andreas W. Matthes a.k.a. Matt who are experienced CCR Divers and Closed Circuit Rebreather Instructors. Matt is a CCR Instructor Trainer for varioous units, CCR cave and CCR Mod II who has been diving CCR´s since 1997 and conducted over 900 hours of CCR diving in the fields of CCRrecreational diving, technical diving, wreck diving and cave diving environment in the beautiful caves of Mexico.

Diving takes a great deal of physical fitness so it is not for  everyone. Going on a boat trip can be a much safer way to enjoy the ocean. In the warm and gentle waters of the Canary Islands there are a whole range on animals you will be able to see.

The best Closed Circuit Rebreather – CCR diving, support, service and CCR Diver training is available through Matts commitment to the art of safe Rebreather diving. Matt is located in one of the most beautiful underwater environments on the planet here in theRiviera Maya of Mexico which includes the area of Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal and Tulum.

As CCR Diver and P-SCR Diver programs are available with Matt here in the Riviera Maya, Mexico Matt will travel to your location world wide and train you in your local diving environment, pond,lake, quarry, cave, reef, river, wreck or ocean for you to get the most out of your training experience.

At my location in Playa del Carmen, Mexico I offer Rebreather support in the form of selected Rebreather spare parts, Rebreather tank rental, bailout tank rental, Carbon Dioxide (Co2) absorbent (Sodasorb and Extend Air), oxygen sensors as well as air, oxygenand trimix fills to 3000 psi – 200 bar.

Purpose and goals

Becoming certified as a CCR Diver is verification that the diver has developed the skills neccecary, has gained the basic understanding of the CCR unit being used to be a safe CCR Diver. As in all of life’s endeavors, it is wise to crawl before walking, and walking prior to running. In CCR diving one has be cautious as skills are developed methodically, one has to become totally familiar with the CCR, and always respect the CCR. As CCR diving skills develop, CCR diving goals can be expanded.

Above all never forget to know your Po2 at all times and remember that complacency kills.

Water Sports Preparations


Before actually going to your diving lessons, students should take the time to prepare themselves beforehand. We are not only pertaining to the physical requirements you have to meet. After all, you also have to be in the right mental state to start diving.

That being said, you need to do everything you can to not only maximize your physical capacity but also your self-confidence. You need to be comfortable in the water. Try to swim as often as you can to learn full underwater body control.

Scuba Diving Safety Reminders


You need to understand the importance of your diving equipment. Your equipment is your lifeline while you are underwater. Always keep this in mind to avoid any untoward incidents in the future.

That said, it should be part of your routine to always do a quick check-up on your diving equipment before actually going underwater. You need to look for any faulty equipment warning signs as these may cause serious trouble for you. In particular, watch out for strange smelling air, leaks, and broken buckles to name a few.

Tips for New Divers

The best thing we can tell new divers is to just enjoy the experience.

The best way to do this is to just keep doing it as often as you can. This will help you practice and hone your skills. We recommend going on a dive every few months.

Try going to different dive sites every trip. This should help you deal with different diving scenarios. After all, there is a whole world underneath the sea just waiting to be explored.