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Shark diving top locations worldwide

Who Else Wants to Dive With Sharks? The 10 Top Locations

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1. South Africa South Africa is probably the best place on earth where to dive with sharks. You’re not just diving with any old sharks, either—among many other species, you’ll be taking to the water with the predatory king of the ocean: the great white. Plan a two week holiday diving the following South African sites, and you might just see more sharks than you will in a lifetime of diving other locations. False Bay and Gansbaai These are the prime spots for diving with Great Whites – in the cage if you have a family, just a snorkel and fins if you happen to be nuts. And while both are well worth visiting, False Bay is slightly less touristy, and also provides visitors the chance to dive with the cow sharks that populate in the area. Aliwal Shoal, Umkomaas Aliwal Shoal is famous for its abundance of oceanic blacktip sharks. Every day, hundreds of divers jump into baited waters containing packs of twenty or thirty blacktips. If you’re lucky and in the right season you may also see tiger sharks. Keep an eye out for sandtiger sharks discarded teeth down in the reef sand! Protea Banks Protea Banks has fewer sharks…

How to consume less air while scuba diving

Few Known Ways to Consume Less Air While Diving

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Has it ever happen to you to be diving an amazing spot and right at the peak when the manta was passing by or when the sharks started to get closer the dive master had to close the dive because someone in your group was low on air? And, maybe, that someone was you? We thought it was useful to write this guide because we believe that there is not enough information about air consumption and breathing techniques in the standards of scuba courses and we wanted to create a comprehensive guide to help people to consume less air thus enjoying more their dives. From the first few dives you realise how important is to consume little air but how can you control that? What makes you use a lot of air? Let’s first analyse what influences the quantity of air the we use. Body structure Of course one of the first things that you have to take into consideration when analysing your air consumption is your body. A 12 year old girl will use much less air than a 35 year old rugby player; does this make sense? The girl’s lungs are way smaller, needing less air to be filled up…

Top underwater photos of 2013

8 Most Spectacular Underwater Photos from 2013

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This year has proven that you, like us, love diving and the demand for a new, personalised way of exploring the underwater world is increasing significantly. To celebrate this incredible year we’ve put together what we believed are the 8 most representative picture from our travels. We hope that this will, for many of you, remind great moments, and, if you didn’t dive with us yet, it will be a nice motivation to join one of the upcoming holidays. 1. A great white shark jumping In South Africa, in False Bay and Gansbaai it’s easy to spot these marvellous creatures jumping out of the water try to catch one of the seals swimming around. READ ON: Cage Diving with the Great White Shark in South Africa 2. Close up of a Grouper Or potatoes bus as they call them in Umkomaas, in South Africa. These huge fish are very common around the in the Produce wreck and more and more often you can see them also during the baited dives. READ ON: Sardine Run 2013 3. Manta – the queen of the ocean One of our favourite sea creature. Mantas look at you in the eyes, come close and play…

6 different types of scuba divers

6 Types of Divers – Which Group are You in?

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Have you ever asked yourself “What kind of diver am I?” We did, and this article wants to be a witty way to divide us in different groups. Read the various descriptions and then write in the comments which group fits you best. Don’t take it too seriously of course ;) The deep diver The blue is what fascinates you, you’re always the first to start the descent and the first to hit the bottom. In shallow dives you always hope you had taken with you a shovel to dig a bit deeper. Narcosis is like a drug for you, it doesn’t scare you, you need it! Your ideal diving curve is around the 0 minutes to the no decompression time. The tech diver You have a mathematical mind. You’re probably the only diver who likes tables and decompression theory. You read all the articles you find on the argument, keeping updated. Even when doing recreational dives, you like to show off your peak-performance wing bcd and your DIR setup. You take diving seriously and, let’s admit it, patronising a bit the recreational divers. The gadget diver The part you most like of your scuba gear is without any doubt…

How Long does a Scuba Tank Last?

Differences Between DIN and INT / Yoke Valves

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All modern SCUBA tanks use one of two kinds of valves: DIN or INT (“yoke”) valves. Regulator first stages have corresponding connections, and one won’t fit on the other regulators and adapters. What is an INT / yoke valve? INT is an abbreviation; it stands for ‘International’ and it’s by far the most common type of valve you’ll see in recreational diving (outside Europe). You can easily identify a yoke valve by the o-ring seal on the front of the valve and dimpled guide for the yoke on the back. The regulator is screwed, yoke-style, onto the valve where air pressure (and a properly-greased o-ring) maintain a tight seal. What is a DIN valve / adaptor? DIN is an acronym – Deutsche Industrie Norm. Unlike yoke valves, DINs have a threaded opening where a regulator screws into the valve, and no o-ring (it’s found on the first stage in DIN systems). DIN valves are rated for higher pressure than yokes, making them indispensable for technical/deep diving. Almost all tank manufacturers offer both tank valve systems, and DIN/INT adaptors for your regulator are readily available – it’s easy to switch between the two while travelling.