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Jack Van Toorn

Is it Safe to Dive during my Period?

Is it safe to dive whilst I am on my period? A commonly asked questions and the answer is yes… pretty much.

Many divers feel a concern over menstruating underwater. Be it shark attack, weakness, visual or hygienic issues this is a question asked over and over again in the dive community. Here to put your mind at rest I can tell you that you will be physically safe, however you may need to take a couple of safeguards into consideration.

Is there a chance of shark attack if I dive on My Period?

Thankfully, sharks are not going to smell your blood and come pursuing you because you’re menstruating. The warning that a shark can smell blood from three miles, or five kilometers, away is taken as fact, but this does not mean the smell makes the shark any more interested in you as it would be a floating log.

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Charles Davis

While diving is a year round sport in many locations, the number of divers and dives greatly increases in the summer months. As we head towards that time of the year, there are a number of items we should do to get the most out of our dive season.

1. Annual Services

Certain items of your kit, such as your regulators, needs to be services annually by certified technicians. Some manufacturers of regulators will provide lifetime service parts, however, to stay under the terms of the warranty you must have the piece of equipment services annually. Missing a service can mean no more free service parts. While not an annual requirement when you have your regulator serviced, ask to have your Submersible Pressure Gauge (SPG) checked. Most dive centers have a calibrated pressure gauge. They can compare what your gauge reads to their calibrated gauge at different pressures. Few SPG can be adjusted, however, a gauge giving different reading might not need to be replaced. As an example, if your gauge reads 10 bar higher than the calibrated reading at different pressures, you just need to remember that and adjust your dive plan accordingly. A dive plan that calls for an accent at 70 bar, would be 80 bar on your SPG. However, if the test show a variation that differs at different pressures (ie shows 290 at 300 bar ten low, but 60 at 50 bar ten high) the gauge must be replaced.

Rating 8/10

Malta alone

Malta21 Apr 2015 - 29 Apr 2015

After diving the Red Sea in January I was hooked. My next destination Malta,the trip was a learning experience for me as it was my first solo trip and had no idea what to expect.

Unfortunately Malta resembles a building site at the moment with all of the roadworks and developments underway but that wasn't why I was there.

After settling in on my first day, day 2 the diving began. I met up with some friends who were already there and doing their last day of diving and headed to St.Elmos Fort/harbour for the first two dives.

It was good to get back in the water, but typically me, I forgot my rock boots and had to dive in my brand new trainers. It was that or no dive. I can't remember the name of the wreck now, but we dived it twice and it was a great experience ideal for the first day after a couple of months break.

The water was still a little cold, so I bought s hood and gloves for the remainder of the week.

The remainder of the week much of my diving was at Cirkewwa with a guide from Scubatech, diving the P29, the Rozzi and the various reef dives. Nice to spot the Madonna.

Dive day 3 we headed for Gozo and the Blue Hole. Two dives again and both were majestic, the Blue Hole was a beautiful dive and the cliffs, drop offs are amazing. The inland sea was another fabulous dive and a very basic introduction to narrow gulley diving. My confidence was building.

Dive day 4 was back to Cirkewwa due to weather, but it was different again, beautiful swim throughs and a revisit of the P29.

All in all my trip to Malta was a great experience, I would have preferred going a little later in the year with warmer water, but I gather it gets swarmed with divers in the summer and what I love most about diving is the solitude.

Where next? I have yet to decide.

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Mike Bednarz

I went diving in Malta several years ago - shame it is going through so much development! That said - you can't go wrong with the Blue Hole.

Rating 10/10

Hurghada live aboard my introduction to diving

Hurghada5 Jan 2015 - 10 May 2015

After completing my Open Water PADI certification at inland quarries in the UK (Wraysbury and Vobster), I embarked on a real adventure to the Red Sea on a liveaboard with friends.

Our provider was Blue O2 and they were excellent. Our first diving day was delayed due to bad weather so day 2 became day 1.

My first dive was a bit of a disaster, lost a fin and skimmed my head on a rib so dive 1 got scrapped, a great lesson :)

I eventually got into the swing of it and was diving in beautiful water for the rest of the trip, we dived numerous reefs and wrecks, the highlight being the Thistlegorm. I became hooked.

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Camelia Kemenes

Blue-o-two are always good! Lost a fin.. :D that sucks!! Did someone manage to get it back?

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Brian Espin

Sounds like a blast! Must have been great to get out of those cold murky quarries!

Rating 8/10

Cayman Brac

Cayman Brac5 May 2015 - 12 May 2015

BA fly to Grand Cayman via the Bahamas from LHR

Cayman Brac is the smallest of the Cayman Islands.

We stayed here http://www.bracreef.com/cayman-islands-resorts/ which has a dive operation attached run by Reef Divers. ThEYhave two or three boats depending on demand each of which comfortably seat up to twenty or so divers. Various packages are available for permutations of two dives in the morning and one in the afternoon.

The diving is, in the main, fairly easy. On our trip we dived on the northern side of the island as the winds made the sea on the south side too rough. This also meant that no night dives were available.

Even the farthest dive is probably only 15 minutes or so away, which gives you ample time to kit up.

The general rule is a deep dive for the first one and then shallow ones for the next two.

You can go off on your own but the leader will meet you under the boat and escort however many people want to follow.

Dive times are usually about 45 minutes. The guide will get you back to the boat after about 30 minutes where you can stay until you need to get out.

The dive sights are a mix of coral reefs, walls and an extremely good wreck, a Russian frigate the 356, a remnant of the Cold War from Cuba.

The is little large stuff here. Eagle rays are fairly common as are stingrays. There is a large grouper population some of which are astonishingly friendly and will follow you for the entire dive. There are some very large barracuda that may also escort you on your dive.

Turtles are fairly common and many of these are used to divers so provided they are not crowded will hang around for as long as you do.

There is the usual collection of Caribbean reef fish, a variety of morays big and small, huge lobster and crabs, as well as small shrimps and other critters.

Good visibility, relatively shallow depths a fairly constant 28 C water temp and no currents

The resort is closing for three monhs later in 2015 for refurbishment.

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Julieta Rodrigues

Heart Cayman!

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Charles Davis

In the early days of scuba diving, a military surplus life preserver, nick named a Mae West, was an often used flotation device on the surface after a dive. This was replaced by a horse collar style flotation device, which itself was replaced by early BCDs. The double hose regulator was mostly replaced with a regulator with one hose, Oval face masks were replaced with low volume mask. The development of the wet suit provided an alternative to the rubber dry suit in certain waters and the dry suit itself saw changes. The list of improvements even lead scuba diving away from a He-man activity to a family sport.

Do You Consider A Dive Computer A Mandatory Device?

Electronics in general and dive computer specifically have greatly evolved over the last few decades. Dive computers go beyond the recommending of dive dives and depths. Most models allow a connection to a computer to transfer detailed information. Dive logs can be examined with a range of different information being provided.  Many recreational divers see a dive computer as mandatory as a depth gauge, pressure gauge and a watch are. In many cases the gauges have been replaced with a dive computer that has a pressure functions built in.

Rating 8/10

Best dive sites off Kona

Kona1 May 2015 - 10 May 2015

I recommend only 3 dive sites off Kona, but it spectacular:

1. Night dive with mantas. Every night you can see more than 6 mantas in one place ( I saw 25). For me it best night dive sites in the world!!!!

2. Harbor . In harbor lives 3 tiger sharks. One of them probably 5 meters and so fatt ( it biggest tiger shark what I see). During dive you can meet eagle Ray , gray reef shark, Dolphins , mantas, turtles and etc etc etc. I meet also monk seals.

3. Manta cleaning station.

visa mozambique

Hi guys,

we are diving in mozambique this summer. We arrive in johannesburg and first go to durban, then from there we will go to ponta do ouro. Does anybody have had any problems getting a visa for mozambique at the border?

Kind regards,

Lisa

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Catherine Jones

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Hi Lisa.. it seems not to many people have been able to help. I suggest dropping a few dive centers a mail (you can do this through the site easily enough) and ask them their thoughts. They are usually able to advise on these things as staff are often international! - Cat :)

Mehdi Ben Mouloud

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Hi Lisa, Just came back from Tofo, Mozambique. While we arranged visa before departure, I've seen many people getting visa on arrival at the Inhambane airport

Lisa van der Cruijsen

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Thanks guys!

Rating 10/10

Funnydivers

Hurghada4 Mar 2015 - 14 Mar 2015

I dived with Funnydivers from Hurghada - they were a great team and had their own comfortable boat. The team was really experienced and calm and very comfortable. I am an experienced diver and there were lots of different groups so we could dive with a similar level of experience. There were a few people who were doing intro dives, some on courses and some were certified divers. The food, drinks and water were included as was the taxi with no extra charges. Definitely recommend! www.funnydivers.com

Gano Hughes

Nice. I go to here next!

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Charles Davis

I had just finished a wonderful dive at Subic Bay, Philippines and was waiting my turn to get back on the dive boat when a diver asked me if I had bought my gear new. I told him I had, about 17 years ago. He replied that my mask was showing its age as was his. We had the same mask, one of the few available 17 /18 years ago that took optical inserts. When we got on-board and started on our surface interval we continued talking of our equipment and experiences with it over the years. The other divers joined in and I will say all were veteran divers. The diver that ask the original question was an Instructor from British Columbia on vacation. Joining the conversation was a technical instructor from the U.K. Two of the divers are pensioners, one also from the U.K., and the other Scotland. They spend about five months here when the weather is cold in their homelands and do at least ten dives a week. The last of our little group was our dive master, Henry.  Henry mostly used the resort's equipment. It has been at least 12 years since I first dived with him.  The area we are diving is a marine sanctuary and local regulations require a dive master in the water each dive.

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