The Common Octopus The common octopus is a master in disguise. When looking to ambush or to hide, it changes its color instantaneously and thus becomes one with the background. When really threatened he will eject a cloud of ink allowing it enough time to seek shelter. How to recognize a common octopus? Scuba Diving […]
Refresh your diving skills
Why would I need a scuba refresh?Everybody has experienced it. You are on a diving excursion and one of your fellow divers is not at the level expected. It typically starts with the preparation of the dive kit. It takes ages to get prepared and requires the full attention of the dive centre staff. The person in questions is obviously very nervous. Once ready, limited attention is given to the dive briefing. You now upfront this is going to be a hard one. You are convinced a good scuba refresh would be advised. Having a good up to date knowledge and practice, handling of dive gear and understanding of diving procedures is key to fully enjoy your dives. Nevertheless we see divers in our centre regularly that are lacking at least one of these. They have not been diving for a while, regardless of the reasons, and do not feel confident. They not only increase the risks when diving, they typically spoil the dives of the regular divers. The same quite often applies for active divers that decided recently to make major changes to their dive equipment. Not sure how to use the new equipment or lacking practice with it, they easily shift the focus to the new kit as opposed to the diving while being under water. When you recognize yourself in any of the above statement, it might be wise to talk to the dive centre and agree on a refresher course.
What's in a refresh for me?
Get back into itOver time unused scuba knowledge fades. We as dive centre expect certified divers to safely plan and execute dives in accordance with their qualification. Planning a dive, controlling your bottom time, master your buoyancy and performing a correct safety stop are key to any dive. Understanding the correct buddy procedures increases your safety. Knowing what to do in case of diver separation is mandatory to conduct dives in a safe and controlled way. During a refresher course we will go through all the steps of a dive and help to bring you back up to speed on all these aspects.
Understand and manage your own dive gearMost dive centres want certified divers to assemble and disassemble their own dive gear, check and adjust their weights and make sure all is functioning correctly. Sorting out your dive equipment gets a lot of attention in the refresher session.
Refresh skills and routineAny dive professional is ready to help you rehears the required scuba skills. Believe us, quite often small, forgotten things can cause major issues during a dive, ruining the dive for everybody. Sometimes they can even cause dangerous situations. Doing a refresher course gives you the chance to rehears all the required skills. After the skill rehearsal you start thinking as a diver again! For the diver having changed his dive gear, these sessions allow you to build confidence in the use of your newly acquired gear while practicing with your instructor. He will be happy to help you out with any issue and even demonstrate how to use the equipment correctly.
Practice in a controlled environmentScuba diving is not risk free and if something goes wrong, there is a risk attached. It’s critical for the safety of you and your dive buddy to know what to do if you find yourself in a low-on-air emergency situation. Strangely though, certified divers rarely practice these skills. Running through the skills under the supervision of an instructor makes you to practice them in a safe, risk-free environment so that they become instinctive.
Build confidenceAs a certified diver you understand that being stressed for a dive is not the best option. The lack of recent experience or major changes to your gear will get you nervous as you get closer to hitting the water. The higher your heart-rate gets, the more the stress will build up. This will have a negative impact not only on your air consumption, but might cause you not to react correctly on events during the dive. Practicing in a confined and controlled environment under the direct guidance of a pro will give you the confidence required and reduce the pre-dive stress. You will be able to fully enjoy the dive and reduce the risks for you and your fellow divers.
Get to know your guidesQuite often the pros assisting you during the refresh course are also the divers that will guide the dives. Getting to know each other and building report during the refresher course will help for the real dives. In addition these pros have tons of dives and know the environment you will be diving in by heart. Enjoy the refresher course to gather valuable information and get fully prepared to discover the underwater world at 100%.
Some final thoughtsAll divers learn during their basic diving course, regardless from the agency, that a refresh is required when you did not dive for somewhere between 6 to 12 months. Experience teaches us that the person asking for a refresher course is often the least needing it. Quite some divers over estimate themselves and are confident a refresh course or even just a refresh dive is not required. Once they come into the centre and are requested to start preparing their gear we know how late it is. Please think twice before joining a dive and be critical on yourself, it will increase the safety for yourself, your fellow divers and your guides. Regardless of the recommendations of the dive associations, each diver should make a critical evaluation of his ability to manage a dive end-to-end. Some divers may need some assistance to safely re-enter the water way sooner as others. The recommendations are just a rule of thumb but each should in the first place do an honest self-assessment. Believe us, as dive professionals we will not judge anybody requesting assistance to re-enter, just the opposite. At the end it is all about making sure dives are fun and enjoyable and can be conducted in the safest way possible.
Big schools of Bastard Grunt or Roncadores Jump from the boat, dive into the blue and see the large groups of silver-yellow fish, sometimes a couple of 1.000 of them, slowly moving. You cannot deny, the numbers are their strength, definitely with groups of barracuda hanging above. How to recognize a Bastard Grunt? Scuba […]
The remarkable camouflage from the cuttlefish With its rugby-ball shaped body and a set of arms sticking out on one site it is a somewhat strange appearance. Once it starts changing its colour and its pattern the image is complete. Spotting a Cuttlefish is a unique experience. How to recognize a cuttlefish? Scuba Diving The […]
Never disturb an angelshark. The angelshark is an expert to hide in the sand during the day. Only an experienced eye will spot it. On night dives, when hunting, you take a humble distance to this gracious creature. How to recognize an angelshark? Scuba Diving The angelshark diet The angelshark reproduction Endangered Species Some […]
Why would I need a scuba refresh? Everybody has experienced it. You are on a diving excursion and one of your fellow divers is not at the level expected. It typically starts with the preparation of the dive kit. It takes ages to get prepared and requires the full attention of the dive centre staff. […]
Shy but gracious, meet the common eagle ray The gracious appearance of the common eagle ray always has an amazing effect on divers. Slowly appearing out of the blue, elegantly gliding through the water and disappearing in the open ocean, it always leaves you with a humble feeling. How to recognize a common eagle ray? […]
Spinning around a marbled electric ray Thanks to its round shape, the marbled electric ray, also known as the Torpedo ray, is easy to recognise, although sometimes hard to spot. As a predator it is often hiding under the sand, just its eyes visible, waiting to ambush pray with an electric shock. Luckily the round […]
The common stingray, the boss of the sea The solitary common stingray can be scary when sighted. Some of the older animals are enormous and can appear out of nowhere. Definitely during night dives seeing them appear out of the dark, you better move away as they won’t! How to recognize a common stingray? Scuba […]
Be surprised by the spiny butterfly ray A passing butterfly ray, with a span of sometimes more than 2 m, does not stay unnoticed. You do admire the apparently effortless movements that make it glide beautifully through the water. It is just spectacular! How to recognize a spiny butterfly ray? Scuba Diving The spiny butterfly […]
The Round fantail stingray looks like dancing The gracious hovering of this bottom dwelling ray is a great seeing. Their moves are harmonious and seem effortless, like performing in an underwater ballet. Sometimes they are solitary, but commonly you will see them with multiple species together. How to recognize a round fantail stingray? Scuba Diving […]
Encounter with a Painted comber in Gran Canaria The painted comber is not very shy so you can get quite close to it. With its multitude of colours, it’s always a great model for underwater photographers. How to recognize a painted comber? Scuba Diving The painted comber diet Good to know Some Science More Information […]
The Canary Damsel fish is a small but aggressive little thing. On every dive you will find them, the little black devils that think they can attack the giants. The Canary Damsel male will charge fearlessly at any predator coming too close to its nest, whether it’s an octopus or a diver. How to recognize […]
Spotting the trumpetfish in Gran Canaria Easy to recognise, often hanging in the water head down, long body, you will meet the Atlantic trumpetfish at any dive site in the south of Gran Canaria. How to recognize a trumpetfish? Scuba Diving The trumpetfish diet Good to know Some Science More Information How to recognize […]
Gran Canaria, the round island Gran Canaria, located in the centre of the Canarian archipelago – also called the round island because of its circular shape – is 47 km across and covers an area of 1,560 sq km. Its highest peak, Pozo de Las Nieves (1,949m above sea level), is situated right in the […]
Discover the 4 most spotted Moray Eels in the Canary Islands About 200 different species of Moray eels exist worldwide. Of these 4 different species are to be found when diving in the south of the Canary Islands. Fangtooth moray Black Moray Brown moray eel Canary moray Seeing a Moray eel with its mysterious eyes […]
Why do you want a job in a dive center? Before entering into details and tips on how to apply for a job, think about why you want to apply for it. For the newbies in the industry, just became a Dive Master or recently went through the instructor certification process, applying for a first job […]
Equalizing your ears is one of the first skills that new divers learn and that we practice on every single dive. While building up dives, equalization becomes almost instinctive for many divers. For some divers equalizing remains difficult, frustrating and even painful. Let’s have a look into the process, the techniques and what can make equalizing […]
The buddy system As recreational divers we learned it is advised to always dive with a buddy. Diving with a buddy makes diving more fun, safer and is in some countries even a legal requirement. The idea behind it is based on the fact that with two it is easier and less stressful to manage […]
Looking for Angel Sharks The Angel Shark, also called Squatina Squatina is one of the rare species you find in the waters of Gran Canaria. In the winter, around Christmas, they come close to shore to give birth to their offspring. The shark babies need shallow and protected waters. That is why we only see […]
As divers we have a passion for being under water, so the term “being hooked on” can be looked at in a positive way. Despite this, and being under water often, “being hooked on” has a very negative meaning to us. In the recent months we see an increasing amount of marine life suffering […]
People think that diving and getting a diving license costs a lot of money…. Correct ? Hmm, I don´t think so. Let´s compare it with getting a car driving license. After all, what is the difference ? You take it once and then it is valid for the rest of your life all over the […]
Thanks to a great article in SnorkelyBuceo.com scuba diving and snorkeling in Gran Canaria is brought under the attention. Follow the link to read the full article (in Spanish): http://www.snorkelybuceo.com/lugares-para-bucear/bucear-en-gran-canaria/
Your life changes when you start scuba diving After competing your scuba diving training and subsequently preparing for your first dive, there is a sense of nervousness and excitement. But within minutes of jumping into the ‘deep blue’, that anxiety seems to cease and you are overwhelmed with a sense of tranquility and peace. The […]
Work as a diver as an adventure Most people are convinced that becoming a dive instructor and work in the industry is only about the adventure in your life, working in exotic destinations and earning lots of money. Well, the truth is a bit different. Talk to dive instructors and dive masters, both experienced and […]
How many certified divers took their first scuba diving steps through a PADI Discover Scuba Diver? Anybody wonders why this first experience changed their lives? Most divers I talked to explained their DSD was a great experience. Thanks to the dive centre and dive instructor, passing their passion for diving, a new diver was born. […]
Thanks to a great article in snorkelenduiken.nl scuba diving and snorkeling in Gran Canaria is brought under the attention. Follow the link to read the full article (in Dutch): //www.snorkelenduiken.nl/duikplekken/duiken-op-gran-canaria/
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