Valletta – European Capital of Culture 2018

Preparations are underway in our beautiful city of Valletta for the first event of the year representing Valletta as Europe’s Capital of Culture for 2018!

The event is called “Erba’ Pjazzez”  which means 4 Squares and an awesome spectacle will be hosted tomorrow evening (20th Jan 18) around the capital city. (more…)

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Plastic Habits to Quit ASAP

Everyone knows that plastic is one of the worlds worst man made pollutants. Which is why there is dire urgency for awareness to spread about this deadly synthetic towards which outnumbers Earth’s sea life six to one.

Our planet cannot break down plastic. All the plastic that has ever existed up until the present day still overwhelms our world! By time, the plastic only gets broken down into smaller pieces however never fully degrades. Which is such a shame considering how many marine species are affected by this, namely; all species of sea turtles – that are reported to have had plastic inside or all over their bodies. Not to mention birds…..1,000,000 birds who forage or live by the sea die every year from ingesting plastic.

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Pre Dive Safety Check

No matter of your diving level proficiency, the Pre-Dive Buddy Safety Check should be performed by any and every diver. The check is carried out by a Scuba Diver and his or her Dive Buddy before descending for a dive as a final pre equipment inspection. What makes it such an important element of safety is making sure both your and your buddy´s equipment are working perfectly. Also familiarising yourself with your buddy´s equipment will aid you in assisting or receiving assistance from him \ her.

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How to Choose the Best Wetsuit for You

There are many factors to consider when choosing your first wet suit. It all depends on your situation and obviously what climate you think you will mostly be diving in. It´s useless to buy a thin wetsuit when you live in an area where the waters are freezing. There is just no way it will aid you in your diving ventures. Just for argument´s sake, here´s a quick guide on how to choose the best wetsuit thickness for you by looking at water temperature.

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The Leymor

We are pretty sure, that those of you who live in Malta must have spotted this big yellow boat navigating through the Maltese waters by now. 🙂 It just sticks out….!!

It is more than just a big yellow boat however….It is a custom built catamaran designed by Graham Knott an English diver, boat builder, Cornwall avid wreck historian and the like…The Leymor is used as a dive boat catering to all types of diving, equipment, charters.

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Scuba Diving Habits to Quit

We all get careless when we get used to doing something often, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right way to do it! From time to time, we don’t even realise that we’ve picked up a habit, hence the reason it’s called a habit. This article calls attention to Those habits for you to be made aware that you probably are guilty of one or two….

Firstly, Buddy Checks are one of the most important steps when planning to go on a dive. If you skip the Buddy Check then there is a great chance that problems will then arise while you are in the water. If you want to learn how to avoid any problems or adapting to the current situation, PADI Rescue Diver course will help you to maintain your cool and learn to handle all types of situations. But as we all know, the best way to avoid any mishaps is to follow protocol and do the Pre-Dive Check.Digital Underwater Photography Course

Bad Habit number 2 is Photographing everything you see but getting no good quality shots. Having expensive equipment is one thing. However if you don’t know how to manage good photos is another story! Underwater photo basics are a must, no matter what your level of diving is and/or experience with your equipment. Especially for marine life etiquette. Our Underwater Photography Course can teach you how to do just that!

Number 3….Make sure you are wearing the best exposure protection for your body. We can agree that everyone’s reaction to change in temperature is different. It all depends on you as an individual what you feel comfortable in. Making sure that you have a good suit insures that you wont feel cold and have to abort in the middle of a dive. If you want to get to know more about which dry / wet suit is best for you and the diving conditions you seek to explore, have a look at our PADI Drysuit Diver specialty.

Moving on to Number 4; carrying weights is already a hassle in itself. Imagine carrying more weight than you’re supposed to….your body will be working harder than it’s supposed to. Your breathing will be much faster and overall, is just going to make you tired quicker and consume more air faster as well. Check out our Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Course to learn all about the ideal weight for you.

EquipmentHabit Number 5 – Checking your equipment! You won’t be the first diver to have gone abroad, spent all your money on a great diving adventure across the world, only to find problems with your equipment…this is why servicing all your gear frequently, especially before an upcoming trip is essential. Get in touch with us if you’re thinking of doing an Equipment Specialist Course to help you get to know your own gear and help you to maintain your gear at a basic level. Make sure to log your mainentance/servicing on your ScubaEarth Profile.

These 5 essential courses will have you good and ready to kick those bad habits aside, and dive safely, warm, with great serviced equipment and photograph the underwater world at your leisure!

Check out our other blogs below….

Jellyfish Facts You Need to Know

Jellyfish have been living among the oldest creatures of the Oceans for around 650 million years. As for different types of Jellyfish out there, you can say that they are endless! However to give an estimate of known species are about 1000-1500 worldwide.

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Freediving Techniques and Kit

In a previous post we’ve talked about what freediving is. In this post we’ll be tackling what TECHNIQUES one needs to be familiar with and what kit you’ll be needing to freedive.

Basics of the techniques used for freediving are commonly the practice of holding your breath and building resistance to higher levels of carbon dioxide in the body.

Moreover, a course in Freediving will teach you how to breath hold and explains to you what is happening to your body when it reacts to CO2. On another note, it will also teach you how to hold your breath beyond your normal comfort zone and how to rise back to the surface and start breathing normally again after the dive.

As for GEAR different situations require different items of equipment. Depending on where you are, if you’re in colder weather then a wetsuit. Also a dive mask is essential for freedivers to plan out their route back up to the surface. There are also 2 types of fins which freedivers use:

  1. The By Fin where you have one on each foot.
  2. The Monofin, where a diver has both feet in one large fin – mimicking a dolphin like movement.

It is said that By fins are more common with recreational Freedivers and monofins are more efficient for those who wish to go deeper or cover more ground faster.

Where can you freedive?Be sure to stick around to find out.

Wreck Penetration and it's Hazards

Everyone enjoys a good wreck and even more so if you are skilled enough to penetrate said wreck. However, that’s not to say that it doesn’t come with it’s hazardous consequences. First of all seeking the proper training is of utmost importance. Search for an instructor with experienced knowledge of wreck diving to teach you and become educated in effective techniques, then practice – practice and PRACTICE!

One of the worst fears of many divers is getting trapped inside the wreck. It is also a known fact that wrecks deteriorate over time, and their structure weakens, which is why we urge divers to be most vigilant. The best way to counteract this hazard is to have a good look at the wrecks blueprints, and study it over until it sticks. Having a dive buddy is also crucial, that way you can aid each other if something goes wrong.

It would be disastrous if any of these things should happen while you are penetrating a wreck. With this comes the risk that it will get harder to maintain buoyancy, and will result in possibly damaging your equipment. Or worse, banging your head, rendering yo unconscious or bleeding out. Familiarizing yourself with the wreck before penetrating it is crucially important. Tech divers are taught to deal with traumatic underwater situations like, buoyancy and propulsion methods, and also learn to avoid or at least minimize the dispersion of silt as they pass.

It is quite possible that you might get entangled or trapped. It is common to find fishing nets and lines around and inside a wreck, which are very hazardous to divers, for obvious reasons. Even wires from the wreck itself are hazardous while a diver is penetrating said wreck. Overtime the outer coating of wires deteriorates and so exposed wires can get caught in your equipment. Make sure to have a good sharp cutting knife or shears within comfortable reach, just in case this happens to you.

There are many other risks that factor in as well, however, if you are planning on taking that step to becoming a qualified wreck diver, the key is to learn your diving techniques and tools seamlessly, and like we said before, practice, practice, PRACTICE with an instructor you trust who has expertise in wreck diving.

Ready to start your journey? Have a look at our Wreck Diver Course and see if it’s for you…..

What if you’re already a Wreck Diver but want to take your training to the next level? Head to Techwise for Adv Wreck Training….

 

 

What is E-Learning?

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To break it down in simple terms, the Open Water Course includes three main steps:

  • E-Learning – This is the knowledge development section of the course, which can be completed at your leisure at home, so you do not have to spend too long in the classroom whilst on holiday!. This is an essential part of the whole course since you will be learning all the basic requirements and concepts you need to go scuba diving.
  • Confined Water Dives – will be in a confined water space, generally in a pool or confined open water area, where you will practice your skills for the first time.
  • Open-Water dives – where you will put to the test everything you have learned online and practiced in the pool.

Part 1: E-Learning

What is asked of you during the first stage is to read through the course material provided. If you were to do this during your time at theparticular dive centre you’ve chosen, you would have about 3 to 4 classroom sessions with quizzes and a final exam.

However, with independent studying and / or E-Learning, you are able to study at your own pace, and set a schedule around other daily tasks. With the help of a narrator, slides, text and videos, you will be more than ready for the practical part by the time you get to the centre!

E-Learning takes various forms. You can stay online and work from a computer, or there are downloadable versions suitable for tablets, where you only need to be online twice – once to download and once to upload your quiz results.

Some elements you will be getting used to through E-Learning are different pieces of equipment and how they aid you in scuba diving. Also to choose the gear that is best for you. This is not all. Diving theories will also be taught throughout the E-Learning stage and how to tackle different situations while diving.

After each section you will have a quick review of what you have studied so far as well as being presented with a quiz to test your knowledge on what you’ve just read. At the end of the E-Learning, there is a final quiz reviewing all you have studied.

When you arrive at your chosen dive centre, take with you the confirmation or your quiz results, which will have been emailed to you. You then do a quick review to make sure you have not forgotten anything before getting in the water!

Before you get to have a peek at the deep blue, you must first complete some confined water sessions in a pool so that dive centre staff are confident that you are ready to hit the water.