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Beginner’s Guide To Scuba Diving

Beginner’s Guide To Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is a captivating experience that everyone should try. Not only is it fun; it’s a fantastic skill to know. Scuba diving can enable you to explore underwater worlds that you would otherwise never see on your own. While diving is fun and perfectly attainable, learning how to do it can sometimes be a source of anxiety for certain people.

Diving isn’t necessarily something that comes naturally to humans as we’re land animals. For this reason, it goes against our nature and our bodies often react strongly to the process. As a result, it requires a lot of instruction and patience. Learning to scuba dive is not that hard if you follow the guidelines, while it may take some time to adapt to. Once you do you’re guaranteed to fall in love with diving down to beautiful and exciting depths.

When you are new to the world of scuba diving, getting started can feel like a bit of a difficult task. Here are easy tips that can help you begin your underwater journey.

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Find a Certified Instructor/Scuba Diving Course:

To be allowed to scuba dive, you have to be certified. To process your certification, you must first take a lesson that teaches you the basics. Certified diving instructors and courses should be certified by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), WDO (World Diving Organization), or DSI (Diving Schools International).

A diving course will either be taught in a classroom with a pool or in an open water scenario. If taking a course in the classroom, it could take up to nine weeks. When in open waters, the course often doesn’t take as long to complete.

Be Familiar with the Equipment:

While class will familiarize you with all of the necessary equipment, it’s important that you take the time to ensure that you do know the equipment well.

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Remain Calm:

Due to the fact that scuba diving isn’t natural for humans, it can sometimes cause feelings of anxiety and panic. However, it’s important to remain calm at all times. Losing your calm and wasting energy uses up more oxygen, which is a limited resource when you’re diving. Furthermore, although it rarely happens, if something goes wrong, staying calm is imperative when to get out of sticky situations.

Breathe:

Breathing techniques are taught in your diving course, but you may be tempted to hold your breath when diving. Holding your breath can make you extremely uncomfortable, causing feelings of panic, and worst of all it can ruin your dive!

The breath goes hand in hand with remaining calm; both techniques will make your dives more enjoyable.

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Be a competent swimmer- it isn’t necessary to be an expert swimmer, but you should feel comfortable and competent in your abilities before you dive. You’ll be swimming for lengthy periods of time when driving and should feel comfortable doing so.

Never Dive Alone:

Especially when starting out, make sure that you dive with a buddy, preferably one who is an experienced scuba diver.

While the process of learning to scuba dive takes a bit of time; it’s an investment that can provide you with a lifetime of enjoyment.

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Limitless Possibilities!

People of nearly any physical build and age can engage in scuba diving, and most people enjoy it in just about any state in America. Obviously, diving in the ocean is the most popular, but lakes, natural springs, and quarries offer some great diving experiences nationally, and even around the world!

If you cover the basics and find that you enjoy it, there are certainly many more areas to explore and provide you with more of a challenge. For example, you can expand your education to include cave diving, wreck diving, and even advanced techniques like a rescue or forensic diving.

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Last Updated on August 21, 2018

30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

 1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

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    Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

    2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

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      If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

      3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

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        It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

        4. Corn chips for kindling!

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          Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

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          5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

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            Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

            6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

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              These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

              7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

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                You never know when you might need some.

                8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

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                  Get all the info you need here.

                  9. Sangria!

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                    We know what’s really important. How to here!

                    10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

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                      By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

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                      11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

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                        Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                        12. DIY shower.

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                          All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                          13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

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                            Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                            14. Make s’moreos easily.

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                              15. MarshJell-o shots.

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                                Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
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                                  Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                  17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

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                                    It’s that easy!

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                                    18. Grits repel ants.

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                                      Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                      19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

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                                        20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

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                                          That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                          21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

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                                            For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                            22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

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                                              You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                              23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

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                                                Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

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                                                  By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

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                                                  25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

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                                                    26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                      Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                      27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                        That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                        28. Keep your toiletries handy.

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                                                          Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                          29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

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                                                            Get them while you can!

                                                            30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

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                                                              With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

                                                              Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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