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Took my PADI OW Diver final exam yesterday

by Shannon Alexander on August 27, 2015

Got a 96! Woot! So eager for pool sessions next week! So wanting to buy the rest of my kit too, equipment awkwardness and discomfort are the things that I tend to remember when I think about the down sides of diving. I've got at least 15 dives under my belt from prior resort courses and/or my first certification 23 years ago so I'm not a total newbie. I would rather do my pool work and my OW checkout dives with my own gear so I can get my buoyancy and trim down to a science from the get go. I can afford to go mid range on pricing. I already have snorkel gear, booties, a skin and a wet suit. Now just need to get my husband on board with the plan.


PADI Instructor Development Course IDC with Sipadan Scuba in Borneo

by Sipadan Scuba on February 05, 2014

You want to travel and dive the best places in the world while getting paid for it?Become a PADI Instructor with Sipadan Scuba !!!Borneo has the perfect, year-round tropical climate and amazing marine life. While taking your PADI IDC with Sipadan Scuba you'll be in the good hands of a dedicated group of experienced PADI Course Directors who will guide you all the way to make that dream of diving unspoilt reefs all over the world a reality. We conduct 5 PADI Instructor Development Courses every year as well as a wide range of specialty and technical courses to fit your interest.For more information, schedule and rates visit


Free Marine Science and Conservation course

by Ksso on January 23, 2014

Coursera has made a name of itself as a prime source for online courses - mostly in the technical field. But this time is the scuba diver's passion which is being taught by David Johnston from Duke university.The course's outline, name's Megafauna, seems amazing and would be an awesome crash course for anyone willing to get more involved in Diveboard's citizen science projects.

This course is about sea turtles, whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, sharks, giant squid and other large ocean creatures - collectively known as marine megafauna - and what they can tell us about how the ocean works and why it is so important for all life on earth. This course will help you learn about life in the...


Water Up Your Nose

by Shelley Collett on January 22, 2014

Everyone hates it, right?  It’s why you see so many people holding their noses before they jump into the water.   One of the biggest problem skills I've seen as an instructor is breathing without a mask underwater. Some people handle it fine, but others have extreme, nearly insurmountable difficulty with it.   After a couple of difficult sessions with some student divers, I decided to try and learn how to teach the skill better.  I needed a better way to impart knowledge instead of just saying, “Just don’t let the water in!” without really knowing how to tell them not to let the water in. I really didn't understand why or how I was keeping the water out myself. I just did it! I always...


Mobile Devices in the Classroom, New Concepts and Ideas

by Charleswright on January 17, 2014

The advancements in technology have made a tremendous impact

in all fields of human endeavor. The Internet and the World Wide Web along with

the mobile devices have truly revolutionized the way in which we as human

beings perform tasks. The mobile phones, Tablet PCs and Laptops of today are

capable of performing tasks that were unthinkable even a few years ago. Leave

alone the Laptops; the mobile phones that even children carry in their pockets

are mini computers that are way ahead of their predecessors of 5 years. It is

possible to take high definition photos, send them by mail, share it with

friends and even stay in close contact with loved ones via chat application ...


Why Dive a Computer? - Dive Planning!

by SKuba Steve on December 05, 2013

Another beautiful shot by Mika Hiltunen - thanks for sharing Mika!

I'm a gear-o-phile. Okay now that we got that out of the way...

Dive computers are a great addition to your dive system. When a diver on a limited budget asks me what they should purchase first, a dive computer is always high on the list (usually right below regulators - but every situation warrants some thought). I don't sell diving computers, I don't get commission when one a diver buys one but I'm passionate about getting divers into computers.

And here's why...

Increased dive time


Dive planning

Gas mixture programming

Dive logging


Dive Planning ...


Diving With Computers - Safety Considerations

by SKuba Steve on November 22, 2013

Last week I listed the following reasons I dive a computer and discussed the first one:

Increased dive time


The tables seem like they were designed to sell dive computers

Gas mixture programming

Dive logging


In this week's exciting episode of 'Why Dive a Computer?' we'll explore some safety considerations related to SCUBA diving with a computer.

Here is a summary of SKuba Steve's dive computer do's and don'ts!

Diving Computer Do's

Plan your own dives

Tell your computer the truth

Diving Computer Don'ts

Don't perform decompression (or Nitrox) diving without proper training

Don't share dive computers

Let's get to it... ...


Why Dive a Computer? – Increased Dive Time!

by SKuba Steve on November 15, 2013

Editor’s note: There are six basic reasons I dive a computer and I wrote a really nice wordy word blog post about it and it was so long even I wouldn’t read it so… I’ve broken it down into six segments which I’ll post on Friday mornings (beginning with this one). Thx!

Now… why dive a computer?

I’m a gear-o-phile. Okay now that we got that out of the way…

Dive computers are a great addition to your dive system. When a diver on a limited budget asks me what they should purchase first, a dive computer is always high on the list (usually right below regulators – but every situation warrants some thought). I don’t sell diving computers, I don’t get commission when one a diver buys one but I’m...


Becoming a PADI Instructor: Update

by Phil on November 12, 2013

So, as a lot of you can tell my posts kind of died out and there is a reason for that. I found that logging the process wasn't helping me retain the information as well as I had hoped. So I decided to abandon it in search of a better way to study that would allow me to retain the information better.

I've had good success with going through the PADI workbook as well as using the idc-guide website to review the information. I've also been using the information when giving my speeches helping out at the dive shop for OW and AOW courses. Rainbow Reef also provides a great resource that is an online quiz/testing system that formats questions in the format that PADI will during the IDC covering...


PADI:OW - Final Exam Pass!

by Paul Smart on August 29, 2013

Last night was my final theory session and exam!

Theory session was just fine. Not problems at all very straight forward!

I took the 50 question exam and whistled through it. All my hard studying paid off and I passed with 100% - Very Pleased!

Now it's just the Open Water dives that are booked for the 7th and 8th of September!

How exciting! Cliff then wants to get me in the water as soon as possible and I can't wait for that either!


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