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Four Holiday Shopping Tips for Divers

With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, you may be thinking about what to get for your favorite divers. Here are four holiday shopping tips for divers you can use to make the holidays a great success both above water and below.

1. Visit Aquatic Adventures Online.

Aquatic Adventures Online is the official Aquatic Adventures catalog of products. You can find it at, or you can simply click the SHOP button on the right side of the menu bar on any of our web pages.

While not everything we sell is on our shopping cart, most of our key products are. What makes our shopping cart unique is that the product descriptions were written by divers and not engineers and advertisers. We try to provide you with the same kinds of recommendations and information our staff provides you in our store.

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Scuba Equipment

Six Equipment Maintenance Tips for the Off Season

As a certified scuba diver you know how important your equipment is. You spent hours researching, carefully selecting and purchasing just the right stuff. Even if your gear is not the fanciest on the market, it is yours and you trust it with your life. Equipment Maintenance is just as important in the off season as it is during the season to keep that gear in tip-top shape. Here are our top 6 tips for equipment maintenance in the off season.


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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Shark?

With dive season in full, summertime mode, I stopped in at my local dive center to pick up a few items for my next dive. Spring was hard on my equipment. After 20 dives in the Caribbean and another 20 at home, I had managed to lose a dive reel, break a fin strap, and crack the frame of my favorite mask.

As I talked to the sales person about getting a new mask, another man and his son were talking to the store manager about taking their beginning scuba class. I am always excited to see new people taking up my favorite pastime, so I could not help listening in to the conversation. Clearly the new divers had been to the store before, as the manager greeted them by name and welcomed them back.

“So, where’s your daughter?” I heard the manager ask.

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Rescue Diver

Why the PADI Rescue Diver Class is so Important

He was 30 feet down under water…he was out of air and his mask was half full of water.  He signaled to his dive buddy “out of air” as he struggled to open the valve on the pony bottle of air.  His buddy pushed the pony bottle regulator into his mouth but kept his hand over the purge button.  He had no air left in his lungs to clear the regulator and could not access the purge button.  His eyes went wide, his lungs began to burn, panic was setting in…what happens now?*

Having recently taken the PADI Rescue Diver class, Tom and Makinon Herbert were glad to share their diving class experiences with me. With Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water and Emergency First Response certifications already completed, both were ready to take their scuba training further.  Originally viewing Rescue Diver as just a class, they soon learned it was so much more.

With a full color manual of relevant information, quizzes, reviews and tests, an accident management workslate, and a pocket EFR mask, the Rescue Diver crew packet comes complete with the necessary materials.  Beginning with an evening of classroom learning, self-rescue skills were discussed,  the importance of safety was gone over and various scenarios were imagined.  Upon completion of the classroom training, Tom and Makinon then prepared for the lake on the upcoming weekend.

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