Preparing for Dive Class

two people sitting on beach looking at book

This is the time of year that my course schedule for the summer really begins to gel.  The holidays are over, winter has set in, people start thinking about the dive season and what they would like to accomplish this year.  Some divers set their sights on getting additional training and taking their diving to a new level. Once a person […]

Two is Company, Three’s a Crowd?

Two scuba divers underwater.

From the first days of our Open Water Diver course, we are told to always dive with a buddy. Sound advice. Furthermore, we are told that a buddy team should consist of two divers. We are specifically cautioned against diving in a three person buddy team. It’s simply too difficult to keep track of two other people while underwater. Invariably, the […]

Lift Bag or Marker Buoy?

Inflatable buoy on surface of water.

A surface marker and guideline are an essential part of a tech diver’s kit. Most people use either a lift bag or an SMB (surface marker buoy) as the marker. A reel or finger spool are two options for carrying and deploying line. The reasons for carrying these items are many. If diving in a current, divers often deploy the marker, […]