7 Little Known Facts About Scuba Diving

Did you know...?

Did you know…?

Whether you’re an experienced or new diver, you probably have a thing or two to learn. There’s always something about this vast underwater world that we can learn. Here are seven facts that many people don’t know about scuba diving? How many of them do you know?

1. You don’t have to be a great swimmer!

If you’ve been staying out of the water because you’re not a strong swimmer, it’s time to put on that wetsuit! When you scuba dive, you don’t actually swim like you would when you’re close to the surface. Yes, it does help to know how to swim, but you don’t have to hold your breath (actually, please don’t) or know any specific stroke to be a great scuba diver.

2. Only 2 species are known to attack unprovoked

Your biggest fear may be sharks, but they are not the most aggressive life forms you will find under water. The clownfish and the trigger fish are most likely to attack if you get too close, especially if they have eggs nearby. Apart from this, avoid touching marine life and you should be fine. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, but your chances of being attacked are shockingly low.

3. Objects are magnified under water by about 33%

They also appear 25 percent closer than they actually are, so a buddy who encounters a shark may actually feel like it was a scarier experience than it was. Okay, maybe it was still just as scary…

4. Many recommend waiting 24 hours after diving to fly

The recommendation is given to ensure any built-up nitrogen is out of your system before you get on a plane. The science of this is up for debate, but most divers feel it’s better to be safe than sorry.

5. Below 10 meters, you cannot see red or yellow!

You may have thought it was just water reflection, but this is the real reason why everything looks so blue down there. If you cut yourself, your blood will look blue. If you’ve noticed vibrant reds and yellows in scuba photography, it’s because the underwater photographer is using a special light.

6. Jacques Cousteau invented the Aqualung in 1943

Cousteau was an innovator in the world of SCUBA, but people were diving with different types of gear since the 1600s.

7. Children can dive as young as 8 years of age

There is some debate about whether a child of this age is mature enough to dive, but that determination is up to the child’s parents. Any child who is 8 or older and strong enough to handle the gear can try out diving.

Do You Think You Know Prime Scuba?

Just like you, Prime Scuba has its own identity. And just like happiness, we are different things to different people. If you think you know Prime Scuba, think again. There’s probably another side to us that will surprise you.

1. Blog and Information Source

If you’re reading this post, you know we’re a blog. On this blog, we share things that we think you’ll like to read. It may be in the form of news, health alerts, recalls, jokes or incoherent ramblings, although we try to avoid the latter as much as we can. Our goal on the blog is to try to connect with other scuba divers. That’s all. So please feel free to reach out to us. It gets lonely here without you!

2. Social Media Outlet

You may notice some of the same personality on our social media sites as you see on our blog. That’s because it’s all the same person. We do this on purpose, so we can get to know you better. Chat us up!

3. Scuba Shop

We’re a local and international scuba shop, selling the latest and greatest scuba gear from reputable brands. If you’re in the Middletown, New York area, please stop by! We’d love to meet you! If not, you can shop our selection online at www.primescuba.com. Either way, you’ll get the same personal level of service.

4. Scuba Instructors

Did you know that you can take classes and become PADI-certified with Prime Scuba? We offer all of the PADI certification courses and can help you grow in the sport as much as your heart desires. Just talk to one of our experts and we’ll find the right course for you..

5. Gear repair and service

We service and repair all of the gear we sell, past and present. Our technicians are experts at keeping your gear like new, so you can have a safe dive. Contact us to work out a maintenance schedule for your gear today!

6. REAL People!

At Prime Scuba, you’ll find a group of people who care, not only about their business, but about scuba diving (we’re all divers ourselves) and about you! We want to make sure that each and every customer is happy with our service and products. We do realize that you cannot please 100% of the people 100% of the time, but we surely do try.

Habits Scuba Divers Need to Break… Yesterday!

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Tsk, tsk, tsk…

OF course you aren’t guilty of any of these faux pas, but we’re sure you know someone who is. Actually, many divers unwittingly exhibit these bad habits over and over again. It can be difficult to tell them, so if you know someone who needs this, please feel free to share the post. Trust us, they will get the hint.

1. Taking your time to gear up

If you’re on the shore and diving by yourself, go ahead and take your sweet time to gear up. No one is waiting. You have all the time in the world. But if you’re holding up an entire boat of people who are waiting for you to get your act together, you’ve become that diver.

2. Constant tank banging

A tank banger is a great tool to get people’s attention when you need it. But much like the boy who cried wolf, a diver who overuses a tank banger is annoying and makes the action irrelevant. Don’t get rid of your tank banger. Just learn to use it sparingly.

3. Being a know-it-all

You may be the most experienced diver on the boat. Maybe you’re even more experienced than the instructor. But that doesn’t mean everyone wants you telling them how to dive. Remember, you’re just another diver on the journey. Be careful about giving too much unsolicited advice. It’s not always welcome.

4. Taking up the whole deck

Yes, you have a lot of gear. Yes, you want to make sure you have everything and its all in order. So does everyone else. Be aware of the people around you and practice some common courtesy. Don’t take up the entire deck with your gear. You all are doing the same thing and going to the same place around the same time. Nothing makes you special. Sorry.

5. Drying your regulator cap using your tank valve

This is a terrible habit that has no reason for being. Some divers think it’s wise to dry their reg caps with the tank valve. It is not only annoying, the loud noise often scares other divers, but it can really mess up your regulator. It’s all around a bad idea. If you do this, stop.

6. Swimming with your arms

This may very well be the hallmark of a novice diver. It can make you look silly in front of other divers. That alone is a reason to stop. But if you need another, here’s a good one: You’re likely to pull out someone’s regulator while flailing about down there. Stahp. Just stahp.

The Funniest Scuba Jokes on the Web

Was that funny?

Was that supposed to be funny?

Scuba diving can be a very serious sport. Of course, there are risks involved, and then there is intense reward. But sometimes, you just need to laugh. Today was one of those days at the Prime Scuba store, so we scoured the web for some scuba-related humor that gave us a chuckle. I hope it does the same for you!

P.S. Many of the same jokes are listed on multiple sites, so it was difficult to track down the original source. If you know of one, please let us know and we’ll add the link. Also, if you know a side-splitting scuba joke, please feel free to share that. We could really use it today!

Yuck, Yuck, Yuck

What’s the best way to avoid a shark attack?

Never leave Nevada.

You’re in trouble

When his dive buddy asked him if he thought he was fast enough to out-swim a shark, Sam replied: “I don’t have to be. I just have to swim faster than you!”

PADI Humor http://scubalessonsinc.com/funny.html

Three instructors and their students are on board a dive boat in the middle of the ocean. There is a NAUI instructor, a PADI instructor, and an SSI instructor. Everything is going fine until the boat springs a leak and starts to sink. The SSI instructor says to his students, “Okay, we’re in the middle of the ocean, so we might as well do our deep dive.” The NAUI instructor says to his students, “Okay, we might as well do our navigation dive, so let’s get our compasses out and swim towards shore.” The PADI instructor says to his students, “Okay, for $25 extra you guys get to do a wreck dive!”

Did you hear that??

Two scuba divers surface after a long, deep dive. As their heads pop out of the water, a squad of jets (called Buccaneers in South Africa) flies low above their heads. The one diver puts his hands over his ears and shouts, “It’s those Buccaneers!!!”

To which the other replies, “Yeah, mine are hurting too!”

source: http://www.jokebuddha.com/Scuba#ixzz3wPeMPXTr

A School of Fish?

What do you get when you graduate from scuba school?

A deep-loma.

Shipwrecked

A diver was shipwrecked up onto a lonely and tropical shore. As he stood up he noticed his hands were purple, he looked at his feet and they were purple, worriedly he unzipped his wetsuit and his chest and stomach were purple. With his head in his hands he cried, “Oh my God!, I’ve been marooned!”

7 Scuba and Adventure Bloggers to Follow

follow-me-1468854In the world of scuba diving, you’ll be hard pressed to find a current blog that isn’t attached to a travel or scuba gear company (ahem). But there are a few out there, and let me tell you, they are worth a follow. With that said, there are a few that happen to be attached to scuba or travel companies that are also worth reading and subscribing. And since all other lists of this kind on the web seem to be outdated, we decided it was time to create one of our own. Hope you enjoy!

Prime Scuba – To state the obvious, this is the blog you are currently reading. You may already be a subscriber, if you’re one of those super-smart-genius types, or you may have stumbled upon us in a search. Either way, we’re glad you’re here. We try to post about things that we think you’ll find interesting, and sometimes we succeed. Give us a follow, and if you have any ideas for posts you’d like us to explore, let us know!

Dive Adviser

Dive Adviser does have an in-house team of bloggers to cover dive topics that touch every continent and popular dive destination, but if you’d like to submit a post, they’re open to that too. It’s a great blog to follow to help plan future destination dives – or just daydream about where you wish you were at this exact moment.

Camille Lemens

Camille is a PADI course director and has been blogging at this address since 2007. That’s a long time in blog years! His blog stands apart from the rest in that it is more of a personal journal, kind of what you would expect from a scuba blog. Subscribe and get to know Camille. You’ll be glad you did!

PADI Blog

We know you know PADI. Why not get to know them on a more intimate level? You’ll find all kinds of great information on the PADI blog, from rare marine species to buoyancy tips and everything in between.

SCUBA Diver Girls

The original girls of scuba diving are still going strong, and you can follow them on their blog. Here, you’ll learn of underwater adventures and get some interesting facts about the ocean we all love. This blog is a mix of personality and knowledge, and it is extremely well written. You’ll be hooked after the first post, whether you are a girl or a guy.

The Adventure Junkies

Antonia and Amanda Zeisset blog about their adventures in life – and let me tell you, they do not disappoint. They have spent the past two years exploring the world by bicycle and adventuring along the way. This is not a scuba blog, but all scuba divers are adventurers at hearts, so you may find some scuba stories to keep your appetite wet.

The Adventure Blog

Read on about adventurous treks and tales of actual adventure abound on this interesting blog.

Scuba Quotes and Inspirations

43808353b8cbe9e95280612797b2b599When you’re feeling down, diving is sure to cheer you up, right? In a perfect world, we could put on a wetsuit whenever the urge struck. But this isn’t a perfect world. Sigh.

Fortunately, we’ve got the next best thing ready and waiting for you. A list of scuba quotes and inspirations. Find your favorite and hang it in your office or cubicle along with a picture of you diving. This is sure to put a smile on your face at even the tensest times. And bookmark this page to come back for new quotes and inspirations whenever you’re feeling down.

The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish – Jacques Cousteau

Travel is more than a seeing of sights. It is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. – Robert Louis Stevenson

Scuba diving is the #1 stress reliever. – Unknown

From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free. – Jacques Cousteau

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. – Jacques Cousteau

The world’s finest wonderland lies beneath the waves. – Wyland

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on under water, you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. – Dave Barry

I can only think of one experience which might exceed in interest a few hours spent under water, and that would be a journey to Mars. – William Beebe

The scuba diver dives to look around. The freediver dives to look inside. – Unknown

Every scuba diver knows, panic is your worst enemy: When it hits, your mind starts to thrash and you are likely to do something really stupid and self destructive. – Daniel Dennett

We dive not to escape life, but for life to escape us. – Unknown

Fear is only as deep as the mind allows. – Japanese proverb

Happiness is feeling like I can fly when I’m scuba diving. – Unknown

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly ocean. – Arthur C. Clark

Salt water heals everything! – Unknown

Individually, we are one drop. Together we are an ocean. – Unknown

You are like the ocean, pretty enough on the surface, but dive down into your depths, and you’ll find beauty most people never see. – Unknown

If diving had no risks, there would be a lot more fools under water! – Unknown

There are two types of divers: Those who pee in their wetsuits and those who lie about it.

The ocean is where I belong! – Unknown

That awkward moment when you’re scuba diving and see Adele rolling in the deep. – Unknown

I look really good in a scuba suit. – Alison Brie

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. – Helen Keller

3 Awesome Scuba Songs You’ve Never Heard

electric-guitar-1500306Most divers have a playlist or two that they listen to before and after dives. The music may be relaxing, motivational or it may get your blood pumping to get you ready for anything. It’s all about personal choice, right? Well, the songs we’ve chosen to share with you today don’t necessarily fit into one of those categories, but they are all very specific to scuba diving. Take a listen and maybe you’ll find some inspiration for your next scuba playlist.

The Scuba Song by Lyndy Butler

This would probably fall into the category of indie alternative. It’s a low-key little ditty that is as much a love song for your significant other as it is for the ocean.

Just a few lyrics to wet your appetite:

“It’s so cool, under water with my baby…. Baby, the O-O-O-O Ocean is not as deep as my love to you. For you. For you… This thing we’re in, it’s like my oxygen.”

Underwater Survivor by Tim “Blue” Beaman

We’re sure this is going to be your new scuba diving anthem. It’s a little tongue-in-cheek, but this rockin tune makes a great upbeat soundtrack for your scuba adventures.

Some lyrics:

“I’m going to be a scuba diver. I’m going to be an underwater survivor. I’m going to be a scuba diver.” Way out on the water, deep beneath the sea, learn to respect the ocean. Control your buoyancy.”

“I’m going to be a scuba diver. It can be so much fun. Making memories and having fun under the sun.”

“To avoid decompression sickness, always make a safety stop.”

Anything by the Scuba Cowboy

Are you a scuba diver and a country music fan? If you answered yes and haven’t heard of the scuba cowboy, your life hasn’t been complete. He has a laid back style that kind of grows on you, and the subject is one we can all certainly relate to. He sings more in depth about diving than any other artist we’ve encountered.

A few of his songs:

Mad Rush to the Rinse Tank

Dolphin Detour

Bughunter

Get Wrecked

I Just Wanna Dive

Warm Water Wuss

and his Christmas hit, Dear Santa, Bring Me a Manta

Dive Gear of Yesteryear

tumblr_n64x8trYA01sutlkmo1_1280Have you every watched an old movie and marveled at some of the scuba gear they used? It’s really amazing to see how far we’ve come, especially in the last hundred years.

But even before Hollywood shined its lights on scuba diving, there were divers. Our fascination with the ocean is only natural, and that’s exactly why man has been trying to breathe under water since as early as the 1600s. Let’s take a look at some of the early equipment.

Diving Bells (1500s-1600s) – Diving bells were exactly as they sounded. Giant bells that housed divers to bring them into the depths of the ocean. The bell was able to trap air, so the diver could breathe while he was making his journey and go back into the bell to take a few deep breaths before continuing his exploration.

Diving Engine (1715) – Imagine going under water trapped inside your scuba tank. That’s kind of what the diving engine was. It was actually made of wood, but it trapped compressed air for the diver to breathe while he was under water.

Diving Suit and Helmet (1823) – This is probably the image that comes to mind when you think of old dive gear. It looks more like a space suit than our modern dive gear, but it did the trick back then. Yes, the helmet was metal, made of copper and bronze or brass, so it was heavy. And as you might guess, divers needed lead weights to help balance out the weight and help them control buoyancy. And you thought buoyancy was hard to master today!

Aerophore (1865) – Here is where the gear of yesteryear starts to resemble the gear we use today. In 1865, we saw the first air tank. Divers stored the tanks on their backs and would breathe it from a mouthpiece. The air came from the surface and was delivered by a hose.

Mark V (1917) – A welcome change to the diving helmet of the 1800s, the US Navy Mark V helmet was used until 1984! At this time, it was replaced by a lighter fiberglass version called the Mark XII.

Aqua Lung (1940s) – This was the first scuba system with a diving regulator, introduced by Cousteau and Gagnan. This piece of diving equipment is what gave way to the modern gear we use today.

Wetsuit (1960s) – The first wetsuit was introduced by a company called O’Neill in the early 50′s. You may have heard of them? This impressive company had humble beginnings in Jack O’Neill’s garage.

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5 Ways to Ruin Your Dive Gear

Protect your gear!

Protect your gear!

Most of us don’t want to ruin our dive gear, but laziness can get the best of anyone. But the inevitable result is an expensive bill at the dive shop for repairs or replacement. And that’s a best case scenario. At worst, your gear could malfunction during a dive and, well, we don’t really want to think about that.

But if you’re among those who are dead set on ruining your dive gear, we will not stand in your way. Here are five ways to get the job done.

1. Don’t register your gear

If you don’t register your gear after a purchase, you probably won’t be able to take advantage of any warranties that the manufacturer offers. This means that if you find a defect, you’re on your own. Also, registering can help keep you informed of any recalls on said gear.

2. Skip a year of service

If you want to ruin your gear, why bother having it serviced? Since servicing gear is the best way to ensure it’ll stay in good shape for a long period of time, just skip the yearly maintenance and let it all go to shambles.

3. Never rinse after a dive

There’s nothing like the feeling of salt water against your skin. It means you’re in dive territory. But salt on your gear is a recipe for disaster. If you aren’t rinsing your gear immediately after ever dive, expect to open your gear bag and find a rusted, corroded mess. But hey, if you like that sort of thing…

4. Store it in direct sunlight

Just like salt water, the sun is our friend. It helps our bodies make vitamin D and our skin get a soft sun-kissed glow. But unfortunately, it isn’t as kind to gear. Instead of helping, the sunlight will age your gear faster. Well, I guess it does that to us too! A little sunlight doesn’t hurt anything, but you definitely want to store your gear in the sunniest spot possible if you don’t want it to last long.

5. Don’t worry about buoyancy

Buoyancy is important on a dive for so many reasons, but if you’re trying to blow through equipment in the fastest time possible, don’t even worry about it. Let your gear work harder while you sink further into the depths of the ocean without any control. It’s totally cool.

Like most dive shops, we service gear – and we see all kinds – from those that are well cared for to those that look like the owners were purposely trying to destroy it. But all kidding aside, if you want your gear to stay in good shape, you must follow the exact opposite of the advice we have given here today. Register, rinse, avoid direct sunlight and always worry about buoyancy.

3 Reasons to Love Cold Water Diving

seaotterAre you a cold water diver? If you’re a true dive enthusiast, chances are good that you are both a cold and warm water diver, weather and travel permitting. Others may wonder why anyone would willingly submerge in such cool temperatures, but if you are in that camp, let me assure you that there are good reasons. Maybe we can even convince you to come over to our side for a dip.

1. Marine Diversity

Sure, sea turtles, parrot fish and clownfish sound fun, but how many of those can you see before you’re begging for a change in scenery? A zillion? Okay, well how about a break from all that beauty to expand your horizons and see something new. In cold waters, you may encounter a wolf eel, giant egg yolk jellyfish, large nudibranch and sea otters! Those are some interesting creatures that you will not find in the tropics. Oh, and there are a few others I neglected to mention. Sharks and whales spend most of their time in cooler waters. So if you want to have a life-changing experience and encounter a whale on a dive, you’ve got to get used to that cold water!

2. Greater Challenges

Are you up for the challenge of cold water diving? Because you need more gear and have to sometimes endure undesirable temperatures and low visability, there is a sense of camaraderie among cold water divers. As they say, if you can handle this, you can handle just about anything.

3. Convenience

In most of the world, we have temperatures that fluctuate. Here in New York, it can be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer with 80% humidity and it often falls below zero in the winters. Now, you certainly won’t catch me diving in the latter extreme, but I’m not going to hang up my gear just because the water got a little chilly. Heck, if I did that, I wouldn’t dive very often. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a fan of tropical warm water dives. I love the visability and marine life, and if I lived in south Florida, I may never have experienced cold water diving at all. But I can honestly tell you that I’m glad I did. I feel like I have the best of both worlds here, and I urge you to try it out to see if you feel the same way.