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Proper Weight and Trim?

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Often you hear about proper weighting as an important factor in achieving proper buoyancy control. In these discussions people talk about the weight you need (or don’t) for buoyancy control to improve your air consumption as well as many other factors. What is often left out of these discussions in the issue of weigh versus trim. Trim is finding not just the proper amount of weight but also finding the best way to balance it across your gear to achieve proper positioning in the water. Think of an airplane with and its aerodynamic design and apply that though to a diver in the water. A diver that is swimming in a horizontal through the water will glide along smoothly and with little effort while one that is in either an upward position or downward position will work much harder as the action would be what I call a snow plowing move. The same is true if a diver keeps rolling to one side or another. It often takes new divers about 15 to 20 dives get comfortable with both their weight and trim if they are working with knowledgeable Instruction staff but often divers go years struggling with these issues. Buoyancy...
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Here are some tips on how to stay near your buddy and maintain buddy awareness.Dive in pairs of two only! Unless you are skilled like a Divemaster diving in groups almost always leads to a lost buddy situation. Stay close to your buddy, close enough to get their attention and reach them in a few seconds. A better idea especially for newer divers is make sure that you can reach out and touch them with your hand between the shoulder and waist. Choose the right buddy for you. Someone with similar goals for the dive and with compatible skills. An example could be if you are new diver or not current in your skills then go with an experienced diver but make sure that they can and are willing to help you. Discuss your dive plan and be sure that you both agree with the goals of the dive. Be sure in include any concerns or issues that you feel may arise. For instance if you are not current with the skills with that particular type of dive or have to descend slower than other due to ear equalization troubles. A big way to avoid becoming separated is for the...
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Preventing overheating is a issue for divers during the August hot weather. Overheating before, during and after the dive should be on the minds of all divers. Before the dive be sure to get all of your gear ready and assembled or laid out before you put on your wet or dry suit. If needed get in the water with your suit on to cool and then get out and put on your scuba gear. During the dive if you are hot and in a wet suit open the neck to let some water enter and cool you. After the dive take your gear and suit off right away and then sit and drink a bottle of water that is at room temperature (not cold). Remember that a bottle of cold water may be better left until you get acclimatized.  ...
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With the warm waters that July and August bring us this is a great month to talk about warm water suits and especially hoods. In our area we enjoy a variety of temperatures and with those many of us have more that one dive suit to give us the environmental protection we need. Well back in our Open Water Diver course we learned that our suits, hoods, gloves and boots provide us with environmental protection and that their thermal values are only one of the environmental benefits we enjoy. Although there are several other benefits we will focus on those in warm fresh water and with hoods in particular. When the water is warm it is generally sunny and hot above water. Reasons for wearing a hood at this time include preventing sun burn or sun stroke and underwater from getting any warm fresh water growth in your ear like algae, plant growth or floating particles. ...
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Posted by on in Training & Refreshers
Hard to believe a new year is upon us! We held our Christmas Social at Sticky Fingers on Dunlop St. in barrie this year! In addition to the normally great time had by all our members, this year we had an extra surprise. Ryan slipped in a video from his appearance on The Price Is Right which aired on the morning before. Apparently he was on the show in August during his trip there and had to keep it hush-hushed until it aired! Whats new in 2016?! AIR SYSTEM UPGRADE! Thats right! During the later part of December we started our upgrade to our new compressor system. During January we will be setting it up and then switching over in February from our previous system. The new system will give us many benefits and will give us the best scuba diving system in the area (Barrie, Orillia, Simcoe & Surrounding townships!). We are also switching our BCD training / rental line to another model thus keeping us ahead of the curve on quality training. In addition there will be some real deals on used BCD's if you are looking for one. For a tour of our new air system or check...
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