Manta Divers' March Newsletter
Happy St. Patty’s Day to all of you who are Irish, or Irish at heart! Well, it’s March and spring must surely be on its way! If you’re planning a dive trip this spring, there is still time to bring your regulators and BC’s in for a tune-up. While you’re at it, bring yourself in for a Scuba tune-up and sharpen those skills! TIP O’ THE MONTH
People are always talking about the luck of the Irish, but if you really look at Irish history, you’ll see they’ve had little real LUCK. The thing the Irish have is guts, wits and perseverance. In diving, I think luck is not a magical thing, but rather the result of good planning.
Start off with a plan to have your dive equipment in top working condition, by following the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule. Plan to keep yourself in good physical shape and dive often to keep your skills sharp.
Suunto, a prominent name in the dive instrument business, has the motto, “Suunto, replacing luck.” A dive computer is a good way to replace luck in dive planning. Using the plan mode, you can scroll through a variety of depths and NDL’s to choose the safest profile. Some computers, like the Suunto Cobra can even give you a dive profile given a set surface interval so you can decide how long you need to take for lunch in order to explore the wreck you are interested in. Dive computers can give you a visual representation of nitrogen loading, warning you as you approach your NDL and auditory warnings when you ascend too fast, both important for ensuring a safe dive. Remember, each diver should have his or her own computer. Never share a computer! You can also replace luck by replacing the batteries in your computer before a trip. If you do not have a dive computer, use your dive table! (You spent all that time learning how to use them, so you know how!!) Don’t just blindly trust others with the planning of your dive.
Include a compass, a signaling tube and a flashlight in your scuba set up. Its fine to just follow your divemaster on a dive, but take a compass heading so you have an idea of what direction to go should you get preoccupied looking at something and lose your group, especially in low visibility. I always monitor my compass so if I do get separated from the group I can find my way back to the boat (or shore). If you don’t have confidence in your compass navigation, consider taking the advanced open water class. Navigation is one of the skills you will learn and master. A signaling tube is essential, especially when drift diving. A diver can be pretty hard to pick out on a vast ocean! Tubes can be inflated manually, or you could use the Aqua Lung S.O.S. that attaches right to your Sea Quest or Aqualung BCD and inflates from your air tank. For night diving, you can even attach a light to the top of the S.O.S. Finally, a small flashlight would come in handy for an added signaling device, especially if the sun is going down, or it is overcast.
In the end, the only kind of luck we have is the kind we make for ourselves. Good planning, the right equipment, well maintained, and continuous learning are the best insurance against “bad luck”!
- Remember that you can get $50 off a new dive computer by taking the Suunto computer class. Call the shop for class date and times.
- Save $15 on Aqualung Blades 2 fins
- 10% off Trip Supplies: McNett Defog, Microfiber Towels, Zipper Care
- 10% off Wheeled Travel Bags