No Stop vs. No Decompression. Which is correct?

Should no-decompression diving be renamed no-stop diving? Earlier, I was semi-involved in a discussion about terminology regarding no-decompression diving, or diving within the no decompression limits (NDL) that define sport or recreational diving. I suggested that every dive is a decompression dive. I’m not the first to make that assertion. The theory goes like this. […]

Deep See Pulse Dive Fin Review

Dive fins have undergone a revolution in recent years. In addition to countless designs using every material imaginable, split fins, fins with hinges, unique venting options, spring straps and every shape imaginable dot scuba diving self propulsion landscape. Despite the incredible range of options, a few of us divers simply want a fin that will […]

Apeks Tek 3 Review

Apeks Tek 3 About six months ago, I made a regulator change on my technical rig from Poseidon to Apeks. My Poseidon regs (Cyklon 300’s) are close to 25 years old, and while they’re still exceptionally good regulators, the hose routing sucks, and getting parts has become a hassle. For sport diving I use an […]

Scubapro 330M Digital Gauge

I recently had a conversation with a technical diver who explained that his “backup” depth gauge and timing device was his older sport diving computer in gauge mode, but that the screen would occasionally “go dark” during a dive. A little bit stunned and bewildered, I asked if that didn’t make him at least a […]

Kona SCUBA Diving Video

The first time I planned a dive trip to Hawaii, I had divers saying things like, “Well, the diving’s not that great in Hawaii,” or “Hawaii doesn’t compare to the Bahamas,” or some such criticism. So, my expectations really weren’t that high. Turns out, these divers either know about places I can only imagine, or […]

Underwater Pumpkin Carving – SCUBA Diving Patton Beach, Lake Tahoe

This is Sierra Diving Center’s 2011 pumpkin carving dive in Lake Tahoe, CA. The dive took place as October’s fun dive. It is something on an annual tradition. We had about 8 divers ranging from newly certified open water divers to tech divers and instructors. Everyone had a good time. The weather was perfect and the […]

Cold Water Diving Tips

For many, Fall means hanging up the swim fins until warmer months next Spring. Sure, you can always take a vacation, but even that leaves an awful long surface interval before the snow melts. With that in mind, let me offer a few tips for making year-round diving not only possible, but fun. 1. Embrace the season. […]