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Ascent Rates

We all remember from our open water training that our ascent rate should not exceed 60 ft/minute. Some of you may have read or heard about more conservative recommendations for ascending from a dive.

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Deep Stops

We all remember from our open water training that a stop at 10 to 20 feet for three to five minutes is recommended before surfacing from every dive. You may have read or heard about “deep stops” or Plyle stops”.

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Fitness and Scuba Diving

by David Miner

Scuba diving is generally not classified or thought of as an athletic sport. Athletic sports like running marathons, football, bike racing, swimming, etc. require large amounts of training and cross training on a weekly or daily basis. There are training programs, coaches, personal trainers, books, etc. for probably every athletic sport today. If you want to get into shape to run a marathon, there are an unlimited number of resources available to help you accomplish your goal. But what about scuba diving?


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Making a good dive plan

by David Miner

In your basic open water certification course, you learned about dive planning and how to properly plan a dive. The dive planning motto is “plan your dive and dive your plan.” You probably heard this a lot in your training course and on your first few dives, but maybe not as much since then.

The same dive planning principles apply whether reef or wreck diving or deep or shallow diving
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