What is drift diving?

Drift diving is a specialized form of boat diving allowing you to drift with the underwater currents during your entire dive. The boat is never anchored or moored and follows the group of divers the entire time. Drift diving allows you to:

 

·         Enjoy the dive more because you don’t have to swim against the current

·         Cover and see a large area in a short time

·         Use the current to move you in the direction you want to go

 

There are several forms of drift diving, and like all specialty forms of diving, require orientation and training from someone who knows the procedures and techniques used in the area you’ll be diving. The different types of drift diving are: float drift and live boat drift.

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Graham Casden

Graham Casden is the Executive officer from Ocean First Divers in Colorado. He was first certified in Belize in 1999 and became a DM in 2003 and OWSI in March 2005.

If you thinking diving is not very popular in Colorado, think again.  As Graham told me, “There are more certified divers per capita in Colorado than any other state.”

Graham graciously agreed to be a photographer for DivingInDepth.com and spent time with us on a short interview.

Contact: www.oceanfirstdivers.com

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Getting Started in Underwater Photography

Photo: Brian Dombrowski
Photo: Brian Dombrowski

It’s fair to claim people share one common motivation for becoming certified scuba divers: The underwater world is full of amazing things to see. Living tropical coral reefs, shipwrecks laden with historical artifacts, and caverns with ancient geological formations offer unique and exciting visual experiences to those choosing to explore them as divers.

With so much to see underwater, it only seems natural for divers to consider some form of underwater photography sometime during their diving career. Photos and video are great ways to preserve, relive, and share a diving experience with others, whether they be divers or not.

A decision to begin underwater photography must go beyond just an interest in taking pictures underwater. Here are some things to consider.

Diving Skills

Foremost, one needs to first evaluate their skills as a diver. Being a safe and sufficiently confident diver is mandatory. Superior buoyancy control is a must. Performing underwater photography requires a diver to multitask. That is, be able to safely dive and control buoyancy while simultaneously composing and taking pictures. Being a safe diver is your first responsibility. Learn how to master your buoyancy control first. If you’re ready to multitask as a photographer underwater, your buoyancy should be not only controlled but nearly second nature.

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The Art of Diving – Buoyancy Control

by David Miner

Diving is as much a sport as skiing, golf, or running. It’s not routinely considered an “athletic” sport, but it is a sport nonetheless. Participating in any type of sporting event is not automatic; it’s not as easy as just purchasing the equipment you need, paying some participation fees, and off you go. Playing and participating in sports requires training, learning, and practicing. Scuba diving is no exception.

Swimming in a horizontal position just above the reef requires good buoyancy control

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Alligator Reef 11/24/06

Location: Alligator Reef, Islamorada, FL
Date: 11/24/06
Dive Team: Cynthia, Rodney, Megan, Clay, Dave
Number of dives: 1
Average bottom time: 45 min
Total bottom time: 45 min
Max. Depth: 23 feet
Average Depth: 18 feet
Visibility: 60-70 feet
Water Temperature: 77 F
Bottom gas: EAN32
Stage gas: N/A
Deco gas: N/A
Weather Conditions: Breezy with a small surface chop. Sunny and warm in the 70s F.

Description of dive: Massive amounts of fish on this reef…more than we’ve ever seen. Schooling snapper, grunts, ballyhoo. Seven nurse sharks and seven green morays spotted. Stingrays, grouper, angels, stone fish, lobster, and tropicals of all kinds. This dive was one of the best ever on this reef. The only down side is that the reef is still suffering from Hurricane damage, which will probably take many years to recover from.