Basic or open water free diving courses are typically two days and teach you the basics of snorkeling and free diving techniques using a mask, fins, and snorkel. Basic free diving fundamentals are taught to help the basic snorkeler to better experience the environment. Safety and buddy procedures, equipment, proper breathing, special free diving techniques are also taught. This course teaches you to dive to a depth of 33 feet (10 m).
by Mike McNulty
Like many folks who have been diving for many years, I’m always
looking for something unique to make diving more interesting. In the 30 years
since I became certified, I’ve done underwater photography as well as
spearfishing. I’ve dove in lakes, quarries, rivers, coral reefs, and kelp
‘forests’. I’ve done ‘shark dives,’ drift dives, and wreck dives, and I’ve
always looked for ‘something else’ to keep things interesting. Then I found
Bob Hahn started diving in 2003. He has logged over 175 dives in this short time in such places as Aruba, Bonaire, St Maarten, the Florida Keys, North Carolina, and his home area, Dutch Springs, in Pennsylvania. He is currently working on his Divemaster certification. Bob started his professional photography business in 1972 first working as a photojournalist and later specializing in corporate and industrial photography. He then combined his love of photography with computers to start a consulting business in 1990. He teaches a digital photography course for underwater photographs at The Scuba Tank in Bethlehem, PA, Flordia, and the Caribbean. He uses Canon 20D cameras and several lenses in a Ikelite housing with Ikelite strobes.
Static Apnea (STA)
The free diver holds his/her breath for as long as possible with his/her mouth and nose submerged. Free divers generally float face down in the water.
Static apnea is the only discipline measuring the duration one can hold their breath. Performances can be done and recognized in a pool or open water (sea, lake, river, etc.) environment.
by David Miner
Diving is a multi-million dollar business with money being spent on dive training, dive equipment, and dive travel by people wanting to dive on reefs around the world. Reefs are prolific habitats for thousands of species of marine life and have called these reefs home for millions of years. People travel thousands of miles and spend thousands of dollars to be able to dive on a reef and experience the richness and beauty a reef dive provides. In a poll conducted by Divingindepth.com last month on where people dive the most, the “ocean” was checked the most, meaning that most people dive in the ocean and mostly on some type of reef structure, whether artificial or natural.
Notice some of the tips of the coral are white – This is a result of the coral
bleaching (dying) from sea temperatures being too high