Are you fit for free diving?

by David Miner

Free diving, like many sports, requires a certain amount of mental and physical fitness. Free diving requires athletic fitness so that you can power yourself through the water efficiently. Moving through a liquid environment requires strength and good cardiovascular fitness. Free diving also requires good mental fitness. Descending below the surface, holding your breath, and diving deep requires a balanced and controlled mental fitness. Fifty feet underwater, holding your breath is no place to become mentally unstable.
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Pete Nawrocky

Pete started diving in 1971 exploring the calm, balmy water off of Long Island NY. His interest in photography started in 1976. The equipment available to him was a Minolta SRT 201 in an Ikelite housing with a simarly housed Vivitar 283 flash. “I started photpgraphy to help explain to my parents why I was spending so much time in the water. Long Island NY is a great place for wreck diving and since I wasn’t traveling to the islands, I used what was available.” Pete specialized in NE wrecks and animals and coupled with his speaking ability found himself on the lecture circuit in 1983. An interest in cave diving led to photography in the same environment and eventually working for Dive Rite. His articles and photos are internationally published in a variety of media

Ocean Creatures Video Library

This is a video depot of current short films maintained by for ocean creatures. Note: All videos require Windows Media Player.

To play the videos: Click on the images to play

Nurse Sharks

Stingray City - Grand Cayman

Fish Schools

Great White Shark Encounters by Randy Saffell

Green Moray
Green Moray


Our Camera section will get you on your way to understanding the camera, film, sensors, and lenses. Without an understanding of how things work, it’s difficult to anticipate shortcomings or problems and deal with them either before or after they come up.

Focusing the Camera

Manual focus, auto-focus and focus-lock are the basic choices facing the photographer underwater. Each has its uses. Each has some disadvantages.

Manual focus comes in two basic forms, SLR manual focus and range finder focusing. Both types rely on the photographer to set the focus properly. Most people are familiar with the SLR camera’s manual focus. Look through the viewfinder, twist the lens barrel, make the image sharper or fuzzier, line up the edges of the image in the focus target ring/area of the viewfinder, and take the picture! It’s a pretty simple way to get things done.
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