Monday, August 26, 2019

Whale Sharks in Isla de Mujeres, Mexico

July 5th thru July 8th, 2019 Whale Shark Trip.

First of all, the people on Isla de Mujeres are great. Taxi drivers are everywhere on the tiny island and for 50 pesos($3.00us), they will take you anywhere on the island. Our small group of 5 went on Ceviche Tours for our Whale Shark excursion and they were awesome.

I landed at the airport in Cancun, Mexico. No problems going through customs and just as you get to the exit, there are plenty of shuttles to choose from, just waiting to take you where you need to go. Hop on one of the shuttles and have them take you to the port where you can pick up the Ferry to take you across to Isla de Mujeres. The ferry runs every half hour. Once you get to the island, it's time to pick up your taxi and take you to your hotel. As you exit the ferry, the taxi pick up is to the left. Tell them where you are going and be ready with your 50 pesos.

Relax at your hotel and be ready for the next day to swim. Have the hotel schedule a taxi for your morning pick up and get you to the boat. Ceviche Tours will meet you at the boat and you are on your way. After a short boat ride, you will come to the spot where they know the sharks are. They are gentle giants of the ocean and your are free to drop in, two snorkelers at a time with the guide and the Whale Sharks swim by you, collecting the plankton from the water. New rule this year for safety, you must wear a life jacket, unless you have a certification for Freediving and you wear a wetsuit. It was fantastic. The sharks stay close to the surface so there is no need for scuba gear on this trip. You are in the water a few minutes at a time to let others swim with the sharks as well but you end up getting in the water multiple times and can take as many pictures or video as you heart desires.

The afternoons are yours to do with what you want. Downtown is the place to be for shopping and multiple restaurants. Take in the culture or just rest up at your hotel for the next day of swimming with the Whale Sharks again.

You never know what else you may see while with the Whale Sharks. Our group was very lucky on our second day of snorkeling, we were surprised by a Manta Ray, scooping up the plankton right along next to the pod of sharks. On our boat trip to the grounds we spotted a couple of Green Sea Turtles mating. Prime season for turtle mating is June/July so we were happy to get to see that.

The trip was amazing and I definitely want to try to put my own little group together for next year. Keep track of our Facebook page and you may see a trip to Mexico on our events by November for a trip in July 2020.

Thank you for reading this blog and I hope you enjoyed it. Remember to Dive, Dive, Dive!!! Unless your can only snorkel. LOL


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Guiness World Record in Deerfield Beach on June 15th, 2019

What a crazy day Saturday was for this clean up dive at the Deerfield Beach Pier. There are several news stations that broadcast the news of the World Record being broken by 633 divers and I happened to be one of the lucky ones included in this record.

It is incredible how the dive community can come together for an awesome cause and make history at the same time. Be sure to follow our Instagram page as well as our Facebook page for all of the adventures we do. Still to come, another dive going to Epcot. We will post an event of Facebook for the next dive date.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Feeling the heat?

Hope everyone had a Good Memorial Weekend. Temperatures are climbing and thoughts of cool waters are in everyone's mind. Trip to Jupiter, FL tomorrow and more trips in the works. Dive classes for June are nearly full so if you have been thinking of getting certified, only a few spaces left in both group classes so call now to secure your spot and get your bookwork completed to be ready for your course. We have classes beginning June 8th and June 22nd. Two weekends in a row and the water days are only half days. This way you don't lose out on the entire weekend. New ladies wetsuits have arrived and they are so comfortable. Front zips available as well. So stop by, sign up for your PADI certification and join the fun waiting for you.

Dive, Dive, Dive.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Summer is almost here!!!

Our store is ready! We have most of our summer inventory in and are ready for our students and customers. We have many projects in the works for trips in the upcoming months. June 1st kicking off summer trips will be a trip to Jupiter with ScubaWorks for an Orientation 2 Tank Dive with Instructor Brad. You can just give the dive shop a call to reserve your space for this trip. These dives are great for us divers that only get to see the ocean a few times a year and just want an easy (get back into the water) trip that you just don't even have to think about.

As usual, class schedules are still in full swing. This blog is about to blow up from the stories we are hearing from getting certified to funny things some people do to prepare for their dives. If you have a funny story and you would like us to share it on our blog, e-mail us the story and if we use your story, you will get some free swag from some of our dive companies. (Hint, Hint, dive companies) LOL

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

March 20, 2019 at 6:00pm

Sign up and complete or renew your EFR Primary and Secondary Care Course by contacting Michele at Discover Diving Dive Center at (386) 760-3483. We have limited space for this course so sign up early. If you need your two year renewal or need to take this course for your Rescue Diver Certification, this is the class you need.

What does this course include? This course includes the Emergency First Responder and CPR certifications.

Who should take this course? Anyone who is interested in receiving or updating CPR and First Aid skills. No Diving certification is required.

Class DATE: March 20, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Location: Discover Diving Dive Center I 92 Dunlawton Ave. Port Orange, FL
Class Cost: $120 (this includes the books and the class)
There are NO Prerequisites for this class! Anyone can sign up for the class.
What you need to bring: All you need to bring is yourself and your book.
You will need to be enrolled by March 6th with a non-refundable deposit of $20 to order your book. The balance is due upon the start of the class.

What you will learn:

▪ BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR and Rescue Breathing at the layperson level
▪ AED (Automated External Difribulation) use (optional)
▪ Preventing and Caring for shock
▪ Spinal Injury Management
▪ Use of barriers to reduce disease transmission risk
▪ Basic First Aid: illness & injury assessment, bandaging, management of fractures & dislocations, and first aid kit considerations.

After completing this course, it will give you the skills necessary to help others in case of an emergency.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

New Year, New Dive Sites and what has been going on since the last time we posted a blog?

I know, I know, we haven't been posting blogs like we should have been and I am fully responsible for this, considering I am the only one that has the information on how to get to our site and post anything. My bad!

As most of you know, as of last May 2016, Brian was let go from the Dive Center. I, (the owner Michele) and Brian had different views on how a situation was handled, therefore had no alternative but to ask him to quit the dive center and stop being our service tech and instructing for the center as well. It was best for all parties involved. Some of you were present on this day and it is now back to being a fun and crazy shop once more. Morale has improved and we welcomed Aaron Webster into the fold to take over duties of the technical service repairman. He is fitting in very well. If you haven't met him yet or seen the dive center in the last year, stop by on a Saturday and you might get to be introduced and check out what we have done with the classroom. That's us, always changing things up.

As far as instruction goes, I am unable to teach very much, if at all.:-( We have a great instructor to take up the slack and most of you have had the pleasure to be in his class already. Bradley Tonner had been helping with classes for Brian, at the beginning of last year and now is the full-time instructor for us. His teaching ethics are similar to the way Michele teaches and this produces confident divers that we are proud to have our names on their certification cards. It's always been said "You get what you pay for" and this is certainly true with our certification courses. Ask any one of our students, we will do what we need to in order to make you a confident diver, ready to go anywhere in the world and dive without the safety net of your instructor or Divemaster. From the first day in class, we treat you like a part of the family, as dysfunctional/functional as that may seem. HaHaHa We are sure it can't been any worse than your own dysfunctional/functional family.

If you haven't liked our page on Facebook yet, go and do so now. We try to keep you all up to date of the classes and trips that we have scheduled throughout each month. We recently did a dive to Jupiter, FL and everyone had an an absolute blast. You can look it up on Facebook for all of the pictures. We will try to start going back and diving Epcot's Dive Quest again. We have had some interest on this group trip again so that will be coming soon. Possibly in April, we just have to see what dates are available. We will be having an additional instructor joining up with us this year and we should be able to offer more trips down south for those of you who haven't gotten a chance to get out there with us yet, so look for these trips in the upcoming months. Brad has a trip coming up to Cozumel in April 2017. If you haven't heard about this trip yet, shoot us an e-mail or give us a call and we can give you all the details. I believe space is still available but April is right around the corner so you'll have to join up ASAP. I believe the trip total should be right around $1400 with airfare and all-inclusive resort.

Other than that, it was a pretty slow winter season. We fared the October Hurricane Matthew pretty well. A bit of flooding, OK a lot of flooding in the building but we didn't loose anything. All in all, it was not as bad as it could of been. Thank goodness for that. We are very glad we can still provide for the community and divers. With the election complete, it's time to start thinking about getting friends to get certified so you all can have built in dive buddies for all of your diving pleasure. You don't want to be the one that doesn't have a buddy so the dive charter puts you with someone who doesn't remember their training and hasn't dived since last season. Wait...maybe that is you? Oh my goodness, give us a call to get you back on track with a refresher course to help you remember. Can you remember how much weight you needed during class? What was that? You can't remember???? This is why you need a refresher so you don't have to waste time figuring it out as soon as you get into the water and now you are drifting away from the group and you will never find the group. Always better to be safe then sorry. We don't want to see anyone get hurt. Join us on a dive or three per year, even if it is just to keeps your skills up and #DiveDiveDive

Thanks for reading and Happy Diving.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Dangers of Carbon Dioxide (Hypercapnia) and Diving.

With the latest fatality from Ginnie Springs, we at Discover Diving would like to explain how Hypercapnia is a silent but dangerous part of diving and we wanted to enlighten you on this subject. Are you doing any of the things listed, that you may want to change, as you dive? Read this article and make sure you know you are a safe diver.

(This article quoted from scuba.about.sports)

Most scuba divers do not learn about carbon dioxide during the open water course. Because the likelihood of carbon dioxide-induced problems is almost zero when proper diving practices are followed, the topic is often skipped over in certification classes.

However, carbon dioxide levels in a diver's bloodstream can rise under certain circumstances, and the effects can be disastrous. This article is not intended to frighten, but merely to inform. When a diver understands the risks of high concentrations of carbon dioxide, he is less likely to engage in behaviors that may predispose him to those risks.

Carbon Dioxide and Breathing:

The body needs a small amount of carbon dioxide for normal body functions. One of these functions is respiration. When a person inhales, he breathes in oxygen which his body metabolizes to create energy. One of the waste products of this metabolic reaction is carbon dioxide, which is eliminated from the body when the person exhales.

Increasingly, it is the rising level of carbon dioxide in a person's bloodstream (not the falling level of oxygen) that signals the need for respiration.

How Does Your Body Maintain Safe Carbon Dioxide Levels During a Dive?:

A diver's body is constantly producing carbon dioxide, which it eliminates through exhalation. When a diver requires more energy, such as during moderate exercise, his body breaks down oxygen rapidly to provide that energy at a faster rate. This speeds the production of carbon dioxide. To keep the blood level of carbon dioxide steady, a diver's body increases his respiration rate to eliminate excess carbon dioxide, balancing its production and elimination.

Carbon Dioxide in a Diver's Body Can to Rise to an Unsafe Level:

Any factor that causes the concentration of carbon dioxide in a diver's body to rise to 45 mg Hg and above induces hypercapnia – a potentially dangerous excess of carbon dioxide. There are two situations in which this can happen.

• The concentration of carbon dioxide a diver inhales increases.
• A diver does not eliminate carbon dioxide as quickly as he produces it.

The Dangers of Hypercapnia:

1. Loss of Consciousness.

Carbon dioxide has an anesthetic effect on a diver's central nervous system. If the concentration of carbon dioxide rises to 75 mg Hg (depending upon the person), a diver may lose consciousness. Underwater, loss of consciousness is usually fatal – an unconscious diver generally loses his regulator and drowns.

2. Narcosis

The anesthetic properties of carbon dioxide at elevated concentrations can cause narcosis. Some of the common effects of carbon dioxide narcosis are the slowing of mental processes and the loss of dexterity. Only a very small increase in carbon dioxide levels is needed to produce these effects; carbon dioxide is four times more narcotic than nitrogen. In addition to producing narcosis on its own, carbon dioxide can also amplify the narcotic effects of nitrogen and other gases.

3. Oxygen Toxicity

The human body has a programming glitch. It uses the level of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream to determine how much oxygen the body needs. In normal environments, this works well – as the carbon dioxide level increases, so does breathing rate, carbon dioxide elimination, and oxygen absorption. The higher the level of carbon dioxide, the harder a diver's body works to absorb oxygen. Unfortunately, in scuba diving high levels of oxygen can lead to oxygen toxicity, generally characterized by convulsions that result in drowning. High carbon dioxide levels cue the body to increase oxygen concentrations, speeding the onset of oxygen toxicity.

4. Decompression Sickness

Many hyperbaric physicians now believe that high levels of carbon dioxide may increase the risk of decompression sickness. One scenario is that high carbon dioxide levels interfere with the transport and elimination of nitrogen in the lungs. If the body is working hard to eliminate and exhale excess carbon dioxide, it will not be able to eliminate nitrogen as efficiently as it would if the carbon dioxide were not present. High levels of carbon dioxide lead to elevated levels of nitrogen in the body, which increases the risk of decompression sickness.
Avoid Elevated Carbon Dioxide Levels While Scuba Diving:

The most common behaviors and situations that increase the carbon dioxide concentration in a diver's bloodstream are listed below. By avoiding these situations, a diver nearly eliminates the risk of hypercapnia.

• Improper Breathing Techniques

Hyperventilation: When a diver hyperventilates, he fills only a small portion of his lungs and fails to fully exhale. This creates "dead" air spaces - spaces in the lungs and regulator in which air with high concentrations of carbon dioxide are not fully replaced with normally oxygenated air. For example, the first few mL of air a diver inhales from his regulator is "recycled," air with a high level of carbon dioxide from his previous exhalation. A diver must inhale fully to get past this air and receive fresh air. If a diver does not fully exhale, some of the of the old, carbon dioxide-filled air will remain in his lungs and he will breathe it again with his next breath. The concentration of carbon dioxide in a diver's lungs and regulator "dead" air space increases with each hyperventilated breath, leading to an increase in the level of carbon dioxide in his bloodstream.

Skip Breathing: In an effort to reduce air consumption, many divers hypoventilate or skip breathe. This involves extremely slow breathing. The diver exhales fully and then holds his breath "out", keeping his lungs empty for a period of time before breathing in. Hypoventilation increases the carbon dioxide level in a diver's lungs. Skip breathing can be dangerous because of the risk of hypercapnia.

• Physical Exertion

On land, a person's body adequately deals with the increased production of carbon dioxide during physical exertion by raising respiration rates. Underwater, the excess carbon dioxide is more difficult to eliminate. The breathing resistance of the regulator and the greater density of inspired air at depth make it nearly impossible for a diver to increase his breathing rate to match strong physical exertion. Either the diver begins to hyperventilate, increasing the level of carbon dioxide in his lungs while the carbon dioxide level in his bloodstream also increases, or he maintains a slow and steady breathing rate which is insufficient to eliminate the huge excess of carbon dioxide in his body.

• Deep Diving Without Proper Instruction and Gases

Air and other breathing gases become denser as they compress with depth. The more dense the air, the more difficult it will be for a diver to properly empty and fill his lungs with each breath. The result is retained carbon dioxide in the diver's lungs, similar to the situations listed in "Improper Breathing Techniques" above. This is yet another reason for divers not to go beyond the depth limits of their certification level. Deep diving courses train scuba divers in proper breathing techniques and teaches them about the gas mixtures needed for deep diving. Proper training will help deep divers avoid the risk of hypercapnia.

• Poorly Functioning Breathing Equipment

Regulators that breathe "hard" or increase the resistance of breathing can increase the level of carbon dioxide in a diver's bloodstream. When breathing resistance increases, divers find it hard to draw a full breath and exhale fully. Again, this leads to unintentional hyper- or hypoventilation, which increases carbon dioxide levels. Keep in mind that some regulators will breath easily on shallow dives, but may be inappropriate at greater depths.

• Breathing Gas Contamination

In contemporary scuba diving, it is extremely unlikely to encounter contaminated breathing gas. Strict regulations governing compressor use have helped to standardize tank filling practices. However, if the intake of a compressor is close to the exhaust from an internal combustion engine or other source of carbon dioxide, the air from the tank may contain abnormally high levels of carbon dioxide. While a high level of carbon dioxide may not cause any ill-effects when the tank is tested on the surface, underwater the increased concentration of carbon dioxide may lead to hypercapnia. Carbon dioxide is an odorless and tasteless gas, but other contaminants from exhaust are noticeable. Smell and taste the air from a scuba tank before diving with it. Any unusual findings could indicate that the tank air is contaminated with exhaust or other pollutants which may be accompanied by carbon dioxide. Report strange odors and flavors to the fill station or dive shop and don't dive if you think the tank may be contaminated.
Signs and Symptoms of Hypercapnia:

One of the problems divers face when dealing with elevated levels of carbon dioxide is that the signs and symptoms indicative of an increasing concentration of carbon dioxide may be masked by the dive environment. For example, symptoms such as elevated breathing rate may be attributed to excitement or cold water. Symptoms like headache may be misattributed or absent due to the high partial pressure of oxygen at depth. Unfortunately, this means that the first sign of carbon dioxide toxicity may be sudden unconsciousness. Here are common signs and symptoms of hypercapnia.

• shortness of breath
• headache
• narcosis - confusion, slowed thought processing, loss of manual dexterity
• unconsciousness

Remember, Hypercapnia Is Avoidable:

Basic good diving practices can nearly eliminate the chance of hypercapnia. Hopefully after reading this article, you will be convinced to always . . .

• Use regulators appropriate for the depth of your dive
• Avoid exertion underwater
• Use proper breathing techniques
• Avoid deep diving without proper training, gear, and gas mixtures
• Smell and taste tank air to check for pollutants that may indicate an excess of carbon dioxide

Remember, knowledge is power. The more you know, the safer you will be underwater. Happy Diving!