The Red Sea is an excellent shipwreck dive destination, but because of all the sharp and jagged surfaces, don’t forget to get heavy-duty, thick-cut dive boots.
The Red Sea and The SS Thistlegorm are ideal dive destinations, especially when you plan ahead and buy the right equipment. The SS Thistlegorm wreck is one of the best dive sites in the world and is actually considered by many as the best wreck dive in the world! The is a World War II ship wreck located in the North of Red Sea in the Strait of Gubal. It is a 128 meter long British transport ship sunk in 1941 after a German air attack.
What is really great on the SS Thistlegorm wreck are the artifacts that you can see underwater. There are two locomotives, two tanks, army trucks, jeeps, motorbikes, boots, stacks of rifles, and various spare parts for planes and cars. It is like diving within a piece of history! There are so many things to see that you need at least two dives to explore the entire shipwreck! It is really the perfect spot if you like wreck diving. You’ll be glad you bought thick boots!
Jacques Cousteau’s explorations of the Red Sea aboard the Calypso earned it the moniker “corridor of marvels.” Its rich, vibrant reefs and clear, pristine waters have been a favorite destination for European divers for decades but amazingly enough, few North Americans have ventured to this land of antiquities and underwater wonders. Access to its incredible dive sites can be reached from land-based resorts and top rated dive operations or by luxurious live-aboard dive vessels. Diving is based out of three main areas, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Safaga and Marsa Alam. Experience the majesty of Egypt’s ancient civilization on extension tours including Nile cruises, trips to the pyramids, archeological sites and museums.
California is famous for its kelp, but in order to go diving in it you have to learn a technique called The Kelp Crawl.
California is synonymous with kelp, but as fascinating as it is, you can’t really enjoy it unless you do something called the “Kelp Crawl.” In fact, you can easily drown in kelp unless you learn this basic technique. You’ll see why later in article.
If it weren’t for the kelp, there wouldn’t be such a lush variety of sea life occupying the coast of California, north to south. Make sure you have the right mask, too. I’d go with a classic single lens rubber mask, and matching set of classic rubber fins. California kelp is classic, so keep the theme.
Now for the crux of any article on diving in kelp: The Kelp Crawl. Since there will be times you will need to swim on the surface, the next tip is to learn how to do the Kelp Crawl. This is a simple technique that enables the diver to efficiently traverse a very thick bed of kelp.
You can’t swim through kelp, but you can pull yourself through it. That’s why you need the right gloves, ones that give you grip and dexterity like the mesh reef gloves or Kevlar gloves. Here’s how. Use both your arms in unison to reach out in front, grab a big hunk of kelp and push it down and back. Pushing the kelp down gives you a bit more buoyancy and allows you to float higher, and pushing it back gives you forward motion. Never use your fins to kick through a kelp bed, rather keep your legs straight behind you and use only your arms to paddle and grab your way through. If you get tangled up, don’t panic, stay calm and just remember – do the Kelp Crawl!
A brief explanation of what makes tropical diving great, and why rash guards are perfect for it. But divers should not be falsely lulled by seemingly safe environment.
Probably the most popular form of diving and spearfishing is in the tropics. It’s due to the warm water and pleasant sunny conditions, plus you can get by with just a bathing suit a rash guard, a mask and some fins. You can be comfortable in either a short-sleeve rash guard or a long sleeve rash guard. Tropical environments vary, but by far the most popular is the coral reef. Coral reefs generally have good visibility, a variety of corals and colorful fish life. That explains why many divers travel to distant parts of the world in order to dive on coral reefs.
Before you go you’ll need to kit yourself out. We found an excellent online dive gear supply store called Seavenger.com. The selection was incredible. We found every kind of wetsuit known to man or diver, masks, fins, snorkels, spearfishing equipment – everything. In fact, seavenger.com recently added a lot of new spearfishing equipment to its already robust line of products.
Hazards in the tropics can differ with those of a cold or temperate environment. The conditions underwater are often easier and pleasanter, but deceptive. The very image of tropical diving is contrary to a lot of the hidden perils. Coral reefs require protective clothing of some form to be worn, especially reef booties. While the water is generally warm, prolonged submersion in all but the equatorial waters will result in chilling. We decided upon a great 1mm wetsuit we found. If you want 2mm or 3mm warmth without the bulkiness of all that constricting neoprene the solution is Titanium. This suit is luxurious with its Titanium lined glide skin interior, and flat-stitched seams so comfortable to the skin. We found a great suit made by Tilos.