A guy and his son move to Key West, and because of Pro Ear masks, are able to enjoy diving together.
I moved to Key West with my son several years ago. There’s a T-shirt shop and a bar every other storefront. I realized there’s only so much drinking to do, T-shirts to buy, and boring Hemingway trivia to learn, so out of sheer desperation, I decided to learn how to dive. Just peering down into the clear waters, you can see all the fish and sea life. I figured Hemingway would do it. I wondered if Hemingway bought T-shirts. Maybe he learned to drink to excess because there were so many bars here!
However, my son and I both have tubes in our ears, so we need special masks, something called a Pro Ear Mask manufactured by a company called IST. If you have ear issues, this is the only mask of its kind.
First thing we wanted to do was dive the Vandenberg. The General Hoyt S. Vandenberg is a former transport and missile-tracking ship, 522 feet long, 100 feet high. It was sunk in 2009 to create an artificial reef six miles south of the island of Key West. It takes more time to create some really interesting sea life on a reef, but it’s already starting.
I just finished a week of diving the Vandenberg. The first day was a little disappointing as the visibility was only 40-50 feet. You could see the ship once you got up closer, but there was a bunch of stuff in the water making it hard to appreciate the size of the vessel. Thanks to Pro Ear masks, I enjoyed everything. Because of diving, I have given up drinking and T-shirt buying to excess. Now I just dive to excess.
Divers are concerned about safety but should do water aerobics to stay in shape.
Divers are obsessed with safety and equipment – they follow dive plans, buy a bunch of rash guards and wetsuits by the truckload, keep dive logs and complete gear maintenance. For diving in the tropics, divers wear rash guards. However, many divers neglect their most vital piece of equipment – their bodies.
Have you ever been around a lot of divers? Most have not missed any meals lately. Most should seriously start considering salads. Dive gear alone places an additional load on the body. The physical demands of entries and exits must also be considered. Above all, scuba divers must always be physically and mentally prepared for challenging conditions that arise in this dynamic underwater world. There isn’t a diver around who doesn’t have a story about a difficult exit from the water or a challenging current.
Divers can make the most of each diving experience by improving fitness, and can even add years to their lives; believe it or not, the right rash guard helps performance. A great way to be fit for scuba is water aerobics. Just as the name implies water aerobics is water-resistance cardiovascular exercise performed in water usually in a pool. Of course, it can be done in any body of preferably still water, a lake or ocean for instance.
Having the right equipment, especially an anti UV rash guard is essential to making your water aerobics experience an enjoyable one. Remember, if you are outdoors, the sun will hit you from above, and also reflect off the pool. Protect your skin with the right rash guard.
Here is a complete guide to choosing the right dive socks, and caring for them, as well, and why they are not known as “sockies.”
Some divers prefer wearing neoprene socks with fins underwater in order to keep their feet warm. They can also be necessary to protect your feet from fins blistering your feet, or injury from sharp objects such as star fish or broken glass. There are several types available. Learn here how to choose a pair of diving socks based upon their thickness, sole, cut and size. First off, you will want to know why booties are known as “booties,” but socks are just “socks,” not “sockies.”
Diving socks are made from the same material as wetsuit neoprene. If you’re diving in warmer waters, you can choose socks that are thinner (the thinnest is usually 2mm). Many socks come with dotted soles for grip. Most divers use socks with fins if the fins have adjustable straps to prevent blistering.
There are several things you should do to prolong the life of your dive socks. First, after each dive, wash your socks in fresh water. If not rinsed, neoprene can become less flexible after repeated exposure to saltwater. They can also start to smell really bad. Before storing them away, make sure the socks have dried in the sun or outside. If they’re damp, they can develop mold or mildew, not to mention the aforementioned odor. Once dry, store them in a relaxed manner that minimizes the creases. If you crumple your diving socks while storing them, the creases could damage the socks’ ability to provide sufficient insulation. Finally, store them so they’re not exposed to the direct sunlight.