Top Quality Scuba Diving Equipment

If you are looking for the best scuba gear to buy it can be overwhelming. There are lots of choices of diving equipment available and it can be hard to know where to start and what to buy.Scuba diving equipment is evolving in ways that make diving safer, more comfortable and more enjoyable, but how do you ensure you’re making the right choice? Start with these simple tips.

The best scuba diving equipment at discount prices, Dive Pro is the place to shop. Dive Pro is owned and operated by experienced Scuba Diving Instructors who have been actively teaching all levels of scuba divers and serving the dive community for more than 25 years. What equipment do you need to buy to start scuba diving? The answer is none! Many scuba divers use rental equipment on their first few dives before purchasing their own sets of dive gear. That said, there is an advantage to training in the scuba equipment that you will use once you are certified. The following list of gear is arranged in the author’s suggested order of purchase.

Scuba Diving Equipment  

Scuba Diving Equipment

Scuba Diving Equipment

Wetsuit                                                                                               

Wetsuit/DrysuitTo keep a diver warm, a wetsuit or a drysuit must fit properly. If you are an average size, most dive shops will have a suit that will fit you well, but nothing beats the comfort of having your own wetsuit or drysuit. When renting wetsuits, most divers find that diving makes them need to pee, which raises some considerations. First, you might not want to dive in a wetsuit that other people have urinated in. Second, you may want to be able to pee underwater, and doing so in a rental suit is not the most polite behavior in the world.

Mask

Mask If you can only afford one piece of dive gear, buy a mask. A high-quality, comfortable scuba diving mask that fits your face well can make the difference between enjoyable dives and a miserable time underwater. Take your time selecting a mask and don’t forget to bring it with you on your dive trips; rental masks will get the job done, but having your own mask will make a significant difference in your comfort level underwater.

Dive Computer

Do you remember how to calculate your no-decompression limits on the dive tables? If not, I recommend that divers purchase a dive computer early in their diving career. Dive computers help to reduce the risk of decompression sickness by writing a custom dive profile for the dive as he moves through the water. Remember, following a buddy’s or snorkelling guide’s dive computer is never acceptable, as the computers are extremely sensitive and small differences between divers’ underwater profiles can change their no-decompression limits. You need you own dive computer.

Fins

Fins most diving situations adjustable heel fins that require you to wear boots of some description are best. However if you are doing a lot of warm water boat diving full foot versions may be more suitable.Fins with splits down the middle of them are becoming more popular  as they offer more efficincey in the water but are generally more expensive than traditional fins.

Cylinders

Diving cylinders are made from either Steel or Aluminium. Even though both types are metal the two cylinders are manufactured differently, look slightly different, have different working pressures and behave very differently in the water.the cylinder from heated steel to a thickness of 4-5mm. This manufacturing technique means that the cylinder is finished with a rounded bottom that will require a rubber boot in order to stand upright.The cylinders are typically galvanised before a protective paint finish is applied to the outside of the cylinder to help prevent rust forming and damaging the steel.

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Facts About Grand Canyon Skywalk Glass Bridge

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a transparent horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge and tourist attraction in Arizona near the Colorado River on the edge of a side canyon in the Grand Canyon Skywalk West area of the main canyon. USGS topographic maps show the elevation at the Skywalk’s location as 4,770 ft (1,450 m) and the elevation of the Colorado River in the base of the canyon as 1,160 ft (350 m), and they show that the height of the precisely vertical drop directly under the skywalk is between 500 ft (150 m) and 800 ft (240 m).

Grand Canyon Skywalk

Grand Canyon Skywalk

The Skywalk is operated by the Hualapai Tribe, which owns and protects more than one million acres of land throughout the Grand Canyon’s Skywalk western rim. During construction of the Skywalk, architects and engineers were concerned not only with safety, but also with creating a structure that would balance well with its natural surroundings and protect the values held by the Hualapai.

History of the Skywalk Bridge

The Grand Canyon Skywalk cost $30 million to construct and was funded by Hualapai Indian tribe in partnership with Chinese-American businessman David Jin. Built to withstand 100 mph winds, the Skywalk’s frame was constructed with 100 million pounds of steel.Founder Jin describes his vision for the Skywalk this way: “Just like an eagle can fly into the Grand Canyon Skywalk, my vision was to enable visitors to walk the path of the eagle, and become surrounded by the Grand Canyon Skywalk while standing at the edge of the Glass Bridgeand tourist attraction in Arizona.

Grand Canyon Skywalk Facts

  • Entrance to Grand Canyon Skywalk West is $25 per private vehicle. (Please note this is a 7-day pass and is the same pass offered at the South Rim and North Rim. So as long as your visit is within 7 days of when you purchased a pass for one of the aforementioned entrances, you will not be charged again).
  • Although Grand Canyon Skywalk West is open and accessible year-round, and the Skywalk is open from dawn until dusk, hours of operation for Skywalk vary depending on time of year. During Winter (mid-October to mid-April), the Skywalk is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. During Summer (May 1 to mid-October), the Skywalk is open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • The skywalk was completed on March 20, 2007. However, the general public was not allowed to preview this masterpiece until March 28, 2007.
  • The skywalk is the world’s highest man-made structure standing at 2,300 ft.
  • The skywalk is a glass bottomed structure on the west rim of the canyon that extends over the canyon and you can peer down at the canyon below.
  • When you look at the floor you can see a thousand foot drop below the glass walkway.
  • You will also enjoy the incredible views around the building south of the entrance where you have the opportunity (that is if you are a thrill seeker) to walk up to the very edge of the chasm with no guard rails. (An acrophobia person should skip this one).
  • Photography is strictly prohibited. The claim is that they don’t want anything falling into the canyon. However, the reason may be more related to their attempt to up sell you some of their own “home-made” photo. Either way it is quite an experience. Read more adventurous travel.

Camping Tips For Mount Rushmore National Park

The Best Camping in Mount Rushmore National Park Memorial is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Black Hills National Forest, in southwestern South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, is 1.2 million ponderosa pine studded acres ranging in elevation as high as 7,242 feet. Amid the splendid scenery are 11 reservoirs, 30 campgrounds, 26 picnic areas, 2 scenic byways, 1,300 miles of streams, 13,426 acres of wilderness, over 450 miles of trails.

Mount Rushmore National Park Memorial, surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest, is 25 miles southwest of Rapid City, South Dakota, via US Highway 16; and 3 miles from Keystone via US Highway 16A and South Dakota Highway 244. Major airlines and bus routes serve Rapid City.                        Camping Trips

Black Hills Campgrounds

The Black Hills of South Dakota offer RV parks, campsites and camper cabins in a variety of mountain settings. Black Hills RV parks and camper cabins are perfect for a the family looking for more amenities like electricity, pools and outdoor activities, while basic and beautiful streamside spots are perfect for tent campers wanting to get even closer to nature and experience outdoor living in the Black Hills of South Dakota at its best. RV parks and campsites are available throughout the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Rapid City Campgrounds

TeePee Campground and RV Park (teepeeblackhills.com) is 17 miles away, minutes from Interstate 90, in Rapid City. It is a pet-friendly campground featuring tent sites with or without electric hookups, RV sites and sleeping cabins. Amenities include laundry facilities, a convenience store, restrooms with showers, free wireless Internet service, a convenience store and a playground.

Highway 16 Campgrounds

Highway 16 is the main road that connects Mount Rushmore National Park with Rapid City. Happy Holiday Resort (happyholidayrvresort.com) is 16 miles north of the monument. It features an RV park, tent camping, cabins and motel rooms. It also features a heated swimming pool, playground, restrooms, convenience store, game room, laundry facilities and a beer bar.Rushmore Shadows (midwestoutdoorresorts.com) is 12.5 miles north of Rushmore. The campground offers RV sites with 30- or 50-amp electric, water and sewer. It also has tent camping sites and cabin rentals. Amenities include free wireless Internet service, horseshoe pits, a convenience store, a playground, restrooms with hot showers, heated swimming pool and laundry facilities.

Keystone Campgrounds

Keystone is home to two campgrounds, each less than two miles from Mount Rushmore National Park. Holy Smoke Resort (holysmokeresort.com) is situated on 75 acres. It features 21 recreational-vehicle sites, each with satellite television, water, sewer, electric and wireless Internet service. It also offers 19 cabin units, each with a full bathroom, individual climate control, wireless Internet service, microwave, refrigerator and daily maid service.

Discover Scuba Diving Sites in California

Scuba diving suggestions for Southern California’s top rated beach Scuba diving sites. Just click on the location link below to be directed to each site’s suggestions. Have fun, check your local dive conditions and weather before beach diving in California.

Planning to go scuba diving off the coasts of California? Let Seas The Day Scuba diving help you organize your trip for optimal adventure. Before settling on your next scuba diving sites, take some advice from the pros at Seas The Day Scuba who note the best places to dive in California.Dive California is a scuba diving school and retailer of high quality scuba gear catering to both recreational and professional divers. Dive California also provides swimming classes for all ages and skill levels.                                                          Scuba Diving

Southern California Dive Destinations The Channel Islands off the coast of California you find more spectacular Scuba diving and California’s famous kelp forest. The Santa Barbara Channel Islands, Catalina Island and San Clemente Island are world class as dive destinations. The next time you consider getting away for a few days of rest and relaxation, think about a live aboard cruise to the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary. An alternative to the floating hotel-like atmosphere of cruise ships, this type of cruising offers a more intimate communion with the ocean and its creatures.

La Jolla Cove, San Diego

La Jolla Cove One of Southern California’s most renowned dive and snorkel sites, La Jolla Cove’s protected area has recently been expanded and renamed Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve in honor of its Native American heritage. La Jolla features a sheltered kelp forest that’s teeming with leopard sharks, bright garibaldi, lobsters, octopus and much more.

Landing Cove, Anacapa (Island)

The northern Channel Islands off Santa Barbara received protection via a dozen large marine protected areas in 2003 with measurable benefits to marine wildlife observed by scientists. Bold and curious sheephead, kelp bass and rock wrasse seem to understand their protected status, and may follow or directly approach you as you explore the very lush kelp forest.

San Clemente Island

This island has some of the most beautiful dive sites to be found in Southern California. It has large, red gorgonians, purple hydrocoral up to 2 feet in diameter, and kelp forests to swim through and hide in to view the largest Calico Bass in Southern California. San Clemente’s deeper, blue water areas outside the great barrier reefs are places where sea bass and yellowtail are frequently spotted. The island is 20 miles due south of Catalina and is a 4 to 5 hour boat ride from San Pedro to reach the calm coves of San Clemente Island.

Catalina (Santa Catalina Island)

Catalina Island is roughly 30 miles from San Pedro and has a stunning array of dive sites, some historical, some newly discovered, and one whose beauty and bio-diversity has been re-created in an exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. The island’s favorable location gives it water that is usually warmer and clearer than the that found at Santa Barbara and San Nicolas islands or the Northern Channel Islands.