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Scuba Diving FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about scuba, diving, snorkeling, dive travel, and other underwater activities. Also safety, equipment, and certification.

This FAQ about Scuba Diving was compiled and written by njs@scifi.maid.com (Nick Simicich) with numerous contributions by others.

-01 Welcome
Welcome to rec.scuba. The newsgroup is for discussion of scuba,...
-02 General Disclaimer:
Scuba Diving is a dangerous sport which can only be performed ...
-03 I'm planning on getting certified. I've been to several shops, and they all offer different certifications. I've heard of PADI, NAUI, YMCA, NASDS and SSI. Which one should I go with?
This question has frequently come up in rec.scuba. One of ...
-04 I'm new to diving, and I want to buy some equipment. Which piece of equipment should be the first?
There are two schools of thought on this. One is that you ...
-05 Where are good sources for mail order equipment? All of the local shops seem to be very expensive.
The purpose of a FAQ is to answer commonly asked questions which ...
-06 Are there any archive sites for rec.scuba? If so, how do I access the rec.scuba archives?
The Peter Yee Archives....
-07 What can anyone tell me about diving in [Florida, Cozumel, Belize, Bonaire, Great Barrier Reef, etc.]?
Seriously consider doing a scubasearch or looking in ...
-08 I'm thinking about buying a [wetsuit/drysuit/diveskin/Darlexx skin].
What are the differences between them, and what are they good for?...
-09 What are the different types of drysuits available and what are thepros and cons of each type of suit?
Drysuits fall into 4 main categories: foam neoprene suits, nylon ...
-10 What type of options are available with drysuits and what are thepros and cons of each?
There are a number of other items to consider when purchasing ...
-11 I just saw a really great movie called the Abyss.
In it, they had a rat breathing liquid. Is that really possible? ...
-12 I want to learn more about diving, and read a lot of diving magazines.
My local newsstand only carries Skin Diver Magazine, which I hear ...
-13 Can I dive in contact lenses (contacts)? Is it safe? Will I go blind?
The safety of contacts revolves around several issues:...
-14 I'm thinking of getting a redundant breathing system,
in case I have a hose failure or run out of air, and can't find ...
-15 How much air do you need to be safe?
The following chart was produced by Dave Waller, and presents ...
-16 How likely are you to carry your pony?
People who prefer bailout bottles to pony bottles say that a ...
-17 My Casio dive watch flooded.
It was rated to 50M and I was only at 15M. What gives?...
-18 I've lost my C-card. What do I do?
Um, how long has it been since you have done any diving? And how ...
-19 I'm going to somesmallisland, and I'm looking for a shop that will complete a referral from (NAUI/PADI/SSI/etc). Can someone suggest one?
It depends. If you're looking for a referral, try talking to ...
-20 Um, I got certified, and I'm reading the stuff on rec.scuba, and I think that I got a shoddy course from my instructor. What should I do?
Call your agency (see agency list above) and get the address ...
-21 They are cutting off my rec.scuba newsfeed.
What can I do to still get rec.scuba?...
-22 Is there an FTP site for Scuba based software?
Jonathan: jong@halcyon.com says:...
-23 Are there any good scuba URLS?
Time for a shameless plug. The author's URL ...
-24 What about dive computers?
Kevin Grover, grover@CS.UNLV.EDU, tells me:...
-25 I heard someone mention the chewing or chipmunk method of clearing your regulator.
I wasn't taught it. What does this refer to?...
-26 I have a medical condition. Is it safe for me to scuba dive?
Scuba diving is a physically demanding sport, which requires a ...
-27 Posting Binaries
I have a great scuba related GIF/piece of software/sound sample. ...
-28 My rec.scuba stopped!
For some reason, I'm not getting rec.scuba/scuba-l/scuba-d. ...
-29 Someone just posted about...
missing children/a revolutionary 30 day diet plan/...
-30 Can you use a GPS while diving?
GPS stands for Global Positioning System. It is a system that ...
-31 Can you use an EPIRB while diving?
An EPIRB is an emergency radio beacon used in lifeboats and by ...
-32 Some comments on commercial postings in rec.scuba and scuba-l.
There has long been great controversy over commercial postings ...









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