Category: CRUISE DIVES

Cleaning Your Dive Gear When You Have A Tiny Bathroom

After diving, once you get home, next; it’s time to thoroughly rinse your gear, dry your gear, and take time to look it over for maintenance. If you have a small apartment with a small bathroom, don’t despair. Creative solutions go a long way to making your scuba diving gear cleaning possible. When you live in an apartment or small house that does not have a patio, porch, deck, or balcony, then your entire wash/dry operation has to happen indoors.

The First Trip You Might Want To Take After Covid // Scuba Diving at Wikkid Resort // Roatan, Honduras

You’re jonesing to go diving. I can relate to your impatience. After five months of going nowhere except a no-contact trip to the grocery every eight weeks to have food dumped into the bed of my truck, and four weeks back to work in person; I’m ready to start planning our first Post-Covid scuba diving trip just like you probably are. It might not happen for over a year, but usually we plan about six major trips a year. The place I’m yearning to spend some time in the most gorgeous spot; Roatan, Honduras, specifically, Wikkid Resort!

The Summer I Got Poisoned by Chemical Sunscreen // Captain Kim Walther // Toxic Ingredients

I got poisoned by sunscreen; I know, it’s just bizarre, right? The very potion designed to protect me poisoned me brutally. Rudely. Summer before last, I was teaching sailing class. I was on the last day of a seven-day stint teaching in small open boats, and it had been hot, humid, and very bright. There is no shade on our keelboats. So, I wear a hat or visor, and sometimes, a long sleeved shirt.

Stream2Sea Love Letter & Haul // Physical Barrier for Ecoconscious Sun Protection // Neck Gaiters // Dive Buffs

Last week I was cruising one of my favorite websites, the Stream2Sea website just in case… just in case they had anything new in production. Well! Shocker! Neck gaiters, also called dive buffs, pocket sprayer of hand sanitizer, and gel hand sanitizer had snuck into the product line without my knowledge. I love that Stream2Sea promotes not only reef-safe sunscreen, but also some alternatives for supplementing sun exposure coverage and prevention.

Scuba Diving With Stuart Cove’s // Second Time Around // Lessons Learned // Dive Operator Review

A NAS Jax Skin and Scuba Dive Club member friend of ours says he won’t dive with Stuart Cove’s anymore. He said boat dive trip experiences are like eating at a restaurant. We might go to the same restaurant, we might even get the same waiter. The waiter might spill water on me, but not you. And so, he says dives with the same operator may be a completely different experience. Well, we’ve dove with Stuart Cove’s twice, and both times had the same experience times four with empty tanks, half-filled tanks, and O-ring failures. A lot of the dive experience centers around those simple items.

How To Ruin A Scuba Dive // Subtly Stacking The Deck Against a Fun Dive // Analysis

This past weekend, we dove in the Bahamas on a “cruise ship dive trip.” We set out from the port with a fairly healthy new dive partner, and by the end of the day, her dive was ruined. There were no accidents. But slowly, subtly, the deck became stacked against her enjoying a clean dive. Here’s my version of “20/20 Hindsight” on how she got to the point of not having any fun at all.

Mini Review of Mariner of the Seas // Royal Caribbean Cruise Line // Three Night Bahamas Cruise

Several times a year, we plan dive cruises – that is, we cruise, and wherever we go, we scuba dive! This time, we cruised on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas on a three night cruise to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Florida. We’ve been cruising on the smaller ships like Rhapsody, Enchantment, and Jewel, and we like the layouts and smaller passenger to crew ratios. We stepped on Mariner, and within an hour or two, we were in love with the layout, the organization, and the many small private areas scattered around the ship.

Diving Roatan Honduras // Dive Cruise // Wikkid Divers – Ecologic Adventures

First dive of the new year; this was the was the most-anticipated dive of a four-day-straight dive cruise. New Year’s Day dive from a catamaran; with just the six of us on board. None of us had dove Roatan, and we were absolutely amped with excitement to dive in this legendary location. We were not disappointed; Roatan and Wicked Divers exceeded even our very high expectations!

Diving Mahahual Costa Maya Mexico // Dive Cruise // Alux Divers

Upon arrival at Mahahual, we hoped to see maybe the winds would lay down and the seas diminish a bit. The waves had been pounding into the stern of our cruise ship at the pier, shaking the whole ship. That was a bit nerve-wracking, but most likely just a coincidence of wave direction and stern architecture. We ended up deciding to scrub the dive. But we had fun anyway!

Diving Cozumel Mexico // Dive Cruise // Blue XtSea Diving

Blue XtSea Diving – Martin and Emmy
Our ship docked at the Langosto pier in Cozumel; the more northern of the cruise ship piers. The day before, eight ships were in port. There were “only” seven in port on our day there. We took a $20 taxi bus from Puerto Langosto to Marina Fonatur. The dock was bustling with dozens of boats, hundreds of tanks. We later found out where they all were headed! Martin and the captain were great; gave us a slow talk about conditions, methods, almost a full refresher course before the first dive. We had said we were two slightly experienced and four fairly new divers, and he took note of that and accommodated us as well as proceeding slowly and methodically in his dive brief.

How to Pack For a Cruise // It’s All About the Shoes

Packing for a cruise can be stressful because you are trying to cover all possible weather, an extremely wide variety of activities, and throw in a formal night… It’s hard! The great thing about cruising is that there is no limit to your luggage. However, whatever luggage you pack still must leave your home, be transferred to your transportation, possibly then through an airport, a shuttle, and to the cruise port.

Western Caribbean Dive Sampler by Cruise Ship // Diving Four Countries in Four Days

Western Caribbean dive sampler via cruise ship turned out to be a great way to experience several different dive locations. Even if weather shut us out from one country; there always was another country to dive the next day. The ability to have a quick experience in each, then choose our favorite dive spots for future exploration is certainly worthwhile.

Planning a Budget Three Night Cruise Ship Dive Trip // Budget Dive Trips and Tips

The easiest of Cruise Ship Dive Trips is to plan is a three-nighter due to the limited number of dives and dive connections to be made. It’s a great cruise to “practice” on getting your cruise ship dive trip methods figured out and your routine practiced on a shorter route. Here are the main planning points: travel to the port, parking and hotel or Airbnb at the port, choosing the cruise, booking the dives, travel to the dives, return details. In order to plan a truly budget-mindful trip, it is going to take some planning to get the best deals.

Review of Kraken Sports NR-1200 Lumens LED Dive Light // Diving Torch Performance // Perfect Travel Dive Light

After much research, many dives, and a lot of wear-and-tear, we decided to upgrade our respective dive lights to the Kraken Sports NR-1200 Lumens Dive Lights. I’m going to go thorough our “oooh’s” and “ahhhh’s” in the order of most functional and convenient. So far, I’ve used this light several times in Florida as well as in Cuba, in low-light conditions, bright conditions, and depths to 107 feet. It feels great in the hand, is compact and sturdy, charges quickly, and I love it!

How We Cut Our Dive Gear Weight by 38 Pounds for Travel

Reducing your dive gear overall weight for traveling is going to take a few adjustments, however, it’s well worth the effort!

I’m sharing some easy methods of reducing the weight of your dive gear. Some take a bit of investment, others employ “use what you have decorating” to accomplish the goal of reducing the weight of your dive gear for traveling.

KRAKEN DIVE LIGHTS REVIEW // Deep Water Happy

Great investment in lighter, smaller, brighter dive lights for traveling and diving! I’m sharing the new Kraken NR 1200 lumens dive light. It weighs less than half a pound, lasts up to 90 minutes, and does not need a battery charger; you charge the actual battery!Not only do you want to reduce dive gear weight to meet airline restrictions, but also to make it easier on yourself once you arrive at your destination.

WATER ACTIVATED NIGHT DIVE TANK LIGHTS // Deep Water Happy

Reduce your single-use plastic, eliminate piles of batteries, and enjoy a water-activated tank lite for night dives! I’m sharing an ecoconscious, reusable, plastic-reducing water activated light for your tank for night dives.

While we’ve always used snap sticks for lights, the amount of plastic those put into the environment didn’t make us happy. We considered battery-operated lights that look just like those chemical lights, but the two watch batteries those require only give you about six to eight hours of light.

REDUCING DIVE GEAR WEIGHT // Deep Water Happy

Reducing dive gear overall weight for traveling is going to take a few adjustments. It’s well worth the effort! I’m sharing some easy methods of reducing the weight of your dive gear. Some take a bit of investment, others employ “use what you have decorating” to accomplish the goal of reducing the weight of your dive gear for traveling. Not only do you want to reduce dive gear weight to meet airline restrictions, but also to make it easier on yourself once you arrive at your destination.

APPLYING MINERAL SUNSCREEN // STREAM2SEA REEF-SAFE PRODUCTS // Deep Water Happy

Today, I’m demonstrating how to apply mineral sunscreen from Stream2Sea. Just like the Swahili face painting at Moyo in Cape Town, I’m having a bit of fun with the design to demonstrate how little you need for full coverage. I’m applying mineral sun protection from Stream2Sea that’s tinted! It’s is completely non-toxic and environmentally safe, and it’s packaged in completely biodegradable tubes of sugar cane resin!

DIVE GEAR LUGGAGE // IS IT WORTH THE INVESTMENT // Deep Water Happy

Is specific-to-dive gear luggage worth the expense? Here’s a look at several options, and the pros and cons of each. I’m sharing my Akona Roller Dive Gear Travel Backpack Bag, two Akona Adventure bags, and a regular duffle bag features with regards to travel. Considerations of weight, length, width, and height are presented, along with several pro’s and con’s of each bag, and a glimpse into our dive gear weight-reduction efforts for flying to Cuba are presented.

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