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How to Choose the Right Regulator – Part 2

Now that we've explored and defined the basic parts and functioning of a scuba regulator, let's explore the various types of regulators and their features. The regulator lowdown: First Stage scuba regulators can be separated into two basic groups: diaphragm regulators and piston regulators. Diaphragm Regulators Diaphragm refers to a thick piece of plastic rubber…
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How to Choose the Right Regulator – Part 1

Are all regulators created equal? What's the difference between "balanced" and "over-balanced" regulators and diaphragm vs. piston regulators?  With so many options laid out before you in your dive shop's display case, how do you know which one is right for you? Walk into your nearest dive store and you will most likely see an…
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The Types of Buoyancy Compensators and How They Work

In the early days of diving, there were no Buoyancy Compensator Devices (BCD’s). The diver just used a back plate and harness system to keep they tank secured to their back. For this reason, all scuba divers in the years prior to the invention of the BCD had to be good watermen, having to control…
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Why Dive Nitrox?

The Benefits of Nitrox and When to use it If you’ve been diving for any amount of time you’ve most likely come across the term “Nitrox.”, and have heard that if you dive with it you can stay down longer. This may or may not be the case depending on your planned dive, but before we get…
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How and Why To Buy a Diving Computer

You’ve done it! You’re a certified Open Water Diver.  You’ve passed all of your exams and survived all of your check-out dives……so now what??  Besides planning your first instructor-free diving adventure, you may be contemplating the purchase of your dive equipment.  You may be thinking "Man, it's expensive!  Is it really worth it?".  The answer…
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