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Moray Eels

  When I began diving in 2007, I had some preconceived notions about certain ocean critters. Sharks are out to eat as many humans as they can. Eels would attack you if they happened upon you and possibly swallow you whole! Octopus would wrap you up in their arms and drag you into their lairs to eat you slowly, one.bite.at.a.time!!! Over the years I have had some very up close and personal encounters with all three of these critters and they have become some of my most treasured creature encounters of my life! I have discovered through observation that these … Read More

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Do It Dry!

Let’s face it, Canadian waters are cold! No matter whether you dive locally, in our mountain lakes, or head out to the West Coast,(one of the worlds top dive destinations btw!), diving in Canada requires some advanced preparation to be warm and comfortable. For divers who want to be able to dive in a wide variety of conditions and environments, a dry suit is an essential piece of equipment. Owning your own suit adds a level of comfort and convenience to your dive preparations, but you need to know and consider a few things before making a purchase. Dry suits … Read More

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What You Eat Affects Our Oceans

The choices you make on land have a ripple effect on our ocean, lakes and waterways. But the good news is: positive change can be as simple as looking at what’s on your lunch or dinner plate. Over-harvesting of seafood is a significant problem that increases every year. In many areas, fish and other seafood species that were once plentiful are now sparse due to irresponsible fishing practices, food fads and our growing population. You don’t need to cut fish and seafood out of your diet altogether, but you should learn more about the issue and how to make better … Read More

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Happy Ears, Happy Diver

  DAN, (Divers Alert Newtwork) published this informative article on how to take care of your ears. Happy ears make a happy diver! Pressure equalization in the middle ear is the most important skill for divers. If not mastered properly, divers can get injured and sometimes permanently disabled. In divers with healthy ears, ear barotrauma is preventable. Divers should invest time and effort to master equalization techniques. As divers descend in the column of water, environmental pressure increases in a linear fashion at a rate of one-half pound per square inch (PSI) for each foot (0.1 kg/cm2 for each meter) … Read More

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6 Reasons to Use a Dive Computer

6 Reasons to Use a Dive Computer   In the last decade, diving equipment has developed at an astonishing rate. These advances have made diving easier, more efficient and safer. One of the pieces that has truly enhanced our ability to stay underwater more efficiently is the dive computer. These incredible devices offer divers a whole new dimension in freedom by allowing them to use multi-level techniques. The primary difference between a dive table and a dive computer is relatively simple. The tables are static, using only maximum depth and dive time for the calculation of decompression status. In contrast, … Read More

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Family Diving Fun!

From scubadiving.com Nowadays many parents are feeling disconnected with their children and find it difficult to participate in activities that both they and their children enjoy and are physically able to do. Scuba Diving is a great family bonding activity because it is open to anyone over the age of 10, and can be performed by individuals varying greatly in their physical fitness. It also improves physical fitness, burning up to 500 calories per hour, so it is a great way for families to get fit and stay fit together. Creating Memories Together The most important part of scuba diving, … Read More

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Scuba Diving in the Calgary area
PADI drysuit diver

I remember driving from Calgary to Kelowna shortly after I was certified as an Open Water Diver, here in our very own Lake Chaparral. Each body of water that I passed on the way, yes even the pond at the top of Scott Hill, helped me to realize the vast world that I had been privileged to experience. I realized that I could throw on my gear any time I pleased and descend into the depths, or lack of, to see what lay at the bottom of each and every one of these ponds, lake or streams. The only thing … Read More

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How long has it been since you were Scuba Diving?

With the great weather we have been experiencing, our lakes are ready and waiting for you! Now the question is, are you ready for the lake? When was your last dive? Was it last October or November, 6 or 7 months ago? Or were you lucky enough to get away somewhere tropical this past winter? Did you know that for a little as $50 & gst you can participate in a Refresher Course with one of our Professional Staff? Classes are run on a weekly basis so give us a call so you can feel confident in your dive skills. … Read More