Karol Meyer Becomes a Guinness World Record Holder

28 01 2010

Brazilian world champion freediver Karol Meyer became a Guinness World Record holder with an amazing apnea dive of 18 minutes and 32 seconds, reaching 100m (238 ft) deep off the Caribbean island of Bonaire; and achieving the third best performance in the world on varible weight discipline at 93m (305 ft), at host and sponsor Buddy Dive Resort.

“My team was built by PADI technical divers, who gave me the confidence to go deep!,” said Meyer. “Because safety is one of the most important factors to do a performance like this. I was also luck to have Patrick Musimu as my coach.”

Meyer is a legend in the sport of freediving and became famous when she broke five world records, two continental records, and more than 30 South American records in various depth disciplines. She spends most of her time working with the oceanic preservation group, Brazilian Islands Society, and other entities to protect the whales. She is also speaker and contributes toward fund-raising for needy communities, public schools, protection against child labour programmes, and for children who live in front of the sea and have parents whose income depends directly on the sea.

Source: Scuba Diving

Some important things about your diving hood

26 01 2010

Diving hoods are used to keep the head and neck warm, and this is a very important function since most of the human body warmth is lost through the head. Therefore, maintaining our head covered and not letting warmth leave through it might be more important than it seems.

Like most diving clothing, diving hoods usually come made from neoprene. This material allows hoods to be impermeable and maintain the diver’s head dry as well as warm. Some of them have a zipper in order to make them easier to be worn and taken off. This zipper must be made with an impermeable material and assure the diver that water wont enter through it.

In order to be successful in their function, hoods must seal to the face and neck or otherwise water would enter through those openings and this diving clothing would be pointless. Besides this, some models of hoods are done in such a way that allow the use of other clothes under them in case the diver dives in extreme cold waters and needs extra protection for his head.

If you have a diving hood which is too tight around your face and wish to fix that yourself it is important that you know that this is not easy to do. Actually, it is not recommendable that you try to fix this yourself without consulting someone who knows how to do it properly or otherwise you might end up entirely loosing your hood. For example, it could happen that you fix it in such a way that it does fit your face properly but it ends up not sealing to it correctly and letting water enter through it.

The most important things you should check on the hood you wish to buy are the material it is made from, the way it seals to your face and neck, and the zipper in case it has one. This way, the material it is made from should be impermeable and allow you to wear other clothes under it in case you wish. Secondly, it should seal properly to your face and neck, not too tightly but not allowing water to enter neither; and in case it has a zipper, it should contain a material which doesn’t allow water to filter through it as well.

Source: Dive Pilot

Technical Diving

20 01 2010

When you think diving is necessary to find some information about the sport, what is best for each type of person before venturing out.

Through the website Technical Diving was possible to understand what is technical diving. Below is an excerpt:

Technical diving is a standard way to dive, allowing the diver trained to go beyond the traditional limits of recreational diving. With the training conducted and appropriate equipment, the diver can go deeper, get in wrecks and caves to visit flooded. This category of diving, the equipment configurations are differentiated according to the dive being performed.

To join this activity, you must complete the required courses for their training and as a diving area desired, will be providing all necessary support for the practice of Technical Diving.

Realizing their training course with us, there is no need to purchase a set of equipment for the completion of their course and training. We all teaching materials and equipment necessary for all the needs of courses.

Ongs call for more effective action against whaling

18 01 2010


In order to strengthen actions against the killing of whales in Antarctica, some 31 organizations of the house Brazilian civil sent an open letter to the diplomat Fábio Vaz Pitaluga, Representative of Brazil to the International Whaling Commission, IWC.

In 1994, the region was considered the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary, the hunters still managed to evade the authorities under the pretext of “scientific research”. The man most responsible for the hunting of whales is Japan and despite being constantly condemned by most countries of the IWC, not terminating the activities.


Types of diving

12 01 2010

Mysterious Lagoon, Jardim (MS)

There are three major classifications of divingdiving in caves, dive in open water and cave diving.

The diving in open water is the starting point for all divers and is one in which the linear access to the surface is always available – in other words, just swim up and the diver can take the head of water. The sun is always visible in this mode.

In diving in caves, on the other hand, the diver is exploring natural caves and permanent, with their roofs, but with an entry and sunlight visible. Both the open water diving and diving in caves are considered recreational activities that require licensing and training of amateur level. Divers such arrangements generally limit their dives to 40 meters.

The cave diving differs from the other two methods because it is a form of technical diving, and not recreation. It requires specialized equipment, several years of training and qualification. Professionals emphasize the continuing need for equipment and physical fitness of first line.