Brazilian wins contest Ocean in Focus

28 10 2010

Guy Marcovaldi, who works in the Tamar  Project won the photo contest “Ocean in Focus“. The photo shows a diver releasing a turtle from fishing nets. The photo was chosen as the image that best summarizes the threats to the ocean.

Techniques in apnea diving

1 09 2010

The technique used in apnea diving is very advantageous for the diver, as it allows greater touch with nature in the seabed. But there are also risks.

With monitored exercises and training, you can increase the ability to stay without air for a longer time. To achieve this goal is also necessary to have a good physical and mental. Apnea is not a needed for diving, but makes the activity even more enjoyable.

But as other techniques, this activity also poses risks. As lack of oxygen causes “deletion”, sudden loss of consciousness, it is not advisable to practice this layering technique alone because there is a risk of drowning.

Susan Buranelo

Brazilian diver participates in an event in Greece

17 06 2010

A Brazilian diver Karol Meyer, hexa world record of apnea, one of his older islands at the invitation of the municipality of Lindh – Rhodes, in Greece, for an adventure that leads to dips earlier in history, “skandalopetra”.

This modality requires the diver to go down with a stone, without any equipment, simulating the old divers and sponge divers.

The diver Karol Meyer has the support of city and resort Aquagrand in the search for another world record.

The event takes place between days 23-27 of June.


The use of a buddy line

5 04 2010

A buddy line is a very useful safety device which ensures divers they will not be separated from their dive buddies. Buddy lines link one dive buddy to the other allowing them to dive freely while being sure of remaining together in case an emergency happens. Buddy lines are usually made of webbing and, although they come in different colors, yellow or red might be the best choice.

Buddy lines are intended to be used by divers who practice the sport by following the buddy system. This system consists on carrying a secondary air octopus in order to be able to share air with your dive partner in case an emergency happens. Diving partners need to rely on each other and on being able to reach their buddies if they need to share air.

There are some special conditions in which having a buddy line can make a great difference. If, for example, the water in which buddy divers are shows poor visibility and they are not using a buddy line they might easily be separated from each other or lost, but if they are connected by this device they will remain together despite these bad conditions.

Also, if a strong current comes and buddy divers are not connected by a buddy line this would most likely separate them and make it hard for them to get together again or to use the buddy system if they need it. Whenever two divers are following the buddy system, they need to make sure that they will remain close to each other or otherwise the whole idea of this system would become pointless.

The use of a buddy line is also ideal for trainings since it allows the instructor to make sure his student will be connected to him no matter what happens. This is not only helpful for the instructor but also for the student who feels more secure and safe this way. If an instructor or a diver feels his buddy line is too short, he can attach two of them together and double its length.

Photo: Aquaviews

Souce: Dive Pilot

Karol Meyer gets Oscar adventure sports

29 03 2010

Took place on March 16 the 5th Outsiders Award sponsored by Go Outside Magazine, specializing in tourism, adventure and outdoor sports.

Among the athletes honored, was a diver Karol Meyer who lifted the trophy for the second time. Karol broke the world record of apnea (longest d `under water with the air of the actual belt lungs), with more than 18 minutes.


Diving in Bonito

23 03 2010

Want to be baptized under water? Dive in Bonito.

The underwater scuba diving, which at first sight seems to be difficult and inaccessible, it becomes an exercise in overcoming the transparent waters of Formoso River.

Tourists without any notion of diving are a fast training half an hour. When you least expect to receive permission from the expert guide to sink. The visibility is confusing. In some places, it reaches 20 meters.

Even the most resistant to the challenge of diving just calm and convinced during training. Learning to dive in Bonito, one of the places with the clearest waters in the world is sensational. Children adventurous can plunge from 10 years … The scenery soothes and inspires the new diver to touch the trunks covered by limestone that look like sculptures.


Sea life depending on water and light

18 02 2010

The co-relation between water and light and how the last affects the first causes a variation in the kind of sea life which a diver might be able to enjoy while practicing the sport. Water and light affect each other as well as affect the way in which humans can interact with the sea depending on them.

This co-relation between water and light affects divers not only by causing variations in their vision but also by allowing them to see completely different kinds of sea life. The sea life which a diver might be able to see at day time is completely different than the one he could enjoy during night. Besides this, sea life also varies depending on the water depth in which a diver is and the amount of light that such depth receives.

There are three main sea regions in which different amounts of light reach and in which different kinds of fauna and flora can be found. These three sea regions are: the sunlight zone, the twilight zone, and the midnight zone. Each one of the three main zones have its own characteristics and is a whole different sea world that the others. Besides these zones, the coast line is also often seen as another sea region due to the way it can also show a specific sea activity.

The sunlight zone is the water region that is closer to the surface and therefore it is the one which receives the highest amount of light. The co-relation of water and light of this zone allows more than 90% of sea species to live in it. Besides, the sunlight zone is the only one in which plants can live due to the amount of light they receive in it.

The second sea region is the twilight zone. In this zone we can find sea animals such as shrimps and squids. And the third sea region, called the midnight zone, is the deep dark sea area where light doesn`t reach. In this zone only about 1% of sea species live, and animals such as sharks have their habitats in it. The temperature in the midnight zone is almost freezing and water pressure is very high.

Source: Dive Pilot