The Dive Log

Question #5

Imagine, I accidentally get tangled in something. What should I do first?

A) Stop, think, and slowly untangle myself

B) Try to turn around and see where I am tangled

C) Ask my buddy to help untangle me

D) Take off my scuba unit

Question #4

Most Diver injuries caused by aquatic animals occur because

A) the animal thinks you are food

B) the animal is aggressive

C) the animal is protecting itself from the diver

D) the diver did not feed the animal

Question #3

Question of the week!!! I have four people who have been responding but you still have a shot to win!

Question: I should take a local area orientation dive whenever I…
A) Dive anywhere, even if I have dove there before
B) Dive in a new place
C) Dive without advanced training
D) Am not diving with an instructor

Question #2 2/08

What can happen to me if I hold my breath while ascending on a dive?

A. My lungs can over-expand, which could cause serious injury

B. My scuba equipment may not work properly

C. I might hurt my ears or sinuses

D. Nothing would happen to me

Question #1 2/01

Hello Divers! Your question this week should be an easy one for you and its multiple choice!

Whether an object sinks or floats may be changed by…

A) increasing or decreasing its weight

B) increasing or decreasing its volume

C) taking it from fresh to salt water

D) all of the above

Please send your answers to dougc@gldl.com and Cassie will send you a confirmation email. Good Luck!

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29th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest

Join us Sunday October 25th at 1:00 pm for the 29th annual underwater pumpkin carving contest. The contest will be held at Lake Sixteen near Martin/Shelbyville. If you need directions here’s a link to Google Maps for the lake: http://ow.ly/CHA2P .

If you haven’t been to this before it’s a great time. Here’s a video from last year’s contest. While you check it out please subscribe to our YouTube channel.

The cost for this outing is $10 for divers competing in the event and $5 for non-divers. This covers hot dogs, buns, plates, condiments and flatware. Additionally the fee covers prizes for the contestants. Please sign up so that we can purchase all the necessary items. You can sign-up by calling either dive shop, stopping by the shop, emailing “dougc at gldl.com”, emailing “lakeshore at gldl.com”, or by using our new online sign-up tool available here: GLDL Event Signup or here Lakeshore Scuba Event Signup.

Please bring the following with you to this event:

  • Dive Gear (Rentals are available at both stores).
  • A side dish or desert to pass.
  • Your own beverages.
  • A pumpkin to carve if competing.

In the event of a weather cancellation we will post a notice on our Facebook Pages and on our Twitter Feed.

 

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What’s Happening at Lakeshore Scuba

Announcing March 2015 Events and April 2015 Events at Lakeshore Scuba.

Your gateway to quality scuba diving instruction and dive travel on the lakeshore.

Want to better understand all the ways to find out what is happening at your hometown dive shop, Lakeshore Scuba?  If so then this is the post for you to read.  There are a lot of ways to learn about the training, trips, events, and happenings at the shop.

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The easiest is to come right here and check out our calendar for all of the scheduled events.  Did you know that you can take this a step farther and actually subscribe to the calendar?  This means that you can get updates as we post them to your phone, tablet, or PC.

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Are you on Facebook?  We create an event for all of our classes, trips, and other events on our Facebook page.  You can directly visit the Facebook page at this link https://www.facebook.com/LakeshoreScuba.  Be sure to like us and add us to your news feed for updates on all the activities we have planned this busy dive season.

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Last but not least you can download a formatted for printing calendar.  It doesn’t have all the details that the online calendars do, but it’s a great little document to hang on your refrigerator to help you remember great ways to have fun all summer.  We will be posting monthly calendars a couple months in advance throughout the dive season.  Here are links to the next two months of dive events:

March 2015 Events at Lakeshore Scuba

April 2015 Events at Lakeshore Scuba

Finally, keep in mind we’re divers not social media experts.  If there’s a way that you’d like to see us updating you about shop happenings, be sure to let us know so we can investigate implementing them.

Remember, Today is a good day to dive.

Jonathan

Dive Light Discipline

A couple of our divers just returned from a wonderful trip to the Philippines. One of the tales they were telling is how a professional underwater photographer, that was along on the trip, would use a red light for setting up the shot so that he didn’t spook the fish prior to taking the shot. This got me thinking about some of the group night dives I’ve been on and how the lights go crazy and it looks like the premier to a Hollywood film in the 1930s.  So I’m going to take some time and pontificate on Dive Light Discipline.

If you are diving in the clear waters of the Caribbean, odds are that you really need very little light just to look at all the wonderful aquatic life. The human eye is capable of gathering in and processing images with very little ambient light; if you give the eyes sufficient time to adjust. In general, nocturnal animals don’t like light and if you spotlight them with a big video light many will retreat into the shadows long before you get close enough to see them.

So, you’ve just finished letting your eyes adjust to a low ambient light environment and BAM! your buddy shines his or her light right into your eyes; ruining your night vision for the next 30 minutes. So the first rule of Light Discipline is, “Never shine your light into your buddy’s eyes.” Any time you need to look at your buddy keep your light aimed down and only raise it up if you need to see them a bit better.

Which leads me to, Why would you possibly need to see them better?  Well the most likely culprit is that they are trying to use hand signals and doing a lousy job of it.  If they don’t light a side of their hands facing you, you can’t see the signals.  “When using hand signals at night do NOT shine the light out toward your buddy.” is the second rule of dive light discipline.  Shine the light so that it crosses in front of your body and illuminates your hands.  If the light beam gets to shining straight at your buddy all they will see is stars like they just had their picture taken.

Finally the third rule of light discipline is, “Use your light with smooth fluid movements.”  Move your light back and forth in a slow rhythmic pattern as you swim along.  Try to cross your beam/spot in front of your buddy’s view every 20 to 40 seconds and ask them to do the same.  This makes it very easy to keep track of your buddy.  Violating the rule of smooth fluid movements will alert some divers to a potential problem.  If you jerk your light around and aren’t having a problem you risk desensitizing your buddy to a potential emergency situation.

Want to learn more about night diving?  Stop by one of the shops and sign up for a PADI Night Diver Speciality Class.  While you are there you can check out our dive lights, tank markers, and camera strobes.

Today is a good day to dive!
@iamjblevine