Scuba Snorkeling Liveaboard And Sailing Holiday Retreat in Greece.
Scuba Diving or Snorkeling around the beautiful Greek islands is a truly magical experience. Sailing on board one of our beautiful yachts you can spend a week exploring the very best that the Greek islands has to offer.
Our private boat charter caters for all needs, including scuba diving and snorkeling on board a luxury yacht. Our boats are designed with the diver in mind, boasting elegant looks and advanced design and construction to achieve in safety and comfort.
Apart from diving trips we can also provide various diving courses – dependent upon numbers – Please contact us for more information.
So how did I get into Diving? Well as far back as I can remember, when asked what my favourite hobby, sport, or pastime is, my answer is quick and easy – DIVING! whether that be scuba diving or snorkeling. Personally, since a child I’ve always enjoyed activities around the water. You know swimming, skiing, playing on a jet-ski, sailing, boating, you name it. So it was only natural when we were on a week long cruise that some buddies and I signed up to get our SCUBA certification.
Scuba Diving Equipment.
Scuba diving enthusiasts need to make a one-time investment on their gear in order to fully enjoy the sport. But scuba divers don’t need equipments alone. They also require proper training. It is very important that they know exactly what each one and every single one of their gears is for in order to ensure safety when underwater.
Here are the essentials that you have to bring along if you want to go scuba diving:
1. Scuba diving mask
The scuba diving mask for today’s scuba divers ranges from very simple to complex. Facemasks protect the diver’s face and eyes as they swim towards the ocean floor. It is quite hard to keep your eyes open amidst salty water. The diving mask provides the necessary air needed by the eyes so that the diver could see and appreciate everything there is to marvel at on the seabed. There are scuba diving masks that are integrated with a wireless computer. And for those with vision problems, there are special prescription facemasks available for them as well.
2. Diving Suit
You can’t jump into the water and scuba dive in your regular shirt and pants. You need special clothing. And for that, you will need either a wetsuit or a dry suit. Wetsuits are more commonly used than dry suits for scuba diving. Dry suits require special training and can be really expensive. Wetsuits are much simple to use and is widely available. The wetsuits sold in stores can either be shorty or full. You can get a wetsuit for as low as $70 on a bargain in some specialty shops.
3. Scuba Fins
You need to swim as fast as a fish when underwater. And using your own skills might just not be enough. You need body enhancements. You need fins. Fins are a scuba diver’s footwear. It doesn’t only complete your whole getup. You will also easily glide through the waters and propel yourself easier with a simple kick.
4. Scuba Boots and Gloves
Your hands need as much protection as your feet, so you need to wear gloves when going underwater. Boots are essential gears as well. And that is because you can’t walk on fins the moment you are out of the water. Diving boots and gloves are usually made out of nylon or neoprene.
Snorkels allow you to breathe properly when swimming several feet underwater. The proper way of using snorkels requires a lot of practice. You have to learn how to breathe through it like it was second nature to you. Snorkels are relatively cheap.
6. Weight Belt
A weight belt is the device that would allow you to sink into the water, allowing you to swim easily. It can be adjusted accordingly so that you can easily resurface or submerge as desired. Some people are simply more buoyant than others. And they are the ones who are going to need weight belts when scuba diving the most. Weight belts can be taken off with a simple, one-hand release motion. So if you encounter an emergency underwater, just drop the belt and swim upwards.
7. Buoyancy Compensator Device
The buoyancy compensator device, or more commonly referred to as the BCD, is the device that can control your rate of ascent and descent on the waters. It can also provide divers with emergency buoyancy when needed. It usually comes in a form of a jacket or vest to be worn over the wetsuit. It is also where the air tanks are attached.
8. Scuba tank and regulator
The scuba tank is your source of breathing gas once you get to the deeper level of the ocean, which mostly has high pressure. It is mostly oxygen, but sometimes other gases are mixed with it to ensure better breathing while underwater. There are regulators attached to the top of the air tank. Regulators serve as adjustments or controls for the tank.
9. Dive computers
Plan your dives with dive computers. Thanks to today’s advanced technology, there’s no need to draw tables and use charts to orchestrate a successful scuba diving activity. Dive computers can easily check the depth, the air supply, and even the pressure of the area you would like to explore.
10. Other dive accessories and necessities.
There are a lot of other diving accessories that you should bring along your dives. An alternate air source is an example of a diving essential. It is sometimes referred to as a spare air. You could also bring along a dive knife, dive light, diver’s watch, a flag, and of course, an underwater camera to capture the beauty of the underworld. You can attach these things to your vest. Or better yet, you can put them all in a scuba diving gear bag and be all set for the adventure.
Never miss out on all these essentials when scuba diving. Always double check if you have everything you need before starting off a dive. Then get all geared up for the dive. Make sure that you have fully functional equipment as both your enjoyment and safety depends upon it.
Snorkeling Equipment Basics.
So you’ve gone on a few ssorkeling trips, using rented gear, and now you want to purchase your own equipment. Before buying your own snorkeling gear though, there are a few things you should know.
When people first get into snorkeling
, they often find themselves wondering, “what do I need to snorkel on my own?” Well as a consumer, you might be tempted to just go and splurge on whatever you may find in your local store that appears to be of some use to you. As you will find out though, snorkeling gear can be expensive.
Normally, it is good practice to wait a while before you go out and buy expensive equipment. You should know how often you plan on going snorkeling and whether or not it is just a passing fad. Knowing these thing will help you analyze your particular needs and will help to determine a budget for your gear purchase.
Now that you have decided to take the plunge and buy yourself a set of snorkeling gear, you need to figure out exactly what you need. The most basic snorkeling needs would be a mask, a snorkel and a set of fins. You can often find these items at fairly low prices, but you should never
buy uncomfortable or cheap gear to save a few dollars.
The most important part of buying a mask is that it fits your face and you are comfortable with it on. When shopping for a mask, it is a good idea to go to a few local shops and try on different types until you find the mask you like. The thing to remember is that everyone’s face is unique and even though finding the right mask may take some searching, it will pay off in the long run. Also, keep in mind that if you wear glasses, there are special masks that can be fitted with prescription lenses.
Very often, masks will come with a snorkel. Even if your mask does though, you may still want to look into purchasing another snorkel. First off all, snorkels are easily lost or broken, so it may be good to have a snorkel. Secondly, newer snorkels come with air purges and wave deflectors which will help you keep your airflow open.
Buying a set of fins is similar to buying a mask. There are many different types and you need to find something that you are comfortable with. Strap-on fins are often more comfortable than whole-foot fins, but require the use of a booty or aqua sock.
The most important part of buying snorkeling gear is to make sure that you are comfortable in whatever you purchase. Managing your breathing and dealing with waves becomes much easier when you are comfortable in your gear.
The Difference Between a Wet suit And a Dry suit?
Scuba diving can be a barrel of fun, but only if you are properly geared up for it. And as for scuba diving apparels, you’ve only got two types of suits to choose from – the wetsuit and the drysuit. So which one of them should you choose? Here’s a guide to help you out.
1. Wetsuits trap water in. Drysuits use waterproof materials.
Wetsuits work by trapping water between the suit and your skin. A wetsuit is composed of an insulating layer called neoprene. The water is trapped between neoprene and your skin is then warmed by your own body’s natural heat. The main purpose of the layer of water is to keep your body warm throughout the dive.
Drysuits, on the other hand, is the exact opposite. It doesn’t have any need for water. In fact, it keeps water away from your body as much as possible. The main task of drysuits is to make sure that your body doesn’t get in contact with the water at all.
2. Drysuits require training to use. Wetsuits don’t.
Using wetsuits is much easier to use than drysuits. When you compare these two side by side, you would see that wetsuits are more the wear and dive type of gear. Drysuits, on the other hand, need to be properly worn and used. Drysuits are equipped with valves to let the air in or to let it out either when submerged or above ground. All users of drysuits need to go through the Dry Suit Specialty Course offered by PADI or other certified groups.
3. Drysuits are best for cold weather. Wetsuits are perfect for warmer weather.
If the weather outside or if the water temperature is at ten degrees Celsius or below, drysuits are going to be your better choice. This is because drysuits have the ability to keep your body warm as they seal off both water and air from getting in contact with the body. Wetsuits, on the other hand, needs water to heat you up. So when it is really cold outside, it wouldn’t help much – unless thicker layers of neophene are used. And that could impede your movement big time. Drysuits maybe good during the cold weathers – but if you use it at 20 degrees Celcius, you’ll feel unpleasantly hot inside it.
4. Wetsuits may come in different styles
. All drysuits generally looks the same.
Wetsuits may either be full-length or shorty. The shorty wetsuit is has short sleeves and runs a few inches above the knees. The full-length type covers the entire length of the arms and the legs, with only the hands and the feet showing. On the other hand, drysuits look like overalls. And they are not a smug fit like wetsuits are.
5. Wetsuits are relatively cheaper than drysuits.