Scuba Diving Insurance

Scuba diving is fun. 

On the other hand, scuba diving involves some risks like every sports do, especially when it comes to outdoor sports. 

Scuba Diving InsuranceScuba divers and dive centers must be conscious in order not to regret if something goes all wrong during a scuba dive training/pleasure dive. 

As for the scuba divers, we all travel to dive in different parts of the world.

To be able to feel comfortable and be on the safe side, we better have a dive accident and dive travel insurance. 

As you see, there are different types of scuba diving insurance. 

Let’s take a look at them closely and see what each one covers below. 

Generally, scuba diving insurance is divided into three categories: [Read more…]

Key for Success in Scuba Diving

I am a scuba instructor for more than 15 years in PADI, SSI, NASDS and CMAS

I have trained over 750 scuba diving students in this period. 

When I start an Open Water Diver Course, I know two things will possibly happen throughout the course;

  1. My student, regardless of age, sex and nationality, will be afraid to try to conduct the “removing and replacing the scuba mask skill” 
  2. He / she will most likely think that scuba diving is a hard sport / activity requiring endurance and “maybe it is not something for him / her” (fewer than #1 but still valid)

In this post, I want to show you the way for success in scuba diving and how to kill these two points above (if you also have / had them) easily!

Ok, let me start with the first one; 

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Scuba Diving Books

We might have sharp scuba diving skills underwater like hovering, mask clearing and using alternate air soource. We can master these skills by practicing them enough.

Our academic knowledge about underwater physics, physiology, dive desease, dive tables and etc may also be good.

However, a scuba diver should always learn more to be able to be a better diver. Self improvement is the key.

For this purpose, we should read some informative books and watch educational documentaries (NatGeo is my favorite).

Today, I will suggest you to 6 books about scuba diving that I am sure you will improve yourself and become a better scuba diver than today.

Let’s start.

Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die

Fifty Places to DiveIn this book, written by Chris Santella, we are introduced fifty dive spots.

These dive spots are all around the world.

As far as I have seen, writer has been a good traveller. Chris has succeeded to evaluate the dive spots in a curious scuba diver’s shoes.

A golden bed-side traveler guide.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving, written by Dennis Graver, will simply teach you the basics of recreational scuba diving. Scuba Diving

Dennis Graver is an experienced scuba diving instructor. He has prepared this book not only for beginners, but also for instructors and experienced divers.
This book sold over 100.000 copies around the globe.
I especially liked the photographs used in Scuba Diving. Throw it into your backpack and re-read when you find time.

The Complete Diver

The Complete DiverThis guide, written by Alex Brylske Ph.D, is much more scientific and will let you know about the history of this outdoor sport.

The Complete Diver talks about the latest scuba diving technology as well as the future of recreational scuba. Decompression theory, ‘how to avoid’s, scuba diving medicine and safe diving practices are some chapters of this valuable guide.

Interested in science and history of scuba diving?

Then The Complete Diver will help you a lot!

Dive Atlas of the World

Dive Atlas of the World, written by Jack Jackson, will give you a detailed information about the dive Dive Atlas of the Worldspots around the world.

Jackson not only introduced the well-known dive sites, but also the recent explored ones. Dive spots are described and experts commented on each of them in Dive Atlas of the World. I really liked the maps in this guide. All spots are clearly mapped. A fascinating dive locater that will help you in your next dive adventure.

Diver Down

Diver DownDo you like Air Crash Investigation on National Geographic Channel?

Yes, we can learn a lot from mistakes and neglects. Diver Down: Real World Scuba Accidents and How to Avoid Them, written by Michael Ange, is talking about scuba accidents around the world. Well, when I started to read this book, I felt like watching a horror movie (to be honest), but the best way to learn about scuba diving safety is to know about the reality. Sad experiences occur. But if we don’t take lessons from them, these experiences will go on living.

An enervator but highly informative book.

How to Beat Mask Removal Skill

This e-book is especially written for scuba diver and / or scuba diver candidates taking their Open Water Diver Course and having difficulties with the mask removal and replacement skill.

How to Beat Mask Removal Skill, written by Murat Demirag (Yes, that’s me) is a complete how-to book with killer tips and exercises designed for beating this skill and get you your Open Water Diver certificate. If you are already a certified scuba diver but not feeling quite comfortable with mask removal and replacement skill, I suggest you to buy this e-book.

You’ll see how easier it will be to perform this skill in your next dive.

A helpful guide that I suggest.

Removing Mask: A Challenging Dive Skill

Majority of student divers and inexperienced certified scuba divers find this basic skill difficult. They have the fear to perform mask removal.

The reason behind this fear is that we are evolved/created (choose the one you like) to live on land, not underwater.

We eat, drink, dance, walk and see on land. We do these for years and know nowhere else to do such kind of activities!

However one day, a bald scuba instructor like me takes you into the ocean and wants you to breathe underwater! Isn’t this “a little bit weird already, even though it is fascinating” you are thinking…

Like this ain’t enough, your instructor wants you to perform some diving skills! He/she is demonstrating these skills easily. But when your instructor gives you the “now your turn” signal, those skills start not to be that easy, huh?


You are a certified scuba diver but you completed your diving course a couple of weeks ago.

You were removing your mask, feeling a little bit anxious, but handled it. But you still have a piece of fear against this skill.

What if I need to replace my mask if it is removed from my face in my open water dives one day?!

Do you match with one of these two profiles?


First, you are not alone!

Removing Your Mask UnderwaterAs I have mentioned above, majority of the student divers and unexperienced scuba divers find mask removal a really challenging scuba skill.

Because when you remove your mask underwater, water surrounds your eyes, mouth and nose. When performed in open water as a part of scuba diving training, salty water may disturb you. This is extremely normal.

In addition to this, we are used to inhale through our nose. This is a reflex for us and it is difficult to control.

However, we should inhale and exhale through our mouth underwater. That’s because we are using a regulator second stage for breathing there.

And when we inhale through our nose when we remove our mask underwater, water comes in! This disturbs us naturally. We need to cough and take deep breaths to overcome this issue, right? [Read more…]

5 Ways of Self-Improvement in Diving

You did it! From now on, you are a certified scuba diver. All the academic sessions and the training dives are over.
You are looking at your brand-new dive certification and becoming proud of you. Now you can dive as long as you want, share your experience with your friends and family. You became one of the guys in National Geographic Channel whom you were admiring just because they were diving in a harmony. How cool you feel now!

However, this is only a start, the beginning of your scuba diving journey. It is a life-time hobby that will turn into a life-style in time. Like all the other relationships you have, you and scuba diving will mature by time which will lead you to an amazing life experience.

In this article, I wanted to help you make safe and comfortable dives. Knowing and applying these simple “tips” will make you better divers.

Alright then, let’s start.

Maintaining and Developing Your Scuba Diving Knowledge

We forget. That’s the truth. To maintain what we learnt, we should repeat. The entry level course books are the base of our scuba diving knowledge. Whichever your diving agency is, your “starter book” should always be on your desk.

From time to time, take a look at the chapters. Not the whole book maybe, but the key points in it. I suggest you to highlight the parts that you tell as a key point. It is then easy to find these lines when you decide to re-read it.

This is only the maintaining part. It is the base of our “house of diving.

You should read monthly well-respected dive magazines, follow a TV show in an alternative channel like NetGeo, Discovery and/or Animal Planet, read other books (in addition to your own diving manual) written by your favorite doyenne scuba diver.

By this way, you’ll learn new things and be able to follow the trend in scuba diving.

A good knowledge will make you a better and conscious diver. [Read more…]

Controlled Descent Is the Best Start

Mustafa and I were in Antalya-Kemer/TURKEY for diving several years ago.

It was a wreck dive.

We were not alone. Our group consisted of 6 scuba divers (including us) and a dive leader.

I and Mustafa were instructors, but the rest were starters.

Right after the dive briefing, dive leader told us that me and my buddy Mustafa may stay at the back of the group while enjoying the dive and serve as a rearguard for him.

That was no problem. We accepted. [Read more…]

5 Ways to Make Relaxed Dives

We are all diving for pleasure.

So scuba diving should be fun and relaxing.

If we can ‘avoid stress‘, we can feel both comfortable and self-confident. [Read more…]

Meet With Shark Angels

Regular readers of know how sensitive I am about consciousness and conservation.

I not only try to educate my students about scuba diving but also about conservation and consciousness about the environment they are/are going to dive.

This is a hard job. Because the majority of the people are unaware of the importance of the species, worse is they don’t even care about whether these species have importance or not. [Read more…]

Scuba Diving in GTA 5

Several weeks ago, I have seen world-famous Barcelona player Lionel Messi on T.V. He was playing PES on Play Station. Ofcourse his virtual team was Barcelona as well. [Read more…]

I Don’t Want to Dive Today

It sounds like becoming a little bit sad and maybe worried leaving home for a job that you have always dreamed about outside your hometown. You know that it’s gonna be great deep inside but you are leaving your family even tough you know that you can take a bus and see’em whenever you’d like to. Missing your room, garden and friends in the town. List goes on… This mood is damn interesting, on one side, you are dying to do it, on the other side, you are worried. [Read more…]