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Can I get Decompression sickness scuba diving?

Scuba diving has an enviable safety record but as with any activity it has a level of inherent risk that cannot be completely avoided - simply reduced.  Everything from equipment manufacturing standards and diver training right through to the way in which dives are constructed and planned (dive profile) is intended to help reduce the risks to the point that diving is generally seen as being a safe sport. When asked, Dive Bunnies refer to diving as being a high risk activity, that can be ext...

July 1, 2021

Can I ignore my safety stop when diving?

This is always a bit of a controversial one but the answer is quite simply yes. Not only can you ignore your safety stop whilst scuba diving but there are occasions when, and circumstances under which, you absolutely should ignore it and instead proceed directly to the surface. As we covered in our blog ‘What is a safety stop in diving?’ safety stops are not mandatory. Provided you dive within the limits of recreational sports diving then there is no need to complete a safety stop. Completin...

May 31, 2021

What is a safety stop in diving?

Put simply, a safety stop is a pause that a scuba diver makes during their return to the surface after a dive. The pause, or stop, is typically conducted at a depth of 5 metres (18 feet) for between three and five minutes - just before the diver surfaces.   In recreational sport diving, most agencies are aligned in saying that you should complete a safety stop on any dive that is deeper than 18m/60ft; 18m/60ft being the generally accepted depth at which a dive becomes considered ‘dee...

April 29, 2021

Why You Should Care About Coral Bleaching

Unfortunately we’ve all heard the words ‘coral bleaching’ being used more and more in the last few years, but it’s not always explained to the full extent that it could be....

March 24, 2021

How Do Fish Reproduce? Part 2

This is part 2 to our fish reproduction blog! Fish are a diverse taxonomy, and sometimes they don’t always fit neatly into boxed categories - they’ve been around a long time and have used that time wisely. If you can believe it, there are even more ways that some species of fish reproduce! ...

March 20, 2021

How Do Fish Reproduce?

This is the fourth edition of our 'I want to know about...' series! This week it's all about: Fish Reproduction! ...

March 12, 2021

Is renting scuba diving equipment safe?

As your scuba diving develops so does your haul of equipment - most of it necessary, some of it less so - Phil, for example, has 4 BCDs for reasons that we can’t quite fathom and, despite his best efforts, he can’t quite justify. Renting diving equipment is something that is a necessity for all of us at some stage. Whether it’s full equipment rental when we first start out or the occasional hire when luggage restrictions prevent us taking everything we need. Even when you eventually own ev...

March 5, 2021

How do sharks reproduce?

This is the third in our series of  'I want to know about...' blogs. This one will cover the topic of shark reproduction. Reproduction is vital to a species’ survival, and you’d be surprised how many different ways there are to do it. It’s ingrained into the survival instinct to reproduce and ensure that their genetics live on through offspring, and fish are the same! The majority of fish will lay eggs and have them fertilised externally, however sharks and rays are completely differe...

February 23, 2021

Should I buy second hand scuba diving gear?

Every scuba diver wants their own dive gear…it’s completely natural and normal and why wouldn’t you?   We all look at the websites, the photos and the reviews. Let's face it, shiny new dive things attract scuba divers like Magpies! Sadly we all find out quite quickly that buying your own scuba diving equipment can be expensive. For many of us, it’s a really big decision, particularly when starting your collection - something we looked at in our blog What is the first item ...

February 22, 2021

Sharks and their Senses

This is the second in our series of  'I want to know about...' blogs. This one will cover the topic of sharks’ senses and the fascinating facts surrounding them. An animal’s senses are vital for their survival in the wild. Many of them have evolved and adapted to help the animal thrive in its habitat and meet its needs. Senses have been specialised to deal with the environment and arm the animal with unique skills that can make it either an effective predator or an elusive prey. And sha...

February 12, 2021

Front Zip vs Back Zip Wetsuits

Should you wear a front or back zip wetsuit? There isn’t really a right or wrong answer, however there are many opinions.  There are a few different types of zips for wetsuits - and there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Being comfortable in your wetsuit is crucial to diving, in our opinion. If you’re not comfortable, how can you be expected to enjoy yourself? Different types of zips can affect a lot - how you get into the wetsuit and how easy it is, flexibility of yourself and...

February 4, 2021

Why are hammerhead sharks different?

This is the first in our series of  'I want to know about...' blogs.  We're looking at hammerhead sharks, and why specifically they've evolved so differently to every other species of shark....

January 22, 2021

No - the dive guide is NOT responsible for your dive!

If you follow any of the various scuba diving forums that litter the internet then you will often see discussions regarding the role of a dive guide and how much responsibility that individual has on any given scuba dive. In some areas of the world, a dive guide may be mandatory. For example, in Malta and Gozo you must be certified to dive to 30m (Advanced Open Water | Sport Diver | Deep Diver) or be accompanied by an instructor. The legal liability of a dive guide also differs depending on the ...

January 2, 2021

Quarter Turn Back - no debate

OK - so we know that we have already talked about this a while ago in our blog Tank on or off - the big quarter turn debate but it just keeps popping up time and again. There’s lots of things to chat about and debate in scuba diving.  Best diving equipment manufacturer, best agency, best dive site… the list is endless. But here at Dive Bunnies there is most certainly one topic on which there is no debate.  Our view is completely clear - your tank should be either fully on...

December 28, 2020

PADI, BSAC or SSI - which way should I certify?

Starting out in scuba diving is both exciting and a little bit daunting.  You are entering a world of strange equipment, practices and weird words; but it's a world that you will very quickly come to love. When you are looking to start scuba diving you will be faced with an array of information - some of it useful and some of it not so useful. Scuba diving is an investment in your future that can bring you years, if not decades, of enjoyment, exploration, adventure and fun - not to men...

December 15, 2020

What is the first item of scuba diving equipment I should buy?

Buying your first scuba diving equipment is both exciting and somewhat daunting. If you have a budget the size of a small country then it is time to go mad and buy everything in the shop but for most of us, a little more discretion and direction is required. Every new scuba diver has to wrestle with this question once they have been bitten by the scuba diving bug: What should be my first purchase when it comes to scuba diving equipment? All Dive Bunnies know they need dive equipment. E...

October 7, 2020

Scuba diving with your children

This topic is something us Dive Bunnies are intrigued by. You can find many blogs on the subject of children diving - the age restrictions, depth limits etc. but what about from the parental perspective? How does it actually feel to dive with your babies and let’s be honest, can we recommend it? We’ve decided to organise this article into a series of hypothetical questions. It’s not in any order of priority but it’s definitely a list that’s been put together by parents’ observations ...

April 28, 2020

What if I feel sick whilst diving?

It may be the boat trip, it may be the night before or it may even be some of your buddies but there is always an outside chance that you could feel a bit icky under the water.  It’s really rare, as in really rare - we know of only one Bunny in the last 10 years who has had this issue and that tends to be if their safety stop is a bit too bumpy. Even if you feel a bit seasick on the boat ride out to a dive site, often jumping in the water will alleviate the symptoms.So what happens if the...

March 8, 2020

Can I dive when I'm on my Period?

Another blog about the simple realities of life that can sometimes interfere with Bunnies' underwater activities - the monthly curse, monthly cycle or Period - can you dive when you’re menstruating? Apologies to boy bunnies if you don’t like the subject but deal with it!  Us girls have to, so if your mum, wife, lover, friend or daughter is your buddy then you should also read on. We asked leading Dive Bunny Sarah if a Period needs to be a full stop to diving (or ‘period' so to speak -...

February 21, 2020

Scuba diving holiday packing list

For a bunny there is nothing better than arranging a scuba diving holiday.  Other than actually going on it naturally. Packing is, let's face it, a bitch but the excitement of booking a trip often leads bunnies to packing early. For some reason this has been known to magically change the space time dynamic and shorten the time to the departure date. But each time we pack we seem to go through a dive ritual of checking, double checking and then checking again that we’ve got everything. How...

February 2, 2020

WTF is going on with my computer?

Recently a Bunny contacted us to explain that they had purchased a new computer - or rather a second hand one that was in great condition - nothing wrong with that! A new battery and o-ring later and it was time for action. The chosen site for initiation was in the rather inviting waters off Gozo; first dive a gentle float down to a small cavern at around 14m. All good and the ‘new’ computer behaved itself very well. Second dive was to another cavern that was at 30m and that’s when th...

January 13, 2020

To pee or not to pee....

To pee or not to pee… and whilst we’re at it… why do I need to pee? No Bunny has ever peed in their wetsuit, none, zero, nada… it is something that instantly disqualifies you from being a DB.  Unless, naturally, you are one of the very, very few bunnies that may have felt the need to answer the call of nature under the waves. The rest of us simply lie about it, but in the interests of honesty...BRB, need a pee. But why?  I’m in the water for let’s say 50...

May 9, 2019

Must I do my deepest dive first

Deepest dive first……. Really? We are all taught that you need to do your deepest dive first and make your subsequent dives shallower.   That is simply safe diving protocol and we all adhere to that… but why?   Why does diving deeper on your second dive increase the risk of decompression problems? It doesn’t, at least not according to Master Bunny Phil “It’s called ‘Reverse Profiling’ when your first dive is shallower than your next dive and is g...

December 14, 2018

Tank on or off?

Those Bunnies of a certain age will remember being told that when you turn your tank on you open it fully and then turn back a quarter turn. Those Bunnies who are newer to diving may well still be learning this way. But it’s wrong as Master Bunny Amanda explains. “This is something that crept into diving folk law but is not something that any diving agency has ever promoted.  Dive agencies all say that you should fully open the valve – no mention of the ¼ turn back” So where did it...

October 10, 2018

To service, or not to service....

That is most certainly not the question in our opinion as we say yes – get your scuba diving kit serviced. A recent debate in the warren was triggered by a bunny asking if their scuba diving kit needed servicing as they had not used it in three years and it was well within its service interval at the date of the last dive.  This queued several master bunnies falling off their chairs in apparent disbelief… although it was quite late in the day at the time… ‘Yes’ was the u...

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