Archive for June, 2010

Oceanic V12 Split Fin

Product Video brought to you by Dive Right In Scuba

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Here I’m showing my vintage style mens 2 piece beavertail wetsuit with it’s accessories laid out. This is a sharkskin wetsuit. The jacket is has a beavertail that tucks between your legs and then it has 2 snaps that hold it to the other side of the jacket. The bottom part of the wetsuit which covers your legs and waist is like a pant instead of the farmer john style of today’s wetsuits which cover the upper and lower body and the straps go over your shoulders. They are sharkskin gloves and a hood. The boots are step in instead of having a zipper down the side like modern booties. The fins are vintage U.S. Diver’s Otarie and they are step in instead of having a strap running across the back like today’s style of fins. This type of suit was used in the 70’s and 80’s by scuba divers of all ages. Watch my other beavertail video to see me wearing this suit. Some of the James Bond 007 movies show this type of suit

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Higgins Lake scuba dive

Take a look at the fish and some underwater attractions in Michigan’s Higgins Lake.

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I would go on They will probably be able to help you and provide information in order to make a good choice.

So, I’m doing scuba diving training this summer, and I was looking at different places where I can go to get certified, and there are two locations that I like….one is PADI and one is SSI. The SSI one is a lot cheaper, seeing that you do the classroom portion online and it’s free to do it online (they still cover everything in the actual classroom when you go for you classes, but they just skim over it since you already know the info from the online course…so it’ll be more like a refresher), and the PADI one is $199, and even still the company will make you do the classroom portion. With the PADI center, training is $420 or $250, depending on if you buy your scuba gear from them or not, and I think they charge a minimum of $330 for the equipment….the other one is like $200 …and I can buy my scuba gear from wherever I want…but the true question…is it better to get PADI certified and pay more money, or is SSI and PADI certification the same? Like will other divers look down at me if I’m SSI or anything? thanks!
I’m 16 btw….if that helps at all.

PADI also offers it’s course online. I’m not a fan of any online course, however.
Neither is really better than the other regards PADI or SSI. Both are recognized world wide. There are some differences in what each offers for courses though but it still doesn’t matter. If you took a SSI open water, you could do a PADI advanced later for example or vice versa. You don’t have to stick to a particular agency.
You should be able to find a PADI shop that offers the entire training, including use of gear on course for 200-250 bucks. That also includes your class, pool time, exams and your OW check out.
SSI is about the same.
You have to remember that dive shops are in competition with each other for your dollar so even within an agency, prices will differ from shop to shop. Shop around, find a place you feel comfortable with and train there. PADI , SSI , NAUI…whatever.

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