Prepare for the Perfect Plunge ‘Under the Sea’

 

 

Prepare for the Perfect Plunge ‘Under the Sea’

by Amy Lignor

 

Two thirds of the world lies under the sea. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Yes, there are massive skyscrapers, big cities to tour, historical landmarks and more up above, but under sea level you will discover hundreds of thousands of different animals and plants. Not to mention, more than a mystery or two when it comes to sunken pirate ships and even entire cities, Wonders of the World, and cultures that disappeared long ago…just waiting to be rediscovered by the avid scuba diver.

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Gardens and white sandy beaches may be stunning, but being able to see and touch a brilliant coral reef is something that should be on absolutely everyone’s bucket list. Perhaps you have been one of those to avoid scuba diving, thinking that it would be far too hard to learn the ins and outs of how to begin. Maybe you’re one who believes that more bad things could happen under the sea than up above. Or maybe you’re like me and have just watched JAWS far too many times. Well…let’s get to the reality, here. JAWS was a book and a great movie by Spielberg, but that shark was awfully close to shore and wreaked way more havoc on the people there than some scuba diver out for a jaunt. In addition, bad things happen above sea level far more than under it (don’t believe me, just read the papers). And, third, it isn’t too hard to learn how to begin to scuba dive. In fact, below are very simple steps and tips on the road to becoming a diver who literally will never want to come up for air once they see the amazement that awaits them.

 

The very first step is to choose the learning style that best suits you. At the outset head to PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. At www.padi.com you will be given every resource imaginable. This is where you want to learn because PADI is the best of the best when it comes to aiding you on your way to becoming a scuba diver extraordinaire. You can attain PADI certification through a variety of different routes, such as; online, home study, or in the classroom, so you have the complete ability and freedom to choose which avenue best suits your schedule. When you’re ready for your confined and open-water dives, make sure the outfit you choose is sanctioned by PADI; then all that remains is deciding between private and group lessons – heading off to a major tropical location or even ones being held at a local dive center. PADI will have all the information available to you for your area.

 

Secondly, you must make sure to choose the equipment that best suits your needs. If you’re just beginning, it’s probably smarter to rent everything you need except for the “personal gear,” which would include your mask, fins and snorkel. For someone who will fall in love with scuba diving and never want to stop doing it (which is basically everyone who takes their first dive) you will want this personal gear to be all yours. Tons of brands in tons of price ranges exist for these items, so make sure to research wisely so that your choices are based on your fit and absolute comfort.

 

One of the most important things to note as well is never to dive alone. You must find and choose the right dive partner. If you don’t happen to have anyone you feel comfortable with, like a friend or family member, you don’t have to worry. Your instructor will never allow you to dive alone which means he or she will happily pair you up with someone who’s just as excited to become a scuba diver.

 

Other than never diving alone, there are two very important tips to remember at all times. One is absolutely the biggest rule in diving: Don’t hold your breath. Yes, this may sound silly and simplistic, however, many people forget to breathe through the mouth and not the nose while diving. Although taking that normal breath above sea level is a habit, below that stunning deep blue sea proper breathing, through the mouth, is necessary and will keep you both comfortable and calm.

 

Then…last but not least, get out there and DIVE! You do not need to be of Olympic gold medal stature to become an incredible scuba diver who just loves to be in that water. All you need is the willingness to delve into something new and the excitement to see that entirely new world that’s just waiting for you to arrive.

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Must Have Gear for Your Spring Gobbler Hunt

 

Must Have Gear for Your Spring Gobbler Hunt

by Amy Lignor

 

Believe it or not, there will be many newbies out there this spring hunting season; not to mention those teaching their ‘young’ how to catch that gobbler for the first time. But even when it comes to the pros, with the excitement that grows from spring hunting season, it’s always a great thing to have a reminder of the “must have” gear that makes the gobbler – America’s toughest game bird – far easier to catch.

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Let’s begin with the right clothing. When it comes to blending in and outsmarting that bird, purchasing a camouflage facemask and gloves is the right start. The best camo clothing will not help a bit if the gobbler can still see your bare face and hands. Remember, this is a sharp-eyed bird, which means head-to-toe camo is the path to a successful hunt.

 

Make sure that turkey-hunting vest is also a part of your attire. Made for being able to carry all the turkey-hunting gear you need for the day, the vest is a must for both convenience and accessibility. Shop around for that vest that will offer season-long storage, allowing you to hold everything from calls to extra cartridges, compasses, and more. Having everything in one easy-to-access place gives you the extra benefit of knowing that all the critical gear is always on hand.

 

Comfort is yet another crucial topic on hunters’ minds. Yes, there are those that want to “be a part of nature,” but the larger percentage is looking for comfort out there in the wilderness. After all, nature was made for the gobbler – not the hunter. So while searching for that turkey-hunting vest, make sure to pick up one that provides extra padding. There are models that give perfect back support while leaning against those trees, as well as keep you warm and dry no matter what the weather throws at you.

 

Successful turkey hunts come even easier when comfort is key. Not only the vests, but there are also turkey-hunting seats and cushions made available by all of the top names. When the weather turns extra warm the vest will be shed by most hunters, so having the special seats and cushions will allow you to retain the comfort of the vest, but give relief when it comes to sitting in the sun.

 

Gobbler chasing also requires the best possible hunting boots. There are hours where sitting patiently is a must, but between these times some hiking is usually involved. Therefore, having good ankle support is in order. And remember, the best boots differ when it comes to the area that you will be gobbler chasing: some hunters will need to get those sturdy boots with deeply lugged soles if hiking those mountainous areas; while the hunter based in the flatwoods or swamp areas should look for a waterproof boot, or even knee-high rubber boots. No matter which is necessary, just make sure that they are well broken-in before heading out on the hunt.

 

Camo colored/dark is best, but also keep in mind that snakes are a matter of concern to many spring turkey hunters. Like that gobbler, snakes become more active as spring sets in. Regular hunting boots offer good snake protection under normal circumstances; however, short or lightweight uppers are less protective. If living and hunting in an environment where snakes are prevalent (AKA: the Rio Grande country) more protection is in order, such as snake chaps or leggings made of tough nylon.

 

Make sure that before that hunt the right decoys are also purchased and stored in that vest. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that for a successful turkey hunt to occur, decoys are a major necessity. Being able to lure those gobblers into your set-up is a must, and when it comes to bow hunting, decoys cannot be overlooked.

 

Camo is needed, but so is a great blind that screens all movements – such as, when you need to shift position if a gobbler comes from an unexpected angle. Although Mother Nature provides blinds, in some areas they will not be so easy to find. So when shopping for a blind, make sure to get one that’s portable, light, and easy to set up and take down.

 

Last, but definitely not least, we come to the binoculars and rangefinders. You certainly must know whether you’re spotting a hen, a jake, a trophy Tom, or simply a tree stump. Yes, turkey hunting is a short-range sport, but for the professionals who can spot them at longer ranges, these are important tools. Add on to that a rangefinder that can help estimate the correct shotgun range, and success will be had.

 

What do the gobblers need, you ask? If you have these items, that turkey will need good luck.

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

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