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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Buying & Selling: Learning the Art of the Tag Sale

 

Buying & Selling: Learning the Art of the Tag Sale

by Amy Lignor

 

When people speak about making a few extra bucks, there is more than one way to skin a cat these days. Perhaps you’re trying to save up for a vacation for the family to take this summer. Perhaps you are looking for collectibles to invest in. Oddly enough, many people do not realize what, exactly, was in Great Grandma’s house when she passed on to a happier collectible books, Art of the Tag Sale, knickknacks, true investment, timing, things to consider, important tipsplace. There are even those who will put her things on a table, mark them twenty-five cents, and declare them to be old knickknacks (AKA: things you need to dust every five seconds.) Trouble is, a lot of those knickknacks can actually be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Heck, there have even been things found at tag sales that have been resold in the millions. No. Not kidding. Are the chances immense that you’ll find such a buy? No. But, there have been those that have proven this particular once-in-a-lifetime-event can happen.

 

It’s not all old clothes and junk jewelry. There are collectible books that show everything from old signage to objects that you can invest your money in that are constantly found in the nooks and crannies of garages all across the land. Baseball cards, figurines, porcelain vases that just happen to be expensive (all you need to do is look at the markings to find out if it’s a true addition to your own personal income.) Keep an eye out for emblems, as well. Everything from the Disney to Harley Davidson products can be found in your neighbor’s front yard on a sunny Saturday morning if you just pay attention.

 

So what is something worth? Whatever someone else is willing to pay for it. The greatest finds come in all shapes and sizes. A British man visits a garage sale in Las Vegas and picks up 5 old paintings for five dollars. Turns out, when he took the time to reframe them, he actually found a sketch inside one that was created by THE Andy Warhol when the master was only ten years old. The man’s five dollars turned into a whopping $2 million. Good margins, if you ask me.

 

But what do you need to know if you’re on the other side of the Tag Sale fence? If selling instead of buying there are very important tips you need to know that will bring buyers in by the droves.

 

The first and most important is location. There are many roads out there that aren’t exactly well-traveled streets. Which means, ask a family member or a friend living in a high-traffic area if you can hold your tag sale there. And if you can combine your tag sale with them or even the entire neighborhood, it is important to remember that many people will head straight to a “multi-family” yard sale, as well as an “estate sale,” no matter where it’s being held.

 

Picking the right dates to hold the tag sale is also important. Now, yes, the weekend is still the best considering that is the normal available time for most people to be able to travel the roads because they’re not having to go to work. Best way of doing it? Add Friday in there. Retirees, collectors – Friday is a great day for them and you will make more money. All you need is the stamina to turn a two-day sale into a three-day.

 

Another thing to watch is the weather report so that Mother Nature doesn’t hinder your sale. And when it comes to timing, even though 8 a.m. seems “really early” to some, 7 a.m. is the best time to begin. Even when you state “no early birds” those birds will most definitely swoop in early. They want to begin by 7 a.m. so they can complete their tag sale day by 2 p.m., especially in a hot state, such as New Mexico. They want to be out in the cooler air, so if you start at 7 a.m., you will sell a whole lot more.

 

Above all, please remember that the newspaper ad doesn’t work nearly as well without the signs on the roads. In fact, many people don’t read the newspaper at all; they head down the road and look for those signs that are large, listing the date, time, location and address. To get even more customers, remember to use a bright sign (electric blue, pink, green) that stands out along the roadside so the driver can’t miss it. And use a black magic marker so that everything can be read clearly.

 

Learn the Art of the Tag Sale – both buying and selling – and you will most definitely be able to save up for that vacation, find that knickknack that turns out to be a true investment, and even get rid of those things in the home that you no longer want to dust!

Source:  GIG News

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