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Into the Briny Deep

I love the depths of the ocean for there I get a sort of escape from the daily chaos of life. Many times, I have envied the fish for their ability to swim, the jellyfish for their ability to survive with a minimal brain, and the sharks for their ferocity. I envy the ocean, especially for her power. I take every opportunity to dive and explore the ocean’s bowels. It is always a great “fishing” expedition for me to dive into the clear turquoise blue waters ready to access the wonders hidden there in. Since my dad introduced me to scuba diving when I turned sixteen years old, I have never looked back. In fact, I have dived in so many destinations and places I have lost count. However, one thing that I know is that once you become addicted to this adventure, you can never get enough of the adrenaline rush that you experience when the water presses your body from all directions. But I have had my scares too. For example, there is this time when I experienced the fear of my life when I saw a hulking shadow in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. I was out of my wits and I thought that was the end of me. I even forgot to summon my courage to kick for the surface which was barely 30 feet above me. You can imagine my relief when I came face to face with a grinning dolphin and I almost hugged him. Or was it her? Well, that and I have been bitten too, my diving suit punctured by a stingray that felt I had intruded into his niche too much. Well, these are some of the small prices I have had to pay, but the experiences are more than worth it. I, Oscar, is not a selfish man. That is why I run a blog detailing my adventures. I do this to engage my fans to get them interested in this craft. Many of them come back to thank me for opening their eyes to the wonders of Mother Nature below the ocean. Well, a man can only do what he can do, and that is what I do. I also review diving gear, which I feel makes or breaks a diving experience. No matter how qualified you are, if you do not have the right gear, then your experience and skill count for naught. Believe me dear reader, you really do not want to be caught sitting duck, with your lungs screaming for air just because your diving package failed. This is why I have tried out as many packages as possible so that I can give an honest, unbiased review of each. So what are you waiting for? Are you ready to enjoy the wonders that the ocean depths hold for you? What are you waiting for then? Grab your gear … wait, read these two reviews and see what I recommend. Aqua Lung Pro HD BCD i300 Package This one has a Titan dive computer and an ABS regulator set. Because of its diaphragm mechanism, breathing is easy and the performance holds very well for a long time when you are under water. The BCD wraparound jacket comes integrated with its weights, is made of Resistek fabric, which is great for the salt environment of the ocean. You can use it for a long time and it will retain its good looks. To find more about the best diving watches for men, go to scubalist.pro. Pros

  • Comes with Aqualung i300 computer regulated nitrox and air modes to enable you to dive in all environments and ranges.
  • Great breathing is enabled by the ABS Octopus
  • Can withstand the salt abuse from the oceans
Cons
  • It is a bit pricey for people on a slim budget
Cressi Aquaride Pro BCD Scuba Gear Package - Blue This one is sold with a compact regulator MC9, a dive computer, a wrap around BCD jacket and a regulator bag. In addition, the BCD (Buoyancy Control Device) comes with inbuilt weights. For extra items that you would want to take with you, there are back pockets in the BCD jacket. The dive computer interface is well illuminated, easy to be seen even during the night or even when you dive into murky waters. The C2 computer from Cress Leonardo has been made to the highest Italian diving standards. Read the top picks for prescription lenses and more and learn the best scuba masks around. Pros
  • The one button computer works very well, easy to read under water
  • Rugged build allows the package to be used in all conditions
  • Integrated with weights
Cons
  • It is quite pricey

By Oscar Dergrond, ago
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Survival Tip – Fire-starting

My mother named me after my uncle – Oscar. And just like him, I cherish hiking and camping a lot. In fact, I go for camping at least three times a year. Throughout my many years of hiking and camping experience, I have learned that fire is very important in wet weather. In some instances, it can be the difference between life and death. Five years ago when I was camping in the middle of the forest far away from home, something unusual happened. Well, I thought it was unusual because it had never happened to me before. The heavens had opened up and were pouring their wrath out, and it became so wet that nothing could keep me warm. The weather became unbearable. I tried everything possible to keep warm but the situation was not getting any better. Actually, it was becoming difficult to service.

Then I remembered all the hiking lessons I had learned. One of them was how to use fire to keep warm. But lighting fire was not the easiest of things to do in such an extreme weather conditions. Fortunately, I had learned some very useful skills on starting a fire in wet weather. I then started a fire to keep me warm and boil drinking water to add warm fluid in my body. Unbelievably, this worked wonders. Since then, I have always sharpened my skills on starting a fire at every opportunity I get. Tips to help you start a fire in wet weather In this section, I have briefly discussed some of the best tips for starting a fire in extreme weather condition. I have used these tips even when I pay for diving adventure packages to be included in my vacation.
I always stick with forest sticky material Whenever I am camping or hiking in a wet weather condition, I always look for needle bearing trees such as spruce and fir because their wood usually contains sticky sap. Because this is pitch and it is always very flammable, it makes lighting fire easier. I choose dead twigs that are found beneath the shielding canopy of needle bearing trees. Peeling off the bark Barks of many trees are not flammable. Below the surface of a bark of a tree, there is dry wood that gives me easy time to start a fire. I split the wood When wood is split, the drier inner wood is exposed. This will cause the wood to light faster and burn better. Furthermore, split woods have a lower mass and make them light faster as compared to a whole wood. I shape up the fire lay Instead of shaping my fire lay too flat, I do shape it appropriately. I usually build a raised cone of split twigs. This allows the heat to climb through the woods efficiently and thereby drying them out. I light it low When heat rises, fire climbs. Therefore, having my lighter or match touching the wood or any material I am using at the base of my fire lay heats the materials upwards and help the fire to climb. I use tinder Tinder is dead, fluffy, dry plant stuff and it can light on fire very easily. I usually place a tone of tinder at the base of my fire lay. I light my fire from where the wind is coming from If I light the fire from the direction the wind is blowing from, the flames do travel easily and faster through my sticks, engulfing them faster thus rendering the surrounding warm in a short time.

By Oscar Dergrond, ago
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Educate Yourself – Know Your Snakes

One of my worst fears is being bitten by wild animals such as wolves, snakes and bears because they are easily found where I live with my family. But my degree of fear for these three animals is not the same. Even though bear and wolf seem to be more dangerous, I have learned that their chances of biting me are far much lower than those of a snake. And this is why it is important for me to know more about all types of snake in any place that I intend to go hiking. In this way, I would know which ones are venomous. Why it’s important to know types of venomous snakes According to statistics, most of snake bites do happen due to human error. It can happen because I am ignorant of knowing whether a snake is poisonous. Knowing the type of snake helps me a great deal in knowing how to behave in its presence, or how to respond in the event that it bites me. Sometimes, a snake bites because it has been confronted. Experience has taught me that despite how dangerous a snake is, it will always tend to be reclusive if it is not confronted. A poisonous snake values its venom because it is what it uses to catch its meal. This, therefore, means that even the dangerous snake doesn’t just bite. It would rather reserve that venom for catching its meal than bite unnecessarily. Top Poisonous snakes and I can always identify them Having knowledge about poisonous snakes helps me a great deal. Apart from knowing how to avoid them, the knowledge also helps me make the right decisions in case I find myself in a bad situation.

The coral snake The unique feature of this snake is its distinctive black, yellow and red markings. In more often than not, a coral snake with red and yellow marking is very dangerous and it kills. However, the ones with red and black markings are always friendly but are still poisonous. These snakes are usually found underground, under leaves and in forest areas, and they have reclusive behaviors. These snakes never attack unless they are provoked.
The rattlesnake This snake has a thick, heavy body, and its head has a blocky diamond shape. Rattling it at the end of its tail is what gives them their name, and it usually acts as a warning sign to any threats. These snakes are found in swamps, forests, deserts and bushes. I usually identify these snakes by the sound of their rattle.
The cottonmouth This snake is mostly found in South Eastern regions of the United States of America. It is a semi-aquatic poisonous snake, and it is usually found in swampy areas, around and inside waters. It is cold blooded, and it loves basking on the rock during the day. Its eyes have a slit shape, and it has dark cross bands. The Copperhead This snake is poisonous and likes attacking prey and other animals, but not people. In fact, it tries to avoid confrontation with humans as much it can. It is semi-aquatic and likes staying on rocks and under leaves waiting to ambush. It has a brown/red skin with irregular brown cross bands.

By Oscar Dergrond, ago