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Do you visualize your dive?



By Roy Cabalo

I often see divers plan their dives but wonder how many are visualizing their dives. Visualizing your dive and dive planning are not the same thing. Visualization is nothing new. Professional athletes practice it before critical plays. Business professionals do so before important meetings. Military leaders employ it before important operations.

Not just planning

In dive planning, you’re doing just that planning. You look at factors such as depth, time, temperature, topography, current, weather and the purpose for your dive. Dive planning is looking at the important details that are critical to a safe and successful dive.

Plan your dive and dive your plan. Cliché but always true. Dive planning is about facts and preparing for the “what if’s” that could take place. By no means is visualization a replacement for proper dive planning. It’s more an add-on to your prep before getting in the water.

The mental picture

Visualizing your dive is all about the mental picture of your dive. By that, I mean seeing the mental images of your dive as it should occur.

When your dive planning is completed take a few minutes to relax. Take a few deep breaths and mentally picture your dive from the time you stand up to the time you enter the water, through your descent, the dive, your turnaround and ascent.

You could almost say you’re putting mental images to everything you have planned out and maybe given yourself insight on something you could have missed.

If it sounds a bit quirky, think about this: Pro athletes used visualization at least as far back as the 1960s. Pro tennis player Billie Jean King used imagery to see how she could play her matches mentally. The US Olympic Teams routinely have six to nine traveling sports psychologists to help athletes through training routines.

Visualization can also be applied in the teaching of new divers that might be a bit hesitant as they get into the sport. It can help students overcome anxiety.

I’ll share this great article and leave you with the challenge to visualize your next dive. Do it after you plan your dive and before you get into the water. Also, do it before you train that next new diver and before you make that next amazing dive.

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14 Divers You Do Not Want To Be On A Scuba Diving Charter Boat! (Watch Video)



We’re counting down some of the scuba diving etiquette faux pas that I see week in, week out on dive charter boats. I’m giving you my best advice to not become ‘THAT’ diver and stay in the good graces of you Charter Boat Scuba Captain and Crew.

This is stuff they just don’t teach you during your PADI Open Water Course! The unwritten rules of scuba diving. Good behavioral habits to develop to be the scuba diver that everyone looks forward to having on their dive boat.

I’m drawing from my experience as a charter boat Captain, but also asked a whole bunch of my friends in the Scuba Diving business for their input on what divers do to drive them crazy! Thanks for your input!

I’ve been asked for this video a bunch. Let me know in the comments which diver stereotypes I missed!

Thanks for watching!



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My Dive Buddies Episode 3: Jimmy Gadomski’s Sunken Treasure (Watch Video)



My Dive Buddies Episode 3: Jimmy Gadomski’s Sunken Treasure! I’ve brought in my good dive buddy Jimmy Gadomski to the dive locker to regale you with stories from his treasure hunting exploits. We’re also talking the difference between being a recreational dive boat captain and a technical dive boat captain and discussing what has gone wrong with so many near-misses/almost-accidents.

Jimmy is one of those great guys who can’t walk past a muddy puddle without wondering what is at the bottom of it. He shares his insight on how he decides if a student is ready to start tec training and how to train a dive master to run tec trips. He also makes me killer jealous with his stories of diving the wrecks of the Great Lakes – something I was supposed to also do until COVID-19 got in the way!

And as always, Jimmy faces the 10 questions we ask everybody.

Here are the timestamps:

  • Intro: 00:01
  • Jimmy’s jobs: 01:03
  • How Do You Decide If A Potential Student Is Ready For Tec? 02:15
  • Considerations for running a Tec Charter boat: 04:18
  • Service and Safety in Tec Diving: 05:47
  • What’s happening with all these near misses this summer? 06:46
  • How can the Tec Diving community identify safety concerns? 10:12
  • Show and tell! 13:51
  • Gold and silver coins: 16:36
  • Great Lakes diving: 18:52
  • 10 Questions We Ask Everybody: 20:50 Cheers! 22:48

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I really hope you guys enjoy watching this series of videos as much as I enjoy making them or else it wouldn’t be fair!

Thanks for watching. D.S.D.O James

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