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Introducing the new MySSI app (Watch Video)

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The newly updated and FREE MySSI app is a one-stop-shop for dive enthusiasts, where you can find everything related to scuba, freediving, extended range, and mermaiding. Access your digital logbook anywhere in the world with advanced logging features, connect with your buddies, search for SSI Training Centers worldwide, see upcoming events in your area, and so much more!

Digital Training and Certification

24/7 access to all of your registered digital learning materials and certification cards, both online and offline. All your accident and travel insurance, and dive professional liability insurance in one place. Log your dives and training in-app to earn free SSI Specialty Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver and Master Diver rating.

Digital Logbook

The MySSI digital logbook gives you access to more than 65,000 dive sites. It has a suite of advanced features to help you remember your dive for years to come, including precise dive site GPS coordinates, a comprehensive wildlife list, a buddy list, and a customizable record of your underwater experience. Log everything from scuba and extended range to rebreather and freediving sessions. You can share or confirm your dives with a QR code. Dives can be directly downloaded from selected dive computers.

Wildlife Sightings

Few things are more frustrating than running out of room on your dive log page when you scribble down all the marine life you saw. The MySSI digital logbook wildlife feature makes it quick and easy to record all of the wildlife you encountered during each dive. Simply browse and select the marine life you saw from MyDiveGuide’s extensive wildlife list.

Free Online Training

Snorkeling, freediving, and scuba diving are the “Ultimate Dive Experiences” to be enjoyed with family and friends. Get free access to SSI’s Snorkeling, Try Scuba, Try Freediving and Try Mermaid programs. Help to protect the oceans and learn more about sustainable diving practices with Blue Oceans.

SSI Network

Get the latest industry news and upskill with how-to and skills videos. Connect with SSI Dive Centers and Resorts worldwide. Keep up to date on events in your area and dive more with the MySSI app Event Calendar.

Sign up for free access to the app here: https://www.divessi.com/join-ssi/register-free/free-online-training

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Announcing the Winners of Scubaverse’s June 2022 Underwater Photo & Video Contests

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Another bumper month packed with amazing images and videos from around the world! It has certainly been another great month for entries in both contests – your underwater photos and videos are just getting better and better! Thanks to all who entered.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s June 2022 Underwater Photo Contest is, click here.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s June 2022 Underwater Video Contest is, click here.

If you’re not a winner this month, then please do try again. July’s photo and video contests are now open.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s July 2022 Underwater Photo Contest, click here.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s July 2022 Underwater Video Contest, click here.

Good luck!!!

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Tips for… Navigation

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Not the most fun of topics we guess, but pretty important for any diver! Now we are sure that there are some of you out there that steer away from the navigation side and are quite happy to follow along at the back. But if you are one of those divers and the reason is because you think that it is ridiculously hard.. we want to give you a few basic tips to help you!

Now using a compass may look scary but actually there is not much to it. First rule to remember… North is North under the water as well as on land… it doesn’t change! So, with that in mind we can use that pretty easily under the water to at least give us a point of reference whilst we are diving, even if you are not leading it. Knowing the direction that you are going and how deep you are is a good reference and will help you to become more confident. Get into the habit of taking a ‘bearing’ – fancy word for direction – on the surface before going under and check the bearing as you are diving.

Knowing which way is left and right – well, when going right, the numbers increase, and when going left, the numbers decrease… easy! Starting off with turning left and right 90 degrees will start to get you into the habit of making turns. Try not to use complicated numbers when you first start off, nobody likes maths at the best of times, let alone trying to add 273 to 32 under the water! Keep it basic.

Last but not least, navigating is not all about using a compass. If you are not a fan of it and want to keep your dives simple, there is nothing wrong with natural navigation. There are some amazing sites around our coastline that are perfect for this – harbour walls, piers, open sea coves, all allow the point of reference to be followed on one side of your body on the way out and the opposite on the way back. You can also check that you are going the right way on your return as the depth will start to decrease. This is a great way to start building your confidence with navigating if you are new to it, and what is even better, lots of marine life love to congress around these rocky areas!

Other aspects to consider to throw into your natural navigation bag are picking some land marks during your dives. If there is something notable that doesn’t move (fish are not highly recommended!) take a note of this and use it as a reference and pick another. On the return journey, you can use these ‘markers’ to find your way back to the starting point. A nice and simple way to find where you are going.

So, give it a go in a nice shallow bay area and see how you get on… practice makes perfect!


Find out more at www.duttonsdivers.com

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