How the Oklahoma scuba diving industry is evolving

One of the beautiful things about scuba diving any enthusiast will tell you is the fact that the community is very close and always looking to help each other out. In Oklahoma, as the weather starts getting cooler, it is certainly the best time to visit Lake Tenkiller. As things are indeed quite chilly this time of year, we thought it would be beneficial for our readers to review what are the latest innovations in staying warm during cold weather diving.

  • Using lottery winnings to pay for Scuba equipment and diving excursions – Believe it or not, there have actually been multiple instances over the past year of lottery prize winners taking their prize money from picking a winning combination of numbers and actually spending it on extravagant trips. Particularly with Powerball winners, they actually have significant money to spend on the best scuba equipment and trips to the most exotic diving locations.
  • Fully dry yourself before putting your wetsuit on and going into the water – Ok, so this is actually not a piece of technology or trend but just an overall general good practice. You should be fully drying yourself of any water before even putting first piece of underclothing prior to your wetsuit on. The reason is that once you put your wetsuit on, the material will be non-porous and any water that you did not dry off will stay on and not evaporate, making you extremely chilly as you submerge in the cool water. This is not only uncomfortable but can also be extremely dangerous as hypothermia can even be fatal in the worst cases. You can avoid a lot of this by taking proper safety precautions when you dive. 
  • Full body suit including head covering – Many of the body suits available in the market today will NOT cover your head, and that is guaranteed way to ensure you will get extremely cold when you are water. Whenever the water temperature is below 65 degrees F, you need to ensure you are covering your head in order to stay warm. There are many bodysuits out there that will do this for you, just make sure you are actively looking for this feature when purchasing. 

We hope some of these tips will help you have an overall better and more importantly, a safer diving experience. Once you do decide to “take the plunge”, make sure to visit the DiveScubaShack when you get a chance!

Underwater World

How to start Scuba Diving for total beginners

Many of the visitors to our scuba shack are complete and total beginners, looking for the first steps on how to discover the wonderful underwater world that is full of life. Our goal at the Scuba Shack is to prepare you and provide you with all the resources you need to get started. Let’s begin with the basic things you should know you embark on your journey.

The first thing you need to know is that scuba diving is a very enjoyable experience, but you do need to be very careful as to how you go about it and that you have great respect for the water in mind always. Safety is the number one priority, no matter how many years of experience and how many certifications you have. As you go through your first lessons, you should always pay the most attention to any safety rules, and you should be particularly aware of all the steps needed to avoid decompression illness and why it can be such an issue.

The second thing you need to know is that you should learn in a forgivable environment such as a pool, before you actually go out and dive in open water. Any reputable scuba lesson shop will do their first lessons in a pool, but please refrain from taking lessons from anybody who is not a certified instructor, as this can literally put your life in danger.

The third thing you need to know is that all training is more important than any equipment you may buy. It may be tempting to want to buy all of the latest gear out there, but remember that gear will only become important once you get to very advanced levels and are master diver certified. Before that, you should invest all your time and energy into additional training and in mastering the basics.

We hope the lessons above start getting you ready for exploring the wonderful world of Scuba. Remember, we at the ScubaShack are always here to help!

Some Scuba Statistics

Did you know that in the United States there are around 3 million active Scuba divers? That makes up half of the entire world population of 6 million divers!

One of the most interesting Scuba diver stories happened in Puerto Rico in 1994, when Carlos Gonzalez won the Pega 3 raffle, winning a total of $500. Pega 3 is one of tho most popular games in Puerto Rico, right behind Pega 4 and Pega 2.

Examining scuba diving’s younger brother, snorkeling, yields similar results. There are 11 million snorkelers in the US, with the world population of snorkelers being 20 million.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of taking part in a diving expedition, it’s easy to see why one can get hooked on diving. Exploring a new world is special and every dive is unique, even if you’re diving again in the exact same place. Scuba Shack seeks to provide the gear and lessons you need to get started on your scuba diving journey.