Blue Octopus Scuba Blog

Blue Octopus Scuba expands to Mississippi

Oct 07 2018
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Many of our instructors are also military or government employees and cannot control where they're assigned.  Blue Octopus Scuba is proud to be able to support our PADI instructor Tuck Palmer even though he's PCS'd to Mississippi.  Tuck will be offering open water, advanced open water, and enriched air specialty (nitrox)

How to Avoid Rapid Ascents

Sep 17 2018
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Decompression sickness (DCS) and arterial gas embolism (AGE) are serious injuries and the reason behind the golden rule of scuba: Never hold your breath. Here’s what else you need to know about DCS.

Featured Equipment - Sea Dragon Mini 900 Dive Light

Sep 10 2018
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SeaLife Sea Dragon Mini 900 a compact design and high light output.  Awesome choice for a primary dive light or a backup light. This light has 900 lumens of light and a narrow long-range beam. Great for see into deep crevices, spotlight fleeting fish and light up night dives. Read More Link... Compact design to easily fit into a BCD pocket. All light functions can be accessed with one hand. Light modes include full power, half power, quarter power, and one-second flash signal to attend all your light needs. 

Ten ways to protect the underwater environment

Sep 07 2018
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Ten ways to protect the underwater environment Maintain proper buoyancy and streamline equipment to help protect fragile aquatic ecosystems Most aquatic ecosystems and organisms are fragile and can easily be harmed by divers that are not aware of their body position and equipment. Coral reefs are one of the most fragile ecosystems. They are slow growing, breaking a small piece can destroy decades of growth. Keep dive skills sharp Make sure to refresh your skills periodically. Do this in an environment that won’t be damaged. Enroll in advanced courses to keep your skill sharp, PADI advanced open water and other specialty course are a fantastic way to keep your skills fresh and gain more experience in the water. READ MORE LINK...   Consider your how your interactions affect the aquatic life Avoid touching, feeding, handling, or riding aquatic life. These actions have adverse effects on the animals, they can disrupt natural feeding habits, mig ...

What’s the big deal about plastic straws?

Sep 07 2018
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Project Aware What’s the big deal about plastic straws? The anti-straw movement all started back in 2015 when a video of a scientist removing a plastic straw from a turtle’s nose when viral. Over the past few years more organizations have been lobbying for a ban on plastic straws. But why is the question that so many people are asking? Americans use over 500 million straws every day. The problem with straws is that they are too lightweight to make it through the mechanical recycling sorter. Straws end up in the ocean by three primary ways, they are left on the beach in coastal communities and by resorts, litter, and they can be blown out of trashcans that are over filled. Another thing to remember is that all storm drains and gutters lead to the ocean. Once they get in to the ocean plastics break down into smaller particles called micro plastics that are then ingested by marine life. What percentage of marine life has plastic been found in? 71% of marine birds and 30 ...

How Fresh is Your Dive Knowledge?

Sep 06 2018
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We have added something new to our webpage.  Each newsletter, we will pose a few questions.  Lets see how much you remember.  We have 7 questions and yes, two require you to use your PADI tables.  Test Your Knowledge Link Open Water Divers:

Two store events May 26th

May 08 2018
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Our swap meet is wrapped up and we have two new events on the calendar May 26th.  If you couldn't find what you wanted at the swap meet come on all day for our mega tent sale, 20-65% marked prices.  Second, in our classroom our Course Director Earl Glock is teaching the  DAN Diving First Aid For Professional Divers.  Not just for pros, the class is open to everyone.  Topics include CPR Health-Care Provider with First Aid, Neurological Assessment, Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries, and First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries.  To register or for more information click here. 

Tent Sale April 28th

Feb 12 2018
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Bring out the old, make room for new or earn some cash.  April 28th bring out your old, unwanted scuba gear, hang out with friends, and swap or sell for cash.  No fee but please RSVP to Blue Octopus Scuba.

Dive and Home Safety

Jan 22 2018
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None of us plan to have accidents while diving or in the home but they happen.  Blue Octopus Scuba has just graduated the latest class of Emergency First Responder Instructors last week, nad has just announced a sale on Emergency First Responder and Emergency Oxygen Provider classes.  Book any EFR or EOP class in March 2018 and receive a 10% discount.  The classes are open to divers and non-divers alike, and skills can be used at the dive site or in the home.

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