Scuba Sage Advice

To photograph or not, that is the question!

So many times I see new divers toting a camera to capture those awesome first moments underwater.
What ends up happening in those pictures?  They come out blurry, blue, full of bubbles and so on.  I also see divers crashing into the bottom or trashing the visibility for everyone else.  These divers are also notorious for gobbling up the air making for very short dives.  Not a good way to make friends on a dive vacation.

A Sage's advice

Focus on mastering buoyancy first.

Watch any serious photographer or avid amateur and they rule buoyancy. You cannot get a good picture when your arms are swinging around like egg beaters or you hear a voice in your ear  saying "contact"  as your arms prepare you for take off.

Try taking a perfect buoyancy class and master crawling before you decide to walk a mile. Classes are offered at Buckeye Scuba once a month and initial training is completed in our store and local pools.  Contact us for our next series of specialty classes or to schedule a private class.

Invest in your own dive equipment. 

Repetition is the key to success in any activity.  Using the same equipment every time allows the diver to become consistent in the water.  We are a retail dive store and we highly encourage you to buy from a brick and mortar store because they will give you the additional personal service to customize your NEW equipment.  It may be cheaper on the net but it will cost you 4x in the long run.  Most dive centers also will be more supportive of you and your diving if you are loyal.

Also invest in a photography class. The few dollars you spend on this class will pay off ten fold on the end product. That's what this old sage did, 3 times!

Camera specialties at Buckeye Scuba are by request and we personally work with you and your camera one on one to help you start taking better photos.  It takes time but its worth the memories you save.



Steve Bowles is the owner of Buckeye Diving School in Cleveland, Ohio since 2000.

SSI Instructor Certifier 5426

Scuba Steve has been instructing since 1996 and has certified nearly 2,000 students. Founded in 1964 Buckeye Diving School is the Place where "The Best Divers are Made".  Focused on that motto,  Steve continues to share is experiences and wealth of knowledge with with all divers via posts on Buckeye Scuba.