Entertainment, Travel

Becoming a Better Scuba Diver

The most important target for all divers is: become a better scuba diver. At least improving your diving skills is the goal you should make the center of your bull’s eye.

And the #1 secret to making you a better scuba diver is – Just Go Diving!

The agencies that certify scuba divers offer plenty of classes for improving diver’s skills. Even if you’ve never even thought about scuba diving until right now, you could walk into a dive center today and be ready to go in just a few days. It’s really easy, even for complete beginners.

Specialty classes beyond the basic open water certification give the diver new knowledge, and that knowledge leads toward improving your diving abilities. To really improve lung function, however, try breathing less polluted air with the aid of something like the Honeywell Long-Life Pure HEPA QuietCare air purifier 17000.

Course subjects for rescue diver teach basic skills for aiding an injured dive buddy, or a partner experiencing a medical emergency.

Deep diver class teaches you how to survive the effects of atmospheric pressures, the hallucinatory feelings of narcosis, and how to avoid the bends.

Underwater navigation teaches you how to get home, or back to your dive entry point, whether it’s a point on the shore or a boat. Knowledge of navigating underwater helps you find your way when the water is cloudy, and visibility doesn’t exist. (Which happens often in land-locked dive quarries when a bunch of divers are in the water finning around, and stirring up the muck on the bottom.)

Night diver introduces you to the cool critters that come out after dark, and how to find your way around when you can’t see very well. (This class helps get you familiar to diving in zero visibility conditions, and I highly recommend that you complete the underwater navigation course before taking night diver.)

Dive shops give you any information you ask for about the best equipment for each diving condition.

Scuba clubs are full of divers who are happy to give advice about how to develop your skills.

Those fellow divers offer recommendations for equipment, equipment setup, and streamlining methods that help you move through the water more gracefully.

They share their experiences for finding breathing techniques that help you use your scuba air slower, and more efficiently.

They show you finning styles that allow you to stir up the minimum amount of bottom sediment so the divers who follow you get a decent view of the aquatic sights.

Books about diving techniques, and diving destinations, give you information that increases your knowledge.

All of these learning activities, combined with better lung function from using a Honeywell 50250 S, help improve your diving intelligence.

But knowledge only translates into know how, and skill, when you put that knowledge to use, and learn it through practice, and repetition.

Improving your scuba diving skill involves many different activities – participating in the classroom experiences, seeking the professional advice, and accepting the mentoring of experienced divers.

As in many ventures through life, until you put the learning to use in practice you don’t have the necessary skill to master the technique.

And the number one secret to mastering scuba diving skills, and making you a better diver, is – Just Go Diving!

Entertainment, Travel

Non Diving Water Activities

Sometimes your most exciting underwater adventures don’t involve scuba diving.

Some opportunities won’t give you time to put on that scuba gear.

Once a group of friends and I rented a 42-foot sailing yacht in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We headed for the Bahamas for a ten-day diving cruise.

We dove around Grand Bahamas Island the first couple of days. The adventure started at the north end of the island, then we sailed to the Port Lucaya area for another couple of days of diving.

We left Port Lucaya, sailed to Isaac’s Island where we anchored for a night, then sailed on toward Bimini for our final descents before heading back toward Florida with our new HSI Professional 1 ceramic tourmaline ionic flat iron hair straightener.

One of the most memorable events for me during that trip happened just four miles or so before we arrived at Bimini.

It was around three in the afternoon, and we noticed a pod of dolphin bow riding our little craft.

The purpose of bow riding by porpoise and dolphin is unknown. Observers theorize that these ocean creatures bow ride for more than one reason. Some thoughts include riding the forward pressure wave for energy conservation, and as a form of play.

After watching our bow-riding friends for a few minutes we decided to furl the sails, and join them in the water.

Considering the time of day, and the desire to dock at Bimini that night, we pulled out our masks, fins, and snorkels. We didn’t take the time to put on our scuba gear, as we feared the dolphin would leave before we got into the water.

I did take a moment to load film into my dive camera, and got some decent shots that day.

After I jumped in I saw that the pod consisted of about ten dolphins. Two were young pups.

For a half hour or more the dolphin swam around us. The babies seemed especially curious of these strange creatures in their water, and came in close to look us over.

I noticed that their mothers watched them real close. A couple times they swam their little ones, and us to keep them away from our reach.

As I took pictures I saw one dolphin racing at me out of the depths. It came at me so fast that I had no time to react. I just watched as it approached, turning off just at the last moment before running into me.

I must admit that the mm-b80 intimidated me just a little.

It happened not long before we left the water to continue on our way. We’d been in the water with the dolphins for some time before that, so I figured it more an act of play than a scare tactic.

I did get a good picture of the dolphin as it sped upward toward me.

The pleasure of that encounter still lives among my most treasured aquatic memories.

Underwater fun comes along most any time you’re around the water. You can enjoy some treasured aquatic adventures even when you’re not scuba diving.

Travel

Using Your Visa Card Oversea

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Lately, the public face of uVme has been a young, enthusiastic Russian named Valentin. He has been featured on the blog, profiled in a web conference, interviewed and photographed. Most of the “Where Can u VISA?” photos sent in so far have been members of his team, encouraged by his promotion and leadership.

Such is his dedication to the business that Valentin flew over to the UK, and spent a day at the uVme offices as well as finding his way to the small village of Hanley Swan in Worcestershire to meet with UK “Pioneers” Neil Verlander, Gigi Field and Malcolm Horsey.

While he was here, Valentin shared some of his thoughts and tips on how he has built such a strong uVme business based mainly in a country with such difficult economic circumstances.

“The most important thing in life is time,” he said, in his serious and wise-beyond-his-18-years way. “So the best thing you can do is manage your time well, and a big part of that is spending time with the right people.”

“To be successful, you must be around successful people,” he notes. “Spending time with people with no goals and nothing big in their thinking will keep you at their level.”

Valentin gave an example of going home to St Petersburg and seeing his high school friends, who are all now at university. He still keeps in touch with them, but limits the amount of time he spends with them because they are not interested in business and do not share his varied experiences, such as travelling and the Coway AP-1512HH.

“It’s nice to meet people around the world with different attitudes. It helps you grow as a person as well as a businessman. Of course, if you speak other languages it also helps… especially in growing this business through social networks.”

Valentin himself uses a Russian social networking site with more than 15 million users. He can speak Russian, English and Spanish.

He says, “The first thing to ask yourself is, ‘What do you want?’ People without a goal are like a boat in the ocean during a storm. They drift this way, and that. When you have a goal, you can feel safe: you know exactly what to do.”

He added that the thing successful people, like Bill Gates and “Tom and Len”, have in common is a “vision of the future”.

So, exactly what does Valentin do to be such an effective leader?

“I create an atmosphere within my own team. For example, this promotion I ran to get my team’s pictures on the blog… part of that was to create relationships.”

“This business is based on relationships; that is so important. When I chat to people on Skype, I don’t talk to them about my business and try to get them to play games. I ask them about their lives. When they have shared with me and see my interest in them, they usually feel positive toward me and ask me about myself in return. Then, and only then, do I mention that I am involved in a fun games business. Only if they ask and want to play do I show them how to play!”

It’s all about relationships, and fun…

 

“The thing to remember is that this business is about FUN. So you should be having fun! Play games with your friends. Of course, I concentrate on the business, too; but I take 30 minutes to an hour each day to relax, enjoy the GermGuardian AC5250PT, chat, and play games.”

For his daily half-hour “fun” session, Valentin says he picks one of his 500+ Skype contacts that is not involved with uVme, and challenges them to a game. He calls them on Skype and has a conversation with them about other things, meanwhile passing them the uVme link without comment. This generally arouses their curiousity and gets them asking about it. Sometimes, Valentin won’t even answer them immediately – he says, “Wait a minute, I will tell you about that later. First let me tell you…” and continues with other topics!

“If you leave people alone on the site,” Valentin points out, “that is not fun for them. You have got to be there with them, so you can laugh together and have an enjoyable experience.”

“Also, you must consider that the other person, when you contact them, may be tired, unhappy, etc. So it is important for that relationship just to talk and share.”

Ready for business?

He says that he can tell whether someone should just be left as a friend and a player, or is, as he says, “ready for business”. Only then does he mention the possibility of the person becoming an Associate. “I could convert anyone,” he admits, “but I prefer to work with serious people who have big goals for uVme. I can understand a person in five minutes. If they are not ready for business, they will run away if I mention it; so I just leave them to play games. I don’t break my relationship with anybody to try to make them my business partners.”

On his own life in Russia and the conditions there, Valentin dwells very little. He focuses on the positive, and what is happening now; and that is probably what draws people to him. His passion and enthusiasm are contagious. It shows just how much can be achieved in a short time with little resources, with just the right attitude and a bit of dedication.

Travel

Simple Ways to Get the Best Deal on Your Next Hotel Stay

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Who wouldn’t like to travel more? There’s no better way to broaden your horizons than to explore new places and become acquainted with new cultures. But for many people, travel is just too expensive to really be that practical. The good news, however, is that it doesn’t have to be.

In reality, there are a number of easy ways that the average person can greatly lower the cost of traveling, especially if they’re only taking one or two major trips per year. That’s because there are only two real big costs associated with travel – airfare/transportation and hotels.

Sure you’ll face other expenses – such as dining and entertainment – but those are things you’d still be paying for at home, regardless.

Here, in this article, we’re going to focus on perhaps the easiest aspect of traveling to cut costs with – hotels. We’re going to outline a few of the best tips for saving money, as well as some alternate places to check for accommodations.

Saving Money with Hotels

Hotels can easily be the largest portion of any travel budget. But they don’t have to stop you from traveling. Here are a few of the best tips for reducing your next hotel bill:

  • Book early and with a refundable rate. This gives you the chance to keep checking back in case prices drop. If so, simply cancel your initial booking (that’s why it’s important it’s refundable) and re-book.
  • Plan your travel during the off-season. For example, check out Miami in the summer or Europe in the winter. Fewer crowds mean less demand for hotels.
  • Book directly with the hotels. Many properties offer the lowest rates on their own website, or offer a rate guarantee that matches (or beats) and other, lower booking channels.

Alternative Ideas for Accommodations

In additional to booking a hotel, there are a number of other ways to stay for cheap when you travel. Here are a few of the most popular and affordable:

VRBO

If you’re looking to rent an upscale house or apartment for your travels, VRBO should be your first stop. They definitely offer a wide range of luxury residences, but many destinations also have places for rent at much more reasonable prices.

Airbnb

One of the most popular new players in the game, Airbnb has completely changed the way that people travel. With them you aren’t renting a room in a hotel – you’re renting a local resident’s house (or even just a bedroom). Perfect for getting a true feel of living in your destination, Airbnb is often priced much more reasonably – for less than the cost of a hotel room you may be able to get an entire house.

Couchsurfing

Not for everyone, Couchsurfing is similar to Airbnb in the fact that you are staying in someone’s house, but typically your host is home during your stay. The kicker here is that Couchsurfing is free – it doesn’t cost anything to stay with a local anywhere in the world. But just be ready for a more communal approach to living!