Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Dive More - Save More

If you are a certified diver, and you are considering more than one day’s diving while in Cyprus, our discounted multiple dive packages are definitely for you. These packages* offer you excellent value and great savings and include the boat and a guide:
2 dives                            €84.00
5 dives – 10% discount     €190.00
6 dives – 10% discount     €225.00 
8 dives – 12.5% discount   €294.00
10 dives – 15% discount    €360.00
So what are you waiting for? Come and join us and explore Zenobia with the experts. Contact Dive-In Larnaca for more details

* based upon Zenobia dives on 12L air tank dives and exclude kit hire.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

2017 PADI Divemaster Inernships

Spend the summer becoming a professional PADI Divemaster at Dive-In Larnaca and take the first steps to a career in diving. Whether you are looking for a change in career, a summer in the sun or getting your Divemaster before heading off on your GAP year we can get you there.

Whatever your level of certification (even if you are a complete beginner), we can get you to Divemaster with our unique  programme, all courses, materials, accommodation and minimum 60 dives included in the price.

 Contact us for more details and prices or email larnaca@dive-in.com.cy .

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Dive-In Larnaca Merchandise

Many of you may not be aware that we have a large, well stocked dive shop at Dive-In Larnaca.

From log books to DSMBs, Dive computers to Regulators,, Rebreathers and Zenobia T-Shirts for the customers who have dived with us…..they make the perfect souvenir of you holiday!

T-shirts range from Xtra Small to Triple Extra Large to accommodate everyone. Here are the prices for some of our stock:
  • Zenobia T- Shirts €18.00 
  • Logbooks –  €12.00
  • DSMB - €42.00
  • Reels from €13.50 to €70.00 depending on brand and length
  • Apeks RK3 fins -  €120.00
  • Shearwater Perdix -  €900.00
  • Torches various prices depending on model
  • Apeks XTX50 with XTX40 Occy -  €525.00

We hope you like our dive kit as much as we do! We keep a large amount of stock so please just drop us a line at larnaca@dive-in.com.cy  if there is something you are interested in, or visit our Dive Store for details of more items, or come and visit us in Larnaca. 

We will be happy to help you.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Twinset diving for the first time

By Wes Clayton PADI MSDT

After single tank recreational diving for the past 10 years, I thought it was time to take the plunge into twinset, and where better to do it that at Dive-In Larnaca?
After setting up my equipment the night before I was ready to go on the day.
Sitting on the boat with a bit of anxiety I made the necessary checks and rolled in. Doing a bubble check at 6m Chris and I were ready to go.
First impression of the twinset was that the maneuverability was very different and will take some getting used to but it was fun to practice swimming through some of the archways and windows in the wreck with a different profile.
The ascent also posed a new challenge doing a swap to the stage then using the wing to do a gradual free ascent in the blue to improve my buoyancy in the new rig.
Back on shore I had a debrief with Chris who gave me lots of positive feedback and said my trim was good for the first time on twins.
All in all it was a great experience and I am now looking forward to starting my first Technical course.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Do we still need NDL Tables?

An interesting article written by by Josh Stevenson at Master Divers:

Throughout the history of diving, decompression limits have been calculated using standard No Decompression Limit (NDL) Tables, the first of which were developed in 1908 by John Haldane after several experiments exposing goats to pressure. Since then, tables have been re-developed and re-defined to provide a model for safety limits within diving based on depth and time. There are several different variations based on different decompression research, however recreationally we typically use the quite conservative Recreational Dive Planner (RDP).

NDL Tables act as a mathematical model to predict how much nitrogen our bodies will absorb during a dive based on maximum depth and bottom time. Providing we stay within the parameters of the table, do not approach the limits and follow the rules such as maximum ascent rates, we can theoretically avoid decompression complications whilst diving. However, with technological advances introducing dive computers into mainstream diving, is it still important to use dive tables?

One negative of dive tables is that their NDL limits are based on a square dive profile, assuming we will be descending to our maximum depth at the beginning of the dive and remain at that depth for our planned bottom time. This actually limits our dive time as in reality we rarely stay at our deepest depth for an entire dive, but instead step up throughout the dive to reduce the effects of pressure and extend our useable air. It is possible to plan multi-level dives using dive tables, however this can sometimes be complex to calculate and it still means you are left with a fixed dive plan with strict depths and times. Computers on the other hand periodically calculate your current time and depth throughout a dive and therefore calculate a real-time NDL based on your actual dive. This benefits divers by extending out NDL times by crediting a diver for ascending to a shallower depth at lower pressure, but will also penalise and alert a diver who is approaching their NDL limits.These constant updates allow for more flexible, yet also more controlled and safer diving.

The most basic dive computers will calculate real-time NDL limits based on time and depth, which will then be used to plan surface intervals and future dive limits per individual diver. However more advanced models can also calculate EANx dive limits and oxygen exposure, multiple gases and gas switching adding extra safety to technical diving. Some models even have digital compasses and wireless transmitters calculating real-time air consumption. Not all of these features are necessary on every dive, but each provides a real-time safety parameter that NDL tables cannot.

Due to their benefits, dive computer use has now become so engrained in modern diving that certification organisations such as PADI no longer require instructors to teach NDL tables as part of the Open Water course. But does that mean they are obsolete, or shouldn't be taught? No. Understanding dive tables and NDL limits is a vital part of understanding dive theory, dive planning and diving safety. Without the knowledge and comprehension of decompression theory and NDL limits it is difficult to understand or respect what a dive computer is telling you. Understanding what a dive computer shows is important, but so is understanding why. These principles can be taught without tables, or by demonstrations shown on computers, but the best way to illustrate the functionality of NDL limits is through learning how to use original dive tables.

That is why we will always go through the effort of teaching dive tables to make sure our students fully inderstand how decompression effects diving and how to dive safely within the NDL's. We'd still always recommend diving with computers for the added benefits and safety which current tech and future developments provide, just make sure you understand teh theory and if ever you are without a computer, revert back to the tables. Dive tables will also never run out of batteries!