Underwater Photography Gear – My Choices

I dive a Nikon D300 as my underwater camera which I bought in 2017. Next, to the general rave reviews, the main criteria to buy my first D-SLR camera were the price, DX-format chip, good low light performance, and low noise. As of 2018, I am still very happy with the D300.

Initially, I used the Nikon 105mm lens for macro and the 10.5mm fisheye lens for wide angle. The 105mm has a very narrow-angle of view and is really a super macro lens, which is more difficult to shoot, so I added the Nikon 60mm for general purpose macro, and later the excellent Tokina 35mm macro (which still focuses almost 1cm in front of the lens).

On the wide-angle front, I am very happy with the Nikon 10.5mm fisheye for wrecks or large schools of fish photography. I should subsequently add the Tokina 11-16mm wide-angle which I sold again and replaced with the Nikon 10-24mm wide-angle and the Tokina 10-17mm fisheye (which is wider). My favorite general purpose lenses are now the Nikon 60mm macro and the Tokina 10-17mm fisheye.

Here, all my underwater photography gear is packed in a pelican 1620 case with pick&plug foam. It’s big enough for housing, ports, lenses, and while not really cheap, it is an excellent case to protect against shock and the elements, when traveling. I also added a padded soft esky (cooler bag) to carry the camera around and to protect it against damage on boats, which also doubles up as a rinse tank.

Hope the above configuration also helps you all deciding for your underwater photography gear. Let me know if you need specifics and I will gladly dive into the technical mazes of the D300 to share my experiences in one of the next blog posts.

Scuba Diving in Phuket

Adventure sports are breathtaking, thrilling and give you the adrenalin rush. Most adventure sports lovers consider scuba diving in Phuket as a lifetime experience; however, they are well aware of its many dangers as well. Scuba diving in Phuket performed with pre-dive safety gear check and in safe conditions is more enjoyable and risk-free. Let’s learn how!

In the recent past, some scuba diving problems have led to the impetus being laid on safety gear check before going for your dive. It is important that scuba diving equipment is maintained with care. More so, it is important to check the locking systems, gear attachments and the different wear tear associated with the diving. Your diving experience should not just be fun-filled but also ensure complete safety of your life.

Over a period of time, using a safety gear during scuba adventures becomes easier and one can conduct safety checks within seconds. With practice and understanding of the sport, one needs to inculcate the habit of considering the crucial checkpoints. Below mentioned are the important safety gear equipment that needs to be included in the pre-dive scuba diving in Phuket checkpoint:

Whistle

This simple device can play a crucial role in saving your life in situations where you have a shark approaching you or when you want to call your buddy diver next to you. It can produce a loud noise even underwater. Always keep one before your dive!

Scuba Flash Light

Whether you are going for a night dive or a deep day drive, a scuba flashlight is a must-have. It helps you identifying dangers and the smallest of living and non-living things underwater. In addition, it can also be used as a safety signaling device. It is important to check the battery and functioning of the light before going down.  Here is a look at some of the best dive lights.

Safety Sausage or Signaling Tube

These safety signaling tubes are easy-to-carry and can be attached to your scuba gear. They are extremely important to help you become visible from a distance and also while diving with buoyancy. It is important to have the best safety sausage attached to your gear.

Dive Knife

Nothing beats this! You can’t afford to miss out a dive knife when you are on your scuba adventures. They are extremely important in saving your life from underwater life-threatening sea creatures and even help you in making your way through in the sea.

These safety gear measures need to be taken care of each time that you go for scuba diving in Phuket.

How to Get Scuba Certified

If you want to hit the water this year and try scuba diving then you are going to need to get your diving certification.  PADI certification will teach you scuba theory along with how to dive safely.  More importantly without it you won’t be able to dive.  You can get scuba classes all over the world but if you plan to try diving on your vacation you might want to know how to get scuba certified beforehand so your trip isn’t ruined by not being able to dive.

Getting Your Diving Certification

How do you go about getting your diving certification?  It can be a bit of a challenge, nothing you can’t handle.  It is worth it and it buys you a great deal of freedom being a certified diver.  Here are some of the steps to follow to get your certification.

  • Get in touch with the resort you plan on going to find out if they offer scuba classes or they can refer you to someone local. Always check with the instructors beforehand and check into the facilities.  Check reviews as well.
  • Enroll ahead of time and pay for the diving certification courses. Always make sure that the instructor has been licensed both with local authorities and  with PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), NASDS (National Association of Scuba Diving Schools) and NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors)
  • You will have to do lecture and text book studying, most of these can be found in a bookstore or your local library.
  • You will start your training dives in a swimming pool. This lets you learn the equipment and practice in a safe environment.  You can also learn what to do in an emergency.
  • Your first open water dive will be supervised and it will be done in shallow water. This is another step in the training that allows for first hand experience in a fairly safe environment.
  • Obtain your certification. This is done at the discretion of the diving instructor as to whether you pass the course or not.
  • You will receive a license and a logbook. You are now able to buy or rent your own equipment and you can show the logbook to any charter service to demonstrate your experience.

Scuba diving is one of the most fun water sports activities and getting certified is well worth the time, money and effort that is required.  Make no mistake it can be dangerous and that is why a diving certificate is necessary.