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  1. Level Up Your Snorkel Life

    How to take your snorkeling skills from beginner to advanced You may be finding that you’re grabbing your mask, fins, and snorkel and heading to the water more frequently. We totally understand, the sea is always calling to be explored. Or maybe you’re about to embark on your very first snorkel adventure and you want to be just as prepared...
  2. The Truth About Divers Direct's Packing Material

    Hi guys, gals, and everyone in between! Let’s talk about packing peanuts. Yes, we know, it’s a thrilling subject, but hopefully you’ll find here that packing peanuts can be a bit more interesting than you think. First of all, why do we need these “packing peanuts”? Well, you amazing people order cool stuff from us. We send that stuff out...
  3. Dive Mask Buyer’s Guide

    Before we get started with this buyer’s guide, let’s ponder a certain question: What’s the whole point of exploring the underwater world? To see all the amazing marine animals and aquatic plant life, of course! And what’s the one piece of gear that will allow you to see it all? Your mask! Technically, you could go out in the water...
  4. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wetsuits

    Step 1: Understanding What Wetsuits Do Understanding what wetsuits do and why you need one may help to steer you in the right direction when it comes to buying one. Also, it’s just good to know why you’re buying this essential bit of gear. Wetsuits are called wetsuits because they trap a thin layer of water between your skin and...
  5. Scuba Regulator Buying Guide

    Mike, Regulator Pro — Diving for over 50 years, I've seen changes in regulators and advancements in underwater breathing technology. Knowing the parts and features of your regulator makes all the difference when selecting the right regulator for your dives. First of all, let’s review some crucial information—what’s the Number One rule in scuba diving? Come on, I know you...
  6. How to Buy a Dive Computer

    Cindy, Dive Computer Guru — With 32 years of diving, I’ve seen the shift from dive tables to dive computers. As technology advances, the features and functions of dive computers evolve, making diving safer. If you’re a new diver looking at getting yourself your very first dive computer, welcome! If you have a few hundred dives under your belt and...
  7. How to Choose a Scuba BCD

    Hal, Scuba Gear Aficionado— Being a diver myself and having been in this industry for several years, I’ve learned a lot about how to choose the right Scuba BCD (Buoyancy Compensation Device) - or, as some call it, BC (Buoyancy Compensator). Choosing the right one is fairly simple, but there are a few things to consider before you buy. The...

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