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How to choose a dive mask.

Masks, the right one for you.

Many people have the incorrect size or shape mask that doesn’t agree with their face. Every face is different and not every mask will fit you correctly. There are many masks in different sizes, shapes, colors and glass configurations. Does your mask actually fit your face? Which one should you buy with such a big variety to choose from? We will help you to make a great choice.

First of all, putting on a mask, pushing it against your face and breathing in through your nose will make any mask fit as you are creating a vacuum. This test doesn’t mean that the mask is right for you.

So, how should you do it? We believe in the 3-step test:

  • Step 1:

Put the mask lightly on your face and take a look at the inner skirt/seal of the mask.
This part should touch your face on every point. If this leaves a gap next to your eyes or on the bottom next to your nose, this is not the mask for you. Sometimes even the slightest opening will make your mask leak from these points. If it does connect to your face, you are ready for step 2!

 

  • Step 2:

This is the point where you really lightly breath in through your nose. The mask should stick to your face easily. When it does, pucker up and check if you have the same result. Make sure there is no hair between the mask and your face. If you can keep breathing, there is a gap and you should try another mask. If not, let’s take a look at step 3!

 

  • Step 3:

Move your mask around and press it lightly against your face.
You shouldn’t feel any pressure or pain between your eyebrows or on your nose and the mask should not create gaps from “having your regulator in”. Just imagine going down and the water pressure starts pressing on your mask, have this for an hour and you’ll come up after your dive with pain from these pressure points.

Past all these steps? Then there is a very good chance that this is the mask for you. Still not sure about it? Here at GOOODive we give you, not only a personable approach by trying the masks on, but also the service to try your preferred mask before buying it! No better way than to just dive in and give it a try!

Every mask in our collection is available in the “try before buy” program.

Rescue Diver: The turning point

If you ask any dive professional what their favorite course was throughout their training, most will say the rescue program. This is because it is the first time divers are asked to look, act and make judgment calls beyond their own needs and to see the needs of those around you.  

“My Rescue Diver course was a ‘dive’ changing experience. I was suddenly more aware of myself and my surroundings and felt more confident knowing what could happen and not just rely on the Dive Guides knowledge. It was such an interesting and fun course, I wish I had done it sooner!” Janneke (Dive Team Leader and Instructor at GOOODive)

The Rescue Diver course focuses on assisting divers in need and risk assessments.  You learn how to be able to turn precious moments into those that count and can make a difference. It guarantees a fun, challenging and rewarding time you are proud to have participated in.

During the Rescue course, you will:

  • learn self-rescue skills
  • learn & practice rescue skills to help others
  • learn how to spot problems before they occur
  • learn how to solve them when they do
  • become a more competent and confident diver
  • open your eyes wider and move from checking gear to solving gear issues  

You are sure to leave the Rescue Diver Course with a new level of confidence and skills to be a more aware diver. Also through the process, you become a better buddy and will be able to make a positive change in a rescue situation, should you ever find yourself in one.

“My eyes were suddenly open to all the actions of those around me. I could see what steps to take in different situations and how to help solve small problems up front, and how to think through the larger ones. It was a fun way to handle problem management and I learned a lot about myself and my diving. This course was the turning point for me, when I realized that I wanted to become a Dive Professional and to make a career out of this sport.” Tina (Instructor and General Manager at GOOODive)

We think this is a course every diver should add to their certifications. This course is the only course you can do that benefits you as well as other divers. For this reason we have decided to make the month of May, ‘Rescue May’ and offer our Rescue course at a big discounted rate, to enable everyone to participate. GOOODive Bonaire. Diving Fun for Everyone!

Scuba Review

Scuba Review, why would you?

Nowadays we update or upgrade everything, so why not our Scuba diving skills? Scuba diving is an extreme sport, with skills that are a bit rusty or out of date this could make your scuba diving less enjoyable.  Being ‘up to date’ only cost you a few hours, no reason not to do it!

There are many names for the ‘update’ course, like: Scuba Review, Scuba Tune-up, ReActivate and Refresher course. They all come down to the same thing; refreshing your knowledge and skills in and out of the water. Obviously you can spent the first few days of your holiday struggling with your set up, buoyancy, trim and communication, but why would you? We have no doubt that you will be able to do it on your own but the scary part is that if you’ve been struggling with common things like set up and buoyancy, what would happen in an emergency? You won’t get time to practice or a second chance.

There are some great advantages of doing a Scuba Review with a Dive professional. First of all, you go over some theory to refresh your knowledge, some general rules and the latest updates. There is no exam, we just like to know how much you remember from your courses and dive experience. After the theory you will spend some time setting up your equipment and go over your checks. The PADI ReActivate (Scuba Review) is much more tailor made then in the past. We will do the most common skills, what to do in an emergency and on top of that the skills you’ve had issues with. Once you’ve been ‘updated’ we go for a dive.

When should you do this course?

PADI recommend doing a Scuba Review after 6 months of inactivity and we couldn’t agree more. Do you remember the details of things you’ve done 6 months ago? Or a year? You either know it or you don’t. Don’t take the risk and sign up for your ‘update’!

Relax, enjoy and dive safe!
GOOODive Team

Something Special

Welcome to our house reef, Something Special! Just across the road from our well equipped dive center we have our beautiful house reef. From Queen Angelfish, Bar Jacks and Sharp tail eels to Frogfish, Seahorses and Banded Coral Shrimps. Something Special doesn’t get its name from all the good sea life that you can find down there but from a very ‘special’ moment two people had down there in front of a webcam…. The webcam is disconnected, you can guess why.

As Marine Park Bonaire requires you to do your very first dive on a house reef, why not Something Special? There is an ease entry, easy exit and a nice sandy area to review some skills and get your buoyancy and trim right. When you’re all comfortable and ready, go and explore the beautiful reef with its amazing life! Consider taking a guide with you so you don’t have to miss all the good things down there!

Night dive

Love to do night dives? Something Special will reveal it’s beauty during the day and during the night! You can see Lobsters, Octopuses and Crabs during dusk and night time. Not sure about a dive in the dark? You can always take a guide with you or plan your Night Adventure Dive! We would love to show you all the good things Something Special has to offer!

Happy Dives!
GOOODive Team

Oops, forgot the dust cap!

Ever rinsed your regulators and first stage without the dust cap in place?
Most of you have very likely done that unknowingly, accidently or witnessed
someone who put their regulators in the water to rinse them without
the ‘dust cap’ on it. There are a few regulators where that isn’t a problem but with most of them it is!

The dust cap, a small rubber or plastic piece of equipment to protect your 1st stage from water going in. It is there for a very good reason! When water enters the 1st stage and stays there for a while you have a good chance of getting malfunctions, corrosion, rust and in some cases even mould in your 1st stage, 2nd stage and hoses. Not a very nice surprise when you’re about to do your next great dive(trip)!

Not only is it a problem when you store your regulator set with water left inside, it also is when you keep using it. When water enters the 1st stage it will also enter your hoses. The next time you attach you regulator set to a cylinder and put pressure on the system, the water gets forced into your pressure gauge. This is a problem as this hose is a ‘dead end’ and you can’t get the water out of it which will cause malfunction.

What to do when it happens?


Whatever happened that got water into your regulator set, action is required in all cases.

When you got your 1st stage wet in salt water, take of your pressure gauge and rinse the rest of the set thoroughly in fresh water as salt can damage even more then fresh water when salt stays behind inside. Rinse the pressure gauge separate but keep the gauge as the highest point so no water will go there. Hang your pressure gauge up with the hose as the lowest point for water to go down and dry. Attach the rest of the set to a cylinder and blow the water out of your 1st stage and hoses by pressing the purge button. Don’t use it until everything is dry. When you have the possibility, bring your set to your dealer for your annual service sooner rather than later to make sure there is no water and/or salt left behind that can give more problems over time when it is not being used.

There is even a possibility to get these issues when submersing your regulators with the purge button facing down in water or pressing your purge button when they are not attached to a cylinder. Water goes in but can’t go out and when stored, there is a good chance that the water leaks to your 1st stage and into your pressure gauge, without you realising there is water inside.

How to  rinse your regulator set.

First, dry your dust cap and place it on your 1st stage after use. Submerge all hoses and gauges in fresh water with both the purge buttons of the regulators facing up (mouthpieces down) and don’t press them. Splash the 1st stage with your hand, there is no need to soak them. Store them in a dry place hanging with your 1st stage up and hoses hanging down out of direct sunlight.

Happy Bubbles!