Flamingo Divers

World’s Best Scuba Diving School

Flamingo Divers

Based in the Edmonton, Alberta area, Flamingo Divers is a PADI SCUBA diving instructional facility exclusively devoted to teaching individuals to SCUBA diving.

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Discover Scuba Diving

Ever wondered what it would be like to breathe underwater? There’s no better way to experience the exhilaration of SCUBA diving than to enroll in one of Flamingo Divers DISCOVER SCUBA experiences. All you need is a pen, swimsuit, and towel…..we’ll supply all the rest.

Your experience begins with a short classroom session, where we familiarize you with SCUBA diving and SCUBA gear, then it’s into the water to learn some skills, culminating with your SCUBA “dive” to the deep end of the pool.

Finally, relive the experience over a quick snack at a local restaurant. What a great way to spend an evening. Anyone 12 years or older is welcome.

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Scuba diving tips for beginners

There is a whole new world underwater, and scuba diving will open your eyes to explore the beautiful habitat which lives under the sea. There are many eerie shipwrecks and other sea animals which will capture your heart, and it is simply a beautiful thing to watch this whole new world that is under the water. If you happen to be a beginner the following are some of the tips for scuba diving:

Plan ahead:

Scuba diving can be risky, and thus you need to make sure that you plan your dive. Many diving sites are not for beginners, and thus you need to ensure that place you choose for diving is for beginners. Try not to take deep dives the very first time.

Safety equipment:

Before you dive, you need to make sure that all your safety equipment is all in proper conditions. Get your equipment serviced and checked if it is maintained properly. Remember to check the charge in the batteries in the torches. Ask the person who is diving with you to check if all the equipment is fixed properly and if all of them are working.

Test new equipment:

If you happen to buy new diving equipment, make sure that you test them before you go for a dive. Most of the new equipment will work just fine, but you always need to ensure that your device is working properly before you take it for your dive. Under the water you will have no other source other than your devices to help you, so you have to have all the tools properly tested.

Be mentally prepared:

The pressure under the water is low, and many people cannot tolerate this pressure. Do not dive just because your peers are doing it. Ask yourself if you are mentally prepared to dive and then only go into the water.

Sea conditions:

The sea is always not calm. You need to check the current condition of the place you are diving. Sometimes the temperature might be very low, and there might be turbulence on the surface which may affect the safety of the boat launch. Find out the underwater conditions, if the currents are too heavy or it does not have proper visibility and other potential problems which will affect your safety.

Know your limits:

Even if you are a qualified diver after a certain point, the pressure level becomes too much, and it can affect the diver. Try to know the amount of pressure your body can hold and dive accordingly.

Do not consume alcohol 24 hours before you dive:

Divers are advised not to drink alcohol 24 hours before diving as they can get drowsy and will not be able to handle the pressure under that water. If you are feeling hungover or tired, it is advised that you do not dive.

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Risks of Scuba diving

Scuba diving is a popular sport, and it is recently gaining so much attention. People want to explore many beautiful coral reefs and other shipwrecks all over the world. But one should not forget the fact that Scuba diving is a dangerous sport and many harmful things are associated with this activity. The scuba divers need to be extremely careful when it comes to the water pressure level and the other things that live under the sea.

The following are some of the risks of scuba diving:

Barotrauma:

When you go underwater the pressure level changes, and barotrauma is when the air pocket in the middle ear is damaged due to the pressure that is created under the water. The divers can prevent this from happening by closing their nose and blowing or chewing more air into the middle ear. The decent must be slow and steady, a fast descent can damage the ear, and this can cause severe pain.

Decompression Sickness:

When the pressure under the water increases, the tissues in our body absorbs more nitrogen and when this pressure is reduced all of a sudden the absorbed nitrogen forms a bubble and this causes the pain in the joints, and this may lead to paralysis and even death at some cases.

Nitrogen Narcosis:

The excess nitrogen in our body causes nitrogen Narcosis. When you have excess nitrogen in the body, you will have judgemental impairs and also have difficulty in sensory perception. The deeper the diver goes into the ocean, the more they will be absorbing nitrogen, and he/she will be affected with nitrogen narcosis.

Oxygen toxicity:

When divers go below 135 feet, just like how our body absorbs nitrogen it also absorbs oxygen due to the underwater pressure. Absorption of oxygen is fine up to a certain level, but after that this gas which we breathe to live becomes toxic. You first begin by having nausea then later you lose your complete consciousness and also have seizures.

Pulmonary Embolism:

Scuba diving not only has risks when you are descending down but also when you are ascending back to the surface. As the diver ascends the pressure level changes and the gas becomes denser for the diver to breathe. As the pressure of the body is reduced the gas in the lungs will expand at the same rate causing the lungs to swell up and thus divers are always cautious to ascend slowly so that the pressure level is balanced.

Untamed sea wilderness:

As a diver, you must understand that when you are diving into the sea, there will be many untamed sea animals which are most likely to attack you. Scuba diving professionals will make sure that you are in a safe place, but you need to be careful as you will never know which creature would sting us.

Scuba Classes

We offer scuba classes daily. Our classes start at 6 am and go up to 11.30. We also offer group classes for teams of 8 to 20 people. Our expert scuba instructors are trained at the Mathesh School of Marine Studies, Singapore.