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Identifying the Points of Sail

The points of sail diagram looks like the face of a clock, with the wind blowing from 12:00. At the top of the clock face, from about 10:30 to 1:30, is the sector called the [more…]

Looking at a Sailboat

Sailboats come in all sizes, shapes, and types. The beauty of sailing is that you can't help but find a boat (or two or three) that's just right for you. All sailing craft, big or small, have at least [more…]

Steering (and Riding In) a Sailboat

All sailboats have a rudder, an underwater movable fin that turns the boat. This rudder is attached to either a long stick (tiller) or a wheel that you use to steer. In this article, you'll discover the [more…]

Protecting Your Ears While Scuba Diving

The following tips can help you protect your ears when you are scuba diving: [more…]

Swimming with Sea Turtles while Scuba Diving

Turtles, sea snakes, one kind of lizard, and a crocodile make up the marine reptiles. By far, the most commonly encountered by scuba divers are the marine turtles, although six of the seven species of [more…]

Finding the Wind's Direction

The world of sailing revolves around the wind. Your boat can't go anywhere without wind (unless you fire up the engine, which, at this point, would be cheating). [more…]

Ascending Slowly While Scuba Diving

When you're ready to end a dive, do the following:

1. Signal your buddy and begin the ascent together.

2. Begin your ascent when you still have sufficient air remaining in your tank. [more…]

Running a Liveaboard Checklist Prior to Scuba Diving

Liveaboards come in all kinds of shapes and sizes: monohulls, catamarans, and trimarans, from less than 30 feet to over 100.

A lot of the most modern boats were designed and built to be liveaboard dive [more…]

Making Night Dives While Scuba Diving

The key to selecting a scuba diving destination is to honestly evaluate your skills and ask questions. Whether it's a liveaboard or a resort, ask the booking agent or the management exactly what you can [more…]

Common Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Hand Signals

Once you get the attention of your scuba diving buddy, usually done by rapping on your tank with a hard object, use these hand signals to communicate the most common messages underwater: [more…]

Scuba Dive Buddy Check

Having a buddy when you scuba dive is a foolproof way to stay safe. Dive buddies stick together during a dive, help each other put on and check equipment, monitor depth and air, and help each other in [more…]

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Make sure your underwater dive experience is fun and safe by learning the basic hand signals used in scuba diving and snorkeling and going through an equipment and procedure safety check before your dive [more…]

What to Bring when You Sail

A good sailor always has the right tools and equipment on board. Whether you're sailing around for just half an hour or spending the day on the water, use the following checklists to make sure you're prepared [more…]

How to Jibe and Tack when Sailing

You need to know the two basic sailing maneuvers — jibing and tacking — whether you're sailing the open seas or an enclosed lake. (Jibing and tacking take you away from or into the wind.) The following [more…]

Sail Positions and Their Names

When you're sailing, you use specific terms to describe the position of the sail — along with calling the left side of the boat port and the right side [more…]

Basic Traffic Rules of the Waterway for Sailboats

Traffic rules prevent accidents on land — and on water. Just because you're sailing on open water doesn't mean you can disobey simple traffic rules. The rules of the water actually call for more consideration [more…]

Sailing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Sailing can provide adventure, relaxation, recreation, and just good old fun. To enjoy yourself on a sailboat, you need to know the basic sailing maneuvers, sail positions, and rules of the waterway for [more…]

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