Scuba Diving, Volunteering

Volunteering with AIMS on the Great Barrier Reef

It’s the second to last day of the ten-day trip I volunteered on with the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and honestly, I am sad to go. These past 8 days have taught me about scientific data gathering, coral species, fish identification they have allowed me to dive some of the most pristine and untouched reefs I have ever seen all while on a boat with excellent company and delicious food. For anyone looking to volunteer and expand your marine science knowledge volunteering with AIMS on the Great Barrier Reef is the ideal place for you.

Prerequisites

aims research vessel cape ferguson

Before you do volunteer with aims, you will need to provide a plethora of documentation to prove your qualifications and skills. Amongst these will be:

  • A professional dive medical less than a year old. The 2299 in Australia.
  • First Aid and Advanced Resuscitation with Oxygen provider certification.
  • Minimum of PADI Rescue Diver qualification or equivalent.
  • 50 hours of logged diving. (This is very important, you must have your logbook signed, dated with all the relevant information filled in)
  • Be 18 years of age

You will also have to go through an induction in Townsville at the AIMS headquarters, fill out numerous liability releases, safety sheets and become familiar with the equipment. Once on the boat you will also have dive and boat induction on your first day.

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Product Reviews, Scuba Diving

Best Scuba Diving Torches

torch review

So you’re looking for scuba diving equipment, among all the brands, specifications and price points its very easy to get lost. After ten years of diving, and five years of being a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor, I decided why not share some of my insights over my diving career, to help divers to pick their ideal gear. I am not going to be talking the most technical points, however, the aspects of scuba diving equipment that matters in the end : ease of use and durability. Today, we are tackling the best torches to buy.

As an example, I wanted to use the four different types of torches we have at the dive shop here at Laka Lodge, along with the Orcatorch which was sent to be to test and review.

Mares EOS 2c

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(Discontinued, but similar torches are available such as Mares Torch EOS 3 Scuba Dive Light, Mares Eos 5Rz Magnetic Rechargeable Waterproof Torch or Mares EOS 5 Torch – Black/Black by Mares. )

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