Scuba Gear: What do You Need?

If you are planning on going scuba diving, you may wonder what type of equipment you need to buy. Keep in mind, if you are new to the activity, it may be a good idea to rent items before making a purchase. That way you can see what you like and what works for you. However, when you get ready to buy, some essential pieces of equipment you need to purchase can be found here.

Scuba Diving Maui with lots of Turtles in Lahaina 

 

Mala Wharf Maui Lahaina Maui December 20, 2015 Video

Spiny Sea Urchin Sting Remedy

Spiny Sea Urchin in Maui

Sea urchin puncture wounds and stings can be painful and depending on location very painful. If there are signs that you or someone you're with has had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), dial 911 to request an ambulance.

Immerse the affected area in hot water (as hot as can be tolerated) for 30-90 minutes or as long as you possibly can beyond that. Again, be careful not to burn your skin. 

Any large spines should be carefully removed from the wound using tweezers. The small venomous organs (pedicellariae) can be removed by applying  shaving cream to the affected area and using a razor blade to gently scrape them out. Scrub the wound using soap and water and then rinse it with fresh water. Do not close the wound with tape.

Aftercare:

Pain and swelling can be treated with painkillers, such as and ibuprofen. If the skin is red and badly inflamed, a topical antibiotic cream or ointment should be applied three times a day.

Typically the pain will subside in a few hours to few day's depending on its severity. The spines will remain in the affected area for a few days to several weeks. We call it the Hawaiian Tatoo. Don't worry they will disappear gradually.

 

Kaanapali scuba and Kaanapali Beach Maui Information

 

Aloha from In2Scuba Diving Maui Dive Co.

 If you are just starting to plan your trip to Maui, and will be staying in Ka'anapali here is a little information about the area.

Sharks in Maui

Here is a response I wrote to an inquery for doing an Intro Dive. Someones 11 year son wants to go scuba diving but was worried about sharks.

 

 

Well as for Sharks.... I have been in the water diving over 10,000 times which of most is teaching and taking people on Intro dives. The only time we see sharks is when I take people to sites that have White Tip Reef Sharks, "Chickens of the sea" They are basically harmless unless harrased (GRABBED). About 5-6 foot max in size. They are one of the few sharks that can lay on the sand motionless and still breathe. They do this by passing water over their gills by opening and closing their mouth. They will only let us get about 5 feet close to them before they swim away. I have seen other types of sharks but... I have seen them at locations not close to shore or where we dive. Sharks do not attack divers.

 

Why?

1. We make lots of bubbles and noise

2. We wear metal tanks (Sharks have an acute sensory system)

3. Sharks are ambush predators looking for silhouettes at the surface that look like seals or turtles in murky water

4. We dive in CLEAR water

5. We are UNDER the water

6.When was the last time you heard of a Scuba Diver getting attacked? It is Usually surfers or swimmers in murky turbulent water

 Also;  if you look at some of the more popular snorkeling locations and see the amount of snorkelers in the hundreds per day and no one being attackedI'm sure you've heard world wide attack statistics are very few.Hope this is of some help This conclusion is from my obsevations and research over the years