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Top Twelve Tips for Liveaboards

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The liveaboard. A week of pure, unashamed luxury and indulgence enjoying your favourite activity. It's expensive, tiring and keenly anticipated so what can you do to maximise your enjoyment? The following is based on experience of Red Sea liveaboards.


How to store your equipment properly

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Following on from a thread at UK Divers Forum about the best way to look after your kit, I thought I'd share the way it is done in the Coldhands' household:

Hang all the kit up in the specially made totem pole in the garden and hose down throughly. Bitch continuously about whose turn it is to do this.

Wait four days until the rain stops and then, once your kit is dried to merely damp, take it in and store in the utility to dry off properly. Bitch continuously about whose turn it is to do this.

Bark shins and knock something over every time you squeeze through the utility. Spill tea on your kit each time you pass. Bitch about this every time. This stage may take weeks.

Eventually, when all kit is perfectly dry, pack away carefully and store under the stairs, bitching continuously because you definitely did this last time and it must be someone else's turn by now. Realise you're going diving again just a few days after putting things away and start the whole process all over again.


Sharks or Dolphins?

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No diver is going to turn down the chance of an encounter with a dolphin and not too many will miss a chance to swim with a shark, either. Given the choice, which would you prefer to dive with?

The dolphin is, let's face it, fun. He's got a cheeky grin, loves to show off and will seek you out just so he's got someone to play with and will enthusiastically chase your boat and bounce along your bow wave. I was lucky enough to swim with one after a dive on the Carnatic.


Replacing a Dry Suit Seal

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For divers who do not live in tropical places, dry suits are really important. For the sake of safety, it is just as important to maintain your dry suit carefully and there are a number of ways in which you can do that. One thing that you can do yourself is to replace the neck seal on your dry suit. Purchase a seal kit, and then you can get on with fixing up your suit.

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