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A to Z of Scuba Diving

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Accident Guide - The PADI Scuba Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is a free template providing accident assistance and guidance.

Adventure Divers - The PADI Adventure Diver Course is a step closer to an advanced certification. The training introduces you to new scuba toys and underwater adventures.

Advanced Divers - Join a deep sea scuba adventure and get the most out of diving with the PADI Advanced Diver Certification Course.

AED - An automated external defibrillator or AED Unit is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac rhythms.

AED Course - Any one of any age may enroll in the Emergency First Response® CPR and AED course because the theory lessons and skill objectives are performance-based.

Alternobaric Vertigo - Disturbance to the balance mechanism of the inner ear is the main cause of a pressure injury called alternobaric vertigo and often results in dizziness, light headedness, and fainting.

Articles - Articles about scuba diving and dive blogs written by 'Scuba Steve' for the enjoyment and entertainment of all our friends and dive buddies.

Article of the Month - How to avoid making the top ten common scuba mistakes.

Assistant Instructor - The PADI Assistant Instructor Course is the first portion of the IDC (Instructor Development Course), and results in limited teaching responsibilities combined with the role of an assistant.


Blog - Go ahead and browse through our snorkeling blog and articles with advice and tips for snorkelers and beginners as well as the answers to popular questions about swimming with a snorkel.

Boat Diving - Some divers never make boating dives, whereas others have logged countless descents and have never made an entrance from the beach or shoreline.

Bubblemaker - The PADI Bubblemaker program is specifically aimed towards young eight or nine year old children who want to start blowing bubbles underwater and learn how to dive.

Bubble Rings - Blowing bubble rings underwater has no purposeful benefit for fish or the environment, but - hey - making air rings like whales do is a fun trick and it looks pretty cool in diving circles too.

Bull Shark - The Bull Shark - scientific name Carcharhinus leucas - mostly exists in shallow warm-water oceans. It is essentially a dangerous and aggressive marine animal which belong with a migratory and live-bearing species of requiem sharks.


Christmas Tree Worms - Christmas tree worm is its common name but in fact scientifically this member of the tube-dwelling bristle worm family is called Spirobranchus giganteus.

Coral Reefs - Coral Reef Formations

Courses - PADI scuba courses and certifications for beginners or qualified divers with a license.

CPR and First Aid - The benefits of knowing CPR and first aid safety training are never wasted. You can never be sure whether a few hours spent learning the correct procedures and basic steps might help save someone’s life one day.


DAN - Divers Alert Network - is a global network of not-for-profit, member-based, dive safety organizations working for the safety of all divers through education, research, and training.

Daytrips - Follow the dive leader on your fun dive trip in Pattaya and you might swim with sharks and sea turtles. Each day, the boat sails out to Pattaya's most dived capsized artificial ruins – Khram and Kood ship wrecks – and drops anchor nearby the gardens of encrusted hard and soft corals.

Destinations - We dedicate this section as an informative guide to the world's top dive sites for scuba divers.

Discover Scuba Diving - Try Diving in Pattaya. The PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) program gives you an opportunity to become a diver for a day and see how much you like it.

Divemaster - PADI Divemaster Course.

Divemaster DSD Leader - DSD Leadership program.

Dive Agency Crossovers - The table shows BSAC, CMAS, SSI, NAUI, and SAA scuba training agencies and their PADI equivalent graded certification.

Diving Deaths Statistics - Deaths are relatively uncommon, but they do happen in dive areas the world over. Some are unique, but many have things in common. Most of the deaths could have been prevented - as with most unfortunate accidents!

Drift Diving - Gliding with the flow of underwater tides and currents saves energy and air supply which usually results in a relaxing and effortless dive.

Drysuit Diving - Surprisingly, drysuits are useful for many dive sites. You need more thermal protection the longer you are in the water.


Emergency First Response™ - Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (first aid) Courses create confidence that encourages you to help others in the event of a medical emergency and prepares you how to respond appropriately.

Emergency First Response Instructor - The Emergency First Response® Instructor Certification allows you to teach internationally recognized courses in CPR and First Aid.

Environment - x

Equipment - Scuba equipment section


FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions.

Fishes -

Fish Identification - The PADI AWARE Fish Identification Specialty Course teaches you basic identifying skills so you can recognise fish species and name their families on the next dive.

Flying After Diving - The information in this guide explains the recommended flying after diving guidelines and why you have to wait to fly after scuba diving.

Fun Diving - Daily fun dive trips around the wrecked remains and encrusted coral gardens off the coastline of Pattaya, Thailand.


Good Habits vs. Bad Habits - With more than twenty years' of personal experience in the industry I would like to share some of scuba's good habits, some bad habits, and a few of those really ugly ones.


Hand Signals - All PADI beginners should find the review of underwater scuba hand signs and symbols a useful resource, especially when you want to recall the language and gestures used in diver communication.

Handicapped Divers - The International Association for Handicapped Divers (IAHD) is a diving association, which focuses on providing the means for people with a handicap or physical disabilities to become scuba divers.


Injuries - A comprehensive list of the most common scuba diving accidents and injuries from minor ailments to maladies creating serious medical emergencies.

Insurance Cover - Prudent individuals will use good judgment, proper pre-dive planning, safety checks, and purchase comprehensive scuba accident insurance.

Invertebrates - Marine invertebrates.


Junior Scuba Certifications - A list of PADI Junior Scuba Certifications available for young kids and teenagers.



Lessons and Tips - The Private Scuba Team of instructors and educators offer you our version of 'virtual scuba dives' highlighting the basic safety and guidelines of diving in the free scuba lessons and tips section.


Multilevel Diving - Learn how to extend the bottom time by gaining credit for slower nitrogen absorption as you ascend to a multi-tiered shallower depth.


News Stories - Get up to date with the latest dive and snorkeling news snippets and hot stories from the amazing underwater world of scuba diving.

Nitrox - Diving with nitrox, or enriched air nitrox (EANx) is technically more correct, means that the gas mix inside the scuba cylinder contains a determined percentage of nitrogen and oxygen.

Nudibranch - The nudibranch sea slug - scientific name Nudibranchia - is one of over 3,000 known species of soft-bodied jazzy, shell-less, gastropod marine mollusks.


Open Water Diver - The PADI Open Water Diver Certification Course is a world leader for basic scuba licenses. Becoming a diver changes your lifestyle introducing you to new diving adventures and undiscovered nature underneath the ocean waves.


PADI™ - The acronym stands for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. PADI is undeniably the world's foremost organisation for those who are serious about scuba diving.

PADI Master Scuba Diver - PADI Master Scuba Divers are recognized and rated for reaching the highest achievement in recreational scuba diving.

PADI Scuba Diver - The PADI Scuba Diver Certification Course is shorter than the full license. The benefits of the part course usually save you time and costs.

PADI ScubaEarth® - PADI Scubaearth is an online resource social community sharing platform dedicated to scuba divers, snorkelers, and water lovers.

PADI Seal Team Courses - x

Pollution - Underwater garbage pollution may be an unfamiliar phrase, but 'garbage dumping' is one of the biggest contributions to the destruction of our oceans.

Price List - A comprehensive scuba and snorkeling price list including dive packages and high season savings.



Rescue Diver - The PADI Rescue Diver Course builds on what you have already learned in previous certifications. It is prudent to learn more about self-rescue and the safety of other divers.


SCUBA - SCUBA is the slang word meaning an aqualung or apparatus used by recreational divers. The SCUBA acronym stands for 'Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus'.

Note: Another section explains the basic differences between snorkeling and scuba diving. But, you will also find extra information on which water-based activity is easier, safer, and often – more fun!

Scuba Review - Private Scuba in Pattaya offer the PADI ReActivate™ Scuba Refresher Program to help get inactive divers back in the water.

Scuba and Snorkel - Take advantage of our unique snorkeling and scuba diving combination package in Pattaya.

Sea Life - Sea-life Section

Sharks - Shark species size range from the dwarf lantern shark less than 20 cm in length to the colossal whale shark measuring in at a gigantic 12 meters long.

Snorkeling - Pattaya Snorkeling Tours. What is the history of snorkeling? Snorkeling tips for non swimmers.

SNUBA Diving - SNUBA seems to bridge the gap creating a comfortable 'limit-pusher' combination between traditional snorkeling and scuba diving. But what does SNUBA Diving mean?

Specialty Diver - PADI Specialty Diver Courses.

Split-level Photography Underwater - Split-level photography is a 'split-shot' technique of producing amazing pictures that capture one image of air and water scenes simultaneously.


Team Building - Boost morale and motivate your staff with group activities to create a company team building event, scuba diving in Pattaya, Thailand.

Testimonials - Why choose Private Scuba Instructor Team in Pattaya? The best reason is our friendly 'mentor' approach and providing flexible, customized dive and snorkel lessons.

Thai Language - ยินดีต้อนรับสู่พัทยาซีส์ล ค่ะ ดำน้ำลึกแบบสคูบ้าสำหรับทุกคน ง่ายกว่าที่คิด ในราคาค ไทย เรียนดำน้ำแบบสคูบ้าที่พัทยากับพัทยาซีส์ล ไปดำน้ำกันเถอะ เรียนดำน้ำแบบสคูบ้าใกล้ๆที่พัทยา

Try Dives - Tryout the PADI Discover Scuba one-day highly supervised scuba program.

Tsunami - The date was the 26th of December 2004 and the impending Thai tsunami natural disaster would scar the lives of so many people.


Underwater Naturalist - Learn about symbiotic and predator/prey relationships between aquatic animal and plant life. This fascinating interaction is covered in the PADI Underwater Naturalist Course.

Underwater Navigation - Underwater navigation diver skills are much more than luck! Learn how to navigate with an underwater compass - or nav-finder for complex patterns.

Underwater Photography - The PADI Digital Underwater Photography Course is the most flexible and popular specialty for scuba photographers emphasising the SEA method - Shoot, Examine, Adjust.

Underwater Videography - Learn how to make a movie of your scuba vacation adventures and share your videos with your dive buddies, family, friends, and through social websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and MySpace.


Vertebrates - Marine vertebrates.


Weddings Underwater - Tie the knot and Make Underwater Memories. If you and your partner share a common love for Scuba Diving, Private Scuba have something unique, memorable and exciting with our underwater wedding packages in Thailand.

Wreck Diving - A section all about wreck diving adventures.




Zooplankton - Zooplanktons are tiny microscopic animals which play a vital role in the biosphere of saltwater oceans and freshwater systems.

This section is an ongoing project to help you stay up-to-date with everything connected to scuba. The page is updated regularly so please bookmark our A to Z list of scuba topics and contact us if we missed something important.

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