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Scuba Diving Tips for Beginners: S-A-F-E D-I-V-E

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Scuba Diving Tips for Beginners: S-A-F-E  D-I-V-E

So, you have experienced a thrilling zip line ride, driven a convertible four-wheel drive, hiking perhaps, or probably traveled in a horse-drawn carriage. And now you’re ready to explore the world scuba diving. I’m telling you it’s a whole new experience! And I’ve got some good news and bad news for you—the good news is you will definitely enjoy and discover the beauty of nature; the bad news is will keep coming back for more!

To help you get started, here are some of the things you need to consider for a safer and more enjoyable marine life adventure.

SAFE DIVE

If you have been doing this for a while, or if you have just learned how to dive, keep in mind that there are still a lot of things to learn. Always remember the importance of S-A-F-E – D-I-V-E (Self-reliance, Attitude, Fitness, Experience, Diving skills, Involvement, Variety, and Equipment.)

But before we discuss this, just want to remind everyone that finding a good diving spot is the first you should consider. For starters, choose the most accessible resort or diving spot from your place. Prepare ahead of time including the vehicle you’re using for the trip.

Now, let us talk about SAFE DIVE.

scuba diving 2Be SELF-RELIANT – While we all know that diving is an experience best shared, you should not rely everything on your instructor or your friends. You need to be self-reliant for your own safety—topside or underwater. Yes, most diving schools implement the buddy system to maximize safety and reduce risk. But this doesn’t mean you cannot make informed decisions about your safety during you diving sessions. Take note that you know your limits better than anyone else—yes, even your instructors.

Keep the right ATTITUDE – Just like any other sport, having the right attitude is crucial. First you need to know your goals. What are your motivations? Who are your buddies? As much as possible, choose the best circle with the same attitude or goals.

Stay FIT and healthy – Yes, you need to be physically and mentally prepared. Make sure your body is in good condition. You might want to do some cardio exercise and improving your diet at least a week before the trip. Eliminate the lousy habit and get enough rest. You might also want to see your physician to ensure you’re good to go.

Have the right EXPERIENCE level – On contrary to the number 1 reminder—especially for beginners, consider going with n experienced diver or take intro diving lessons from a legit instructor. This will help you expand your comfort zone. Proper preparation is the main key.

Practice your DIVING skills – Even pros and seasoned divers practice their diving skills. You need to start with the basics and maintain four primary skills—masking skills, buoyancy skills, emergency skills and general diving skills. You might want to do some laps (swimming) regularly to keep your body in good condition. Another thing you need to master is the equipment handling.

Get INVOLVED – Again, diving is an experience best shared. Don’t hesitate to make some new friends. Get involved with in the local community and be familiar with their diving scene. Join their gatherings, programs, and courses. This is also a good opportunity to learn more about diving and they could even take you to some of the best diving spots!

Enjoy the VARIETY The best perks of scuba diving is the whole experience. You will definitely discover and learn many things. You will learn to appreciate the beauty of nature and get enlightened the importance of preserving the ocean.

EQUIP yourself – Make sure you have all the necessary equipment for diving. And of course, you need to know how to use them. Check the equipment to see they’re functioning properly.

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These are some of the things to keep in mind when diving. I hope you find this post helpful. Enjoy!

8 Safety Rules for Off-Road Driving

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8 Safety Rules for Off-Road Driving

Every adventurer knows how fun and exciting off-road driving is. Even those who haven’t tried this sport would definitely find it pretty awesome. Just watch how the drivers manoeuvre the muddy road and take over different road conditions.

But going off-road is more than just a sport. It also becomes a lifestyle—not probably for everyone, but for most people who love to go for an adventure and try something different every now and then—I’m sure they understand what I’m trying to say. Off-road driving will let you see things in a different light. It sets a new challenge as you go on different terrains. You will definitely find it worth it as you finish the trail.

So, for beginners out there, make sure to follow these rules for a safer and memorable ride.

RULE #1: Let some know your trail and when you expect to return

This is essential to all trips, not just those in challenging terrains. Even pros get stuck or lost in relatively easy terrain. Letting your family and friends know about your itinerary will help you in case something happens on the road. They can track you once they notice you’re way behind your schedule.

RULE #2: As much as possible, bring another vehicle

This is to make sure you will have transportation in case your vehicle gets stuck or damage and cannot be fixed. Getting stuck in the middle of the woods can be a huge problem especially for beginners. In addition, the extra vehicle could mean additional manpower to help with problems.

 

 

 

RULE #3: Always bring your survival gear

In line with rule #2, you need to be prepared at all times. Even a weekend drive on the
beach can turn sour. I strongly recommend to everyone to always prepare proper gear and first aid kit before hitting the road. Having these sets of kits will help you handle medical emergencies that may occur.

RULE #4: Seal your stuff inside

Take note that it’s going to be a bumpy ride. You don’t want your things flying around. So make sure to tie everything down inside.

RULE #5: Everyone should fasten their seatbelts

Again, it’s going to be a long bumpy ride. For sure, you and your passengers will get jostled around as you take on different trails. Many people had serious injuries because of carelessness. So please, be responsible and remind everyone to fasten their seatbelts.

RULE #6: Arms and legs must remain inside

Most terrains run through narrow passageways. Do not let anyone hang their arms or legs outside if you want them to go home in one piece. If they cannot contain themselves, just shut your windows and keep them locked.

RULE #7: Know your limits

Off-road driving requires skills and experience. Your safety should always be your top priority. Scout the terrain and see if you can handle the road condition. If you get tired, consider pulling over and rest, or let someone else drive. Never push yourself to the limit. This is one of the main causes of accidents.

 

 

 

RULE #8: Check your vehicle before hitting the road

Before leaving, make sure to check the condition of your vehicle. This includes the engine, tires, brakes, and just everything. Make sure to gas up as well.

These are the things you should keep in mind when driving off-road. If you have suggestions, please drop them at the comment section. Have fun and enjoy your ride!

Off-Road Driving: Few More Reminders for Beginners

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Off-Road Driving: Few More Reminders for Beginners

Off-road driving has become one of the most popular outdoor sports and weekend hobbies in the world—yup, not using the word “extreme”, but let me talk about it on my next post. If you’re planning to try this, it’s a good thing that you’re already doing a little research. Knowing the basics is very crucial to every sport, and you sure don’t want to have to call a Tow Truck Service to get you unstuck! To point you to the right direction, here are some of things to remember even if you’re not driving the world’s most capable vehicle. Read on.

Vehicle requirements

The requirements will depend on the type of course you’re planning to hit. Don’t be off-road-vehiclesurprised that even the most basic off-road truck setups can take some of the basic terrains. You just need how to use it properly. This is why you need the right skill-set and knowledge before hitting the road. This is actually your most effective piece of equipment.

Your average 2-wheel drive passenger car may take some of the easiest terrains. Just make sure to scout the area before hitting the road. You can try taking a simple dirt road or crossing some sand to get you out onto the beach. Some even use front-wheel drive with poor ground clearance and basic road tires. You just need to go slow, select a line through and around obstacles while maintain the momentum uphill or through soft surfaces. You should also know when to decrease the tire pressures—for instance, you should go as low as 12 or 15 psi on stock equipment—with the help of traction on loose, you should also be able to tackle slippery or deep obstacles such as sand or mud.

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I am not saying however that you should not buy the right off-road vehicle. Of course, it is always better if you’re using a vehicle equipped with high powered engine and durable tires. What I’m trying to point out is that knowledge and experience are more important than having a high-powered machine.

Vehicles with a high ground-clearance

slider2All-Wheel Drive vehicles like the Subaru Outback can pretty much take any road conditions, no matter how poorly maintained it may be. This is why people who usually travel around with family or friends prefer this type of vehicle. While fire road isn’t technically considered as “off-roading”, the skills and techniques you use for this road conditions are almost similar since you need to cross different obstacles like mud and rough dirt.

Moreover, if we’re going to talk about 4×4 trail, off road park or you just need to get pass off a road, you will definitely need a legit Four-Wheel Drive vehicle equipped with a low-range gear, durable transfer case, large tires, steep angles and efficient suspension.

Top 3 Off-Road Vehicles for Beginners

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Top 3 Off-Road Vehicles for Beginners

Are you ready to hit the off-road scene? Having a hard time deciding on what vehicle to buy? Well, you have come to the right place. To point you to the right direction, I will provide some tips and few reviews to help you make the right decision when buying an off-road vehicle. Read on.

Jeep Cherokee

yes3The XJ Cherokee is a classic super truck. It was manufactured sometime around 1984 to early 2000. It was also the forerunner to the original chassis and body-on-frame SJ Cherokee. There are slight similarities but the XJ Jeep was smaller and didn’t come with a V8. It also features “unibody” frame.

As every expert would say, great designs will never fade. And this Cherokee Jeep is the epitome of real durability when it comes to top vehicles. It is arguably one of the best SUV shapes of all time. I have a friend that owns a Roofing Company in Broken Arrow, OK, and he swears by Cherokee’s being the best off road SUV on the road! Truly, this masterpiece has changed the game for every SUV makers.

The classic XJ Cherokee came in a 4-door SUV featuring 4.0L inline 6, and 4WD—yep, perfect for off-road driving. It holds a very powerful framework and is notoriously bullet proof. In addition, this truck a 4-link suspension that can make it easier for you to hit every trail under any road conditions. Since this model has been around for years now, it’s easier to find one at a very reasonable price. Just make sure to check the condition of the vehicle if you’re buying a second hand.

Price can range from $1000 to $7000 depending on the condition.

Blazer, Chevrolet

1996-chevy-s-10-blazer-with-ifsThis model was manufactured from around 1969 to 1994. There was a stiff competition back then with the Jeep CJ-5. Almost all Blazers came in 4wd with a 305Cl or a 350 Cl small block Chevy. Its distinct frame-on-body design has made it popular featuring leaf springs in the front and rear of the truck. With its durable framework, you will notice great stability while driving the truck.

The only problem that most off-road drivers with Blazers is that the leaf spring doesn’t really ride that well compared to other trucks. This is why most of them install a few upgrades to enhance the driving performance. Just like the Cherokee, the Chevy 350 has powerful engine. It simply adds to the proof that it’s always substance over style as it retains the old-school proven engine design. In fact, the US Military have used the K5 Blazer from 1983 to 1986 and really had great reviews when it comes to durability and versatility.

Price can range from $1000 to $6000

Bronco, Ford

33650614008_originalBroncos were manufactured from 1966 to 1996, and also had cutthroat competition with the Jeep Cj-5. 302Cl and the 351W were the most popular types that they released. Just like the Chevy Blazer, it also features a frame-on-body, making it stronger and more durable. It also had leaf springs in the front and rear until 1980 ads the Ford released the TTB or Twin Traction Beam to further enhance the performance off-road.

The new features installed really work well as it enhanced the driving performance, especially the stability of the vehicle. The only problem is the wheel alignment. Especially with over sized tires.

Price can range from $1000 to $6000

Learning some Basic Skiing Tricks

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Learning some Basic Skiing Tricks

Skiing is growing in popularity. I have a buddy that runs a Solar Installation Company in Utah that spends all winter Skiing!  While this sport can only be done in some countries due to weather conditions, other tourists even plan to travel from continent to continent for the experience. If you have tried this, you are probably craving for more and now looking to do some tricks of your own. In this article, we will discuss some basic tricks particularly you can practice to enhance your skills. Today, we will focus more on doing front side 180 and switch tail press. Read on.

Basically, the trick is a combination of two simple flatland skills into one superb snowboard_skills_c_3140617kmaneuver. When doing a front side 180, you need to find your strongest core. Try to use your chest in the direction you’re riding so you can slowly turn or rotate your board. For beginners, start with a half circle before you switch a tail press.

So what’s a tail press?

You may have done unconsciously a few times or you may have done it but you don’t know what it’s called. This is when you’re riding opposite foot forward with only the snowboard’s tail in contact with the ground. The positioning of your feet will depend on your riding style. For a start, choose the most comfortable riding style that works with your body. And try to master both techniques separately.

Once you have mastered these two basic tricks, it would be easier for you to perform more advanced tricks.

Now, let’s do the trick

  1. Go slow and easydownhill

Forget about what you see in videos, go slow and start easy. Find a good spot where you can practice. Make a straight line and keep the board flat when performing the trick. This requires the perfect timing as you tilt to your toe-side edge and flex both knees equally. Again, it’s about balance and right timing. It might be quick, so feel your legs as to prepare to top, creating a platform where you can exert more force.

  1. Inhale, exhale and get some air

Just like any other sport, you need to learn how to breathe properly to avoid exhaustion. Yup, this is very basic to any sport, yet many people especially beginners take it for granted.

  1. Visibility is always an option

As you pop up, you need to measure your timing to face down the hill. Make sure you know where to land. When you pop up your thighs, you need to exert more force using your hips and shoulders, especially for downhill terrains.

  1. Make the rotation

When you have great reflexes, this would be easy. As you feel the board starting to turn, make sure to control the board and your core to complete a full 180 degree spin.

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  1. Prepare to press

As hit the landing position, you need to keep your core intact. Move hips and upper body back over your rear foot. You will feel the pressure from your lower body as you press the board.

  1. Feel the lift

Keep your arms below shoulders as you pres the board. Hold it for as long as you can. And now, you can take a bow as you receive applause from your friends.

Any comments and suggestions? Feel free to share them below. Have fun!

 

5 Adventure Sports you should Try

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5 Adventure Sports you should Try

Tired of doing the same workout routine? Well, maybe it’s time to look for something new. There are many adventures sports you can try that can boost your adrenaline a little more than spending hours at the gym or running at treadmill. They may seem a little extreme, but getting out of your comfort zone every once in a while can definitely change your perspective. You just need some preparation and research to ensure your safety. Most of these activities can do more than just enhance your physical wellness. You will definitely learn a lot of things. Again, you don’t have to push yourself to the limit. So, here are some of the best adventure sports you should look into:

  1. Hiking

Try it if you love: walking, nature trip, camping

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If walking or jogging is one of your daily routines, you will definitely enjoy hiking and the challenges it offers. You need to overcome many obstacles as you go on the next trail. The fun part is you get to enjoy the different sights while at the same time you notice elevation changes. This includes short climbs and descents. You will notice how you work your muscles as you graduate to steeper climbs and more challenging terrain.

  1. Off-road driving

Try it if you love: Trucks, drifting, or just anything about cars

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This has become one of the most popular sports and hobbies worldwide. Just like any other adventure sports, it takes a lot of knowledge and experience to enhance your skills and perform the basics. The first thing you need to consider is getting the right vehicle. Whether you’re planning to rent or buy an off-road truck, you need to check the clearance capacity to ensure your safety. Check the condition of the tires and make sure you’re using the right set. Consider consulting an expert as well.

  1. Dirt biking

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If you think cycling to a mountain bike is not challenging anymore, dirt biking will take this to another level. While this doesn’t really involve leg workout, it requires upper-body strength to steer a heavy motorized bike around a course. But take it easy pal! Don’t fantasize yourself doing different motocross stunts. Just like every pro, you need to take the beginner’s course.

  1. Bungee jumping

Try it if you love: Any daring sport that spikes your adrenaline

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Nope, it’s not like any other sport. The adrenaline rush you experience will definitely last longer than anything you may think of. If you’re really looking for a new adventure, bungee jumping is the epitome of extreme sport.

 

  1. Surfing

Try it if you love: skateboarding, longboarding, or swimming

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This is actually one of my favorites and probably one of the toughest activities to master. It’s a good full-body workout as it involves upper and lower body strength. It also a mental-test when you’re out there looking for the perfect wave to catch. You need to find your balance, and will definitely improve your core as you paddle out to the waves.

 

 

Off-Road Driving: Driving Up a Slope

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Off-Road Driving: Driving Up a Slope

Like I said in my previous articles, off-road driving requires a lot of preparation for your own safety and to enhance your skills. In this article, I will provide some tips to improve your driving skills when driving up a slope that is sharper than up-hill terrains or inclination of asphalt highway. Read on.

  • Avoid shifting the gears when you need to overcome an obstacle during off-road driving. This is a common mistake for beginners. Do not change the gear when yimg 3ou’re about to climb up in a steep grade or descend one.
  • Check the condition of your tire set and make sure to choose the right type depending on the terrain. Make sure to test the all-wheel drive functions with appropriate trod. Since muddy horizontal terrains can probably cross with any type of tires, you still need to install the right trod when it comes to muddy slopes.
  • Usually, the challenging part is not the steep of the slope. You should take into consideration are the soft grounds like sand, snow and the like. You should also look closely on different undulations such as potholes, wheel tracks, and fallen trees. This is why many off-road drivers prefer a flat surface and with as hard ground as possible. In case you find one or if there are enough space for a run-up, you may find it difficult to pass by any steep grade.
  • For beginners, rough road can be a little tricky. As every expert off-road drive would
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    say, “there is no point to run.” This is because running over the mounds, stumps and potholes would only loose adherence with the road. This may cause your vehicle to skid and reduce your chances to move along. So, if you have spotted a steep grade on your way, choose the highest gear and acceleration you can develop without losing adherence and without shifting gears—that’s the tricky part, but I’m sure you’ll get it once you hit the road. It may take some time though.

These are just some of the things you need to keep in mind when hitting uphill terrains. Watch the tutorial video below for more information. Again, safety should be your top priority. Have fun!

 

Choosing the Right Off-Road Tires for your Truck

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Choosing the Right Off-Road Tires for your Truck

Looking to upgrade your off-road tires? Well, you have come to the right place. Just like any other vehicles, there are a few things to consider when getting a set of tires. In this article, we will discuss some of the key points when changing your tires. Read on.

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Whatever your off-road “activities” you’re planning to—mud-plowing, sand-racing, rock-crawling, you need to understand the basic things so you can choose the best road truck tires set for your unit.

Ultimate_Adventure_OffRoad_Tire_Reviews_NittoOne of the most common mistakes when changing new tires is choosing improved traction on rugged terrain. According to many off-road driving experts, the larger the tire is the more traction it can produce.

While the right tire set can provide additional traction in off road conditions, there are other better options for this rather than sizing up on rubber. For instance you want more traction; you can look for those differentials with stock tires. This is more efficient than adding a set of taller and more aggressive tire set. Others also use a winch before upgrading to other aftermarket product. Keep in mind that installing lockers may result in excessive boldness.

The point here is that you should only go for a larger set of truck tires if you want to raise the height and ground clearance of your unit. This makes it easier for you to take on steeper ascents and descents in off road trails. So, whenever you are driving over rocks, slogging through mud, getting stuck across the dessert, or even just making your way through higher terrains, having a higher ground clearance can help you sort things out and overcome certain obstacles.

However, I’m not saying that you should ignore traction quality of off road truck tires. You just need to use it in proper terrain. For example, in a muddy course, you need to opt for bias tires. This set performs better in the mud than any other off-road truck tires. Improved traction shouldn’t be left out at all, but it is not really the sole consideration when switching new tires.

Ready to change your set?

Switching off-road tires is not that easy. There are a lot of adjustments you need to make. This includes the maintenance of your unit. This is why you need to find the right type for your truck.

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The first thing you need to understand  is that upgrading to taller truck tires means switching several parts in your truck as well. You need to look closely at the vehicle clearance to make sure everything is compatible—from the fenders, plates, and overall chassis. You need to check if the tires perfectly fit without rubbing against the fenders and fender walls. You may also need to install body lift or suspension lift to get those additional inches. But you usually, in off-road conditions, a suspension lift is more desirable to increase wheel travel capacities. On the other hand, a body lift can provide fitment of larger tires without further enhancements in performance.

Basic Off-Road Driving Tips: Getting Started

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Basic Off-Road Driving Tips: Getting Started

Off-road driving has become one of the most popular sports and past times worldwide. It may seem fun and exciting, but this requires a lot of preparation to acquire different skill set. Keep in mind that it takes years of experience to master every skill and trick. So, make sure to do your research or consider getting formal lessons before hitting the trail.

Whether you’re serious about going pro, or just taking it as one of your weekend pastimes, here are some safety tips from experts:

Tip #1: Know your ride

maxxxxxThere are different off-road vehicles you can choose from. Whether you decide to rent or buy one, I strongly suggest taking some time to read more reviews and request a performance test. This is to make sure you are comfortable with the vehicle you’re about to drive. Check the capacity of your unit. Be familiar with its strengths and weaknesses. Find out the undercarriage so you would know how much clearance it can take.

Tip #2: Consider upgrading

Installing a few add-ons like skid-plates is one way to increase efficiency and performance. This can boost your differential and steering box. Usually, the technician will check the condition of your unit before installing the plates. They will also advise you about the minimum ground clearance at the lowest point of your axle. They may also recommend a lifting kit if you’re going to take more difficult trails such as uphill courses or those with ramps. Consider bringing an emergency tool kit and repair manual for your own safety.

Tip #3: Check the terrain

Check the trail personally before taking the course. Your safety should always be your topmaxresdefault (1) priority. Do not push yourself to the limit. As they say, start slowly and take it one step at a time. Try the beginner’s course first. Make sure there are emergency bays or pit stops at the trail. Remember, even pro off-road drivers started as beginners.

Tip #4: Test your skills

Take a few test drives so you can measure your skills and the unit you’re driving as well. Keep in mind that you can’t really tell the difficulty of the terrain until you have tried it. For example, a water-filled pot hole can be really tricky for beginners. It would be really challenging to tell how deep it is until you get stuck. Soft mud can be deeper than it looks. Check the condition of your tires. Some experts recommend deflating them so it would be easier to move around on muddy terrains. Before cresting a rugged heals, keep your eyes on the road and make sure you will be able to check your landing.

So, are you ready for this new adventure? Take your safety gears and fasten your seatbelt! Again, safety comes first!