Top 10 Fitness Tips For Scuba Divers Infographic

Top 10 Fitness Tips For Scuba Divers Infographic
“Fit Divers are safer divers, tend to dive more often, and are more likely to advance dive training”. This has been a consistent message of Gretchen M. Ashton since she started ScubaFit® in 2006. “An infographic is fun way to remind divers of the importance of physical fitness for diving and help divers implement fitness into a diving lifestyle”, says Gretchen. Top 10 Fitness Tips for Scuba Diving has been a popular dive club presentation and the poster is a great way to help dive centers bring a positive fitness message to diving clients and staff.

“Over the past 10 years, we’ve worked to create awareness by writing more than 130 articles, stories and blogs in online and print diving publications; including our own FitDiver® Magazine. Our early research involved reporting on data demonstrating a health profile of the diving community and making recommendations for overall health and wellness. We then researched and created our performance-based programs. To educate divers and personalize fitness programs, we developed the ScubaFit® Diver Course which is approved by PADI® as a distinctive specialty, is independently available to all dive agencies, and is approved by International Sports Sciences Association for continuing education for personal trainers. We co-submitted the specialty as a fitness professional and diver, along with Stephen C. Mendel, multi-agency dive professional, to role model collaboration for the benefit of the diving industry and to improve the safety and longevity of all divers.

“We utilize a four phase FitDiver® program to help divers determine current fitness level and carefully advance workouts to match the type of diving performed. DiveFit® programs are customized for adaptive divers and divers recovering from an injury, illness or accident. Our SurfWalking™ exercise sessions are conducted on the beach in the surf or in a pool to condition divers and supplement aerobic and strength routines. Nutrition is always an important component of a balanced exercise program and is incorporated along with stretching and other modalities for improved flexibility.”

The Atoll

This morning while reading “Return to Paradise” by James Michener, his writing about an atoll in the pacific took me back to Bora Bora. While Bora Bora is not purely an atoll, more of an island with a barrier type reef, Michener paints a minds eye tapestry for me. This is a photograph I took from the plane. He was concerned that in revisiting the Pacific it would lose it’s first impression, he writes in the introduction, “There was one final problem. Would this long journey prove to be merely another of those heartbreaking trips of disillusion into a past that cannot be recovered? I was apprehensive about this, for I knew that virgin impressions of great events can rarely be recaptured; but when our plane rose above the bridges of San Francisco and I saw below me this vast and mighty ocean, my heart expanded.” And as I read…

The world contains certain patterns of beauty that impress the mind forever…The list need not be long, but to be inclusive it must contain a coral atoll with its placid lagoon, the terrifyingly brilliant sands and the outer reef shooting great spires of spindrift a hundred feet into the air…This is the wonder of an atoll, you are safe within the lagoon while outside the tempest rages. The atoll becomes a symbol of all men seeking refuge, the security of home, the warmth of love. Lost in a wilderness of ocean, the atoll is a haven that captivates the mind and rests the human spirit.”

The Atoll

FitDiver® Mobile Apps Get New Functionality

FitDiver AppsWe are excited to share that now divers select a fitness level and the date of their next diving activity. Based on this individualized criteria and proven ScubaFit® exercise principles, a custom workout is generated. The apps remind divers to update information every three weeks. The workout changes as the fitness level of the diver improves and as the diving date gets closer. Divers are certain to reach fitness goals and improve diving performance. (New functions in iTunes version only at this time.)

Available for purchase on Google Play or the App Store.