Jennifer Idol is the first woman to dive 50 states. She’s earned more than 26 certifications and has been diving for 20 years. Her photography and articles are published in DIVER, Sport Diver, Outdoor Oklahoma, SCUBA & H2O Adventure, and Texas Aquatic Science. She is a contributor to Underwater Speleology. The Lake Murray Wildlife Museum and Texas Association of REALTORS feature her work in permanent installations. Read more
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Debunking the biggest misconceptions of diving in the United States
As I completed my quest to become the first woman to dive all 50 states, I heard innumerable opinions on the places I was diving. Even I undertook the journey with a few of my own preconceptions. Most often questioned, “Can you even dive all 50 states?” YES. This seemingly obvious question reveals the biggest of misconceptions, that if you can actually dive all 50 states, it must be uninteresting, ugly, and difficult. Diving in the United States is full of adventure, wilderness, and beautiful landscapes. Read more
by Gretchen M. Ashton, CFT, SFT, SFN, NBFE
Similar to dribbling a basketball, hitting a line drive in baseball, or performing a deadlift for competitive weightlifting, diving skills such as clearing masks, fin kick swimming and buoyancy control are developed through practice. Seems simple; to get better at diving, learn the best and safest methods and dive regularly. Not so simple; there is more to performance for sports and diving than just skills. Along with the proper gear, divers must also prepare with proper training, including physical fitness. Safety and performance for diving includes preparing for the varied physical effort required above and below the surface, training the body to cope with the stresses of pressure at depth, and maintaining good health to reduce risk associated with diving.