School of Fish Swim and Scuba http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com Learn to Swim and Scuba Dive on Long Island Tue, 05 Mar 2019 22:16:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.13 Spearfishing Class on Long Island http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/spearfishing-class-on-long-island/ http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/spearfishing-class-on-long-island/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2016 16:44:11 +0000 http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/?p=1620 Join us for a special spearfishing class / seminar April 23rd at 11AM on Long Island We are happy to have World Record Spearfishing holder, Captain Dave Hochman of Spear-It Charters in to present his spearfishing seminar here on Long Island.  Don’t miss this one! Sit in and soak up valuable information and tips related to freediving and […]

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Join us for a special spearfishing class / seminar
April 23rd at 11AM on Long Island

Spearfishing class Long Island

Captain Dave with a 64LB Bass

We are happy to have World Record Spearfishing holder, Captain Dave Hochman of Spear-It Charters in to present his spearfishing seminar here on Long Island.  Don’t miss this one! Sit in and soak up valuable information and tips related to freediving and spearfishing. Dave is a highly skilled hunter and diver. He will be here sharing the lessons he’s learned over many years hunting and diving in the waters of the Northeast.

• 3-hour semiar limited to 25 attendees
• Registration fee $35- per person. 
•  631-744-7707  to sign up (ask for Dean)
• Location: 572 Route 25A, Rocky Point, NY 11778

Here’s a little more about Dave and what you can expect to learn at the spearfishing seminar:

David Hochman is the owner and operator of Spear-it Charters. He is a licensed Chiropractor and Respiratory Care practitioner in the state of Connecticut. He specializes in spine disorders and sports medicine at Comprehensive Orthopaedics and is the team chiropractor for the athletics department at The University Of New Haven. He is a competitive freediver and  dominated the NE spearfishing  tournaments from 1997 to 2009.  His team won the United States National Spear Fishing Championship  In 1999. They placed 3rd two other years. David has personally speared  7 striped bass in the 60 pound Class. 9 bass over 60 pounds have been speared on his boat. He has 36 + personal striped bass speared over 50 pounds . He is the present holder of the world record speared striped bass.

This spearfishing/freediving lecture and workshop will be an in depth study of  freediving physiology and safety,  spearfishing techniques and safety, gear rigging methods, and shallow water blackout. We will cover all spearfishing and freediving gear and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Discussion is welcome. The entire course is approximately 3 hours.

 

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Spearfishing 101 http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/spearfishing-101/ http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/spearfishing-101/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 17:12:33 +0000 http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/?p=1327 Are you curious about spearfishing in the local waters off Long Island? Now is your chance to learn about the exciting sport of spearfishing right here on Long Island. On April 11th at 11AM we will be having Matt Sasso in to give a presentation he calls “Spearfishing 101.” Topics to be covered include: Underwater hunter […]

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Are you curious about spearfishing in the local waters off Long Island? Now is your chance to learn about the exciting sport of spearfishing right here on Long Island. On April 11th at 11AM we will be having Matt Sasso in to give a presentation he calls Spearfishing 101.” Topics to be covered include: Underwater hunter safety, equipment selection and use, hunting techniques, fish identification, fishing regulations and conservation practices. Summer and prime spearfishing season is right around the corner. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a guy who has spent many years spearfishing the local waters around Long Island.

Spearfishing Long Island

Mahi – Spearfishing offshore Long Island

 

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Come on in the water is warm http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/come-on-in-the-water-is-warm/ http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/come-on-in-the-water-is-warm/#comments Wed, 03 Jul 2013 19:32:50 +0000 http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/?p=919 Dive season is in full swing! The water is almost 70 degrees in the Sound and visibility has been 8 to 12 feet for the last week depending on location and tide. Last night we made our first night dive at Mt. Sinai Jetty for 2013. Lots of the usual creatures stirring about on the […]

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Dive season is in full swing! The water is almost 70 degrees in the Sound and visibility has been 8 to 12 feet for the last week depending on location and tide. Last night we made our first night dive at Mt. Sinai Jetty for 2013. Lots of the usual creatures stirring about on the jetty: spider, hermit and horseshoe crabs, sea robins, blackfish, blowfish, toad fish, porgies, fluke and stripped bass all checked in on the 55 minute dive. Visibility was between 8 and 10 feet last night. July 4th we are heading over to Oldfield Point for a mid morning dive. We did some freediving and hunting at Oldfield this morning and the visibility was 12 feet at high tide so the dive on the 4th should be awesome. Check out our local diving page for our upcoming dives, more dives will be added as the season moves on.

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Dive season is here! Ponquogue Bridge http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/dive-season-is-here-ponquogue-bridge/ http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/dive-season-is-here-ponquogue-bridge/#respond Sat, 11 May 2013 18:20:07 +0000 http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/?p=872 Well, today we finally got in the water after the looooong winter! A group of  7 divers from the shop went diving at Ponquogue just before slack tide and had a great 30 minute dive. Water temp was 52 degrees, two of us were in dry suits while everyone else dove wet in 7mm suits. […]

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Well, today we finally got in the water after the looooong winter! A group of  7 divers from the shop went diving at Ponquogue just before slack tide and had a great 30 minute dive. Water temp was 52 degrees, two of us were in dry suits while everyone else dove wet in 7mm suits. A half hour dive at that temperature is doable in a 7mm, one guy was brave enough to dive in a 5mm.

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Moonsnail

This time of year there is not an abundance of fish life hanging around though we did see some good sized black fish. The bottom, in some areas is a blanket of muscles. There was the usual abundance of crabs, starfish, sea urchins and plenty of moon snails moving around on the bottom. After making our way down the pilings of the old bridge, my buddy and I shot across to the new bridge and circled around one set of stanchions.  Under the new bridge is where we saw the blackfish hanging out. At that point in the dive we were at roughly 25 minutes of bottom time and you could feel the tide starting to pick up. We made our way back to our exit point at just the right time avoiding any sort of mishaps with the tidal flow! All in all a great first dive of the year. We are hitting it again on May 23rd, this will be just before sundown, by then the water should be up a few more degrees!

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Return of the Sport Diver! http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/return-of-the-sport-diver/ http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/return-of-the-sport-diver/#respond Wed, 01 May 2013 18:17:48 +0000 http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/?p=857 Last dive season we were without our dive boat Sport Diver. We have operated our boat for the last 18 years so it was a big change for us. This year the boat will be moored in Mt. Sinai harbor. We will be picking people up for our dives on the dock at Ralph’s Fishing […]

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Last dive season we were without our dive boat Sport Diver. We have operated our boat for the last 18 years so it was a big change for us. This year the boat will be moored in Mt. Sinai harbor. We will be picking people up for our dives on the dock at Ralph’s Fishing Station. Because we no longer have the luxury of a slip it will be super important that divers arrive at Ralph’s a minimum of a half hour before the scheduled departure. We will not be able to tie up at the dock for extended periods of time to wait for people who are running late. The boat will be used for all of our planned training dives and is also available for charters during the week and on some weekends. Stay tuned fore more details during the season.
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OMER in the shop! http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/845/ http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/845/#respond Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:35:51 +0000 http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/?p=845 We are now selling Omer diving equipment. O.M.E.R. is an Italian company. It is the largest producer of freediving and spearfishing equipment in the world. You would be hard pressed to find a serious freediver around the world that has never heard of Omer. We currently have in stock some really cool masks (like the Bandit […]

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We are now selling Omer diving equipment. O.M.E.R. is an Italian company. It is the largest producer of freediving and spearfishing equipment in the world. You would be hard pressed to find a serious freediver around the world that has never heard of Omer. We currently have in stock some really cool masks (like the Bandit pictured above), long blade freediving fins, snorkels, knives, and spearguns. We will be eventually bringing in some of their wetsuits and other spearfishing accessories. Stop in and take a look or check out their website. This is a fine line of equipment.

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The new Scubapro G260 is here http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/the-new-scubapro-g260-is-here/ http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/the-new-scubapro-g260-is-here/#respond Fri, 29 Mar 2013 19:18:37 +0000 http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/?p=802 In stock at School of Fish is the brand new G260 second stage from Scubapro. Based on the legendary G250 this new model is slightly downsized but retains many features of previous models. Aimed at technical divers, this system can face any dive situation with rock-solid performances and outstanding reliability. The G260 is a new balanced […]

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In stock at School of Fish is the brand new G260 second stage from Scubapro. Based on the legendary G250 this new model is slightly downsized but retains many features of previous models. Aimed at technical divers, this system can face any dive situation with rock-solid performances and outstanding reliability.

The G260 is a new balanced adjustable second stage featuring metal components for excellent cold water resistance (inlet tube, orifice, inhalation control knob and hose connector). It’s high performance makes it a choice for all demanding divers and it will be  the natural choice for G250 fans. The new left-right hose attachment option makes it ideally suited for tech diving configurations.

G260 Second Stage Technical Features

  • Air balanced valve
  • Diver-adjustable inhalation effort
  • Diver-adjustable Venturi-Initiated Vacuum Assist (VIVA)
  • Super-flow hose
  • High comfort orthodontic mouthpiece
  • Full metal valve housing
  • Weight: 275g / 9.7oz
  • Air flow at 200 bar: 1800 l/min – 66 SCFM
  • Maximum low pressure: 14 bar / 203 psi

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Weighty Issues http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/buoyancy-control/ http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/buoyancy-control/#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2013 19:27:49 +0000 http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/?p=766 Two of the most difficult things for new divers to understand and master are buoyancy and trim. But with just a little knowledge, experimentation and some practice these “skills” are easy to master. Buoyancy control and getting yourself weighted.  When you first start diving you might not have your own gear so your weights […]

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Divers WeightsTwo of the most difficult things for new divers to understand and master are buoyancy and trim. But with just a little knowledge, experimentation and some practice these “skills” are easy to master.

Buoyancy control and getting yourself weighted. 

When you first start diving you might not have your own gear so your weights might be something you need to adjust before every dive. Another one of the many advantages to owning your own gear is that once you’ve got your weight dialed in you can pretty much leave it there unless of course you change to a different exposure suit or cylinder. Listed below is a general guide to be used as a starting point for those who have absolutely no idea how much weight they will need for a dive in salt water. Take a few pounds off if you will be diving in fresh water. Also, take into consideration that this chart is for a reasonably fit average sized male specimen! The more neoprene you wrap yourself up in the more weight you will need so if you have a XXXL wetsuit you can plan on adding an extra 6 to 8 pounds to these numbers. This works in the opposite direction as well. Remember we are using this as a starting point, you will need to bend and adjust as necessary.

  •  7mm full suit with an Aluminum 80 cu./ft. cylinder • 22 to 26 pounds
  •  5mm full suit with an Aluminum 80 cu./ft. cylinder • 16 to 20 pounds
  •  3mm full suit with an Aluminum 80 cu./ft. cylinder • 10 to 14 pounds

OK, so suit up and get in the water. With some air in your BCD (positively buoyant) swim out to where you can’t touch the bottom. Put your regulator in your mouth and take a deep breath. Let all the air out of your BCD. Try and stay in a vertical position, feet directly below you. You should (hopefully) start to sink a little. You didn’t exhale yet did you? You should be letting the air out of the BCD and holding that breath of air in your lungs. If you sink a little bit (to eye level or so) then when you exhale you should slowly start to sink to the bottom. The perfect scenario is while holding that breath of air you can only sink to eye level, then when you exhale the air from your lungs you slowly sink. It helps to relax while doing this. No flailing around. Keep your arms and legs quiet. Any kicking motion or sculling with the hands will make you rise up towards the surface. Through trial and error (adding or subtracting weight) this is the scenario you want to create. Once you’ve weighted yourself so you float at eye level with an empty BCD while holding a full breath of air in your lungs you’ll need to add around another 4 or 5 pounds. WHY? Because you are doing this at the beginning of your dive. As you use the air in your tank during the dive the tank becomes lighter. At the end of the dive you should be able to make a safety stop (if needed). You will need that extra weight to make up for the weight of the air that was in your tank at the beginning of the dive. So now that you’re weighted perfectly you can enjoy using less air during your dive (and more bottom time) because you no longer carry an extra load of unneeded weight.

What’s all this about trim?

Well, once you’ve got your buoyancy all figured out you’ll want to start working on your trim. Where you position your weights will have a lot to do with how efficiently you move through the water. You want to strive for being as streamlined as possible which means creating the least amount of drag, look at the illustrations below to get a sense of what good and bad trim look like.
BuoyancyKeep in mind in certain scenarios you may want to swim with your fins high so they don’t disturb the bottom (silty dive sites etc…). The diver in the middle looks like a typical new diver who is wearing too much weight and wearing it too low around the waist. Diver three is swimming through the water in a nice streamlined position.

The goal (in most situations) is to distribute your weights in a manner that will allow you to swim through the water in a streamlined position, paralell to the bottom. Streamlining yourself will make it easier to move through the water and you’ll use less air. Weight integrated BC’s usually have 4 pockets for adding weight. One pocket low on each side for “ditchable” weight. This is where you’ll put the bulk of your weight. The other 2 pockets are usually located high on the rear of the BCD above the tank band. These two pockets are for non-ditchable trim weight (usually a max of 5LB’s per pocket). If you don’t have a weight integrated BCD with adjustable shoulder straps which make it easy to move your weight higher or lower on your body there are other ways to go about trimming yourself out. Wearing your weightbelt a little higher or lower will have an effect on your trim. Sometimes this is difficult with a standard weightbelt. The “Weight & Trim System” by DUI is an adjustable pocket loaded weight harness that allows weight to be ditched in an emergency but also is fully adjustable up and down the length of a divers torso. If you have a problem with your feet floating up and don’t want to invest a lot of money for a new BCD or weight system a pair of ankle weights will usually fix the problem. Ankle weights can also be used around the tank neck below the valve for offsetting “feet too Low” problems. Various pockets are also available for adding trim weight to the tank band on most BCDS.

Our buoyancy adventure dive is a great place to start working on your weighting and trim. Check out our training dives page for the dates that we are running this dive. Once you’ve mastered your buoyancy, weighting and trim your time spent underwater will seem effortless and you’ll have that much more fun!

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Get Set http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/get-set/ http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/get-set/#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:18:14 +0000 http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/?p=756 Get Set is a new promotion being offered by Scubapro. The promotion will run from 3/15/2013 – 5/3/2013. Buy a qualifying SCUBAPRO gear set and get a FREE Aladin 2G wrist! This program will run along with a Free Bag Consumer Promotion which offers a FREE SCUBAPRO Tech Bag for every Regulator Combination sale. (Offers cannot be combined). To get […]

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Get Set is a new promotion being offered by Scubapro. The promotion will run from 3/15/2013 – 5/3/2013. Buy a qualifying SCUBAPRO gear set and get a FREE Aladin 2G wrist!

This program will run along with a Free Bag Consumer Promotion which offers a FREE SCUBAPRO Tech Bag for every Regulator Combination sale. (Offers cannot be combined).

To get a free computer you must purchase one item from each category below:

REGULATOR , BCD,

OCTOPUS or AIR2,

DIVE BAG

Visit SCUBAPRO for more information

 

 

 

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Movie Night 3/16/13 http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/movie-night-3913/ http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/movie-night-3913/#respond Wed, 06 Mar 2013 17:58:17 +0000 http://www.schooloffishswimandscuba.com/?p=705  Get your gear wet and watch a movie!                   Spend up to an hour in the pool getting reacquainted with your dive gear then rinse off and grab a seat for our presentation of a scuba related flick. This is for divers only and is limited to […]

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 Get your gear wet and watch a movie!

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Spend up to an hour in the pool getting reacquainted with your dive gear then rinse off and grab a seat for our presentation of a scuba related flick. This is for divers only and is limited to 10 participants. Call to sign up!

$10.00 per person

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