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In this diving tips and tricks video, GUE instructor Ricardo Constantino shows you a handy way to carry your fins…not in your hands or on your feet…

Stowing your Fins

  • Unclip SPG from left hip D-ring
  • Weave SPG & hose through fin straps
  • Reclip SPG to D-Ring

Ricardo Constantino studied engineering in South Africa and now leads the R&D department of a Portuguese petrol retail technology company. Actively involved in a number of diving projects worldwide, he manages a Project Baseline cave initiative on the major Portuguese caves. He enjoys diving for scientists and contributing to the growth of knowledge by exploring new cave passages, and he serves on the board of directors of two prestigious Portuguese scientific associations with links to underwater research.

Diving Tips and Tricks

Diving Tips and Tricks: Using a Bolt Snap with Dry Gloves

For the converted living in cold water environs, dry gloves are just what the doctor ordered, but newbies don’t necessarily regard them as handy, particularly when fiddling with bolt snaps. Fortunately, Francesco Cameli has a trick that will make the task a snap. Check it out.




Struggling with your primary regulator’s bolt snap while wearing dry gloves? Instructor Francesco Cameli has a trick for your hand placement to help you with that. 

  • Hold the bolt snap against your middle finger with your thumb
  • Use your thumb to hold the bolt snap’s head straight
  • Use your index finger to open the snap and clip on and off 

Francesco is Italian but speaks four languages fluently and without an accent. This is probably a trait of his career spanning 25 years in the music industry, where he has worked on or facilitated records that have gone on to sell over 150,000,000 copies worldwide. When he’s not locked away in his studio, Sphere, you will find Francesco submerged taking pictures or sharing his contagious passion for diving with his friends and students. A very active diver in the Los Angeles GUE community, Francesco Is both CCR and Cave trained as well a GUE instructor. He says that he gets really grumpy if he does not get at least three dives a week in. It’s the perfect Yang to the Ying of the dark, soundproof rooms where he also thrives.

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