Scuba diving

Scuba Diving: What First Timers Should Know

If you think scuba diving is remotely similar to snorkling, think again. Scuba diving takes swimmers on a deeper adventure under the sea, through calm, sparkling waters. Unfortunately, no one can simply jump into scuba diving their first time and get the hang of it immediately. It takes skill, practice, and usually a course is required to train divers how to swim with the heavy equipment. Continue reading “Scuba Diving: What First Timers Should Know” »

Planning the Perfect Caribbean Vacation

In the midst of planning the perfect vacation, it can sometimes be challenging to put together the perfect itinerary. Let’s assume you’ve chosen a Caribbean vacation in an exotic place like Anguilla. Obviously your first decision should be on accommodations. Whether you’re looking for a cozy room or a full service five star hotel, there is no shortage of beautiful Caribbean luxury villa rentals available for you to choose from.

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5 Spots You NEED to Scuba

The web is full of lists of the best dive sites, and I thought it was about time that Reef-N-Rail gave our take. Here are the 5 spots that we think every scuba diver should put on his or her bucket list.

5. Barrier Islands, North Carolina

This spot is ideal for scuba divers on a budget who don’t want to dig out their passports for a great location. While most of the spots on this list are marine life havens, Barrier Islands is known more for its wreck diving. Wrecks from the 16th century along with more recent ones including a German U-Boat from WWII make up the over 600 shipwrecks in this area. This spot is also much less crowded year round than most top scuba destinations, though diving in the winter does require a heavy wetsuit.

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Scuba Diving: Rules Now Allowing Kids to Dive In

Let’s face it; there are some of us out there who could be considered pretty irresponsible, even as adults. So, with this attitude, one might worry that giving every adult the OK to learn to scuba dive is concerning. Hopefully those who take the plunge are mature enough to realize that scuba diving can be hazardous business if you don’t know what you’re doing. Recently, the minimum age for a diver has been dropped. At first, it’s an alarming fact, but the reasoning behind it gives it a little more logic.

First, let’s look at the old rule vs. the new rule. Originally, a diver was required to be at least 12 or older in to qualify for junior certification. The new rule declares that children 10 and older are now eligible for junior certification. The only organizations that are going by the old, standard rule are the YMCA and the NAUI for the time being.

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Welcome to Reef ‘N Rail!

Professional Association of Diving Instructors

REEF ‘N RAIL is a travel agency specializing in scuba diving and railroad adventures to exciting and fascinating destinations.

We are Dive Travel Specialists and PADI certified. As dive specialists, we only work with those who represent the finest in worldwide live-aboard dive boats, dive operators and dive resorts. This enables us to provide you with a high level of service and an enjoyable dive experience. Take advantage of the locale of your dive destination and learn about the history, culture, and ecology of the area.

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