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Austin Tuwiner

Austin Tuwiner

My name’s Austin, and I created OtterAquatics to help readers become better divers, help them buy their first gear, and plan their next dive vacation!

“The Bends” & Scuba Diving

The thought of getting “The Bends” or “Bent” has likely turned more potential scuba divers away from the hobby than anything else, including sharks! But

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Austin has been curious about the oceans and waters since he was just 11 years old when he setup a saltwater tank. At 16 years old, Austin became scuba diving certified in Kona, Hawaii. Today, he is currently working on his dive master.

Q. What’s your favorite place you’ve ever scuba dove?

It would have to be my first liveaboard trip in the Bahamas, where I dove 19 times over 6 days, becoming a much more comfortable and confident diver.