OpenWaterHQ.com is the one-stop hub for all your water sports needs. Our editorial team is composed of many water sports enthusiasts just like you, with many decades of combined experience in swimming, surfing, snorkeling, freediving and SCUBA diving.
What we write about
The articles in this site range from helpful informational guides to “best of” equipment reviews and even the occasional opinion piece.
We try to cater to the novice water sports enthusiast. We understand that some of these sports have a high barrier of entry and inherent dangers, so we want to help you make that leap from looking on from the sidelines to diving into the water yourself.
As such, we go to great lengths to provide information in clear and concise language, even for the layperson. From basics like which snorkeling/dive masks and fins you should get, to the latest in regulators and SCUBA tanks, you’ll be able to go from novice to enthusiast in no time.
In the future, we may write about kitesurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, jet-skis and so on, but there’s just so many interesting topics we have yet to cover on swimming, snorkeling, diving, etc, that it’s hard to start something new. We’re getting there!
Who we are
We’re just regular folks who just happen to have an abundance of experience in and passion for water sports and we decided to team up and write about it here.
Nolan Ogden is a dive instructor, marine biologist, and scuba aficionado turned writer who loves to spend his underwater time exploring the Maldives.
Jacinda Laurel is a writer and travel blogger based in Vancouver, Canada. Other than snorkeling and swimming, her other hobbies include crocheting, gardening, and hiking.
Aiden Stephenson is an AIDA 3 freediver, master scuba diver, surfer, and kitesurfer. He loves the outdoors and is obsessed with anything to do with adventure.
Prav Singh first started scuba diving in 2016 and fell in love with the sport instantly. Since then, he has been obsessed with finding the best dive spots and observing the beautiful aquatic life each area has to offer.
Where we source our information
Other than drawing from first-hand experience, we also try to cite data from peer-reviewed research articles, quotes from interviews, or information provided from the website of a relevant authority where possible.
With regards to product reviews, we either personally own(ed) and use(d) the product being reviewed, or we did the hard work of sifting through hundreds of user comments/reviews on forums and product pages, watching demonstration videos, reading manuals, etc, to learn everything there is to know about the product in order to communicate it with you.
We find that many times a “new” version of a product is basically the old product with one or two extra features that you may or may not even need and a higher price tag to boot.
Plus, past experience with older models of products are still relevant, giving us the confidence to speak on most new equipment even if we don’t personally own literally every single product on the market.
In areas where we have little experience, we don’t hesitate to ask a colleague for help or discuss all of our collective experiences with it. Then we fill in any gaps with good old fashioned research.
No man is an island and even we experts don’t know everything, but we are confident that aggregating our views with others’ experiences results in some of the most well-rounded, comprehensive articles that do a good job of providing you the critical information you need.
If you have any questions about the most popular water sport activities, OpenWaterHQ.com is the place to start your search. Let us be your number one resource for all water sports information.