Timor-Leste: The Place to Be to Encounter Dolphins

Who wants to go diving with dolphins? Ok, stupid question we know… Everyone wants to dive with dolphins right!? Well, keep reading, because we’re about to tell you of a tiny country in Southeast Asia where scientists have discovered an abundance of dolphins. That country is Timor Leste. You might […] The post Timor-Leste: The…

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World’s Best Places to Snorkel or Scuba Dive with Whale Sharks

Whale sharks sit high atop most divers’ bucket lists. Seeing one underwater, however, is highly dependent on location and time of year. You’ll typically see whale sharks in tropical waters, in the open ocean or near coastal areas. They typically feed upright on plankton, krill, larvae, and fish eggs and can average around 30 feet…

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Local-to-Global Conservation

  For a glimpse of what diving was like long before plastic, pollution and waste were concerns, many divers look to the waters of Raja Ampat. “You can empty your bucket list around there, from pigmy seahorses to whale sharks and from mangroves to vibrant and colorful coral reefs,” says […] The post Local-to-Global Conservation…

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How Often Should You Scuba Dive?

  So, you’ve caught the diving bug and want to get in the water every single day. Unfortunately, life gets in the way for most divers. So how often should you scuba dive if you want to keep your skills fresh? We have a few tips on how to stay dive fit even when you…

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Help Protect Florida’s Goliath Groupers

 Goliath groupers will be on the agenda on Thursday April 26th, starting at 8:30 am, at the Marriott Fort Lauderdale North. You can view the entire agenda for this two-day Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) meeting here. There will be an opportunity for public input from those attending this FWC meeting following FWC’s staff report to…

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Top Tips for Managing Dive Vertigo

Dive vertigo — not to be confused with dizziness — happens when the world seems to spin when a diver isn’t even moving. It most often occurs during deep dives and several factors can be to blame: an inner-ear infection, unequal pressure between the middle-ear compartments, or even a hood fitting more tightly over one…

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Sensory Experiences When Scuba Diving

  You’re at the dive center, ready for your very first ocean dive. You stand clutching your mask, snorkel and fins like a kid clutching his lunchbox on the first day of school. You are excited; you are nervous; you feel like you are just about to burst from anticipation because all night you’ve been…

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Caribbean Coral Identification: Brain Coral

  Chances are the first time you went scuba diving or snorkeling you saw a brain coral. They grow in large mounds that can be several feet across and strongly resemble the human organ for which they’re named. You’ll find these corals in the shallowest parts of the reef, down to 100 feet (30 m)….

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Join PADI at Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo, April 14-15

Ready for a weekend of fun? Join PADI® staff members at the Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA from April 14-15 2018. This event promises an exciting mix of seminars, workshops, exhibits and entertainment for just about anyone who loves the ocean world. At the show, you can: Explore diving […] The post Join PADI…

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Florida’s Underwater Archaeological Preserves: The Urca de Lima

Off Fort Pierce, Florida, reachable from shore, lie the remains of a Spanish sailing vessel lost in a terrible storm. When one thinks of Spanish ships, a galleon comes to mind. This vessel was not a galleon, but an urca, a wide-hulled ship for transporting cargo. It was named Urca de Lima for its owner,…

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