Marine Species: Sea Star

It is always exciting to find one of these fascinating creatures while beach combing, but the question often arises: what’s the difference between a starfish and a sea star? A starfish is an echinoderm, meaning that it’s an invertebrate with radial symmetry. It’s in the same phylum as sea urchins, sand dollars, and sea lilies,…

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Introducing PADI AmbassaDivers, The Jetlagged

We caught up with new PADI AmbassaDivers™, The Jetlagged, to find out how they have become such passionate and dedicated divers and filmmakers, travelling the world on a mission to protect our oceans. How did you both get into scuba diving? Hendrik’s underwater passion started early as a kid when […] The post Introducing PADI…

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Do Solo Diving and Technical Diving Mix?

  Mention solo diving among any group of divers and you’ll get a strong reaction. In fact, many divers would argue that there is never a good reason to dive on your own. However, there are occasions when the buddy system just doesn’t have all the answers. Does that apply to technical diving as well?…

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Training Fundamentals: How to Avoid Diving Accidents

Scuba diving is a very safe sport. There are millions of certified scuba divers in the world and, thankfully, there are relatively few serious incidents. Nevertheless, each year Divers Alert Network (DAN) compiles a report of diving incidents that, in some cases, could have been avoided. In the 2016 DAN report, which provides data on…

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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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