Training Fundamentals: Ear Barotrauma

Dive instructors always explain the relationship between pressure and volume to new divers, describing the need to descend slowly and steadily, and to equalize air-spaces early and often. New divers learn this information within the first few minutes of every scuba class, but why? Simply put, because ear barotrauma is the most common dive-related injury….

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Scuba Diving Careers for Master Scuba Divers

The PADI Master Scuba DiverTM rating is sometimes called the “black belt” of diving. In a previous post, we discussed how the Master Scuba Diver program can be tailored to individual interests like photography or cold water diving. In today’s post, we’ll review how your Master Scuba Diver curriculum can be customized […] The post Scuba Diving…

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Marine Species: Spanish Dancer

Imagine you are on a night dive somewhere in the tropical Pacific. Suddenly, in the darkness above the reef, you spot what appears to be an animated vermillion dinner napkin convulsing wildly. Congratulations! You’ve found a Spanish dancer. The Spanish Dancer The Spanish dancer (Hexabranchus sanguineus, meaning “blood-colored six-gills”) is among the largest nudibranchs. It can…

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PADI Master Scuba Diver: More Than Just Bragging Rights

The PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) rating is considered the highest recreational diving level and is often referred to as the “Black Belt” of scuba diving. PADI Rescue Divers who have also completed 5 individual PADI Specialty Courses can apply for their MSD rating. Some people take on the challenge just […] The post PADI Master…

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How to Create a Custom Master Scuba Diver Program

PADI Master Scuba DiversTM are an elite group of respected divers with a wide range of training and experience, but your path to this ultimate scuba achievement can be customized according to your interests. Here are a few ideas: Eco-Master Scuba Diver Whether you’re an aspiring marine biologist, fish geek, […] The post How to…

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Introduction to Trimix Diving

The phrase “technical diving” conjures images of deep descents, mysterious shipwrecks and undiscovered caves. In this, the third installment of our series on technical diving, we’re moving away from discussion of beginner-level technical diving and initial decompression diving. Today we enter the world of trimix diving. What’s in a name? As the name suggests, trimix…

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Guide to PADI Divemaster: Equipment Exchange Test

Guest blog post written by Candice Landau Scuba diving is a sport. No doubt about it. To anyone who wants to argue, do an hour-long dive and tell me how you feel just half an hour later. Chances are you’ll be famished and ready for a nap. The reason we’re […] The post Guide to…

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More Than 2,000 Sharks Die in San Francisco Bay

The San Francisco Bay is home to a unique variety of marine life. This includes charismatic species such as great white sharks — although they are not as numerous nor as predatory as myths claim. The bay’s most common sharks are leopard sharks, Pacific angel sharks, and the brown smooth-hound. But now, those sharks are…

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Underwater World Records

Have you ever wondered how deep a (properly-trained) diver could go? Or how far someone could swim in one breath? Read on to learn about some of the most amazing achievements in diving. Longest Underwater Swim on One Breath – Male (2016) In 2016, Venezuelan and PADI AmbassaDiver Carlos Coste […] The post Underwater World…

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Turtle Heaven on the Great Barrier Reef

A tiny dollop of sand the shape of a raindrop rises out of the water 75 miles (120 km) off the northeastern tip of Australia.  It’s only 79 acres (32 hectares) large and covered with a smattering of low vegetation. Raine Island is also one of the biggest green-turtle nesting sites in the world. Every…

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