The Importance of a Dive Debriefing

When does a dive end? When you hit the surface? Climb on the boat? Step on to the beach? Hang up your gear? Not really. A dive ends when you’ve discussed what went right and what went wrong among all the dive participants. Only by conducting a thorough dive debriefing can we learn from our…

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Life-Changing Vacations – Diving With a Purpose

According to a recent PADI® survey of 1,000 people, nearly 40 percent of respondents felt eco-travel is important to them personally. On PADI Travel™, you can find a selection of environmentally focused trips that allow divers, nature enthusiasts and travelers to expand their horizons and explore eco-travel experiences that celebrate […] The post Life-Changing Vacations…

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Are Women Better Scuba Divers Than Men?

As a female dive instructor in the Philippines, I once had a conversation with a man who insisted that if a dive wasn’t deep and didn’t feature sharks or a strong current, it wasn’t really a “dive.” I’ve had similar conversations with other men during my career, wherein it seemed they wanted to impress me…

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Ten Fantastic Dives in National Marine Sanctuaries

The National Marine Sanctuary System spans more than 600,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters. This sanctuary system stretches from Massachusetts to American Samoa. It also offers plentiful unique dive sites, including coral reefs, kelp forests, shipwrecks and more. So, whether you’re thinking about taking the plunge for the first time or have…

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Mission Blue Hope Spot: Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico

  The Revillagigedo Archipelago is a relatively unknown group of islands located approximately 300 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas. Sometimes referred to as Mexico’s “little Galapagos”, this volcanic island chain was recently declared as Mission Blue’s newest Hope Spot, as it is most definitely a unique area of the ocean […] The post Mission Blue…

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Best Scuba Diving in Southern Mozambique: Part I

The East African nation of Mozambique features almost 1,500 miles (2,300 km) of coastline along the Indian Ocean. And, thanks to all this oceanfront real estate, there’s amazing diving along the entire coast. Some areas, such as Ponta Malongane/Ponta Do Ouro are popular with divers who flock in from neighboring South Africa, especially during South…

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Must-Dive Sites in Mexico

  Though PADI AmbassaDiver, Rocio Gajon, has traveled all over the world to experience some of the most incredible dives sites in the Caribbean, South Pacific, Micronesia, Hawaii, Europe, and Asia, her hometown of La Paz, Mexico is still one of her favorite destinations.  From incredible pelagic marine life encounters […] The post Must-Dive Sites…

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Unique Animals to Scuba Dive With

We all love sharks and rays. But if you’re looking for something a little different, here are the most unique animals to scuba dive with. Anacondas Some peoples’ nightmare, others’ delight, diving with anacondas deep in the heart of Brazil’s Pantanal wetland region is not for the fainthearted. These colossal reptiles and reach lengths of…

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ReefBox: The World’s First Subscription Box for Divers

Our inner geek, always fiending for new scuba gear, squealed with delight after recently stumbling on ReefBox, the world’s first subscription box geared for divers. What’s in the box? Subscription boxes have popped up for all sorts of interests, from cooking to high-end organic dog treats. These recurring delivery boxes are jam-packed with niche products…

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Diving into a World of Microscopic Plants

Whether you’re swimming with big animals, macro critters, or in coral gardens, you’re also diving into an entire world of microscopic plants called phytoplankton. The tiniest of marine algae, phytoplankton form the foundation of life in our oceans. They provide food for a range of animals, from the smallest single-celled organisms to the largest whales….

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