Mission Blue Hope Spot: Malpelo Island, Colombia

Approximately three hundred miles off the coast of Colombia lies the tiny Island of Malpelo. This sheer and barren rock juts out of the Pacific Ocean to a peak of nearly one thousand feet, stretches only one mile in length, and has a dozen or so small oceanic rocks as […] The post Mission Blue…

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Do Divers Need a Captain’s License?

When applying for a spectrum of dive jobs around the world, many diving advertisements require divemasters and instructors to incorporate other skills. For example, the dive shop or resort may want someone who’s skilled in compressor maintenance or who has a captain’s license. Attaining a captain’s license generally makes you exponentially more employable. Whether you…

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Live Underwater Exploration of America’ Marine Sanctuaries Coming this Fall

This fall, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is teaming up with Ocean Exploration Trust to explore the marine ecosystems of the West Coast and Hawaii. Working aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, scientists will map and explore targets from California to the Hawaiian Islands and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Researchers will conduct mapping operations and…

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How to Recycle an Old Wetsuit

Wetsuits are primarily made out of neoprene, a non-biodegradable material made from petroleum. They’re bad for landfills, but ideal for making drink koozies, yoga mats, and small home improvement projects. How Long Will a Scuba Wetsuit Last? A quality wetsuit can last one to five years depending on how frequently […] The post How to…

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Secret Dive Sites in Bali

Mention diving in Bali and most people will think of mantas and molas in the east and the USAT Liberty shipwreck near Tulamben in the northeast. But there is a whole lot more to discover around the far northwest corner of the island. Off-the-beaten track Bali features a marine park and exciting macro dives. It’s…

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6 Tips for Whale Shark Conservation

Written by Mark McMillan, Marine Biologist at LUX* South Ari Atoll Maldives The Whale Shark Rhincodon typus is a truly magnificent creature. As the world’s largest living fish, recent research suggests that they can grow up to 18 meters in length and may live to over 100 years old. Whale Sharks have […] The post 6 Tips…

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Best Wreck Diving in Africa

In the third of our six-part series on the world’s most dive-able wrecks we’re highlighting the best wreck diving in Africa, focusing on southern and eastern Africa. (Check out Asia’s best wrecks here and the best wrecks in the United States here). With more than 2,500 shipwrecks along the coast of South Africa and Cape…

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2018 Is The International Year Of The Reef – Why Not Get Involved?

Written by Kirsty Richards and originally published via The Terramar Project.  2018 has been designated the third International Year of the Reef (IYOR) by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI). This year-long celebration is a great opportunity to come together to strengthen awareness on the plight of coral reefs, and to step up […] The post 2018 Is…

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Photographer Spotlight: Shane Gross

In this series of articles, we’ll shine a spotlight on some of the world’s best underwater photographers. Today we highlight Shane Gross. Tell us a little about yourself. I began diving in 2000 at the age of 15 and took up photography seriously in 2009. I’m originally from Canada and currently based in The Bahamas….

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Training Fundamentals: Top Tips for a Successful Giant Stride Entry

Their first giant stride entry is quite memorable for most scuba divers. Standing at the edge of a swimming pool, quayside, jetty or boat, the weight of the equipment on your back suddenly feels considerably heavier as you contemplate entering the water. Will I really just float back to the surface? Will what I’ve learned…

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