Scuba Diving and Old Age

With an aging population in most countries and with advances in medicine and lifestyle, more and more seniors lead active lives. Many pick up new sports or continue their favorites well into their golden years. For many sports, this presents some challenges, but scuba diving and old age are perfectly compatible, with some considerations. Scuba…

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Eco-Friendly Green Gift Ideas

Is it better to give? To receive? We think it’s better to give an eco-friendly gift that shows you care about the gift recipient and our ocean planet. Sustainable Gift Ideas “Green” gifts made from recycled and upcycled materials support the environment and give your gift recipient a great story […] The post Eco-Friendly Green…

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Diving the Solomons Islands Onboard the Bilikiki

There are some dive trips you dream about for years before you take them, and some liveaboards so famous that it seems like you’ve already sailed. Diving the Solomon Islands onboard the Bilikiki was just such an experience for me. The boat was the first liveaboard in the Solomons, operating here since 1989. Its melodious…

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Top Reasons You Should OptUnderwater

If you’re contemplating on your plans for the holiday season, here are our top reasons to OptUnderwater… OptUnderwater: the shopping crowds are a lot more fun to hang out with   OptUnderwater: because experiences are always better than things   OptUnderwater: to reduce your impact on the environment   OptUnderwater: […] The post Top Reasons…

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Delightful Dive Books for Young Children

Ocean-based books for young kids often have no true relation to the underwater world their scuba-diving parents love. However, we’ve scoured the bookshelves and found five delightful dive books for young children. The following books depict divers and realistic marine life in a way that that scuba-loving parents will respect and children will adore. “Manfish:…

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Mexico Creates Largest Ocean Reserve in North America

Many divers will have been to, or at least heard of, Socorro Island, part of the Revillagigedo Archipelago off Mexico’s Pacific Coast. In July 2016, UNESCO declared the archipelago a World Heritage site, and in late November of this year, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto designated the area the Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park, thereby creating…

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Where to Dive in the USA in December

December can be tricky. It’s cold up north, but, in many places, not cold enough yet for ice diving. But in a few locales, from Florida to Utah, the water hasn’t cooled off and nor should your enthusiasm for suiting up. Here are some top picks for getting your dive […] The post Where to…

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Photographer Spotlight: Edwar Herreno

In this ongoing series, we’ll chat with prominent and up-and-coming underwater photographers. Today we highlight Edwar Herreno.  Tell us a little about yourself. I was born in Colombia but now live in southern France. I’m a marine biologist and recreational/technical diving instructor. I was working in that capacity in Cocos Island, Costa Rica for 11…

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World Record Attempt in Victoria a Success!

More than 350 divers gathered in Victoria over the weekend to braved the rain in an attempt to set a new world record for the longest underwater chain of scuba divers. Divers came together at Rye Pier on the Mornington Peninsula on Saturday and joined hands to form a human […] The post World Record…

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Diver Killed by Tiger Shark at Cocos Island

On Thursday, Nov. 30, a tiger shark at Cocos Island, Costa Rica bit and killed a diver and injured the divemaster while they were awaiting pickup from their liveaboard’s skiff. The diver was a guest onboard the Undersea Hunter’s Sea Hunter when the unprovoked attack occurred. According to an official report, a female guest named…

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