Marine Studies with Waverly College and Dive Centre Bondi

Photos supplied by Waverly College As a teenager, how many days did you spend looking out the class window, dreaming of the ocean? For students at Waverly College in Sydney there’s really no need. For the second year, Marine Studies has been offered to students as a Stage 6 subject. This […] The post Marine Studies…

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Natural Navigation Underwater

 After learning about underwater navigation in their open-water class, many divers rely entirely on their divemaster or dive guide to point the way on every dive thereafter. But determining your location is a vital skill, both by using a compass and natural navigation underwater. In two previous articles, we addressed general ways to improve your…

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Scuba Diving in Santo Island, Vanuatu

If you are going to Vanuatu for a dive vacation, you’ll almost certainly end up on Santo Island (Espiritu Santo), diving the wreck of the famed SS President Coolidge. With wreck depths between 70 feet (21 m) and 240 feet (73 m), the island’s main attraction is a tec diver’s paradise. But crystalline waters and…

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When Scuba Cylinders Go Bad

Depending on where you’re diving, you may know them as scuba cylinders, tanks or bottles. These aluminum or steel vessels retain our breathing gas at incredibly high pressures. Modern regulators then convert that high-pressure gas to intermediate and then ambient pressure, meaning that, whatever your depth, you should receive a smooth flow of breathing gas….

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Top Places for Muck Diving

Diving pioneer Bob Halstead coined the term “muck diving” when describing the diving off black-sand beaches in Papua New Guinea. This unusual type of diving has become quite popular, and involves diving on sites with sandy or silty bottoms, slowly searching the area for the critters found there. Some of the top places for muck diving…

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Dream Diving in the UK with AmbassaDiver Gemma Smith: Part 2

AmbassaDiver, Gemma Smith‘s, previous post focused on the history of the UK’s waters. Here she continues her exploration, looking at the array of UK marine life on offer… If it’s big fish and marine life encounters that you crave, the UK can also provide plenty of that. Lying off the coast […] The post Dream Diving…

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Coping with Seasickness

Seasickness on a dive boat can ruin anyone’s day out. Sometimes you feel sick on the boat and sometimes you feel sick underwater. This can lead to that dreaded occurrence: throwing up into your regulator. We’ll address that situation in a later article, but first let’s discuss why you get seasick in the first place,…

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Dream Diving in the UK with AmbassaDiver Gemma Smith: Part 1

This post about diving in the UK was written by AmbassaDiver Gemma Smith Ask most divers where their dream location to dive is, and you probably won’t be surprised by the answers; The Maldives, The Great Barrier Reef, The Red Sea, Thailand, Mexico… Too many wonderful places to go, and […] The post Dream Diving…

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Buying Dive Gear for Kids

We’ve all heard it — buy your own dive gear as soon as possible. It’ll fit better and you’ll be safer on dives, as you’ll know your way around your gear. But kids grow fast and dive gear is expensive. So how do you buy dive gear for kids without breaking the bank? It’s all…

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