Second Garbage Patch Discovered in Pacific Ocean

 Most divers know about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area of up to 5 million square miles north of Hawaii, which holds an estimated 100,000 plastic particles per kilometer. The plastic was drawn there by the North Pacific Gyre, formed by four prevailing ocean currents and moving in a clockwise circular pattern. Rotating currents…

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And the Winners of the PADI 4 Marine Animals Contest Are…

In November 2016, PADI® announced our Four Pillars of Change, to help connect the PADI community to the ocean causes they care about. In line with this we put the call out for our community to tell us about their favorite marine animal OR a marine life encounter they’ve experienced. We […] The post And the…

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What’s in Your Drybag?

I’ve been diving for years and have never once brought a drybag onto a boat with me. I just never saw the point. If I didn’t want something to get wet, then I didn’t bring it onto the boat. That’s pretty much been my motto for two decades. But recently I had the pleasure of…

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Introduction to Commercial Diving

You may occasionally find yourself, during your work day, staring at a cubicle wall and dreaming of a more exciting career. And, if you’re a recreational diver, it’s not uncommon to wonder about commercial diving in those moments. After all, could it really be that different? Why not get paid for your hobby? Commercial diving,…

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Teaching Your Kids to Dive: PADI Junior Rescue Diver

There are several levels of PADI certifications for children starting at age 8. We’ve outlined course options including Bubblemaker, PADI Seal Team, Discover Scuba Diving, Junior Open Water,  and PADI Junior Specialty Diver. Today we’ll discuss PADI Junior Rescue Diver. Once your child has completed his Open Water certification, he should spend as much time…

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Basic Caribbean Coral Identification Part II: Soft Corals

Corals fall into two general categories: hard and soft coral. In our first Caribbean coral identification story, we talked about 10 common stony corals. Today we’ll cover 10 common soft corals. The biggest difference between them is that stony corals have a hard calcium-carbonate skeleton while soft corals are flexible. You’ll often see soft corals…

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Top Five Hardest to Spot Marine Creatures

Has a dive buddy ever tried to grab your attention and point at a rock or bit of stray seaweed with extreme enthusiasm, only for you to stare blankly at nothing? After emerging from the dive the first thing they usually say is “did you see that?!” Many of our favorite underwater critters have excellent…

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Mike Coots’ Top 5 Tips for Shark Photography

When it comes to getting the perfect shot, there’s not doubt that patience and experience go a long way. However, when your subject is one of the top apex predators on the planet, it’s helpful to know a few more tips and tricks. Shark-bite survivor, shark advocate, surfer, and photographer […] The post Mike Coots’…

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WWII History in Gizo and New Georgia

World War II battles engulfed much of the Solomon Islands from 1942 to 1945, leaving behind evidence of these fights both topside and underwater. On a recent visit to the islands of Gizo and Munda in the remote Western Province, this history came alive. Visiting Gizo Tiny Gizo and much larger New Georgia are both…

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Cave Diver Trapped For 60 Hours

  A cave diver was trapped for 60 hours in a small cave in Mallorca after getting lost. Xisco Gracia, 54, a local diver and geology teacher, and his buddy, Guillem Mascaro, had spent many weekends exploring and mapping the island’s underwater cave systems, and this dive started out no different. The dive began when…

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