Throwing Up in Your Regulator

  As an instructor who trains divers in surge-y conditions, it is difficult to look a seasick student in the eyes and encourage them to throw up into their regulator. After throwing up at a depth of 190 feet, on night dives with hungry fish, and floating at the surface in rough waves, I have…

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My PADI Story: Sine Sara

Photo by Nashville Severance When Sine Sara first learnt to dive on her gap year, she never dreamed is would change her life like this. Three years later, Sine is a PADI Dive Instructor living out her dream in Thailand.  When did you start diving? I went on a gap […] The post My PADI…

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Could a Plastic-Eating Caterpillar Fix Global Plastic Pollution?

  A Spanish biologist and amateur beekeeper, Federica Bertocchini, has discovered a plastic-eating caterpillar that could help address global plastic pollution. Bertocchini accidentally discovered the caterpillar’s ability during routine beehive maintenance, and both she and her peers have since studied the phenomenon at the University of Cambridge. The scientific journal Current Biology published their findings…

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26 International Artists Paint to Give the Oceans a Voice

  PangeaSeed Foundation, in partnership with the Napier City Council and Alternative Arts Initiative, presented Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans in Napier, Hawke’s Bay. This event, in its second year, ran from March 19 to 26 with the creative participation of 26 internationally renowned muralists. Artists, volunteers and project partners […] The post 26 International…

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NOAA Marine Sanctuary Shipwrecks: The Maui Helldiver

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is well known for the animals it protects. Each winter, roughly 12,000 humpback whales visit its waters to mate, give birth, and raise their calves. But in the ocean surrounding the eight main Hawaiian Islands, curious divers can also find traces of our nation’s maritime history. During World…

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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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