Scuba Diving in Indonesia is a Dream Come True

As our boat approached a white sandbar in the middle of the ocean in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, one of the girls onboard turned to the rest of us and said in her charming accent, “Is this a dream?” This simple question spoke volumes. We didn’t need to answer. Rather, we just offered an affirmation: “Exactly.”…

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Myoungho Noh Joins the PADI AmbassaDiver Family

We’re thrilled to welcome Myoungho Noh to the PADI AmbassaDiver family! Not only is he a PADI Course Director but he was also the first PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer from Korea. We got to know him a little better and learnt about some of his favourite freediving moments and what […] The post Myoungho Noh…

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Celebrating the Third International Year of the Reef

Divers, more than most people, appreciate the value of coral reefs. They have seen firsthand a reef’s stunning beauty and, in recent decades, alarming damage and bleaching. This year marks the third International Year of the Reef, an opportunity to celebrate and protect the reefs that are so vital to ocean health. The third International…

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NOAA Marine Sanctuary Shipwrecks: the SS Winfield Scott

Decades before the famous Panama Canal was constructed, the journey through the Panamanian jungle to another ship was the most efficient way for ambitious gold-seekers to travel from the East Coast of the United States to the West. With the onset of the California Gold Rush, steamships were in constant competition to reach higher speeds…

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The Great Barrier Reef: Is it Okay?

The word on the street is that the Great Barrier Reef is nearly dead, or at least certainly dying. A tragedy of this scale would be hard to fathom, not only for tourism but also for the incredibly complex and vast number of species that rely on a coral-reef ecosystem for survival. Coral bleaching is…

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My 5 Top Tips for Wreck Diving

By guest blogger Alexandra Dimitriou Wreck diving is exhilarating. Wreck diving is special. Wreck diving may be more extreme than regular diving, and it demands a greater respect, but it’s easy to get the most out of wrecks while keeping yourself out if the danger zone. Perhaps wreck is so exhilarating […] The post My 5…

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Training Fundamentals: Checking Your Cylinder Valve

Spend time with any seasoned professional diver and they’ll share some of the rookie mistakes they’ve seen while guiding certified divers. It’s surprisingly common, for example, for a diver to enter the water without his cylinder valve in the correct position. This can lead to embarrassment at best and a potentially serious accident at worst….

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Marine Species: Flying Gurnard

One peculiarity of diving that never gets old — indeed, it’s addicting — is that we can fulfill childhood dreams of flying. Underwater we can soar across deep canyons, buzz over sandy bottoms, or zoom in and out of swim-throughs. For most fish, of course, this power is common, mundane, unremarkable. For most, that is,…

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Virtual Dives Bring National Marine Sanctuaries to the Surface

As scuba divers know, the underwater world is awe-inspiring. And now, thanks to 360-degree photography and virtual-reality technology, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can introduce this experience to wider audiences on virtual dives. With the launch of a new virtual dive gallery, the underwater treasures that sanctuaries protect are as close as your fingertips….

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