Show the World what the Ocean and Great Lakes Mean to You

Cover Photo by Tane Casserley/NOAA Sanctuary Views runner-up: stacked river rock on Ruby Beach, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Credit: Selah Preskey Martin In celebration of the third annual National Get Into Your Sanctuary Day, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is hosting a photo contest. Each year, photographers from around our nation contribute stunning…

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The Hidden Gems of Southern Croatia

Written by guest blogger, Florine The first time I heard about scuba diving in Croatia, it was all about huge shipwrecks and incredible visibility, which is, of course, exciting. However, with such amazing nature above water, I was curious to check if this extended to the underwater world we scuba […] The post The Hidden…

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Ghost Nets: Underwater Dance to Save the Oceans

Artist Christine Ren is passionate about ocean conservation issues, and uses her unique outlook to shine a light on some of the most pressing. Here she chats with us about her latest project, focusing on ghost nets. [See image gallery at scubadiverlife.com] What inspired you to complete this project? I search for issues that inspire…

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Ten Lies Scuba Divers Tell Themselves

Usually a little white lie won’t hurt you, but these 10 lies scuba divers tell themselves can inflict some serious damage. Be honest and stop the tiny voice in your head from convincing you everything is fine when it’s not. If you’re not well enough for a dive, are in over your head (pun intended),…

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Spotlight on Andaman Islands – A Mission Blue Hope Spot

Photos supplied by Vikas Nairi In the Bay of Bengal, between the Indian peninsula and Myanmar lies the Andaman Islands – a vast and mostly uninhabited archipelago. The Islands may be India’s most remote state, but they, like many places in our world, are still largely vulnerable to the impacts […] The post Spotlight on…

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Applying the PADI Rescue Diver Course in the Real World

You must complete the PADI Rescue Diver course if you decide to become a dive-industry professional, but even if you intend to remain a recreational diver, the course is well worthwhile. Although the course can be a lot of fun, there are some serious considerations when it comes to applying learned skills and techniques to…

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WW1 wreck HMS Drake has been awarded Monument Status

There has been exciting news in Ireland; the WW1 wreck HMS Drake has been awarded Monument Status. The wreck, situated in Church Bay at Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland sunk in 1917 after being torpedoed by a German U boat. Despite being damaged by a fishing trawler, which subsequently sank […] The post WW1 wreck…

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Top Tips to Avoid Seasickness

Many divers experience seasickness while spending time on boats in between dives, be it on the way to the dive site or during their surface interval. This type of motion sickness occurs when the inner ear detects motion but the eyes can’t confirm the motion. If it’s severe, seasickness can ruin a diver’s day. Luckily…

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Top Six Mistakes New Divers Make

Passing your initial scuba training takes hard work and dedication. In your Open Water class, you learn many foundational skills. You’ll expand on the basics in Advanced Open Water by completing deeper dives and practicing some task loading. But AOW is just the beginning of a long road when it comes to gathering diving knowledge,…

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The surprising Marine Life of the British Isles

When first thinking about the marine life of the British Isles some would imagine the occasional mackerel flashing by in the green waters as the most exciting encounter you’d have. However, as those who venture into the colder waters know, this isn’t the case. We spoke to Lloyd Jones, underwater […] The post The surprising…

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