Diving Fundamentals: Underwater Navigation Techniques

During introductory dive training, your instructor will introduce underwater navigation techniques. Typically, you’ll learn basic compass use and how to navigate a standard out-and-back reciprocal course. Many divers stop learning there, happy to follow the divemaster, instructor or guide on subsequent dives. However, there are many good reasons to nurture your underwater navigation techniques and…

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NOAA Marine Sanctuary Shipwrecks: the Dixie Arrow

North Carolina’s Outer Banks are beautiful and treacherous. Hidden shoals and dangerous currents have sunk thousands of vessels and claimed countless mariners throughout the centuries. These tragedies have earned the area the nickname “the Graveyard of the Atlantic.” During World War II, war raged off the coast of North Carolina. The Battle of the Atlantic,…

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The Effect of Finding Dory on the Marine Environment

The Finding Nemo and Finding Dory films offered memorable moments, such as the endearing line, “just keep swimming.” The movies, although animated, also introduced many viewers to a few of the numerous species that inhabit the ocean. The films also included messages about environmental conservation and the importance of healthy reef systems. Unfortunately, it also…

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8 Surprising Facts About Dolphins

In honor of Dolphin Day, here are some of our favorite facts about dolphins. By the end of this article you will appreciate these amazing creatures even more! Dolphins have no sense of smell Dolphins are well-known for their extraordinary hearing, but did you know: they have no sense of […] The post 8 Surprising…

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Australian Researchers Discover Why Whales Breach

Researchers studying humpback whales in Queensland, Australia have discovered that whales breach to communicate with other pods of whales, up to 2.5 miles (4 km) away. The journal Marine Mammal Science published their findings in November 2016. Researchers studied the whales’ surface behaviors as part of the Behavioral Response of Australian Humpback Whales to Seismic Surveys…

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Choosing a BCD: Jacket or Wing

As a casual recreational diver, chances are you’re using a jacket-style BCD. At some point, though, you’ll likely see divers wearing wing-style BCDs. What’s the difference, and is one better than the other? Here’s a rundown of both so you can make an informed selection when it comes to choosing a BCD. Jacket-style BCDs By…

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Top Scuba Diving Destinations: Marine Sanctuaries & Hope Spots

When planning your next dive trip, set a course for a marine sanctuary or Hope Spot. These ecologically-diverse areas are known for unusual critters, animal migrations, or other features that warrant special protection. By visiting these areas, you’re investing in both local conservation efforts and exceptional diving memories. Marine Sanctuaries […] The post Top Scuba…

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NOAA’s Ocean Guardian Dive Club

If your kids are new divers and interested in ocean conservation, NOAA’s Ocean Guardian Dive Club offers a fun (and educational way) to teach them how to make a difference when it comes to the environment. Read on to find out about NOAA’s Ocean Guardian Dive Club and what your youngest dive buddy will learn….

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All the Best of Wakatobi

In the very southeastern region of Sulawesi, between the Banda and Flores Seas, sits a small group of islands known as the Tukangbesi Islands. Jacques Cousteau dove the region first, which he christened an “underwater Nirvana.” Today, these islands are known as Wakatobi. Wakatobi Dive Resort has more than 43 documented dive sites. I have visited…

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