Technical Diving for Beginners

The phrase “technical diving” often evokes images of divers carrying several tanks and lots of additional gear. These heavily laden, heavily experienced divers head off into deep waters towards challenging shipwrecks, or into caves. And while some of these images are truly awe-inspiring, technical diving for beginners can be much simpler. Here we’ll feature some…

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Vertigo and Vomiting While Diving

Divers may have the ability to breathe underwater, but we’re still human. There may come a time when you need to cough, sneeze, vomit, or experience vertigo underwater. It’s not safe to rush to the surface, so what do you do? Coughing / Choking The gas you breathe from a […] The post Vertigo and…

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Top Five Places to Dive with Seals

  Diving or snorkeling with seals (or sea lions) is one of the most thrilling underwater experiences of all. There are numerous species all over the planet, and many of them are quite curious about people. For the cold-water lovers, diving with the leopard seal, Antarctica’s apex predator, is one of the ocean’s most unique…

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Photographing the Ocean’s Apex Predators

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your photography My name is Sumer Verma, and I am an underwater photographer from India. I started out as a dive instructor but soon became fascinated with underwater photography and have been doing it for the past 15 years. I find underwater […] The post Photographing the…

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Reef Check EcoDiver Program      

The international non-profit Reef Check Foundation is dedicated to conserving two ecosystems: tropical coral reefs and California rocky reefs. With headquarters in Los Angeles and volunteer teams in more than 90 countries, Reef Check works to create partnerships among community volunteers, government agencies, businesses, universities and other non-profits. Reef Check’s goals include educating the public…

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PADI AmbassaDiver, Manuel Bustelo on Shark Diving Tourism

I was aware that in the Bahamas and elsewhere, bait is used to attract sharks to groups of divers in controversial “shark feedings”. When I arrived in Roatan, I heard that Sergio from Roatan Marine Life was running shark diving of this type. I found that shark week was the ideal moment […] The post PADI AmbassaDiver,…

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Running a Green Fins Top 10 Dive Center: Scuba Junkie

Scuba Junkie is an award-winning dive operator with resorts in Sabah, Malaysia, as well as Komodo and Sangalaki in Indonesia. Conservation of the local environment both above and below the waves has been at the heart of Scuba Junkie’s ethos from inception. It’s the No. 2-ranked Green Fins dive center in the world. The center…

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PADI AmbassaDiver Jillian Morris Dives with Shark Attack Survivor

PADI AmbassaDiverTM Jillian Morris has dedicated her life to promoting and protecting sharks. After snorkeling with a nurse shark as a child, Jillian was inspired to learn more about the ocean and the sharks who live there. She studied behavioral biology and eventually became a PADI Divemaster and led shark-focused […] The post PADI AmbassaDiver…

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Florida’s Underwater Archaeological Preserves: SS Tarpon

If you’re looking for a shipwreck with a fascinating history near Panama City, Florida, it’s time to visit SS Tarpon. This late 19th-century steamship is one of Florida’s 12 Underwater Archaeological Preserves. SS Tarpon is an oasis of marine life. It also offers great lobster fishing and has a fascinating tale concerning its final voyage at…

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Why Does Shark Finning Happen?

On their recent expedition to Cocos Island, a global hotbed of shark activity, Mission Blue sat down with Randall Arauz, a lifelong marine conservationist and recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2010 for his efforts in protecting sharks and the banning of the shark finning industry in Costa Rica. […] The post Why Does…

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