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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Capitol Hill Ocean Week Recap

  From Tuesday, June 13 to Thursday, June 15, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation hosted Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), the nation’s premiere ocean-policy conference to celebrate our ocean and Great Lakes. This year’s conference brought together an interdisciplinary audience of over 700 passionate individuals from the private sector, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to…

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Disabled Veterans Benefit from Scuba Diving at PADI Dive Shops

Patriots for Disabled Divers (PFDD) offers therapeutic scuba training and experiences to people with disabilities through affiliate PADI dive shops in eleven states (and growing). Founded in 2009 by Jeff Currer, a retired US Navy Captain and his wife Merial, Patriots for Disabled Divers has trained more than 600 wounded […] The post Disabled Veterans…

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Scuba Diving in Terceira

All alone in the North Atlantic, 850 miles west of mainland Portugal, are the nine volcanic islands of the Azores. Divided into western, middle and eastern groups, charming Terceira sits right in the middle. An easy 4-hour direct flight from Boston to Terceira puts this exotic-seeming destination within easy reach for a long weekend. One…

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Kimbe Bay: The Coral Crucible of Papua New Guinea

A line of thought within the marine-scientific community holds that the first corals probably originated in this large, sheltered bay, roughly one-third of the way along the north coast of New Britain island. Diving in Kimbe Bay leaves little doubt of the area’s diversity because the numbers, as they say, cannot lie. Depending on which…

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Florida’s Underwater Archaeological Preserves: USS Massachusetts (BB-2)

Florida’s Underwater Archaeological Preserves form a heritage diving trail, made up of 12 historically significant shipwrecks from different time periods. San Pedro wrecked in 1733; SS Copenhagen wrecked in 1900; and Vamar wrecked in 1942, for example. A member of the public nominates potential preserves, which must be easily accessible, host a variety of sea…

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Time to Get on the PADI Professional Ladder

By guest Blogger and PADI professional, Lowri James For Oli and I, the decision to become PADI Divemasters was a long-term investment in our future and dream of living abroad, working in the scuba diving industry.  We applied for, and were granted, a 3-month sabbatical from our jobs in the UK […] The post Time to…

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