Inspiring PADI Divemaster & Conservationist Maddie Kaufman

Maddie Kaufman is a marine biologist, PADI Divemaster, conservation advocate, shark defender and winner of PADI’s Inspiring Women contest for Ocean Health. Diver and sustainable engineer Katy Roth nominated Maddie for being a “fearless, selfless, hilarious diver who deserves recognition for her inspiring work.” In addition to working on a […] The post Inspiring PADI…

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Photographer Spotlight: Christian Miller

In an ongoing series, we’ll chat with prominent and up-and-coming underwater photographers. Today we sit down with Christian Miller. Tell us a little about yourself. I became a professional diver in 2002 and have lived and worked in the Caribbean, Central America, Asia, and Australia. My desire to help the marine environment grew along with…

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Top Five Reasons to Dive in Tasmania

  It’s off the beaten path The island of Tasmania sits 150 miles (240 km) south of the Victoria coastline in Australia. Although it is isolated, you can take a ferry from Melbourne to Devenport. Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart is big enough to have museums (MONA, one of the world’s best) and great restaurants,…

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Marine Species: The Lionfish

  What is a lionfish? The red lionfish, pterois volitans, is native to the Indo-Pacific. The most common species have white and red/black/brown-striped patterns.  Their characteristic venomous dorsal spikes fan out like a mane, hence the name “lionfish.” There are 18 different known species, varying in size and pattern, such as the red lionfish and…

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It’s a Travellers Life for Me!

By guest blogger, Lowri James Bodies of water make up around 71% of the Earth’s surface, 96.5% of which is our oceans. Therefore, one of the many amazing things about being a scuba diver is it means that almost anywhere you go on Earth there is an opportunity to explore the underwater […] The post It’s a…

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Ocean Sanctuaries Offers Marine Citizen Science Projects

Established in 2014, Ocean Sanctuaries creates and supports marine citizen science projects for divers around the world. Citizen science, or community science, has gained ground as a discipline recently, providing accurate and reliable data. Ocean Sanctuaries, based in San Diego, offers divers a variety of marine citizen projects. Sharks of California “Sharks of California” is open…

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Documenting Arctic Giants in the Fjords of Northern Norway – Part Two

Part two of Documenting Arctic Giants in the Fjords of Northern Norway By AmbassaDiver™ Birgitta Mueck In the afternoon we started to head back to the local fishing harbour, when a big group of Orcas rushed into the fjord. The animals energetically started to circle around in the water not far […] The post Documenting Arctic…

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Eight Ugliest Ocean Creatures

Some ocean critters are cute. Some are giant, and some are weird. And some are downright unattractive. Although we hesitate to use the word “ugly,” it’s true that some marine creatures are far less fetching than others. In no specific order, then, here are eight of the ugliest ocean creatures.  Anglerfish Illustration Anglerfish The anglerfish…

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The World’s Best Blackwater Dives

An entirely new cast of characters comes to life at night on the reef. Night diving feels mysterious. Sounds are amplified, and you can only see as far as the end of your torch beam. But unlike typical night dives, wherein you’ve got the reef as reference, blackwater dives often take place in open ocean. This…

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Diving with Blue Marlin and Oceanic Whitetip Sharks

Written by PADI AmbassaDiver Gerardo del Villar   I have been photographing sharks for more than 10 years, and without a doubt, Oceanic Whitetip Sharks have the strongest personality of all the sharks I have ever interacted with.  During the months of May and April, these powerful sharks arrive in […] The post Diving with…

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