Photographer Spotlight: Ron Watkins

In this series of articles, we’ll shine a spotlight on some of the world’s best underwater photographers. Today we highlight Ron Watkins.  Tell us a bit about yourself. My father learned to dive in the 1950s and first ignited my passion and respect for the underwater world. When I was a teenager he took me…

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Timor-Leste, where’s that?

Guest Article by Ollie Clarke About a year ago, when I first started to tell friends and family I was moving to Timor-Leste to work as a PADI Instructor, the response I got was either, “umm is that … in Africa?” Or, “Ooo err is that safe?” Well having lived […] The post Timor-Leste, where’s…

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6 Reasons You Should Take The Project AWARE Dive Against Debris Specialty

PADI is committed to protecting and preserving our oceans, and part of this involves educating divers on how they can play their part.  That’s why we’ve partnered up with Project AWARE® to offer three specialty courses – the Project AWARE Specialty, the AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty and the Dive Against […] The post 6 Reasons…

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The Greatest Hits of the Galapagos Islands

“You’ve got to respect the place that you are diving. The Galapagos Islands are like nowhere else.” So says Ruly Menoscal, the lead guide on my 10-day cruise aboard the Galapagos Master. And boy is he right — diving in the Galapagos is like an all-you-can-eat buffet of only your favorite dishes. There’s no throwaway…

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Training Fundamentals: Top Tips for Drift Diving

Most initial diver training takes place in relatively calm conditions, such as secluded lagoons, simple reefs or a freshwater lake. However, as divers progress to advanced dive sites, they often face strong currents — and that’s not a bad thing. Currents bring the nutrients, and nutrients bring the life that divers want to see. Drift…

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World’s Leading Diver Training Agency Engages the Dive Community in the UAE in Tackling Ocean Pollution

Written by Katie Crowe PADI urges divers in UAE to make their dives count for ocean conservation by removing marine debris and reporting the data through Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris citizen-science programme 13 September 2018 – PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) and Project AWARE®, a global non-profit organisation […] The post World’s Leading…

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Incredible Freediver Initiatives doing the Impossible for Marine Conservation

Written by Sarah Russell Thanks to the efforts of freedivers and conservationists across the world, insights are being discovered to help shape the way we protect and conserve marine life, as well as to improve marine education and sustainability overall. Here are three initiatives in particular that are worth knowing […] The post Incredible Freediver…

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Removing Hurricane Irma Marine Debris in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

One year after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc across the Florida Keys, local dive-tour operators and other businesses are helping identify and remove lobster traps, fishing gear, construction materials, and other debris from the waters of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The initiative known as “Goal: Clean Seas Florida Keys” enlists Blue Star dive operators in…

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Best All-Inclusive Resorts That Include Diving

With unlimited diving, dining and playtime, vacations don’t get any easier than the all-inclusive approach. These 9 spots are perfect for a laidback escape.   Bahamas – Sandals View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sandals Resorts (@sandalsresorts) on Jun 14, 2018 at 9:27am PDT The Bahamas have […] The post Best All-Inclusive…

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