Certified for Life: Good or Bad Idea?

The joys of diving can change your whole life forever, but diving can also end your life in a few minutes if you get into an unexpected, perilous situation. Is one course — taken one time — sufficient to ensure we and the divers we dive with are prepared for unexpected, potentially fatal situations? Would…

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5 Ways to Become a Better Diver

You’ve completed at least your Open Water course, and maybe you’ve bagged some dives. Entry level courses teach us the basics but we can always learn more! We dive because it enables us to temporarily become members of a fascinating, ethereal underwater world, allowing us to experience sensations and see amazing sites non-divers never do….

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Save a Sea Turtle and Save Your Sanity!

Have you ever heard of “giver’s high?” No, you don’t get it from an illegal substance! Researchers coined the name “giver’s high” to the feeling we get when we donate our time and / or money to a cause we care about. It’s pretty obvious that the person, organization, animal or cause benefits when they…

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Should Divers Feed Sharks?

If you’ve ever been on a shark dive where the sharks were lured in by some type of bait, then you know how exhilarating (and maybe a little scary!) it can feel to be up close and personal with these magnificent predators. Should dive operators feed sharks? As with many things, there are arguments on…

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Night Diving: Not As Scary As You Might Think! Here Are Some Tips

Mother Ocean transforms herself once the sun sets. Descending into inky blackness seeing only the things our light beam lands upon is a feeling like none other. A bit spooky, yes, but if you’ve never tried it, you’re missing out on a big part of the joys of diving. What Will You See at Night?…

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Shore Diving: A LOT to Be Desired!

While there’s nothing better than rolling or stepping off a boat right above your dive site, shore diving can pretty be cool — and best of all — it can be pretty affordable! Whether you have access to shore diving near where you live or while on a dive trip, shore diving has a lot…

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Ouch! Don’t Get Stung While Diving

Underwater, you should only have to avoid sharks and animals that bite, right? (See our earlier post for tips on dealing with hazardous marine animals!) A lot of sea creatures use venom to kill prey and defend themselves. Fortunately for us, humans are not their normal prey — however, it can mean bad news for…

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OTC Drugs and Diving – Here’s What You Should Know

In today’s world, over-the-counter (OTC) medications are considered an everyday norm. Most of us all have a variety of “harmless” medications in our medicine cabinet — things like aspirin, decongestants, and antacids. While this works great for day-to-day life, under the water, even the most seemingly innocent of medicines can have profound negative side effects….

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Shark, Gator, Eel? How Do You React When You See One Diving?

There’s a saying that civilization ends at the water line. It can be daunting being in the open water. But should you be afraid? While the risk of being bitten by dangerous marine life is there, if you’re careful, it’s highly unlikely to happen. However, what do you do when the worst case scenario DOES…

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