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Where to Go Scuba Diving in Marathon, Florida

Marathon, an ocean-obsessed town encompassing 13 of the Florida Keys, is the perfect dive hub for reefs and wrecks with fewer crowds than the famed Key West. It also offers plenty of topside attractions for salty surface intervals: It’s home to Mote’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration and site of its annual Coralpalooza, a celebration where divers outplant coral to restore the country’s largest reef. You’ll also find the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, which nurses and releases sea turtles, and the Dolphin Research Center.

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Meet the Man Who Dives the Great Wall of China

Steven Schwankert stands on the boat after a Great Wall dive.

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What is a PADI Cavern Diver Certification?

Overhead environments like the underwater caves found in Mexico, Florida and Hawaii can tempt adventurous divers. But without proper training and equipment, the darkened depths of water-filled rooms and tunnels are also among the riskiest dives you can make.

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Do Any Ocean Animals Get Sunburns?

Question: Do any ocean animals have to worry about getting sunburned? If not, why? — Rachel G

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Why Scuba Diving Should Be Considered a Wellness Activity

Scuba diving can be tailored to meet many needs, including overall wellness. The first inhale from a regulator underwater, that overwhelming feeling of calm when surrounded by water on all sides, at peace as you watch the seagrass ebb and flow with the current. To some, scuba diving is a hobby of thrill-seekers; to others, a mental escape and for even more, it is both.

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Learning to Dive with a Full Face Mask

Kneeling in the silty bottom of De Leon Springs, I prepared to remove my full face mask. My instructor, a veteran of the PADI Full Face Mask course, signaled I was OK to proceed and I replied with the same affirmative hand gesture.

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Thirteen Underwater Video Lights Reviewed by ScubaLab

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Objective testing was conducted at Wilger Testing Co., an accredited, independent facility in Sarasota, Florida. Lights were tested using an integrating sphere, an industry-standard testing device that measures a light’s total output, in lumens, without regard to its beam angle; correlated color temperature, in Kelvin; and color rendering index (CRI). To gauge both the output and burn time, each light was tested twice— once with fully charged/new batteries, and again after discharging for a continuous 60 minutes. Because dive lights are designed for use in water, many will electronically reduce their output after a brief period of burning out of the water to avoid overheating. For this reason, measurements were taken immediately after turning on each light. After the first test, all lights were recharged or had batteries replaced, then allowed to burn on full power underwater for one hour, then tested again.

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The New Apple Watch Ultra is Also a Dive Computer

Apple’s latest, most advanced watch created to date, the Apple Watch Ultra, is the first smartwatch designed to double as a dive computer. The Apple Watch Ultra ($799+) was unveiled at Apple’s annual summer event earlier this month alongside two other new Apple watches, the Apple Watch Series 8 ($399+) and the Apple Watch SE ($249+). Of the three new Apple watches, only the Apple Watch Ultra is the only one equipped to function as a dive computer.

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Get Your Green On When You Support PADI Adopt the Blue Operators

Not long ago, cruising to a dive site offshore the coast of California, folks on board spotted something. I ended up diverting course three times on the way to the first site. It wasn’t for whale, dolphin, sea lions or Mola mola watching, nor was it to assist another vessel. We diverted to pick up six plastic bottles and two partially deflated, floating polychloroprene balloons that had blown offshore – no doubt released from a birthday party or some other sort of celebration. Going out of the way to pick up trash wasn’t as common years ago, but it’s a clear sign of our times. Dive vessels now routinely stop to do what they can to pick up debris. 

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Thank You Scuba Diving Magazine's 2022 Photo Contest Sponsors

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Staff Favorites From Our 2022 Photo Contest

Each year, Scuba Diving magazine staffers get together to pore over thousands of photo contest submissions with the goal of finding those sacred few that everyone can agree are the clear winners. As you can imagine, this is one of the most contentious meetings of the year! A contest as subjective as underwater photography is bound to spur disagreement. Inevitably, we all end up with a photo or two that we feel was unjustly snubbed—or one that we simply enjoyed even though it didn’t clinch the win this time.

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17 Incredible Underwater Images from Scuba Diving Magazine's Photo Contest

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Winning Images from Scuba Diving's 2022 Underwater Photo Contest

Skillful underwater photography has the ability to inspire us, transport us to new worlds, and reveal places we never knew existed. Technical expertise and opportunity converge, generating images that stun our readers and stretch the imagination. These winning photos bring the underwater world to life in ways that make us reach for our fins, itching to feel the pressure of several atmospheres cradling us beneath the surface, holding us steady in the places that bring us endless joy. Each year, as we judge the thousands of submissions that come flooding in—exactly 2,590 this go-round—we fall in love with the ocean all over again.

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Is Scuba Diving Unhealthy?

Scuba diving gives us the chance to explore an extra 71% of our Blue Planet. It allows divers to escape from their everyday lives and enter a world filled with extraordinary life. As a diver you might be wondering if scuba diving is unhealthy? This question can solely depend on your health history, the type of diving you’re doing, and if you’re following proper safety procedures. As a diver, it is important to consider that there are some medical risks involved with scuba diving. However, if you are scuba diving carefully, following all safety procedures, then it can be a great way to promote good health.

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Can I Dive Without My PADI Card?

A PADI® certification card unlocks adventure anywhere there’s water, but what if you accidentally leave your PADI card at home?

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Bonus Hobbies Some Divers Pick Up

Becoming a certified diver allows you to explore an extra 70% of the world. Divers from all over the globe claim that diving has changed their life in some sort of way. After becoming a diver, you might notice yourself making personal lifestyle changes or you might even pick up on some new hobbies. Having hobbies in, on, or near the water can really help divers stay connected with the underwater world, while also learning more about it.

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Meet Scuba Diving Magazine's 2022 Photo Contest Winners

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How to Get Creative with Your Underwater Backlighting

Light and shadow are two fundamental elements of photography. They guide the viewer’s eye through the scene, create contrast and provide depth that makes the image feel less two-dimensional.

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Where to Go Scuba Diving in Croatia

With over 1,100 islands dotting Croatia’s more-than 1,000 mile coastline, the Adriatic Sea is practically begging divers to explore it. These waters, best known for their dazzling blue hue and spectacular visibility all year, are filled with historic artifacts, gargantuan limestone caverns and well-preserved wrecks dating back to the 2nd century B.C.

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Innovative Ways PADI Dive Shops Are Making Scuba Diving More Sustainable

Like many activities we engage in, scuba diving does, unfortunately, leave a carbon footprint on the environment. It can feel counterintuitive, because we often dive to feel more attuned to nature. When we are immersed in the natural wonders of the ocean, it may be easy to forget that our carbon footprint as divers can also affect these marine environments. However, flights, boat rides, accommodation, equipment and human presence at popular dive sites can all have a negative impact on the ocean. So, how can we create a sustainable diving industry?

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Becoming a PADI Diver to Create Ocean Change – One Marine Biologist’s Story

Have you ever thought about what it’s like to be part of history and witness it happening first hand? That’s what life was like for Joan Li, a dive instructor and marine biologist, in 2020. 

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Glowing Fish That Produce Antifreeze Discovered in the Arctic

Scientists have discovered a glowing snailfish in the Arctic full of naturally occurring antifreeze proteins that help it survive in subzero waters.

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An Interview with PADI Diver Sophie Morgan – Award-Winning Disability Advocate & TV Presenter

This summer, British TV personality and disability advocate, Sophie Morgan, went diving for the first time in the Maldives. The celeb was hosting an inauguration ceremony to celebrate that the Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences has become the world’s first accessibility and inclusion certified resort when she decided to take the plunge.

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7 Tips to Help You Master Freediving Photography

Ever looked at an underwater image and wished that you were the person behind the camera? As a freediver, you have the power to dive beneath the surface, and with proper training and an underwater camera, you, too, can learn to produce amazing photographs and videos of marine life, shipwrecks and other divers. Freediving photography is certainly challenging, but the trick is to just dive in and start practicing.

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Dugongs Declared Functionally Extinct in China

The dugong, affectionately known as “sea cows,” has been declared functionally extinct in China in the wake of an academic investigation that determined nobody has seen the marine mammal in the country since 2008.

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5 Hobbies Made Better by Scuba Diving

Scuba diving can be a great standalone activity, but it can also enhance some of your other hobbies, too. What do we mean? Well, getting in the water with a tank on your back, descending into the depths and taking in the underwater world provides you with transferable skills to make you a better freediver, surfer, photographer, etc. The list goes on and on, really. Here are just 5 of the many hobbies improved by scuba diving.

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Failure to Equalize | Lessons for Life

Zack was getting geared up for the first dive of his trip. He planned to make seven dives over the course of his vacation, and although it had been a long time since he had been underwater, he was excited to be back.

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6 Reasons Scuba Diving is Better Than Your Other Hobbies

Imagine for fun, that the world had to decide upon the best hobby. This hobby has to tick all the right boxes and sit above all the rest as the go-to hobby that everyone should consider taking up. We think this hobby would need to be fun, teach you new things, take you to new places and keep you fit and healthy, but to name a few of the key elements. To cut a long story short, we think scuba diving is the best hobby.

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Seeking a Lost Past in California's Waters

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How Creating an “I’m Anxious” Signal Changed This Dive Instructor’s Classes

It would happen regularly during my classes: someone would shoot up from the bottom of the pool to the surface, eyes large and white, fear across their faces, as they coughed and water spluttered from their nose and mouth. Most of the time it was the full face mask removal and clear skill that triggered it. Nose breathers particularly find this skill difficult—they need to change their breathing habits, instead relying on the regulator in their mouth for their much-needed breath. Inhaling through their nostrils would instantly mean a nose full of water.

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The Best Destinations for Underwater Photography

Frogfish are a reliable macro photography favorite on the reefs of Bonaire.

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400-Year-Old Wreck Discovered Well-Preserved in German River

Maritime archeologists in northern Germany have discovered a rare, 400-year-old shipwreck that is almost perfectly preserved.

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What is an SMB? + Tips on How to Use One

Safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to diving. When proper safety standards are practiced, you can enjoy stress-free dives, knowing you have taken all the necessary precautions. One of the safety accessories you should always carry is a surface marker buoy (SMB) and/or a delayed surface marker buoy (DSBM). Your first thought might be, what is an SMB? Or, what is a DSMB?

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Scuba Diving Tips for Beginners

Ask any experienced diver, and they will tell you about multiple times when they have thought, “with the benefit of hindsight…” or, “if I knew then what I know now, I would have done things differently.” The good news is that this doesn’t need to apply to you!

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What It's Like to be a Professional Mermaid

My trajectory to becoming a professional mermaid was a natural one. I grew up in a family of swimmers and always had a passion for the ocean and swimming.I learned to swim at the same time I learned to walk. Later, I went to Emerson College and I studied film and environmental science with a dream of starting a career in the underwater realm. Then I moved out to L.A. and worked as an underwater filmmaker and underwater scuba model. I saw freedivers for the first time while working on a documentary about them in Grand Cayman. That’s when I first saw monofins being used. I asked World Champion Canadian freediver, Mandy-Rae Cruikshank, if I could borrow hers to try it. Then I thought, wow, “what if I were a mermaid talking about the ocean instead of a random talking heads like in many documentaries?” And that’s how it all started.

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Inside An Action-Packed Family Dive Trip in Panama's Coiba National Park

Nestled in the remote fishing village of Pixvae, Ark Divers Scuba Lodge is a complete retreat.

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How to Get Into Scuba Diving

Whether you’ve just watched an awesome diving Instagram reel, or your friend just got their PADI Open Water Diver certification on vacation and you’re intrigued, you may be wondering how to start scuba diving? Rest assured, we’ve got the top tips on exactly how you can get start your own diving journey and get into the underwater world as soon as possible! Guess what? You can even start studying online, making it easier than ever to start scuba diving and get your certification.

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What It's Like Diving Australia's Neutrally-Buoyant Wonder Reef

Puffs of ocean mist linger above the horizon as humpback whales breach and slap their fins. From May to October, as the whales cruise the Queensland coastline to give birth and mate, the boat ride out to Wonder Reef doubles as a de facto whale watching trip.

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The Dos and Don'ts of Scuba Diving with Asthma

The author's snorkeling experiences drove her to ask: Can I dive despite my asthma?

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Discovery Channel Airs New Scuba Diving Show

Some 15 years ago, Eric Billips took a three-month sabbatical in the Florida Keys from his construction job in Michigan.

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What Is Scuba Diving?

Explained briefly, scuba diving is a water sport that involves breathing air from a tank while underwater. Scuba is an acronym for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.

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Climate Change is Revealing Sunken Histories Around the World

Climate change is often associated with sea-level rise, but extreme heat and abnormal weather patterns caused by the climate crisis have also led to historic and catastrophic drought conditions around the globe. As glaciers melt and water levels plunge, we’re discovering wrecks, corpses, ghost villages and other never-before-seen discoveries around the world.

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Erick Higuera Named September Sea Hero for Photo Identification Work

Award-winning underwater filmmaker and marine biologist Erick Higuera has spent more than 20 years diving and documenting his experiences in and around the Gulf of California and Mexico’s Revillagigedo Islands. His understanding of pelagic animals has led him to conduct photo-identification (photo-ID) research and maintain databases for oceanic manta rays, bottlenose dolphins and, more recently, orca pods in the Gulf of California.

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It’s No Small Wonder

The logistics involved in installing the world’s first purpose-built floating reef were challenging, but today, Australia’s Wonder Reef is open for scuba divers to explore.

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Nex Monterey Scuba Regulator: ScubaLab Testers Choice

We tested the Nex Monterey scuba regulator. Offering impressive performance and comfort, it was our Testers Choice for scuba regulators.

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Open Water vs. Junior Open Water Diver

You don’t have to be an adult to learn how to scuba dive. Kids’ natural curiosity and aptitude for learning make them some of the best scuba students.

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What is a PADI Drift Diver Course?

Drift diving moves divers along with the flow of the current so they can avoid swimming against it. The dive boat follows on the surface—rather than anchoring in a fixed location—ready to make a pickup downstream. The PADI Drift Diver specialty course teaches you skills to use for this “live boat” technique.

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Whale Shark Encounters Unfiltered

I have only experienced love at first sight once, and I’m not ashamed to admit it was with a fish, more specifically the world’s biggest fish, the whale shark! When I first came to Maldives, as a volunteer of Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP), the experience was the catalyst for my fascination with this iconic, endangered shark. Now working in the role of Lead In-Field Coordinator at MWSRP, a registered charity and Maldivian NGO, my job is one that involves a lot of different skills. One of the most valuable, physical skills in my artillery is freediving. While it is certainly possible to scuba dive with these gentle giants, I find that freediving really lends itself to encountering a whale shark for a variety of reasons. For the most part, when humans interact with these sharks in South Ari Atoll, it is mostly in the shallows where they come to thermoregulate after their deep dives. Sometimes whale sharks will cruise consistently at the surface for a while, other times they will parabola dive up and down in the water column. If you’re especially lucky, some individuals may even follow you out of curiosity. Regardless of the behaviour, my personal feeling is that the freedom from scuba equipment and safety stops accommodates whale shark viewing.

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The Hidden Wonders of Wreck Diving in Sudan's Central Red Sea

Mention wreck diving in the Red Sea, and divers will inundate you with the wonders of the north. Indeed, the Thistlegorm in the Strait of Gubal boasts an impressive wartime cargo of trucks, motorbikes and rifles entombed within its 415-foot-long hull. And you can’t overlook the collection aground on Sha’ab Abu Nuhas reef: Giannis D, Carnatic, Chrisoula K, Kimon M.

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How to Use a White-Balance Card for Taking Underwater Videos

Color in underwater video helps dictate the mood, creative aesthetic, and overall impact of the footage. This is particularly important on social media, where you may have less than a second to hook the viewer.

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Sailing Vessel Removes 96 Tons of Trash from Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Pacific Ocean is rid of 96 tons of plastic and garbage thanks to a sailing cargo ship named the KWAI. Operated by the Ocean Voyages Institute (OVI), the vessel sailed for 45 days in the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone. It targeted and removed ghost nets and plastic waste from the North Pacific Gyre/Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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XS Scuba Inspire Regulator: ScubaLab Best Buy

We tested the XS Scuba Inspire regulator. Offering great performance and comfort at a below-average price, it was our Best Buy for regulators.

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Divers Needed: Break the World Record for Largest Underwater Cleanup

PADI, PADI AWARE and Seiko are supporting an attempt to break the world record of the largest ever underwater cleanup, during AWARE Week this 24th September in Portugal. Will you help us?

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Scuba Diving Sunshine Coast, Australia

The Sunshine Coast, as the name suggests, offers balmy temperatures and beautiful beaches. However, scuba diving here is heading up the list when it comes to things to do in this region. Scuba diving didn’t use to be an obvious choice but since 2005, the diving scene on the Sunshine Coast has grown dramatically. It was in 2005 that the HMAS Brisbane was scuttled here and it is now one of the most popular dive sites in Queensland.

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Shark Diving for Science in South Africa's Kelp Forests

The winter air moves gently across my face as I stand in the Windmill Beach parking lot at the southern tip of Africa. I’m here with three other divers kitted up in scuba gear, ready to join Mike Barron from Cape Research and Diver Development (Cape RADD) on this shore-entry citizen science dive to survey the sharks of False Bay.

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Things You Can Do to Save the Ocean as a PADI Diver

As a diver, you may have witnessed firsthand some of the negative changes happening in the ocean – from plastic pollution to coral bleaching. With the increase in awareness of human-caused impacts on the environment, it can be overwhelming thinking about the challenges affecting our beloved ocean. But have no fear, divers are uniquely positioned to help save the ocean! There are ways that you can turn your passion for diving and the ocean into real action! Read on to learn about five things you can do to save the ocean as a PADI Diver.

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Is eLearning Suitable for a New Diver?

Okay, so you are thinking about learning to dive, but after some research, you may have realized there are many options and an overwhelming amount of information to take on board. Worry not! If you have wondered, “Is eLearning suitable for a new diver? We can say, YES! absolutely!

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Can Deaf People Scuba Dive?

It’s commonly assumed that deaf people, or hard-of-hearing people, cannot scuba dive. It’s an assumption that is made because many people think that someone who can’t hear won’t be able to equalize – but that’s not always the case. People can lose their hearing for multiple reasons, and not all of them prevent an individual from being able to equalize their airspaces.

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What It’s Like to Warm Water Dive For the First Time as a Cold Water Diver

I have lived in the Sunshine State for just over a month when I finally reach its eastern coast. Fun diving has taken a backseat recently, replaced with rebuilding flat-pack furniture, unboxing my favorite books and non-stop cleaning as I relocated from Washington State for my new job with Scuba Diving magazine.

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Five Great Greek Islands for Scuba Diving

With 10,000 miles of coastline in Greece, divers are spoilt for choice. This Mediterranean archipelago is home to around 3,000 islands with stunning dive sites located throughout its waters. While some countries may have a reputation for one specific type of diving, Greece offers a little of everything.

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Getting Altitude Dive Certified in Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan

“Santa Cruz? Alguien para Santa Cruz?”

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The Best Destinations in the World for Diving with Big Animals

What Is Readers Choice? 
We’ve averaged reader survey results from 2020, 2021 and 2022 to bring you the Best of Readers Choice awards. Here we feature some of the top-rated destinations in the world, along with the winning resorts, operators and liveaboards serving those areas, listed in alphabetical order. For more: scubadiving.com/readerschoice

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And Now They’ve Found . . .

When you’re a diver, announcements of underwater discoveries find and accomplishments jump off the screen at you. When Dr. Bob Ballard found Titanic in 1985, I remember being mesmerized by the first pictures and details on television (BTW, at 80 years young, Ballard’s now looking for Amelia Earhart). Similarly, in 2012, I immediately followed the links in press announcements about James Cameron’s descent to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in Deepsea Challenger, the first return to the ocean’s deepest point since 1960. (To date, more than 20 people have now been there.)

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Beautiful Ocean Stamps Launch Across America to Celebrate Marine Sanctuaries

The U.S. Postal Service is celebrating the National Marine Sanctuary System’s fiftieth birthday with a series of 16 awe-inspiring stamps, out now, that feature the waters and wildlife protected by the sanctuary system.

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The Best Scuba Regulators of 2022 Reviewed

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Exploring Portugal from Marine to Cuisine as a Scuba Diver

Arlindo Serrao reached out to me in my weakest moment.

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AWARE Week 2022

Protecting What We Love Has Never Been Easier

Taking place 17-25 September 2022, the fifth annual AWARE Week encourages and inspires the global dive community to lead or take part in conservation activities and courses focused on local action for global impact. The global event will advance the PADI Conservation Blueprint that charts a decade of conservation action in direct support of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

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How Learning to Dive Can Help You Save the Ocean

Learning to scuba dive lets you step, often quite literally, into an underwater world and explore places which would otherwise be inaccessible. And while this unique activity is a convenient, often relaxing, way to observe life under the waves, it also provides key skills for protecting everything marine. In short, here’s how learning to dive can help you save the ocean.

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Where to Transition from Discover Scuba Diving to Open Water Diver

Have you taken a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience and been bitten by the scuba diving bug? If you have fallen in love with scuba diving and want to do more, you’ll need to transition from Discover Scuba Diving to Open Water Diver certification level.

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Panic Flow | Lessons for Life

The hulking shipwreck sprawled across the ocean floor at just over 200 feet of seawater. Karl and his friends were all enjoying the dive until Karl’s regulator began to malfunction.

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What Is The Purpose Of Scuba Diving?

We seem to increasingly live in a world that is dominated by social media. A world in which everyone portrays their ‘best life.’ Where Photoshop, image enhancement apps, background removers, and filters rule as King. Do you ever wonder where the line is between real and fake, or fake and too fake, or whatever happened to natural beauty? If this sounds all too familiar to you, the underwater world could be your dream getaway.

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“Why I Wanted to Learn to Scuba Dive”: An Interview with a 10-Year-Old Diver

To celebrate International Youth Day, we asked Dorian (age 10) of Dive Into Life to tell us a little bit about his scuba diving experience so far. Dorian, who resides in Germany, recently qualified as a Junior Open Water Diver in Egypt.

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How to Take Underwater Photos in the Maldives

Remote and otherworldly, the Maldives is a 500-mile-long double chain of atolls, reefs and small castaway islands, sitting just north of the equator in the Indian Ocean. The region has two distinct monsoon seasons. The mantas migrate with the monsoons, which can be important if you want to see an active cleaning station close to a specific resort.

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How to Plan a Croatia Dive Trip

I scrolled despondently through my twenty-two unanswered emails a mere five days before my trip to Croatia. I had reached out to every dive center, tourism agency and government office I could find to figure out how I could get in the water in what appeared to be heaven on earth—and heard back from only a few of them. Anxiety gripped my chest.

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From the Skies to the Seas, Abandoned Airplane Becomes New Dive Site

Scuba divers travel to the Red Sea to see things they can’t find elsewhere in the world, including hundreds of species of coral and megafauna. Now, that list also includes an abandoned passenger airplane – on the seafloor.

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One Teen’s Journey to Open Water Diver & Beyond

Hi. My name’s Jolie. I’m 17 years old, and I learnt to dive when I was 10. Diving has been a pretty big part of my life since completing my Open Water Diver course in 2015. Since then I’ve been on many recreational dives in several different places. 

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How to Use Diver Propulsion Vehicles

Diver propulsion vehicles (DPVs), or underwater scooters, expand your range dramatically without any additional physical exertion. DPVs first became popular with technical divers because they allowed deeper penetration into caves and shipwrecks. As battery technology and design advanced and costs declined, they became accessible to any diver.

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Where to Scuba Dive in Northern California

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Tell Us How You #LiveUnfiltered & WIN

We recently launched the brand new Live UnfilteredTM campaign, which is all about escaping the stress of the surface by learning to dive. And, while we believe that scuba diving is the ultimate adventure and wellness activity, we want to hear what you think and reward our amazing community of scuba divers with a super cool prize at the same time. So, this week we’re giving away a dive trip for one diver and one non-diver in Cozumel, Mexico. Keep reading for more information about the prize and how to enter to win.

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How to Take Your Bonaire Dive Trip to the Next Level

A tec diver uses a DPV on Buddy Dive Resort’s house reef in Bonaire.

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Good Scuba Surface Habits

When people imagine all of the possible things that could go wrong while diving, they are usually dramatic scenes that play out underwater. It’s actually not the case, many dive accidents and incidents occur while divers are on the surface or returning to it.

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What’s It Like to Be a Marine Biologist? How Do You Become One?

A marine biologist interacts stands just offshore while interacting with wild dolphins in Monkey Mia, Australia.

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Our 2022 Certification Card Designs So Far. Which One is You?

Gaining your PADI certification cards is rewarding. You unlock more and more of the underwater world each time you complete another one of PADI’s courses and specialities. In 2022, the PADI certification card have expanded to include breathtaking underwater images from award-winning photographers with important messages to share with the world. Each chosen to inspire, motivate, and represent you; the PADI members.

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How eLearning Enhanced My Advanced Open Water Course

As a diver, you constantly find yourself wanting to explore the underwater world. Being a certified PADI Open Water Diver, a freediver, and an underwater photographer wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to explore the ocean at greater depths and improve my overall skills as a scuba diver. One day, a friend of mine posted about an upcoming expedition in the Maldives that would involve photographing some of the most incredible marine life including tiger sharks, manta rays, whale sharks and thresher sharks. One of the requirements was that every diver must have their PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

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3 Reasons to Add Wall Diving to Your Bucket List

As a scuba diver, one of your many superpowers is the ability to explore in three dimensions. While hikers trudge up a hill and mountain climbers haul themselves from handhold to handhold, scuba divers simply float wherever they want to go. Wall diving allows you to make the most of your gravity-defying superpower.

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Guide to Diving The Blue Hole, Belize

The Great Blue Hole in Belize is one of the most famous dive sites in the world.  When I tell people I’m a diver, “have you been to Belize to dive the blue hole?” is one of the first questions they ask…after “aren’t you afraid of sharks?”

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Great Island Getaways for Scuba Divers

A school of scalloped hammerheads in Galapagos.

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Is This The World's Wildest Nudibranch?

Of all the countless charismatic critters that divers rally around to love and support, nudibranchs enjoy a formidable cult following.


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Tourist Train Endangers Mexican Cenotes and Prehistoric Sites

A tourist train being built along the Caribbean coast of Mexico threatens the area’s extensive cave systems. In the face of public opposition, the Mexican government has invoked its national security powers to force the project forward.

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It’s a Wonder(ful) Reef

The logistics involved in designing and creating the amazing Wonder Reef, the world’s first purpose-built floating reef on Australia’s Gold Coast, were extensive.

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Everything You Need to Know About Scuba Diving Viti Levu

Fiji is a diver’s dream destination. The archipelagic country in the South Pacific is made up of more than 300 islands and boasts thousands of dive sites. Its dazzling array of reefs and soft coral walls offer endless opportunities for beginners and experts alike. The main island, Viti Levu, has two major diving regions: the Coral Coast, which spans the southern coastline from Sigatoka to Suva, and the Sun Coast on the northern end of the island.

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Diving as Therapy

Did you know that the ocean air can literally lift your mood?  “The sound and vision of the ocean lift our mood,” says consultant psychiatrist Dr Arghya Sarkhel. “The touch of sand and the smell of a seaside breeze leads to relaxation. On a biological level, this audio-visual stimulus incites our parasympathetic nervous system—that activates ‘rest and digest’, as opposed to ‘fight or flight’,” he says. Now scientists are quantifying the positive cognitive and physical effects of water and the improved sense of physical health and well-being.

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4 Amazing Ocean Wellness Retreats

Seek mental calmness and relaxation through these top diving wellness retreats and specialty courses, which will have you feeling zen no matter what depth of the ocean you go to. 

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Think You Know Dive Against Debris? Think Again.

PADI AWARE’s new Dive Against Debris course is a revamped way to tackle an old problem: marine debris. Recently, I got a sneak peek at the new training and eLearning. Even if you’re familiar with the original, here are five reasons why the updated program is well worth your time. 

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Top Wellness PADI Dive Resorts 

A stay at one of PADI’s top wellness dive resorts allows you to find the perfect balance of wellbeing above and below the water’s surface. Pristine topside surroundings and memorable, underwater marine life let you to split your time to heal your heart, body and mind from every possible angle. Here’s a selection of some of the top wellness dive resorts you can book right now.

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Scuba Diving in Search for Signs of a Changing Mediterranean

As waters warm up, researchers across the region are teaming up with diving centers to monitor the advancement of heat-loving species and other symptoms of climate change.

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The Science Behind the Healing Powers of the Salty Sea

The health benefits of salt water are something the whole of humanity can benefit from. That’s why we’re are on a mission to create one billion torchbearers for ocean change – working together to restore our blue planet’s healthy balance. 

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6 Images that will Inspire You to Become a Mermaid

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The Growing Rise of Mermaiding

The mermaiding movement is growing and PADI has big plans for teaching the way the world learns to mermaid. Not only are people around the world now able to become official PADI Mermaids (and even build a career with it) through completing the PADI Mermaid courses, but we are also supporting the growing demand for competitive mermaiding. 

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The Scuba Alternative: 5 Unforgettable Underwater Adventures

Our ocean is captivating, mysterious, and even promotes wellbeing. Millions of people have already discovered its benefits through scuba diving. But did you know many other underwater activities make a great scuba alternative?

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