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In light of October and Halloween, we wanted to introduce you to some marine animal mimics that are “always in costume.”

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With PADI’s longstanding commitment to conservation, mission to create a billion Torchbearers to explore and protect our blue planet, and bold blueprint for ocean action – we invite the world to join us as we seek adventure and save the ocean. With the effects of climate change evident around the world, both above and below the surface, the ocean needs the support of our global community of PADI divers, now more than ever.

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Our new favorite way to discover the riches of Raja Ampat, Indonesia.  Sixty feet beneath the ocean's surface, with the bottomless blue behind you and reef denizens scrolling before your mask, it's tempting to simply let your eyes flit from one shiny thing to the next. But you have to stop and watch when a dive guide arches to face the swift c...
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Found throughout the world’s ocean, from surface waters to the deep sea, jellyfish are some of the most abundant organisms in the sea. These spineless, gelatinous, ancient animals have roamed Earth’s waters for hundreds of millions of years, and play an important role in marine ecosystems globally. Learn more with ‘4 Surprising Facts About Jellyfish’.

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Under her parent’s supervision, [Karen] plays with dolphins, takes underwater snapshots and tugs her big sister’s fin tips to tease her. For her, biology and physics are experiences, not dreary school lectures, because she’s seen sharks, frolicked with fish, raced rays and watched whales. She’s noted how light loses color and her air supply goes faster at 10 metres/30 feet than at 5 metres/15 feet. Geography’s no different. Karen’s been diving in the Florida Keys, Bahamas and Grand Cayman, to name only a few of her adventures. On top of this, Karen is an aquanaut, having – more than once – spent 24 hours underwater and slept on the bottom of the sea in a habitat (at only 6 metres/20 feet – but she’s done it).

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Palau in the South Pacific is often described in superlatives. It’s one of those places where you’ll likely see what you’re looking for. Heavy currents sweep in pelagic species from the Pacific Ocean. You may have the chance to swim with manta rays, reef sharks, leopard sharks as well as large schools of barracudas, jacks and other fish.

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Komodo in Indonesia, famous for its dragons, is a mecca for scuba divers as well. Perhaps most importantly, Komodo is home to dozens of manta rays which are easy to spot at cleaning and feeding stations. On most liveaboard trips, you’ll also be treated to other pelagic sightings, including whitetip and grey reef sharks, eagle rays and dogtooth tuna. Plus, there are plenty of reefs to explore for macro critters and tropical fish.

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Komodo in Indonesia, famous for its dragons, is a mecca for scuba divers as well. Perhaps most importantly, Komodo is home to dozens of manta rays which are easy to spot at cleaning and feeding stations. On most liveaboard trips, you’ll also be treated to other pelagic sightings, including whitetip and grey reef sharks, eagle rays and dogtooth tuna. Plus, there are plenty of reefs to explore for macro critters and tropical fish.

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The Great Barrier Reef in Australia boasts one of the richest marine environments in the world with more than 1500 species of fish and 360 species of hard coral. In the outer reefs, you may encounter six different species of sea turtles and several shark species, such as grey reef sharks, whale sharks, silky sharks and even hammerheads or tiger sharks. Manta rays are usually seen in the southern sections of the Reef, and dugong can occasionally be found in the shallow seagrass beds.

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Cephalopods are a class of marine mollusks that includes octopus, nautilus, cuttlefish and squid. All of these creatures rank among the most intelligent creatures on the planet. Cephalopods have the most advanced nervous systems of all invertebrates, and many are known for their incredible ability to change their skin color and blend instantly into the background or produce a startling array of patterns and hues for communication.

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Scuba divers choose to travel to the Red Sea for a number of reasons, but chief among them are intact shipwrecks, shoals of sharks and colorful coral reefs. Reef sharks, oceanic whitetips, hammerheads, tigers and thresher sharks can all be seen throughout the region. In addition, whale sharks, manatees and dolphins may surprise lucky divers. And there are more than 800 species of fish with at least 10% of those endemic to the Red Sea.

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Cocos Island in Costa Rica is famous for encounters with scalloped hammerhead sharks. Divers flock to the island, one of the best shark diving destinations in the world. But, on a good trip, you might also see manta rays, eagle rays, whale sharks, sailfish, black and white tipped sharks, silkies and tiger sharks.

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Diving in the Galapagos Islands is dominated by the marine life you can find in these waters. Central to Darwin’s theory of evolution, these islands in Ecuador boast an overwhelming number of endemic and pelagic species. You might spot marine iguanas, penguins, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, hammerheads, whale sharks, tiger sharks, silkies, mobula rays, manta rays, dolphins and mola mola. To see all these things, you’ll might want to be on one of the best liveaboards in the Galapagos.

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Whether you have a non-diving partner or just like to travel solo, being a single diver can be both an intimidating and rewarding experience. That’s especially true when it comes to liveaboard diving. But, never fear, we’ve found the best liveaboards for solo travelers.

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Mermaid diving is a world with one foot in reality and the other in fantasy. Although mermaid lore originated centuries ago, these myths delight our imaginations, even today. Water lovers, young and old, fantasize about living as mermaids – but unlike most such fantasies, this one we can make real – well, just about. Mermaid equipment and tails let us bridge fiction and fact, opening the door to this mystical culture through mermaid diving.

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For many, Fall is synonymous with preparations for back-to-school. In non-pandemic times, images of students flocking towards their campuses come to mind. And, while traditional schoolhouses and university campuses don’t exist underwater, there are different types of “schools” — of fish and marine life! 

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Do you have a first aid kit at home? Do you know what items you should take on day trips, holidays or in your car?

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Diving in Guadalupe, off the coast of Baja California, is all about Great White Sharks. In fact, this is one of the four best places in the world to dive in with these massive creatures, and probably the most enjoyable of the four due to supreme visibility and warm waters. It’s often possible to see up to six Great Whites on a single dive.

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18th – 26th September 2021 saw divers from all walks of life come together to celebrate the fourth annual AWARE Week, a week-long event dedicated to local action for global conservation impact.  

“AWARE Week 2021 brings together eco-conscious divers and ocean enthusiasts to advance PADI’s conservation blueprint, charting a decade of ocean action to achieve a balance between humanity and ocean,” says Kristin Valette Wirth, Chief Brand and Membership Officer for PADI Worldwide. “By uniting as a community of PADI Torchbearers™ who explore and protect the ocean, we work as a global force for good, taking meaningful action for the ocean to drive lasting change.”

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The Maldives in the Indian Ocean is a destination for lovers of manta rays, whale sharks and tropical waters. Here, you’ll visit coral atolls specifically in search of these gentle giants and more. On a good trip, you might spot mantas, whale sharks, hammerheads, nurse sharks, reef sharks, barracuda and a variety of tropical fish.

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PADI AWARE, in collaboration with partners The Ocean Conservancy and CSIRO released a second research paper using surveys submitted by divers through the Dive Against Debris citizen science program.

The scientific paper is the second collaboration (read about the first study here) using information collected in real-time from beach clean-ups and Dive Against Debris seabed surveys to identify marine debris hotspots and to try and understand causes. This research is the first of its kind, using long-term global datasets from over 115 different countries.

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Despite the challenges that PADI Dive Centers, Resorts and Professionals have faced, they continue to give back to their local communities as part of our global effort to create balance between humanity and the ocean.

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At the young age of fourteen, Nitcharee Peneakchanasak’s life changed forever. While traveling to Singapore to study, Nitcharee was unfortunately involved in a train accident that resulted in the loss of both of her legs. With determination to follow her goals and dreams, and the support of her family and friends, she learnt how to adapt to her new life as an amputee.

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Are you planning to take the PADI Freediver course? As with any course, you’ll want to do the best that you are capable of, and to ensure that happens it’s important to get prepared!

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Every year, divers from around the world join together to tackle one of the biggest problems for our oceans: marine debris. During AWARE Week, PADI dive centers around the world host coastal cleanups, Dive Against Debris surveys, restoration events, and so much more. These events put the global spotlight on trash in our seas and the harm it causes, as well as the overall importance of taking local action for global impact. Moreover, they give divers and ocean-lovers the chance to jump in and help with their own two hands.

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Some divers spend more time deciding what to have for dinner than choosing a scuba instructor. Often, they’re so stoked to start their scuba training they simply sign up for the next available class. But if you’ve ever had an exceptionally good (or exceptionally bad) teacher, you know the difference a good instructor can make.

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Good scuba diving friends can empower you to complete your courses, safely push your limits and learn in ways you never imagined before. Read on for a first-hand account of the power of scuba diving friendship.

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Investing in your own scuba gear is always super exciting! So, when you get home with your new mask, you will probably want to go diving as soon as possible to try it out! However, there is nothing worse than a mask that is continually fogging underwater, and new masks can be the worse culprits for this unless they are properly prepared beforehand.

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With dry suit or cold water diving experience, your diving adventures aren’t limited by temperature. When it comes to conservation, threats to the ocean aren’t confined to warm water climates either. As a cold water diver, you can use your unique skill set to take action for the ocean where other divers can’t.

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One of the most difficult questions dive instructors have to answer is: what is scuba diving like? There really isn’t anything like scuba diving, at least not on this planet

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The past decade has seen plenty of underwater records being set and smashed, from freediving to juggling. In June 2021, a new landmark in Dubai entered the Guinness World Records as the world’s deepest swimming pool. At 60m (197ft), Deep Dive Dubai is 15m (49ft) deeper and four times bigger than any of the other deep pools, making it one of the top indoor diving destinations.

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The Galapagos Islands, a naturalist’s dream destination, are found over 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) off the west coast of Ecuador. Despite easy access by plane, the Galapagos are a wild wonderland, full of endemic species both above and below the water. Marine iguanas, Galapagos penguins, sea lions and Galapagos sharks along with schooling hammerheads, whale sharks, manta rays and mola mola are the delight of scuba divers.

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When disaster strikes – any type: tropical storm, earthquake, tsunami – humanitarian response falls into distinct phases. The names and divisions vary, but generally, relief is the immediate response – rescuing victims, providing food, water, shelter, medical care, power etc., depending on what’s needed. Resumption is the restoration of normalcy in which an affected area stabilizes economically and socially much as it did before, and often includes better preparation for similar future disasters. Recovery is the critical restoration phase between the two during which relief withdraws as people rebuild their lives. Many factors influence recovery – the economy type, damage type and extent, availability of resources and so on. The longer recovery takes, the longer those affected depend on relief and the longer their lives remain unstable.

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When dreaming up your next ocean adventure, you might find your mind instantly drifting to exotic and tropical locations famed for their mystical megafauna and turquoise waters. Marine conservation projects abroad are plentiful and for many of us, diving abroad and getting hands-on with conservation is a dream of a lifetime.

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Green Fins is an initiative that protects and conserves coral reefs through environmental guidelines that promote a sustainable diving and snorkeling industry.

Available in 11 countries globally, the United Nations-supported program is the work of PADI’s partners in dive industry sustainability, The Reef-World Foundation. Membership depends on continued improvement of environmental performance year on year, as opposed to environmental achievement status. What that means is that – regardless of where you begin – all Green Fins dive operators are committed to continual improvement in the name of healthy oceans.

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Getting scuba certified together is a great way to build memories as a family. These rich and rewarding experiences can provide you with a fun, healthy activity to enjoy with your kids. They also help the big blue world remain important in your children’s lives.

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Deciding to become a professional scuba diver, or a PADI Pro, is one of the most exciting choices you could ever make – but it’s a big commitment, too! Even as a hobby, diving is physically and mentally challenging; when you’re a Pro, you’ll be the one coaching others through their own challenges. You need to be prepared to develop yourself as a person and a professional, but to do this properly, you also need the right training and support.

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Love spotting new marine life underwater? Here are 10 rare marine animals to add to your bucket list…

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Did you have any difficulties when learning to dive? Were there times that you felt out of your depth? Perhaps there were uncomfortable feelings like frustration or fear

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Unlike scuba fins, which are designed to propel divers with heavy gear, freediving fins are crafted for breath-holders: converting every bit of energy into power with as little effort as possible.

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If you’re reading this post, you already know the danger plastics pose to the health of our oceans and our planet. That’s why you carry reusable cutlery, use refillable beverage containers and have cloth shopping bags in all shapes and sizes. Right? Who doesn’t? 

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While many don’t think of Colombia as a scuba diving destinations, the country is home to some of the best diving, including one of the best liveaboard diving destinations in the world.

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Cozumel: A paradise for snorkelers   The Caribbean sea is completely fascinating. The turquoise of its waters and its transparency will make you fall in love with this scene. To get there take a direct flight from many points, or you can take a flight to Cancún and then take the ferry to this enchanted place. This makes it an ideal place for a...
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If you’re wondering where to dive in May, you’ve come to the right place. This guide highlights destinations in which the fifth month represents the best time for diving. From Dwarf Minke Whales in Australia to uncrowded dive sites in Komodo, great diving can be found around the world in May.

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If you’re planning a diving holiday in June, consider these destinations. From whale sharks to humpback whales and some of the best wreck diving in the world, we’ve selected the top scuba diving destinations for the sixth month.

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Taking a diving holiday in July? Check out these top destinations. From minke whales in the Great Barrier Reef to manta rays in Komodo and hammerheads in Cocos Island, there are lots of adventures waiting for you. These are our picks for the best scuba diving destinations in the seventh month.

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Sea monsters, creatures of the deep, a source of food and sustenance, wonderful and charming animals… these names and more describe the relationship of whales to humans.

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The 2021 IOFF Student Film Competition gives students the opportunity to showcase their creativity in helping to protect the ocean and is dedicated to restoring and inspiring ocean biodiversity and activism through independent film.

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Sunscape Sabor Cozumel and Dive House    COZUMEL - HOT HOT HOT DIVE SPECIAL + $200 RESORT COUPONS Package includes 5-night Deluxe Tropical View accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives with Dive House Cozumel, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks, and by the glass beverages including alcohol, daily entertainment, free WiFi in lobb...
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M/Y Blue Melody - 2013 "best Liveaboard"   The M/Y Blue Melody is the third vessel in the Blue o Two fleet and underwent a complete interior re-fit in 2008, followed by a freshening up in early 2016. At 38 meters, this luxury liveaboard offers 5-star diving and service and was awarded the 2013 "Best Liveaboard" by Sport Diver magazine. As an a...
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Emma and Tony Andrews are PADI Professionals, Owners of PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre Crystal Divers Mauritius and creators of the Crystal Ocean Explorers Program. Through education and inspiration, they hope to empower the next generation of Torchbearers to engage with conservation and make a positive difference for our ocean.

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Are you considering learning how to dive but can’t find the upper age limit on getting certified? What you might find is a minimum age limit of 8 years old for a PADI Bubblemaker Program or 10 years old for Junior programs, but there is no upper age limit on scuba diving. Minimum age limits are in place as diving has some inherent risks and children need to be of an age where they can understand the dive theory component, and react to situations responsibly rather than impulsively. So, if you are interested in trying scuba diving, your age won’t be a barrier!

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Advancing the Blueprint for Ocean Action

Taking place 18-26 September 2021, the fourth 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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If you’re thinking about becoming a diver, summer is a wonderful time to do so. The weather is generally better, the waters are warmer and the seas calmer. These conditions are ideal to get scuba certified.

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I have spent my fair share of diving in the Canary Islands, and each time I have had a better time than the last. Fuerteventura may be a little less well-known than its sister islands Tenerife and Gran Canaria but trust me when I say there is plenty of reason to go! I actually ended up taking my Advanced Open Water Diver certification in Fuerteventura, and thought I would share with you all why diving in Fuerteventura should be on your list!

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I have spent my fair share of diving in the Canary Islands, and each time I have had a better time than the last. Fuerteventura may be a little less well-known than its sister islands Tenerife and Gran Canaria but trust me when I say there is plenty of reason to go! I actually ended up taking my Advanced Open Water Diver certification in Fuerteventura, and thought I would share with you all why diving in Fuerteventura should be on your list!

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Diving beneath the ice offers an ambience filled with bright blue water, crystal-clear visibility and spectacular photo opportunities. Along with an unrivaled sense of exploration, there’s also the chance to encounter cold water marine life rarely seen in other climates — here are six of our favourites:

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For most people, experiencing whales and dolphins in the wild – where they belong- is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that’s high up on the bucket list. 

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As passionate divers, we have this strange common point: we love sharks. As underwater witnesses, we understand how they are fascinating animals and how crucial to healthy oceans they are. Among our best diving moments, the highlight often comes from an unforgettable shark encounter. Whether it’s about meeting the beloved whale shark or an impressive school of hammerhead sharks, crossing path with them underwater is each time a mix of luck and wonder.

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Ever wondered (or been asked) what sort of sea creature you’d be? Take our fun marine life quiz and you’ll finally have your answer!

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Any scuba diving vacation is great. But imagine if you could walk out your hotel room door and dive straight from the resort’s shoreline. That’s exactly what you can do at these 12 dive resorts with the best house reefs.

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There are countless reasons to make it a priority to dive in the United States. The U.S. offers varied and exceptional dive sites, with plentiful access to the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. From the Florida’s barrier reef to California’s kelp forests, you’re bound to find dives to spark your love of the sport, as well as the environment. Explore just a few of the amazing dive sites in the top four diving states of this beautiful country.

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As we celebrate Pride Month and the importance of each and every person, we reiterate a lesson from our ocean: diversity matters.

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