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What is a PADI Discover Rebreather Certification?

Most divers today use an open system, in which they take a breath from a pressurized tank and exhale directly into the water. Rebreathers are another option. They work by capturing the exhaled gas, removing the carbon dioxide and putting the remaining oxygen back into the system so the diver can “rebreathe” it. Rebreathers are significantly more complex and expensive than standard scuba gear, and they require additional training and maintenance to use. The PADI Discover Rebreather program offers firsthand experience with a rebreather in a controlled environment as a way to try one and as a step toward a full Rebreather Diver certification program.

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Seagrass: The Unsung Hero of UK Climate Efforts

‘Blue carbon’ is carbon sequestered by oceanic ecosystems, a concept you may have heard being thrown around recently.

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How to Photograph the Red Sea's Wrecks and Reefs

Surrounded by desert, with no rain or rivers, the Egyptian Red Sea is blessed with reliably excellent visibility and corals that grow right to the surface. Many reefs drop off precipitously and pulsate with life, with bright red and pink soft corals and thick clouds of anthias fish. Bright, electric-blue water creates a stunning color palette. To my eyes, it is the intensity of these primary hues that makes Red Sea reefs the most beautiful in the world.

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These Liveaboard Destinations Have Amazing Land Adventures Too

The ancient rock fortress Sigiriya.

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How to Back Up Your Photos on a Liveaboard

Losing files—it’s painful, but it happens. Wise photographers keep multiple photo backups to ensure they always have the Cloud backup services and RAID/NAS systems are convenient at home, but not on a liveaboard, far from internet. It’s best to keep three copies of your original files, although for most, two copies is more practical while traveling. The method you use for creating backups is up to personal preference, but I’ve outlined the basics below.

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Where to Go Scuba Diving in Utah

Outdoorsy types will likely know this expansive Western state for its five national parks featuring vast sandstone landscapes, the Bonneville Salt Flats and the Wasatch Range. And it is indeed a land with unusual geographic diversity. The Great Salt Lake is an impressive remnant of modern geological times from when Lake Bonneville covered northwestern Utah entirely. Although this massive lake is not a dive location, six prominent sites are found throughout the Beehive State.

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Is a Shark a Mammal? Answers to the Most Googled Questions About Sharks

Love them or hate them, you can’t deny that sharks are some of the most fascinating and oldest species on the planet. They’re certainly a hot topic when it comes to Google searches. So, in this blog, we’re answering some of the most asked (and a couple of the strangest) shark questions. How many different types of sharks are there? Is a shark a mammal? Read on for the answers and prepare to learn some fun facts about sharks.

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Meet the Divers Bringing Artificial Intelligence Underwater to Power Reef Restoration

Coral Gardeners, a social impact organization in French Polynesia, is bringing artificial intelligence below the waves to assess coral restoration based on the reef’s shape and sound.

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Why Zanzibar Should Be Your Next Diving Destination

Zanzibar Island may seem like a far-away utopia, overflowing with shimmering white sand and pristine waters. The latter is true, but this neverland is just a short flight from Kilimanjaro, and certainly worth the journey. A former sultan’s palace, marine conservation and endemic species are a few of the main attractions. There are also stunning dive sites, which you can read more about in our Zanzibar Dive Guide. But first, take a look at our diving Zanzibar review below.

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Here’s Why You Should Become a PADI Freediver Instructor

PADI Freediver Instructors are a fairly new breed of PADI Pro. With many pairing freediving skills with scuba diving skills, instructors are in high demand in the industry. Travel is beginning to boom following the pandemic, and it’s no surprise many are looking to escape the corporate world. A PADI Freediver Instructor qualification is quite literally your passport to freedom!

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The Best Places to Dive in California

Every year, millions of people visit California’s iconic beaches and world-famous parks: Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Disneyland. But only divers get to experience California’s stunning underwater attractions. With 1,350 km (840 miles) of coastline and dozens of islands, there’s a fun and memorable experience awaiting divers of all levels in California. Read on to learn about the best places to dive in California.

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Hope + You = Saving Our Ocean

This World Oceans Day, we celebrate #PADIPEOPLE who are taking action to protect our blue planet – from organising local beach clean-ups to championing coral restoration projects and running citizen science dives, it is people like you who are making a global impact and providing hope for the ocean.

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Inside a Scuba Diving Honeymoon with Cystic Fibrosis

One humid Hawaiian morning during my honeymoon, my husband and I went on our first dive together since my certification. Whatever nerves I carried with me to the shore were released into my weightlessness as I descended. We grasped hands as we reached the bottom and returned the ok sign to our dive master.

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How to Find New Dive Buddies

A sign up for continuing-education courses where a dive professional can prepare you for local or destination diving with a buddy. There’s no set number of dives required before you dive with someone you don’t know, but you have to be able to take care of yourself underwater when diving without a dive professional.

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Florida Keys Lionfish Derby Winners Bring in Record-Breaking 426 Invasive Fish

Local divers collected a record-setting 426 invasive lionfish during an Earth Day lionfish derby in the Florida Keys.

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10 of the Most Popular Scuba Diving Magazine Articles That You Need to Read Right Now

Looking for the latest scuba diving news? Want a trusted source for scuba equipment reviews? Or do you just need some light reading to distract yourself from the fact that your latest surface interval has been months longer than you’d prefer? Scuba Diving magazine is your one-stop shop. To get started, we’ve listed the 10 articles available on scubadiving.com that we think you should read right now.. 

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How to Take Care of Your Skin During a Dive Trip

Salt and sun are great for the soul. Less so for my skin. When I did my first liveaboard in Belize, I followed the same skincare routine I do at home: put on SPF cream to start the day, wipe down my face with a Norwex-brand face cloth at night and call it good. By the end of the week, my face was a constellation of acne. With a two-week liveaboard trip aboard Red Sea RE Aggressor on my calendar, I knew I needed a better plan.

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Fiji Scuba Diving 101

Fiji’s scuba diving is often referred to as being amongst the best in the world. It’s a big claim to make, but it’s also well deserved. This blog looks at what makes Fiji’s scuba diving so incredible and discovers some of Fiji’s most iconic dive sites.

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Pollutants from Sunscreens Accumulate in Seagrass, New Study Finds

Chemicals in sunscreens accumulate in Mediterranean seagrasses, a new study found. Additional research is needed to determine if this results in further negative effects.

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Monterey Kelp Restoration Advocate Keith Rootsaert Awarded May Sea Hero Honors

Year Dive Certified: 1985
Age When Certified: 19
Dive Certification Level: Divemaster
Words to Live By: Inspiration is highly contagious.

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Mastering Mind and Matter: Rescue Divers are the Marathoners of the Sea

Anyone can be a runner. All that is required is proper footwear and the impulse to place one foot in front of the other. But not every runner goes on to complete a marathon or even a 5K. Those that do often profess that it’s the most rewarding experience of their lives. The underwater equivalent of this journey is becoming a PADI Rescue Diver. How do you know if this unique challenge is for you? Let’s break it down.

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These Dive Resorts Let You Rent an Entire Private Island

A sea turtle swims through clear water.

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Top Shore Diving Locations in the Caribbean

Look no further than the Caribbean for beautiful beaches, island adventures, and incredible shore diving. Caribbean islands offer diverse cultures, delicious food, and dive sites right off the coast. So, it is no wonder this region’s crystal clear waters are a hot spot for scuba divers that love shore diving.

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ScubaLab Reviews Nine 7mm Wetsuits

We tested suits at Devil’s Den Prehistoric Spring in central Florida, with water temperatures in the low 70s. Test divers with underwater slates scored each suit in the following categories. Click here to jump to the suit reviews.

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The Best Times of Year to Dive Komodo Island

Komodo, Indonesia is famous for its iconic dragons; but if you’re a scuba diver, there’s a lot more to see.

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All-Inclusive Specials on Cozumel! Limited Time Offers

It's a Triple Treat! Three of Cozumel's premier all-inclusive resorts sit side-by-side on the island's best beach, just minutes away from favorite dive sites. Welcome to Secrets Aura, Sunscape Sabor, and Dreams Cozumel Cape Resort & Spa, where all-inclusive luxuries meet world-class diving provided by Dive House. Whether you're planning a famil...

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The Best Dive Destinations for Advanced Diving

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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The Best of Big Island Shore Diving

Famous for dives that deliver large megafauna from dolphins to hammerheads, Hawaii’s Big Island gives divers plenty of reasons to head offshore. But divers-in-the-know are aware of the solid shore diving options on the largest island in the Hawaiian chain, too.

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What Causes a Jellyfish Bloom?

Question: What causes a jellyfish bloom? – Lyda A., Washington, DC

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10 TikTok Accounts to Follow for Divers

TikTok is an ever-expanding social media platform with a mission to inspire creativity and bring joy to its users. For those of us who find our peace in exploring the marine world, TikTok certainly achieves this mission if you know where to look. Below are 10 TikTok accounts we recommend for divers seeking engaging, inspiring, and educational ocean-related content to guide you in the right direction.

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Tips for Beginners Diving in Komodo

The Komodo National Park in Indonesia is well known by scuba divers worldwide. Its biodiversity and abundance of marine life are awe-inspiring! However, the strong winds of Komodo and the Rinca Strait are also known for their strong currents due to their location being between the Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

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Facts About Brain Corals and Other Hard Corals

Marine life is a massive part of why people go scuba diving, and without corals, there wouldn’t be any reef life. Without our oceans, there also wouldn’t be any life on Earth. So, in this Blog, we want to celebrate hard corals and reveal some facts about them that you might not know. We hope that the next time you go diving, you take a little extra time to look at the planet-saving hard corals around you. So, without further ado, here are some top facts about brain coral and other hard corals…

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Discovering the Value of Rigs as Reefs

As PADI AmbassaDivers, we have had the privilege to dive offshore oil and gas rigs around the world – from a retired platform that’s been incorporated into a National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico to a platform that has been repurposed as an eco-resort in Malaysia – the reef ecosystems that thrive beneath the surface of these industrial giants provide not only some of the most incredible diving in the world, but also unique opportunities for conservation.

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Where to Go Scuba Diving in Portsmouth

The historic town of Portsmouth, on New Hampshire’s short coastline, has its fair share of dive sites and plenty to see for experienced divers and beginners alike. Underwater, divers can find historic artifacts and Northeastern marine life such as nudibranchs, lumpfish and lobsters. Portsmouth, a popular tourist destination with lots of restaurants and activities topside, is busiest June through September, when the weather is warmest, but diving is a year-round activity.

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Help PADI and SeaLegacy Protect 30% of the Ocean by 2030

We must act – and fast – if we want to save the ocean. This is the message behind SeaLegacy and PADI’s new ‘Ocean30’ partnership to accelerate ocean protection. Above all, the goal is to protect 30% of the Ocean by 2030. Globally, this is called the push for 30×30. 

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How I Go Scuba Diving with Diabetes

I’m an adventure-seeker: skydiving, heli-skiing, night surfing, canyon swinging—you name it. Living with Type 1 diabetes for nearly 20 years hasn’t prevented me from doing any of these things, so while visiting Australia in early 2020, I was excited to add scuba diving to the list. I wanted to do an introductory Discover Scuba Diving experience before committing to getting my PADI certification, and since I was traveling to Queensland, what better place to do it than on a trip to the Great Barrier Reef?

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World’s Largest Kelp Map Launches to Guide Restoration Efforts

The world’s largest kelp map is here, providing critical information to those tending to this struggling ecosystem.

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Exploring the Underwater Splendors of Oregon

The need to explore is baked right into a diver’s DNA. We slake this thirst by sipping compressed air to experience the unparalleled aquaverse. Compared to the thousands of tanks drained diving Washington and British Columbia, I have hardly touched underwater Oregon. Surprising, embarrassing really, considering how many times I —with scuba gear in tow—have driven along Oregon’s spectacular seaward edge on the way to and from California from my home in Washington. Vowing to redress this oversight and better balance my Pacific Northwest dive portfolio, my wife, Melissa, and I embarked on a summertime road trip to America’s underdived 33rd state.

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Six Ways to Tackle Plastic Pollution Every Day

Beach litter is very visible form of plastic pollution, but you don't have to live near the beach to protect the ocean. You can reduce marine debris anywhere every day.

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Marine Expert Mickey Charteris to Offer Talks at Anse Chastanet for Coral Spawning Season

This August, guests staying at Anse Chastanet Resort can learn more about Saint Lucia’s spectacular underwater world with lectures by marine life expert Mickey Charteris, in partnership with the resort's PADI 5 Star diving operation Scuba St. Lucia. With more than 20 years of experience in Caribbean waters, Mickey Charteris will host complimentary talks to educate resort guests on the fascinating underwater world located around the resort in the southern corner of the island. These informative, fun lectures are available to divers and non-divers alike. Scuba divers might experience first-hand the natural spectacle of the annual coral spawning.

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5 Diving Destinations Where Tourism Spending Benefits Local Conservation

The next time you choose to travel, why not commit to booking that epic bucket list adventure and supporting local conservation at the same time? You can even offset your carbon usage from flights thanks to PADI’s travel program. 

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Dive Computer

As I write this month’s training article, my two dive computers are charging via USB port for a trip to Tiger Beach, Bahamas. Dive computers are extremely reliable, yet I always carry two for redundancy on trips, in case one fails or is lost. Before computers were common, divers relied on physical dive tables to determine nitrogen load and recommended bottom time and surface intervals. The dive computers of today use decompression algorithms to track the nitrogen in your system throughout your dive based on real-time information. You can’t switch computers on a dive day or share a computer with your buddy, because the decompression model takes into account the repetitive dives for the individual.

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PADI AWARE Announces the First Recipients of its Community Grant Program Funding

PADI AWARE is all about empowering local communities to take action and save the ocean.

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Seven Historically Significant Wrecks to Dive in the United Kingdom

U.K. waters are not the clearest waters in the world, but that’s exactly why they contain some of the world's most dramatic shipwrecks. The turbulent coastal waters have sent scores ships to their watery graves, turning the underwater coastline is a veritable museum of rusting remains and looming skeletons. Today estimates suggest that around 40,000 ships rest beneath the surface of the UK’s territorial waters.

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Fishing for Trouble | Lessons for Life

Jeff and his buddy Ted were hoping to catch dinner while spearfishing off the coast. They were diving from Ted’s boat. Jeff hadn’t had any luck so far. He had taken one shot and missed. He hadn’t been able to get into position for another one after that. He felt like he had swum all over the reef. That’s when Jeff noticed it was getting harder to breathe.

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What It’s Like to Dive After a Traumatic Brain Injury

Before my accident, I only managed to log about 12 dives, but I was feeling pretty hooked on diving already. I’d gotten certified in the Florida Springs and done a few dives in La Paz, Mexico with the sea lion colony at Los Islotes. It was magical. Even if my ears always gave me a little trouble equalizing going down, I was feeling more confident and comfortable underwater with each dive.

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The Best Islands in Fiji for Scuba Divers

There’s more ocean than earth within Fiji’s 333-island archipelago. Even the most barren islands have a thriving reef just a few fin kicks beyond its shores. If you’re dreaming of a trip to this South Pacific underwater wonderland, these are the best islands in Fiji for scuba divers based on what diving suits your palate.

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Six Swedish Shipwrecks to Become Historic Dive Trail

A line of shipwrecks have stood guard for centuries off the southeastern coast of Sweden—at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Now, maritime archeologists have explored and identified six of the 17th and 18th-century wrecks and they will become a diver trail later this year.

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What Underwater Photographers Need to Know About the Galapagos

Bucket list is a phrase that always comes up when divers talk about the Galapagos Islands. The unique location comes with a lofty entry price and promises big animals in numbers and diversity that almost nowhere else can match. The “but” is that Galapagos diving is often very challenging, particularly when your goal is photography. The conditions are hard to predict: The water is regularly cold; visibility can be poor. At times the raging currents even make it difficult to point your camera in the right direction.

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Divers Set Depth Record in Missouri’s Roaring River Spring

A group of divers associated with rebreather manufacturer KISS Rebreathers set a depth record in November 2021, by descending 472 feet into the mouth of Missouri’s Roaring River Spring. Their feat took them into uncharted territory and elevated the spring to the status of deepest in the nation.

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Five Great Dive Sites in Sudan’s Red Sea

The Northern Red Sea draws scores of divers for its famed wrecks and reefs, but don’t be fooled by its dominance over the southern seas. There are sites just as inspiring in Sudan’s Red Sea as those ringing Egypt. After dozens of dives in nearly two weeks aboard Red Sea RE Aggressor, these are my favorites.

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What is a PADI Equipment Specialist?

Learning to maintain your dive gear and deal with equipment malfunctions in the field is a vital skill set. From replacing a blown O-ring to proper cleaning and maintenance of regulators and BCDs, the skills you’ll acquire in the PADI Equipment Specialist course can be literal dive-savers, especially if you’re diving independently with a buddy rather than with professional dive support.

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How to Use an Arm-and-Clamp System for Underwater Photography

If you find an arm-and-clamp system for your camera lighting intimidating, you’re not alone. Here’s how to quickly position and keep your lighting safe.

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One of the Youngest Female PADI Instructors in India

In February, Janhavi completed her PADI IDC in Goa, making her one of the youngest female PADI Instructors in India and becoming an inspiration to others wishing to follow in her footsteps. Following her completion of her IDC, Regional Manager Robert Scammell managed to catch up with her and ask her a few questions about her recent achievement.

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Dreams Cozumel SAVE UP TO 51%

This Is Your Dream Dive Vacation Your dream dive vacation is closer than you think. Just a quick flight away, the warm waters and brilliant coral reefs of Cozumel are waiting for you with the grand opening of Dreams Cozumel Cape Resort & Spa. This is the island's newest all-inclusive beach and dive resort, delivering an unbeatable combination o...

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How to Discover Virgin Dive Sites from Your Phone

It’s 8:30 a.m. on a Sunday and Bryan Baeumler is hunting for new dive sites—in his pajamas over coffee.

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What To Know About Three Classic Dive Getaways

Planning a trip to one of these dive hotspots? Here’s what you need to know. Featuring insight from locals, tips for timing seasonal experiences, and the scoop on popular sites, as well as some lesser-known dives you’ll want on your radar too.

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The Top Destinations for Swimming & Diving with Dugongs

Dugongs: the gentle giants we love and seek out. If you’ve always wanted to see, swim, or dive with dugongs, you’ve come to the right place. This is the complete guide to everything you need to know about how and where to go to dive with dugongs.

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PADI Certification Cards: Suggest a Sea Creature

There’s one thing all divers have in common (besides being good-looking), we all have a certification card. My Open Water Diver card has a dolphin on it, but my Advanced Open Water card has a sea turtle image.

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The Best Dive Sites in Baja California Sur

Rich miles of the mountainous landscape and lush beaches make up the majority of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The best dive sites in Baja California Sur boast immense pelagic life year-round. Giant Pacific manta rays are now returning to grace the waters at the La Reina dive site from June to October, while colonies of sea lions splash around in Los Islotes year-round*!

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7 Reasons to Join PADI Club

Have you heard about PADI Club? Do you know what it is and what the benefits are to members? If you haven’t heard, read on, and we’ll bring you up to speed!

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Water Heals Us

A few weeks ago we had one of those everything-you-want-for-great-California-diving days – calm, clear water, vibrant kelp and the right mix of friends and family – even grey whales migrating by between dives. And surfacing from our second dive, I noticed something; I felt better. Yes, a great dive always feels satisfying, but I connected with more this time – just being in the sea was mentally, physically, and spiritually healing and therapeutic. In an often graceless and cruel world, this was a welcomed introspection.

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What You Should Know About Scuba Diving in Sabah

When it comes to dive travel destinations in Southeast Asia, Malaysian Borneo isn’t as popular as certain subaquatic stalwarts such as Indonesia, Thailand or the Philippines. But it’s not for lack of quality. The numerous national parks and rich culture in Sabah are a veritable Garden of Eden for outdoor enthusiasts, offering so many different reefs and natural attractions that one vacation to the third biggest island in the world is not enough to explore them all.

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The 6 Best Dive Sites in the Cayman Islands

The trio of Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory situated in the western Caribbean Sea. Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman house over 300 dive sites, making up the breathtaking Cayman dive map. The Cayman Islands are generous with their variety of dive sites. From the renowned USS Kittiwake Wreck to the dream-worthy Bloody Bay Marine Park, this is a serious destination for dedicated divers as well as newbies!

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The Top 5 Scuba Diving Destinations in September

Although much of Europe and North America experience excellent weather in September, it can be challenging to find a great scuba diving destination during this late summer month. Several areas are in between seasons or experiencing ‘shoulder’ seasons, and destinations like the Caribbean and Thailand may experience strong storms. However, many other dive locations around the world remain blissfully beautiful. Here are our top picks for the best scuba diving destinations in September.

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Diving the Whitsunday Islands

When you are thinking about tropical scuba diving in Australia, a few famous names come to mind. Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island, and Hook Island are all names that scuba divers may have heard of. But did you know that these names are all part of a group of 74 islands? The Whitsunday Islands!

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Access the Class That Helps You Avoid Scuba Diving Accidents

There’s no such thing as being too prepared. Divers Alert Network has studied dive accidents and underwater mishaps for more than 40 years, gleaning insight into some of the most common, preventable mistakes that turn into emergencies. The DAN Prepared Diver course uses engaging video modules to build on divers’ training and teach them how to avoid these mistakes and minimize risk when diving. Focusing on the five most common causes of dive incidents, the course delves into topics that include being aware of your air consumption and preventing ear injuries and uncontrolled ascents. And it’s free with your membership to PADI Club (a $25 value).

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Divers Clean Up Almost 1.7 Tons of Marine Debris in California

On a bluebird February day on Southern California’s Catalina Island, 561 pairs of fins were shoved onto feet, and a flotilla of divers headed down the beach for the 40th annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup.

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18 Great Dive Watches for Scuba Diving in 2022

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Australian Teen Shalise Leesfield Named Sea Hero for Tackling Marine Pollution

Shalise Leesfield is a teenager on a mission: a mission to clean up the ocean. At the age of 15, the Port Macquarie, Australia, teen has already successfully secured a grant from her local government to tackle marine litter in her hometown, championed a Hope Spot in her community by gaining the attention of Sylvia Earle, and written a book that she distributes digitally through her Plastic Free Schools website. Since founding Shalise’s Ocean Support at the age of 11, Leesfield has worked tirelessly to clean up marine debris in her community and spread awareness to youth around the world. She has garnered attention from some of the biggest names in the dive industry, but her most satisfying moment was learning to scuba dive and completing her Junior Open Water certification in 2020. For advocacy within her community and on a global scale, Leesfield is our April Sea Hero.

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New! Color Changing Mood Masks for Divers

People say that we communicate emotions with our eyes, but scuba divers know how difficult it can be to utilize this skill underwater with your buddy when they are wearing a mask. Dive masks often block us from seeing the creases that form at the corner of someone’s eyes when they smile or raise their eyebrows when they question something.

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The Great Resignation: What to Expect When Shifting Into an Ocean-Focused Career

The Great Resignation‘ has seen people leaving unfulfilling jobs and pivoting into less traditional careers. The pandemic shifted our priorities, and we realized we don’t have to live like this, The New York Times reported. For many, this quest for more purpose, meaning and connection has led them to the sea. 

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Scuba Diving in Krabi or Phuket

If you are planning your next dive trip and have decided on Thailand, you will need to decide where to base yourself – and Thailand has plenty of excellent options to choose from. If you’ve already done some Googling around “diving in Thailand,” the chances are that you will have heard of both Krabi and Phuket, two of Thailand’s most popular diving destinations.

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Memorial Day BBQ in this Luxury Destination Resort in the Florida Keys

Memorial Day BBQ in this Luxury Destination Resort in the Florida Keys! Book now while special pricing lasts.Bungalows Key Largo invites you to celebrate Memorial Day in the Florida Keys with a Backyard BBQ Buffet prepared by Chef Juan and his culinary team! Enjoy the festive sounds of a Junkanoo Band while dining then grab a cocktail and head over...

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3 Ways PADI eLearning Can Help You Level Up as a Diver

Still get starry-eyed remembering your first breath underwater? Most divers do. Jacques Costeau famously stated that “the sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” But sometimes circumstances prevent us from diving as much, or as often, as we would like – with lack of time and lack of access to diving opportunities being the most common challenges. Let’s look at how divers (and future divers) can tackle these challenges with the help of PADI eLearning.

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Are Manta Ray Night Dives Ethical?

Question: Are manta ray experience dives really ethical if they use the ship's lights to attract plankton and, therefore, mantas? - Richard T, Pittsburgh

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Bula to the Rainbow: Scuba Diving Fiji's Taveuni Island

Melissa Cole peers through a sea fan.

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The Exposure Gear Divers Should Know About in 2022

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6 Reasons to Take the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course

After completing PADI Open Water Diver, you’ll know what buoyancy is and how it affects you as a scuba diver. But, like riding a bike or learning to drive, it needs practice to get right — and that’s one of the reasons to take the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course.

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What It’s Like to Travel to Turks and Caicos Right Now

The brown, orange, and black mottled Hawksbill turtle suddenly appears on my left, flipping gracefully as if flying in the sky above. But this is under the azure, balmy 78-degree waters of Turks and Caicos during a four-day diving getaway on the main island, Providenciales or “Provo” in the local tongue.

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The Underwater Camera Gear Divers Need in 2022

A diver captures an image using a SeaLife camera.

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How to Use a Diver Propulsion Vehicle

Going slow certainly helps you conserve air while being more aware, but when you need to cover more ground, a diver propulsion vehicle (DPV), or underwater scooter, is a fun way to cruise beneath the waves. It’s important to learn how to operate a DPV under the guidance of an instructor. The PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle specialty gives you that knowledge and hands-on practice.

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Diving Opportunities in Thailand

Are you planning your next diving holiday? Are the warm waters and tropical reefs of South East Asia calling to you? If so, Thailand should definitely be on your scuba diving radar!

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14 Dive Computers Perfect for 2022

A Garmin dive computer is ready to be used on a dive boat.

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Great Underwater Lights for Scuba Divers in 2022

ScubaLab tests a wide variety of accessories, including dive bags, dive lights and dive knives. Each test is aimed at evaluating the key characteristics of each specific type of gear so divers can in turen evaluate what works for them.

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6 Reasons to Subscribe to Scuba Diving Magazine

Scuba Diving magazine includes a variety of breathtaking imagery, comprehensive gear-related advice, helpful safety tips and educational, science-based articles. Comprising the perfect balance of informative and entertaining content, it is an ideal resource for scuba divers of all experience levels.

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Benefits of Being a PADI Mermaid

Mermaids are undeniably timeless; they have always been a trending topic amongst kids and adults. From fiction movies and cartoons to a diver’s own imagination, mermaids always resurface from time to time. Have you noticed? The popularity of mermaids has increased dramatically over the past decade. With more ocean lovers, mermaid impersonators, and avid swimmers and divers creating a subculture that brings mermaids to life. But what is a mermaid with a tail if she doesn’t take the plunge and dive in?

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These PADI Mermaids Turned Passion into Purpose

Meet the PADI Mermaid Team!

Our global team of PADI Mermaids and Mermen are a united front of inspiration, charisma, and passion for the planet. They all embody our shared ethos and are committed to creating local mermaid spheres of influence in key areas for ocean advocacy and outreach.

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All Star Scuba Scene - Liveaboard on The Red Sea - Discounted Weeks!

All Star Scuba Scene - Liveaboard on The Red Sea - Discounted Weeks! ­Very few dive destinations are defined by such incredible variety and quality as the Red Sea. Divers aboard All Star Scuba Scene can experience famous wrecks, prolific reefs, adrenaline-fueled shark encounters…and, of course, unmatched luxury and service.30% OFF Select Weeks!­ Ap...

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14 of the Best BCDs in 2022

A diver getting ready to go diving with a Seac buoyancy compensator.

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The Best Dive Destinations for Beginners

Why do the Top 100 Readers Choice Awards, now in their 24th year, still matter to divers? Because these are your picks, based on thousands of votes from the most experienced dive travelers on the planet. Why do they matter to us? Because every month you hear from our editors on what we think matters in the world of dive travel. For the January/February issue of Scuba Diving we get to listen to you, and we’re taking notes.

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Discover Scuba Diving to Open Water Diver: 10 Reasons to Get Your PADI Certification

So, you’ve completed a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience. After blowing your first bubbles, you can’t wait to dive in again soon. Your instructor has explained that going from Discover Scuba Diving to Open Water Diver is the next step in your new underwater journey — so if you’re wondering what the benefits are, keep reading.

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How to Use Ultraviolet Lights in Underwater Photography

Fluoro lights, often referred to as blue or ultraviolet (UV) lights, deliver the best results at night since the lack of ambient sunlight emphasizes the contrasts between dark reef and fluorescing marine life. The lens filter is easily attached to the front of the housing lens port, leading most photographers to focus on macro imagery. These filters block reflected blue light while allowing fluorescence to remain visible to the camera and eyes. The result is a crisp black scene with vibrant color—usually green, purple or orange. Photographers will often not wear the mask filter in order to see the entire reef in a gentle blue glow while also spotting fluorescing subjects.

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5 Amazing Mermaids Who Will Inspire You to Dive Into a Major Life Change

Being a PADI Mermaid is not just reserved for weekend warriors. In fact, you can make a full-time living from being a PADI Mermaid and giving you the chance to live and work anywhere in the world (hint: Paradise.) Five PADI Mermaid Instructors share their secrets to officially growing tails full-time. 

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What To Wear on A Dive Boat

Akona Tulum Changing Poncho

Lightweight, eco-friendly poncho provides privacy, warmth and comfort.

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Learn to Speak Mermaid

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The 7 Best Dive Sites in the Red Sea

Wrecks, canyons and blue holes are just a fraction of what the best dive sites in the Red Sea have to offer. The collection of dive sites quite literally form a microcosm of diving around the world. The Red Sea combines stunning and diverse marine life with exceptional and adventurous underwater topography, providing some of the best diving worldwide.

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The Real Superhero Animals of the Ocean

When you think of ‘Ocean Superhero’, no doubt, Aquaman comes to mind. But real marine animals are playing important roles in protecting their homes – and the resulting healthy ocean ecosystems are crucial in maintaining a planet that supports life. That’s why these four animals are some of the real Ocean Superheroes. 

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Awesome Masks and Snorkels for Scuba Diving

ScubaLab's testing of masks and snorkels is designed to gauge how well these essential pieces of gear allow us to see and breathe in the water.

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What It’s Like to Dive in Indonesia Right Now

It's hard to top Indonesia: Warm water, diverse marine life, more than 600 species of rainbow-hued coral. Add sites for divers of all levels and you can see why this Southeast Asian destination is endlessly popular. Since tourism restarted in late October, dive shops throughout the archipelago have geared up and are ready dive down once again!

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