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This Is World Changing – and You Are Part of It

29 April in Ottawa, Canada, the UN International Negotiating Committee (INC) finished its fourth session to develop an international treaty addressing plastic pollution. More than 2500 delegates from 170 member nations and 480+ organizations – including PADI AWARE Foundation – took part, setting the stage for the next session this November in Busan, Republic of Korea.

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How Hard is the Rescue Diver Course?

Wow, I can’t believe I did that! That was so hard. I am so proud of myself. I remember thinking this (and telling my friends and family) after completing my PADI Rescue Diver course. I’d been anxious about this certification because it seemed so “pro” – and I was elated and exhausted to pass. 

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5 Underwater Photography Etiquette Rules All Divers Should Follow

The word “etiquette” can bring to mind a fussy person who cares more about appearances than enjoying the moment. But for the love of fan coral can we please set aside whatever feelings we have about the word etiquette and agree that being a safe, responsible diver is more important than getting the perfect shot.

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Introducing PADI AWARE Foundation’s Newest Community Grant Recipients

The dive community is teeming with passionate Ocean Torchbearers working to create a healthier future for marine ecosystems through ocean conservation, and the PADI AWARE Foundation is dedicated to accelerating their local actions to drive global change. In 2022, PADI AWARE launched its Community Grant Program, a nonprofit grant program, to help fund the important work of these ocean projects. Since the grant program’s inception, PADI AWARE has awarded more than USD $575,000 in grants to directly support 73 projects run by PADI dive shops and community-based non-profits. These project address key ocean threats, like climate change, marine debris, marine habitat loss, and marine species protection. 

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How Scuba Divers Are Advancing the Space Industry

Space and scuba diving may seem like worlds apart. In reality, scuba diving offers the perfect platform for training for life in space. Both challenge human endurance, take place in hostile environments and push technological boundaries. PADI Professionals are combining their scuba diving skills with advancing humanity’s exploration of the final frontier. Here’s exactly how scuba divers are having an impact on space exploration and the space industry.

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7 Weird Jobs That Require a Scuba Certification

Scuba diving gives us unique skills that take us to places we’d never imagine. This could mean underwater caves, unexplored reefs, or even Antarctica. Sometimes, however, scuba diving can also lead us to different careers. Just ask these PADI Pros and scuba divers: they’ve gone with the flow and found themselves with some of the most unusual and weird jobs on the planet.

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Get Your Summer Vibe With Our 2024 Summer Dive Playlist – Spotify

Whether you are diving, surfing, paddle boarding or just heading to the beach, our 2024 Summer Dive Playlist will get you in the mood for an awesome summer adventure. Perhaps this is the year you’ll complete your PADI Open Water Diver certification, or maybe you’re looking to expand your knowledge with a new PADI Speciality course. Whatever your plans are, we have the perfect soundtrack for you.

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7 Amazing Partner Discounts Available to PADI Club Members

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Everything You Want to Know About Sea Slugs & Nudibranchs

Sea slugs and nudibranchs are some of the most popular animals among divers. Their colorful appearance and shapes that look like their straight out of a Pokemon game make spotting different species around the world a bucketlist item for many. Below, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about sea slugs and nudibranchs. Once you know more about them, you’ll love sea slugs even more and look closer to spot one on your next dive.

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What Scuba Diving is Like for a Blind Diver

In a world where we often discuss the beauty of our surroundings in visual terms, it is easy to forget the richness other senses bring to our experiences. For us divers, the visual splendor beneath the ocean usually draws us in the most. But have you ever wondered what scuba diving would be like if you can’t see? What other senses come alive when visual cues are taken out of the equation? This question brings us to the remarkable tale of PADI AmbassaDiver Jessica Pita, a legally blind diver, who sees the underwater world without sight but with a heart full of adventurous spirit.

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EcoTourism in the Maldives: One Diver’s Experience at a PADI Eco Center

On Earth Day 2023, we launched our newest accreditation, PADI Eco Center, to recognize the most sustainable dive operators around the world. A year later, we have awarded approximately 100 PADI Dive Centers and Resorts worldwide with the PADI Eco Center designation, giving divers plenty of options to choose ecotourism in their destination of choice or when diving locally.

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PADI Club Trips: One of the Best Benefits of PADI Club Membership

Did you know that members of PADI Club™ get exclusive access to multiple dive trips around the world each year? PADI Club dive trips are perfect for scuba divers who want to:

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The Best Diving Destinations in the Middle East

Planning a trip to the Middle East? You’re in luck! For scuba divers, there are many epic diving destinations to explore in this region. And, each of the best diving destinations in the Middle East opens a door to an underwater world filled with beautiful landscapes and diverse marine life.

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The 5 Best Diving Destinations in South America

South America’s repertoire of magical and bizarre dive sites set the stage for some of the best diving in the world — and that’s not an exaggeration.

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The 10 Best Diving Destinations in Europe

Europe is renowned for its rich history, diverse culture, and mouth-watering cuisine, but there’s an entire hidden world beneath its waters. Many great shipwrecks, ancient artifacts, crystal-clear lakes, and lively reefs await discovery by scuba divers. Whether you’re already a seasoned diver or just dreaming about your Open Water Diver course, Europe’s magical waters are calling. Below, in no particular order, we explore the top ten diving destinations in Europe you must see for yourself.

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This Waterproof E-Glove Could Revolutionize Scuba Communication

Researchers have developed a waterproof e-glove capable of translating underwater hand gestures to improve scuba diving communication.

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What It’s Like Diving at One of the Most Eco-Friendly Dive Centers in the World

Scuba diving has always been more than just a hobby for me; it’s a way to give back to the environment and to show others the magic of everything found under the surface. Recently, I took this journey a step further by diving with Ceningan Divers in Indonesia, a renowned PADI Eco Center and one of the top two most eco-friendly dive centers on Earth, according to their Green Fins environmental impact score. This experience opened my eyes to how sustainable the dive industry and dive centers around the world can be by not only making as little impact as possible on the marine environment but also regenerating degraded habitats.

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What is Green Fins & How Does It Assess the Environmental Impact of Dive Centers?

Diving offers an unrivaled opportunity to witness the breathtaking beauty of underwater ecosystems. Yet, as the popularity of this sport grows alongside its impact on the marine environment, so does the need for a responsible approach to scuba diving operations. This is why Green Fins was initially developed and where the Green Fins assessment comes into play, serving as a crucial tool in promoting sustainable diving practices globally.

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Keep Your Superpowers Super

In a previous blog, I talked about how diving makes the fantasy of “superpowers” real, giving us abilities that not only let us breathe and “fly” underwater, but enable us to help others and be part of saving the ocean. But, having these powers comes with a price – you have to use them.

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How PADI Eco Centers Are Changing the Face of Ecotourism in the Scuba Diving Industry

Every diver wants to preserve the marine worlds they explore. It’s the natural result of seeing so much threatened beauty underwater. This collective passion for conservation has paved the way for ecotourism to take root in the diving community. In fact, a 2022 Reef-World survey revealed that divers want more environmental education and are willing to pay more for sustainable dive adventures that give back to the ocean. 

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Regenerative Travel vs. Sustainable Travel: What’s the Difference?

Many scuba divers start out with a passion for thrills – thrills that come from breathing underwater, exploring the ocean’s depths and meeting fascinating marine life. This initial passion for thrills often grows into a love for and dedication to the marine environment, which today, more than ever, goes hand-in-hand with ocean conservation. As divers witness the degradation of ocean habitats and learn about methods to save them, they become more aware of their responsibility to make sustainable travel choices.

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The Best Diving Destinations in Australia & New Zealand

Above the surface, Australia and New Zealand offer the chance for some truly memorable encounters with wildlife, from koalas to kangaroos – and it’s just the same in the water. For starters, arguably the most dreamed about dive destination worldwide is in Australia – the Great Barrier Reef. However, beyond this, both Australia and New Zealand are home to numerous additional dive destinations worthy of your vacation time.

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The Best Diving Destinations in Southeast Asia

Whether you’re learning to dive or a scuba aficionado, there’s no shortage of the best diving destinations in Southeast Asia to discover on your next vacation.

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PADI Honored by Fast Company on World’s Most Innovative Companies List for 2024

PADI has recently been spotlighted on Fast Company’s 2024 Most Innovative Companies list. This accolade is no small feat; it places PADI alongside giants and pioneers across various industries, all recognized for their groundbreaking contributions to business, culture, the environment, and innovation strategy.

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The Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Scuba Diving

Scuba diving holds a unique place in my heart. In 2009, a spinal cord injury left me paralyzed from the waist down. I spent the initial years after the accident grappling with the situation. Accepting my new normal and embracing new hobbies, as well as reviving old ones, played a significant role in my mental, physical, and emotional recovery. In 2013, scuba diving caught my interest and prompted me to ask my best friend and future business partner to give it a try. The rest is history.

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New! Meet the AI Dive Mask Attachment That Identifies Marine Life in Real Time

In an extraordinary leap forward for the scuba diving world, we are thrilled to announce the development of a groundbreaking dive mask attachment that promises to transform the underwater experience for divers worldwide. Dubbed the Marine Life Identifier Mask Attachment, this cutting-edge technology integrates advanced artificial intelligence (AI) with the diving experience to deliver real-time information about the marine life you spot underwater, including the name of the species and other key facts. Imagine diving into the ocean and instantly knowing everything about the vibrant marine life surrounding you – this mask attachment makes it possible!

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Advanced Open Water Diver: Everything You Need to Know

Unsure if you want to take the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (AOW or AOWD) course? Read on to learn everything you need to know including:

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The Best Underwater Restaurants That Are Actually in the Sea

For adventure seekers, the underwater world and scuba diving holds a captivating allure. The weightlessness, the vibrant coral reefs teeming with life, the feeling of being in another world – it’s unparalleled. But what if there was another way divers could descend beneath the surface in addition to scuba diving adventures? Imagine a fine-dining experience that seamlessly blends with an incredible underwater panorama, a place where there are no decompression limits to worry about. Buckle up, because underwater restaurants are a reality, ready to take your love for the ocean to spectacular new depths.

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How to Choose a Dive Watch

In the world of scuba diving, few accessories are as iconic as the dive watch. But what exactly sets these timepieces apart from their land-loving counterparts? In this article, we dive deep into the intricacies of dive watches, exploring their construction, functionality, and why they remain a staple for both recreational and professional divers alike. Let’s plunge into the fascinating world of dive watches.

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The 10 PADI Rescue Diver Exercises: What to Expect During Your Course

Embarking on the PADI Rescue Diver course is a journey that transforms an ordinary scuba diver into a diver who sees through their bubbles to care for their buddies. Thinking about taking the next step as a diver and enrolling in this fun and functional course? This comprehensive guide explores the four parts of the Rescue Diver course, starting with the ease and convenience of PADI eLearning, then discussing the skills you’ll learn and demonstrate during the in-water portion, including the 10 Rescue Diver Exercises.

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Everything You Need to Know About the PADI Junior Divemaster Certification

Mastering scuba diving isn’t just for adults – the PADI Junior Divemaster course offers an exciting opportunity for young divers aged 15 to 17 to become leaders in the underwater world. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore what sets the Junior Divemaster certification apart from its adult counterpart, detailing the unique training experiences and responsibilities these young enthusiasts undertake. From honing leadership skills to mastering dive theory, discover how Junior Divemasters are shaping the future of scuba diving while gaining invaluable experience for their journey beneath the waves.

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10 Scary Ways Rising Ocean Temperatures Are Impacting Scuba Diving

Scientists are reporting spikes in ocean temperatures. Divers are experiencing it.

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How to Get Back to Scuba Diving After Pregnancy

Before I dive into this vital topic, it is important to say that you should not scuba dive when pregnant. Being in or around water is enormously relaxing, but you should absolutely stay at the surface while you’re still pregnant. As a woman pregnant for the third time, I can reassure you that if you love the water and crave it as much as I do, then you should, can and will return to it in time.

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The Best Non-Competitive Sports for Adults

Although the definition of the word sport references competition, there are now plenty of non-competitive sports which allow adults to get out there and get active. Sport isn’t just about beating your opponent any longer as we continue to look for ways to challenge ourselves. For many adults, recreational sports are a release and a healthy way to stay active.

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What Can You Do With a PADI Account?

New to PADI or scuba diving in general? If so, you’ll likely want to create your very own PADI account to get started enjoying the many benefits of being a PADI Diver.

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PADI Gift Certificates: Adventure in an Envelope

Unlike clothes, electronics, or other items that will one day end up in a bin, scuba diving is an experience your recipient will never forget. Give the gift of adventure for a loved one’s birthday, wedding, graduation, retirement or other meaningful event — PADI gift certificates make it easy.

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What Are the Different Types of CPR?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, more commonly known as CPR, is a technique designed for use on patients experiencing cardiac arrest. Implemented correctly, this easy-to-learn procedure can play a key role in saving a person’s (or even a pet’s) life.

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What Are the Bends in Scuba Diving?

Whether you’re new to scuba diving or a certified diver, you’ve probably heard of “the bends” – more formally called decompression sickness (DCS). So, what are the bends in scuba diving?

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How Old Do You Have To Be to Scuba Dive?

Kids have a natural attraction to the blue. From the youngest age, any body of water seems to call to them, whether it’s a pool, lake, or ocean. They love to splash around, play, and explore as they swim. It’s no surprise that many kids get curious about scuba diving. But how old do you have to be to scuba dive? 

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What Is PADI?

In a nutshell: PADI is short for “Professional Association of Diving Instructors”, the largest diving certification agency in the world. In fact, PADI issues more than one million certifications every year, and the organization helps the world to seek adventure and save the ocean through underwater education, life-changing experiences and travel.

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There Is Still More Unknown Than Known in the Sea

Humanity has uncovered so much about the world that sometimes it seems like everything significant must have already been discovered. This is why, regarding questions like whether Bigfoot exists, skeptics argue that large animals are too conspicuous to slip under our radar. If Bigfoot were real, they say, by now there’d be no doubt, especially with so many people looking for it.

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How to Book Last-Minute Scuba Diving Trips & Courses Around the World With PADI Adventures

Are you driven by the call of adventure, fueled by the thrill of spontaneity? Do you believe that the most remarkable experiences often emerge when least expected? If so, you’re in good company. Our love for adventure has taken us on a five-year overland journey across the globe, through more than 40 countries spanning five continents. But amidst the dusty trails, wild terrain, and vast landscapes, something was missing – my deep-seated connection to the ocean.

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The Best Scuba Destinations for Families

When you discover the thrill of scuba diving, it’s natural to want to share your passion with your family. It’s a hobby that can grow as your family grows. No matter where life takes you, you can always share the experience of exploring underwater worlds together. So, if you’re planning a family vacation and want to get some diving in, here are some of the best scuba destinations for families.

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Introducing the GoPro PADI Distinctive Specialty Course

We’re thrilled to unveil the GoPro PADI Distinctive Specialty Course, a new GoPro-specific distinctive specialty certification for certified scuba divers, providing training on how to use GoPro cameras, accessories and the Quik video editing app to become the ultimate storyteller and content creator. This collaboration aims to equip divers with the skills to unleash their creativity, capture breathtaking moments, and share their underwater adventures with the world.

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PADI Gear Discount: Here’s What You Need to Know About This PADI Club Benefit

Being a certified PADI diver likely means you’re aware of PADI Club™ – one of the best ways to stay connected to your favorite hobby and get discounts at the same time. This annual subscription not only grants you access to a wealth of perks, such as savings on courses, a Scuba Diving magazine subscription, and also offers the standout benefit of discounted scuba attire through PADI Gear™.

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PADI & the Colombian Government Develop Official Diving Guide

In a groundbreaking collaboration with the Colombian government, PADI staff and local Members have showcased the scuba diving industry’s unwavering commitment to fostering safe and sustainable diving practices on a grand scale.

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The 4 Best Up-And-Coming Scuba Diving Destinations To Explore in 2024

A great diving destination and a great diving experience means not only seeking adventure but also doing our part to save the ocean as well. As a certified diver, you have a passport to the last frontier, and you’ve learned the superhero skills that can help save one of the most important ecosystems in the world. 

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The Top Trends in Scuba Diving for 2024

We’ve begun the new year with optimism and hope for the future of our shared blue planet. With new credentials, courses and mindsets around scuba diving, the ocean has never been more accessible for people to explore and protect. Here are the top four trends in scuba diving that are empowering more people to become superheroes for the ocean in 2024.

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How Long Does It Take to Get a Scuba Diving License?

How long does it take to get a scuba diving license? Short answer: It takes at least four days to become a certified diver and earn your scuba diving license. After successfully completing the Open Water Diver course, your digital certification card (PADI eCard™) may be downloaded within 24 hours — usually sooner. 

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Where & How to Find Scuba Jobs Worldwide

Starting a career under the sea might sound like a dream for some, and it’s entirely within reach for many. From sharing your love for the underwater world with others as a diving instructor to contributing to marine conservation efforts, a career in scuba diving presents boundless opportunities to merge passion with profession. In this article, we navigate the scuba job market to help you develop a fulfilling career, whether you’re dipping your toes into the waters for the first time or are already a seasoned diver looking to make a splash in your professional life.

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The Best Outdoor Activities in Austria

Austria – you wouldn’t think that this landlocked country would have much scuba diving. And even when it comes to ranking the best outdoor activities in Austria, the country lives in the shadows of its flashier neighbor, Switzerland.

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Here’s Why Jamaica is One of the Caribbean’s Best Destinations for Learning to Scuba Dive

Jamaica, with its pristine beaches and vibrant culture, is not only a paradise for those seeking relaxation and adventure above water but also a premier destination for anyone looking to embark on a scuba diving certification course. With its warm, crystal-clear waters, interesting marine life, and variety of dive sites, Jamaica offers an unparalleled setting for those who want to learn to dive in the Caribbean. Here are six reasons why Jamaica stands out as one of the best places to take the plunge into the PADI Open Water Diver course.

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Tips for Shooting Freediving Videos

Ever wonder how photographers, videographers, and influencers capture amazing underwater content? Each time you enter the water, the conditions vary, so there’s no perfect setting for every situation. However, here are some basic tricks that can help you get the perfect underwater videos. A significant aspect of capturing stunning video involves spending time in the water, patiently waiting for ideal lighting, calm conditions, or cooperative wildlife. Regardless of the camera you’re using, here are some tried and true tips for shooting beautiful freediving videos.

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Exploring the Depths: The Wonders of Scuba Diving and Its Accessibility

Scuba diving has a special place in my heart. Imagine yourself submerged in a world where gravity seems to lose its grip, and vibrant marine life dances around you. This is the magic of scuba diving, a sport that not only offers unparalleled beauty but also remarkable accessibility.

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How Much Does a Scuba Certification Cost?

If you see scuba lessons that cost only USD $99 US or even USD $199 — buyer beware. Typically, any beginner scuba course that costs less than USD $200:

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Dive Into Your 30s: PADI Certification & the Joy of Learning to Scuba Dive

Turning 30 is a milestone that often prompts reflection on life’s adventures and a desire to explore new horizons. I have been a traveller all my life, a land traveller. I was hopping from country to country, indulging in culture, food, hiking, surfing, and a little bit of snorkelling.

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Striving to Save the Ocean: A Non-Diver’s Experience Taking the PADI AWARE Specialist Course

Interested in a unique opportunity to engage with ocean conservation, whether you’re an experienced diver or entirely new to the underwater world? The PADI AWARE Specialist course could be a great option for you. I took this newly updated course with zero experience in scuba diving. Allow me to share my personal experience, and how it reshaped my view of ocean conservation.

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Everything You Need to Know About Scuba Diving in Jamaica

Jamaica is a paradise for both seasoned scuba divers and those new to the sport, offering crystal clear waters, abundant marine life, and an array of dive sites that cater to every skill level. From coral reefs to the intriguing wrecks, diving in Jamaica is an experience not to be missed for those visiting the country. 

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PADI Scuba Diving Restrictions

Scuba diving carries a certain amount of risk, especially without proper training. To ensure you don’t dive outside of your abilities, there are PADI diving restrictions for each certification level.

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Tips for Scuba Diving in Poor Visibility

We all love to see underwater images of vibrant coral reefs in crystal clear water and visibility that stretches as far as the eye can see, but is it realistic to expect this? Yes, in certain areas, and at certain times, it’s absolutely realistic, but that doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed. In other world-famous diving areas, visibility is significantly lower, but it doesn’t distract from the incredible diving that’s still on offer. Once you understand how to dive in limited visibility situations, even more dive sites become available to you. You’ll also find that lower-than-average visibility will stop being a disappointment and become an opportunity to try out your skills!

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Is Freediving Dangerous?

Every activity we undertake has some inherent risk. Whether we are driving to work, out for a jog, or diving to great depths on a single breath, there is always risk involved. While freediving has been around for centuries, it only recently hit the mainstream and has garnered media coverage. Unfortunately, much of this coverage only happens when something has gone tragically wrong. So, let’s answer the question, “Is freediving dangerous?” and, let’s look at how we can reduce some of the associated risks.

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Do I Need to Dive Deep When Scuba Diving in the UK?

The simple answer is absolutely not. You can dive as shallow or as deep as you chose in the UK, providing you have the right diving certification!  I’ve been a PADI Instructor for 22 years and have been lucky enough to dive all over the UK, enjoying the huge variety of dive sites we have around our shores, both deep and shallow.

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Are Sharks Endangered?

Sharks are some of the coolest and well-known fish in the sea. Some sharks, like great white, tiger and bull sharks, seem formidable and even invincible. While sharks have lived on Earth for over 400 million years, they are facing many threats today. Recent studies show that one third of all chondrichthyans (sharks and their relatives) are endangered, shark and ray populations fell by 71.1% from 1970 to 2018, and sharks are missing from 19% of the world’s coral reefs. This begs the questions, are sharks endangered? Are all sharks endangered, or at risk of extinction?

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How to Find Ocean Conservation Opportunities Near You

Many news headlines about the state of the ocean, like “With Florida ocean temperatures topping 100, experts warn of damage to marine life” and “NASA clocks July 2023 as hottest month on record ever since 1880,” are simply discouraging. It’s difficult to watch something you love be impacted, especially if the issue (like climate change and plastic pollution) is global. How can one person cool down the ocean and air so that corals don’t bleach? How can one person clean the ocean?

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Diving Makes Us Superheroes

Like a lot of us, as a young child I fantasized being a superhero. Inspired by comic books and television, I dreamed of having extraordinary abilities like flying (sans airplane), superhuman strength, seeing what others can’t see and so on. Beyond this, I pictured myself using these superpowers for good, swooping in to save the day. I’d bet most of us have had thoughts like these.

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PADI Teams Up with Wellness Brand Neuro to Drive Ocean Change and Create a Blue State of Mind

In celebration of World Whale Day, we have joined forces with the innovative wellness brand Neuro, embarking on a mission to spearhead ocean conservation and nurture a blue state of mind. This alliance is more than just a partnership; it’s a journey towards creating a positive ripple across our vast oceans.

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PADI Teams Up with Wellness Brand Neuro to Drive Ocean Change and Create a Blue State of Mind

In celebration of World Whale Day, we have joined forces with the innovative wellness brand Neuro, embarking on a mission to spearhead ocean conservation and nurture a blue state of mind. This alliance is more than just a partnership; it’s a journey towards creating a positive ripple across our vast oceans.

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Virtual Reality Scuba Diving – Take a Test Dive

Before you book your next scuba diving adventure, take a virtual field trip there first. While virtual reality scuba diving will never be as good as the real thing, free VR videos offer a sneak preview of what diving is like in different locations. 

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Virtual Reality Scuba Diving – Take a Test Dive

Before you book your next scuba diving adventure, take a virtual field trip there first. While virtual reality scuba diving will never be as good as the real thing, free VR videos offer a sneak preview of what diving is like in different locations. 

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40 Ocean Jokes That Will Make Your Friends & Family Laugh Out Loud

Let’s face it, sometimes there’s nothing better than an ocean-related joke to make your friends and family nod, grin and groan. We’ve compiled 40 ocean jokes that are so not funny, that they just are! Next time you’re in need of a fin-tastic pickup line, a dad joke, or a way to cheer up a diver friend, look no further than the ocean jokes below. Although we can’t promise that you’ll get a laugh in return, a groan is certainly guaranteed!

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Why Peak Performance Buoyancy Should Be Your Next Specialty

For those of you wondering, “I learned about buoyancy control when I got certified, do I really need to take another course?” Fair question. 

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EFR Courses – Which One is Right for You?

Put simply, there are few things as potentially valuable as undertaking a first aid course. In the most extreme emergency situations, the knowledge and skills learned in these classes may become the difference between someone you love living and dying. Sounds like something you would want to learn, right? Read on to determine which of the available Emergency First Response (EFR) courses is right for you.

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The Best Summer Scuba Jobs for Divers

If you’re passionate about diving but unsure how to turn it into a professional career, a summer scuba job could be a perfect entry point for you. Seasonal scuba gigs can be a fun way to earn some cash, or spark a deeper interest in a long-term diving career. You won’t know until you give it a try!

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A Day in the Life of a PADI Instructor

Being a dive instructor can be an incredibly rewarding job. Every day, we teach people about the wonders of the underwater world, help them develop skills to explore it safely, and create new Ocean Torchbearers who pledge to protect and preserve our blue planet. If you’ve ever wondered what spending a day as a PADI Instructor is like, let me take you through my typical day.

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100+ Ocean Names for Scuba Babies

As divers, we’re unashamedly obsessed with the underwater world. We buy our pets critter costumes, then speak in hand signals, and even let scuba puns creep into our dating life. When it comes to choosing the perfect baby moniker, it’s no surprise that ocean names are top of the list for scuba parents who want to share their love for the big blue.

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PADI Certification Rules and Requirements: Your FAQs Answered

Do you know the number one rule of scuba diving? Never hold your breath! This isn’t a PADI certification rule; it’s a safety guideline every diver should follow.

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Can You Fart While Diving?

Can you fart while diving? Perhaps surprisingly, this is a very popular scuba diving question. Whenever the topic of farting surfaces, someone inevitably starts laughing. The best way to “clear the air” is with a song. “Beans, beans, the magical fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot, the more you toot, the better you feel, so, eat your beans with every meal.”. But what if we’re going underwater, should we still eat those beans? On the bright side, no one will smell it, but is it dangerous or impossible to fart while scuba diving? Keep reading to find out.

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Proper Weighting Techniques for Freediving

To be properly weighted while diving, freedivers first need to understand the forces a diver must overcome and how to use them to their advantage. Being over-weighted increases the amount of effort used to stay at the surface in-between dives and when returning to the surface. Being under-weighted can also negatively impact your performance while diving. Let’s take a look at some proper weighting techniques for freediving.

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Pro Surfer Pacha Light on Her PADI Certification Story, From Riding Waves to Breathing Underwater

When professional surfer Pacha Light, known for her prowess on the waves, decided to explore the depths of the ocean, she opened a new chapter in her already impressive career. This Ecuadorian-born, Australian-raised GoPro athlete and environmental activist took a leap into the world of scuba diving, achieving her PADI Open Water Diver certification. Her journey began off the picturesque Catalina Island, California, a place famed for its vibrant marine life and kelp forests, with the help of PADI Master Instructor, Zac Araneta, also known as Scuba Zac.

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Bar or PSI – Why It Doesn’t Matter Which You Use

Scuba diving is a global sport, welcoming participants from all over the world. When comparing scuba diving in different countries, we need to take into consideration that some aspects change along the way, and one of the main things that changes from country to country is units of measurement. For example, when traveling, we have to convert miles to kilometers, pounds to kilograms, and Celsius to Fahrenheit. The numbers change but the physical measurements are the same. Bar or PSI is one additional measurement change scuba divers sometimes encounter. Below, we’ll explore how these units of measurement compare. 

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PADI’s Core Courses

When we talk about PADI certification levels, we often mention PADI’s core courses. But what’s considered a “core” course?

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Why are Ocean Sounds Calming?

Have you ever wondered why being in and around water has such a calming effect on our brains? The sound of crashing waves, the gentle rhythm of the tide, and the whisper of bubbles as we explore underwater worlds profoundly impact our well-being. Let’s dive deep into the science and explore why ocean sounds are so soothing.

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Freediving in Italy: Everything You Need to Know

Italy is one of the most romanticized and popular travel destinations in the world, and it is easy to see why. Beautiful coastal cities are dotted with colorful architecture, rich history, and the lingering aromas of the local cuisine. Cities like Florence, Naples or Rome or the villages along the Amalfi Coast invoke day dreams of slow mornings in the cafe watching the world pass by in complete bliss.

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Myths About Learning CPR

Concerns about performing CPR incorrectly, injuring the victim, and a reluctance to provide mouth-to-mouth ventilations are a few of the reasons people don’t learn how to perform CPR. But, if you were on the ground and you needed assistance, wouldn’t you want someone around you trained in CPR?

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Female-Led PADI Dive Centers, Where Women Pros Are Inspiring a New Generation of Divers

As a little girl, I was captivated by the tales of the underwater world. I dreamed of becoming a diver, living in a water house and befriending dolphins and seals. Diving was an aspiration, similar to becoming a paleontologist or an astronaut. At 19, while studying finance in college, I took up diving as a summer activity, having long forgotten about my childhood dreams. Yet, three years later, I found myself as a PADI Instructor.

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Why Wreck Diver Should Be Your Next Specialty Course

For centuries, countless ships have found their resting place in the vast depths of the ocean, becoming time capsules of history and an unexpected home to a variety of marine life. Wreck diving gives you the unique opportunity to step back in time and explore these submerged pieces of history. It also presents a new set of challenges and opens the door to new experiences. Wreck travel destinations are bound to thrill any diver, which is why you should make the PADI Wreck Diver certification your next specialty course.

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PADI Club Certification Card Benefits: Everything You Should Know

If you’re already a PADI diver, you’ve likely heard about PADI Club™ – the best way to maintain your diver status. This annual subscription gives you access to all kinds of benefits, like course savings, a magazine subscription and, best of all, free or discounted PADI certification cards

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Done a Discover Scuba Diving Experience? Take It to the Next Level on Your Upcoming Vacation

Many people do a Discover Scuba Diving experience on vacation as a fun, one-off activity with friends or family. If this is something you’ve done in the past, perhaps you’re curious about the next level of diving but feel hesitant about the time commitment required.

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How to Log a Dive

This article will describe how to log a dive and explain why you should maintain a record of your diving experience. When logging a dive, you can include a lot of information or just a few basic details. Read on to learn which sections I always fill in, which ones I usually skip and why.

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Swapping Work Suits for Wetsuits: My PADI Divemaster Adventure

Imagine turning your passion into a profession…how many people can say that? Embarking on my PADI Divemaster Internship was doing exactly that. Stepping into a world where the ocean became my office, I swapped work suits for wetsuits, and I haven’t looked back! It was a passport to a life less ordinary.

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Why Digital Underwater Photographer Should Be Your Next Specialty Course

Underwater photography is a truly powerful tool. It has the ability to captivate audiences by offering a glimpse into a world and moments in time that not everyone is lucky enough to see for themselves. Not to mention that it’s a fun, never-ending hobby which also provides an ideal way to capture the moments you never want to forget.

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Why Dry Suit Diver Should Be Your Next Specialty Course

You know that person that’s always cold? That’s me. I wear a 5 mm wetsuit with a beanie, even in the tropics. Before I learned how to dive in a dry suit, I often cut my dives short. Even if I had plenty of air in my tank, I’d end the dive early. 

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Sonakshi Sinha and Zaheer Iqbal Appointed as PADI AmbassaDivers to Advocate for Ocean Conservation

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of celebrities Sonakshi Sinha and Zaheer Iqbal as PADI AmbassaDivers™. This initiative marks a collaborative effort to promote environmental stewardship of the world’s oceans.

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Divemasters – You Can Teach Too! Level Up Your Ocean Advocacy in 2024

If you’re a PADI Divemaster reading this, chances are you already know what an important role you play as a conservation torchbearer for our planet’s oceans and waterways. What many don’t realize is that Divemasters, too, can be qualified to certify students in “fins off” conservation-based courses to lift that torch a little higher. 

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Bioluminescent Waters Create a Rarely Seen Dolphin-nomenon

An eye-catching video has emerged from Newport Beach in California, showcasing a mesmerizing encounter between a pod of dolphins and bioluminescent waters. The video, captured by photographer Mark Girardeau, offers a rare glimpse of marine life interacting with bioluminescence and beautifully showcases the natural wonder that occurs in the ocean. The mesmerizing footage shows the dolphins gracefully swimming through glowing waters, leaving a trail of shimmering blue and green light in their wake.

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Captain Sully Reunites With Rescue Diver Team to Mark “Miracle on the Hudson” Anniversary

On January 15, 2009, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger became a household name after playing the central role in one of the most remarkable emergency landings in aviation history. US Airways Flight 1549, piloted by Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, struck a flock of Canada geese shortly after taking off from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport. This caused both of the plane’s engines to fail.

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Beneath the Waves: The Lifestyle of an Underwater Videographer

“I am Janne, an underwater videographer who spends a lot of my time on dive safaris, and I am single.” On my recent liveaboard trip, this sentence marked the beginning of my acquaintance with Janne. Each diver on the boat was briefly sharing their diving stories before we embarked on our grand journey – a diving liveaboard from Hurghada to Safaga with PADI 5 Star IDC Arctic Divers Dive Center.

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Discover the Importance of Fiji’s Great Sea Reef

The Great Sea Reef (GSR) in Fiji is the world’s third largest barrier reef, after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Mesoamerican Reef in Central America. It’s also called “Bainivualiku” or “Cakaulevu”, which means protector of the north or big reef in the local language. The GSR extends for over 450 kilometers (280 miles) in length, from the western coast of Viti Levu (at the tip of the Yasawa Islands) to the northeast point of Vanua Levu (Udu Point). Although it is not well known to many, this reef is a significant part of Fiji’s ecosystem but it’s currently in need of preservation and protection.

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Three 12-Year-Old Junior Master Scuba Diver Rock Stars Share Their Passion With the World

They say, “Age is just a number,” but when you’re trying to become PADI Junior Master Scuba Divers (MSD), those numbers matter. We caught up with three young diving rock stars to hear about the stories behind their accomplishment of this rating and their dive experiences. 

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