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Where to Go Scuba Diving in Marathon, Florida

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

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Meet the Man Who Dives the Great Wall of China

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

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What is a PADI Cavern Diver Certification?

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

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Why Scuba Diving Should Be Considered a Wellness Activity

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

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Do Any Ocean Animals Get Sunburns?

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

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