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A PADI® Open Water Diver certification is the most widely-recognized in the world. There are thousands of PADI Dive Centers worldwide, but here are six reasons why you should get certified locally: Spend Your Holiday Time Having Fun – Not Taking a Class Vacations aren’t cheap. With hotel costs averaging […]

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Wreck diving adventures in MaltaWreck diving adventures in Malta

You’re a newly certified PADI Open water diver but soon enough you discover that many exciting dives are out of range for you: too deep, too cold, etc. But, never fear! If you’re not yet enrolled on a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course there are still plenty of exciting […]

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Diving Wife Family PassionDiving Wife Underwater Wedding

Written by Alexandra Dimitriou Scuba diving has lead me to every joyous occasion that I can think of in my life. It keeps my family together, introduced me to my husband, unlocks the entire planet and I’ve made some of the best friends that this world has to offer. My story […]

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Florida Keys National Marine SanctuaryFlorida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

  Divers come to the Florida Keys not just because it’s the only barrier reef in North America and the third-largest coral reef in the world, but it’s also home to Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. “FKNMS holds a tremendous collection of shipwrecks representing much of the maritime heritage of […]

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