Recycling Myths TrashedRecycling Myths Trashed

We all know that recycling is an important issue and as divers we have seen the effects of plastic in our oceans. Are we doing enough? Here are some common myths about recycling which may be holding us back from doing more to help Mother Nature and protect our beautiful […]

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Great Barrier ReefTrip of a Lifetime to the Great Barrier Reef Doesn’t Disappoint

Last month, to celebrate the Professional Association of Diving Instructor’s (PADI) 25 millionth diving certification, Sarah Gleeson and a buddy of her choosing were invited on a dream trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and saw first-hand the state of the Reef. “I had seen reports of the Great Barrier […]

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Dive the North PoleDive the North Pole

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Mariam, I am a 32 year old, Saudi Physician and extremely passionate about adventure. I’m also passionate about global volunteering as I am an ambassador in many international organization as African Impacts to help African kids and Women […]

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Diving in FormenteraDiving in Formentera

The Balearic Islands are situated in the Mediterranean, and consist of Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera. In 2015, Dr. Sylvia Earle named the Balearic Islands as a Hope Spot. Hope Spots are areas in our ocean that Mission BlueTM, an alliance that includes more than 200 respected ocean conservation groups and […]

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Coastal Clean-upCoastal Clean-up

With ever increasing pollution in and around our coasts, it can often feel like an uphill struggle to start to shift the tide (pun intended). So, we’ve come up with a list of 10 things you can do as an individual to help coastal clean-up efforts – from tackling the […]

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