Learning to Dive at Vobster QuayLearning to Dive at Vobster Quay

Written by Lee Piper, PADI IDC Staff Instructor For many divers the opportunity to dive in Belize and swim among Bull and reef sharks at 40m in the famous ‘Great Blue Hole’ is a distant dream. However, not for newly qualified PADI Advanced Open Water and Deep specialty Divers Guy […]

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Disclaimer: The opinions of the author are her own and in no way reflect the opinions of PADI or the dive shop affiliated with her. Of the many things I’ve learned in my Divemaster training (how not to map a dive site, and how to perform an equipment exchange while […]

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We’re often told stories about how scuba diving has changed lives – from discovering a new hobby and set of friends to overcoming PTSD and finding peace from anxiety. These stories show to us what we already know; diving holds a special power over us, it’s healing and inspiring. There […]

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Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris SpecialtyProject AWARE’s Dive Against Debris Specialty

What is marine debris? Marine debris is anything that doesn’t belong in the ocean. Typically, marine debris refers to trash discarded by humans: plastic, glass, cigarette butts, fishing nets, etc. Ocean debris is costly to marine life and people. In 2016 alone, divers reported 1,624 entangled marine animals, and “ghost” […]

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Diving Exits explainedDiving Exits explained

The band Semisonic said it in the early 90s, “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.” Here are some different methods scuba divers can use when exiting the water. Shore Diving Exit Walking out is an obvious choice if you’re shore diving. Divers can use the […]

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