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Sure, it’s fun to earn and collect specialty cards, but more importantly, each distinctive specialty course is the opportunity to get in-depth knowledge about various animals — from nudibranchs to manatees — and facets of the dive life, such as careers in underwater media. If you’re really looking to hone […]

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Nurdle and beach

Have you ever asked yourself how plastic is transported around the world before it’s turned into products? Most people haven’t but here’s the answer; Nurdles. So, what is a nurdle? They’re tiny pellets of plastic, used in the plastics industry to transport raw plastic from manufacturer to the factories where […]

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Palau WehPulau Weh – A Jewel in Indonesia’s Crown

Pulau Weh? Pulau What?  How much do you know about this tiny Indonesian island? Have you even heard of it? If not, you’re missing out and here’s why. Nothing is as suggestive of a tropical island paradise as palm trees, mangroves and white sandy coves and Pulau Weh literally has […]

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Calling all Florida divers! Join us at Surf Expo on Saturday, September 8th to learn more about the PADI Freediver course and meet some of our team!  The show features more than 2,500 booths of apparel and hardgoods and a full line-up of special events, including fashion shows, annual awards […]

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My PADI Story: Daniel BichselMy PADI Story: Daniel Bichsel

We spoke to PADI Freediver Instructor, Daniel Bichsel about his freediving journey so far and how it’s shaped his life and beliefs. How did you get into freediving? Here’s the short version of a long story! As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by the underwater world. […]

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