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When we go diving, our choice of site is often greatly influenced by the means we have available for reaching it. The reverse can also be said to be true, how we reach the site may be influenced by where it is. For certain kinds of diving, such as at inland sites and cave diving sites, the diving will almost always be “shore” based, in that we simply walk into the water once we reach the site. For ocean-based sites, especially those that are within a couple of hundred meters of shore, there may be a choice to be made…

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In 2018 I was sat at work, staring out the window and thinking about my upcoming liveaboard trip. I was checking windguru every hour to see how the forecast was changing, how that might affect the week at sea. The only thing that kept me motivated throughout the office jobs I had worked in up until this point was the promise of upcoming dive trips. Diving was and still is a bit of a be all and end all in my life, now that it was something I did, it was part of my identity and my outlook. Whenever I…

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When one is new to diving and beginning to seriously consider taking it up longer term, one of the first things that you begin to think about is equipment. What are you going to buy first, and what is your budget going to be? But after you have got your first set of equipment and have been enjoying the sport for a while, you may begin to decide your dive experience could be improved by investing in “better” equipment. The first set of gear you bought may have been second hand or you may have been lucky enough to have…

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Bill and Nadine Beard are PADI Instructors, SSI Platinum Pro 5000 members and were elected to The International Legends Of Diving. Bill Beard is the true pioneer of scuba diving and combining adventure tours in Costa Rica. On his first trip to Costa Rica, there were no scuba tanks in the country. In 1970, Bill brought tanks with him on his next trip, got them filled at Miller Gas, and started diving in Costa Rica from dug out canoes. He was the first working instructor and had the first professional dive shop in the country located in San Jose. In…

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Jennifer Carter; an Explorers Club fellow, author and producer who co-authored the book “Titanic Adventure: One Woman’s True Life Voyage Down to the Legendary Ocean Liner” together with her late husband, Academy Award-winning composer Joel Hirschhorn, always had a youthful obsession with the Titanic. Jennifer was the first woman to dive to the Titanic wreck when she signed on with the all-male French / American Titanic, as expedition leader in 1987. And this is just one of her long lists of noble accomplishments. Jennifer at one time was a bank teller, a far different profession then the leader of the…

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Whether you are a seasoned diver or relatively new to the sport, you might have heard of, or at least stumbled across the idea of liveaboards. So, what exactly is a liveaboard? Given that most diving takes place at sea, as divers we often need to utilise boats to reach offshore reefs or wrecks. If we are on vacation, we also need somewhere to stay when we aren’t diving. A liveaboard, as the name implies, is a boat on which one lives during the duration of their dive trip. Liveaboards come with a distinct set of advantages and disadvantages over…

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“Girls that Scuba” is very excited to share their “Girls that Scuba Ambassadorship Program”, with 10 incredible female divers from all over the world, for the first time ever. These women will work closely with our dive community to foster and represent diversity, positivity and equality for women in diving. We can’t wait to tell you about their journeys! The world’s largest female scuba diving community is called “Girls who Scuba”. Their mission is to encourage, educate and introduce more and more women to scuba diving whilst empowering those already addicted among us. After working on a Liveaboard in Micronesia,…

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No matter which agency you decide to learn to dive with, as long as it can be associated to shops and schools, there will be a Divemaster (DM) or equivalent role. A DM is responsible for assisting instructors and helping the flow of a dive business, both from the point of view of customer satisfaction, logistics and safety. A busy operation will often have a number of DMs on hand to provide assistance with anything from filling cylinders on the compressor to accompanying rescue divers during their open water training, alongside an instructor. DM or it’s equal is the first…

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This week’s special guest on the popular Facebook Livestream DIVETALKS, orchestrated by Divesoft, is the Italian marine biologist and diving instructor, Beatrice Rivoira. Be sure to tune in this Thursday, July 16th at 1 p.m. EDT, for the opportunity to hear about her latest projects, preferred gear, and diving ambitions for the coming year. Beatrice’s interest in diving was inspired by her father and brother who were both heavily involved in the sport. That interest drove her to achieve her master’s degree in marine biology and oceanography. Her love for diving then led her to become an OC & CCR…

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