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Learning to scuba dive is an incredible journey that shifts your perspective in numerous ways. It starts the moment you take that unforgettable first breath underwater and descend into the ocean. Here is how learning to scuba dive will change your life. Forever changes the way you view the world. When you become a scuba diver, you get to explore an exciting new world below the surface. A world filled with fascinating ecosystems, colorful marine life and landscapes you did not even know existed. Witnessing all of that life truly changes the way you view the world and your place…

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Divers don’t often have the opportunity to visit the site of underwater game show sets. One exception is Thunderdome, a dive site located off the west end of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, in the Northwest Point Marine National Park. This popular dive spot is regularly featured on the itineraries of the local live aboard yachts, the Turks and Caicos Aggressor II and the Turks and Caicos Explorer II. It is also close enough to the embarkation points for land-based operators to be one of their regular scheduled dives. Thunderdome not only gives divers a peek at the behind…

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Last week, Chris Foisey, a diving instructor at Dan’s Dive Shop in St Catherines, Ontario, reached a significant milestone. With the pandemic and the resulting downturn in diving and activities last year, Chris decided to make some TikTok videos to promote the dive industry and answer questions about various dive topics presented to him. Chris named his adventure “Modern Diver” and his videos are available on YouTube, Tiktok, and Instagram. Chris is extremely pleased with his supporters and reactions to his project 12 months later, with 850 shares, 22.9 million views, 2.9 million likes, and 145 thousand followers. We’ll be…

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Should you wear a front or back zip wetsuit? There isn’t really a right or wrong answer, however there are many opinions. There are a few different types of zips for wetsuits – and there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Being comfortable in your wetsuit is crucial to diving, in our opinion. If you’re not comfortable, how can you be expected to enjoy yourself? Different types of zips can affect a lot – how you get into the wetsuit and how easy it is, the flexibility of yourself and the wetsuit or how watertight it is. Furthermore, the type…

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Bali is a total melting pot for diving tastes. Whether you have decided to learn to dive or you have just qualified Bali has everything you could ever want when it comes to dive sites. Even if you haven’t dived in a while and want to ease back into diving slowly… Across the entire island the local dive professionals know ever critter (almost on first name terms), what time of day is best to dive each site and will be able to assist you in choosing the best site for your experience level, enjoyment and safety. There are so many…

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We’re not born as aquatic organisms. Though, as divers, we use dive gear so that we can at least pretend that is the case! Now, we use a lot of gear, but really, do we know what everything is called? Between the acronyms, the short terms and scuba slang it may be hard to keep track as a beginner diver. Whether you are looking to buy your first set of scuba gear, want to learn more about your equipment or just want to sound cool by using all the slang terms, here is a basic gear guide. For more in Divine…

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Snorkelling/scuba diving in a forest, you say? At Olha d’Agua’s wildlife park in the state of Paraba in Brazil’s Northeast Region, you can not only snorkel but also scuba dive once every seven years. Every seven years, the Olho D’gua river in the Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata park floods, submerging the local hiking trails. Divers and snorkelers have found this to be a popular spot. This area can receive up to 150 cm of rain in a single downpour. Rainwater overflows two rivers, da Prata and Olho D’Agua, flooding the forest and submerging plant life, bridges, and a footpath.…

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Diving can be an immensely pleasurable and exciting experience, so much so, that you may wish to turn your love for scuba diving into a scuba business and dive shop. Getting started in this industry can be easier than you think, but it requires patience, persistence, hard work and financing. Before you begin, you must be sure that this is available and your approach has been well thought-out. Let’s take a look at some business basics before you go diving off on your scuba diving business venture. Start With A Comprehensive Business Plan As the old saying goes, “failure to plan…

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We have found another worthy entry into our growing WeirdBoats repertoire. For the uninitiated, WeirdsBoats are any seafaring vessel that meets three major criteria. The boat must be 1) cool. 2) innovative. And 3) unquestionably unique. The Victa by SubSea Craft is 50% James Bond escape vessel, 50% Navy SEAL black ops infiltrator, and 100% worthy of a place on the list. We haven’t figured out whether its intended for special operations or special parties, but does it matter? Let’s discuss. While still in the prototype stage, the Victa is a 40 ft (12.2m) covert speedboat with a top speed…

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15 minutes to the bottom and 7 hours and 18 minutes to return to the surface. Karen van den Oever, a technical diver from South Africa, set a new women’s diving depth record after diving 236m (774 feet) into Boesmansgat Cave in the Northern Cape province on open circuit scuba with trimix 6/85 as the bottom mix. Boesmansgat Cave, also known as “Bushman’s Sinkhole” is the deepest underwater freshwater cave (or sinkhole) in South Africa’s Northern Cape province that has been explored to a depth of 282.6 meters (927 ft). Nuno Gomes set the record for the deepest dive in…

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