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diving for stressLeave Your Stresses at the Surface

With busy schedules, family commitments and constant parties to attend or plan, life can get stressful. When you’re organising your holidays and weekends, remember that you need to have some fun too! One of the best ways to relax and get away from the endless decisions and complications life throws […]

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Izkiz in JordanIzkiz in Jordan

Jennifer Tuffen, better known as @izkiz, is a world traveler, photographer, and recently-certified PADI Open Water Diver.  “It was an unforgettable experience, I felt like Ariel from The Little Mermaid. We saw stonefish, scorpionfish, lionfish, eels and dived a shipwreck and a tank wreck. Jordan is an incredibly beautiful country, […]

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scuba diver pridescuba diver pride

When you become a scuba diver, it changes you in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. If you know the signs to look for, it’s easy to spot scuba divers in the wild. Some divers make it obvious, rocking a dive flag snap back, or I Breathe Underwater, What’s Your Superpower? T-shirt. […]

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PADI divemaster at 60+PADI divemaster at 60+ shelly craig

Written by Guest Blogger, Shelly Craig   My husband and I started diving in the 90’s. We took some advanced training back then as we wanted to dive together off of our 18’ Boston Whaler, “Kokolishi” in the waters of Bonaire, a small Dutch Island in the Caribbean. We got […]

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The scenarios below are based upon real-life diving incidents documented by Divers Alert Network (DAN). Leaking Glove Leads to Ear Barotrauma You’ve likely heard about the dangers of distracted driving, but distracted diving is hazardous too. A dry suit diver with a leaky glove learned this lesson the hard way. […]

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