How PADI Divers Around the World are Fighting to Protect Our OceanHow PADI Divers Around the World are Fighting to Protect Our Ocean

Recently, as part of our #PADI4Conservation contest, we asked the PADI community to share with us how they’re actively bringing awareness to ocean health and protecting the ocean. Needless to say, we were overwhelmed by all the incredible entries! We could only choose four winners, but we wanted to share […]

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ocean conservationkristina leadbeater

If you work at PADI Headquarters, chances are you have a huge passion for the underwater world- and with that comes a deep concern for the health of the ocean. It’s one thing to talk about conservation, but a whole new game to take action and maintain a sustainable lifestyle. […]

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jellyfish factsjellyfish facts

Written by Juli Berwald To a diver, a jellyfish can inspire both awe and fear. They are undeniably one of the loveliest creatures in the sea, undulating with a graceful rhythm and trailing an elegant veil of oral arms. Yet, their sting is terrifying, especially if you happen come across […]

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Learning to dive OKLearning to dive OK

By guest blogger, Lisa from Fjords and Beaches Learning to dive is an amazing experience, and I almost wish I could experience it again! The nervousness when trying to remember the theory of it, the shock when I realised that the gear was quite heavy (not sure what I was imagining), […]

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Young Ocean Explorers Website LaunchYoung Ocean Explorers Launch a New World for Kids to Explore

All photos supplied by Young Ocean Explorers There’s no denying that children are our future. In their small hands, they have the power to completely reshape our world. Which is why it’s so important to get them interested and learning about the underwater world from a young age. PADI AmbassaDivers […]

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