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Winter Sun, ThailandWinter Sun, Thailand

Written by Danielle Schofield This time of year is often jam-packed with holiday preparations, social events, family visits and, somewhere in between, the mania of gift shopping. After all that, it’s no surprise that many of us want to escape to the world of scuba diving for a change of […]

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Winter Sun, ThailandWinter Sun, Thailand

Written by Danielle Schofield This time of year is often jam-packed with holiday preparations, social events, family visits and, somewhere in between, the mania of gift shopping. After all that, it’s no surprise that many of us want to escape to the world of scuba diving for a change of […]

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Local Diving ChristmasLocal Diving Christmas

Written by Danielle Schofield Many of us won’t get the opportunity to escape on a diving vacation until well after the holidays have passed. But here’s the good news: there are still plenty of ways you can feed your scuba addiction without a passport. Local diving There are various local […]

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Winter Sun, ThailandWinter Sun, Thailand

Written by Danielle Schofield This time of year is often jam-packed with holiday preparations, social events, family visits and, somewhere in between, the mania of gift shopping. After all that, it’s no surprise that many of us want to escape to the world of scuba diving for a change of […]

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As you come towards the end of the year, it’s only natural to take a look in the rear view mirror and contemplate the year that was. “Where did the year go?” You might ask, and “What happened to my resolutions?” Our favourite part about this is that everyone looks […]

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