sunshine while diving in bahamassunshine while diving in bahamas

  Sunscreen is a necessity for most scuba divers, but not all sunblock is created equal. Some contain an ingredient that’s destroying coral reefs around the world. The evidence is so strong, Hawai’i may pass a law banning certain sunscreens. The primary chemical culprit is oxybenzone, an ingredient used in […]

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Exclusive 2-4-1 ticket offer for PADI divers at DIVE 2017!Exclusive 2-4-1 ticket offer for PADI divers at DIVE 2017!

Once again, PADI will be exhibiting at DIVE, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham (UK) on the 21st and 22nd October. We invite you, your diving and your non-diving friends to visit us at the PADI Stand where PADI staff will be on hand to have a friendly chat and […]

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Nurdle and beach

Have you ever asked yourself how plastic is transported around the world before it’s turned into products? Most people haven’t but here’s the answer; Nurdles. So, what is a nurdle? They’re tiny pellets of plastic, used in the plastics industry to transport raw plastic from manufacturer to the factories where […]

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sea horsesea horse

Sure, it’s fun to earn and collect specialty cards, but more importantly, each distinctive specialty course is the opportunity to get in-depth knowledge about various animals — from nudibranchs to manatees — and facets of the dive life, such as careers in underwater media. If you’re really looking to hone […]

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PADI FreediverPADI Freediver

Calling all Florida divers! Join us at Surf Expo on Saturday, September 8th to learn more about the PADI Freediver course and meet some of our team!  The show features more than 2,500 booths of apparel and hardgoods and a full line-up of special events, including fashion shows, annual awards […]

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