Visit Cyprus in WinterVisit Cyprus in Winter

By guest blogger Alexandra Dimitriou Why visit Cyprus in winter? Cyprus is known as an excellent summer holiday destination. Year after year over 3 million guests visit our shores looking for sun, fun and scuba diving. Over 74% of visitors travel between April and October leaving this beautiful little island to sleep […]

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Alex EidenAlex Eiden

When Alex Eiden was 14-years-old, he signed up for a scuba diving expedition in the Caribbean – never imagining it would lead him to meet with government leaders and receive the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Gold Service Award. “The idea of being underwater for an extended period of time seemed really […]

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AustraliaYour Guide to Diving in Australia

Australia is a dream diving destination for many divers, and if it’s not on your bucket list, it should be! Not only is Australia home to the Great Barrier Reef, it offers diverse dive sites and phenomenal marine life, including endemic species, the whole way around its coastline. Here’s just […]

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My PADI Story: Olga BeltsovaMy PADI Story: Olga Beltsova

We caught up with Olga Beltsova, who started scuba diving at the age of twelve, about how diving has helped to to gain confidence in and out of the water. How did you get into scuba diving? Everything started in 2013 I was 12 years old, my dad and I […]

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4 Misconceptions About Scuba Diving4 Misconceptions About Scuba Diving

When it comes to diving, there are a few misconceptions floating around that we think are worth clarifying. Maybe these four explanations will help you convince your BFF that it’s time to get certified or help assure your mom that it’s not as ‘crazy’ of a sport as she might […]

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