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Freediving - Deep Week BaliPADI AmbassaDiver Adam Stern Hosts Deep Week – a Freediving Festival in Bali

Photos supplied by Adam Stern Last month, more than 100 freedivers came together in Amed, Bali to take part in the largest PADI Freediver course in history! ‘Deep Week’ as it’s become known was organised and hosted by PADI AmbasaDiver and 5 x Australian Freediving Champion Adam Stern. He was […]

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Mission Blue Hope Spot: Protecting the Gulf of CaliforniaPhoto: Kip Evans | Mission Blue

  The Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez), located along the northwestern coast of Mexico, was named one of the top Hope Spots by Mission Blue founder, Dr. Sylvia Earle. Hope Spots are special locations around the world that are critical to the health of the […]

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BOOT 2018BOOT 2018

Once again, PADI will be exhibiting at BOOT, taking place at Messe Dusseldorf from the 20th to 28th January. We invite you, your diving and your non-diving friends to visit us at the PADI Village where PADI staff will be on hand to have a friendly chat, demonstrate all our […]

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  The scenarios below are based on real-life diving incidents documented by Divers Alert Network (DAN). Diver Experiences Leg Issues After Suspected Spinal Cord DCI After surfacing from an 80 foot (24 meter) dive, a diver experienced nausea and pain between her shoulder blades. It was her first dive of […]

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Guide to PADI Divemaster: The Rescue ScenarioGuide to PADI Divemaster: The Rescue Scenario

If you’re training to become a PADI® Divemaster, you took the Rescue Diver course. And, if you took the Rescue course, you probably remember how intense the in-water unresponsive diver rescue was. I had to do it at least three times before I had it down. The Divemaster Rescue scenario demonstration […]

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