PADI night diverPADI night diver

Diving at night isn’t just cool, it’s also the chance to witness nocturnal marine life on the prowl. Animals like eels, lobsters, shrimps, crabs and octopuses can be seen during the day, but typically they’re laying low, waiting for nightfall when they leave their assorted lairs to hunt. And, in […]

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The Parking Lot - IndiaA New Dive Site for India; The Parking lot

The team at Temple Adventures, like many divers, feel an obligation to give back to the ocean for all we have received from it. They believe that all our underwater friends need is the right environment to thrive and so came about a project that served to provide shelter where […]

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Unterwasserwelten The TeamUnterwasserwelten lake photo Chris Keller

Every body of water has its own secrets. To discover them together, to share with the world and thus to contribute to their preservation – that is the vision that drives us. Unterwasserwelten is an annual camp based in the black forest region in Germany. Organized by PADI Freediver Instructor […]

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Buddy up your PADI Specialty Diver coursesBuddy up your PADI Specialty Diver courses

Written by guest blogger Danielle Schofield PADI Specialty Diver courses are a fun and flexible way to hone your diving skills and knowledge into the areas that you’re really interested in – whether that’s marine life, photography, or thrill-seeking. Of course, with so many to choose from, we know it can […]

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Why Slow Divers are the Best Kind of DiverWhy Slow Divers are the Best Kind of Diver

Written by Candice Landau “There’s barely any life out there!” A throw-away comment I made barely two months after getting certified. At the time I had been diving Mike’s Beach Resort in the Hood Canal in Washington State. After my second dive I clambered out of the water, the frustrated […]

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