convert your friends to diversconvert your friends to divers

Finding a dive buddy would be so much easier if your friends would just get certified, right? So, what’s the trick? Patience is a good start, but here are a few steps to get your squad diving with you so you can explore all of the amazing locations around the […]

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Top Dive Sites in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Have you ever been interested in scuba diving in Jamaica? Ocho Rios, or Ochi, is located on the beautiful North East side of the island, in the parish of St. Ann, and is situated near the Jamaican Blue Mountains – and is a thriving tourist area with a beautiful underwater […]

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caribbean reefcoral reef

Written by guest blogger, Nicole Helgason Hello! My name is Nicole Helgason and I am excited to start writing as a coral communicator for PADI. Since this is my very first article, I thought I would take a second to introduce myself before we dive into everything coral reef. I […]

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PangeaSeed Foundation Sea Walls Project Visits Churchill, CanadaPangeaSeed Foundation Sea Walls Project Visits Churchill, Canada

  PADI AmbassaDiver team, PangeaSeed Foundation, recently completed Sea Walls Churchill, the newest installment of their Sea Walls program that aims to combine art and conservation. This time, the foundation partnered with seventeen artists and Kal Barteski, the founder of the Polar Bear Fund. Sea Walls Churchill was a 10-day public art pr...

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PADI Open Water Diver George AitkenAge is No Barrier: 74 Year Old George Aitken Gets His PADI in Fiji

Some people use age as an excuse to slow down – but not George Aitken! The 74 year old recently got his PADI while on a family holiday in Fiji. We asked him a few questions about his experience and whether he plans to continue diving in the future. What […]

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