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PALAU-1000 Jewels


The Republic of Palau is inimitable. Most tourists who come here like to spend their time underwater, for Palau is among the world’s most spectacular diving and snorkeling destinations. It features coral reefs, blue holes, wartime wrecks, hidden caves and tunnels, more than 60 vertical drop-offs to play with, and an astonishing spectrum of coral, […]

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The Invasion of the “DEVIL WEED”


Southern California’s incredible giant kelp forests are home to a rich array of marine life, as well as a focus for recreational activities including SCUBA diving, snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking.  But in 2003, they were invaded by an alien seaweed from Asia, and everything changed. As a major port for trans-Pacific shipping, Los Angeles has […]

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The Gentle Giants of La Paz


Whale sharks – the largest fish in the ocean and return every winter to the waters of the Bay of La Paz. Swimming with these gentle giants can be the perfect end to a dive trip or island outing. From early winter until late spring the whale sharks can be found feeding in the rich […]

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SIDE-MOUNT DIVING…not just for Techies


Once a technique used exclusively by technical divers, Side-Mount diving today is widely becoming an intriguing avenue of recreational divers. Being versatile and comfortable, the rig utilizes a specially designed wing and harness system designed by companies such as Hollis, Dive Rite and Halcyon and they are just about ready to dive straight out of […]

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Take a Leap into the Deep


Ahhhh, the lure of the deep… There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you below 60 feet, and on wall dives it may be a black coral reef, giant gorgonian sea fans or sponges. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at […]

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Sunscreen: Pros and cons for Scuba, Free, or Snorkel Diving


It’s hard to deny the pleasures of basking in the warm glow of tropical sunshine and shimmering blue waters … until you find yourself beet red and nursing a sunburn. A sunburn is exactly as it sounds…the burning of skin from exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, which causes redness and inflammation […]

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Dehydration and Diving


Divers are almost always dehydrated during/after. The body is 40 to 75 percent water and we need to maintain a relatively constant amount of water in the body.  Dehydration is simply defined as a reduction in water content.  The question to ask is how much water loss can we tolerate? Divers frequently start a dive with […]

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Questions from Non-Scuba Divers


When you tell friends and co-workers that you’ve recently been certified to scuba dive, their immediate reaction is likely to be an incredulous, “Wow. You did? I’m not sure I could do that!” This knee-jerk response is often closely followed by a rash of questions indicating intense curiosity mixed with a touch of apprehension and perhaps […]

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Diving at Altitude


Altitude diving is underwater diving using scuba or surface supplied diving equipment where the surface is 1,000 feet or more above sea level. Elevated altitudes produce unique challenges for the diver. The reduced atmospheric pressure at the surface of any mountain lake affects the divers’ depth gauges, as does fresh water, which is less dense […]

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Is SCUBA Dangerous?


Most people think sharks are mindless man eaters. Nothing is further from the truth. Actually WE are the one thing in the ocean that should really be feared. Statistics show that recreational scuba diving is about as safe as swimming. Certainly there are potential hazards, which is why you need training and certification. But like […]

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