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Featured Author // August 6, 2018

Why Scuba is the Ultimate Experience

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There are countless ways to spend your free time, but only one gives you the opportunity to explore the world in ways no other activities can match. Here are a few reasons why scuba diving is the ultimate experience:

Weightlessness.
Many people dream of training to be an astronaut, but only an elite few actually experience weightlessness in outer space. Divers, on the other hand, can get weightless anywhere there’s water – floating above a reef, gliding through a wreck, or hovering mid-water like a genie.

There are countless ways to spend your free time, but only one gives you the opportunity to explore the world in ways no other activities can match. Here are a few reasons why scuba diving is the ultimate experience:

Weightlessness.
Many people dream of training to be an astronaut, but only an elite few actually experience weightlessness in outer space. Divers, on the other hand, can get weightless anywhere there’s water – floating above a reef, gliding through a wreck, or hovering mid-water like a genie.

 

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Scuba allows you to move in three dimensions.

With the exception of pilots and a few high-flying olympians, most people can only move side to side and back and forth, but scuba diving allows you to move up and down – even upside down. Moving in three dimensions is such an unusual experience, new divers have a hard time getting it right – floating up too quickly or crashing down hard. If you find yourself struggling, the PADI®Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialtycan help dial in your skills.

Anyone can dive regardless of gender, age or physical ability.
Scuba diving is a sport you can enjoy from age 8 to 88 and beyond. Children can try scuba gear in a pool at age eight and get PADI certified as young as ten. Learn more about scuba diving for kids.

PADI’s Adaptive Diving programs, and organizations like The Cody Unser First Step Foundation and Patriots for Disabled Divers help disabled individuals and veterans suffering from traumatic physical and mental injuries to experience the underwater world.

Scuba diving can be enjoyed year-round, almost anywhere in the world.
Some activities can only be enjoyed during a particular season, but scuba divers can enjoy their favorite activity anytime, just about anywhere there’s water. In locations where the local dive site may be frozen solid, divers grab a chainsaw and go diving anyway.

 

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Getting scuba certified makes our world a better place.
When you get a scuba certified with PADI, you support our Four Pillars of Change corporate social responsibility program. Together with PADI Members and our partner Project AWARE, we protect marine animals and work to improve the health of our oceans. In addition, PADI supports programs that help disabled individuals learn to scuba dive, and individuals who use scuba diving to make a positive impact in their community.
If scuba divers do not take an active role in preserving the aquatic realm, who will?” – John Cronin, PADI Co-Founder

Source: http://www2.padi.com/blog/2018/02/26/scuba-ultimate-experience/

 

Featured Author // June 16, 2018

5 Ways to Care for our Oceans from the Land

Posted byFlorine

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As scuba divers, we have the unique opportunity to witness the beauty of our oceans. We unfortunately also know that our beloved playground is at risk. While there are many ways we can pledge to be responsible scuba divers, do you know there are also many things you can do at home that will help to protect what you love the most?

 

1 ) Reducing our carbon footprint will help to contain global warming and hence to avoid coral reefs from bleaching

Our carbon emissions come mainly from 3 areas: the way we heat our homes, the way we go to work and what we eat. Investing in a schedule timer or a more efficient heating system such like those using renewable energy is a great way to cut on your carbon footprint. If you can, public transportation or cycling to work will not only reduce your CO2 emissions but also help you make significant savings for your next scuba diving holiday. Far less know that livestock farming also has one of the most significant CO2 impacts, so reducing the amount of meat in your meals is an excellent way also to help the ocean. Why not try meatless Mondays for instance?

 

 

2) Cutting on single-use plastic waste will help avoid marine life choking on plastic

I’m sure you’ve seen the depressing images of whales with stomachs filled with plastic bags, the turtle which got a plastic straw stuck in its nose or the award-winning photography of a tiny seahorse hanging to a cotton bud floating in the sea. Our single-use plastic waste such as plastic bags, plastic bottles, food and cosmetic packaging is killing marine species on a daily basis. Plastic doesn’t degrade for thousands of years but breaks into tiny bits, which are then absorbed by all kinds of marine species, including the ones we eat. The easiest way to start is to carry with you a tote bag, a refillable water bottle and a cutlery kit, check out PADI’s 5 Step Guide to a Plastic Straw Free Life for tips on how to cut out single use plastic straws.

 

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3) Being mindful of our fish consumption because the overfishing issue is real

I understand we are overwhelmed with messages about what to eat and what not to eat. Many have switched to fish instead of meat for health reasons, and sushi has become a global trend. Unfortunately, this made our fish consumption explode in the recent years, and the fishing method to bring cheap fish on our tables destroy marine ecosystems such like deep-sea trawling or pulse fishing, without counting the bycatch. Look for responsible fishing methods thanks to quality labels such as MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) and try to reduce your fish and seafood consumption to maybe once or twice a week.

 

4) Join a marine citizen science project in your area

To influence policymakers, marine biologists need to gather an enormous amount of data and analyse it to show trends and impacts on marine species and the health of the oceans. The workload to collect data is considerable, and that is why more and more marine institutes are now launching citizen science projects training ordinary people like you and me to the transect methodology and species identification so you can scientifically make records. You learn a lot about marine biology for free, make like-minded friends and have a significant contribution to save our oceans. In the UK you can, for example, look for the “Capturing our Coast” project. Find out more projects you can get involved with here.

 

5) Spread the word thanks to social media power

The power of social media to influence opinions doesn’t need to be demonstrated anymore. So anytime you see content explaining in a fun and educational way what is at stake about saving our oceans, please share with your friends. At the same time, whenever you see people bragging about how they harassed, touched or fed marine life please refrain from sharing it to avoid giving more people some bad ideas. Moreover, if you have questions, join some of the Facebook groups about Marine Conservation and you will be able to participate in some enthralling discussions and find more cool content to share with your friends.

 

Author Bio

Florine is a PADI AmbassaDiver,  PADI Divemaster and a Dive Travel blogger at World Adventure Divers. She dives in tropical to extreme cold waters, selecting her destinations when both adventure diving and cultural discoveries are part of the journey, and showing you how to do it without breaking the bank.

Source: http://www2.padi.com/blog/2018/06/15/5-ways-care-oceans-land/

 

Featured Author // June 4, 2018

‘Do I Need to Know How to Swim to Scuba Dive’ and Other Frequently Asked Questions.

Posted by Peta King

Before learning to scuba dive, it’s natural to have some questions. Exploring the underwater world can be unnerving at first, however it is also exciting and amazing. Here we answer some common questions about learning to dive.

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Before learning to scuba dive, it’s natural to have some questions. Exploring the underwater world can be unnerving at first, however it is also exciting and amazing. Here we answer some common questions about learning to dive.


1. Do I need to know how to swim to scuba dive?
Since it’s in the title, we thought we better address this first. If you’ve thought about this, you’re certainly not alone. For safety reasons, there are some minimum swimming requirements. You will need to complete a 200 metre swim – this can be any stroke and isn’t timed, so you can take your time. You’ll also need to float for ten minutes – you can do this laying on your back or by treading water. Finally, you’ll complete some basic snorkelling skills. The most important thing is your level of comfort in the water. The more comfortable you are the more enjoyable your dives will be, so if you’re not there yet, taking a couple of swimming lessons or classes may help improve your skills and confidence ahead of your course.


2. Do I need to own my own gear?
Not at all. Make sure you check with the dive centre that they have gear available for hire but most PADI Dive Shops will have well maintained gear available for you to hire for a small cost. Of course, as you progress you might decide to purchase your own gear (if that’s the case, take a look at our other helpful articles).

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3. Where should I learn to dive?
There are so many things that will affect the answer to this popular question. There are many benefits of learning to dive in your local area, and other benefits of learning to dive while on holiday! Consider if you have any upcoming trips to countries that you’d like to dive in; think about the types of marine life you would like to experience and conditions such as water temperature and seasons. For detailed information on diving destinations, take a look at the PADI Travel Scuba Guides.


4. Which PADI Dive Shop should I learn to dive with?
Choosing which PADI Dive Shop to take your first underwater breaths with with is a big decision! Unfortunately, it’s one we can’t make for you. We have written an article to guide you through the questions you should ask and our Dive Shop Locator is a great place to start your search, but ultimately, you need to feel comfortable with the dive shop and instructor.


5. How much will my course cost?
As all PADI Dive Shops are independently owned, prices can vary depending on location, class size and other factors. Take a look at our Dive Shop Locator and get in touch with a PADI Dive Shop to enquire about price and availability.


6. Can I dive with a medical condition?
Medical conditions don’t necessarily mean you can’t dive however only a doctor can assess a person’s individual risk. Doctors can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as needed when assessing fitness to dive.


7. Is learning to dive hard?
You’re in luck – we have an entire article dedicated to answering this question here.


8. I don’t have a dive buddy, can I still learn to dive?

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Absolutely! If you don’t have a buddy, your dive centre will be able to pair you with someone for your course – who knows, you might make a lifelong friend.

9. How long will the course take?

Progression through PADI courses is based on mastering skills rather than set time periods. Some people will progress more quickly whereas others may need a little more time on a particular skill. This means once you’ve completed you’re certification you’ll be truly equipped with the skills you need to dive.

How you choose to complete your theory component will also impact how long the course takes. If you choose PADI eLearning, you will move through at your own pace or if you opt for classroom sessions your theory time will likely be more structured.

Source: http://www2.padi.com/blog/2018/04/09/need-know-swim-scuba-dive-frequently-asked-questions/

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