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Interview with PADI’s First Female Course Director from the Maldives, Zoona Naseem

Zoona Naseem is only the second Maldivian to have attained the rank of PADI Course Director, and the country’s first female to do so. She is the owner of Moodhu Bulhaa Dive Centre in Villingili Island, just 10 minutes away from the capital, and is passionate about getting young people diving. Here she shares her PADI journey and discusses what it’s like to be at the top of a male-dominated industry.

What inspired you to become a PADI Pro?

I spent the first few years of my life in a small island in Noonu Atoll in the north of the Maldives, so I was always in the ocean as a child. I learnt how to swim at the same time I learnt how to walk. When I did my first dive at 17, honestly, I found it so easy that I thought to myself ‘Why isn’t everyone doing this? And why are there no female instructors?’ I think I knew after that first dive that I was going to become a PADI Pro.

 

How do you think you’ve changed as you’ve moved up the ranks to become a PADI Course Director?

I did my IDC when I was 18, straight after leaving school, so I’ve been a PADI Pro for my entire adult life. My first job was at a resort called Sun Island Resort & Spa and the dive centre was one of the busiest in the country at that time. It was like a dive factory! I got to teach every day and I really developed my skills as a teacher. Of course, later I learnt managerial skills as a dive centre manager but it’s my teaching skills that I am continually improving as I move up the ranks.

 

What will it mean to the Maldives to have its first female Course Director?

In the Maldives, there are still very few women working in the tourism industry, and I feel that this is down to a lot of lingering misconceptions about resorts amongst Maldivians. But in reality, resorts are fantastic places to work for women. You get exposed to so many different cultures, you save everything you earn and there are lots of opportunities for travel and training. So I think that with a female PADI Course Director working in the country, I can show people what a fantastic industry we are a part of, and what you can achieve as a PADI instructor. My greatest hope is that more women will follow my example, and I have set a personal goal to have two female Maldivian instructors working in my dive centre.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement in your diving career?

Becoming a Course Director. It was a long journey to get here, and I didn’t really even believe it was possible until recently. Nobody ever told me that this was an option for me! So it definitely feels like a big achievement. And my other greatest achievement, the thing that gives me great happiness, is seeing so many of my students now owning their own dive centres. They are leaders in the Maldivian dive industry, and I’m extremely proud of them.

 

What does diving give you that nothing else does?

On a personal level, when I’m diving, I get a sense of peace and happiness that I can’t find out of the water. There’s nothing in the world like diving. But as a diver, I also have the chance to be an advocate for our environment, to be a marine ambassador, and that’s a privilege.

 

Did you have to overcome any fears, challenges or obstacles to get where you are now in your diving career?

When I was working for Banyan Tree International, I was managing five dive centres, plus five water sports centres – so it was a real challenge. And at first, managing all those male employees proved a little tricky. They found it hard to accept a local female as their leader, but I didn’t give up! With a little patience and perseverance, the team soon saw that I knew what I was doing.

 

Do you believe PADI instructors change others’ lives through diving?

For sure! When you take someone underwater for the first time, they will always remember you. One of my strongest memories was of taking a blind student diving. He simply wanted to experience how it felt to be underwater; to be weightless. We have the chance to create amazing experiences for people, and to educate them about our fragile underwater ecosystems.

Describe in a few sentences how you would convince a non-diver to learn to dive?

Well in the Maldives, it’s pretty easy to convince people, because the best of this country is underwater. There’s not a boring second when you’re diving, and it’s extremely safe. Actually, being underwater is much safer than walking in the busy roads of our capital city!

 

What does “Be Best. Be PADI” mean to you?

It’s simple. PADI is the best diving organisation in the world; there is no comparison. PADI changes lives!

 

And lastly, what’s your favourite dive site in the Maldives?

Oh, that’s a hard question but I think I’ve got to say Embudu Express, which is a channel that we often visit with our dive centre. There can be dozens of sharks, huge schools of eagle rays, and abundant fish life. But every dive is different, and it depends on how you dive!

To find out more about diving in the Maldives visit our Vacation Spotlight.

If this post has inspired you to become a PADI professional find out more here.

 

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By freedivinguae

Cold Water Diving for Warm Water Divers

I used to live in lush, tropical regions and was lucky enough to teach scuba diving in warm climates and warm waters. That was before I moved to Sydney.

Sydney (and New South Wales) have some stunning dive sites – as do many other destinations with cooler water. In fact colder water often produces truly unique dive sites with incredibly diverse marine life.

While the water temperatures that I was suddenly exposed to were a real shock at first (and I know that compared to some destinations, the water here in Sydney is actually considered warm), slowly but surely I have become used to the colder temperatures. Over the years, I’ve gathered some helpful tips so you too can enjoy diving in cooler temperatures rather than missing out.

Exposure Suits 

In tropical locations, you’ll rarely need more than a rash guard and board shorts, or perhaps a thin wetsuit (less than 3mm). The dream right?

Once you start diving in colder areas, you’ll definitely need a thicker exposure suit. You’ll want to look for at least a 5mm or 7mm wetsuit and might even want to consider a semi dry wetsuit or a dry suit. Don’t forget though that you’re likely to lose heat through other areas of your body. Invest in a hood, gloves and booties or socks if you’re going to be diving regularly.

Not only is the type of exposure suit important but the fit is too. Wearing a wetsuit that doesn’t fit properly will let in cold water and basically defeat the purpose of wearing one at all.

Weights and Tanks

Obviously, you can imagine that with all those extra thick layers, you’ll need a lot more weight. Some divers prefer using steel tanks instead of aluminium tanks for this reason. Aluminium tanks are a more common and popular choice in the warm water regions. Using your dive log is a great way to keep track of what weights you need with what exposure suit and of course your PADI Instructor or Divemaster can help you out if you’re unsure.

Weight Distribution 

Given that you’ll be wearing more weight, the way you wear it will differ too. Sometimes your Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) style will also have an impact on the way you wear your weights. For example, a jacket style BCD with an integrated weight system is now extremely popular, however sometimes this won’t be able to carry all your weights. In this instance you’ll need to look to a weight belt or use a harness with an additional weight pocket. It’s a great idea to try out different methods and find what feels most comfortable for you.

Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) 

Moving from warm water to colder temperatures, you might find that changing the style of gear you use might change. Often in colder areas, divers prefer a donut wing BCD rather than the jacket style. The wing style helps divers streamline their swimming underwater and also gives divers more space to move – particularly given that they’ll be wearing thick layers. This would be particularly relevant for you if you’re interested in underwater photography.

Regulators

Upon making the switch to cold water diving, you’ll need to check it your first stage regulator offers environmental seals. Environmental seals keep salt, sediment and other contaminants from entering the first stage and – importantly in this instance – will help prevent the internal components from freezing in cold temperatures. You should also check the rating of your regulator to assess what temperature is can withstand.

Keep in mind that when diving in extreme temperatures (like ice diving) there are even more considerations and preparations to undertake.

So you can see there’s no need to let a little cold water stop you from diving. You simply need to equip yourself adequately and you’ll be surprised at just how much you’ll enjoy diving in cooler temperatures.

Ready to get diving!? Find a PADI Dive Shop today.

 

Source: padi

By freedivinguae

Ever Wanted To Snorkel Or Dive The Antarctic?

Is diving or snorkeling with seals and penguins in chilly Antarctic waters one of the things on your bucket list?

If so, Waterproof Expeditions may have just the right trip for you.

The company is offering a cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula and the Weddell Sea aboard the 54-passenger, ice-strengthened Polar Pioneer cruise ship from February 25th to March 7th, 2018. On that cruise will be award-winning nature photographer Scott Portelli.

Last year, Portelli won an Honorable Mention in the “Action” category of National Geographic’s Nature Photographer of the Year competition for his photo of sea turtles eating jellyfish.

Rates for the cruise — excluding round-trip airfare — start at US$9500/~8006 Euros per person in a triple cabin. There’s also an extra $975/~822 Euro surcharge for polar diving and/or a $600/~506 Euro one for snorkeling.

For more info about the cruise, check out the Waterproof Expeditions website. (We’ve also heard rumors of a “Special Offer” consisting of free airfare from home to Antarctica, which you may want to ask about.)

 

Source: deeperblue

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Where to Dive in the USA in December

December can be tricky. It’s cold up north, but, in many places, not cold enough yet for ice diving. But in a few locales, from Florida to Utah, the water hasn’t cooled off and nor should your enthusiasm for suiting up. Here are some top picks for getting your dive on this December in the United States of America.

Lemon Shark Aggregation on the East Coast of Florida

In Jupiter, Florida, 90 minutes north of Miami, December marks the start of the lemon shark aggregation. These blunt-nosed, stocky sharks grow up to 11 feet in length, and congregate in groups numbering between 15 and 50. Jupiter Dive Center offers drift dives with the sharks, choosing the site based on where they’ve last encountered them. Typically, dives are on wrecks, including the 147-foot M.T. Esso Bonaire. Expect water temps in the mid 70s, thanks to the Gulf Stream.

Hammerheads in the Flower Garden Banks of Texas

In the Gulf of Mexico near Texas, December is when hundreds of scalloped hammerheads, as well as eagle rays, descend upon the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, a collection of reefs 115 miles from shore. Fling Charters, operator of the M.V. Fling dive liveaboard, visits the area year round.

Homestead Crater, Utah

Possibly the warmest water occurring naturally in North America in December is 95°F (35°C), and it’s found in the Homestead Crater in Midway, Utah (less than an hour’s drive east of Salt Lake City). The 65ft (20m) deep crater is primarily used for training, but it welcomes recreational pleasure divers as well. Visitors can marvel at the dome-like rock walls of the crater and mineral dome, which spans 400ft (122m) across and 55 (16m) high. The walls are ridged, appearing like the sides of a stack of pancakes.

River Diving on the West Coast of Florida

Over on the west coast of Florida, December’s colder temperatures drive the West Indian manatees to the warmer water of springs. However, swimming with these sweet beasts is for snorkelers only—and well worth the trip. Especially because just outside the town of Crystal River, home of the manatee haven of Three Sisters Springs, is Rainbow River, a drift dive where the water temp is 72°F (22°C) year round. Dive in to encounter alligator gar, redbreast sunfish, bluegills, largemouth bass and painted turtles.

Fathom Five National Marine Park, Tobermory, Ontario, Canada

Ok, so this one is in Ontario, Canada—a five-hour drive from Detroit, Michigan, and Buffalo, New York—but it’s well worth the border hop. Divers willing to brave the 33°F (1°C) water will find that this month brings the clearest water, as well as nonexistent crowds. Granted, it’s shore diving only, as charter season has ended, but a handful of wrecks, such as Forest City, are accessible from shore. Plan wisely, and do inform a few locals of your plan.

Though these warm water locations are well worth the trip, there’s much to appreciate about cold water diving as well. Check out these reasons we love putting on a dry suit.

 

Source: padi

By freedivinguae

Where’s the best place for a pre-dive breakfast in Ayia Napa, Cyprus?

Scuba diving makes us hungry. Very hungry. Fueling our bodies before we descend however can be a bit tricky as morning dives take place so early, and Agia Napa parties run till very very late. Breakfast before 11 is considered the crack of dawn to most, so this blog is your guide to getting the very best pre-dive food in Napa.

So, what and where do we eat before we go diving in the party town of Ayia Napa, Cyprus?

Best pre-dive breakfast spots in Agia Napa, Cyprus:

Your Hotel

Most holiday packages come with at least breakfast, but just remember to K.I.S.S. (keep it simple sexy!) and avoid the fried full English option. Eggs, nuts and bananas on a bowl of Muesli are your best bet to keep your fins flipping till lunch time.

 

Appetite, Ayia Napa

This restaurant is brand new and is delicious. Eggs Benedict are an absolute favorite of mine and are freshly prepared on a homemade English muffin. This is a real treat in Napa, where full English breakfasts become a haze of confusion and rather boring after a while. The owner Jazz is a bubbly breath of fresh air who cares about every aspect of your experience. Her superfood salads are amazing for a post dive treat too. To be honest you can’t fault any item on her menu and I can guarantee that once you discover Appetite in Ayia Napa you will go back day after day. Tuck in and fuel your dives all day!

 

Gary’s Bar, Nissi Ave, Ayia Napa

Giant fruit salads. Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. Both are great pre-dive yummies. My personal favorite however is “Gary’s breakfast” – thick Greek Yogurt, nuts, honey and seasonal fruits. Yum. Get it to go and every cell will thank you. Gary’s bar is cheap and cheerful with super friendly staff too; you’ll be treated like family in no time. This place is just 2 minutes’ walk from scuba monkey, making it my number one port of call when I’m hungry, day or night.

 

Zorbas Bakery

This place is a winner if only for the fact that it’s open 24 hours and has a large selection to choose from. Whole wheat, complex carbohydrate options are best here to keep your energy levels smooth and long lasting. A fresh OJ is sunrise in a cup and your whole-body tingles in gratitude. I always take my divers there when I’m on my way to the Zenobia, as nothing else is open! The omelets are to dive for! Huge, yummy and packed your choice of filling. The waffles aren’t bad either; choose peanut butter and banana for energy that will make even the energizer bunny go that extra nautical mile.

 

Juice Bars

Juice Bars are everywhere along Nissi avenue and if you prefer a more liquid breakfast, but still want power, then why not get a fresh pressed juice combo to drink while you’re on your way to the dive site? My favorite is a 5-juice combo of apples, Carrots, grapes, ginger and beetroot – it makes me feel invincible!

 

What food makes you go, mmmmmm before your giant stride in the morning?

 

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By freedivinguae

Freediver Gift Guide

December is here and that most likely means your holiday shopping deadline is fast approaching. Whether you are wondering what to get the freediver in your life, or you just want to treat yourself this holiday season, I have put together a guide of freediving gifts ideas to get you started.

J-Snorkel

There are some fantastic snorkels on the market with lots of bells and whistles such as dry or semi-dry. If you are an avid snorkeler, these options are very practical and can make your snorkeling experience much more comfortable. In freediving, the simpler the snorkel is the better. A traditional J snorkel is the best option for a freediver. The minimalism of this type of snorkel reduces the amount of drag as the freediver travels through the water. Since it is required that a freediver remove the snorkel before descending, there is no need for a complicated model.

Rubber Weight Belt

One of the most useful pieces of equipment for me was purchasing my first rubber weight belt. When freediving, as the pressure increases at depth your wetsuit will compress, but a standard SCUBA nylon weight belt does not compress. If you are maintaining the correct vertical position in the water on your dive, this will result in the nylon weight belt slipping down your torso toward your shoulders. It is very frustrating when this happens, especially since you are trying to stay relaxed and focus on your technique. A rubber weight belt can stretch and will fit securely around your hips to avoid this problem. Don’t forget that the correct weight belt placement is below your diaphragm to allow you to take the most efficient breaths possible!

Prawno Apparel

I first discovered this clothing line at DEMA one year. They have such an inspiring backstory and are the perfect choice to outfit your freediving buddy in! The brand is designed after underwater photography and puts recycling at the forefront of their mission. From manta rays, to humpback whales, to sharks and penguins, the selection is awesome and guaranteed to catch the attention of all your dive buddies on the days you spend on dry land.

Save the Waves x Pela Case

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5 Steps to Planning the Perfect Scuba Diving Trip

Planning the perfect scuba diving trip can be a stressful experience, especially for those under pressure to make the most of their precious time off. There are many different factors to consider – including choosing a destination, picking the optimum time to travel and packing in a way that won’t break the budget with airline overweight fees. In this article, we outline five basic steps that will help you to simplify the planning process, so that your trip lives up to expectations from start to finish.

Step 1: Choose Your Destination

Your first step should be to make a shortlist of appealing destinations. Start thinking about the kind of diving you want to do – for example, those interested in tec diving might dream of a trip to Malta; while wreck divers will find their version of paradise in places like Chuuk Lagoon or the North Carolina coast. If you want to dive with a particular marine species, you’ll need to choose your destination according to where that species is most prevalent. If you’re passionate about sharks, for example, French Polynesia is a much better bet than the overfished Mediterranean coast.

If you plan on traveling with others, you need to consider their requirements, too. If you’re hoping to combine diving with a family vacation, proximity to child-friendly topside attractions is a must. If members of your group want to try diving for the first time, advanced sites like Costa Rica’s Cocos Island are inappropriate. Lastly, make sure to think about the practicalities. Your budget may render some destinations impossible, while visa and vaccination requirements make some countries more challenging than others.

Step 2: Consider Different Holiday Options

Once you’ve chosen your dream destination, take a moment to explore what kind of diving holidays are on offer in that area. If there’s more than one option available, you need to decide which is best suited to your needs. For example, a Bahamas liveaboard will allow you to see far more of the archipelago than shore-based diving on a single island. However, if the main purpose of your trip is to explore the underwater film sets off Nassau, a liveaboard trip may not give you sufficient time to discover all that that specific area has to offer.

If you opt for shore-based diving, you also need to decide whether you want to stay at a dedicated dive resort (often a hassle-free option for families or dive clubs), or whether you prefer the independence of a conventional guesthouse or hotel. If you choose the latter option, make sure that there’s a trustworthy dive center within easy reach.

Step 3: Decide When to Go

Your next step is to figure out the best time to travel to your chosen destination. This may be dictated by seasonal conditions, including water temperature, visibility and swell (the latter being particularly relevant for liveaboard trips if you’re prone to seasickness). Topside weather is also a factor. For example, a trip to the Caribbean is far more likely to be disrupted by tropical storms during the annual June to November hurricane season than it is at any other time of year.

If you have chosen a destination based especially on its marine life, you need to make sure that you travel at the best time to see your target species. While shark diving is possible in South Africa all year round, for example, tiger sharks are only present at Aliwal Shoal during the warmer summer months (that’s the southern hemisphere summer, of course). Many marine species are migratory, and you’ll need to time your trip carefully to catch them.

Step 4: Take Care of the Practicalities

First on your list of practicalities is transport. Maybe getting to your dream destination is as simple as refueling your car; but if you’re traveling overseas, you’ll need to start researching flights. Remote destinations usually only have one or two airlines to choose from, but if you find yourself with a wealth of options, consider investigating different luggage allowances and overweight charges (especially if you’re packing five underwater cameras, a drysuit, and a rebreather).

Travel insurance is always advisable, particularly if you’re taking expensive equipment or visiting a country with astronomical private healthcare. Make sure to choose an insurance plan that covers scuba diving (many don’t), and be aware that trips to the United States often incur a higher premium. Next, you need to research which vaccinations, if any, are recommended for your destination. If you require malaria pills, ask your doctor which kind is best for diving. Visas are another important consideration and may need to be arranged several weeks in advance.

Step 5: Pack for Hassle-Free Travel

Finally, you’re almost ready to depart! But before you go, you need to pack carefully to avoid unnecessary hassles along the way. Complying with airline weight restrictions can be an issue for divers. Calculate the expense of paying overweight fees versus the expense of hiring your equipment upon arrival, and leave your heavier items behind accordingly. Alternatively, if the idea of hiring doesn’t appeal, consider investing in a lightweight BCD and reg set designed especially for overseas travel.

Don’t forget to pack easily overlooked dive essentials including spare mask and fin straps, spare camera batteries and o-rings. Non-diving essentials include adequate weather protection (think sunglasses and sunscreen); and a small first aid kit (especially important if you’re heading off the beaten track). Lastly, avoid heartbreak by packing your smaller, most expensive items in your hand luggage. Wrapping your suitcase is advised for trips to third world countries, while a TSA-approved lock is a must-have alternative for trips to the United States.

Source: deeperblue

By freedivinguae

Celebrating Manta Week with Scuba Junkie

At both its Malaysia and Indonesia locations, Scuba Junkie are renowned for their continual contribution to their surrounding communities and marine ecosystem. One way they do this is by hosting conservation themed weeks that highlight different conservation issues and educate people on ways to address them.

This year, Scuba Junkie held the inaugural ‘Manta Week,’ co-hosted with the Marine Megafauna Foundation. Events throughout the week raised awareness about our fragile underwater ecosystem, and the threats facing it – and in turn our majestic rays.

The team also hoped that their activities would inspire a new generation of conservation warriors in the customers at the resorts and people in the surrounding communities.

 

Lydia from Scuba Junkie told us about some of the highlights of the week.

In both Sangalaki and Komodo there were fun-filled days of community outreach programmes, clean ups and presentations. We were fortunate enough to be able to work with local schools in both locations and give talks on manta rays in Bahasa Indonesia. In Komodo our crew took some of the children from the neighbouring village on a snorkel trip, where they were lucky enough to see mantas cleaning! Those who joined that trip expressed their desires to be PADI Divemasters in the future – exactly what we were hoping to achieve…a new generation of people who are keen to protect the marine world (maybe we’ll start with the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience first though).

We also did some big clean ups, and talked to the local community about the problems that plastics cause, and why we should all change our habits and reduce the amount of plastic used on daily basis. In the future, we hope to hold workshops on reducing and reusing plastic in the Warloka and Sangalaki area.

What may be one of the most exciting things to come out of Manta Week however was launching long-term research into manta rays on Sangalaki with the Marine Megafauna Foundation. So far, research into manta rays in Sangalaki has relied solely on citizen science. Going forward, Scuba Junkie Sangalaki will be hosting a member of the Marine Megafauna Foundation team so they are able to conduct more thorough research in the area.

This isn’t Scuba Junkie’s first conservation focus week – nor will it be their last – they have been running such weeks for over ten years now. However as Scuba Junkie grows, there are new opportunities to expand outreach and partnerships – like the newly established partnership with Marine Megafauna Foundation.

We want to congratulate the team at Scuba Junkie for not only Manta Week, but all they do to protect the underwater world. We look forward to hearing about the success of many more events to come.

So what’s next for Scuba Junkie? They will be hosting Marine Week from 3rd – 9th December 2017, focusing on all things marine conservation.

Interested in teaming up with Scuba Junkie on Marine Week or one of their other conservation weeks? Get in touch!

Source: padi

By freedivinguae

6 Ways Scuba Diving Can Help You Beat Holiday Stress

Whether you dread the holidays or jingle all the way, the last few weeks of the year can be an intense time. There are gifts to buy, parties to attend, and way too much delicious food to eat. To help you stay healthy and combat holiday stress, here are some (scuba-fied) stress-reduction strategies recommended by Healthmagazine and WebMD.

Get Some Exercise

Exercise is proven to reduce stress, improve sleep and help you stay healthy. Scuba diving is great exercise and it can truly allow you to feel weightless during the holidays!

Ask your local PADI Dive Center or Resort about fun dive opportunities. Even if the weather outside is frightful, you can stay active and enjoy what you love by completing pool sessions for popular PADI courses such as Rescue DiverDry Suit Diver and Digital Underwater Photography.

  • Open Water Divers can enroll in the PADI Rescue course, participate in pool sessions and complete both their Advanced Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver certifications when open water conditions allow.
  • The skills required to complete the dry suit or photography specialty are often easier to perfect in a pool (or pool-like conditions) before progressing to open water.
  • PADI ReActivateTM can also be conducted in an indoor pool and is ideal for divers who want to refresh their skills before taking a dive trip or enrolling in a new scuba course.

Take Time Off from Technology

When was the last time you spent more than two hours detached from your phone (not counting time spent sleeping)? Many people find it hard to find the off switch, which means they never decompress from work commitments, social media pressures and the expectations of others.

Studies have shown the human brain needs offline time to relax, recoup and grow. So if you find it hard to resist the sound of a new incoming message, it’s time to go where the phone can’t find you – underwater!

Abandon Old Habits

Ever find yourself faking your way through holiday festivities? Or maybe you just feel exhausted by the time January comes around. If so, try breaking with tradition. Rather than slogging through yet another holiday potluck, invite friends, family or coworkers to try a Discover Scuba® Diving experience at your local PADI Dive Shop.

Smile More

According to two studies reported by Psychology Today: body movements affect emotions. By smiling, you can actually improve your mood. That doesn’t mean you have to force a phoney smile. You can watch a funny video, hang out with your favorite dive buddy, or Google animated GIFs of baby Dory (you know you want to).

Treat Yourself

Find something on your scuba bucket list and treat yourself. Maybe it’s time to replace a ratty wetsuit, upgrade your BCD or finally try your hand at underwater photography or videography. Don’t feel guilty; you’ve been good this year, right? More than half of holiday shoppers buy something for themselves. If you don’t feel right splurging on just yourself, why not plan a dive trip somewhere and invite your favorite dive buddy?

Reconnect with Friends

Many adults struggle to make new friends and may feel increasingly isolated if they work from home or if old friends move away. So even if it’s been awhile since you showed up for a fun dive or club meeting, don’t be shy about reconnecting with your local dive community. Scuba divers are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet; diving is based on the buddy system after all.

If you don’t feel comfortable getting back in the water, sign up for PADI ReActivate™ with your local PADI Dive Center or Resort. ReActivate is the perfect way to quickly refresh your dive skills. Review scuba concepts on your tablet, mobile device or computer, then schedule pool time with a PADI Professional. The study materials price also includes a replacement certification card with your ReActivated date on it.

When life gets stressful, the silent world can be a refuge from family obligations, mobile notifications and difficult conversations. Take a break from your holiday traditions and try just one of the ideas on this list, because you can’t say “bah humbug” with a regulator in your mouth.

Source: padi

By freedivinguae

Shipwreck Symposium Scheduled For April 2018

If you’re a shipwreck junkie, you might want to put the Niagara Divers Association’s Shipwrecks Symposium in Canada on your 2018 calendar.

The symposium is slated for April 7th, 2018 and will take place in Welland, Ontario at Centennial High School.

Organizers have put out a call for presentations — either “primary” ones that last up to 45 minutes or shorter, five-minute ones. If course, they need to be shipwreck-oriented and can be applicable to either recreational or technical divers.

For more info, go to niagaradivers.com.

Source: deeperblue