Are you a member of a local environmental group working to tackle the marine debris problems or protecting our sharks and rays? You’re in luck. Project AWARE foundation is looking to support a local committee or group.
Who's that lurking nearby with a scuba tank? It's daddy! After six months away serving in Afghanistan, Capt. Hyrum Bronson staged a surprise scuba-diving themed homecoming for his family, who wasn't expecting him home for another three weeks.
Boris Milosic looks like Pac-Man, his jaw chomping bites of air. With fingertips balanced lightly on the side of Pristan Pool in Maribor, Slovenia, he’s readying for a breath-hold event by packing oxygen into his lungs. Milosic closes his mouth and slowly dunks his head. And holds it there for the next six minutes and seven seconds. At 16, Milosic wins a distinction with the International Association for the Development of Apnea: the youngest person on Earth with such a static — or nonswimming — record
The cast of a documentary being filmed in dive destinations such as the Bahamas and Cozumel is as inspiring as the underwater scenery. Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, NCAA wrestling champion Anthony Robles, pro surfer Taylor Knox, and Bethany Hamilton — a pro surfer who lost her arm during a shark attack — are just a few of those being featured in The Current, a documentary that spotlights people with disabilities in adventurous settings alongside athlete ambassadors. The message? That the ocean world is accessible to us all
The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, recently named the official sea turtle of Texas, has arrived — there’s now a beer named in its honor. Padre Island Brewing Company crafted the brew, Kemp’s Ridley Bock, and some of the proceeds — 25 cents per beer — will go to Sea Turtle Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to turtle rescue and conservation efforts
The Caribbean island Saint Eustatius — commonly referred to as Statia — purchased the 320-foot Charles L. Brown, a former cable-laying ship, for a symbolic $1. This past spring, Charlie Brown — on its side in 95 feet of water off the island’s southwest coast — celebrated its 10th anniversary on the bottom as a purpose-sunk wreck
A person signing the word “fish” waves his or her hand back and forth to imitate a fish swimming. It turns out that two types of fish — grouper and coral trout — also use a kind of sign language called “referential gestures” when hunting
Jeff Corwin has extracted blood from a whale shark, had his tank bitten by 2,000-pound Steller sea lions and been lunged at by venomous snakes all in the name of educational television. He holds a master’s of science in wildlife conservation but is best known for his work on the Emmy-nominated Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin
As dusk settles on the reef, it seems as if all the fish are in a hurry to either end the day or start the evening. On Grand Cayman, Ocean Frontiers has installed a webcam on a shallow reef near the East End dock to monitor the action
The Australian government insists it is committed to protecting the Great Barrier Reef after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization warned that the reef’s world heritage status could be downgraded to “in danger” in 2014
Have you ever heard of a gal shaving her head in the name of shark protection? That’s just what Divemaster, Heather Murray did during Project AWARE’s global Finathon™ - smashing fundraising targets and raising more than $8000 to support sharks. We couldn’t be more inspired.
Whether you’re a fair-weather friend who reserves diving for tropical vacations, a deeply devoted fan who’ll dive anytime in any weather or a PADI Divemaster who lives the dive life every day, you can benefit from the PADI Dive Theory Online eLearning course.
It’s a festival of Finathons from around the world! From swimming in the pool to ocean relays, triathlons and wacky races – divers and shark supporters worldwide are taking the challenge to end finning. It’s not too late to organize a fun event or join one near you.
Whether you’ve only got a few dives under your belt or you’re a seasoned pro, ScubaEarth is a great resource for all things scuba. Every day there’s something new to discover and explore on the site, and because content is created by users, you’ll be joining an online community of thousands of people who share your passion for all things underwater. Here are five awesome things you can do on ScubaEarth.com:
The Gili Islands are an archipelago of three small islands — Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air — just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia. Because of the abundant marine life and stunning coral reefs, diving in and around the Gilis is hugely popular. Imagine finding 305 bottle caps, 120 lighters and 254 odd flip-flops at a remote beach on an island like Gili Trawangan. What would you do? PADI Instructor Joanna Hurford collected so much trash she decided to get creative and raise awareness about the rubbish issue in Indonesia and marine debris worldwide.
Pro Dive Cairns made history in the diving industry in June when it issued its 130,000th PADI certification. A remarkable achievement to be remembered by both Pro Dive Cairns and PADI Asia Pacific (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) as a significant landmark.
Every day, divers remove harmful rubbish from our ocean, and beverage containers are one of the top items found during Dive Against Debris surveys around the world. It’s time to Kick the Can with Project AWARE.
What's it like to be a PADI Divemaster? After getting certified two years ago, Ding Jiayan began her journey to become a Divemaster at PADI Five Star IDC Big Blue in Shanghai, China. She traveled to the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Maldives, logging scores of dives and making friends. Now she's excited about her new career!
From 15-22 February 2014, PADI Diving Society members are headed for an adventure in the Philippines to experience and explore the warm water, white sandy beaches and a rich and diverse culture and history.