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15 minutes to the bottom and 7 hours and 18 minutes to return to the surface. Karen van den Oever, a technical diver from South Africa, set a new women’s diving depth record after diving 236m (774 feet) into Boesmansgat Cave in the Northern Cape province on open circuit scuba with trimix 6/85 as the bottom mix. Boesmansgat Cave, also known as “Bushman’s Sinkhole” is the deepest underwater freshwater cave (or sinkhole) in South Africa’s Northern Cape province that has been explored to a depth of 282.6 meters (927 ft). Nuno Gomes set the record for the deepest dive in…

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What can you do to help a friend or a dive buddy who experiences anxiety? Chloe from The Scuba Place shares her personal experience dealing with anxiety in and out of the water. Lockdown is nearly over! None of us knew how long it would last, what to expect or what to do. Throughout lockdown, we’ve been restricted from working, socialising, doing what we love, seeing who we love and so much more. The long-term restriction has affected some more than others and has taken a toll on the mental health of many. I feel it’s important to discuss this…

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Ian and Gemma chat to Ken and Kimber Kiefer, a husband-and-wife team. Ken Kiefer is an award-winning underwater photographer based out of Houston, TX.  His goal is to create stunning imagery that builds love and wonder for the underwater world.  He does a majority of his work with large predators; sharks, crocodiles, and rays, but also likes to show the beautiful interactions of humans with these often-misunderstood animals.    Ken brings an artistic twist to submerged visions, whether it be oceans, or swimming pools.        Kimber—a native Texan—loves the adventure of traveling, exploring the ocean, and underwater modelling in all settings.  …

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Today’s featured diver Brett Hoelzer is the other half of previous featured diver, Catherine Anne Hoelzer. Currently living in Jordan, Brett loves to photograph the underwater world, wherever in the world he is. Full Name: Brett Hoelzer Age: 57 Live In: Aqaba, Jordan Working For: Self Diver Qualifications: PADI Divemaster The 12 Questions When and where did you start diving? Lake Charles, Louisiana Why did you start diving? Loved snorkeling and my friend who is a diver encouraged me to try. What made you choose to become a dive professional? To be qualified to help other divers. Which is your favourite dive site and why? Lembeh…

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Today’s featured diver is 61 year old Catherine Anne Hoelzer, currently living in Aqaba, Jordan. Catherine came to diving late in life but proves that age is just a number. With a passion for underwater clean-up dives and underwater photography, Catherine is true inspiration to all. Full Name: Catherine Anne Hoelzer Age: 61 Live In: Aqaba, Jordan Working For: Self Diver Qualifications:  PADI Divemaster The 12 Questions When and where did you start diving? Started diving in the Philippines in 2014. We were living in Davao and it was easy to get started. Why did you start diving? Had been snorkeling for…

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Scuba diving continues to be a popular pastime in the USA, with more than 2.5 million Americans participating in it either competitively or as a leisurely pastime, according to a report by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association. Apart from finding a good diving instructor and ensuring you have the right gear at your disposal, it is also essential that you are as physically fit as possible before taking to the water for the first time. While joining a gym might be to your benefit, especially if you are not in great shape, there are also a number of very effective home…

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Photo Credit: Facebook For My Sisters of the Sea Now and Past Linked to all the phyla, regressing back in time to the first proto air breather, lifting its nose above the waves and clawing up onto the sands. Linked to ancestors of leviathans, urged to return to the brine, remolding limbs and torsos to re-inhabit the seas that gifted life to the land. Linked to fishers, and Ama, and sailors, and submariners, who marveled at the vastness, who dared the weather, dauntless, rolled by swells of the sea, some never returning to shore.Tears taste like the sea. But the…

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There are currently between 2.7 and 3.5 million active scuba divers in the USA, according to a report by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association. Scuba diving is not only a relaxing activity, but also one that boasts many physical and mental health benefits, and many more people are now taking it up as a sport. Although scuba is generally considered low-risk, there are certain individuals who are at a greater risk of encountering a problem while diving. This includes anyone who has had a heart attack or anyone who is living with cardiac disease. While it may not be necessary…

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He has never given up. After his wife, Yuko, went missing in the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster that ravaged Fukushima, Japan, Yasuo Takamatsu learned to scuba dive to find her. He hasn’t given up hope after ten years. This is his method of achieving tranquillity. He feels connected to her spirit while he’s diving in the sea. On March 11, 2011, Yasuo Takamatsu, lost his wife Yuko when Japan’s most powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 known as the Thoku earthquake and the Great East Japan earthquake caused a powerful tsunami. It lasted for 6 minutes. Waves…

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Eighteen Days: 23 June – 10 July 2018 Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, and Joel Edgerton will star in Ron Howard’s MGM Thai Cave Rescue film “Thirteen Lives.” This month, filming for the movie will begin in Australia and Thailand with the support of both governments. This will be a huge hit with divers from around the world. Members of a junior football team trapped inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand, were rescued in a widely publicized cave rescue in June and July 2018, while the world watched with bated breath. After football practice on…

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