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Everyone knows that swimming is good and one of the best forms of physical exercise, working nearly every muscle in your body, including your heart and lungs. What most don’t realize, however, is that swimming is good for your soul. Time in the water has a unique ability to drown out the stress and noise of the world, allowing you to focus on the here-and-now, giving your mind a break from the constant bombardment of information it receives throughout the day. Even if you have never spent much time in the water before, everyone can learn to swim. The SSI Swimming…

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Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been left by fishermen or lost in the ocean. Sometimes almost invisible in the dim sun, these nets may be left tangled on a rocky reef or floating in the open sea. Fish, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, dugongs, crocodiles, seabirds, crabs, and other beings, including occasional human divers, may be entangled. The networks, working as planned, limit movement, causing hunger, laceration and infection and suffocation in those who need to return to the surface to breathe. Scuba Diving International (SDI) is very proud to work with Sea Shepherd UK to develop a “Ghost…

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If they made mistakes, you will too. Stratic Kas “In diving, like any other activity, people who excel exist. They are the reason why we travel to another country or continent just to hear them speak. The ones we think about when trying to justify the hours and money we spend on diving. They are our inspiration and our motivation. But just like famous soccer players get badly hurt or miss a penalty, diving superstars are human too. They may seem infallible at times but they are not. In this collection of short stories, we open up the pandora box…

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Let’s learn some facts about Playa del Carmen´s famous annual visitors, that for many years have attracted people from all over the world to the area. COMMON NAME: Bull SharkSCIENTIFIC NAME: Carcharhinus leucasTYPE: FishAVERAGE LIFE SPAN IN THE WILD: 16 yearsSIZE: 7 to 11.5 feetWEIGHT: 200 to 500 pounds 10 FACTS It´s one of 43 shark species that can live in both seawater and freshwater, which means they can be found even in rivers and lakes. They have been reported as far inland as 2220 miles (3700 km) up the Amazon River in Peru and more than 1800 miles (3000km) up the Mississippi River in Illinois.Bull…

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Range test of the Garmin T1 Transmitter connected to the Garmin Descent Mk2i. Ideally, this test would have been completed on a sea dive with another diver using the transmitter, but Lockdown 2.0, weather, and the time of year put paid to that – besides, there won’t be another transmitter available in the UK until they launch for sale towards the end of November 2020. Four test runs in the pool – One achieved 7m, while the other three reached 10m each. To save you the bore of watching all four of them I’ve just included two of the tests.…

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Cenote Angelita is one of the most popular on the Yucatan Peninsula due to the hydrogen sulphide gas cloud, that divers nickname the ‘underwater river’. As you descend into the 5m thick gas cloud, you can smell the distinct aroma of eggs given off my the sulfur – if you get the chance this dive is a MUST!! This was the third of 4 Cenotes we had the chance to dive, before spending the rest of our time diving with the Bull Sharks at Playacar. Video by Black Manta Photography on YouTube Follow Black Manta Photography on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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To people that have yet to discover diving, there are often some major concerns and misconceptions regarding the sport that might put them off the idea of ever learning. These can range from very rational fears such as having ear problems, to the relatively irrational such as the fear of predatory marine life or being unable to breathe at depth. There are as many fears and concerns as there are divers. In this article I would like to address some of those most common and explain what the reality of the situation is. Much like telling someone who is afraid…

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Wild and Temperate Seas is available for Pre-Order from Amazon and is written by Will Appleyard. This is the ideal gift for anyone new to or considering diving in the UK, by seasoned contributors and with beautiful photographs by award-winning underwater photographers. Wild and Temperate Seas is a new style guide that will whet your appetite for UK diving, from highlands to islands, wrecks to reefs and caves. There are over 50 personal favourites at some of the most popular attractions underwater in the UK. As they highlight our beautiful coastal locations, Dorset Dives author Will Appleyard and his team…

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“Went diving yesterday with someone who was recently certified in July. I must admit because I usually dive with known divers, I can get pretty complacent with predive buddy checks; often simply consisting of “Is your BC inflated?” As we were gearing up, the new diver asked if we did our checks before entering. (It was then that I realized it had completely slipped my mind and I probably would not have done so.) When we were getting situated, I watched as he checked his primary, then his secondary. I went over and told him to watch his SPG while…

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