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Don’t Be “That Diver” - Scuba Etiquette Refresher

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Scuba vacation is a great way to relax, unwind, meet new people and, of course, enjoy some lovely diving. Beware though, as you can often come across “that guy” - a discourteous diver, who completely ruins the experience for everybody around. Now the tricky part is that if you take a good look around your dive boat and can’t spot that annoying guy (or gal), you are either very lucky, or it might be you! So, here are a few tips on how to avoid the most common scuba faux pas and ensure that you will fit right in on board of every dive boat.

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Diving in the Sea of Cortez

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The Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California, is a 700 mile (1,126 km) stretch of water that separates the Baja California peninsula from the Mexican mainland. The sea, sheltered from the swells of the Pacific Ocean is usually very calm. It contains numerous islands, pinnacles and rocks around which are countless Liveaboard dive sites. What makes the Sea of Cortez truly special, however, is its unique and rich ecosystem. Unforgettable encounters with hammerheads, sea lions, mobula rays, wild dolphins and whale sharks - all in just a few days of diving - are pretty commonplace in the Sea of Cortez.

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Wreck Dive Training and Why It’s Important

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Wreck diving is among the favourite activities for many scuba divers of different skill and experience levels. It presents a great opportunity to explore a piece of history, engage in archeology and observe the creatures living in the wreck. Certain wrecks, however, are positioned in places that require additional training, for instance, deeper than recreational depth limits or in locations with strong currents. Moreover, even relatively shallow wrecks can still contain some hazards that inexperienced divers may not be aware of. This is why it is important to undertake proper wreck dive training that will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to deal with potential issues.

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Altitude Diving

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For many people altitude diving means plunging into the crystal clear waters of a picturesque lake, surrounded by the snow-capped mountains. In reality, however, you don’t always have to climb the Alps in order to experience diving at an altitude and even feel the impact of the reduced surface pressure. In fact, if you go to Montana, Wyoming or Idaho, essentially all of your dives in those states will be considered altitude dives!

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8 Best Places to Dive During the Winter

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Winter is in full swing, and there are certainly many things to love about it, such as layering all your favorite clothes into one outfit, drinking hot chocolate and having snowball fights. However, it also usually means that you have to pack away your scuba gear and wait until summer for your next domestic dive vacation. Sure, there is ice diving in the Great Lakes or Hudson River, but by far not everybody takes pleasure in plunging into the frigid water. So, we have decided to turn your attention to those parts of the world where waters remain unfrozen and climes allow to enjoy some lovely diving.

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