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PADI Women’s Dive Day Is Less Than a Month Away

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Since its launch in 2015, PADI Women’s Dive Day has grown from 335 events in 65 countries to nearly 900 events in 85 countries including dive cruises in Australia and underwater cleanups in Singapore as well as fundraisers for female dive scholarships in the USA and dive excursions with marine biologists in Italy in 2017 alone. Now, for the fourth consecutive year, hundreds of PADI professionals, dive centers and resorts around the world will once again gather divers of all genders, ages and experience levels for a global celebration of shared adventure and passion for the ocean.

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Wetsuits With “Artificial Blubber” Could Triple Divers' Survival Time In Frigid Water

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Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and George Mason University in the US developed a simple solution that can triple the survival time for swimmers in wetsuits. Currently conventional wetsuits offer no more than an hour of swim time in icy water, and the experience can be quite painful at best. That's no good if you're a special ops soldier or a member of an undersea maintenance crew and need to stay underwater for hours at a time.

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Kate Winslet Nailed 7 Minute Breath Hold for Her Role in the New Avatar Films

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Titanic star Kate Winslet and the Oscar-winning film's director James Cameron are once again joining forces. And once again, their collaboration will send Winslet plunging into the ocean, this time for a role in Cameron's Avatar 2, the sequel to 2009's record-breaking sci-fi adventure.

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The D-Mask - New Smart Dive Mask Concept

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The D-Mask is a new concept of a smart mask for divers and snorkelers, created by a Chinese designer ZJ-DDG. This high-tech piece of gear introduces a host of interesting technologies that could really change the way we explore the underwater world.

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Best Places to Scuba Dive in WNY

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Most people associate scuba diving with crystal clear waters, schools of colorful fish and tropical destinations. In reality though, there is much more to the sport than that. The numerous lakes, springs, rivers and sinkholes often available to divers right at their doorstep offer some fantastic sites with amazing landscapes and cool critters to discover. The WNY area, for instance, is famous for its world-class shipwreck dives. Two of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, touch state boundaries and had ship traffic for nearly 400 years. That’s 400 years of wrecks, many of which are perfectly preserved having sunk in fresh and relatively cold water.

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The First Underwater Museum of Art Is About to Open off Grayton Beach, Florida

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Opening this month, the first installation of the Underwater Museum of Art features seven sculptures, designed to facilitate and encourage responsible tourism, environmentalism, and creativity. The sculptures will be installed approximately 60 feet / 18 meters deep about a mile / 1.6 km off Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Although, the experience is best suited for scuba divers, snorkelers will also be able to enjoy the submerged journey on clear days. The admission to the Underwater Museum of Art is free with no ticket or reservation required.

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