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3D Ocean Farming - a New Way to Feed Humanity And Help the Environment

A few weeks ago we have already discussed the topic of growing food underwater. Specifically, we have looked at the futuristic project designed to cultivate terrestrial crops in the sea, Nemo’s Garden. In case you have missed that article, you can find it here. Today we have decided to talk about another project exploring the potential of underwater farming - vertical gardens beneath the waves.

Underwater Agriculture: a Plaything or a Solution to Future Food Security?

Do you still think that crops can only be grown on land? Ocean Reef Group together with Genova-based scuba diving company have decided to challenge this concept and develop an alternative agricultural solution that doesn’t require soil or fresh water - Nemo’s Garden. The project creators hope that this new method of cultivating terrestrial crops in the sea can become a key to sustainably grow food on a large scale.

Dive Expeditions to the Titanic to Begin in May 2018

Numerous Titanic fans will be happy to hear about the beginning of dive tours to the famous shipwreck in May 2018. The expedition participants will have a unique chance to descend more than two miles (3.2 km) below the surface of the Atlantic to explore the Titanic and it’s surroundings. What’s more, this could well be one of the last opportunities to visit the site, since, according to a 2016 study, the extremophile bacteria can eat the shipwreck away inside 15 or 20 years. Don’t rush to pack your bags though. The tour to the legendary Titanic is an ultimate in luxury travel. Participants will have to pay a whopping $105,129 per person, the exact price of the only voyage aboard the Titanic, adjusted for inflation.

Scuba Skills

5 Tips to Prevent Dive Mask Leaks

Everyone who has ever had problems with a leaking scuba mask knows, that it’s one of the most irritating things that can happen on a dive. Having to constantly stop and clear out the water from your mask does not only distract you from watching the beautiful marine life, but also contributes to poor air consumption. The good news is that performing only a few simple steps can help you ensure you get a great seal and prevent water from entering your mask.

Are You Properly Weighted?

Diving is, at heart, about control. Only when you are in control of your movement, air, and level of confidence, you can enjoy a great dive. One particularly important factor that influences your dive experience is how well you are able to manage your weight and control your buoyancy. When you are properly weighted, you will glide through the water naturally, like a marine creature. Furthermore, you will not spend your precious air fiddling with the BC valve controls to find a balance.

Scuba Skills: Buoyancy Control Tips

Precise control of your buoyancy is one of the most important skills every scuba diver should master. It helps to refine your ability to move through the water safely and makes you better at managing your air consumption. Good buoyancy is also what enables you to hover completely motionless or back out easily without using your hands and touching the fragile coral.

Dive Gear

Long-Term Dive Gear Storage Guide

Scuba diving is something that’s hard to give up once you’ve tried it - it’s a surreal exhilarating and addictive experience. From time to time, though, either seasonally or due to other circumstances, you may need to put this hobby on hold and pack your gear away for long-term storage. Making sure you store your scuba equipment properly goes a long way towards prolonging its life. So, in this article, we have prepared some recommendations on where to store, and how to pack your gear so that it stays in tip-top shape.

Scuba Gear Maintenance: 10 Things You Should Never Do

Scuba diving is an equipment-intensive sport. We need our gear to breathe, see clearly and control our buoyancy underwater, yet it is amazing how many divers do not care for their equipment properly. Regular user maintenance includes visual inspection, cleaning, pre- and post-dive care, as well as correct handling and storage.

Dive Knives 101: Features And Maintenance

A dive knife is a useful tool not only for spearfishermen and technical divers, but for recreational scuba divers as well. This small accessory can make a huge difference in case you get caught in a fishing line, net or seaweed. A knife can also serve as an anchor to the sea bed in heavy current or a ‘tank-knocker’ to get your buddy’s attention. If you are looking to buy a dive knife, it is important to think what you are going to use it for and choose the right tool for the job. So, let us look at the few factors you need to consider to find the knife that will work best for you.

Health and Safety

Dive Safety: Assessing and Respecting Your Limits

As a diver, you probably know, how important the concept of personal awareness is in an underwater environment. In order to dive safe and avoid injury you have to remain in control of the situation and stay within your individual limits. But how do you define your limits? Many divers, especially those who are new to the sport, can find it difficult to answer this question. So, in this article we will try to help you understand the nature of your limitations, and the right way to assess them.

Heat Loss and Hypothermia When Diving

Thermal challenges are among the most common issues that many divers encounter during or in between the dives. The reason for this is that our core temperatures have to stay within a certain, narrow range for our bodies to function properly. Although, getting a bit too hot from waiting in the sunshine while wearing a wetsuit or starting to shiver ever so slightly when underwater may seem insignificant, ignoring these signals can lead to serious health problems.

Children and Scuba Diving

Diving is a wonderful activity for the family to do together - it encourages discovery, involves exercise and allows children and their parents to form an even closer bond through a shared experience. However, it is also important to remember that diving is associated with certain inherent risks. While with adults the amount of acceptable risk has been quantified, the question remains a subject of debate when it comes to young kids.

Marine Life

Why Coral Reefs Are Important

As a diver you have probably had a chance to admire the beauty of coral reefs and the wondrous sea creatures that inhabit them. Did you know though that the importance of coral reefs extends far beyond the pleasure they bring to those who explore them? They support enormous biodiversity, provide food, jobs, income, and shoreline protection. So even if you live far away from the tropical oceans you have most likely experienced some of the benefits that coral reefs bring to billions of people worldwide.

The Gentle Giants: Fascinating Whale Shark Facts

August 30th is known worldwide as an International Whale Shark Day. Started in 2012 this special day was created to support whale shark conservation and help people learn more about our finned friends. In celebration, we have decided to dedicate this article to all things whale shark and share a few facts about these amazing creatures with you.

15 Things You Should Know About Sharks

Today, July 14th, is known as the International Shark Awareness Day, which seems to be a perfect opportunity to dispel some of the detrimental stereotypes about these magnificent creatures and try to show them in a more positive light. Although many people picture sharks solely as dangerous, bloodthirsty predators, they are much more than this. Sharks play a vital role in the oceans and nature in general. Learning about these species, knowing their features, and recognizing their importance in our world is the first step to supporting shark conservation. So, here are a few facts you might not have known about sharks.

Travel

Diving Vacation With Kids - Tips for a Stress-Free Trip

Planning a dive holiday is often a big investment in time, money and effort, especially if you decide to take kids along. Factoring a child’s needs into your travel arrangements can be difficult, however, a family diving vacation will create some amazing bonding opportunities and give you a chance to introduce your loved ones to your hobby. So here are a few things to remember when going on a dive vacation with kids.

Health And Beauty Tips For Your Dive Vacation

Dive vacation is a unique chance to experience both topside attractions and the wonders of the underwater world. Avid scuba divers can optimize their adventure by planning ahead, reading up on popular dive sites, researching trip options and preparing their equipment. However, sunburn, bug bites, stomach aches and tangled hair can undermine even the best laid plans. So here are a few health and beauty tips that will help you avoid unpleasant surprises during your scuba vacation.

Budget Stretching Travel Tips

Dive travel can be expensive, especially if you don’t live near any good dive sites. However, appropriate planning and some flexibility will help you get the most out of your money while on vacation. So, we have composed this list with some general tips as well as scuba specific advice that will hopefully save you a few dollars when planning your next trip.

Freediving

Interview With Freediving World Record Holder Matt Malina

Just recently we have had an amazing opportunity to take part in a special two-day workshop led by a real freediving superstar, multiple World Record Holder, and World Champion Mateusz (Matt) Malina. In addition to giving a very informative and inspiring masterclass, Matt has agreed to share some of his insights with our readers.

Scuba vs. Freediving or Why You Should Ditch the Tank

Hundreds of years ago, before any rudimentary diving equipment was invented, human beings have been exploring the ocean’s depths with nothing but one gulp of air. In fact, even nowadays, when modern scuba gear is readily available, freediving (breath-hold diving) only grows in popularity. So why do people freedive, if they can simply put a tank on their back and stay down for much longer? Well, the reasons are numerous, and they are not the same for everyone.

Snorkeling

Life Jacket vs. Snorkeling Vest - Different Types of PFDs

For many watersports, a personal flotation device - also known as a PFD - is an essential piece of equipment. It can help to keep you safe while out on the water, and, depending on the place and activity, PFD use may even be mandatory. However, with the different types of PFDs available, it may be confusing which one is right for you. In particular, one of the most common misconceptions is that a life jacket and a snorkeling vest is the same thing. So, in this article, we will cover the key differences between the two as well as list a few other types of PFDs and their best use cases.

Stories

Eating Lionfish - Preparation And Recipes

In our recent article - The Beautiful Depredator: a Story of Lionfish Invasion we have discussed how lionfish have become one of the fastest spreading invasive species in the Atlantic. We have also outlined the ways in which each of us can help fight the invasion. Many of our readers were particularly curious about eating lionfish. So we have decided to follow up with some advice on filleting and preparing lionfish, as well as a few of our favorite lionfish recipes.

5 Reasons to Use Reef Safe Sunscreen

As the weather is getting warmer and warmer, many of us start stocking up on various sun protection products. When choosing a sunscreen we usually look for an SPF number, water resistance, PA rating, etc. However, we often fail to consider how the products we use affect our oceans and the fragile coral reefs in particular.

Diving Related Career Opportunities

As the famous saying goes, choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Indeed, getting paid for doing something that you truly enjoy sounds great, so why not look for a diving job? Besides, there are so many different career paths within or related to the scuba industry that almost everyone can find a fitting option. Just think about it, you can become a diving instructor, a boat driver, or a repair technician, you can run a dive shop, blend gas mixtures or do deep sea research.

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