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Two Tanks Are Better Than One: My Review of the PADI Sidemount Course thumbnail

This post is brought to you by PADI as part of the PADI AmbassaDiver initiative. Read my latest ramblings on the PADI blog! I didn't get to hit up many bucket list dive destinations in 2016. While I absolutely did some very cool dives -- in Thailand, Brazil, Jamaica, and Hawaii! -- I didn't go on any dedicated dive trips and…

Blowing Bubbles in Buzios: Diving in Brazil thumbnail

This post is brought to you by PADI as part of the PADI AmbassaDiver initiative. Read my latest ramblings on the PADI blog! It's pretty much a guarantee that when Alex in Wanderland regular Heather and I do a trip together, we're going to find somewhere to go diving together, even if it's the inside of a particularly…

Nitrox Now! A Review of the PADI Enriched Air Diver Course thumbnail

Fellow scuba enthusiasts, do you want your dives to be safer, to stay down longer, and to have more energy for celebratory drinks after rinsing out your gear? I'll take that as a duh -- which is why it's so crazy it took me so many years to get my nitrox certification. Earlier in 2016, before leaving Thailand for the summer…

What’s Keeping You Out of the Ocean? Debunking Diving Myths thumbnail

My name is Alexandra Baackes, and I’m addicted to the ocean. When I’m not in the water, I’m daydreaming about how to get there. As a PADI AmbassaDiver, one of my favorite ways to explore the water is on scuba, eye to eye with the magical creatures and landscapes of the deep. However, my recent reader…

Scuba-ing Solo? My Review of the PADI Self Reliant Diver Course thumbnail

I miss diving. Long time readers may have noticed that over the last few years I've been logging less and less time underwater. That's not because my interest in diving has waned -- far from it! It's pretty much the same reason that many divers stay dry for too long. Work gets busy, bad weather provides…

Befriending Beluga Whales in Manitoba thumbnail

Hey friends! I’m jumping out of my typical chronologically-based coverage to skip ahead and share my recent trip to Canada. We’ll be back to Thailand soon! Why are you here? It wasn't an existential question, it was a literal one. The evening before taking off on our Churchill adventure, my tour group gathered and listened intently…

Sea Lion City: Diving Los Coronados from San Diego thumbnail

Pretty much from the moment I got certified seven years ago, it's just been a given: when I'm traveling near or around a body of water, I'm looking up the local diving in the area. Once I realized I was heading to California for two weeks and would have a dive buddy in the form of…

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