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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…

Earth Day 2016: Going Green Into the Blue thumbnail

Happy Earth Day -- or, as I more accurately refer to it, considering the planet is over 70% salt water -- Happy Ocean Day! Divers are among the most eco-conscious humans on the planet -- after all, their favorite hobby involves getting up close and personal with some of its most delicate and beautiful eco-systems. Divers…

Underwater Wanderlust: Announcing my role as a PADI AmbassaDiver thumbnail

Drum roll – preferably the steel drum number from Under The Sea, if possible – please: Today, I’m proud to be making one of the biggest announcements of my blogging career. An announcement that’s been in the works for six months – or if you look at it another way, six years. I’m a PADI AmbassaDiver…

Salt Pier Bonaire

This is -- salty tear -- my very last post from Bonaire. The good news? I saved the best for last. Man am I going to miss blogging about this beautiful, lesser-known Caribbean isle! But back to that salty tear bit. Salt and scuba go hand in hand on Bonaire. Salt is the island's primary export…

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