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The Ultimate Guide to Nitrox Diving

What is nitrox diving, what are the benefits of enriched air nitrox vs. air and how do you get your enriched air certification? Here’s everything divers need to know.

How to Find a Doctor for Scuba Medical Advice

It's wise to schedule a medical checkup before embarking on a dive trip—even better if you can see a doctor who specializes in diving. Thankfully, there are resources to help you find one.

How to Choose Between Rebreather Styles

Join PADI Pro Jay Clue as he explores the differences between chestmount, backmount and sidemount closed-circuit rebreathers and his suggestions for choosing your first style of rebreather.

How Important Is Your Dive Medical Questionnaire?

New divers might be especially eager to don their fins and get in the water, but scuba diving should never be rushed. Here's why it's important to thoroughly handle all pre-dive preparations—including accurately filling out your medical questionnaire.

Is It Safe to Take Decongestants Before Diving?

Some divers who experience difficulty equalizing their ears may be tempted to try decongestants, but there can be risks associated with it. It's important to be aware of the potential side effects so you (and your dive buddies) are prepared.

What It's Like to Be a Cavern Guide in Mexico

Leading fellow divers through series of underwater caves can be extremely rewarding, but there's a lot of skill that goes into the work. Here's what it takes to become a pro cave diver.

Your First Set of Scuba Gear: A Buyer's Guide

What divers need to know, regulator to fins, to get the scuba gear that's right for you.

Introduction to Manual Underwater Photography

Before becoming a professional photographer, you have to master the basics. These are the most important settings to help you get started.

Dive Accident Insurance: What You Need to Know

What is dive accident insurance, and how do you pick the best option for your travel and dive lifestyle?