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What is a Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)?

What is a Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)?

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When you go scuba diving it can be frustrating when, for instance, you visit a wreck and find yourself floating down to the sea bed. A shipwreck often sits on the sea bead floor but some of the more ... Read more

Red Sea Scuba Diving Destination El Gouna - Scuba Diving In El Gouna

Red Sea Scuba Diving Destination El Gouna - Scuba Diving In El Gouna

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El Gouna is a great divers' destination in the Red Sea Riviera. For new divers, heated pools and calm local reefs provide an excellent start to your diving experience. For more experienced divers, El... Read more

Our Fiji Dive Centers and Dive Resorts for our visit soon!!!

Our Fiji Dive Centers and Dive Resorts for our visit soon!!!

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A few of us here at TheScubaDivingDirectory.com are planning a trip to Fiji in the upcoming months to meet our Fiji Dive Centers and Dive Resorts and do some amazing diving. We love to visit our Dive... Read more

Red Sea Marine Life, Healthy & amazing!!

Red Sea Marine Life, Healthy & amazing!!

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Any attempt to describe the marine life of the Red Sea risks drowning in superlatives--it is extraordinary, unparalleled, marvellous, incredible, and truly wondrous. It was not by chance that Jacques... Read more

Scuba Diving in Palau – Make the Most of Your Dive Experience

Scuba Diving in Palau – Make the Most of Your Dive Experience

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Palau, located in the Pacific Ocean 500 miles east of the Philippines, is a top spot for divers. Whether you’re very experienced or are a novice looking for new dive resorts and scuba diving ex... Read more

Helicopter Diving – A New Thrill for Scuba Divers

Helicopter Diving – A New Thrill for Scuba Divers

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You may already be fairly convinced that scuba diving is thrilling, with you able to enter a mysterious marine world where life is very different from that of on land. However, if you’re lookin... Read more

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We've heard polish benefit wellness experts be evidence of that a inexperienced person knock back a day keeps aging leather apart, in spite of that a unfamiliar fashion takes it headed for atypical le... Read more

Scuba Diving and Underwater GeoCaching, becoming more popular.

Scuba Diving and Underwater GeoCaching, becoming more popular.

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Underwater geocaches can be found in the waters of more than a dozen countries, from Indonesia to South Africa to Spain, but "there's just not that many of them out there right now," said Chris Waggo... Read more

Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument

Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument

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The Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument is a U.S. National Monument located off Saint John, Virgin Islands. The clear waters surrounding Saint John support a diverse and complex system of cor... Read more

Enjoying The Waters Of The Northern Red Sea

Enjoying The Waters Of The Northern Red Sea

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The charm of Jordan and its neighboring countries lie in the sand dunes of deserts and the waves of the Red Sea. While many associate Jordan and Middle Eastern countries with vast areas of sand, the... Read more

Scuba Diving sites in St. Lucia, Caribbean

Scuba Diving sites in St. Lucia, Caribbean

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St, Lucia has so many amazing scuba diving sites just off the coast, ranging from easy to challenging. Keyhole Pinnacles is comprised of 4 seamounts rising from amazing depths to just a few feet from... Read more

Scuba Diver left fighting for life after being hit by propeller while diving in Egypt.

Scuba Diver left fighting for life after being hit by propeller while diving in Egypt.

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Imagine fighting for your life after being sucked into a boat propeller. On a scuba diving holiday in Egypt, Maurice Abrahams, suffered horrific injuries in this exact horrific situation – and ... Read more

Greek Dive Spots - Scuba Diving with the Gods in Crete

Greek Dive Spots - Scuba Diving with the Gods in Crete

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Greece, and certainly Crete, is surrounded with an air of ancient mystery and classic history. The birthplace of Zeus, and said to be Goddess Kalypso’s Lost Kingdom, the island is a huge attrac... Read more

Scuba Diving Certification - PADI or NAUI?

Scuba Diving Certification - PADI or NAUI?

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If you’ve been looking at taking up scuba diving then you’ll have realized that there are a number of certification varieties than you can take out in order to be able to travel the world... Read more

Unigue Dive Sites on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii

Unigue Dive Sites on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii

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Few people can disagree that Hawaii boasts one of the top diving destinations in the world. It's amazingly diverse ecosystems contain much marine life that can be found nowhere else in the world. Add... Read more

Scuba Diving Italy's beautiful Mediterranean coast and Islands

Scuba Diving Italy's beautiful Mediterranean coast and Islands

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  Italy is quite a popular tourist destination that is not so well known for diving, besides the areas around the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Perhaps the diving is overshadowed by the onshor... Read more

Coral Bay Diving – The Ningaloo Reef - Australia’s Forgotten Reef

Coral Bay Diving – The Ningaloo Reef - Australia’s Forgotten Reef

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If you’re thinking of heading out to Australia for some of the best scuba diving in the world then you’re probably already thinking of the Great Barrier Reef. However, Western Australia h... Read more

The Perfect Scuba Diving Adventure in Key West, Florida!

The Perfect Scuba Diving Adventure in Key West, Florida!

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It’s not surprising that divers across the world hail Key West, Florida as one of the best locations for scuba diving. Apart from the scenic landscape that’s distinctive of the Florida ... Read more

Some Scuba Diving Sites off Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Some Scuba Diving Sites off Puerto Vallarta Mexico

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THE MARIETAS ISLANDS A group of 3 islands, La Larga (long island), La Redonda (Round island) and La del Medio (Middle island). The Marietas Islands are located in the mouth of Bandera’s Bay a... Read more

Choosing a Dive Center to do your IDC (Instructor Development Course)

Choosing a Dive Center to do your IDC (Instructor Development Course)

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When you take your PADI Instructor Development Course you will find it is made up of two parts; the Assistant Instructor Course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course. Once these are completed yo... Read more

Michael's trip to Utopia and visit to our dive centers listed on in TheScubaDivingDirectory.com

Michael's trip to Utopia and visit to our dive centers listed on in TheScubaDivingDirectory.com

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Well, I arrived on Utila last night after a great catamaran trip over from Roatan on Captain Vern's daily trips between the islands.Check out the blog for some new pics, video and stats, then I am off... Read more

The Coral Rock Cod Fish -

The Coral Rock Cod Fish -

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The Coral Rockcod (Cephalopholis miniata) is a cod species that belongs to the family Serranidae. It is a tropical fish species that is found throughout the Indo-Pacific region. It is found in the tr... Read more

Diving the Bunaken National Marine Park

Diving the Bunaken National Marine Park

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  The Bunaken National Marine Park was established in 1991 and is among the first of Indonesia's growing system of marine parks. The park has a surface area of 89,065 hectares, 97% of which is o... Read more

Utila Dive Festival - August 18-25 2012 - Discover this Diving Mecca

Utila Dive Festival - August 18-25 2012 - Discover this Diving Mecca

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- Here is the official Utila Dive Festival Schedule - Utila Dive Festival is an exciting week-long event highlighting the island of Utila - CGY38UBVAGNK – both above and below the water. Underw... Read more

Diving the Straits of Tiran off Egypt.

Diving the Straits of Tiran off Egypt.

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The Straits of Tiran The straits are formed by the island of Tiran to the east and the Sinai coastline to the west.  The meeting of deep waters, continental plate, and narrow passage creates a ... Read more

Scuba Diving in the Maldives

Scuba Diving in the Maldives

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  There are few places on earth that could be described as an ultimate paradise; the Maldives is most certainly one of them. Once you come into land across the Maldives, you'll straight away rea... Read more

Roatan Island Marine Park and Conservation

Roatan Island Marine Park and Conservation

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The Roatan Marine Park (RMP) is a grass roots, community-based, non-profit organization located on the island of Roatan, 50 kilometers off the mainland coast of Honduras. Our organization was formed... Read more

Scuba Diving in Thailand. The 5 Big Truths

Scuba Diving in Thailand. The 5 Big Truths

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No other country in the world could offer tourists such varied scuba diving sites like Thailand does. From beginners to seasoned divers, the islands of Thailand have so much to offer, with its amazin... Read more

Dive and Snorkeling Sites off Ambergris Caye, Belize

Dive and Snorkeling Sites off Ambergris Caye, Belize

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  Along the entire length of Ambergris Caye the reef is comprised of spectacular three dimensional coral formations which include canyons, grottoes and tunnels. Curiously, the more common reef f... Read more

Diving in Hawaii.  Why Maui Offers Divers Paradise

Diving in Hawaii. Why Maui Offers Divers Paradise

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Hawaii has to be one of the United States' most loved places for a holiday, and it’s unsurprising what with its gorgeous climate and paradise location. But for divers it offers something even m... Read more

Scuba Diving Accidents – Common Injuries to Avoid

Scuba Diving Accidents – Common Injuries to Avoid

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As with all exciting and exhilarating sports, there are a few accidents that can occur in scuba diving. The marine world is not a natural place for human beings to be, and as such divers have to use ... Read more

Post Dive Flying – Flying Implications After Scuba Diving

Post Dive Flying – Flying Implications After Scuba Diving

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The experience of scuba diving and the variety of dive sites which are spread across the world mean that it is only natural that you’ll probably be flying before and after your trip. Whilst you... Read more

The Mesoamerican Reef

The Mesoamerican Reef

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The Mesoamerican Reef is the two largest barrier reef in the Atlantic.  The Mesoamerican Reef is so large, diverse, and pristine that it has been called the "jewel" of the Caribbean...and I call... Read more

6 Things You Need to Know About Scuba Diving in Bali -

6 Things You Need to Know About Scuba Diving in Bali -

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Bali, Indonesia is a popular scuba diving destination in Asia. The country’s rich culture, scenic landscape and serene lifestyle offer sanctuary to harried travelers who need to break away from... Read more

Scuba Diving off the Island of Crete in Greece

Scuba Diving off the Island of Crete in Greece

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Crete is the largest and most populated island in Greece's Mediterranean link of islands. Its warm waters offer virtually ideal year-round diving conditions. In the winter months of December and Janu... Read more

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Feb 08
2012

Scuba Diving and Underwater GeoCaching, becoming more popular.

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Underwater geocaches can be found in the waters of more than a dozen countries, from Indonesia to South Africa to Spain, but "there's just not that many of them out there right now," said Chris Waggoner, a veteran police officer from Gainesville, Florida, and an avid geocacher. About 100 geocaches around the world today require scuba gear, according to the Geocaching.com database, and just over half of them were listed in the past two years.

Geocaching is a hunt for a hidden "geocache", basically a container with a logbook. Some caches hold a trinket or treasure. The person who finds the treasure must sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location. If you take something from the cache, you must leave something of equal or great value. Geocaching coins and so-called "travel bugs" (dog tags) have tracking codes on them, so they can be moved from cache to cache.

Scuba or underwater geocaching follows the same rules as the terrestrial-based game, but includes some challenges. Land-based geocaching uses GPS coordinates. With scuba / underwater geocaching, visual clues are added because it's difficult to give an exact GPS location on the water. The cache must also be submersible and must withstand water pressure and corrosion; logbooks are waterproof.

Geocaching experiences are shared online on sites such as Geocaching.com or OpenCaching.com run by Garmin, which makes GPS devices. Clues and rating systems are added, including the level of difficulty in finding the cache. For example, does the hunt require (for land hunts) biking or mountain climbing, or special scuba diving equipment (for water-based hunts)?

Geocaching is not regulated beyond what is approved by the community or volunteer reviewers on geocaching sites. Guidelines require permission before placing a cache on private property or on protected federal lands, and caches cannot be buried. There's no age requirement, so families can go hunting together.

There is no record of accidents or deaths associated with underwater geocaching. But there have been deaths among land-based geocachers from things like heart attacks and falls.

Scuba Diving / Underwater geocaching is one part of a big hobby, and geocaching overall is growing. Geocaching.com started in 2000 with 75 caches worldwide and now lists more than 1.6 million caches.

by Suzette LaBoy