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Four scuba divers drown in 'Blood Grotto' panic (Italy).

Four scuba divers drown in 'Blood Grotto' panic (Italy).

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  Four scuba divers drowned during a routine dive to a popular underwater cave system in southern Italy went horribly wrong over the weekend, according to the coast guard. The group of divers lost... Read more

Important Steps to Avoid Decompression Sickness...or The Bends.

Important Steps to Avoid Decompression Sickness...or The Bends.

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Decompression illness is one of the leading concerns if you’re a diver, with the sickness a major risk for scuba divers. The severity of decompression sickness can range from light headedness a... Read more

Cayman Islands Diving – Grand or Little Scuba Exploration?

Cayman Islands Diving – Grand or Little Scuba Exploration?

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The Cayman Islands, just south of scuba in Cuba, continues to be a vastly popular area of the world to enjoy scuba diving. They offer a huge array of dive sites and exploration opportunities, in addi... Read more

Dahab International Watersports Festival 14th – 20th April 2012.

Dahab International Watersports Festival 14th – 20th April 2012.

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  The people of Dahab, in South Sinai, Egypt invite you to attend the second Dahab International Festival of Water Sports, Culture and Desert Adventure on the 14th – 20th April 2012. ... Read more

Experts Called in After Shark Attack Causes Fatality in Sharm El-Sheikh

Experts Called in After Shark Attack Causes Fatality in Sharm El-Sheikh

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Egyptian authorities have called in an international team of shark experts to "assess and advise on the best course of action" after the Red Sea resort of Sharm el- Sheikh experienced five shark att... Read more

Cave Diving – Tips for the Extreme Scuba Diver

Cave Diving – Tips for the Extreme Scuba Diver

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Cave diving is becoming more popular for many divers, and if you’re looking for an entirely new way of discovering underwater habitats, enjoying cave diving can be thrilling. However, it isn&rs... Read more

Top 5 Dive Sites in Khao Lak, Thailand

Top 5 Dive Sites in Khao Lak, Thailand

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Thailand has long been regarded as having some of the world’s best diving spots and Khao Lak – a resort town north of the more famous Phuket Island – is no exception.The Khao Lak co... Read more

Man proposes to girlfriend while Scuba Diving in Mexico

Man proposes to girlfriend while Scuba Diving in Mexico

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So sweet. A couple of scuba divers decide to go for a dive. The boyfriend plans his proposal for 6 months, then pops the question below the surface off the Mexico coast. By the excess bubbles, the ... Read more

Benefits of Scuba Diving with Nitrox

Benefits of Scuba Diving with Nitrox

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Over the past 20 years there have been many advances in the scuba diving world because of the availability of diving with enriched nitrox air. Put into simple terms, nitrox is air with more oxygen in... Read more

Protecting Palau's Marine Ecosystems

Protecting Palau's Marine Ecosystems

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The life-sustaining natural systems in the region of Palau have reached a critical tipping point that calls for immediate action and long-term support. If this call goes unheard, Micronesian island p... Read more

Scuba Diving in Aruba, Dutch Antilles

Scuba Diving in Aruba, Dutch Antilles

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One of the famous so called ABC islands is the small Caribbean island of Aruba together with Bonaire and Curacao. It is situated about 15 miles off the shorelines of Venezuela. It is relatively easy ... Read more

Scuba Diving the Canary Islands of Spain

Scuba Diving the Canary Islands of Spain

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If you want to visit one of the many great scuba diving locations off the coast of Africa then the Canary Islands are home to many great scuba diving sites, Dive centers and Dive resorts. Here you wil... Read more

Scuba Diving and Flying - What you must do and must not do!

Scuba Diving and Flying - What you must do and must not do!

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Many divers have asked, "What are the reasons why I am forced to wait until clear to fly after a dive." The reason is all down to something called pressure. When we are positioned on the ground, in o... Read more

Celebrate World Oceans Day with Birch Aquarium at Scripps, San Diego

Celebrate World Oceans Day with Birch Aquarium at Scripps, San Diego

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego It's time to celebrate our big blue ocean!Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, will mark Worl... 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

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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

Divemaster/ Instructor position available in Malaysia

Divemaster/ Instructor position available in Malaysia

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Divemaster/ Instructor position available in Malaysia with Bubbles Dive Center Job Title- Divmaster/ InstructorJob Category-  Dive Masters (Dive Master)Address-    Tanjung Tukas, ... Read more

Scuba Diving off the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea

Scuba Diving off the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea

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Located between Britain and Ireland, the Isle of Man offers world-class diving spots rich in diverse marine life and underwater attractions. There are only two ways to reach the island: by ferry or b... Read more

Destination Hurghada on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving In Hurghada

Destination Hurghada on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving In Hurghada

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Hurghada, along with Sharm el Sheikh, is where it all started. These where the first two destinations of the nearly 20-years old diving history of the Red Sea. Diving in Hurghada needs no introductio... Read more

Aloe Vera

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From aloe leaves, folks have used the gel for a large number of years for healing and softening skin. In fact, aloe in addition has been a folk cure for many maladies, including constipation issues. M... Read more

Scuba Diving around Cebu Island in the Philippines

Scuba Diving around Cebu Island in the Philippines

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Cebu Island is undoubtedly one of the best diving spots in the Philippines. Cebu has a wealth of colorful corals and numerous kinds of fish as well as a great opportunity to go whale shark watching.... Read more

Choosing a Scuba Diving Resort or Dive Center

Choosing a Scuba Diving Resort or Dive Center

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When deciding which dive center or location to go scuba diving, you should consider if the resort is well managed and run by experienced CMAS, ITDS and PADI certified instructors, and do local diving... Read more

Dahab International Festival May 14th-20th 2011

Dahab International Festival May 14th-20th 2011

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Dahab Festival 2011 Only days left till the Dahab International Festival from the 14th - 20st of May 2011. Planned to be Dahab's greatest celebration ever of all the things we love to do in Dahab. ... Read more

Galapagos map and facts -

Galapagos map and facts -

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Galapagos Facts: -Abundant fearless wildlife, visitors can get up close and personal to some of the world's rarest animals. -Galapagos is home to the only surviving giant Pinta tortoise, 'Lonesome Ge... Read more

Whale Shark Research Weeks on the Island of Utila with Deep Blue Dive Resort

Whale Shark Research Weeks on the Island of Utila with Deep Blue Dive Resort

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    Deep Blue Dive Resort will be conducting one of the largest scientific research projects ever undertaken in the Caribbean to find out more about the whale sharks of Utila.   Scient... Read more

Scuba Diving beautiful New Zealand

Scuba Diving beautiful New Zealand

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There are many dive centers in New Zealand as this country is perfectly positioned to see a number of wonderful rugged coastlines covering its two islands of the South and the North.  Dive s... Read more

Top 5 Hurghada Scuba Diving Sites in the Red Sea

Top 5 Hurghada Scuba Diving Sites in the Red Sea

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Egypt remains one of the most popular destinations for scuba diving in the world. With the Red Sea holding a diverse variety of marine life, and water temperatures ranging between 20°C and 27°... Read more

TheScubaDivingDirectory.com is heading to Utila!!

TheScubaDivingDirectory.com is heading to Utila!!

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Michael here at TheScubaDivingDirectory.com is heading, from Roatan, over to Utila next week for some diving. Michaels heading there to check out the diving and to meet our 3 newest Dive Centers and r... Read more

Great Thailand Popular Dive Locations Map

Great Thailand Popular Dive Locations Map

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Heres a map of just some of the amazing diving locations in Thailand that one of our Global Divers sent to us. 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

Scuba Diving around Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef

Scuba Diving around Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef

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Diving in the North Queensland area of the Great Barrier Reef is an experience that will allow you to boast that you have dived the world's largest reef system. Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef is... Read more

Scuba Diving Beautiful Bonaire in the Caribbean...Made for Divers

Scuba Diving Beautiful Bonaire in the Caribbean...Made for Divers

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The Caribbean has many lures for tourists, one being its fantastic location as a scuba diving spot. However, if you’re a diving enthusiast and want to visit a retreat which seems to be wholly t... 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

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

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

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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