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How Long Do Scuba Certifications Last and Do They Expire?

scuba certifications

Once your scuba course is over and some time has past, you might wonder: How long does my scuba certification last? The short answer is FOR LIFE! Once you complete your PADI Open Water certification, it is valid for life and recognized internationally. This rule applies to all PADI recreational scuba certifications: Scuba Diver, Adventure Diver, Advanced Diver,…

Dive Like a Pro: Let’s Talk Neutral Buoyancy Control

buoyancy

Pop quiz! For a minute, let’s go back to chapter 1 of your PADI Open Water course. What is neutral buoyancy control? It’s that amazing feeling you hope to achieve while scuba diving that brings us as close as we will ever get to being astronauts. Neutral buoyancy occurs when an object’s weight is equal…

Maui Shore Diving Official Guide

maui shore diving

Shore diving is quickly becoming one of the most popular Maui activities for both certified and beginner divers. Maui scuba diving tours are currently ranked as the number one activity on TripAdvisor’s list of things to do. However, it is little known that most Maui dive sites are actually shore dives. The accessibility to vibrant…

Favorite Maui Hotels in Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Kapalua

maui hotels

Planning a vacation to Hawaii takes some forethought and preparation. You will find that many of the best Maui hotels in Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Kapalua are constantly booked at 97% capacity. Most often visitors to Maui make flight and hotel reservations a year in advance! That’s not to say that you can’t find places last…

Ocean Safety and Dive Accidents

Ocean Safety

Few things make me happier than being underwater with the fishes. I am often asked if diving ever gets old. I swiftly and proudly reply with a smiley, “Nope!” Being underwater especially at this time of year, with constant whale song, treasure hunting for rare sea life, away from my phone, bringing joy and fun…

Dive Excursions in Mexico

dive excursions

Has anyone been thinking about dive excursions in Mexico? Banyan Tree Divers Scuba certainly has. As whale season on Maui approaches and BTD braces itself for the busiest time of the year, we find ourselves prematurely dreaming of our next dive vacation destination. This gives us a great opportunity to highlight our friends at Nomad Diving…

Defog Your Dive Mask for Good!

dive mask

  There is nothing worse than diving with a foggy dive mask! A comfortable, well-prepared dive mask is essential to an enjoyable dive. How frustrating is it to be unable to efficiently communicate with your buddy because his or her mask not only blocks views of the beautiful sea life, but also contributes to missed…

Coral Reefs Need Help: 7 Ways to Get Involved

coral reefs

It is no secret that coral reefs are vanishing worldwide at an alarming rate. When I say “worldwide” it almost sounds as if there is an abundance of this ecosystem, when in reality, coral reefs only cover .015% of the ocean floor. That is roughly the size of France. Despite claiming this minuscule swath of…

Maui Dive Sites: How Shore Diving compares to Boat Diving?

Maui Dive Sites

Maui dive sites are unique because you can choose from shore diving and boat diving. Personally, I had never been shore diving until moving to Maui. After many years of working in scuba diving from different boats, I had honestly never considered the idea of shore diving. Surely all of the best sea life is…