Scuba Diving with Sharks: what to do
Scuba Diving with Sharks: what to do

Scuba Diving with Sharks and Reef Life Here in Hawaii, our oceans are filled with life. The bright colors of fish and coral bring people from all over the world to scuba dive with us. One of the most desired underwater interactions is also one of the most feared: sharks, or mano in Hawaiian. Here in Hawaii we have lots of kinds: gray reef sharks, galapagos sharks, blacktip reef sharks, sandbar sharks, tiger sharks, whitetip reef sharks, even great white sharks, whale sharks and scalloped hammer...

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Diving with Monk Seals in Hawaii
Diving with Monk Seals in Hawaii

My experience with Monk Seals Have you ever wanted to go diving with monk seals? Whenever we’re lucky enough to see a monk seal on a dive, the whole group is so excited. The way they swim through the water with elegance in their big, shiny bodies always amazes a crowd. Amazingly, there is so much more to monk seals than just their beauty. The Hawaiian monk seal is endemic to Hawaii. You can’t find them anywhere else in the world. The ancient Hawaiian name for them is ‘Ilio holo I ka uaua,...

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My Rescue Diver Certification with Hawaii Eco-Divers
My Rescue Diver Certification with Hawaii Eco-Divers

My rescue diver certification with Hawaii Eco Divers was a challenging yet rewarding class. I perfected my self rescue skills, and learned how to save panicked, tired, cramped, injured, out of air and unconscious divers among many skills. All the while surrounded by the beauty of the ocean in Hawaii. Now, I'm prepared for any emergency a diver might face, including CPR, first aid and how to save someone choking. I highly recommend taking the PADI rescue diver course with Hawaii Eco Divers.  ...

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Diving to the Depths of the Sea Tiger Shipwreck
Diving to the Depths of the Sea Tiger Shipwreck

At 123ft sits the Sea Tiger Shipwreck off the coast of Honolulu, providing a sanctuary for marine life and playground for divers We made our way to the Kewalo Basin Harbor in Honolulu to board the Kahala Kai with Hawaii Eco Divers. After a short boat ride, we tied up the boat to the mooring and prepared for our dive at the Sea Tiger Shipwreck. Exploring all the features of the Sea Tiger Shipwreck. Let’s Gear Up! The sun was shining and the excitement was building. We turned on our tanks...

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My Advanced Divers Certification with Hawaii Eco Divers
My Advanced Divers Certification with Hawaii Eco Divers

What it takes to be an Advanced Diver The first necessary certification needed to receive a Divemasters with Hawaii Eco Divers after open water is your advanced. As soon as I arrived in Haleiwa I started my e-learning and subsequent dives.  I was required to study deep diving and underwater navigation. I additionally chose to study wreck diving, being an underwater naturalist, photography, night diving and fish identification.  Some of the most important lessons I learned online were ho...

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My Journey to become a PADI Divemaster in Hawaii
My Journey to become a PADI Divemaster in Hawaii

Recap of my first day as a Divemaster Intern for Hawaii Eco Divers on Oahu After getting scuba certified almost two years ago, I knew I wanted to continue growing as a diver. My goal is to work towards my divemaster certification in order to work in diving. Becoming a diver allowed me to become an ambassador for the ocean. My passion for ocean conservation drove me to become certified in the first place, and now I want to grow as a diver as much as I can so I can create a positive impact on th...

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How to improve your underwater navigation for scuba diving
How to improve your underwater navigation for scuba diving

While working on my Advanced Open Water Diver certificate with Hawaii Eco Divers, I’ve had the chance to develop and expand upon many of the skills learned in my basic Open Water class. Learning these skills is exciting and rewarding with a classroom as beautiful as Shark’s Cove. This particular dive site is full of diverse underwater topography, with lava tubes and intricate reef systems. With such a seemingly complex dive site, I’ve always found it fascinating how divemasters navigate so...

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APNEA & SURF SURVIVAL TRAINING ON OAHU! DON’T MISS IT
APNEA & SURF SURVIVAL TRAINING ON OAHU! DON’T MISS IT

The main thing you will learn is to oxygenate your body more efficiently. The results? More focus, energy, and increased breath hold ability in the water, which boosts your performance and safety — key ingredients for survival. Next course: July 21stand 22nd on Oahu, HI — lifeguards don’t pay! Apnea students, in Chile, ready to train! After teaching more than 150 surfers, lifeguards, distance swimmers, and divers in Brazil and Chile in April, May and June, Hawaii Eco Divers is offeri...

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Veteran North Shore surfer, Chris Owens, uses apnea training to survive a massive wipeout at Mavericks, California.

Chris Owens surviving at Mavericks, California. The Apnea & Surf Survival training has been saving lives. This time, veteran surfer from the North Shore and legendary ocean paddler Chris Owens survived a massive 1 minute wipe out at Maverick during the historical swell that hit the West Coast of the United States a few days ago. The giant swell that was considered one of the biggest of the last 20 years according to experts surf forecasters, was too big for the Mavericks Big Wave inv...

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XXL Swell at Waimea Bay – How I overcame my fears to surf at one of the biggest days in recent years.

The swell came in a lot earlier and bigger than predicted.  It was also the first large swell of the Hawaiian winter season. It clearly became a XXL day by mid morning and 25 foot sets closed out the Bay every 20 minutes making almost impossible to paddle out.   Giant Waimea Bay. Photo Terry Reis By 8:00 Am on November 26th, Waimea Bay was closing out.  A handful of surfers were already outside, they timed the sets well and all managed to paddle out through the channel without any...

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