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4 Reasons to Become a Professional Diver

 Bored at work? Does the movie ‘Office Space’ sound more like your documentary than anything? If yes, you’ll often find yourself staring out the window, wishing for adventure and travel, right? If you’re thinking of turning your scuba diving passion into a full-fledged profession, read on. Becoming a PADI Divemaster or Instructor is an awesome way to start an exciting career that will help you break loose from the 9 to 5 grind. 1. You’ll become physically fit While diving alone wouldn’t keep us physically fit, it offers a plethora of benefits for our bodies. In fact, science has proved that diving increases the muscles’ flexibility and strength, improves blood circulation, lowers blood pressure, and even burns calories. An hour of shore diving can burn as much as 600 calories—just like jogging, except that diving isn’t as boring. 2. You’ll benefit from long-lasting job security The job of a professional diver will never become obsolete. But why is this such a secure career choice? Because not everyone knows how to do it. It’s not something that can be sent overseas or outsourced. With many individuals opting for the conventional four-year college degree, skilled trade and service workers are becoming quite scarce and valuable. By opting for professional diving as your career, you’re not just guaranteeing yourself job security but also becoming a valuable commodity. 3. You’ll discover a whole new world Whether your dream is to become a photographer, explorer, marine biologist, archaeologist, or all of the above, having a career in diving can fulfill the… Read More »4 Reasons to Become a Professional Diver

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Top 3 Things to Do in Aqaba

Aqaba lies in the far south of Jordan. Dating back hundreds to thousands of years, it’s full of natural and historical attractions. This, Jordan’s only coastal city, is close to a range of wonderful attractions, such as Wadi Rum and Petra. But there is also much to enjoy in Aqaba itself. Read on for more! 1. Sweet pastry shopping Visiting Aqaba and not buying local pastry? Well, that’s quite unheard of. In Aqaba, you’ll find many sweet and pastry shops, which means selecting a single place to get your Arabian sweets from would be very difficult. But nobody is stopping you from trying different shops – every shop has its own unique recipe! If you’re looking for the most sought-after spots for sweets, they’re Pistachio Sweets & Café and Abu Gharbiya Sweets. You must try kunafa, one of the most famous Middle Eastern deserts. It is made with semolina or shredded wheat, simple syrup, and is filled with melted cheese and then topped with pistachios.  So, whether you want to try the local food or have a sweet tooth, pastry shopping from Aqaba will definitely get you going. Just step in any shop and let the colorful variety of Arab sweets blow you away. Be sure to enjoy them with a nice Arab tea or thick Arabic coffee. 2. Eat out The restaurants in Aqaba are famous for their fish—not only in Jordan but throughout the Middle East. If you plan to visit Aqaba, eating out is a must. Yes, you may try a ton of… Read More »Top 3 Things to Do in Aqaba

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3 Reasons Why You Should Enroll in a PADI Dive Course

Trust us when we say the first breath you’ll take underwater will be unforgettable—it’s a mix of doubt, adrenaline, fear, and amazement. As you plunge into the water, the gear and tanks suddenly seem weightless; you raise your arm nervously, immersing yourself slowly into another dimension where light, noise, and everything around you seem a little too different, yet a little familiar. Since 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, learning to scuba dive is more than just a rewarding achievement or a new hobby—it’s an opportunity to explore another realm of our planet that, unfortunately, many people miss. It’s a lot more than just getting underwater between coral gardens, shipwrecks, conservation projects, and human-made statues. Yep, becoming PADI certified through PADI courses will open endless avenues for you to enjoy life to the fullest! Let’s look at 3 reasons why you should enroll in a PADI dive course. 1. Safety A dive guide is not required for certified divers. You will enjoy your dives more knowing you are trained well according to PADI standards. However, it’s recommended to hire a certified divemaster, and they’ll help you discover the best dive sites, especially during your first visit to a country. In addition, you’ll remain safe. 2. Freedom Thanks to the PADI certification, you can dive wherever you want independently in most countries. Many countries have easy-to-navigate shore and boat dives. But it is always recommended to dive with a dive buddy. And for those with less experience, it is best to find a… Read More »3 Reasons Why You Should Enroll in a PADI Dive Course

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Jordan COVID-19 Requirements for tourists

Prepare yourself for travel Ready to visit Jordan and experience the amazing scuba diving in Aqaba? Here is what you need to know to prepare yourself before travel to fulfill the Covid-19 requirements. Traveling instructions All travelers to Jordan must take a COVID‑19 PCR test prior to departure. Please note that children below 5 years old are not required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test before departure or on arrival. They must fill in the health declaration form and submit complete requirements at the check-in desk in their country of departure. COVID‑19 PCR testing All passengers must present a negative certificate for a COVID‑19 PCR test conducted within 120 hours prior to the scheduled time of arrival in Jordan. A certificate from any government approved lab will be acceptable. Passengers must install ‘AMAN Application’ on their personal device. You can read more about this app here. Passengers will undergo a second COVID‑19 PCR test upon arrival. The cost of the test is 28 JOD.   For passengers arriving in Amman, the fee for the test must be paid online. We recommend it be done through the Quest Lab portal.  After registration and successful payment, you will receive a QR code that must be presented at check‑in to be accepted for your flight. The QR code must also be presented to the authorities upon arrival for verification. For passengers arriving in Aqaba, the fee for the test can be paid online through the Biolab portal. You can also book appointments for Biolab personnel to come to your hotel/home before returning to your home country.… Read More »Jordan COVID-19 Requirements for tourists

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A Scuba Diver’s Heaven: 5 Scuba Diving Destinations in the Middle East

Are you an avid scuba driver who’s looking for scenic diving locations near you? All the stunning scuba locations are already flooded with divers from around the world. If you’re someone who’s looking to find a diving destination near you, this blog is just for you. We give you the lowdown on some of the most stunning scuba diving destinations in the Middle East to satisfy the scuba lover in you. Dive right in! Oman With warm and calm waters all around the year, Oman is a paradise for most divers. Oman lies on the peninsula of the Arabian Sea and features a handful of diving destinations. With Daymaniyat Islands, Fahal Islands, the Caves, and Lima rock diving sites, Oman is a diving heaven! Divers can marvel at soft and hard coral reefs, swim with rays and turtles, and even cross paths with some dolphins and whales! UAE While UAE is famous for its extravagant lifestyle and larger-than-life skyscrapers, diving enthusiasts know it for the Energy Determination Wreck. This deep-diving site sits 80m below the surface and is few meters away from Ras al Khaimah’s emirate state. The Liberian tanker wreck is now home to soft corals and lime-green whip corals. If you’re into wreck diving, then this wreck dive site will be right up your alley! Turkey Turkey’s cerulean blue waters are sure to satisfy the diver in you! Kas is a seaside town that features over 30 diving sites. Divers can explore underwater canyons and indulge in a wreck or even cave diving.… Read More »A Scuba Diver’s Heaven: 5 Scuba Diving Destinations in the Middle East

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5 Top Scuba Diving Movies & documentaries that’ll make you love the ocean!

Diving movies have the power to transport you into a whole new world. Well-made diving documentaries explore, investigate, and unravel the mysteries of the world’s oceans. We have rounded up five diving movies and documentaries that’ll make you fall in love with the ocean all over again! 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea This one tops our list of diving movies! A classic science fiction adventure film, 20,000 leagues under the Sea, became an instant hit with the audience. To this day, this movie has a massive fan base all over the globe. Ned Land, Professor Arronnax, and Conseil are on a mission to investigate the horrors of a sea monster. But upon reaching the terrorized waters, they find something unexpected. This movie will woo you with an advanced submarine, an anti-hero, and a spectacular fight with a giant squid! Jago; A Life Underwater Jago captures the life story of a sea nomad, Rohani. He is an 80-year-old sea nomad who has spent his life around the Togian Islands in Indonesia. Rohani is a born diver and could plunge into the Ocean’s depth within just a few minutes. The Netflix documentary doesn’t just offer cinematic views of the Oceans, but it also explores the human element of Rohani’s life journey. My Octopus Teacher A deep-sea friend can treat you to lifelong lessons! A Netflix documentary, My Octopus Teacher, follows the friendship between an octopus and the filmmaker Craig Foster! Foster develops an intimate bonding with an octopus in the South African Kelp forest. Their friendship is… Read More »5 Top Scuba Diving Movies & documentaries that’ll make you love the ocean!

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3 Reasons You Need a Reef-Safe Sunscreen for Your Scuba Diving Adventure

Corals offer more than just good looks!They prevent storms, erosion, support marine ecosystems, and provide recreational activities to humans.Climate change, coral mining, and underwater heatwaves are damaging coral reefs. However, there’s one little thing that’s having the most damaging impact on corals’ health—sunscreens! Practicing safe boating, volunteering for reef clean-ups, and not disturbing reefs while diving can help save the vibrant reefs in or oceans. Moreover, reading sunscreen labels can help keep toxic ingredients out of our seas. A reef-safe sunscreen allows you to enjoy a sun-safe day by the ocean and helps keep the corals and marine life safe. While you’re protecting your skin, don’t forget to protect the environment! We have rounded up all the reasons you need to invest in a reef-safe sunscreen and ensure the health of corals and your skin. Reef and Ocean life-Safe Coral reefs are beautiful organisms that enhance the beauty of the seafloor. However, certain ingredients in chemical sunscreens can literally suck the life (and color) out of them!Harsh ingredients like Avobenzone, PABA, and Oxybenzone can cause the reefs to feel stressed and become bleached. Here’s how it works. Algae live within reefs and give it those vibrant colors. Moreover, algae also work hard to meet around 90% of the reefs’ nutritional needs. When these chemicals are washed into the sea, algae and other organisms become stressed and are forced to leave the reefs. With their food supply gone, these reefs become colorless and are on the brink of death. What’s the Solution for Optimum Reef Health?… Read More »3 Reasons You Need a Reef-Safe Sunscreen for Your Scuba Diving Adventure

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The Best Scuba Diving Tips for Beginners

Scuba diving can be an exciting underwater adventure. However, due to the many technicalities involved, those who are just learning to scuba dive should keep in mind the following for a smooth diving experience. Take a Course Taking a diving course can significantly enhance your scuba diving experience as it will inform you of what to expect on your real dive. Instructors can help you navigate challenging tasks such as maintaining your breathing, which is easier said than done. Clearing Ears Learning to clear your ears is very important for beginners as it affects the comfort of your diving experience. As you dive deeper into the water, the pressure on your ears and sinuses will increase. Clearing your ears or equalizing, as it’s called, will help relieve this pressure. You’ll learn the techniques and the timings for this as you gain more experience underwater. Defogging Mask Your mask is likely to get fogged if it hasn’t been treated with a defogging liquid. The different temperatures of your body and mask will cause it to fog. To prevent this, wash your mask with toothpaste or baby shampoo. If you are hot, you can also try cooling your face by putting it in the water several times to regulate your temperature. Doing this before putting on your mask can help prevent fogging as well. Buoyancy Control A perfect buoyancy level will make it easier for you to navigate while diving. Too much air in your oxygen tank will make you float, while too little can cause you… Read More »The Best Scuba Diving Tips for Beginners