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The freedivers who swim with whales

<b>Whales are extremely shy animals, making it hard to study them in their natural habitat. But a group of marine scientists has managed to record their behaviour up-close by freediving with humpbacks and sperm whales.</b><p>I'm floating in the Indian Ocean, six miles off the north-east coast of Sri Lanka. A …

Whales

How to condense your workout

Recently Mark Verstegen, an elite-level trainer and founder of Exos (@teamexos), assembled a pretty cool seven-minute workout program on behalf of the New York Times. You can see it here: The Advanced 7-Minute Workout. What I really like best about it is that it is well-rounded, keeps you moving …

The Ultralight Hummingbird Hammock (7oz)

Poseidon Portable Charger Is Built Tough

Even adventure seekers and rugged enthusiasts need to keep their phones, cameras, GoPros and the like charged when out and Dark Energy’s Poseidon is …

Gear & Gadgets

Diving Fundamentals: How To Make a Successful Shore Entry

How to Make a Successful Shore Entry<p>Depending on where you live, or where you travel, you may find that the simplest way to dive is from the shore, …

Big Sur: Kayak Diving Lobos Rocks is a Rewarding Adventure

As you drive south on Highway 1, the sandy beaches of Monterey and Carmel give way to rocky shores. Passing Point Lobos, Garrapata State Park marks …

Freediving - Shipwrecks and Caves - Malta, Comino, Gozo

What’s the secret to holding your breath?

Some can manage five minutes, others barely one. But the trick to holding your breath is actually rather surprising<p>How long can you hold your breath? I’m trying it right now. The first 30 seconds are easy. I’m ready to give up at 45 seconds but I push on through, and it seems to get easier for a …

Could New Oxygen Storing Substance Change The Future Of Scuba?

Recently, the team announced the successful synthesis of a material that’s capable of absorbing oxygen from the air around it, and subsequently …

"Aquaman Crystals" Could Sustain Breathing Underwater

If you've ever wanted to be an underwater superhero — and you don't have the money to buy an Exosuit — "Aquaman Crystals" might be your answer.<p>OK, …

Giant Underwater Sculpture Revealed in the Bahamas

A new sculpture has arrived off the coast of New Providence, Bahamas—and it’s <i>big</i>. Part of the Sir Nicholas Nuttall coral reef sculpture garden, the …

Seafloor

How to conquer a fear of sharks: swim with them

Frightened of the water? Go swimming with great whites. Chris Moss talks to a photographer who confronted his fear with a camera<p>Galeophobia – the excessive and persistent fear of sharks – is one of the most widespread of all phobias.<p>It kind of makes sense. First, there’s our general clumsiness in …

Hold Your Breath: ‘Aquastronauts’ Go Underwater to Train for Space

Have you ever wondered where astronauts train before heading into space? They actually travel in the opposite direction of the International Space Station: they go underwater.<p>Since 2001, NASA has sent astronauts-in-training to take part in the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) …

Space Exploration

How to Calculate Your Dive Weight

An important part of preparing for a dive is calculating the amount of weight you'll need to ascend and descend safely and effectively. This depends …

3 Signs You Need to Work on Your Dive Buoyancy

Having good dive buoyancy control is the most basic skill a SCUBA diver should aim to master. Poor buoyancy control can lead to unsatisfactory and …

How To Make Your Air Last While Scuba Diving

Your dive ends when your bottom time runs out — at least theoretically. For many divers, though, the dive ends when one or more divers run low on …

Underwater Cameras Capture Incredible Footage of Killer Whales at Play

Here’s a short clip from the <i>Smithsonian Channel</i>‘s series “Hunt for the Super Predator.” It shows an encounter a team of photographers and scientists …

Lessons for Life: A Not-So-Smart Night Dive

When Lenny dropped his smartphone into the water from the lake’s dock, he immediately wanted to recover it as he hoped he could dry it to avoid …

Man Sets New World Record For Deepest Scuba Dive After Plunging More Than 1,000 Feet

Scuba organizations say recreational divers shouldn't go below about 130 feet, but one Egyptian diver recently ventured a bit deeper -- going more than 1,000 feet below the ocean surface and setting a world record in the process.<p>The record-breaking dive took place last week, when Ahmed Gabr plunged …

'What I learned from freediving with great white sharks'

African Voices is a weekly show that highlights Africa's most engaging personalities, exploring the lives and passions of people who rarely open themselves up to the camera. Follow the team on Twitter.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Andre Hartman struggles to walk. But every day he dreams of going back to the ocean.<p>For …

Into the abyss: The diving suit that turns men into fish

Humans have proven themselves remarkably adept at learning to do what other animals can do naturally. We have taught ourselves to fly like birds, …

The Evolution of the Atmospheric Diving Suit

Last week we introduced to you the totally awesome Exosuit, a $600,000 atmospheric diving suit, capable of taking a human 1,000 feet underwater at …

The Diving Bell and the Exoskeleton: An Excursion into the Depths

If you want to dive deep, there are only two ways: transform your body or wear armor.<p>A search for a photo of a miniature submarine took me to a government website, and as I browsed the tiny thumbnails, I saw something better than a tiny sub in the water. I found a picture of a man standing on the …

The Big Picture: Exploring the deep blue in a wearable submarine

Developed and built by Nuytco Research, this exosuit is made from hard metal and allows divers to operate safely down to a depth of 1000 feet. The suit has four 1.6 horsepower propulsion thrusters, fiber optic gigabit ethernet, and a host of telemetry devices. The "Exosuit atmospheric diving …

Must-Watch Dive Documentaries

The Jacques Cousteau Odyssey (1978)<p>By Scuba Diver Life<p>This 12-episode television series follows the adventures of Cousteau, a celebrated ocean …

SCUBA Jobs: Underwater Hull Cleaning

SCUBA diving is a source of infinite wonder and entertainment for those who enjoy this fascinating pastime. It provides enthusiasts with the …

Nazi Weapons Found in Swedish Lake

<i>Scuba divers have recovered a large cache of Nazi weapons</i><p>In February, a group of Swedish research divers started the process of recovering a large …