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5 Spots You NEED to Scuba

The web is full of lists of the best dive sites, and I thought it was about time that Reef-N-Rail gave our take. Here are the 5 spots that we think every scuba diver should put on his or her bucket list.

5. Barrier Islands, North Carolina

This spot is ideal for scuba divers on a budget who don’t want to dig out their passports for a great location. While most of the spots on this list are marine life havens, Barrier Islands is known more for its wreck diving. Wrecks from the 16th century along with more recent ones including a German U-Boat from WWII make up the over 600 shipwrecks in this area. This spot is also much less crowded year round than most top scuba destinations, though diving in the winter does require a heavy wetsuit.

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Unleashing your Adventurous Side in the Costa del Sol

It may surprise you to find out that the Costa del Sol is a great destination for those seeking a bit of adventure and activity from their holiday. Here, you can try your hand at a huge range of watersports, quad biking and skydiving activities. Get fit, learn a new skill and even better, do it all in the brilliant sunshine! Your wetsuits and hiking poles won’t know what’s hit them after your fun-filled holiday to Spain’s south coast…

Wet and wild

The obvious choice of activity on the sun-drenched Spanish coastline is the diverse range of watersports such as waterskiing. Waterskiing is a popular activity in the Costa del Sol because it’s something the whole family can enjoy. Whether you just want to have a go or take a professional lesson, it’s a great way to see the coastline from the sea and to make the most of the Mediterranean water.

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Scuba Diving: Rules Now Allowing Kids to Dive In

Let’s face it; there are some of us out there who could be considered pretty irresponsible, even as adults. So, with this attitude, one might worry that giving every adult the OK to learn to scuba dive is concerning. Hopefully those who take the plunge are mature enough to realize that scuba diving can be hazardous business if you don’t know what you’re doing. Recently, the minimum age for a diver has been dropped. At first, it’s an alarming fact, but the reasoning behind it gives it a little more logic.

First, let’s look at the old rule vs. the new rule. Originally, a diver was required to be at least 12 or older in to qualify for junior certification. The new rule declares that children 10 and older are now eligible for junior certification. The only organizations that are going by the old, standard rule are the YMCA and the NAUI for the time being.

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When It’s Time To Return To Ohio

SNORKELING AT JOHN PENNEKAMP CORAL REEF STATE ...

I was in Maui for nine days. The weather was perfect, the drinks were fruity and I was having a good ol’ time. It was my first trip to the island and I had met some great people and enjoyed every second of my time there. By day six I was actually starting to completely understand how so many of the locals had just come for vacation and ended up staying. It all seemed perfectly reasonable. For me, the prospect to heading back to rainy Ohio just didn’t seem like that great of an idea.

Day seven my illusion was shattered as we had a rainy, windy day and I realized that even in Hawaii you can be subject to inclement weather. To be fair, I knew it wouldn’t last long, but I was still a little disappointed that there would be a blemish on an otherwise perfect trip to that point.

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A Couple Characteristics of Cruises

When you decide to take a cruise, there are a number of things to look forward to. We’ve decided to highlight a couple.

Shore Excursions on your Cruise
Part of the excitement of travelling by sea is seeing a foreign port. Somehow, approaching an exotic location at a leisurely pace and seeing a new coastline unfold from sea level is, in my opinion, much more satisfying than landing in an airplane. I’ve found airports have a certain sameness about them.

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Remedies for Motion Sickness

Motion SicknessWhile it’s far to say most people enjoy travel, there are those whose enjoyment is cut short because of motion sickness. Car trips, train rides, amusement park rides, and more can cause someone to feel extremely ill. Motion sickness in some individuals can be triggered just by walking!  Although a train trip or boat ride might sound really fun to someone, if they suffer from transportation sickness they may refrain from tagging along.

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