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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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