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Gemma Smith

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Additional Ratings with OWSDI Ratings

Here we go again making things easier for even our newest members. Open Water Instructor ratings will now automatically be issued THREE ratings when they register or crossover to SDI. Learn more about how this works and the old process now.
March 21, 2019/by Brittany Bozik
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Changes to the SDI Pro Open Water Instructor Kit

Change is good. With that said we are announcing changes to our SDI Pro Open Water Instructor Kit. As apart of our effort to push our green initiative in 2019 we are working to reduce the number or paper products that leave HQ. Find out more about how that effects this kit specifically.
March 21, 2019/by Brittany Bozik
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Fantastic (Underwater) Beasts, and where to find them

Have you heard of these six underwater “beasts” before? Each one is unique in its own way leaving us wanting to suit up and go find as many as possible! Learn more about these critters from Gemma as she tells you about each one and where to find them.
March 4, 2019/by Brittany Bozik

Sea Legs and How to Get Them

Being sick on a dive boat or any boat for that matter is no fun. However, most of us have been there at least once or twice. It’s not fun but there are things you can do to help yourself out when you’re experiencing the effects of seasickness.
January 31, 2019/by Brittany Bozik

Diving favourite Physicist Friends

Originally, none of these formulated concepts were considered for a diving audience. They were simply investigations into the nature and behaviour of gases. However, these various scientific pioneers have turned out to be some of scuba diving’s favourite physicist friends.
January 8, 2019/by Brittany Bozik

Oxygen Toxicity

No matter what type of diving you’re doing it’s important that you keep yourself safe. Whether doing shallow or deep dives, recreational or technical, it is important to always know and be aware of what you are breathing, and what depth you are at. It may save your life. Learn more about oxygen toxicity, how you can prevent it, the two different types and the warning signs that something might be wrong.
December 13, 2018/by Brittany Bozik

Loving your Local Diving: UK Hotspots

Some folks might think that scuba diving is a vacation sport, that you can only dive in spots where you have to travel away from home. We’re here to tell you it isn’t true! Gemma is back with another article on the local diving spots she’s found in her very own backyard in the UK.
December 11, 2018/by Brittany Bozik

A Day in the Life of…An Underwater Actress

There are so many avenues you can take when you start your scuba diving journey. Scuba diving can be a endlessly fun hobby or if you love it enough you’ll figure out how to make it your job. Gemma is back to talk about how she stumbled into the role of underwater actress.
December 10, 2018/by Brittany Bozik

Protect Your Ears As The Pressure Builds

Our ears are a vital piece of our senses. Taking action and precautions to protect your ears in every situation should always be a priority. With that comes knowing how the ear works and the different parts of the inner ear. Learn how you can keep your ears safe on every dive with our seven golden rules.
November 14, 2018/by Brittany Bozik

Top Mine Diving Destinations

Have you noticed an influx of mine diving photos on social media? It’s trending in popularity and we’re loving it! Learn more about where you can find some of these spots and their history from Gemma Smith.
November 6, 2018/by Brittany Bozik

The Importance of Proper Weighting

When you’re a new diver it can be difficult to figure out exactly how much weight you need. Between lack of experience and maybe even confidence in diving you might find yourself struggling with how much weight to use. Weighting doesn’t have to be hard to do, learn more about to figure out how much weight you should use.
October 31, 2018/by Brittany Bozik

Winter is Coming: Staying Warm While Diving in Winter

It’s getting to be that time of year again where the air gets colder and with the air getting colder the water we dive in also gets colder. Staying warm while diving should be a top priority in the colder months, not only to prevent hypothermia but to also keep diving enjoyable for all.
October 2, 2018/by Brittany Bozik

Mental Trauma and the Benefits of Diving

You may have heard about a diver who got into a horrible accident earlier this year, her life was completely changed because of it. What you might not have realized though is that mental health might have been one of her major driving factors of why she even started diving in the first place. Diving might not be your first thought when someone mentions mental health but the truth is, it can be very healing.
September 10, 2018/by Brittany Bozik

A Day in the life of…An Underwater Archaeologist

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an underwater archaeologist? We were blown away by the amount of work that goes into one excavation trip. Learn more about all that goes into a trip to the Antikythera Wreck.
August 7, 2018/by Brittany Bozik

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About Gemma

Gemma is an OC/CCR Cave and Technical Diving Instructor, Diver Medic Technician, published author, award-winning underwater photographer, media diver, and a professional scientific diver – just to mention a few of her roles! Gemma has operated as a team diver and ‘Guardian’ for many scientific projects, including becoming the first woman excavating on the Antikythera Shipwreck (where the world’s first ‘computer’ was discovered), the Mentor Shipwreck (the ship carrying the Parthenon marbles away from Greece), and in connection with various organisations completing a veteran recovery project on a downed WW2 B24 aircraft wreck. She recently became a Member of the Explorers Club.

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