Magic in the Gulf

If you like the idea of a liveaboard adventure with remote, open-ocean diving where your dive boat is likely the only one on the reef, you’ll love a trip to Flower Garden Banks. It remains one of the best-kept secrets for wilderness diving in the continental U.S., where you can expect rare encounters such as a longlure frogfish on a sponge, scalloped hammerhead sharks feeding or a whale shark swimming by.

The Madracis coral formation at Stetson Bank’s buoy three is a signature site at FGBNMS and often loaded with schools of creolefish.

A Slug’s Life

At the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut, nudibranchs have become storytellers for an issue facing our oceans that is difficult to understand yet imperative to know about: global climate change. The aquarium has taken a unique approach to educate the public on this global threat. Their new exhibit, A Slug’s Life: Facing the Climate Endgame, showcases the adored mollusk and runs through Sept. 6, 2021. The exhibit’s specific intent is to help guests understand the warnings that changing slug populations provide about the health of their habitats.

The Hermissenda opalescens, commonly known as the opalescent nudibranch, transfers unfired nematocysts from its prey to the cerrata on its back and uses them for defense

Flower Garden Banks Photo Gallery

Jesse Cancelmo provides a bonus photo gallery of images from Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

A turtle swims by an oil rig at Flower Garden Banks

DAN Member Profile: Tec Clark

Dive legend Tec Clark has built a memorable career and legacy around training excellent divers. He describes his underwater experiences as “absolutely worshipful” and “otherworldly.” It’s the place where he feels closer to God than anywhere else on Earth. Helping others safely and professionally experience this same life-changing magic is his focus. Clark summed up the philosophy behind all his advice to new dive professionals: “Great training is the key to great diving. Don’t cut corners. Offer excellent training. Go beyond the standard.”

Clark floats down the New River in West Virginia.

Roatán Photo Gallery

Francesca Diaco provides a bonus photo gallery of images from her island community of Roatán in the Bay Islands of Honduras.

Travel Smarter: Traveling with Scuba Equipment

Many divers love to travel. As more destinations open to travelers, divers are eager to get back in the water at their favorite site or a new location. Read these tips for traveling with scuba equipment and planning ahead to determine what vaccinations and medical documentation your destination requires.

Check the travel regulations for your airline and destination country to learn what gear is allowed in carry-on and checked bags.

Michael Aw Photo Gallery

Michael Aw, who has published several popular books of his photography, provides a bonus photo gallery of his images.

Program Spotlight: Return to Diving Initiative

After taking time away from diving, whether for a few months or even longer, divers should assess several essential factors to help them safely get back in the water. DAN’s new Return to Diving initiative is a comprehensive, practical guide developed by dive medicine physicians, scientists and researchers to provide the knowledge needed to make informed decisions. The guide contains six sections, each with detailed step-by-step instructions and tips. Topics include issues stemming from inactivity, your health status, fitness to dive, equipment, dive skills and travel plans.

Thunder Bay Photo Gallery

Becky Kagan Schott provides a photo gallery of images from the shipwreck destination of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron.

Engine room of the Norman at Thunder Bay