Alex Baackes


Recent blog posts written by Alex Baackes

How Being a Diver Can Restore Your Life

How Being a Diver Can Restore Your Life

13 January, 2017 at 5:34 am Comments are Disabled

Whether or not they are able to articulate how and why, divers from all walks of life will wax poetic on the healing properties of donning scuba gear and heading below the surface for a dose of underwater therapy. It might sound a little new-agey or mystical to non-believers, but […]

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Unique Dive Spots for Every Dive Buddy

Unique Dive Spots for Every Dive Buddy

19 September, 2016 at 4:11 pm Comments are Disabled

­­­ When I started diving, I dreamed of exotic destinations, adrenaline-inducing adventures, and awe-inspiring animal encounters. What didn’t I spend too much time thinking about? The person on the other end of my pre-dive buddy checks. The bonds I’ve built and strengthened thanks to diving have been one of the […]

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PADI’s Summer Divelympics 2016: The Brazilian Dive Destinations That Take Home the Gold

PADI’s Summer Divelympics 2016: The Brazilian Dive Destinations That Take Home the Gold

18 August, 2016 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

  We welcome PADI’s Summer Divelympics 2016! If you’ve been tuning into the Olympics this month to watch the world’s top athletes compete in sports like gymnastics, running, and diving, you’re certainly not alone. But if you’re a SCUBA enthusiast who sees the host city of Rio de Janiero and […]

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Getting Out Of A Diving Rut With Continuing Education

Getting Out Of A Diving Rut With Continuing Education

3 July, 2016 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

When you first got the keys to that vacation timeshare in the Florida Keys, it was probably hard to imagine there’d ever come a day you wouldn’t spring out of bed excited to zip up your wetsuit and zip down to the shore. But it happens to the best and […]

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Diving into Your Divemaster: Frequently Asked Questions

Diving into Your Divemaster: Frequently Asked Questions

2 June, 2016 at 10:58 am Comments are Disabled

When I touched down on Gili Trawangan in 2013 with the intention to complete my PADI Divemaster, I had a pretty good feeling the next six weeks were going to rock my underwater world. I was right. As an already experienced diver, I knew exactly what I wanted out of […]

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Four of The World’s Quirkiest Dive Sites

Four of The World’s Quirkiest Dive Sites

29 March, 2016 at 3:34 pm Comments are Disabled

Don’t get me wrong – I love the typical tropical reef setting that makes up the vast majority of my dives. But there’s something weird and wonderful about the experiences that push the boundaries of what we think of when we think of diving. Those are the dives that you […]

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