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Wellness Holidays Above and Below the Surface

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A guest blog from PADI

A PADI Open Water Diver certification is not just your passport for life-long adventures in the last frontier, but it is also your portal into a world of wellness that helps heal your body, mind and soul.

Diving enhances your wellbeing through encouraging mindful breathing, being in the present, getting active, learning to stay calm and promoting a great night sleep.

So as travel becomes more accessible, why not further enhance the benefits of your next diving adventure by booking into a PADI Five Star Dive Resort that offers wellness retreats and packages so you can restore your balance both above and below the surface of the water.

  1. Fiji: Customised Wellness Holidays

© Tourism Fiji / Markus Roth

Start your day with a dive trip to colorful soft coral reefs abundant with both macro and micro marine life. Then unwind on a remote private island with an in-bure massage, sunset yoga and a farm-to-fork meal plan that is customised to your preferences.

PADI Dive Resort Highlight:  Paradise Cove Resort for their adults-only section, and guided sunset hikes to Waya Island’s highest peak.

Book your PADI Dive Resort in Fiji.


  1. Maldives: Enhancing All the Senses

© Six Senses Laamu

In between dives rejuvenate all your senses in a private overwater bungalow, bespoke spa treatments and nutritional meals that will have you recovered for another day of adventure.

PADI Dive Resort Highlight: Six Senses Laamu for their customised wellness plans, yoga and meditation sessions and world-class spa and alchemy bar.

© Six Senses Laamu

Book your PADI Dive Resort in the Maldives


  1. St. Lucia: All Day Outdoor Adventures

Balance out the day by diving in crystal clear bays full of protected coral and cycling through private jungle trails and lush plantations and yoga sessions amongst the island flora and fauna.

PADI Dive Resort Highlight: Anse Chastanet for their aromatherapy treatments in their beach-level spa, on-site garden, cooking classes and access to all outdoor activities that the World Heritage Site offers.

Book your PADI Dive Resort in Saint Lucia


  1. Cyprus: Wellness for Every Season

© Four Seasons Cyprus_Spa

Offering all-inclusive resorts that are known for their wellness offerings, Cyprus boasts both a mesmerizing Mediterranean shoreline and rejuvenating experiences for the mind, body and soul.

PADI Dive Resort Highlight: Four Seasons Cyprus Hotel for their ‘path of serenity’ to the Shiseido Spa—which is known for their seaweed treatments—and their botanical gardens that serve up wholesome Mediterranean meals.

© MUSAN / @JasondeCairesTaylor

Book your PADI Dive Resort in Cyprus


  1. Iceland: Explore and Heal from the Water

© Visit Iceland

With a chance to dive the hydro chimneys in the Eyjafjordur Bay or between the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia at Silfra, there is no shortage of adventure for divers in the cool waters of Iceland.

And complimenting the heart pounding natural wonders to explore in Iceland are the calming geothermal hot springs of the Blue Lagoon, offering divers a chance to warm up and indulge with an in-water spa treatment under the Northern Lights. The ying and yang experiences provide a holistic wellness holiday for the body, mind and soul

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Book your PADI Dive Centre in Iceland

Header image: © Six Senses Laamu

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Diving Tips… a new blog series from Duttons Divers

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Not a UK diver or wanting to learn more about the UK waters? We have you covered! Each month we will be writing tips for experiencing the beautiful waters off our coast and in-land. The year of COVID drove us to a few seasons in the UK – and hopefully this persuaded more of you to jump in the waters and see what the UK has to offer. For those of you that are yet to be struck by the UK dive bug, hopefully this will give you some incentive to do so. We are a little biased… admittedly!

So, what do we know about diving to give you the tips in the first place? Well… Duttons Divers have been around for the past 8 years, with 2 of these as a freelance instructor, the further 5 at Vivian Quarry and the previous year saw our expansion of our business, adding another centre into the mix at Hafan Marina Dive Centre too! We teach 365 days of the year… both of our dive schools are in the UK… we jump into quarries as well as the sea, and run all levels of courses from beginner to instructor. We have 15 divers within our staff team, and are headed up by Course Director, Clare Dutton…. There’s a fair bit of knowledge (hopefully) between us all!

Our tips and tricks will cover topics such as cold water diving, boat diving, navigating in low visibility, choosing the right equipment for the UK, taking your IDC in the UK… and a whole other load of varied topics. We are also open to anything that you would like covering too with a question and answer selected for each write up, so please send them into our email account or FB messenger and we will select one for each month to answer!

We will kick the topics off for you though.. our first will be… cold water diving! Check it out next month!


Find out more at www.duttonsdivers.com

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Gear Review: SurfEars 3.0

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Back in 2019 I was at a really low ebb. I had just been told that I could not dive anymore due to recurrent ear infections causing perforations that eventually would lead to permanent damage. I got home from the hospital, slumped on the sofa, and the phone rang. It was Steve Warren from INON UK and I told him my woes. Don’t give up yet, he told me, I think I have just the people to help – SurfEars.

I tried to argue that wearing ear plugs whilst diving was not safe. What about equalization? But he stopped me in my tracks and said that these would work, he had tried them already on several dives. Could this be the answer that would save my diving career and allow me to continue my passion? Well the short answer is yes!

I wrote a review back then which you can read here: https://www.scubaverse.com/gear-review-surfears/

However, I am not sure that I stressed enough at the time that these earplugs saved me. They allowed me to dive, swim and snorkel in the ocean, and I have not had an ear infection since.

Recently the team at SurfEars sent me the latest design – SurfEars 3.0 – to try out. The earplugs come in a really handy pod that I clip to my BCD so that I do not forget them. They come with a range of plug sizes so you can customise them for a perfect fit. The ‘wing’ tucks into your ear, holding the earplug securely, so you feel they will be secure even when rolling or striding off the boat into the water. You can even use them even when putting on a hood in cold water.

The SurfEars allow you to still be able to hear clearly, as they allow air and sound to travel through, and just prevent water ingress, so safety in hearing instructions from the boat or your buddy is not compromised.

I find that wearing them has not only completely stopped any ear infections, but also makes equalization easier too. They are so comfortable that I never really notice that they are in.

If you suffer from ear infections from diving, then do give these a try. They are the first thing on my packing list now!

For more information visit https://surfears.com/

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